The Retreat

St Keyne near Liskeard, Cornwall (Ref. 1678)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The property

A charming, stone-built cottage, adjoining an original mill house, in the peaceful Cornish village of St Keyne, 3 miles from Liskeard.

The Retreat is cosy and comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen, open plan living area and private patio, ideal for sitting out and relaxing.

Featured in the Daphne Du Maurier novel The King's General, the cottage is superbly located in the heart of the Cornish countryside.

Just a short walk away is St Keyne Wishing Well Halt, which is a request stop on the Looe Valley railway, meaning that there’s easy access to Looe and onto the mainline Liskeard for day trips to Penzance and St Ives.

With Polperro and Truro a short drive away, this superb area of Cornwall never fails to draw visitors year after year.

Note: This property can be booked with ref 2470 to accommodate 4 people.


All ground floor. One double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC. Fitted kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and electric fire.


  • LPG central heating with electric fire
  • Towel rail heater in bathroom
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, video, DVD
  • All fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot & highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden area for dogs
  • Private patio with furniture & BBQ
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop/post office & pub 3 miles (Liskeard or Duloe)
  • Note: Babes-in-arms only
  • Note: Property accessed via 4 descending steps, with handrail.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “fantastic cottage in lovely surroundings”
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    • “the owners were so thoughyful even leaving out treats for our dogs. The cottage was beautifully furnished and there was a railway station only 30 yards from the cottage which took you into looe .The garden was dog friendly and very relaxing and quite.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Tunbridge Wells, October 2013

    • “Wonderful”
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    • “The service received was first class the welcome from the owners was second to none and the cottage was very well furnished and comfortable. I would vote this cottage 100% perfect. The location was very central to most areas of Cornwall and could not be faulted in any way. One of the best features of this was it closeness to wonderful walks especially with dogs etc. The owners were very friendly and they treated our dog as if it was their own. There are no faults to be found excellent!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hockley Essex, December 2012

    • “A perfect place for a lovely relaxing holiday”
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    • “The Retreat was a lovely place to stay it had all the home comforts to come back to after a great day exploring this fantastic County. It is ideally placed having a local rail line on its doorstep for you to visit Cornwall's many places without having to take the car for that total chill out day. Both ann and Colin the proprietors of this Cottage were very friendly without being obtrusive and made us both feel very welcome on our first ever trip to the South West.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Washington Tyne 7 Wear, September 2012

    • “A cottage which is complete in all ways,with great surroundings”
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    • “This is a peaceful ,quiet location,the name says it allThe Retreat.It is small but with everything you possible may require for a perfect stay,home from home.The owners are really nice and leave extra touches for your stay,as well as for your canine family members,all these touches are very much appreciated.We feel this is the perfect end to our winter months and a great start to the new year,which is why this isnt our first visit and will not be our last.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Cotswolds, April 2012

    • “Relaxing.”
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    • “very relaxing and very good,owners very helpful if needed a very comfortable getaway.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, DERBYSHIRE, August 2011

    • “St Keane”
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    • “I thought it was brilliant, station right on the doorstep. I was able to get everwhere with ease.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Coventry, August 2011

    • “Great cottage, great cotttage and superbly located”
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    • “Pip and anne could not have been more helpful to us and the treats in the fridge for us on arrival were much appreciated. This was our very first trip to Cornwall and we absolutely loved everything about the whole fortnight. Getting the place cleaned and linen changed after week 1 was also a lovely touch and we were made to feel very special guests.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, North Yorkshire, November 2010

    • “A lovely break”
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    • “A lovely cottage. Well furnished and had all the equipment we needed. We were made very welcome by the owner who left wine, milk, tea, coffee and milk in the kitchen. Initially the property seemed a bit isolated but we soon found our way about. We would certainly stay at this property again.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Maidstone, June 2010

    • “Cosy warm and welcoming”
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    • “WE were made to feel very welcome. There were so many beautiful walks and places to see in the vicinity. Very comfortable and delightfully furnished accommodation with every amenity we needed. We and our dog enjoyed the enclosed garden too. we were able to sit outside in the sun which was an added bonus in March! Highly recommended.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Nuneaton, January 2010

    • “Very Special Holiday”
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    • “The cottage was everything that the brochure promised, a very tranquil setting, and a well equiped cottage. We had a very warm welcom from the owners, which included tea, coffee, milk, a very welcome bottle of wine after the long drive and a box of biscuits for our dog. Although we went at the end of September we had some really good weather and we were able to utalise the bbq on the patio to teke in those last rays and enjoy the peace and quiet. The cottage is ideally situated for exploring the surrounding area. There is nothing that the owners haven't thought about to make your stay an enjoyable, from the goodies, bbq equipment, bowls for the dog, its a real home from home and was sorry when the holiday ended.Would highly recommend this cottage to anyone.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leeds West Yorkshire, December 2009

    • “great place to take our dog”
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    • “We were met with warmth, and hospitality which was quite outstanding. extremely nice family that not only made us most welcome but also our westie who was a puppy at the time. A box of choccies were put out for me also as it was my birthday the day we arrived. great place also for visiting surrounding area and a little train service into Looe a few yards away from the cottage. the musical museum was most interesting which is on site also.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Clapham Near Bedford, December 2009

    • “An absolutely, peaceful retreat with everything you need in the”
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    • “Welcome very friendly but not fussy. Great biscuits and things to make a much needed cuppa. The cottage was different in a real country style. It was warm, lots of space and very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped- important as we like to cook a relaxed evening meal. Outside the garden was a delight- lots of birds and friendly rabbits. Having it's own station halt on the rail wayline to Looe very convienient.15”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Belper, August 2013

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    • “The cottage was very clean, well equipped and cosy. The garden was great for our 2 dogs as it was secure.”

    Mrs Sandell, Aylesbury, June 2015

    • “Had such a lovely time, will definitely be back.”

    Miss Lynch, Lancing, March 2015

    • “Small but very well laid out accommodation with a very well equipped kitchen. Had good outside space, including a small garden and separate patio area. Located in a quiet country location, with a short commute to the nearest town and coast.”

    Mr Blight, Bideford, January 2015

    • “The Retreat was our first ever cottage holiday and we were pleasantly surprised. Everything that we expected, The Retreat delivered. Our dogs came on holiday with us and it was nice for us to know they were safe in the garden. We caught the train to Penzance which was a new and different experience for us.”

    Mr Chrimes, Rochdale, August 2014

    • “The Retreat is spot on.It is quiet and peaceful and just the place for a get away and re-charge the batteries holiday. It has two patio areas so you can chase the sun around all day. The owners are lovely welcoming hosts. They added little extras to make your holiday start well.”

    Mrs Stuttard, Skipton, June 2014

    • “We can honestly say the cottage was delightful and suited our needs.”

    Mr Davill, Colne, May 2014

    • “The cottage is 500 yds from a little request stop railway line which takes you to either Looe or Liskard. The area is quiet and relaxing with plenty of walking. The garden was very secure for the dog and our hosts even supplied her with dog treats!”

    Mrs Gill, Bristol, April 2014

    • “So nice to walk into such a beautifully kept place. Everything you could need for your stay. Our dogs were made welcome too. Would definitely consider staying there again and will certainly recommend it to friends and family. Very pleased!”

    Mr Denning, Lydney, February 2014

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About the location


Liskeard 3 miles; Looe 5 miles.

The sleepy village of St Keyne nestles above the main valley leading down to the coast at Looe. Renowned for its rolling meadows and wooded valleys, the region is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers. The nearby south coast is the area's main attraction, offering lovely sandy beaches and coastal walks, while the working fishing ports of Looe, Fowey and Polperro are within a short drive. With impressive country houses and gardens nearby, the delightful cathedral city of Truro just a short drive away and the Eden Project, Heligan Gardens, the north coast resorts of Padstow and Port Isacc within driving distance, makes this is an ideal location for a relaxing break in picturesque surroundings.

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