16 Brunel Quays

Lostwithiel, Cornwall (Ref. 1117)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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  • Pets


The property

A charming terraced property within a Grade II listed former railway building, originally designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 1860s, situated on the edge of the quiet town of Lostwithiel.

The property today forms an elegant residence, and is furnished and decorated in modern style to a very high standard yet still retaining an air of timeless grace and beauty.

The arched windows and exposed stonewalling are original features, the rooms are large and well proportioned and the patio on the riverbank catches afternoon and evening sun.

The railway (trains pass very slowly) is on one side and the river quay with its small boats and wildfowl on the other.

All the town&

8217;s amenities are a ten minute walk away and the nearby country rail station (2 mins walk) serves trains leading to Penzance, St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay and Plymouth.

This is a holiday home with a difference.

A home to be enjoyed after exploring the area&

8217;s many and varied attractions.


Four bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin & WC), 1 x single, 1 x second floor twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Well-equipped, modern kitchen. Spacious and delightful sitting room with dining area. Patio on riverside with garden furniture.


  • Gas central heating
  • Electric double oven, electric ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, video, DVD player, stereo/CD player, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private, off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with garden furniture (unfenced river bank with 5 foot drop to river within 15 yards - children beware)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 400 yards
  • Note: This property accepts a maximum of 7 people including infants.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “We loved it.”
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    • “We thought we were taking a risk by not staying near the coast but we are so glad we did. This house is an amazing place to stay with everything you could need. The photos just don't do it justice. I tried to take photos to show friends and family how lovely it is but couldn't quite get the feel of the place. It was the perfect place to stay. Maggie met us at the property and showed us how things work. We also had tea, coffee, milk and biscuits left for us. Lostwithiel is a lovely place to stay with some nice places to eat. I would recommend the fish and chips. Lostwithiel is ideally situated for exploring Cornwall. You have to stay here.”

    Kellie W, Colchester, United Kingdom, August 2015

    • “Absolutely lovely house”
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    • “This house is really well laid out, and plenty of room for 7 adults. The kitchen is well equipped and really clean. The only downside was that there weren't enough comfy seats in the living area, one of us had to sit on a dining chair. We got a murder/treasure hunt on-line and it was not too long and got you to tour around Lostwithiel.”

    Catherine H, Chepstow, May 2015

    • “I don't want to go home!”
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    • “I'm writing this review on our second day at this fabulous property and I can't praise it enough, it deserves 6 stars. The photos don't show how lovely it is we were met by the owner who gave us comprehensive instructions, and left us tea, milk & biscuits. The property is huge and very comfortably furnished with everything you'd need. There is a lovely area to sit out overlooking the river and although you hear the trains pass it's not intrusive. A short walk takes you into the town which has some nice shops and eateries. Another excellent rental from Sykes, we're never disappointed with their properties. I'm looking forward to the rest of our stay.”

    LucindaStaffs, Staffs, June 2014

    • “The comfort and cleanliness and location made it a relaxing holi”
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    • “The lady was there to meet us and showed us around the cottage and explained where the shops and pubs where . There was tea coffee milk and biscuits there, so we could have a break before we unloaded the car .the cottage was very comfortable and it was nice to sit on the patio by the river , The location was perfect for the places we wanted to visit. The railway was close by if you didn't want to drive.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Egremont Cumbria, January 2014

    • “marvellous.”
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    • “excellent experience for a week,s holiday.everything needed was provided for our stay.i loved the location,the local history of the area,local shopping was adequate.the best i enjoyed was the rail station for travel.i think the local bus service could be improved.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Norwich., August 2013

    • “Wonderful base for a relaxing holiday”
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    • “When we arrived at the property we were amazed at the size ... The photographs on the website do not really give a good indication of just how large the property is. It was a lovely touch to have tea, coffee, biscuits and milk waiting for us after a long journey. The cottage has everything needed for a lovely relaxing holiday and would be plenty big enough for seven people .. there were 3 adults in our party. The property is the only holiday cottage amongst residential homes, the neighbours are all very welcoming and friendly - one of our neighbours loaned us a spare parasol (the only thing missing in quite an extensive inventory in the cottage) when the weather was very hot as they were concerned we were not able to sit outside. The small courtyard garden at the back is a sun trap and a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine and a book and watch the occasional boat pass by. We travelled down by car but have only used our car once as the train service is excellent and very good value for money - the trains are very reliable and we have travelled somewhere every day. We did not really notice the sound of the trains much during our stay and the village is beautiful.”

    Lesley S, High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom, July 2013

    • “this is a comfortable, clean rental in the beautiful Cornish cou”
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    • “16 Brunel Quays was our base for four weeks in October.My husband is registered blind and we are both in our 70s. Our children and grandchildren came to stay for varying lengths of time and there is ample accommodation for 7. We found the connection with Brunel interesting, and the conversion very well done. We did not need to drive anywhere as all the amenities were so close. We even walked up to the castle although the final hill was steep. Lostwithiel is an interesting town, most of the shops are privately owned and sell superb local produce. The washing machine was great but the dryer was not very good.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Mill Bay Vancouver Island, January 2012

    • “exceeded expectations”
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    • “A modern spacious yet historical terraced conversion of one of Brunel's carriage sheds. As a group of elderly tourist's who wanted a base to explore all that this area of Cornwall has to offer then this property excelled. With milk, tea, coffee and biscuits awaiting our arrival to all mod appliances to hand and comfy beds for a good nights sleep we all enjoyed a welcome break. Within walking distance there are a variety of shops and pubs, all with very friendly staff, and we can recommend the food at the Royal Talbot, complete with real ale and a jazz band, when we dined. The adjacent railway is not intrusive, if anything more of a novelty with the length of the China Clay trains and hardly audible, but then we are all over 60! All in all we would recommend Brunel Quays and we look forward to re-visiting.”

    CharlieDorzet, Dorzet, April 2011

    • “A Lovely place to stay”
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    • “Everything about the holiday accommodation was excellent. The only downside was the noise from the train station close by. The last train was at 11.30 pm and was very loud in the bedroom accommodation. The first train in the morning was 6/6.30 am and you don't really want to be woken at 6.30 on your holiday. That was the only time you noticed the noise of the train was late at night and early morning. Quite annoying and spoilt an otherwise excellent property. Plus we did ask about the trains before we rented the accommodation and were told that the noise would be minimal.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Southampton, November 2010

    • “Lovely house in a lovely position in a lovely location.”
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    • “The property was spotless and very well furnished with lots of facilities. We were made very welcome and our comfort considered at all times. Clear instructions for all appliances. The patio is a lovely place to sit and watch the wild life on the river. Lostwithiel itself is charming with great walks in all directions. The station is very closeby, making travel without the car easy.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Thornton, December 2009

    • “Brunel Quays Lostwithiel”
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    • “A charming and beautifully appointed house in an excellent location. The owner was welcoming and the house was very well equipped. Lostwithiel is a pleasant town with shops and restaurants in easy walking distance and centrally located for visiting the many places of interest in the area. We even enjoyed the trains going past the front of the house. a super place to stay.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Worcester, December 2009

    • “Clean and comfortable”
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    • “Very well presented spacious house. High state of cleanliness. Fluffy white towels. If I'd known it was so near Lostwithiel station I'd have traveled there by train direct from London, so convenient. (There were some railway works going on at night which was a little disturbing to the general peace of the place, but that was not the owners fault.) The town is so nearby it's a 5 min walk if that, and there are plenty of shops, cafe's, pubs around. Central for most of the local attractions in surrounding areas. Had a great time.”

    Chrystal_12, Canterbury, United Kingdom, September 2015

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    • “The property is very spacious with plenty of room for the suggested 7 occupants. It is a very interestingly converted building in a good location for visiting attractions in this part of Cornwall. The neighbours are very friendly and welcoming.”

    Mr Coello, Ringwood, October 2015

    • “The property was clean, had very comfortable beds and a lovely light airy feel. There was plenty of space and the property was in a good position, it had everything we needed. We would be happy to go there again.”

    Mrs Clark, Torrington, September 2015

    • “This is an amazing property in an interesting old building. The property was in a lovely location a few minutes walk from shops, cafes and pubs. The ideal place for our holiday.”

    Mrs Woods, Colchester, August 2015

    • “It is a lovely house, in a beautiful town, within good reach of many places of interest.”

    Mr Sawers, Reading, July 2015

    • “Centrally situated which meant ideal for touring and site seeing. Lostwithiel as a town offered more than adequate facilities as a base.16 Brunel Quays was a private and spacious to enable more than one family to share and enjoy privacy. This allowed us to have an excellent family holiday with sufficient parking for two families.”

    Mr Boot, Wednesbury, August 2014

    • “The cottage was of high quality in an excellent location. The fittings and furnishings were excellent with nice little additional touches - tea,coffee and milk on arrival. Although near the railway line, this did not cause any nuisance and in fact was an asset for exploring the region.We also like the easy access to the village with its convenient shops.”

    Mr Lewis, St. Albans, June 2014

    • “This was a stunning property but then we've never been disappointed with Sykes properties. The location was great, so near to the station we went out on the train several times. The house was spacious and beautifully furnished and the owner very helpful.”

    Mrs Bray, Burntwood, June 2014

    • “Our third visit and it was just as enjoyable. In a great location to explore Cornwall, we will be returning next year for sure.”

    Mrs Pardoe, Weymouth, May 2014

    • “Excellent accommodation in a very good location. The owner was very friendly and helpful, as were the neighbours. We shall visit again at some stage.”

    Mr Richards, Tetbury, March 2014

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About the location


Bodmin 5.5 miles; Fowey 7 miles.

A delightfully peaceful country town, nestling in the Fowey river valley amid the woods and fields that characterise the area. Renowned as a centre for the antiques trade, there are several shops and dealers in the town, as well as a fine collection of country pubs, restaurants and a thriving farmer’s market. Lanhydrock House (NT) and gardens is just 3 miles away, while the fabulous Boconnoc House, Eden Project, shipwreck museum and tall ships harbour at Charlestown, and the picturesque fishing villages of Mevagissey, Fowey and Padstow, with the famous Rick Stein restaurants, are all within easy driving distance. The tumbling Atlantic surf, long sandy beaches and dramatic coastline of the north coast, including at the renowned Newquay, make for great days out and there is also chance to enjoy river canoeing, biking, hiking and leisurely walks in this lovely area. The friendly locals also have ongoing activities, such as the raft race, the famous tug of war, Carnival week and seagull outboard motor races. The river Fowey runs from the town on its 8 mile journey through the fields and wooded valleys to the gentler southern coast, a natural paradise for those who love the sea. Centrally placed, with much to do and see in the immediate area, Lostwithiel is the perfect choice for those seeking a break away from the hectic pace of the tourist resorts.

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