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The Old Dairy

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Padstow, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "The most comfortable holiday cottage that we have ever stayed in."

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Apr 2024

  • "The property would benefit from; A plastic slip mat in the shower ( elderly father nearly slipped over) (There is only 1 provided for the bath)."

    A washing line that is not broken and positioned in a sunny area of the garden. More than 1 tea towel. Lovely property with beautiful sunsets, liked the locality. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by John4.7Mar 2024

  • "Me and my wife really enjoyed our week long stay at this cottage."

    The cottage it self was very well set out and had all the usual comforts we like. There were a few minor points. The bed in the main bedroom was too small compared to ours at home. The dishwasher sprung a leak 3 days into our stay, the owner was unable to get anyone out to fix it for the remainder of our stay. Finally, as we were staying during the Xmas period we asked if a Xmas tree could be present since this had been provided at other cottages we've stayed at before. A blunt NO was the reply. Obviously not in the T&Cs but certainly not in the Xmas spirit either. Also, just 5 lonely logs were left for us to use in the log burner, where as other cottages we've stayed have left have left almost a week's supply. Aside from the minor gripes stated, we still thoroughly enjoyed our time at this cottage and would recommend it

    Hi Derek, Many thanks for the feedback and I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. For people reading your feedback and who have not visited the barn, I think it would be useful for them to be aware that the bed in the main bedroom is a King Size double. This will help them put into context the size of the bed in the barn compared to their beds in their own homes. It is correct that, given the Christmas holidays we were unable to get an engineer our to inspect the dishwasher before the end of your stay. The issue was subsequently rectified and was found to be caused by broken glass in the machine which damaged the pump and pump casing which had to be replaced. With regards to the Christmas Tree, the question that I was asked prior to your visit was “Is there a Christmas Tree in the Barn”, hence the reason my response was a direct reply. I did also say that there are fairy lights installed around the fireplace / book case and that you would be welcome to bring additional decorations if you wished, which I hope was feed back to you. Again, your comments are very much appreciated, and I hope you will visit our home again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Dec 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Diary."

    What a wonderful comfortable place ,in an ideal location ,for visiting Padstow and beyond. Credit must also be sent to the house keeping team for providing such immaculate accommodation. We will definitely be back soon.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous holiday cottage in a delightful setting."

    Very comfortable decor and looked just liked the online pictures. We travelled with my elderly parents and they loved having an arm chair and footstool each! Very sociable space. Kitchen extremely well equipped and we really loved the welcome tea tray with proper cups and saucers and the lemon drizzle cake!!! The wine and flowers were also a lovely touch! We were very lucky with the weather in October and enjoyed sitting outside with the views across the field!! Great location for visiting Padstow, Bodmin and other local national trust properties. We would highly recommend and would certainly book again in the future. Thank you!!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2023

  • "Another comfortable and relaxing stay."

    Property is maintained to a high standard and has everything needed for a self catering holiday. Location is good, close to major roads so able to explore the area and the rest of Cornwall. We will be returning in future.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Sep 2023

  • "This cottage was just perfect."

    Very high quality throughout. Beautiful and thoughtful finishing touches. I’ve stayed at many holiday cottages over the years (and worked for a competitor for many years) and this is honestly one of the best I’ve been to. Absolute bargain for the quality and location.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely holiday would definitely go again!"

    ! excellent location about 30min drive to most tourist attractions, excellent for families the enclosed garden is a definite advantage with young children. My only criticism would be it gets v hot inside when it’s warm outside so maybe more fans or air conditioning but saying that I’d still come back.

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Jun 2023

  • "This place was heaven on earth, if you like us like peace and quiet well this is the place, all you hear are the birds and the odd tractor."

    Very comfy well equipped Barn Conversion with everthing you could need. Absolutely wonderful holiday. The weather was brilliant too. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0May 2023

  • "This was our third stay at The Old Dairy."

    Facilities, super comfortable , great location, cottage atmosphere were all excellent. It is just the sort of property that instantly de-stresses and makes you relax as soon as you arrive.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Apr 2023

  • "We’ve just returned from an excellent stay at the Old Dairy."

    The quality of the accommodation, furnishings and equipment was of a high standard, with the owners providing everything you could possibly need. The outdoor space was a good size, this was important to us as we were travelling with our two children age 9 & 13. Another added bonus was that it had a fantastic airing cupboard! I know this sounds random but when travelling with kids this is important and meant I didn’t need to use the dryer! The location was excellent too and we were able to explore lots of Cornwall easily. We had days out in Padstow, Newquay, Crantock, Fowey, Tintagel and Boscastle. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to anyone wanting to explore Cornwall!

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Apr 2023

  • "Just a superb property all round , didn't want to leave what more can we say, thank you for providing one of the best christmas."

    S ever, oh and the hamper was a fantastic touch , yum

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you had a wonderful Christmas. We hope to be welcome you back again some time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2022

  • "Based on our experience this property does not warrant its 5 tick rating."

    The first set back was to find that access was not allowed until 5pm. In many years of holidaying in cottages we have never experienced such a late arrival time; 3pm often, 4pm occasionally but never 5pm. When you have frozen food in the boot and after a long journey 5pm is unacceptable. This should be made clear in the listing rather than only finding out in the final correspondence from Sykes. The freezer was in poor condition being choked with ice and in serious need of being defrosted. We had to chip ice away to be able to produce space for our frozen food to squeeze in. With so long between check out and check in (7 hours) we might have expected the place at least to be clean. Unfortunately not so. There were crumbs on the dining table and surrounding floor and the table mats had the remains of the last guests' meal. The kitchen worktop was not clean and was so sticky that anything placed on the surface became stuck to it. It was quite unpleasant to the touch and unhygienic. This was not a cheap cottage and, for the price, we should not expect to have to start cleaning it before being able to settle in. Such a shame as this is good accommodation but let down by poor housekeeping. It is not one that we will be returning to.

    Thank you for your feedback. The freezer gets defrosted 3 times a year and the worktop has now been stripped, it seems to have reacted to the hot weather, making it appear sticky in places. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike2.2Sep 2022

  • "Overall a pleasant 2 week stay very quiet and peaceful location."

    Pleased with facilities in particular the Duux fans superb and required. Beds were comfy and showers powerful and hot. Not so good was filthy BBQ on arrival an oven tray full of grease in the oven and overall cleanliness in some areas was below what I would expect at 2000 a week.

    Thank you for your feedback and we were glad that you enjoyed a pleasant stay at The Old Diary. I appreciate that we exchanged information during your stay regarding the concern you raised about the garden BBQ that had not been cleaned prior to your arrival, but for people reading your feedback who will not be familiar with the property or our discussions, I think it is important to point out the following; The Garden BBQ and portable BBQ have been provided for the use of guests, including information within the Welcome Notes on the use of the BBQ, including the request for guests to clean the BBQ after they have used it so it is ready for use by the next guests. I believe this is a reasonable request and standard across many holiday homes where facilities such as BBQs are provided. Unfortunately, the guests staying at the property the previous week did not clean the BBQ after they had used it. Sadly, it is not possible to incorporate BBQ cleaning into the changeover schedules due to time constraints, but hopefully you are able to use the portable BBQ during your stay. I am sorry that you didn’t raise the other topic of the dirty oven tray with myself, or the housekeeper and I can assure you that this is the first time any such issue has been reported in the several years we have been renting the property as it forms part of the normal "change over inspection". Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christian4.1Jul 2022

  • "The location was perfect being very close to the beaches and Padstow."

    The barn was very well equipped and we had most things we needed. We had a very relaxing stay but there were a few things that were annoying/prevented this from being the perfect stay. I found it odd that we only had one hand towel per couple for the whole week. I did ask the housekeeper if this was correct and was told this was normal. I would have preferred a hand towel for the bathroom, and one per person for face drying, for hair etc. The barn would also benefit from having somewhere to hang wet towels, a hook behind the bathroom door for example. We stayed at the hottest week of the year and the fans were very welcoming! There were however no windows we could leave open at night, just the outside bedroom doors which I did not feel comfortable doing. We also noticed quite a lot of cobwebs in the property which I would not have expected to see. Some minor adjustments would make this a truly 5 star property.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback following your recent stay at The Old Diary and we are glad you had a relaxing stay. We are glad you found the fans provided in each of the bedrooms of use especially as your stay coincided with some of the hottest days ever recorded in the UK. We also hope you made use of the “door stay" on the French door in the main bedroom to enable the door to be opened but secure, when in the property. With regards to the ability to hang wet towels, I think it is important to clarify especially for anybody who may be reading your comments and who have not visited the barn, that there are heated towel rails available in each of the bathrooms and additional drying facilities in the boiler room for drying things such as beach towels, coats (if the weather has been unkind) etc. Sorry you found some cobwebs in the barn. Due to the rural nature of the property, it is inevitable that cobwebs, spiders etc are prevalent and I know, from personal experience of living in the property, that you can remove cobwebs when cleaning only for them to reappear a few hours later. That said, I have made the housekeeper aware of your experience and I would again like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lyndsay4.1Jul 2022

  • "A beautiful, well-equipped and luxurious accommodation."

    Great location for visiting the local beaches and seaside towns.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2022

  • "A beautiful barn with everything you need."

    Within close reach to the lovely Cornish coastline. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7May 2022

  • "The property was well equipped and comfortable."

    It's location is good for exploring the area but nice and quiet when back 'home' away from the hotspots.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2022

  • "Second time at the old dairy , always intended to return and it was as good as 18 months ago."

    Property and furnishings all in excellent condition, spacious , tastefully decorated. Good location . Plan to return in the future

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2022

  • "A comfortable stay in a well equipped property."

    The kitchen has everything needed and more. The welcome pack was appreciated and the spring daffodils lasted all week. In an excellent location, very quiet with a lovely peaceful garden to enjoy watching many varieties of birds. Close to Padstow and miles of stunning coastline, but also close to the Eden Project.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic location, very clean and modern."

    Garden is a very good size for kids.

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage, so peaceful and quiet, comfy sofa and chairs, lots of light and great views, just what we needed after a stressful few weeks."

    The cottage needs better signposting at the bottom of the hill but after missing the turn twice we asked a lovely friendly local. We felt the cottage really needed a fire set to use with the log burner or at least a poker and also a small shovel to clean it out after use, but maybe other people have managed without. Would love to visit again in the warmer months to use the lovely garden furniture and loungers,.

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Mar 2022

  • "We were really impressed with The Old Dairy - it was lovely and had everything we needed for our stay."

    The welcome gifts were a nice touch. Great location to explore Padstow, Newquay and the surrounding area. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Charlene5.0Feb 2022

  • "This was our second time at the Old Dairy so we knew what to expect."

    Very clean and felt very safe. It is an excellent location and we had a great week, thank you.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Super clean and everything had been thought about. We can not wait to return !

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful barn conversion, a true ‘home from home’ with everything we needed for a comfortable week with 2 kids."

    The garden was superb & the nearness to various beaches & Padstow town was perfect.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a good holiday and this is the third time we have stayed at the Old Dairy so we knew what to expect."

    We love that area and the Old Dairy is a wonderful place to stay. I am sure we will be back at some stage in the future.

    Reviewed by Wayne4.1Jul 2021

  • "Just home from a weeks stay at this beautiful cottage."

    It was more than we hoped for. Spotlessly clean, super comfy, just perfection. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Jun 2021

  • "1 weeks stay was not long enough."

    Beautiful old building with all facilities needed for our holiday. Wonderful quiet rural location but only a few miles from Padstow. Trevibban mill winery, ring o bells and the Journeyman all within a mile and easy to walk. Would stay here again and recommend to anyone. Pre arrange cabs if you prefer not to drive ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Reviewed by Adam5.0May 2021

  • "Everything about the old dairy was perfect ."

    Furnishing, decor, showers, beds, nice big garden, nice views , 10 minutes to padstow, absolutely recommend

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2020

  • "Wow! When it was described as 5-star it truly was - there was not one thing more we could have asked for."

    We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Oct 2020

  • "The Old Dairy is a delightful property in a very peaceful location."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well presented with some lovely touches. It is well furnished, comfortable beds and lovely chairs and settee. We appreciated the wood burner and the extremely efficient underfloor heating. A big thank you to Gina who sorted out a small problem for us quickly and with no fuss. We have booked for 2021.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Oct 2020

  • "The Old Dairy was just stunning & so comfortable & perfect for a young family."

    .. just wish the weather was better!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful property in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a very enjoyable holiday and we love the "Old Dairy"."

    We have booked to go again next year so I guess that says it all really.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jul 2020

  • "Tea, cakes and wine were waiting for us on our arrival."

    It was a lovely welcome. The cottage was clean and warm and well equipped. Perfect winter break.

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Feb 2020

  • "Lovely property, had everything we needed."

    Would certainly return. Only comment - needs some absorbent doormats inside the external doors to stop the floors getting wet and dirty

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Sep 2019

  • "The accomodation was lovely cannot fault it at all."

    Everything we needed .very clean.a very beautiful barn.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2019

  • "Enjoyed our stay so much we rebooked the old dairy for next year in the car on drive home."

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Apr 2019

  • "Second time we have stayed at the Dairy property and another lovely week."

    Full of home comforts, very clean and nice touch of cakes and wine on arrival. Great location, far enough away from the bustle of Padstow however located in a lovely hamlet with easy reach to all the lovely villages and places to see in Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Feb 2019

  • "A lovely modern facility built in an old barn building."

    We were lucky with the weather for October and that always makes a difference but the building is light and airy and largely contains all the equipment you could want for a holiday self-catering. We have no problem in recommending this cottage.

    Reviewed by Ronald4.7Oct 2018

  • "The Old Dairy is a delightful barn conversion in a tranquil setting, the open plan living area is both spacious and comfortable."

    The en suite bedrooms can easily accommodate 4 adults. We visited with our two adult children, everything was available to have a wonderful week, a car is necessary as the property is set in a small hamlet. Only a 15 minute drive to the spectacular coastline .

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Aug 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely consider returning to the Old Dairy in the future."

    Cornish Cottage Holidays are very efficient and well organised. Everything is easy and the communication is very good. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Aug 2018

  • "This property is one of our favourites for it's layout and location."

    The quality of the fixtures & fittings and the interior decoration and comfort is to a high standard. However we had a few issues on arrival that did disappoint us and had some effect upon our stay. Firstly the flushing mechanism on the Toilet in one bathroom just shattered upon our first use, rendering the toilet unusable until we managed to contact the owners ( after a few calls) and arrange for them to send someone over to repair the flush, which did not happen right away I'm afraid. Meanwhile (for a few days) the four of us had to manage with just one toilet! Additionally, we did find that there was some areas of dust and 'cob-webs' in the property, which suggested that the cleaning had been rushed and not completely done as we wood of expected. Finally, there was misleading information regarding the 'refuse collection' day? meaning that the previous occupants missed the collection, leaving a huge piles of bottles and rubbish and then we also missed the early morning collection because it was stated in the information booklet that it would be collected early Friday Mornings, when they actually collected the waste on Thursday morning!. These are important details you need to be aware of, as they could easily be major issues with other customers, just a simple case of communication and a few double checks around the place may help avoid this kind of thing in the future. Apart from that, our stay was very relaxing and we will always consider staying here again in the future.

    Reviewed by J4.7Jul 2018

  • "The cottage is lovely, so much so we have booked it again for 2019"

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jun 2018

  • "A lovely spacious barn conversion with everything you need and extremely comfortable in quiet location."

    Many places to visit locally and good dining opportunities made this a perfect base for a week blessed with good weather too. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2018

  • "The Old Dairy is a beautiful place to stay, a great base and very peaceful."

    The dawn chorus is a real treat.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0May 2018

  • "Beautiful barn in a great location."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2018

  • "The property surpassed our expectations."

    It was spacious, modern and clean and the lovely touches of cakes, bottle of wine, hot drinks and fresh flowers in the house was very welcomed after a long journey and arriving early evening. The property is in a great location to explore the local area of padstow, port Issac and wad ridge, we also ventured to fowey, a beautiful harbour. One of the highlights was a meal at Appletons restaurant at the local vineyard, food amazing and nothing was too much trouble for our two children. We will definitely be returning, the best property we have rented. Thank you for a memorable week.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Feb 2018

  • "This is clearly a top notch holiday property and would rate as such."

    Simple things i) directions. Do not follow your sat nav but follow the written instructions as the sat nav takes you down a very narrow lane that is the rabbit run for locals. It was November -It was mucky ii) The property had underfloor heating. The first night the boiler seemed to be on constantly with a bedroom stifling. The instruction to turn up or down the heating did not seem to work . The next 2 days the heating was not sufficient and the instructions to increase/decrease had no effect. iii) We had a budget and looked at Premier Inn prices and decided to stay for 3 days in the Sykes property as it was similar. I subsequently find that if we had booked the whole week the price would have been the same. (£451)We would have stayed the whole 7 days as it was still in our budget. This fact was disappointing and you should have pointed this out. So property would have been perfect if the heating worked properly. Pricing? You need to work on this

    Reviewed by Michael4.0Nov 2017

  • "Thank you for the welcome pack which was much appreciated."

    The cottage is lovely with full facilities ,in a nice quite rural setting and in easy reach of Padstow or Wadebridge.

    Reviewed by JOHN5.0Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was perfect for us."

    It was spacious, well equipped and an ideal place to rest after a busy day on the beach, a long cycle ride or just to spend a day chilling and playing games with kids.

    Reviewed by Richard4.6Jul 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with TV and en-suite bathroom, bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • 1 x twin (zip/link can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite shower room, shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric Oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Lockable bike store
  • Enclosed lawn garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop/pub 3 miles

The property

Set in a small cluster of stone built barns that surround a central courtyard, the Old Dairy is a great find.

There is plenty of space in this light and airy barn and a wood burning stove creates atmosphere and warmth making this property ideal all year round.

Found in the little rural hamlet of Tredinnick, and forming part of an old farmstead, it is just a few minutes away from the perennially popular Padstow.

This beautiful property is set over one floor and the smart open plan living room is great for sitting and relaxing and has a smart dining table for easy dining and a fully equipped modern kitchen.

French windows open onto the enclosed garden.

There are two spacious bedrooms, one with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom, the second bedroom, also en-suite, can be either a twin room or 6ft super king bed upon request.

Outside, the West facing enclosed lawned garden is great for ball games and as the sun sets, spectacular sunsets can occasionally be witnessed.

A further courtyard at the front provides the perfect spot for dining alfresco.

Once you are ready to explore, hike the coast path, cycle the camel trail or don walking boots and visit the fabulous rolling countryside right on the doorstep.

Nearby St Issey has a pub and there are beaches aplenty at Constantine, Harlyn, Treyarnon and Porthcothan Bay.

Padstow is a must and has great shops, cafes and restaurants all around the picturesque harbour.

Grab a pasty and watch the fishing boats come in.

The Old Dairy is well located for exploring this part of North Cornwall at any time of year and couple or families and friends will agree that however long they stay, it won't be long enough!

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

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About the location


Harlyn 2.9 miles; Constantine Bay 4.2 miles; Polzeath 15.6 miles.

Padstow is situated at the head of the Camel Cycle Trail and is a fantastic base for exploring the South West Coastal Path which opens up routes to beautiful Cornish countryside. This delightful fishing port is surrounded by sandy beaches and offers many opportunities to taste the locally sourced produce in celebrity owned establishments. Padstow has something for everyone with watersports, walking, cycling and fishing, you can even take a trip on a local fisherman’s boat! The excellent surfing beaches of Harlyn and Constantine are ideal for safe family fun, and Constantine Bay is also home to a golf course, just a few miles away, while a passenger ferry across the river from Padstow to Rock takes you to the beach at Daymer Bay. Just around the corner toward Pentire Head is the surfing paradise at Polzeath, and when the beach no longer calls, there’s a golf course nearby, several stately homes and gardens to visit. The fabulous Eden Project is just over twenty miles away.

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