Cullacott Farm is a Grade I listed medieval hall house, truly one of the most extraordinary vernacular medieval properties in the whole of Cornwall. It is built of stone and cob with exposed walls, some showing remains of original wall murals dating back to the 1500s. The restoration of the property won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors National Building Conservation Award in 1997. The Longhouse dates back to the 14th century whilst the Tudor Wing was updated in the 16th century. Some parts of the building have remained largely unaltered for 500 years. The main feature of The Longhouse is the Great Hall, on the roughly plastered wall are remains of a beautifully painted fictive tapestry depicting diagonal bands of writing within an ornate pattern. Above it in clear definition is the coat of arms of Henry VII/Henry VIII. On another wall is a figure thought to be St. James of Compostella. Two staircases lead to the first floor where one can view the remains of a painted mural of St. George on his horse fighting the dragon. From a viewing opening in the George and the Dragon room one can look into the Great Hall.
The Tudor Wing adjoins The Longhouse and is just as rich in history and character. It has granite mullion windows and a slate spiral turret staircase leading up to the first floor. The twin bedroom features a 15th-century ‘lavvy’, a state-of-the-art garderobe in its day, which is tucked behind a tiny door in the corner, but there is also a modern en-suite pod in the room. Many a medieval banquet with merrymaking has been partaken of here over the centuries.
The farm has been in the ownership of the same family for over 100 years and the Great Grandad’s original ‘removal van’, the flat bed wagon, is still where it was parked in the open wagon house on the northern side of the cobbled courtyard.
Guests are welcome to roam the farm and are encouraged to explore the river and nature trails which abound in wildlife, including resident barn owls. The owners are keen to promote local food and are happy to introduce guests to local businesses who sell specialities of the area and can provide guests with a weekly list of local events.
The surrounding fields are let out to farmers for grazing sheep and a member of the family now runs a small outside events and catering business providing marquees for weddings and other functions such as hog roasts, barbecues and outside mobile bars.
The cottages, gardens and cobbled courtyard at Cullacott may be used as a wedding or party reception venue.
Beach 14½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurants 3 miles.
These properties may be booked together via an interconnecting door to accommodate up to 12 guests.