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The School House

St Mabyn, Cornwall (Ref. 1064887)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "It was a very comfortable and home from home cottage, loved everything about it, ..."

    It was a very comfortable and home from home cottage, loved everything about it, very clean, the only problem we had was my dogs at home they sleep with us on our bed, so I think you should put in the discription of the cottage

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2022

  • "Lovely clean comfortable house, you felt at home in."

    Every little extra was thought about and a nice welcome pack with flowers, a lovely touch. Great that dogs were welcome

    Reviewed by JillOct 2021

  • "Outstanding accommodation in a beautiful part of the world."

    The cottage was everything you could hope for with a wonderful welcome pack. Will definately be back.

    Reviewed by AndyOct 2021

  • "We loved the cottage, it had everything we needed and more."

    Thank you so much for the welcome goodies it was much appreciated after a 6 hour journey and was very thoughtful. The village community shop was excellent, very friendly, helpful and well stocked for immediate needs. The St Mabyn Inn was fab, made to feel very welcome, lovely tasty food and great atmosphere. Overall, we had a fantastic week in Cornwall visiting lots of really pretty villages, harbours and even went on the Bodmin steam train.

    Reviewed by JoOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean on arrival & with many extra touches added including a high quality 'welcome' basket."

    Regarding previous comments about the floor creaking, I have stayed in many old cottages & always found the floors creaked a little! Its to be expected if you want to stay somewhere old. We really enjoyed our visit. The cottage is beautifully done & lovely to come back to in the evening. Beds etc all comfortable. Owners most helpful.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2021

  • "When we arrived I was disappointed to find some housekeeping issues, a number of hairs in the downstairs shower, thick dust around the skirting boards, thick cobwebs on the ceiling and around the chair and mould growing up the wall and the carpet was thick with dirt/mould around the French doors in the downstairs bedroom."

    Only one bin in the cottage and nothing about recycling or instructions on where food waste etc should be put. We knew there was only one parking space, but we didn’t realise how just beyond the cottage is a dead end, a neighbour come home a little unhappy, but we moved the second car out the way, it was only taken up to unload and we wouldn’t of left it in an area where it wasn’t ok to park it. She mentioned other residents were getting really frustrated and fed up about more than one car coming to the property and them just parking wherever. We took the second car to the local village car park, as she suggested so as not to cause any issues and we checked it would be ok to bring the second car back outside the cottage on the day we left. Being disabled myself we had to bring our own car, I can’t travel lightly, so we had no choice but to bring two cars. On a positive, the hand rails in the downstairs bathroom were a fantastic help, so many cottages don’t think about how much a disabled person needs things like that in a bathroom where you could easily slip. The treats on the side and the flowers in the lounge were a lovely welcoming touch. Log burner was amazing. Beds very comfortable. Lovely peaceful surroundings, and ideal location for the dog to go straight out in the morning and evening for a walk. Kitchen was well equipped! Welcome pack/information was really helpful and well thought out for visitors to the area. Local pub went out of their way to provide a take away for us when I was too unwell to leave the cottage to go to the pub for dinner. Nearby towns have well stocked supermarkets. Ideal base to get around to all our favourite spots in North Cornwall.

    Dear guest, Thank you for your review. After receiving a lovely text message from your fellow guest, on the Friday evening before your departure, your online negative comments have come as quite a surprise, as we were led to believe you “had a fabulous week in our lovely cottage and were sad to leave!” We would urge guests to contact us immediately if there is a problem, so that we can rectify any issues during your stay. It is disheartening to read online after the event has passed. We are always on hand to help to make sure that our guests have a relaxing and comfortable stay. Sorry to hear of the housekeeping issues. Cleanliness is paramount and we will not accept slipping standards, especially at a time when good hygiene practices are vital to all of our well-being. Our cottage is usually spotless, and continually receives top scores in this area, so this is very disappointing and has been immediately addressed. With regards to waste; we are sorry to hear that you would have liked more bins. We have always provided a small bin in each of the bathrooms, bedrooms and also a large bin in the kitchen. In our outdoor bin store, we have a further two large bins and a box for the recycling. We provide plenty of refuse sacks for every booking. In our two bedroom cottage we feel that this is sufficient and don’t plan to add any more provisions for waste. The School House is idyllically tucked away at the end of the lane, right next to the entrance of acres of farmland. The track is only wide enough for one car and provides access to our cottage and also our neighbours. Please keep this clear at all times and unload/park in the parking space that is owned by The School House (which is directly in front of the cottage). Our neighbours are very welcoming but I can understand their frustration. We kindly ask that you avoid causing any obstruction on the track that may prevent our neighbours gaining access to their property. We are delighted that you had a fabulous week in our lovely cottage and that you enjoyed the welcome treats, the comfortable beds and had plenty of cosy evenings by the fire! Best wishes, Rebecca & David Property Owner

    Reviewed by LauraOct 2021

  • "The bedroom floor was very, very squeaky."

    Trying to sleep downstairs was really difficult when anybody walked about up stairs. This floor needs some serious maintenance!! The ground floor bedroom is too small for the size of bed/s they leave little room to move around with luggage in the room.Effort had been made to make the property very nice but unfortunately these two problems let it down. Would not stay there again, sorry.

    Dear guest, Thank you for staying with us at The School House and for your top marks for cleanliness. I would like to respond to your comments if I may, to give future guests a more well rounded view of the property. Our delightful cottage dates back to 1820, squeaky floors and other age related quirks are par for the course. This has never prevented ourselves or any other guests sleeping at night time. (See all other excellent reviews). The integrity of the first floor is confirmed by a qualified chartered surveyor, who confirmed in our report, that no remedial work/maintenance is required. Whist other points may be entirely subjective, it is important that I respond when something incorrect is posted. In response to the comments about the downstairs bedroom; it is a indeed a compact double/twin room. We have excellent quality mattresses and a lovely solid oak wardrobe, with patio doors leading on to the rear courtyard, we are sorry to hear that this wasn’t to your liking. We are, however, glad to hear that you noted the “efforts been made to make the property very nice”. Our guest experience is extremely important to us and we do our utmost to exceed expectations and provide our guests with a comfortable stay, which we repeatedly achieve. Prior to each stay, we make sure that the cottage is beautifully presented and a welcome hamper of local wine, confectioneries, fresh flowers, logs and kitchen essentials are provided. We are always on hand to answer any queries and be of help in any way we can. Had you have called us we would’ve happily chatted through your concerns! We hope that you had a lovely week regardless of these issues and enjoyed your time in Cornwall! Best wishes, Rebecca & David Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful relaxing time in this very comfortable cottage situated in a working village surrounded by beautiful countryside, and very close to a lot of beautiful beaches and pretty coastal villages."

    We would like to return another year.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "The School House is a fantastic house hidden away in a lovely Cornish village, far enough away from the rat race but close enough to all the beautiful attractions to visit."

    The house is beautifully decorated and furnished to the highest level. I almost don't want to recommend but keep it for ourselves !!! Will be going back again as soon as possible.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "Loved our stay at this cottage, parking is a little awkward but not too bad as we managed with a fairly big family car."

    Nice treats left for us when we got there which was a lovely touch. Definitely recommend staying there as great location to explore,

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2021

  • "Facility for parking was not great."

    Would suggest you advertise reversing up lane for parking purposes. Thanks to David, my wife left her credit cards which he posted quickly

    Thank you for your feedback in regards to your stay at The School House, as well as your top scores for the cleanliness, facilities and the comfort of the property. We are sorry to hear that you had difficulty with the narrow lane, this has never been brought to our attention before and we've never had to reverse up the lane to park ourselves. If you had contacted us we would have been more than happy to advise of the best way to park at the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CliveJun 2021

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor twin (zip/link can be king-size on request)
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher
  • 2 x TVs (4k Smart TV), WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed courtyard with seating and warm outside tap
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: Children below the age of 10 are not permitted at this property due to the open-tread spiral staircase, it may also be unsuitable for those with limited mobility

The property

Found in the charming, small village of St Mabyn in the heart of the Cornish countryside is this lovely two-bedroom, terraced cottage, The School House.

Perfect for a couple or a group of four with their canine companions to spend a wonderful holiday full of local walks, touring adventures and trips to the coast as well as a visit to the nearby Cider Farm where you can find freshly made Cider and apple juice.

Enjoy returning to the comfort of The School House after a busy day, sinking into one of the sitting room sofas with the woodburning stove adding warmth in winter, you can flick on the TV and switch off.

Head through the amply-equipped kitchen to find all you need for preparing your favourite home-cooked treats, with an electric oven and hob, fridge and a handy dishwasher all at your fingertips.

Discover a delightful bedroom on the ground floor, home to two single beds which can be linked together to be a king-size on request should your group require it, served by the ground-floor shower room, making it great for those who prefer not to tackle the stairs.

Couples are sure to love the beautiful master bedroom, reached via the attractive open-tread spiral staircase, bringing you up to characterful A-frame beams, Velux windows with views to the moors, a double bed; with a TV for lazy mornings and your own en-suite shower room to freshen up in.

Just minutes away on foot are the village amenities, with a community run shop and Post Office providing access to all of the essentials, whilst the The St Mabyn Inn & Restaurant is a wonderful local, serving seasonal and locally sourced dishes along with thirst-quenching local ales.

The School House is perfect for bringing your dog on holiday with you thanks to the excellent access to the local fields and countryside, with a footpath close by to hop on and begin exploring and a warm outside tap to wash the dogs off after.

Take a trip to the grand Georgian house of Pencarrow House & Garden, home to a notable art and antiques collection as well as beautiful formal gardens, perfect for an afternoon outing.

For spectacular views of the countryside take a journey along the Camel Train a 18 mile multi-use route with minimal traffic, smooth and level surface this route follows an old disused railway line that linked London to the Southwest within a 5 minute drive of the property.

Head into Bodmin Moor and discover endless natural beauty with Cardinham Woods, Lavethan Wood, Hawks Tor, King Arthur's Hall and Golitha Falls being just a few stunning places to head to on your adventures.

Spend a day on the coast at Polzeath Beach, a popular spot for surfers and families with plenty of shoreline to spread out on, taking a stroll along the South West Coast Path to Pentire Point and The Rumps where you might spot seals and peregrine falcons.

Head North along the coast to Port Isaac, Just over 7 miles from the property this charming fishing village is home to Doc Martin the BBC series and has a welcoming feeling from the vibrant community that live here.

This picturesque fishing village is filled with traditional white washed cottages and windy roads that lead to the harbour with much of the surrounding area being considered an Area of outstanding natural beauty and is a perfect way for the family to spend a glorious summer afternoon.

A short car journey take you to the Elizabethan quay at Boscastle is day not to be missed, surrounded by steep cliffs this unspoilt harbour village filled with lovely tea rooms and traditional stone built cottages and shops with much of the land in and around Boscastle owner by the National Trust with walks to suit everyone from a stroll around the harbour or a longer coastal walk and Valency Valley there really is something for everyone Enjoy a wonderful stay exploring Cornwall from The School House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Wadebridge 4.3 miles; Bodmin 6.7 miles; Padstow 12.4 miles

A civil parish and village resting in the heart of Cornwall, St Mabyn can be found sitting in close reach of both the coast and countryside delights of the county. A picturesque village, the area is also home to the hamlet of Longstone. with its name deriving from a standing stone which was broken up for gateposts around the year 1850, as well as manor houses including Tregarden, Tredethy, Helligan Barton and Colquite, there's plenty of scenic wonder to be discovered in the area. The village is host to a modest selection of amenities, including the St Mabyn Inn serving good food and drink, as well as there being a Post Office and general store, perfect for any self-catered getaway. A wider host of wonderful amenities and attractions can be found in close reach, including Pencarrow House & Gardens sitting on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, it's a Cornish Georgian delight offering 50 acres to explore as well as the house boasting beautiful art and antiques, it's well-worth a visit. Venture to the centre of Bodmin, where you can find the even more spectacular tourist attraction of the Lanhydrock National Trust, a late Victorian country house with gardens and a wooded estate to explore, or choose to unravel the history of the town at Bodmin Jail and Cornwall's Regimental Museum. The town also offers plenty of walking routes, including routes to the spectacle of the Bodmin Beacon, the Camel Trail and Tamar Valley, as well as the national forest of Cardinham Woods being perfect for a leisurely stroll. Visit the coast of Padstow to find even more enticing history surrounding its maritime past, as well as sea life safaris and a wide selection of waterfront restaurants to choose from. In easy reach of many of Cornwall's beautiful beaches including Polzeath, Par Sands and Fistral, St Mabyn is ideally situated for exploring the many wonders of this captivating region of England.

Region Information

Note: Children below the age of 10 are not permitted at this property due to the open-tread spiral staircase, it may also be unsuitable for those with limited mobility

Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas