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The Old Engine House

Tretoil, near Bodmin, Cornwall (Ref. 976295)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Very friendly welcome by Robin and Fred."

    Lovely clean cottage in great quiet location. Everything you need, Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by TraceyApr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Old Engine House despite the storms!"

    Robin was very helpful and Fred his lovely dog was keen to be friends, but found our lively and enthusiastic cavvi a bit too much! We loved Robin’s sausages and belly pork. Cottage was very cosy and we hope to stay again. Jane, Les & Ziggy

    Reviewed by JaneFeb 2022

  • "Comfortable, cosy cottage in a beautiful part of the country."

    Remember to bring a torch with you! Thanks to the owner for his thoughtful help.

    Reviewed by IanDec 2021

  • "The Old Engine House was clean and comfortable."

    Robin the owner lived next door and was helpful but not intrusive. Ideally remote and perfect for dog owners. Lanhydrock (NT) is only a few minutes away with many long woodland dog walks. Will stay again without reserve.

    Reviewed by IanNov 2021

  • "It was a pleasent stay in the tranquil Old Engine House, a small piece of Cornwalls industrial heritage, set in a central position in the County."

    Everthing provided with extras. , Thanks Robin and Fred for the company. Beryl & Roy + terrier Jess

    Reviewed by RoySep 2021

  • "The flexibility of the location to visit both coastlines."

    Robin had put milk in the fridge, cut flowers in the lounge and more than enough tea, coffee and cleaning products to last the week. The peace and tranquility was just what was needed to escape from a busy lifestyle. Thank you Robin can't praise you enough.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "We had a very relaxing time at the Old Engine House."

    The cottage is very well appointed with pretty much everything you might need, and it was nice to be enthusiatically greeted by Robin's dog Fred every time we came back to the cottage. It is a little bit off the beaten track, but that just added to the charm for us. We would thoroughly recommend the Old Engine House for a relaxing holiday in Cornwall.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2021

  • "Good old-fashioned rustic charm with homely touches."

    Owner helpful and Fred the labrador an added bonus. Regarding posts others have made, the drive is perfectly adequate, stony but even. There is a faint hum of traffic but there is also the faint chug of a steam train too ;) Lovely place to relax in the countryside with a variety of animals around (horses, pigs, sheep, cockerels which dont wake you up). Mature trees and lush garden with lots of birds. Uneven ground, steps and slopes so not suitable for the less sure-footed. Lanivet Spar tiny but well-stocked, good coffee to takeaway. Pub friendly, fish and chip shop really great (Welcome Stranger)

    Reviewed by ErikaJul 2021

  • "My boyfriend and I stayed at the cottage with our 7 month old puppy and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Old Engine House."

    Robin was the perfect host and his dog Fred, was super friendly. The large garden surrounding the property was perfect for our dog - he was able to run around and explore freely which meant we could feel relaxed, and it was great for him to have an older and wiser dog to be friends with! The cottage kitchen was very well equipped and everything was really clean - we cooked every evening as lots of places were still closed due to Covid restrictions and found everything in the kitchen that we needed. The bedroom was very comfortable with a good king sized bed. The location was a perfect based for exploring local walks but also easy access to head off on longer day drips all round Cornwall. After nearly 6 months in lockdown 3 - the Old Engine House was the perfect change of scenery.

    Reviewed by ClareMay 2021

  • "This cottage was just what we needed at this time of an unusual year."

    A break is nice but the cosiness of the engine house really was great with the wood burner . Robin was good as our neighbour ( never heard a peep) and very pleasant as our landlord ( flowers & tea,coffee,biscuits). We both look forward to our return next year.

    Reviewed by KarlDec 2020

  • "Robin was a very friendly host."

    He thought of everything to ensure our stay was comfortable.Really appreciated the special touches like biscuits and fresh flowers The cottage was perfect for our two dogs with an enclosed garden plus could keep them in kitchen away from living room when they come home from muddy walks We felt the cottage was like our little home, so cosy We would return and have already recommended it to friends

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2020

  • "The solitude, but also being able to visit other places"

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "The host was very welcoming and helpful and the cottage was lovely."

    Reviewed by MarilynSep 2020

  • "Robin is a fantastic host he made us feel welcome and nothing was an issue and ..."

    Robin is a fantastic host he made us feel welcome and nothing was an issue and of course fred the dog was a great character who was also good company for my dog all in all great location great building really unusual and comfortable

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2020

  • "The Old Engine House was well equipped, clean & Robin is a welcoming host (his sausages are excellent)."

    The garden is large with a delightful informality, picking blackberries to accompany breakfast every morning was an added bonus. Robin's dog, Fred, was a good companion for our labrador. It is situated within easy access of both North & South coasts as well as being a great location to explore Bodmin Moor.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "Rustic and cosy cottage off the beaten track and perfect for couples wanting peace and quiet."

    We stayed for a week over Christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay as well as our dog. Huge outdoor space and enclosed garden to let our dog explore off lead. Well equipped, wood and kindling for log burner supplied for the week. There is also central heating and radiators in each room. Cleaning products supplied, toilet rolls etc as well as towels. There was also a pint of milk in the fridge, biscuits, tea & coffee and fresh flowers. Water was hot and plentiful and hot for washing up and for showering. There is also a table top dishwasher but we washed the dinner plates and saucepans by hand. Robin was helpful and gave us a tour of the cottage on arrival but was not intrusive (he lives next door). There was plenty of room to park our vehicle on a gravelled hardstand. We would recommend The Old Engine House and certainly re-visit.

    Reviewed by SharonDec 2019

  • "Nice rural location with large garden, perfect to let dogs stretch their legs."

    Only downside is the traffic noise from the Bodmin bypass situated a mile of so from the property. Village of Lanlivet, which boasts a nice pub and local store, is a pleasant two mile stroll along quiet country lanes. Internally the cottage has all that is needed for a relaxing holiday, albeit the property, in my opinion, could benefit from an element of general refurbishment/upgrade.

    Thank you for your feedback. Pleased to hear you enjoyed the location. Sorry you heard the traffic but due to the adverse weather conditions we had, the noise from the wet roads is amplified. You will be pleased to hear after the busy summer period we have had with guests, The Engine House will be enjoying a well deserved coat of paint. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ColinOct 2019

  • "We didn't really know what to expect from a cottage which was formally an Engine room, but it was amazing."

    We've stayed in lots of cottages over the last 40 years and this has to be one of the best equipped cottages we stayed in, even to being able to make my sister a surprise birthday 'cake'. It was comfortable, with little personal touches like the bedside lights made by Robin (the owner). Fred the dog was very friendly and funny, greeting us each day like one of the family. The location of the cottage is ideal for visiting so many of Cornwall's land marks as well as some not so well known places. At the end of our stay we purchased some of Robin's home made goodies - jams, jellies, sausages etc which we thoroughly recommend! All in all we had a great holiday, even the weather was lovely, and we look forward to going back.

    Reviewed by DeniseSep 2019

  • "Fairly central for ease of access to all of Cornwall."

    The most we travelled was an hour and 20 mins to get anywhere and then once there, there was plenty of other things to do. Robin and Fred were extremely welcoming, with a tour of the cottage, helping to get luggage from the car and always happy to help if we had any questions

    Reviewed by PaulineAug 2019

  • "Loved the cottage, just a bit off the beaten track."

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2019

  • "Good area with lots to see and do."

    Perfect cottage when you have 2 dogs. large garden and owners dog very friendly and loved to play.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "Had a great week with lovely weather."

    Really enjoyed the cottage. Home from home for us & our dogs. Lovely big garden to let them out into. Very peaceful & very well situated so were able to get out & about around Cornwall to places we enjoy. Robin around but not intrusive & Fred his dog very friendly. Took some sausages home which are delicious. Hope to return to this little jewel now we have found it. Thanks very much.

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2019

  • "A lovely rural location but also within10 mins of Bodmin and the main shops to get your shopping for your stay."

    Dogs loved the space forum and play. Good amount of information available at the property. We had to make use of vets in area for one of ours but they were very welcoming and caring. Robin the owner very pleasant and welcoming and very trustworthy as he left us in his property most of the week due to other but which made it feel even more like home. Thank you for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by JuliaJun 2019

  • "Very remote , peaceful and well maintained property with easy access , very nice owner Robin whos always there if you need anything with is dog Fred that greets you every time you arrives back ."

    A definate cottage thst we would booked again ..

    Reviewed by BrunoMay 2019

  • "The is Cottage in a great location, and nicely appointed, Robin was extremely helpful with showing us how everything worked the Cottage has a great dog friendly garden, my Dogs Jazz and Max enjoyed playing out with Fred the owners dog who is very friendly."

    The pub in Lanivet was great for meals out good value and top quality

    Reviewed by StuartMay 2019

  • "Quiet, peaceful and central to everywhere we wanted to go."

    The owner, Robin was very friendly as was Fred the playful Labrador.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2018

  • "The cottage was in an excellent location."

    It was easy to get to places around Cornwall.

    Reviewed by GlynAug 2018

  • "We had car trouble on the journey down and all week while we were there but that's enough of that ."

    When we arrived we were met by Robin and Fred his dog he made friends with our dog toby when we entered the cottage it was brilliant it had everything we needed Robin made us welcome from the start . we found it just as advertised immaculate with all mod cons as the week went on we had car troubles all week eventually having to hire car to come home. as a result my wife Glenis had to spend most of our holiday at the cottage with our dog toby whilst I was tripping off to spend half my day in garages . But this didn't stop us enjoying our stay, Robin was very helpful and helped us as much as possible, As a result we didn't see much of Cornwall it was because the cottage with all its grounds being such a good place to stay we still enjoyed what could have been a holiday nightmare. It will certainly be a holiday to remember we will certainly recommend this cottage as one of the best places we have visited . Our thanks to Robin and Fred for making us welcome . Richard and Glenis and Toby from Huddersfield.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2018

  • "We loved the property we stayed at, very dog friendly and ideally located for seeing all that Cornwall has to offer, whilst being sufficiently off the beaten track t feel like we were in an oasis of tranquility."

    Robin and Fred were welcoming but never intrusive and made our dog (and us) incredibly welcome. Loved the finishing touches - milk and biscuits for our arrival along with some lovely flowers. Robin also passed us some of the goodies from his garden which were delicious. Someone has commented previously there is a dust track to the property, however we found no issues by simply driving slowly and staying to one side in our Punto. The drive to Bodmin and the main road network was about 10 minutes. We would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting an escape from the rat race, especially with the ideal location.

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2018

  • "Impressed with the host Robin who was most helpful."

    Only disadvantage was the poorly surfaced track leading to the property. Recommended for anyone who would like a quiet tranquil holiday.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2018

  • "The Old Engine House was situated in a most delightful location, it was comfortable, clean, and with the wood burner very cosy."

    Robin (The owner) was most obliging and helpful, and his dog Fred was so friendly. The location was central to Cornwall and handy to reach either coast. Also for a very good Sunday lunch the Lanevit Inn was handy. We would highly recommend the Old Engine House to anyone, I am sure we will be there again. Tony & Kath Barnes, Kidderminster.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2018

  • "Owner (who lived next door) provided a friendly welcome."

    Reviewed by RobApr 2018

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  • One bedroom: 1 x first floor king size double
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property does not accept children.

The property

The Old Engine House is located in a peaceful smallholding near the tiny hamlet of Tretoil on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Surrounded by reminders of Cornwall’s ancient mining heritage, this comfortable cottage, converted from an old engine house, is ideal for couples.

Watch out for Fred, the friendly owners’ soppy dog – the owners live next door and provide home-produced pork!

On the ground floor is a cosy living room with wood burning stove, well-equipped kitchen and snug dining room for romantic suppers.

Spruce up in the smart ground floor shower room before retiring to the double bedroom on the first floor.

From the kitchen there’s a door to the simple garden with raised decking, ideal for evening sundowners.

Explore historic Bodmin with its infamous gaol and interesting shops or hire a bike and visit nearby Lanhydrock House.

Fine, sandy beaches are just a short drive away at Carlyon bay and Padstow.

A fascinating place for couples who enjoy walking, cycling or golf and ideally placed for exploring the whole of Cornwall.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Room Living Room Shower Room Utility

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

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About the location


Bodmin, the one-time County Town of Cornwall with its narrow streets, shops and pubs, is perfectly placed for exploring all that this fabulous holiday area has to offer. The outstanding surf, rugged cliffs and hidden coves of the north coast beaches and the quieter sands and river estuaries of the south coast are both 15 miles away while on the edge of town is the fascinating museum and haunting presence of the old Bodmin Jail. The popular Camel Trail for cyclists and walkers also winds its way through the town on its journey to the sea at Padstow. Close by are the open spaces and wind swept grandeur of Bodmin Moor while the incomparable Eden Project (11 miles), Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum (30 miles) and the beautiful harbour town of Padstow with its famous pubs and restaurants (16 miles) make for great days out. Also within easy reach and ideal for a fun-filled day out, guests can visit Lanhydrock House, the small town of Fowey and Charlestown with its Tall Ships. There is a good choice of country pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area.

Region Information

Note: This property does not accept children.
Note: Dogs are not allowed upstairs in this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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