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The Old Reading Room

Ladock, Cornwall (Ref. 1000630)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Ground floor bedroom

Reviews & Ratings

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a little hiccup when we checked in, to no fault of the owner."

    It was very quickly dealt with by Richard who is a lovely chap. We had a fantastic stay at the old reading rooms, we came for our honeymoon which I'm so glad we did. Stunning open plan living area, amazing bath and the comfiest bed. The balcony over the water is an added bonus, we spent a few evenings out there with a glass of wine. The area is perfect for exploring Cornwall, Newquay is only 20 minutes away, Padstow around the same and Truro 10 minutes. We had an amazing time exploring the local area and tasting the yummy food. I would absolutely recommend to anyone, if you're looking to enjoy all that Lacock and surrounding areas has to offer, which is a lot!

    Reviewed by SamanthaMay 2022

  • "The best holiday cottage we have stayed in."

    Everything we needed was there, very comfortable. We loved sitting outside on the balcony and our son enjoyed relaxing on the mezzanine

    Reviewed by ClaireOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay, loved the quirkiness of the property."

    Well fitted out with everything we needed and central to everywhere we wanted to visit in Cornwall. The owner was very helpful on our stay too

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Old Reading Room!"

    Such a lovely cottage and a great location to get to lots of places in Cornwall. The host Richard was really helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. We especially loved the balcony over the stream and the log burner, making the living room nice and cosy in the evenings. I'd definitely recommend staying here!

    Reviewed by LydiaOct 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation Richard was super helpful central to everywhere, recommend"

    Thank you for recognising the property manager’s helpfulness. He is available nearby to resolve most any issue! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2021

  • "This particular property has an interesting history."

    Community shop literally just around the corner in the pub car park. Parking offered in the pub car park but it's possible to pull up near the gate to the property for drop off and loading. Owner is friendly and helpful. Locals are friendly. Absolutely ideal location for seeing Cornwall but effectively 'hidden away' to feel like you have escaped for a proper break away from everything.

    Reviewed by JohannaMay 2021

  • "The house is very comfortable, in an excellent position and well equipped but the shower room upstairs has a strong smell of damp."

    Thank you for your helpful review. We are sorry you experienced the smell of damp in the shower room. We disinfect with bleach after every guest, so we will promptly look into how this may have happened. Our helpful and easy-to-contact property manager lives nearby, and is on call for such occurrences. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoannaMay 2021

  • "Loved the house, especially sitting on the balcony in the late afternoon sun with a glass of wine, a good book and the gentle sound of the river below."

    Having a pub over the road was great for a relaxing evening meal. The staff are very welcoming and the chef will adapt to your dietary needs or preferences. He is not a Michelin star chef now but we prefer that for holiday relaxing. There isn't a barbeque on the balcony (as described) - it's a chimenea for outdoor heating. The TV didn't have a reliable signal but we did mention this to the manager and I am sure he will look into the problem. He was very helpful and easy to contact. I would be wary of having young children there because the spiral staircase is very steep and narrow. It's a great central location for exploring all of the county and we made frequent use of our National Trust and English Heritage memberships. Wonderful for beautiful gardens, especially in Spring. We hope to return.

    Thank you for your helpful review. We are very glad you had a comfortable stay, and that you appreciated the excellent food and value for money at the nearby Falmouth Arms. We have edited our property description to clarify that Kevin Viner had earned Cornwall’s first Michelin star whilst chef at a previous restaurant. It is correct that we occasionally face challenging TV reception, typically only in inclement weather, which we realize you experienced a bit of during your stay. We are sorry that happened. Happily, The Old Reading Room stocks a massive number of books (and board games, DVDs, etc.) for when this occurs. And our helpful property manager is only a phone call away to help however he can to aid in reestablishing TV reception if needed, though perhaps not to improve the weather forecast, sadly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2021

  • "Really beautiful cottage is a quiet but central location to explore rest of cornwall"

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2020

  • "The cottage is in an ideal location for getting around Cornwall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."

    Reviewed by MarilynSep 2020

  • "The location is great being mid Cornwall with easy access to both coasts."

    Also the towns of Bodmin, Truro and Falmouth. A30 the main route into Cornwall makes travelling around easy and convenient. The main room in the cottage was well appointed and clean and comfortable. However, the two bedrooms located in the basement were dark and depressing. No real natural light and no access to fresh air or a view outside. The balcony off the main room was lovely with seating overlooking the river. Taking everything into account, it was a most enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2020

  • "The cottage was great, quirky and full of character with all the facilities you could want together with that touch of luxury."

    Located right in the geographical centre of Cornwall, really good for touring.

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2020

  • "This was a lovely cottage."

    The decor was high spec and bed comfortable and we really enjoyed our stay. We had issues with the boiler not working first night so no heating or hot water so really poor start to our holiday . However once owner picked up my messages the next day we did get it sorted and no issues after that. Just one of those things. Would stay again if we came back to Cornwall. Central location to get to everything.

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2019

  • "Excellent cottage with excellent location and extra facilities."

    Notified a couple of days prior to start if holiday to ensure check-in was straight forward and fridge was stacked with eggs, bacon, milk. Excellent service

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2019

  • "Property Manager organised building work to fence during stay."

    He gave us little warning (phone call the night before). Luckily, we were out during most of the works but it was unnerving to come back to the property to find the door unlocked and wide open, with a trailing lead running into the lounge area. This sort of work should have been scheduled whilst there was no-one using the property.

    Reviewed by ReeceSep 2019

  • "We would have liked some heating in the evenings but we couldn’t get it to work."

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the old reading room which exceeded our expectations, this idyllic cottage is set in a superb tranquil location by the river Tresillian in the centre of Ladock The cottage was very tastefully furnished by the owners with all the normal level of equipment one might expect ."

    With its central location this cottage is ideally situated to visit the popular north and south coast villages including Padstow, Fowey, Mevagissy, St Ives and the Eden Project to name but a few, Truro is a 15 minute drive away with its cathedral, shops and supermarkets. There is also a great pub with great food just across the road from the cottage where the owner is a Michelin starred chef and the food is outstanding. We have already booked another stay at this cottage and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2019

  • "A lovely place to stay."

    We were able to park in the road to unload on our arrival. There was free parking at the pub car park 2 minutes walk away.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2019

  • "We used our stay at The Old Reading Rooms as it is centrally positioned in the county to explore and get to both north and south coasts."

    We have no reservations in recommending the property.

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2019

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x lower ground floor king-size and 1 x twin
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with a bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Mezzanine snug.
  • Gas central heating, under floor heating and woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Public car park nearby
  • Rear balcony with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mins walk
  • Note: Please supervise children on the balcony and spiral staircase to mezzanine snug.

The property

The Old Reading Room is an exquisite and historic Arts and Crafts-era property poised on a mediaeval bridge in the pretty village of Ladock, aside the upper reaches of the Tresillian River.

Charmingly stylish and beautifully restored to a high standard, this retreat dates from 1887.

Built of local stone, it boasts a decked balcony...

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About the location


Grampound Road 2.1 miles; Probus 3.2 miles; Truro 7 Miles.

Ladock is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England. Historically, this village used to be two small settlements. Today, it hosts a small selection of village stores and a local pub, ideal for every taste and budget. In the neighbouring towns and villages, you will find a wider selections of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops to suit your needs. You can enjoy many excellent walks and cycle routes nearby, with access into many coastal towns and villages offering lovely sandy beaches with surfing opportunities. Historically, the largest gold nugget found in Cornwall, was located in the village of Ladock, back in 1802, and now sits on display in the Truro Museum. There are many nearby historical attractions including the parish Church of St Ladoca, with its west tower having been built from granite blocks. The ideal village for exploring all Cornwall has to offer.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas