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Summer House

(Ref. 959302)

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We found the Summer House very cosy and warm and the cleanliness was excellent - all the things you look for with a holiday cottage."

    The hosts, Shirley and Chris, were very welcoming and friendly and had set up some lovely gardens and country walks, with the big added bonus of a tea room just through the garden gate! Even though it was Winter the gardens still looked great and we can only imagine how glorious they would be in Summer. Ending on a very high note - we absolutely loved the automatic gates and would like those at home! John & Yvonne

    Hello John & Yvonne. It was a delight to have you stay in our Summer House. Thank you for the lovely feedback. Would love to see you again if you visit this part of Cornwall. All the very best. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have had a lovely two weeks at the Summer House - a really beautiful and comfortable cottage in the middle of wonderful Cornish countryside and coast."

    What made our stay even more special were the fantastic extensive gardens right outside the cottage. This is the perfect place to relax as well as explore this area of Cornwall. The owners Shirley and Chris were really friendly and helpful, and we have already booked to return next year. A perfect place.

    It was a real pleasure having you stay in the Summer House. Thank you for the lovely review. We very much look forward to seeing you again next year. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Aug 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Very well equipped with everything you need for a stay away from home. Shirley & Chris have created a wonderful setting with their gardens full of plants sculptures and a well stocked pond to relax as you wander around. The cottage was within easy reach( short drive) of the attractions that West Cornwall has to offer , we particularly enjoyed Marazion and St Michael's Mount a very relaxed peaceful break just what we required.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. It was our pleasure having you stay here. So pleased that you enjoyed the garden, it makes all of our hard work worthwhile. All the very best to you both. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "Well appointed, very comfortable cottage in beautiful gardens."

    Owners available if needed. Excellent place to stay for exploring lovely places around Cornwall. Highly recommend.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. It was a pleasure having you stay . We really only met with you on arrival & departure, but guess that was because you were out enjoying the beautiful surroundings Cornwall has to offer. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and maybe see you both again some day. Kind Regards. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Summer House is a perfect retreat for a couple holidaying in Cornwall."

    Shirley and Chris have provided everything you could need for a week (or longer.) The lovely new bed was a treat. Use of the Homestead Woodland Gardens keeps us coming back for more - reading in the refurbished Garden Hideaway was so relaxing. The homegrown flowers and local cider and apple juice were very welcoming. Thank you for another outstanding holiday.

    Thank you again for your lovely feedback. Always a pleasure to have you both stay here. We are so pleased that the small changes that we make are appreciated by our guests. We do hope we get the opportunity to see you both again. Keep well. Enjoy the Summer. Kind Regards Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jun 2023

  • "The Summer House was in a lovely setting with its own private garden and access to the beautiful larger gardens provided and maintained by the owners."

    The descriptions on line do not do it justice. We could have just sat in the gardens for hours soaking in the tranquility and beauty . We were made to feel very welcome by the owners , Chris and Shirley, and we would say this is one of the best places we have ever stayed at, spotlessly clean with everything we needed. The cottage is well positioned for a holiday with excellent walks from Helston, and a number of tourist destinations, beaches, gardens, NT and English Heritage properties. Within a short travelling distance. A week was not really long enough to appreciate both cottage and the location Thank you

    So pleased you both enjoyed your holiday, despite the Easterly wind, which was relentless that week. It was lovely having you stay, thank you for the excellent feedback. We wish you both well and we do hope you will consider staying with us again should you come back to this area. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had such a fabulous stay at the summer house with a very warm welcome on our arrival by Shirley & Chris."

    A little piece of paradise in a wonderful setting, we enjoyed the tranquility so much we didn’t want to leave. The gardens are of an exceptional standard and considered to be one of the best private gardens in Cornwall by yours truly. An abundance of different species and lots of interesting features in the wildlife gardens & woodland area. Anyone into ornithology would be in their element as the birdsong is beautiful. Seriously do not hesitate to stay at this wonderful location as it’s so very tranquil. Lots of things to do in the surrounding areas as it’s a great base for sightseeing. Thank you Shirley & Chris for our spotlessly clean & well maintained accommodation .. looking forward to staying with you again next year. Julian & Ruth xx

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay. It is so rewarding when guests enjoy their visit and appreciate the work that we have put in over the years, creating the garden & grounds. We obviously love our surroundings & with the dawn chorus & daily bird song, we cannot imagine living anywhere else. It was a delight hearing about your daily excursions. You were such a joy to have stay. We wish you both well & look very much forward to you visiting again. Thank you. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian5.0May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our holiday enormously."

    Summer House was so comfortable and had everything you needed. The gardens are amazing. If you want to escape for peace and quiet this is the ideal place to go, Everything was perfect including the weather. THANK YOU Shirley and Chris.

    Thank you John & Glenys. It was our pleasure having you stay, so glad you enjoyed your time here and took advantage of the garden and grounds to enjoy some peaceful reading & chill time. We note that you have already booked a return visit in 2024- thank you so much. We will keep our fingers crossed for some more perfect weather! With our very best wishes. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William John5.0May 2023

  • "We absolutely loved staying at The Summer House hosted by Shirley and Chris."

    We would heartily recommend this wonderful place to stay to any couple, young, middle aged and older. Shirley is so kind and thoughtful, nothing is too much trouble. The Summer House is so well located and you can easily reach every wonderful place of interest, tourist spot or not. Or you may simply wish to stay in the cosy warm interior if the weather is inclement. Don’t forget to walk round the beautiful gardens and woods, aptly named ‘Primrose’ there were so many. Thank you Shirley and Chris.

    Thank you Lucy & Marcus for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure having you stay. Hope you will consider returning one day. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation, beautiful setting."

    Great base to come back to after a day out, with everything you would need. Really thoughtfully managed by welcoming hosts. Thank you.

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. It was our pleasure to have you stay here on our property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2023

  • "This Cottage was delightful, well appointed and well provisioned."

    The location was great for accessing all of east Cornwall being very central. The Cottage was very clean as well warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend any couple to book this you won’t be disappointed. The hosts are helpful and friendly but not intrusive a great balance.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Hopefully, you will consider staying with us again should you return to this area. Happy New Year. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful barn."

    Very well appointed but needs updating. Our only complaint is that the tv needs updating to a smart tv in order to have more choice of programmes especially in the winter months and darker evenings. The bed was far too small and the shower quite restrictive. Other than that we had a great stay.

    We are pleased that you had a great stay and it was a pleasure to meet you both. We are disappointed that you have complained about the TV. This is a SMART LED TV. Nearly every evening during your stay you rang or messaged us to say that you were unable to operate the tv. Chris called around each time you contacted us & explained or showed you how to find the channels. He also explained, that in this area, we are not always able to access all of the channels that you have access to back at your home address. There was also a manual for use in the folder. You also mention that the bed was too small! this is a standard 4'6" double bed. Due to the roof structure of the Byre and the exposed timber beams in the mezzanine, we compromised on bed size to avoid anyone tall hitting their head on the beam when getting out of the bed, however, we do think that we could get away with a 5' bed and will consider this when replacing. As for the shower, this is a standard size shower, more than adequate for one person, but understandably, should two persons want to shower at the same time, then this would be somewhat restrictive. You say the Summer House was beautiful and very well appointed but needs updating. Where or what does the updating refer to? We are disappointed that some of the above was not mentioned to us during your stay and that you felt the need to publish this rather than bring it to our attention at the time. Shirley and Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hilary4.4Sep 2022

  • "Das Cottages "The Summer House" ist ein ruhiger, komfortabler, wunderschöner Rückzugsort für 2 Personen."

    Wir haben uns hier 14 Tage super wohlgefühlt. Die Eigentümer sind überaus freundlich und hilfsbereit. Der angrenzende große private Garten der Eigentümer ist ein Traum und kann Besichtigt werden. Das Cottages ist gut gelegen und der ideale Ausgangspunkt für alle Unternehmungen in Cornwall. Wir können das Cottages uneingeschränkt empfehlen. Sabine & Dietmar / Hamm, Germany xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Cottages "The Summer House" is a quiet, comfortable, beautiful retreat for 2 people. We felt very comfortable here for 14 days. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. The adjacent large private garden of the owners is a dream and can be visited. The cottages are well located and the ideal base for all things to do in Cornwall. We can fully recommend the cottages. Sabine & Dietmar / Hamm, Germany

    Thank you so much for your kind words. We do apologise for our lack of German, hence communication was a little difficult. However, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, despite the weather not being great. Thank you for choosing the Summer House for your holiday. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dietmar5.0Sep 2022

  • "An excellent cottage."

    Spotlessly clean, very comfortable and an ideal place to stay. Close to both North and South coasts. Shirley and Chris were excellent hosts both helpful and friendly. The garden was superb and having an unobtrusive cafe 30 yards away was an extra bonus. Excellent breakfasts and coffee. Can highly recommend the cottage. we really enjoyed our stay.

    It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your kind review and thank you for booking the Summer House for your summer break. Shirley & Chris. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "The Summer House is such a unique property for two, kept to high standards by Shirley and Chris."

    The accommodation is spread neatly over three floors and has all the home comforts you need for a week away from home. We love staying here because of the peace and tranquility of the setting, the friendly welcome from the owners and the house's location is perfect for exploring the beautiful Southern coast of Cornwall.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We do so hope we will have the pleasure of seeing you both again one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is a unique property away from it all, with beautiful surroundings!"

    Tranquil and private. The property is presented immaculately with every little detail. Shirley and Chris are perfect hosts who make you feel very welcome.

    Such a lovely couple who were a delight to chat to. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. Very much appreciated. Hope to have you stay with us again one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann-Marie5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really nice accommodation and accommodating owners."

    Great location and facilities.

    Thank you both so much for your feedback. It was lovely to see you for your 4th visit. We hope you will consider staying with us again some day. We will have to work on the accuracy of the listing to get full marks! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jun 2022

  • "Summer House can only be described as the perfect location for two people to spend a relaxing holiday, with fantastic gardens and woodlands for you to enjoy."

    The property is clean and there is everything you could possibly need for your stay, would highly recommend you won't be disappointed.

    Thank you so much for the lovely review. Also, thank you for the bottle of wine, we will sit in the garden and enjoy a glass or two! Hope to see you both again some day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glen5.0Jun 2022

  • "13-20/05/22 Only 3 words needed."

    Perfect, perfect, perfect. Perfect accommodation. Everything you need/expected and more. Perfect setting. Secluded private garden with access to stunning grounds. Perfect hosts. Friendly welcoming and helpful.

    We are proud of where we live and what we offer our guests & are so grateful for your lovely comments. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfortable cottage."

    Just right for 2 people. Good location to get to Lizard, north coast or far west of Cornwall. Lovely setting in beautiful gardens. Very helpful hosts. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2021

  • "The property is well positioned to visit West Cornwall."

    Our hosts were very friendly and did everything to ensure we had an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Sep 2021

  • "This was our third holiday at the beautiful Summer House."

    Shirley and Chris have created an unforgettable oasis of calm at the property. The ability to step through the gate in the wall to the Pond Garden meant that every day we had another place to explore after our travels around Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Summerhouse is an extremely high quality, well appointed picturesque cottage."

    Set in beautiful surroundings. An ideal place for a relaxed holiday for a couple. We loved it and would not hesitate to go back again!

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great place to stay in lovely gardens"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "The owners, Shirley and Chris have got this all sewn up, they have thought of everything, nothing is to much trouble."

    The word perfection comes to mind in relation to the summer house, it is just perfect. And so are the grounds. Book this and you will net be dissapointed.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "Peace and tranquillity can be enjoyed at the Summer House: Thoughtfully equipped and decorated by it's lovely owners."

    A very good place to be and you'll look forward to returning after a day out on the cliff-tops of the Lizard peninsula.

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Oct 2020

  • "This wonderful cottage will suit anyone wanting to get away from it all."

    Despite its location adjoing the Helston/Redruth road we heard nothing of the traffic. The huge gardens are a haven of wildlife including the owners menagerie (Goose, Duck and Hen currently) and the variety of planting and native trees is amazing. Awoken by the dawn chorus set us up for exploring The Lizard Peninsula and beyond which is all on the doorstep. The owners will keep a low profile but, if you need the, they are a charming couple for whom nothing seemed too much trouble. With the whole county to choose from our next trip to Cornwall will certainly be spent here.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful,spotlessly clean and a lovely retreat."

    the gardens were really peaceful to walk around and the goose and the ducks were an added extra to see when you came back after a day out. Shirley and Chris were lovely hosts and we would return again at some point in the future.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage and gardens."

    Best I’ve stopped in by far. Owners very helpful and pleasant. Cannot think of anything negative about it

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2020

  • "Our holiday home was perfectly located within their own stunning grounds and woodland."

    Immaculate House, with a lovely local produce welcome pack on our arrival. Location very well suited to visit local landmarks. The Summer house was a joy to relax in both inside and out. The very friendly owners were on hand if needed and a private parking space was a welcome bonus for us. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2020

  • "Our second holiday at The Summer House exceeded our first, Shirley and Chris go out of their way to ensure that the house is welcoming and at an exceptional standard."

    The local area is perfect for walking and exploring bays and harbours. We had a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a heavenly setting.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jul 2020

  • "We've been to quite a few cottages around the UK, but none with this much ambiance!"

    The garden setting was simply stunning, peaceful and at the same time uplifting. Sipping a latte or a wine on the deck or by the fire outside, either in the day time or evening was another joy to be experienced. Thanks Chris & Shirley, your escape from the mortal world was a unique blessing for us!

    Reviewed by Elgar5.0Jul 2020

  • "The property was every bit as good as the online details which were only exceeded by the attention and warmth of the welcome of the owners."

    Make no mistake this is a fantastic base from which to explore Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Oct 2019

  • "This is a most comfortable and clean property."

    Lovely gardens and such a welcome change from the hustle of everyday life. Tea shop just a short distance away with superb food. Ownwers could not have been more welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by A5.0Sep 2019

  • "What a lovely place to stay, the summer house isas good as it looks in the photos and the gardens are a delight."

    . Five star! There is a an excellent tea room on site which is open Thursday to Sunday and is very popular .

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful secluded property with lots to visit near by or just to sit back in comfort and relax."

    On site tea room with fabulous food and lovely hosts. What more could you want? Thanks

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2019

  • "A perfect slice of paradise, impossible to fault and hosted by the nicest people."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a perfect holiday at Summer House."

    Felt at home the minute we walked trough the door for the first time. The hosts are great and the garden they created is a beautifull retreat. A one week holiday is almost too short to enjoy it all.

    Reviewed by Wilma5.0Aug 2019

  • "What an amazing property to holiday in!"

    Exceptional cottage - the best we have stayed in to date. The gardens are a wonderful extra and we enjoyed wandering around them immensely. Lots of things to do nearby including beaches and gardens. Shirley and Chris are such lovely, friendly hosts and made us feel welcome from the start. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2019

  • "The owners were very Lovely and kind."

    The house was like a home away from home. We love md the garden very much.

    Reviewed by Marijke5.0Jun 2019

  • "Our holiday at Summer House was by far the most comfortable and relaxing self-catering holiday we have ever booked."

    Shirley and Chris have provided everything you could need, in a tranquil setting and with exceptionally high standards. The property is unique and perfect for a holiday for two. Having our own private outside space made for lovely breakfasts and evenings. Summer House is located well for exploring Cornwall and the fact we have rebooked for next year already shows how much we loved our holiday.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0May 2019

  • "The accommodation was perfect and set in private gardens that are available for guests was an added bonus."

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Aug 2018

  • "This cottage was by far the very best we have ever stayed in -- it was superb!"

    Everything about it was just perfect … the owners Shirley & Chris were the perfect hosts. The cottage itself was out of this world -- so pretty and imaginatively styled.. full of art works and everything was quality in the best condition. The whole place could not be faulted . That is before I mention the location -- a fantastic garden setting with private sitting area -- shade if required -- a bigger garden that opens to the public was ours to explore as well -- it was just heaven ….and, best of all a fantastic tearoom although it was much more than this on site which served exquisite food. The whole place is a credit to Shirley & Chris and I am sure we will return again soon. More places like this please !

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2018

  • "The Cottage is lovely well equipped in the most beautiful gardens and feature ponds."

    There is a wonderful on site tea room which comes highly recommended . The owners are very helpful and a delight nothing is too much trouble, one if not the best cottages and location we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Aug 2018

  • "It was PERFECT!"

    !!! The hosts are extremely friendly and helpful. Their garden is a dream. One of our finest stays in the UK ever.

    Reviewed by Matthias5.0Jul 2018

  • "Excellent property with ideal hosts."

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jun 2018

  • "This cottage is exemplary"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "This was a lovely cottage in an amazing unusual location."

    A great place for couples seeking a quiet location. The owners were very friendly and helpful. A memorable holiday..

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2018

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage surrounded by wonderful gardens."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2017

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  • Over three levels
  • King size bed in bedroom on mezzanine floor
  • Shower room on ground floor with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen on ground floor
  • Sitting room with dining area on first floor.
  • Economy 7 underfloor central heating, wood burner, electric stove and hob, microwave, dishwasher
  • TV and Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. additional logs available
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Raised patio with furniture, extensive gardens lawns and pond area
  • Sorry no pets, smoking or children
  • Shop within 2 miles, pub within a few minute drive
  • Note: No washing machine although shared use of the owners washing machine & tumble dryer.

The property

This stunning and unique converted cow byre is situated within 2 miles of Helston.

Detached and secluded from the owners' residence the property provides a romantic couples retreat.

The interior is spread over three levels, with wood or brick flooring, high vaulted ceilings with lofted timber beams, a central brick feature fireplace and a superb mezzanine bedroom.

The entrance leads into the open plan living area and seven steps on a curving semi-spiral staircase up to the mezzanine bedroom with feature brick wall and wood flooring.

Steps from the living area leads you to the ground floor and the tastefully fitted kitchen with stone tiles and door of to the shower room.

The sitting area has a traditional wood burner within a brick feature fireplace, a dining area and doors opening to a patio which leads onto a beautiful garden, which has a mixture of lawn, paths, pond and so much more.

Artists and photographers alike will take pleasure in wandering through the owners' woods and picturesque gardens that are vibrant with colour from a profusion of lush planting.

Helston is lovely market town to explore.

A great position for exploring south Cornwall.

Porthleven is just a 10 minute drive with its lovely harbour, fishing boats, fine restaurants, bespoke shops and the beach.

You are also within a 30 minute drive to Falmouth, The Lizard and Penzance all of which have lots to see and do.

There are some lovely coves and sheltered beaches along the stretch of coast from Porthleven to Penzance or start the coastal path from Loe Bar.

A perfect cottage which is ideally situated to explore Cornwall although when you stay at the Summer House you may not want to leave it.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Porthleven 3 miles; Falmouth 12 miles; Penzance 14 miles.

Helston lies at the western gateway to the Lizard Peninsula, a large area of downland fringed by a beautiful and spectacular coastline. Helston is a pleasant busy market town famous for its Flora Day Festival and the many stories and legends about the "Furry Dance" are told in the fascinating Helston Folk Museum. Nearby is the Poldark Mine, one of the best underground experiences in the south west and which tells of the widespread mining heritage of this area. Nestled in a tranquil setting is the National Seal Sanctuary on the Helford River, where there is plenty of entertainment watching seals play and feed. If it is thrill rides that excites you, then Flambards theme park will keep you amused all day and also has excellent living history experiences. Further afield is the harbour town of Falmouth to the east and Land's End to the west. Helston is a wonderful holiday destination offering plenty of attractions for the whole family.

Note: Regretfully, children are not accepted at this property