Stunning location in quiet countryside, close to PORTHLEVEN, ST IVES & beaches
Kate and Kevin Thomas
About Kate and Kevin Thomas
We moved to Cornwall as a family in October 2010 with the intention of setting up our own holiday letting business and to have our own Cornish escape from our previous lifestyle. We are Kate and Kevin Thomas and have 3 young boys who love the freedom of the great outdoors. Little Rosewarne is a smallholding of some 10 acres and in the past has had its own dairy herd. We started to convert the old cattle shed and creamery at the beginning of 2012 and wanted to maintain the character of the building while providing a sustainable future for the farm. We keep chickens at Little Rosewarne and currently enjoy eggs from 3 Copper Marans, 2 Speckled Marans and one Cream Legbar. We also raise Berkshire pigs. These are black haired and famed for their great quality pork.
Kate and Kevin Thomas purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Kate and Kevin Thomas chose Breage
We bought Little Rosewarne after holidaying in the Porthleven area over the past 20 years. We know the area well and would spend most of our holiday time either in Porthleven or towards Falmouth. When we made the decision to move to Cornwall we knew we wanted to be close to the things and areas we loved. However, we had never been to Godolphin Cross or for that matter Godolphin House. But when we saw Little Rosewarne, we fell in love with the place and felt with its proximity to the areas we enjoyed spending time in, it would make the ideal place for us to live and raise our family. Little Rosewarne itself is a traditional Cornish farmhouse with extensive gardens. We wanted to buy a property where there was the potential for a blank canvas and for us to make our own mark. The first of which is The Old Dairy. It also means we are close at hand if we are needed. The area is stunning because it is situated near to Godolphin House with easy access to the the beach and fantastic areas and places to explore.
What makes this Cottage unique
We believe that 'The Old Dairy' and 'Hayloft' at Little Rosewarne is the perfect place to escape to, and explore this part of Cornwall. We hope that having spent many years staying in quality holiday accommodation we have worked out what works and what is sometimes missing and it is to this end we hope we can provide that little something extra. If you feel we have forgotten something or there is something we can do to improve your stay then please ask.
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Great location and a lovely family
We really enjoyed our holiday. The setting and location of this property is just perfect for exploring. We will be visiting here again for sure. Thank you to Kate and Kevin.
Perfect cornish escape.
A pleasure to return to the Old Dairy. Spotless on arrival with a lovely cream tea waiting and some wine for later! Kate and Kevin are great hosts and always available if you need anything. Great spot for exploring with far too many places within easy driving distance to choose from. Look forward to another visit!
Very well presented and welcoming place to stay
The Old Dairy is a wonderful place for a family to stay. The accommodation is finished to a high standard and set in a lovely, peaceful area with loads of outdoor space. Well located for seeing West Cornwall. The hosts are welcoming and very helpful.
We had a lovely week at the old dairy. Travel cot, blackout blind, fire guard, highchair all provided to help with a toddler.
Had the weather been nicer I’m sure we would have used the garden as well. My little girl loved going out in the opening and saying hello to the ducks.
Cream tea in arrival was delicious
Had a lovely week and would recommend to friends and family
A kid friendly gem in a fantastic location!!! Can't wait to visit again :)
We stayed at the Old Dairy after a recommendation from a friend, and we were not disappointed!
Kate and Kevin were such lovely hosts, and made sure the accommodation had everything we needed for our mini holiday. The cottage is set within the grounds of their farm, with chickens, ducks and a pig nearby which provided no end of excitement for our toddler. Inside, the cottage is equipped with everything you'd need for a break with a toddler and/or baby, including stair gate, high chair, black out blind, travel cot, kid-friendly dishes/cutlery, and toys!! The bedrooms were lovely and quiet, so everyone was able to sleep well before our daytime adventures. We were within easy access to everything we'd hoped to visit during our stay, including Porthcurno Beach, Kynance Cove, St Michael's Mount, Falmouth and Porthleven.
We will absolutely be staying at the Old Dairy again - somehow Kate and Kevin have truly taken the stress out of travelling with a toddler and a baby!
Family friendly stay, in lush house, quiet spot and great location for visiting Cornwall
We had a great week at the Old Dairy despite a mixed weather week. Family of 4 with 2 kids (9 & 7). They loved the open space of the surrounding gardens, the swings and feeding the chickens and Truffles the pig.
The Old Dairy was great - has everything you need and like us a great washer/dryer if the weather does turn against you. The location is a peaceful little spot and good location for touring Cornwall. We loved the local harbour Porthleven, which had a great range of restaurants. Kate and Kevin were lovely and passed on lots of tips for places to go the rest of the week. Lovely thought to have cream tea waiting and lollies for the kids too.
We would thoroughly recommend staying and wish Kate & Kevin well.
The Newell Family
The Old Dairy borders the National Trust's Godolphin House and Estate (as featured in Cornwall with Caroline Quentin on ITV).
St. Ives, Penzance, Marazion, Falmouth, The Lizard Peninsula and Helford and Fal Estuaries are all just a short distance away, thus making The Old Dairy a great place to explore the most southerly and westerly parts of Cornwall.
For beach lovers Praa Sands is close by, with Kynance Cove, Gwithian Sands, and Carbis Bay a short drive away. With access to both coasts there is always something for everyone from sheltered coves and sandy beaches to fantastic surf.
But if the weather is having an off day, there are plenty of fantastic days out. The Eden Project is a must and The National Maritime Museum and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum are highly recommended (ask our 3 boys). Other local attractions include Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Flambards and Paradise Park.
There are a number of fantastic gardens (such as Trebah Gardens) and National Trust sites (including Godolphin House and Estate, Trengwainton Garden, Glendurgan Garden, Trelissick Garden, Trerice House and Levant Mine) to explore as well as the Mining Heritage of Cornwall - Little Rosewarne is situated within the Tregonning and Trewavas District World Heritage site. In addition, there are some English Heritage sites nearby (including Pendennis Castle, St. Mawes Castle and the Chysauster Ancient Village).
For the more energetic there is easy access to some fantastic coastal walking along the South West Coast paths. Rural walks can be had from your front door - cross the road and explore the National Trusts Godolphin Woods (a blanket of bluebells in early spring) and Godolphin Hill which boasts a fantastic panorama. You can see St. Ives and Gwithian Sands on the North Coast, down into the Lands End Peninsula, with St. Michael's Mount, Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole to the south. Further round the spine of the Lizard Peninsula stretches out with the distinctive satellite dishes of Goonhilly piercing the skyline and finally Carn Brea and the Monument to the north.
Cycling both on the road and off road is excellent with the Mineral Tramways Trails great for all abilities. There are local bike hire shops in both Porthleven and on the Mineral Tramways.
The small fishing village of Porthleven lies 4 miles to the south with a wide choice of pubs, fantastic restaurants, cafes and tea rooms. There is also a good choice of locally produced foods with a fishmongers and deli. There are a number of local pubs which provide a warm welcome, great beer and good food. We would be happy to recommend some.
There is fresh produce a plenty in Cornwall - from clotted cream and Roskilly's dairy ice cream, fresh fish and locally reared meat, poultry and vegetables. There are two farm shops within a couple of miles of Godolphin.
This is a small sample of places to visit and things to do to help you enjoy your holiday. We are always happy to suggest more – or explore what this part of Cornwall has to offer for yourself.