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The Old Printers

St Columb Major, Cornwall (Ref. 974530)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful Cottage."

    Very comfortable beds and large shower. We all enjoyed the games table though it was a little difficult to play pool due to restricted room size. Kitchen and dining area was lovely and facilities great. Sofa in the sitting room was a little disappointing. It would be ideal if this were adjusted so that as a family of four we could all watch tv together, without craning or twisting our necks! Noise was a big problem. For such a small place the pub is extremely noisy at the weekend. Live bands playing til midnight and the customers coming out at the end of the evening were extremely raucous to the extent that our kids were a bit frightened of all the shouting. The road traffic was pretty bad too. All in all it did spoil the holiday a bit and next time we would prioritise a quiet location.

    Reviewed by CarolineApr 2022

  • "To quote Mary Poppins, ‘ Practically Perfect in every way’."

    Loved the property, had everything we needed. Fab location, we covered the coastline between Port Issac and Porthtowan, and the drive time to Charlestown and Landhydrock is very wuick. Gorgeous village with a lovely baker and butchers. Will definitely be staying again

    Reviewed by RuthApr 2022

  • "All was well, the property owner was very helpful ."

    I think more notes about , parking, bottle banks ( we tried supermarkets in Newquay , no luck) , maybe advise people that the stairs are steep . We had a very enjoyable stay .

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "The village of st colomb is beautiful."

    All apart from the pub at the top of the street. This is so out of character for the village. Needs to be in Benidorm not here.The road noise we got used to after a few nights and the parking wasn't too much trouble for us.The house is lovely full of character and had all we needed. There's a knack to flushing the downstairs toilet! The cafe next door is great for my morning coffee and staff friendly too. The coop is handy for all your needs but we also had a asda delivery. We got a few bits from the metal press shop. Ring o bells was a lovely pub / restaurant we had a great meal. The fish shop around the corner was delicious too. The church in the village had a bell ringing evening which made it lovely for us . The house is beautifully furnished and well set out . The games room is great. The garden was adequate for our needs . The location was great for travelling everywhere we had on our list. We were gone most days early and back late when parking was free. There's lots of little shops in the village for your needs . Chemist/ butchers etc . A few takeaways too.

    Reviewed by CathrynSep 2021

  • "We booked this house about 18 months ago and given the staycation by many this year we missed any hike in prices which many cottage owners did."

    I think the sum paid was reasonable for the high season. The cottage is a lovely, quirky cottage and laid out in a useable way. Nice open plan living area and adjoining room in which there was a games table and washing machine and laundry facilities if you wanted it. The rear yard is mainly deck and Astro turf and not overlooked as far as we could tellIt was nice and private. The upstairs is lovely and comfortable and bright. The whole house was very clean. The only negatives (from a family point of view) was the lack of parking. We knew this when we booked but even though some people found some parking nearby, we ended up doing lap after lap looking for someone here and there, and, if it is daytime, you are limited to either 1 Hr or 2 hrs. There is a small parking lot for £1 per hour which is only for 2 hrs before you have to return and put another £2 in. Most spaces if you can find one are free after 6pm. This became a real issue for us as unloading three little ones and all the clobber they must have was an effort and a bit of whacky races in between traffic or trudging to where you let the car and back again. Plus the village seem to not like pavements which are only about half a foot wide in places , putting you in the road. Not ideal when herding cats. The front door open to the road which is a one way system through the village and deceptively , inexplicably, busy day and night. With a space of about 1 foot from the house to the road the road noise is intrusive at times especially the boy racers with their loud exhaust and thumping music sat in a small Cornish traffic jam at the junction. I get it’s an old property and it was there well before traffic… but worth noting. Just up the road is a big pub. A large pub considering the size of the village and about 50m from your front door is the beer garden. It’s really nice pubs thrive and it clearly is a local pub I’d say… which again is brilliant. But not so brilliant is the shouting, impromptu karaoke and late fair wells down the street each Friday and Saturday (and Sunday.) The village is quaint and small and has an array of shops and takeaways to satisfy most. Location wise it is a good inland location and about 20 mins realistically to the beaches on the north coast. Which is fine … but would better if it wasn’t for the whole ‘where’s my car’ today scenario, and then worrying about the return home later. Not the houses’ fault but worth noting for families or those who have less mobility. The kitchen is was as well Stocked as if it were in your own home, with lots of glasses, plates and utensils. The only issue we found is there is no storage set aside for food stuffs if it is not fridge-able or freezer stuff. So it had to remain on the worktop. Last thing to mention about the cottage itself was the stairs. We are used to narrow stairs from our own home. So these were no problem. The issue was the stair tacks that came through the carpet and decided to reach out to our ankles and remove a perfect strip off your heal on the last 5-6 steps. This was overcome by adopting a slight hovering stance and tip-toe position. Overall the house was lovely, quirky and in a historic village. We wouldn’t book again for the reasons our family need better access I think. Again, we knew this when we booked but within our affordability bracket, there is not always the choice. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Cornwall and it was nice to relax in the house after a day in the beach.

    Reviewed by DamianJul 2021

  • "Had a great holiday at The Old Printers, brilliant location for exploring Cornwall."

    Comfortable accommodation a real home from home. The only downside being the lack of parking and the noise from the pub at the end of the road but apart from that a truly amazing place.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "Excellent holiday and very happy with the accommodation."

    Only down side was the lack of parking.

    Reviewed by MarkJun 2021

  • "The cottage itself was beautiful."

    It was very clean and cozy. The only thing was it was right on a busy, noisy road. In the booking it made it sound like there was on road parking close to the cottage and carparks. The on road parking was limited to one hour and the nearby carparks were 2 hours. We did eventually find some on road parking away from the cottage but the parking was limited and very busy. We had a dog and there wasn't anywhere to walk her apart from very narrow paths near to very busy roads. We enjoyed the games room and the garden

    Reviewed by RonaldMay 2021

  • "We loved our stay!"

    It’s a lovely cottage in a good location for exploring, there were more places to discover nearby than we anticipated. Other guests have mentioned parking, we found a spot each day about a minute from the property, and the church yard is only a stones throw away if your dog needs grass to do their business. I would definitely recommend here for a holiday.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2021



    Reviewed by DavidApr 2021

  • "We had an amazing time, we didn’t want to leave, we will definitely be booking again."

    Reviewed by EllieDec 2020

  • "Lovely property, parking wasn’t an issue there are often Free on road spaces just down the lane, there is space to the rear of property to load and unload."

    Finish was very shabby chic, real cosy place. Listed property, Road noise a bit of an issue early on if u not used to it. Shame they couldn’t find the time to unblock the bath drain as mentioned in other listings, sink broke too and Exterior tantalised timber has been used for 2nd fix in bathroom!? if bathroom is addressed perfect little getaway but didn’t bother us. Village is really lovely spot. Good location to local beaches etc. Recommend.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2020

  • "Lovely, homely cottage, plenty of space and was clean and tidy on arrival."

    It is in a great location. It had everything you needed and more. Parking wasn’t really an issue for us, plenty of space a 5 minute walk away and the listing makes it quite clear that you can’t park outside the property directly.

    Reviewed by LaurenSep 2020

  • "I dont normally write reviews so would initially like to say the bottle of prosecco left for us on our arrival was a lovely gesture, and the owner/sykes customer services arranged for an engineer promptly when we had a problem with the washer not working properly."

    But unfortunately we felt that many of the interior fixtures in the cottage were not constructed out of materials that could be effectively cleaned, specifically the kitchen cupboards/worksurfaces, the wooden flooring downstairs & bathroom units. This is obviously especially important at this time due to Covid 19 so we were concerned about this. These fixtures appeared to have been constructed from wooden pallets & scaffolding planks which obviously can not been effectively cleaned & disinfected regularly due to their porous surfaces. Also the lack of parking at the property was a problem for us, we found we had to pay every day in the local pay & display carpark as there was no street parking nearby.

    Dear guests, I would like to reassure you that the changeover clean between guest parties is thorough and fully compliant with the current government Covid cleaning practices for the hospitality industry. This involves all surfaces, irrespective of material, being thoroughly cleaned with Covid effective products and laundry being washed at high temperature. On the issue of parking, the property description states there is no allocated parking for The Printers. I'm sorry to hear you didn't find a free on-road parking space during your stay in August but during such busy times guests may need to use free parking at the nearby car park on Fore Street or Trekenning Way. Thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaAug 2020

  • "The bed in the second bedroom is pretty uncomfortable- as it seems to be imbalanced on one side i."

    E falling down. Resorted to putting a pillow under the mattress to prop it up on one side- not ideal. Plumbing in bathroom is also not great- five people in one house and the shower/bath takes quite a long time to drain. Cold water pressure in kitchen is very weak. Parking situation is not ideal as there is no dedicated parking. That’s all the negative stuff though. Overall great location, great amenities. Nice village. Would book again.

    Reviewed by TobyJul 2020

  • "Beautiful, cosy, cottage with an interesting history."

    It’s well equipped and the hosts had left a lovely little welcome pack, which was a nice surprise. We found it to be situated in an ideal location for exploring Cornwall and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Parking - We, actually, didn’t find this to be too much of an issue. We were out & about every day and each evening we found there to be ample street parking just down the road (2 - 3 minute walk) as noted in the information pack provided by the property.

    Reviewed by RuthSep 2019

  • "Me and my family loved our stay the cottage was just beautiful and the welcome pack was a lovely touch if I had to give it a negative it would be the noise of the pub it was so loud until 1am on a few of the nights we was there the sofas was not very comfortable but everything else was amazing the bed was the most comfy bed I’ve ever slept in i would recommend this cottage and we would love to return."

    Reviewed by CharlotteSep 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and facilities everything we needed and more."

    Clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by TraceyJun 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, perfect location."

    We had a great Week.

    Reviewed by KirstyApr 2019

  • "The old printers is a lovely property had everything in the property to make your stay comfortable and it was really nice to have the welcome pack as well, our kids loved the games room in the evening, it was really lovely having the open plan living and lighting the fire at night and snuggling up on the sofas watching a bit of telly."

    The amenities of the town were great everything you needed was all in one place and all the locals were very friendly. The only down side which I have to say was a big issue to us was parking as all the parking bays near by were limited to only 2 hours max, and the paid car park which was just around the corner was also limited to 2 hours parking so we had to park the car in a car park 10 minute walk away from the property which I have to say it's quite inconvenient if the weather wasn't on your side. I also wasn't happy with the fact of parking my car so far away from where we were staying. We would love to stay at this property again but unfortunately the parking let it down for us.

    Reviewed by StephanieOct 2018

  • "Great cottage, spacious and well equipped with some lovely extra touches - the scones, clotted cream and Prosecco!"

    Would recommend to others and will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by FrancescaOct 2018

  • "The cottage did not disappoint and met the description and photos perfectly."

    The beds were very comfy and the welcome pack a real treat. We took our dog and the enclosed garden was perfect and a safe exit into the back lanes for walks. We found the parking situation easy to work round as most days we were out all day and could park close to cottage on our return. St Columb does not have many off road dog walks - but the beaches are fantastic, our favourite was Mawgan Porth which had free parking, great coffee shop and brilliant restaurant for dinner.

    Reviewed by JeanetteSep 2018

  • "I would note that although the cottage and local pubs are dog friendly St Columb ..."

    I would note that although the cottage and local pubs are dog friendly St Columb Major is a difficult place to walk a dog since pavements are very narrow or non-existent

    Reviewed by MartynSep 2018

  • "We had a fantastic stay at the old printers cottage in st column major ."

    The cottage was nicely located and fully equipped with everything you would need and the beds were the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in !!! Thank you for a wonderful holiday with great communication throughout. Will definitely be coming back

    Reviewed by DebbieSep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Parking is more of an issue than advertised as there are no longer any free car parks in close proximity. The max stay in close proximity is 2 hours even if paying so subsequently off road parking was very popular in the said locations and perhaps found a spot once in the week. Fortunately the weather was glorious and so we were out for most of the day anyway. Cottage was very comfortable when in however and could not fault the service from sykes

    Reviewed by AdamJul 2018

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  • Three bedrooms : 1x king size 1x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with large walk in shower, WC and basin
  • Cloakroom and toilet
  • Open plan living room with kitchen, dining and sitting areas with log burner
  • Games room with pool table and table tennis.
  • Gas central heating with log burner
  • Electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for logburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On road parking near by the property, short stay car parks local to the property
  • Courtyard with furniture
  • One well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 mins walk, pub 1 mins walk
  • Note: Property garden has synthetic grass
  • Note: Road noise may be experienced during peak times
  • Note: Property may be unsuitable for children and those with limited mobility
  • Note: Noise from local pub may be heard during busy times.

The property

In an ideal location for touring Cornwall with easy access to the A30 and A39.

Following a stunning conversion this Grade 2 listed building now offers contemporary and stylish accommodation in the heart of the historic market town of St Columb Major.

On entering The Old Printers you will be greeted by an impressive open plan living area which is enhanced by an eye catching log burner.

Up a couple of steps will take you to the games room complete with a multi sport games table, offering a choice of table tennis, pool and air hockey, all of which will keep the children entertained for hours.

On the first floor there are two double and one twin bedroom together with a stylishly designed bathroom.

At the rear of the property is a south facing enclosed courtyard with relaxing furniture to enjoy breakfast or an evening drink after a day on the beach or touring the County.

A couple of minutes’ walk from the house will take you to a choice of old pubs, individual shops, a small supermarket, award winning butchers famous for their traditional Cornish pasties and takeaways catering for all tastes.

The grade 1 listed church dating back to the 14th century is well worth a visit during a short delightful walk around the town.

Situated between the famous seaside resorts of Newquay and Padstow there will always be so much to do and see.

With a choice of superb beaches including Bedruthan Steps and the famous Watergate bay with its vast sands and variety of watersports on offer, guests will be spoilt for choice.

A delightful property to be enjoyed all year round which offers excellent accommodation in characterful surroundings.

Situated in an ideal touring location with the unspoilt beaches of the North Cornish Coast only a short drive away and many other hidden gems to be discovered.

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About the location


Newquay 7 miles; Padstow 9 miles.

An old and picturesque market town nestled among lush green countryside, just five miles from the North Cornish Coast. The resort attractions of Newquay includes bars, clubs, a zoo, vibrant shops, the National Surfing Centre and fabulous beaches are all just 7 miles away, while 9 miles in the other direction is the sleepy fishing port of Padstow. In between lies a beautiful section of the South West Coast path, winding its way over the clifftops, down to tranquil coves and across some of the region's top beaches. The surrounding area is also a visitor’s paradise with much to see and do. Stately homes, world-renowned gardens, adventure playgrounds and theme parks, model railways, fishing lakes and golf courses are all to be discovered within 10 miles. Even the spectacular Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, both on the other side of the county, are only 12 miles away, making this a superb base for your Cornish holiday.

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