Approached down a quiet country lane, Talehay is a Grade II listed Cornish farmhouse which dates back some 300 years. The farmhouse and the detached stone cottages retain much of their original character and beauty, whilst providing tastefully furnished accommodation around a central courtyard. During the warmer summer months, the lawned areas and spacious communal gardens that encompass the properties are ideal for picnics and barbecues. All cottages are supplied with their own seating area, and to the rear of the main house is a further 3½ acres of fully enclosed meadowland, so youngsters and their 4-legged friends can get a good run around.
Set amidst delightful, unspoilt countryside, Talehay Cottages are just a mile from the village of Pelynt, and just 5 miles from the sea. Owing to its serene location, the cottages are ideal for guests wanting some peace and quiet on their holiday. It also makes a convenient base for exploring the many attractions Cornwall provides; its beaches, stately homes, famous gardens, coastal and inland walks, not to mention the world-renowned Eden Project.
Characterised by busy fishing harbours, dramatic headlands and secluded sandy coves, Cornwall’s coastline features some of the most evocative, breathtaking scenery in Britain. For those wanting to escape the crowds, there are hidden gems scattered along Cornwall’s south east coast, and if you know where to look, you can find deserted golden sandy beaches, even in the height of the tourist season. Head to Lantivet and Lansallos, or Lantic Bay which is regarded as one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets.
There is more dynamic terrain to be found further inland; Bodmin Moor possesses a stark ruggedness of its own which has long drawn holiday goers up into the hills. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cheesewring is a striking granite tor, Roughtor features a Neolithic tor enclosure, and Brown Willy (the highest point in Cornwall), enjoys vast unbroken views over moor and mire. Bodmin Moor is also famous for its Jamaica Inn, which was immortalised by Daphne du Maurier, and also used as the film location of the much-loved Poldark TV drama.
From fine dining to quirky beach cafés, Cornwall is known as a prime foodie destination, with Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth among the many top chefs championing the county’s culinary field. Other attractions in the area include Cornwall’s finest country house, Lanhydrock, the fine fortress of Pendennis built by Henry VIII, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, the Tate Gallery in St Ives, and for a completely unique theatre experience, head to the Minack Theatre, an open-air theatre that sits atop the cliffs with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. There is also sailing, fishing, diving, golf and horse riding to be found locally, and with many country and coastal paths criss-crossing the region, Cornwall is a paradise for walkers and cyclists. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.