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Tressa, Tor Down Quarry

St Breward, Cornwall (Ref. 962968)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Outstanding hosts who provided first class accommodation."

    Everything was perfect and there was even a cream tea waiting for us on arrival. Kirsty and John were so helpful and friendly, really keen to ensure that our stay was special and comfortable. Plenty of space around the accommodation ensured that it was lovely and quiet. The site was fascinating with two clear water lakes set within old quarry workings and with seating areas outside. We would certainly recommend this accommodation to anyone wanting a quiet location in a beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by KeithNov 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay with you the scenery was beautiful."

    The dogs really enjoyed their stay too with the walks in the woods. We definitely got out work out for the year with the steep hill

    Reviewed by GeorginaNov 2021

  • "From the moment we arrived Kirsty and John made us feel so welcome, we had an incredible time and can’t wait to return next year!"

    Reviewed by MatthewOct 2021

  • "A brilliant location."

    Quiet & comfortable. Upon arrival ther was a cream tea waiting. The accomadation was clean, bright & everything was ther including dish washer tablets . The owners had thought of everything. Can't say how comfortable we were on arrival just to soak in hot tub & swim in lake which was all within walking distance to cabin. Top marks to owners for there attention to detail. Highly reccomend.

    Reviewed by NormanSep 2021

  • "We had a great holiday."

    The lodge was very comfortable with good facilities. The hot tub was a lovely bonus. Access to the site is a bit difficult but we soon got used to it. We loved The Old Inn, just up the road

    Reviewed by MelvynSep 2021

  • "The setting was lovely, really quiet and relaxing."

    The lodge was well equipped and clean, we all loved our stay, my son especially loved the hot tub! We all went swimming in the quarry too. Can recommend the local pub The Old Inn for food but book in advance as it gets busy.

    Reviewed by KellyAug 2021

  • "Tressa was set in a beautiful quarry and the surroundings were extremely peaceful and made for a lovely holiday."

    The lodge itself was fantastic but let down by the most uncomfortable mattress in the ensuite bedroom. The mattress was very old and tired so I thick foam mattress topper had been put on top which was boiling hot and you rolled around like you’re on a marshmallow. My daughter was so uncomfortable she slept on the sofa for four of the nights. The mattress in the other bedroom was perfect thankfully as my mother has a terrible back and neck condition. The quarry behind our lodge was lovely to swim in. However the ladder installed to get down into the water rather than having to grab handles only had one which was not fixed securely and the space between the treads was very far apart and because you were holding your hands together in front of you when I tried to get in the quarry there was too much space between the treads and I fell very badly injuring my elbow arm and leg. I think a proper ladder with grab handles either side would be far more stable as had my daughter not been with me I would not have been able to get out. All this said if the ladder was changed swimming was an absolute dream in the quarry. I hope the mattress gets replaced had it not been for the lack of sleep I would without question book to return to Tressa as it was the most relaxing place to be. The most important thing with any holiday is getting a good. Night sleep and having a lovely hot shower. It always amazes me when people do not invest in decent mattresses. Please sort them out as we would all love to return

    Reviewed by JustineAug 2021

  • "We loved our stay here at Tressa."

    The accommodation was great, we could bring our dogs and lots of space in the property for us humans and them to lounge about. The property was well equipped and clean. Two good sized bathrooms as well was a bonus. The outdoor area was great and lakes were brilliant for swimming and kayaking. The entire property location was brilliant and if like walking, sightseeing it's a must to visit. We will absolutely be booking again. The pub in the village was welcoming and also allowed dogs in. Just book on their website and select you have dogs and they will seat you accordingly. Also recommend visiting Blisland near St Breward, nice little gift shop, pub and cafe. Beaches nearby are Trebarwith and Daymer but check the tide times before venturing down.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2021

  • "So much more than we expected."

    Everything you could possibly need to have a hassle free self catered holiday, even herbs and spices for cooking. Owners really helpful and friendly, nothing too much trouble. Beautiful, peaceful, idyllic surroundings.

    Reviewed by MaeveJul 2021

  • "The hosts were brilliant couldn't do enough for us"

    Reviewed by BlairJul 2021

  • "The lodge was very nice and well equipped with everything you might need."

    The location was beautiful and lots of wildlife, we saw a deer by our lodge. The lakes were nice and refreshing and enjoyed the hot tub. The coast was 20 mins drive. The hosts came to say hello and we’re on hand with any help with needed about the local area. We didn’t want to leave, would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JayneJul 2021

  • "Was very good and relaxing."

    Lovely owners.lovely cabin.great place for dogs.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "We spent a week in Tressa at Tor Down Quarry and had a really lovely time."

    The accommodation is well laid out and extremely well equipped. The location is simply idyllic and the ideal place to relax and unwind. We enjoyed many woodland walks, cycled the camel trail, and visited Port Isacc, Polzeath, Padstow, and Tintagel which were all just a short drive from Tor Down. There is a lovely walk to the local village pub which is super friendly and the food is great. Kirsty is a great host and nothing was too much trouble. The cream tea on arrival was a very nice touch and much appreciated. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by DonnaJun 2021

  • "An idyllic location, so quiet."

    Amazing hikes over the moors from the doorstep, a few minutes from the end of the camel trail. 10 minutes from stunning coastline! Fantastic facilities and well equipped lodge amazing hot tub with lovely view. Plus 2 quarry lakes to swim or paddleboard in. I highly recommend this place! And the owners are so friendly and helpful. Thank you for a great week Nicki and Dave

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2021

  • "Fantastic and beautiful ."

    Kirsty was lovely We would recommend this holiday to any body .

    Reviewed by AntonyOct 2020

  • "Everything about the lodge was fantastic, beds were very comfy & the scenery was beautiful!"

    Spent a lot of time in the hot tub as it was great!! Very clean and met upon arrival by the very friendly Land owners!

    Reviewed by LewisAug 2020

  • "Our stay at Tressa, Tor Down Quarry was fantastic!"

    The accommodation was wonderful — very clean on arrival, with a wonderful treat of cream tea on arrival. The owners were exceptionally friendly, and the whole area with the two quarry lakes was great. Also, the Old Inn, just a mile away, is a great pub/restaurant. I would really recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by GarethAug 2020

  • "Amazing accommodation, excellent facilities and beautiful setting."

    We spent the days visiting an array of incredible locations, too many to choose from, and spent the evenings in the hot tub and eating dinner outside. Bliss. If it’s available for your dates - book it, you won’t regret it!

    Reviewed by EmilyJul 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our week here."

    The lodge was clean bright and had everything we needed. The owners were great and couldn't look after us enough.

    Reviewed by AdamOct 2019

  • "Absolutely wonderful cottage couldn't ask for anything more only down side I ..."

    Absolutely wonderful cottage couldn't ask for anything more only down side I would say it would be nice to have a fence round back of cottage for dogs

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2019

  • "Although in an out of the way quiet location Tor Down Quarry gives good access to North and South Coast."

    Really dog friendly and owners very helpful, wildlife a plenty we had a Roe deer visit less than 20 feet away.

    Reviewed by PhillipSep 2019

  • "The lodge was in beautiful surroundings high above St Breward."

    It had everything we needed including enough dishwasher tablets, dish cloth etc. It was bright inside and had lovely big doors to look out from. We will certainly return

    Reviewed by TracySep 2019

  • "I am almost hestitant to leave feedback as this gem may be fully booked, each time I want to go back!"

    ! What a find. A beautifully equipped, clean and delightful lodge, where no expensive has been spared in either the furniture or the bedding, linen and towels. A delightful surprise on arrival, lovely homemade scones, jam and clotted cream. The setting is perfect for touring all of Cornwall, but being able to return to total peace. (there is only one other lodge) To sit and take in the most amazing view and sunsets. The two lakes are awesome and outside the lodge is wonderful for your dogs. The village is delightful and everyone is helpful and friendly. Great village store and pub. But, most of all, the owners are delightful.Kirsty and family are charming, welcoming and cant do enough for you. I highly recommend.

    Reviewed by VeronicaSep 2019

  • "Fantastic location, the cottage had everything we wanted, and the hot tub was placed in a perfect setting overlooking a beautiful private lake which was an added bonus."

    We visited many beaches along the north coast, plus Tintagel. The cottage has excellent access to Bodmin Moor for walks plus there is a pub in St Breward itself with great pub food and of course rattler cider a favourite. Kirsty and John were excellent hosts , super helpful and we loved the cornish cream tea that was waiting for us on arrival. A beautiful location with great access to the beaches on the north coast. We will definately be back.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2019

  • "Tressa is situated in a peaceful spot on the edge of Bodmin Moor."

    . The quarries are stunning and provided us with wild swimming and diving every day, followed by a dip in the hot tub to warm up. Kirsty and John are the kindest, most generous hosts and nothing was too much trouble. We didn’t want to leave and hope to be back in the not too distant future!

    Reviewed by ClareAug 2019

  • "Perfect peaceful location."

    St Breward provided a super base away from the hustle n bustle but in the centre of all the things we wanted to do(1/2 hr to Padstow-camel trail and sea safari we got to see dolphins n kinky whale breath taking/Tintagel- searching King Arthur and coast walk to Boscastle spectacular/Port Isaac-Sea food fresh from the sea n Doc Martin's house /Bodmin Jail- Crime n punishment old style). We were given fabulous friendly welcome right from the moment we arrived we felt it was a home from home. We didn't want to be on a huge site and with just a couple of rental units it was ideal our neighbours were friendly and so the shared use of hot tub worked well we were there different times. We had the top lake to ourselves which was one reason for our choice Learning SUP so it was sheltered, safe and secluded. The Buzzards we're flying above and there cry could be heard before you saw them birds were skimming the lake for insects, there were lots of damsel flies and carp in the lake who were curious what we were up to. We booked late and although the outside isn't picture box cottage, I think the inside was perfect well decorated clean, warm and so well stocked with games, books binoculars I find it hard to think of anything else that would make it more perfect. Our local for the week 'The Old Inn' gave us the perfect traditional pub feel we ate here three nights because it was so welcoming, the food was very tasty ie Lamb shanks(super tasty), Steak(tender n well cooked), steak n Ale pie(well filled) and Mussels (great portion). All were all great it was hard to choose washed down beith a tasty Rattler. At the end of our stay we didn't want to leave and we will be going again I don't think a week was long enough.

    Reviewed by AndyJul 2019

  • "Such a wonderful place, the dogs had a great time swimming in the quarries."

    The owners couldn't have been more helpful and although there weren't any problems we felt that they would have been approachable is the had been. The cabin was very clean spacious and modern with plenty of room outside for the dogs to run around. This site was great for anybody wishing to explore Bodmin Moor and surrounding areas. I would thoroughly recommend and we are definitely thinking of going back next year. Top marks

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2019

  • "A lovely cottage and in a totally peaceful location."

    Lots of lovely walks and places to visit and explore. The owners were very thoughtful and very happy to help us if we needed anything and gave some wonderful recommendations for places to see and visit.

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2019

  • "Absolutely brilliant place to stay!"

    If you're up for being a bit in the middle of nowhere, with loads of places to walk and ride bikes and explore, but also close enough to a shop, pub and main attractions around Cornwall, I couldn't recommend Tor Down Quarry enough. Kirsty and John were lovely, very accommodating and the lodge was beautifully decorated, had everything you could possibly need and a great view over the countryside. The hot tub is just away from the lodge but overlooks one of the lakes and has a great view at sunset. The lakes on the property are beautiful to just sit and admire the wildlife in the sun or even try a bit of fishing. As a group, we really enjoyed our stay at Tressa and will most definitely be returning later in the year!

    Reviewed by MaddieMay 2019

  • "The lodge was situated in beautiful surroundings and was decorated and equipped to an extremely high standard."

    A real home away from home. Everything had been thought of, it was perfect. The cream tea and dog supplies left for us by Kirsty and John were a lovely touch. We'll definitely be back

    Reviewed by LyndseyFeb 2019

  • "Very nice accommodation, high standard, comfortable and well equipped."

    Friendly, welcoming and approachable owners available if needed for anything. Fairly remote location which was wanted but also only a short drive from plenty to do. Tea, (very nice) coffee, milk and a tasty cream tea! all available on arrival and much welcomed! Only minor point to consider was the WiFi arrangement. 3GB allowance given and very expensive top up rate offered (£20 for additional 3GB). May be something to consider, not too much of an issue as we only stayed the weekend but with time of year, and sometimes shakey tv signal might be more of a big deal to some. Overall very nice experience though. Many thanks

    Reviewed by TomFeb 2019

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The property

For a family or two couples seeking fun and adventure on holiday, a stay at this lovely and spacious dog-friendly lodge offers it all.

Set within a large quarry, the two private spectacular lakes boast a variety of outdoor pursuits including diving and wild swimming.

Walkers and cyclists are also well catered for as within a mile is the start of the famous Camel Trail taking you through the moors and countryside along a disused railway line all the way to Padstow.

After the thrill and excitement of a day on the moors or enjoying the exhilarating lakes, relax in the hot tub before returning to the lodge, or gather your loved ones for a barbecue.

The lodge is both spacious and comfortable with an open-plan living room, well-equipped kitchen and cosy dining and sitting areas.

When it comes to dining out, within two miles you have two of the finest moorland pubs in Cornwall.

Close by in the village is the award-winning Old Inn, dating back to the 11th century with homely dog-friendly bars and huge roaring log fires in the winter.

A little further is the Blisland Inn famous for providing the finest range of real ale in the County and is a former national CAMRA pub of the year.

With so much to do and see in the immediate area you could well spend your entire holiday here but you are in a good central location for touring Cornwall if you decide to venture further afield.

A perfect base for an action packed holiday whatever time of year.

This property can be booked with Costentyn, and Mellyone Beder Del (Melly) together they sleep 23.


  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC)
  • Family bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining and sitting areas.
  • Electric panel heaters
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Use of two private lakes and a communal hot tub
  • Ample off road parking
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Guests have use of two private lakes for wild swimming or fishing (brown trout and common carp on a catch and release basis)
  • Please note this lodge can be booked with the only other nearby lodge ref 962967, 1051215, 995951 and together they will sleep 23
  • Please Note: This property has a good housekeeping bond of £400

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


Bodmin 7 miles; Lostwithiel 14 miles; Padstow 17 miles; St Austell 20 miles.

St Breward is a small village set amongst beautiful countryside in Cornwall, about 7 miles from Bodmin. The village offers all the amenities you will require during your stay with a shop, village hall, church, two playgrounds and a pub. A footpath in the village creates a nice circular loop past the holy well, the church and across the River Camel. Nearby, you can also enjoy the Camel Trail which is popular with both walkers and cyclists and winds its way through the town Wadebridge on its journey to the sea at Padstow. On the edge of the town of Bodmin is the fascinating museum and haunting presence of the old Bodmin Jail, which was built from granite excavated from this very quarry back in 1840. Close by are the open spaces and wind swept grandeur of Bodmin Moor while the incomparable Eden Project (11 miles), Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum (30 miles) and the beautiful harbour town of Padstow with its famous pubs and restaurants (16 miles) make for great days out. There is a good choice of country pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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