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Elvan Cottage

(Ref. 976855)

Liskeard, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "What an amazing cottage."

    Loved all the quirky bits including the telephones. Such cool decor and well thought out. After 25 years of holiday cottages/apartments/lodges etc in the UK this is probably in the top 3. Highly recommended. Matt and Dan are great guys and of course we can't not mention Sausage the cat. Thank you for everything. We look forward to returning as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Mar 2024

  • "What a fabulous cottage, highly recommend staying here."

    Matt is a fab host and the cottage is a home from home with all modern facilities in a country setting. Charming cottage, very comfortable and located in a great place to move around Cornwall. We loved it and will be back!

    Reviewed by Elena5.0Feb 2024

  • "We loved our stay at Elvan Cottage."

    It's clear to see that this place during construction has been a labour of love. Matt and Dan have struck a perfect balance between modern and rustic charm. Yes it's got all you would expect from a top class stay but also many of the original buildings features, exposed beams some beautiful original doors. I won't spoil it for you but even the smallest room in the cottage has had so much time and thought put in to it, that it's a joy every time you open the door. There are tech treats also with TVs in every bedroom and in the lounge, kitchen diner. Antique telephones adorn the bedrooms and kitchen but not just for decoration purposes they actually work and not only work but you can control the outside lights by dialing a number. What witchcraft is this....? Very clever stuff. During our stay the weather was awful but the cottage was warm dry and welcoming with a combination of underfloor heating and radiators, the shower room was large a the shower powerful. All the boxes for a perfect stay were ticked. We didn't use the facilities outside but there's a hot tub and changing shed, outside honesty bar, and two BBQs gas and charcoal, all shared with the adjoining cottage. The WiFi was a little hit and miss but this was explained by Matt on arrival. This didn't cause any issues but could if you really needed a good connection. The cottage is conveniently located off the A38 just a 10min drive from Liskeard in the beautiful Cornish countryside yes the short drive from the main road is narrow but it's probably less than a mile and very quiet. We found getting to most of the Cornish hotspots quick and easy from Elvan cottage we would stay again in a heartbeat. The photos on Sykes are good but see for yourself and you will be finding new things in the property for days... Thanks Matt, Dan and Sausage the cat❤️ we hope to see you again. Mark, Sandra and family

    Reviewed by M3.8Feb 2024

  • "We had both cottages this week, me and my daughter we had an amazing time now this is the fourth time I’ve been back and hope to go back many more times."

    It’s just so chilling and lovely and Mat and Dan and dad and sausage and Dom of all amazing

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage everything you need and more idealy situated for trips to Looe, Polperro, Bodmin and much more quiet and peaceful hide away."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely nice and quiet even though the kennels were there we ..."

    The cottage was lovely nice and quiet even though the kennels were there we couldn’t hear the dogs, a warm welcome from Matt when we arrived

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was our second visit to Elvan Cottage."

    Good on site hosts Matt and Dan who are always up for a chat and good to see the cats again, Sausage and Dominic. Sausage the cat spent quite a lot of time in the cottage with our son while we were there. A great and quiet base location for exploring Cornwall and Devon. Golitha Falls and Carnclaze Cavern are both worth a visit as they are local and Golitha is free. Arriving back at the cottage after a long day out we like to relax and use the hot tub and also the internet. However, the internet was almost non existent for most of our stay this year and we ended up connecting using mobile data. I would still recommend this property as it’s a lovely location. There are thousands of places to visit (near and far) and we just scratched the surface. When you book this place you won’t be disappointed.

    Reviewed by John4.4Aug 2023

  • "Hidden gem of a cottage."

    All the facilities that were needed are provided. Lots of space in the rooms and great outdoor space. Handy for A38, which enables you to explore Cornwall. Matt was really helpful, a great host.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic place to stay, with most places to visit within 30 minutes max."

    Matt and the cat very welcoming, very quiet and the hot top is a fantastic bonus.

    Reviewed by Wayne4.4Jul 2023

  • "The stay was excellent, Matt was very welcoming and gave us all the information we needed."

    A very good place to stay and we would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by G5.0Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in elvan cottage, the property is a very good standard and has everything you could need in a great location."

    Matt the owner was a great host very helpful and friendly .

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2023

  • "We absolutely loved staying here."

    It has everything you need. Loved the telephones and other gadgets. Sausage the cat was an added bonus for us. If you're worried about hearing the dogs in the kennels, don't, we didn't hear a thing in the accommodation. We would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0May 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage and the owners were really helpful with some homey quirks in the cottage and surrounding grounds to look out for!"

    The Surround sound was a nice surprise as we enjoy music with boardgames and dinner. Any questions we had were dealt with quickly and efficiently. Easy driving distance from the eden project and lost gardens of Heligan. I'd recommend a visit if you stay here

    Reviewed by Leah4.7Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    It was very relaxing and peaceful. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had another lovely week, fabulous property with everything we needed."

    The girls loved being outside and on the rope swing many an hours were spent there when we'd returned from day trips. The owners are fabulous and accommodating which make this property a real gem to return to. Happy memories

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Apr 2023

  • "It is lovely nice cottage very clean and nice."

    Enjoyed my stay here hope to come again next yea

    Reviewed by Ade5.0Mar 2023

  • "Excellent holiday home Everything you need and so much more !"

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely venue for 4 people or 8 if you include the adjacent cottage."

    Property build to a very high standard with nice quirky touches and good use of old and new materials. Large grounds with shared hot tub, honesty bar and barbecue. Plenty of off road parking. Friendly owners Dan and Matt reside on site if you were to need them. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at an excellent venue and would have no hesitation in recommending it.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Jan 2023

  • "Beautiful, well equipped cottage, great location and welcoming, unobtrusive hosts."

    We had a great time.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Cats Communications and Quirkyness."

    If you love cats then you are really going to love this place. We were met at our cottage by Sausage, one of the resident cats, who own the properties. Sausage showed us into our cottage closely followed by the human he owns, Matt, who did all the talking for Sausage. Sausage and his feline friend Dominic were never too far away, either patrolling the grounds or asleep on the kitchen floor. We were told that if either was still in at 9:30pm to kick them out as they have to do their rounds with Matt at night. We duly removed Sausage one night at 9:30pm but when we opened the door again at 11pm he invited himself in and went straight up the stairs to where our son was sleeping and spent the entire night asleep on the bed with our son. A few nights later while we had the front door ajar Dominic decided to invite himself in and curl up on the sofa next to my other half while we watched a film. The two cats were lovely. Sausage is quiet and very chilled but Dominic will hiss and bat you then ask for his head to be rubbed. On arrival, as soon as we walked in, my other half did point out to Matt the cobwebs. There were cobwebs in every room but we didn’t let it detract from the overall cleanliness and presentation of the property. Incidentally, the cottage actual owners run a cattery and boarding kennels so anyone wishing to take a pet with them may do so by prior arrangement. The directions to the property given by the owners are a bit long winded and over complicated. If following sat-nav, as you get close to the property, turn off your sat-nav and just follow the signs to GLENDALE boarding kennels (Pic of a dog on the sign too) – simplest way. I went on google earth the night before and found it that way. The day before we arrived, we received a phone call from Matt asking if we had any questions about our cottage or the stay, which was a nice touch. There were fresh flowers in the kitchen diner on arrival and some fresh milk and orange juice which again were nice touches. I am sure our son mentioned finding some biscuits but we didn’t see these! The location is tranquil although you can sometimes hear distant noise from the A38. While sitting in the hot tub on an evening you can see trains across the valley using the Moorswater viaduct, which in itself is worth a visit as there is an earlier, Brunel design with some pillars remaining, alongside the newer, Margary design one. There is a telephone system installed in the cottage which links everywhere on site as an intercom type system. You can call between rooms or even to the phone box or garden bar. The phone system can even be used for switching lights on and off. It really is an amazing set up and if you get the chance, ask Dan for a behind the scenes look at what goes into making it all work. It’s truly mind-blowing stuff. Next to the large hot tub is a garden bar with an honesty fridge full of beer and there is also a gas barbeque and a traditional brickette barbeque for visitors to use along-side outdoor picnic tables. There is a grass area for playing games next to the car park. There is also WiFi in the garden for those that can’t switch off from the outside world. If you get the chance to speak with Dave you can learn a lot of history about the place and how it turned from a farm into holiday lets and boarding/cattery. The kitchen and breakfast bar was big with a cooker, fridge, freezer and dish washer and all the required utensils and usual electrical goods. The downstairs bed was big and comfortable and our son said he liked the upstairs bed. The living room TV was much bigger than it looked in the photos. The property was high tech and quirky throughout with surround sound system & Bluetooth. There was even a little automatic LED lamp in the bowl of both toilets so you didn’t have to turn on the light when getting up in the night, simple but brilliant. There are two large leather sofa's in the living room. The bath room comprised of a nice rain shower with a separate hand help shower head, a hand basin, towel drying rail and a toilet. Some of the great places we visited. Carlyon Beach – a lovely sandy beach with crabbing opportunities for the kids and free parking if you get there before 9:00am. Downderry – lovely little place with a car park, toilets, coffee shop and a stony beach. Looe, Seaton beach, Polperro, St Germans – off the beaten track and well worth a walk down to the harbour. Eliot, and numerous other great places of interest for adults and kids. You will never be bored. Right people, right location, right time to visit. Would we stay here again? It’s a big yes. The cats made it feel very homely.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "Friendly staff,tidy cottage, great tech for old barn conversion."

    My daughter loved the local cat. Good facilities would use again.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2022

  • "What a fantastic time had by myself and my 2 girls, loved the time spent with Matt and his team, we were truly looked after."

    Will definitely be back, the attention to detail is what caught our eye and the quirky features. Clean with an lovely open plan detail, the jacuzzi and garden were amazing plus the BBQ area.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jul 2022

  • "Stayed here for a fortnight, from the beginning made to feel extremely welcome from Matt and shown all facilities as well as a welcome gift of Orange, milk and fresh flowers which were repeated again the second week."

    The cottage was comfortable, quirky, well equipped and handy for Liskeard and train services. Both Matt, Dan and their Father were really friendly and very approachable. A fortnight we'll spent.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Elvan Cottage."

    Matt was on hand with a warm welcome when we arrive after a 600 mile journey down from Scotland. Took us around to show us everything we needed to see and know for our stay. Fresh flowers, milk, tea , coffee and orange juice in cottage for arrival. Cottage itself, stunning, everything you needed and more for an exceptional stay. Hot tub great.. Matt, Dan and of course Sausage and Dominic the cats made us so very welcome it was well worth the drive. We have no hesitation in recommending Elvan Cottage. We will certainly be back. Thanks guys Hazel and Frances.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage!"

    Very comfortable, spotlessly clean and extremely well equipped. Great location, well placed for day trips and exploring the local area. Fresh flowers, milk, orange juice and biscuits on arrival. The hot tub was a welcome treat. Highly recommend. Thank you Matt and Dan!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2022

  • "We found Elvan Cottage purely by chance and were not disappointed."

    It is an airy cottage with some modern 'quirks' and the hot tub is a welcome treat at the end of a long day walking. Matt is a great host - very welcoming. We appreciated his call 24 hours beforehand to check everything was OK for our visit. The cottage is centrally located in order to explore both the north and south coastal towns of Cornwall. Would thoroughly recommend. Also impressed with Sykes Cottages too.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Feb 2022

  • "Honestly Matt and Dan were literally AMAZING hosts."

    We had so much fun with them - definitely get a tour of how the magical phone system works! Honestly the best weekend, and we cannot wait to come back Rachel & Leighton x

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a amazing week lots to do cart what to go back in June x Zoe and John"

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Dec 2021

  • "The cottage was even nicer than the pictures."

    Quirky and lots of really nice details. The host was great and we loved the hot tub in the orchard. We would recommend and definitely going to go again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "Quirky cottage packed with character and some funky features"

    Reviewed by David4.4Oct 2021

  • "Matt is an exceptional host can not do enough for you."

    The cottage is impeccibly clean and modified to a high standard. It's very homely and very quirky with some hitech gadgetory

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is in a wonderful location for exploring the beautiful countryside or simply relaxing in the hot tub."

    Its modern decor is a delight, with all mod cons and it’s very comfortable and well equipped. Matt and Dan, are great hosts, they are there to help with any issues, even if you lock yourself out, whilst enjoying a relaxing soak in the hot tub

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had such a lovely time, Elvan cottage was above and beyond our expectations in a very picturesque position and ideal for venturing out to explore Cornwall ."

    We were made to feel very welcome from Matt and Dan who run the property. We especially enjoyed the hot tub !

    Reviewed by Rodney5.0Aug 2021

  • "Elvan Cottage was beautiful and great location as a base to visit most parts of Cornwall."

    Having the kennels on site is great as we were able to have days out with our dog and also leave her at the kennels on days where taking a dog would not be suitable. Lovely orchard area with hot tub and outdoor bar, Matt was a great host and very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a great week at Elvan Cottage."

    Big Thanks to Matt and Dan for their hospitality . We really cannot fault anything (great cottage, great location, great views & great weather) Will definitely book again , when we visit Cornwall. Can highly recommend

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with excellent facilities in a perfect location to explore Cornwall."

    We could not fault the cottage in anyway. Good size garden with plenty of room for bbq and games eithe the added bonus of the hot tub. The owner was always around and was really welcoming. Would definitely return to this cottage and would recommend it to family and friends .

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Jul 2021

  • "Elvan Cottage is fabulous."

    Everything about the place is amazing and Matt and his brother Dan are the perfect hosts, thanks guys!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2021

  • "We were blown away it was amazing so relax everyone one was so happy with everything"

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Jun 2021

  • "Location is lovely and picturesque and remote (we didn't try and walk into Liskeard from the property)."

    Matt, the owner, rang a couple of days in advance to see if we had any questions, which was a nice touch. We had a warm welcome upon arrival by the two brothers and handed the keys and given an introductory tour of the property and the hot tub. Complimentary milk and juice in the fridge on arrival. Elvan Cottage is joined to their other barn conversion so would be well suited for a group of 8 if you're able to book both. Nice big kitchen and breakfast bar with cooker, fridge, freezer and dish washer and all the required utensils. Bed was big and comfortable (there were only 2 of us so we only used one of the bedrooms). The TV in the living room was much bigger than it looked in the pictures on-line. The property was hi-tech throughout with surround sound speakers, bluetooth and LED lights under the toilet seat so that you didn't have to turn the main light/fan on when getting up in the night - an excellent idea! There are 2 large leather sofa's in the living room. Nice rain shower in the shower room, plus toilet and a separate toilet as well. The hot tub was really good. We were left to agree with the occupants of the other property who gets the hot tub when but we didn't need to as we didn't ever want it at the same time during our stay. The outside honesty bar is a great idea and the beers were really well chilled. Wifi also available in the garden area/ outside bar, which was really useful. The outside area also included a couple of hammocks attached to the trees, outside BBQ facilities and large grassy areas to play games etc. There were a couple of cats wandering around which gave it a nice homely feel. Matt was generally around (without being imposing) if you had any issues (we didn't) or wanted any advice about the surrounding areas etc.

    Reviewed by Phillip4.7Jun 2021

  • "We loved this holiday cottage the minute we stepped in."

    The photos don't do it justice. It's in a lovely, secluded location and is a total home from home. It's decorated to a high standard and has lots of quirky touches that make it that bit special. A really great combination of all the features of the original barn coupled with all mod cons such as in-built usb ports, underfloor heating and a fab surround sound system. The garden is lovely with a bar and hot tub which we were able to use plenty even though the weather wasn't brilliant. Matt is a great host - called us a couple of days before, greeted us on arrival, friendly and helpful. It's in a great spot too - 5 mins from the A38 so you have easy access to anywhere you want to go in Cornwall. Thanks for a fab holiday - we really enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0May 2021

  • "We had a great time at Elvan Cottage."

    It has been really well decorated and kitted out with some quirky features and has everything you need for a home from home experience. It’s location is ideal near the A38, yet you don’t hear any traffic and you feel like you’re still in the middle of nowhere. The host is very attentive and really makes sure you’re having a pleasurable stay. Would recommend Elvan cottage to anyone! Perfect set up for two families / two groups of friends with the neighbouring cottage and also the shared garden/hot tub and bar area.

    Reviewed by Liam4.4May 2021

  • "Great quirky cottage with modern facilities for every day needs."

    Great welcome with friendly host

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2021

  • "It was brilliant week."

    Definitely exceeded our expectations. We were very kindly welcomed by Matt and Dan. The cottage was super modern but with the countryside feeling to it (friendly and cute cat & dog around), had all we needed for a very confortable stay. All very clean and organized. Also, many thoughtfull details. We definetely recommend a stay in there, we loved everything, the cottage, the hottub, the surroundings. Perfect for a relaxing week in nature, enjoying Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Helena5.0Oct 2020

  • "A truly wonderful setting and location, for 'piece and quiet."

    We were made comfortable/Welcome. Good amenities and things/places to visit

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "Dan and Matt have worked hard really hard to produce and outstanding property."

    Elvan Cottage is an exceptional holiday destination, well set out and has a high level of facilities. The property is well situated to visit south Cornwall and Devon but well tucked away if you just want to stay around and just chill out at the cottage. We loved our time there and will most certainly look to go back at some stage.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Sep 2020

  • "We were lucky enough to be the first guests in this beautiful property."

    The owners were exceptionally helpful. The property is extremely high spec and very comfortable. The shower was amazing. The master bedroom does not have zip and link but two twins pushed together, however they are very comfortable with a super king mattress topper. The grounds are lovely and we managed to use the hot tub without any difficulties, even though it is shared with the adjacent property. There is hand sanitizer in communal areas. The location is perfect for exploring the North and south coast. A morrisons outside of town is very useful and Liskewrd has lovely local shops as well.

    Reviewed by Katy4.4Sep 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin request) with Smart TV, 1 x king-size with Smart TV and sofa
  • WC with basin
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas central heating and underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Smart TV, Bluetooth amplifier, surround sound, Google Nest and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Communal garden towards the rear with hot tub, bar, garden furniture and barbecue
  • Private terrace with picnic bench
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: This property does not accept pets, however, pets are permitted if boarding in kennels by prior arrangement with the owner (discounted fees apply)
  • Please note: Garden and hot tub is shared with owners other property let, ref: 976851

The property

A breathtakingly beautiful cottage, resting in a desirable position for a countryside escape to Cornwall, Elvan Cottage makes a fantastic choice for couples or a group of four.

A stone-built Cornish cottage, the properties name derives from its unique Elvan stones at its exterior, adding to the wonder of this characterful cottage.

Step inside to be met by the contemporary wonder of the open-plan living space, boasting original quirky features such as exposed stone, high vaulted ceilings, beams, original oak barn doors alongside an eclectic mix of impressive smart devices and stylish decor, this property is a true delight of a holiday home.

Spend evenings in front of the Smart TV in the sitting area, or gather around the breakfast bar and raise a glass to your special celebrations, while the chef of the group makes the most of the good range of utensils and appliances at hand, the Google Nest being the perfect assistant for trying out any new recipes.

Also on the ground floor you can find the WC, carrying on the quirky character of the cottage with its resin floor boasting coins from around the world, while the sparkling shower room can conveniently be found on this floor too.

The first of the two beautifully-presented bedrooms can be found on the ground floor, a super-king-size which can be a twin on request, access this room via the charming stable door to be met by a tasteful interior and your own Smart TV, while the king-size room also with a TV can be found up a few stairs to the first floor.

Each room and even the outside area benefits from genuine antique telephones, so you can easily contact the rest of the group no matter where you are on this stunning site.

Enjoy some time beneath the sun on your private terrace as you dine alfresco each evening, and be sure to explore the wonder of the shared garden, home to a bar, barbecue and a hot tub, this cottage boasts all you could need and more for a fun-filled retreat.

Sitting on the outskirts of Liskeard, the property benefits from an extremely idyllic base, with the historic market town itself hosting a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants to take your pick from, as well as the Stuart House heritage museum being worth visiting to learn about the exciting past of the local area.

There's plenty of adventure to discover in the area too, with the Adrenalin Quarry at Menheniot being a particular delight with its rural quarry letting you clamber over rocks, whiz down zip lines and try out deep water swimming!

Venture into the imposing granite moorland of Bodmin Moor for a more leisurely day trip, with plenty of scenic walking routes where you can enjoy a picnic and magnificent sunsets, or take a trip to Looe for the day for a day beside the seaside, with its stunning beach, waterside eateries and all-around charming atmosphere.

The popular attractions of both the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan can be reached via a moderate car journey, while all of Fowey, Bodmin and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are well-worth exploring too.

Choose Elvan Cottage for a memorable stay in the countryside of Cornwall.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 976851, together sleeping eight guests.

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About the location


Looe 9 miles, Bodmin 13 miles.

The historic market town of Liskeard is located in South East Cornwall at the head of the Looe Valley. The town is home to a number of shops, pubs and restaurants. The beaches and harbour of the quaint fishing port of Looe is a mere 9 miles away. In-between there’s fishing at nearby Siblyback Lake, the Donkey Sanctuary at St Ann's Chapel, Cotehele House (NT) and gardens, and the championship golf course at St Mellion International Resort. Head to the world-famous Eden Project for a superb day out with the children. Even the maritime city of Plymouth with its historic Barbican docks area, outstanding shops, theatres and restaurants and the National Maritime Museum is only 30 minutes by car.