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Tretawn Farmhouse St Kew North Cornwall | 7 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Web Ref: 3032 | Sleeps 14
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Tretawn Farmhouse 7 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | WiFi | Indoor Heated Pool | Games Room | | Sleeps 14
About 2 miles from St Kew is Tretawn, a handsome, detached, Grade II* listed, 16th/17th cent. manor house surrounded by 5 acres of garden and woodland with big, wide sweeping gravel forecourt. It forms part of the Lamellen Estate which is still managed by its Cornish owners. Doubtless only the Cornish language was heard within its thick walls during those early centuries and probably a few barrels of fine French brandy were left in its secret places, safe from the Customs men – a time when everyone, from magistrates to tin miners, was involved in a little alternative income!
Cornwall’s north coast: from the river Camel north to Bude and on to Morwenstow and the highest cliffs in the West Country, it is a mixture of great cliffs and beaches. Walking (coast path) and bird-friendly cliffs (usually no road near): peregrines possible. Great sand/surf beaches at Polzeath, Trebarwith, Widemouth Bay, Bude and Sandy Mouth; sandy coves at Port Gaverne, Bossiney, Crackington Haven, Duckpool, and others less accessible; Rock, also sandy, is the place for watersports, including sailing on the Camel estuary; very fine golf course (St Enodoc); mini-fjords at Port Quin and Boscastle. Port Isaac is very pretty round its cliff-enclosed harbour.
The well-worth-riding Camel Trail cycleway (bicycles for hire) follows the river Camel from Bodmin Moor to Padstow. Pencarrow is a beautiful house with wonderful garden. Tintagel has a ruined castle (King Arthur’s?) on a wild headland. St Juliot church was restored by Thomas Hardy and ‘a pair of blue eyes’ nearly fell down a Crackington cliff. Bodmin Moor, its highest hills quite mountainous, is only a little way inland and Blisland, on its northern edge, is one of Cornwall’s prettiest villages.
St Kew: little village (good food pub, medieval church) amid trees in a valley, off the beaten track. Golf, 1 mile. Sea at Port Isaac/Port Gaverne (cove beach), 3½ miles, or Polzeath (splendid sand/surf beach), 5½, or Rock (sandy beach, watersports, sailing school and St Enodoc golf course), 4½. Camel Trail, 4 miles.