About the property
- Barn193 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Keeper's Cottage is a cosy barn conversion with two bedrooms and is furnished and equipped to a high standard. It is situated on the farm, adjacent to the working farm yard, with views from its balcony over the surrounding countryside and farm yard. Guests are welcome to picnic by the lake (100 metres).
Facilities for your dog
Keeper's Cottage has a dedicated day kennel and a small enclosed front yard. There is a dog shower in the barn to the rear of the cottage which is shared with Groom's Cottage. The balcony overlooks the exercise area.
The accommodation comprises:
Ground floor: ◾Double bedroom
◾Bunk bedroom (for children up to 12 years)
First floor: ◾Well equipped kitchen/diner
◾Lounge with woodburner and doors to balcony
◾Balcony with patio furniture and views
◾Electricity and central heating included
◾Microwave oven and fridge
◾Kettle and Toaster
◾Iron and ironing board
◾Freeview TV / DVD
◾Duvets with linen and towels
◾Wood burning stove (initial fuel included)
◾Natural water supply from bore hole
◾Cycle storage available
◾Private parking (2 cars)
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french, polish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Caroline Drake
John and Caroline keep 200 cattle several horses and three terriers at Sleeve Farm. Higher Tregawne is farmed by their tenant Henry, who keeps 400 cattle and 1000 sheep!. It is a busy but rewarding life for all of us if not financially! Neither John or Caroline are Cornish, John is a Yorkshireman who came to Cornwall via Milton Keynes and Caroline a Londoner. John has farmed all his adult life and came to Cornwall 11 years ago to retire. Big mistake we have never worked so hard in our lives. John spent all his summer holidays for 35 years on the North Cornwall coast and enjoyed fabulous times swimming walking surfing cycling golfing eating drinking and on occasion sun bathing. In fact a quintessential English activity holiday surrounded by friends and the inevitable dogs. Both John and \Caroline are animal lovers (surprise surprise!) with a particular passion for dogs. We have had up to nine but have now seen sense and as the ranks have thinned we have not replaced the Greyhounds, Labradors, Dalmatian and Rottweilers (Yes kept as family pets) and now have 3 terriers. Scrappy and Oscar are joint senior dogs and tolerate each other unless there is food about!. They both came from the local dogs home who are in Newquay. Oscar was taken away from his first owners by the RSPCA. He came here about 4 years ago. The first thing that happened to him was that the builders ran over him, and he was badly hurt. An operation removed his thigh bone and he is now 3 legged but you would not know it. He now steadfastly refuses to get in any vehicle if he thinks it is leaving the farm. We are Scrappy's 4th owner. He came to us as a last resort because he is totally unsuitable for a normal home. He loves being a farm dog and works through choice every waking hour. There is so much to do he runs every where. And then there is Dennis. aka Scrippet she is only less than a year old but is a real terrier she does what she likes if she likes when she likes!
Why Caroline Drake chose Withiel
It is ideal for dogs families and you. It is rural quiet secluded private peaceful and yet accessible. It is near everywhere but next to no where, Kids's can play and you can watch them from the balconies they can run free with your dog in the fenced exercise area swim in the lake row on the lake barbecue beside it. Their is virtually no light pollution and no noise although you are right next to a working farm and their will be mooing and sometimes as in silage time machinery working late. There are supermarkets in Wadebridge and Bodmin and Wadebridge in summer is a busy and vibrant place. There are takeaways that deliver and a Mcdonalds 4 miles away on the A30. The Coast is within 10 miles either way with every sort of beach you could want, little kids take the dog and bucket and spade at Daymer Bay bigger ones body boarding at Polzeath will let them strut their stuff whilst you sit on the beach and watch. Parents needn't worry if their body boarding looks like 'Dad dancing' only the kids will be embarrassed and it is amazing, come home worn out and covered in sand. There are boards in the shed (which you can use}and smart people buy wetsuits on line before they come. If you are more athletic try surfing or coasteering which is great if you are strongish swimmers. . John and Caroline make scrumpy if you let us know we will leave you half a gallon in the cottage but unless you know what you are doing half a pint is plenty. If you like the quiet life there are Stately homes, gardens, shops, Eden Project, Moors, Coast path and other walks Camel Trail (user friendly cycling i.e.it is flat and you can start and finish in Padstow) restaurants pubsTintagel (King Arthurs Seat) beaches, Jamaica Inn, Daphne Du Maurier, caves ,fishing villages, boat trips, ferry rides, Looe, Fowey, Lands End, Minack Theatre, Museums, Lost |Gardens of Heligan Newquay, Zoos, Plymouth Hoe, Churches. Bodmin Gaol Wine Tasting et al Cornwall is full of things to do whatever the weather.
What makes this Barn unique
Tregawne sits at the head of the Ruthern Valley overlooking its own extensive grounds overlooking its own grounds.It is privacy personified. Our own experience of Cottage holidays with dogs have told us that when the brochure says dog friendly it means you can bring your dog. Cottages have had no facilities for dogs at all. We went to Ireland the promised dog proof garden was far from it. The big dogs could jump the gate and the little dogs walk under it. Needless to say it did not lead to a successful holiday far from it. When you come on holiday with dogs and kids they need space. We have a fenced exercise area of nearly an acre where your dogs and kids can run free. No walk of shame at 7.30 am and 11.00 pm with a plastic bag although we do ask you to poo pick. Chuck the dogs and kids out and go back to bed or sit on the balcony and watch them. n.b there is a lake in the exercise area in which dogs and kids and you are welcome to swim but please do be careful and don't leave small children or ones who cannot swim unsupervised. The lake is between I and 2 metres deep in the middle. No more washing a great hairy mutt (or Terrier with aversion to water) in the bath, cleaning it out and then putting them in the car to dry where they completely redecorate the interior, We have a dog shower with hot water, dog towels, and an insulated kennel where they can dry before rejoining you having in human terms turned their armpits into charmpits. Leave them in the kennel so they don't have to sit in a hot car whilst you go shopping etc. Please don't leave them too long if they are not used to it. Get a bone from the butchers in Wadebridge or ask before you come and we will supply.one. .
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Well worth a visit
Keeper’s Cottage is a brilliant getaway place. It’s situated close by to beautiful Padstow, among other beaches, and is only an hour and a half to Lands End. The cottage itself is a cosy and comfortable place to stay and our dogs loved the exercise yard. The only thing to note is to take note of Caroline’s instructions for directions, as we just put the postcode into the satnav and it took us down a single track road which was not suitable for regular cars! The cottage had everything you could need and would be perfect for couples or young families. I went with my mum and we will surely be going again.
Lovely Cosy getaway
Great accommodation with all you need for a family break with a dog.
Beautiful location and close to many of Cornwall’s attractions .
Property was very clean on arrival and provided wonderful amenities for our dog including an exercise area.
Hope to return soon
The cottage was ideal for our week in North Cornwall
The cottage was very well equipped, in a great location and great for dog owners. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to others.
Really lovely cottage. Perfect for young family
My partner and our two children, aged 3 and 6 decided to take the plunge this year and splash out on a decent place to stay for our holiday. I refused to camp as I wanted comfort and to relax in the evening. Keepers cottage didn't disappoint. We all felt it was homely and had everything we needed.
When we arrived there was a basket of goodies waiting for us, including wine.
The children loved the bunk beds and they were fine for their age. They are narrower than conventional bunks so older children may struggle. The owner was open about this prior to booking.
The farm location is quite and very pleasant and the balcony a bonus. Although seemingly remote, there are plenty of shops and activities nearby including padstow a d the beautiful camel cycle trail.
Would definitely recommend this cottage and we hope to return some time in the future.
Smaller than expected.
The Keepers Cottage is centrally located and offers good links to much of Cornwall's best tourist attractions.
The many single track roads however make any journey feel longer than what it is and this did become tiring after the first couple of days.
Unfortunately we found the cottage very small and not particularly comfortable. The cottage would definitely benefit from removing the second bedroom and making the ground floor into a large bedroom with a decent size en-suite. Stubbing my toe on the radiator every other night wasn't very pleasant. A shower tray would also be recommended. Mopping floors on holiday isn't what we had in mind.
The main living area would also benefit from new cushions or a more comfortable seating area.
We did understand when booking that the cottage was dog friendly and in hindsight I don't think we would book pet friendly accommodation again.
The owner left us a great welcome package of local produce. A lovely gesture and really appreciated. There was also a really helpful guidebook of local eateries and beaches to help us with our daily travels.
The cottage is part of a working farm so others should be aware of the many noises this brings. Natural and mechanical.
We left earlier than our booking date to spend a couple of nights in a hotel. Mainly for the comfort aspect.
Keepers Cottage is ok, but could be much better.
Great hosts and location
My husband and I came to stay at Keeper's Cottage in early July with our German Shepherd. We had received excellent communication from Caroline beforehand, and she continued to be very helpful throughout our stay. I was especially grateful for the scones, cream & jam I found on arrival, as well as the pre-arranged Scrumpy sample for my husband!
The facilities on the farm were absolutely ideal for our dog. She enjoyed playing with the resident Labradors, Max & Bear, and the shower facilities were perfect for washing her down after a fun-packed day at the beach. We also used the kennels for when we popped out for a restaurant meal in the evening and/or when she needed to dry off a bit before coming into the cottage.
The cottage itself was very nicely decorated and clean. We found the downstairs a little cosy, especially with a large breed of dog taking up the hallway, but the upstairs was very nicely laid out and the balcony was in the perfect position to enjoy the sunshine. There was also a very helpful welcome pack and guide left out for us which we found very useful.
The location is perfect for heading out and exploring. There are all the things you need in nearby Wadebridge (about a 10-15minute drive), and, once you've become accustomed to the Cornish narrow windy roads, everywhere else was within easy driving distances.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this cottage to anyone who wants to visit the area, especially if you have a dog. Thank you!
There are a number of beaches open to dogs all year round. For the food and wine lovers a tour of the Camel Valley winery is a must as are the gourmet restaurants of Stein and Outlaw in Padstow. The Eden Project is only 25 minutes away.