Sky Lark – Killigorrick Farm

St Keyne, Liskeard, Cornwall
2 Guests
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    Sky Lark Cottage, sleeping 2, is perfect for a romantic getaway
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    Large private courtyard garden with a barbecue
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    Sky Lark is situated on a Farm, in a quiet valley
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    Ground floor: Large reception area with original fireplace, providing a second seating area
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    Ground floor: Open plan sitting room with a wood burning stove for cosy evenings
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    Ground floor: Open plan sitting room with a wood burning stove in an original fireplace
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    Ground floor: The dining area in the open plan sitting room
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    Ground floor: Kitchen with slate floor and door onto private courtyard garden with barbecue
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    First floor: Large double bedroom with a 5′ bed, sitting area and exposed beams
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    First floor: Large bathroom with a separate double shower cubicle
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    Sky Lark is a detached cottage with a private enclosed courtyard
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    Sky Lark Cottage is built of natural Cornish stone with a grey slate roof
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    Sky Lark is situated on Killigorrick Farm in a quiet valley with five other character holiday cottages
OVERVIEW
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Ideal for that special romantic time away together, this traditional spacious cottage, with a wealth of traditional features, lies near the pretty village of St Keyne. Just three miles from Liskeard, Sky Lark is close to the well-known fishing ports of Looe, Polperro and Fowey. Situated on Killigorrick Farm in a quiet valley with five other character holiday cottages, the cottage is accessed down a long winding farm lane off the road, and guests have shared access to 17 acres of the owner’s natural grounds. Sky Lark is perfect for exploring the charms of South Cornwall or for simply relaxing amongst glorious countryside close to the sea.

Guests are greeted with a spacious reception area with an original fireplace, providing a second seating area or a space for a single bed on request. The open plan living area with exposed beams comprises a sitting room with wood panelling, a wood burning stove in an original fireplace and a dining area. The well-equipped kitchen with a slate floor has a door onto a large private courtyard garden with a barbecue – a delightful spot to sit and relax in at any time of day, providing the perfect place for al fresco dining in peace and tranquility. Upstairs the spacious double bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with exposed rafters and a sitting area and provides the opportunity for a further single bed or cot on request. The large bathroom with a separate double shower completes this floor.

Lying in a stunning peaceful valley, Sky Lark is handily situated only three miles from the A38. The sandy beaches and the picturesque fishing villages of Polperro and Looe are only a short distance away, from where wonderful cliff-path walks can be enjoyed along the South West Coast Path. The ancient market town of Liskeard is only three miles away and offers a selection of pubs, cafes, restaurants and individual shops, some retaining their attractive Victorian fronts and interiors, as well as major supermarkets, so all your needs will be met.

To the north west of Liskeard lies Bodmin Moor, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. Just a short drive away is the Eden Project – a spectacular place with its stunning architecture and breathtaking living plant collection. Many quaint country pubs and restaurants are within a short drive. The Plough in Duloe is a traditional Cornish pub serving good food only 2 miles away and the nearest shop is 1.5 miles.

The other 5 holiday homes, sleeping from two to six, are Killigorrick Farmhouse (sleeps 6), Woodpecker’s Barn (sleeps 4), Swallow’s Roost (sleeps 6), Robin’s Nest (sleeps 4) and Dove’s Dawn (sleeps 2). Please see the individual properties for more detail.

 

Overview

  • 2 Guests
  • One double bedroom
  • One bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • Suitable for a baby (travel cot and highchair available on request)
  • This cottage welcomes up to two small well-behaved dogs
  • Fully enclosed courtyard garden with barbecue and garden furniture
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Parking for up to 2 cars

Features

  • A delightful traditional cottage a wealth of charming features, built of natural Cornish stone with a grey slate roof.
  • With exposed beams throughout and an oak floor on the ground floor, the cottage is tastefully furnished with your comfort and relaxation in mind.
  • A beautiful high pitched ceiling with original exposed timbers is a great feature of the upper floor.
  • Private large enclosed courtyard garden with a barbecue, perfect for outdoor dining.
  • Access to 17 acres of the owner’s natural grounds, shared with the farmhouse and cottages.
  • This charming cottage makes an ideal base for a memorable holiday at any time of year, with a minimum stay of 2 nights.
  • Brilliant in all seasons and the ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. From country walks to Christmas markets, the outdoors can be enjoyed at the most unexpected times. The cottage is warm and cosy with central heating, a wood burning stove and a comfortable bed.
  • Close to Liskeard and just a short distance from the picturesque fishing villages of Polperro and Looe.
  • Secluded sandy beaches along the south coast are just a short drive away.
  • Natural spring water supply from borehole.
  • There are many quaint country pubs and restaurants within a short drive including The Plough in Duloe, only 5 minutes’ drive away.

Property layout

  • Ground floor:
    Large reception area with original fireplace, providing a second seating area. If required this area could easily accommodate a single bed on request.
    Open plan sitting room with wood panelling, a wood burning stove in an original fireplace for cosy evenings and a dining area.
    Modern kitchen with a slate floor and door onto a large private courtyard garden with a barbecue.
  • First floor:
    Large double bedroom, with a 5′ bed, a sitting area and exposed beams. This spacious room provides the opportunity for a further single bed or cot on request.
    Large bathroom with a separate double shower cubicle.

Equipment

  • Oil-fired central heating, wood burner in the sitting room
  • Electric oven with 4 ring electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Freeview TV, DVD, Radio/CD player & small DVD library
  • PAYG mobile for incoming and emergency calls only
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request (please note: cot linen is not provided)
  • Outdoor furniture and portable barbecue
  • Parking for 2 cars

 

”We had a wonderful stay at Sky Lark and we have to leave on Wednesday. We can honestly recommend this cosy lodge and wonderful part of England.”
Martin W, Germany – August 2017

 

”Wir haben im Juni 2017 zwei herrliche Wochen im Sky Lark Cottage verbracht. Es ist für zwei Erwachsene perfekt und bietet reichlich Platz mit einem schönen Wohnzimmer mit Kamin, einer gut ausgestatteten Küche, einem riesigen und modernen Badezimmer und einem sehr niedlich eingerichtetem Schlafzimmer. Lediglich die Terrasse und die Möbel könnten etwas gepflegter sein. Nach einer Woche wurden die Betten neu bezogen und es wurden neue Handtücher und Badvorleger gebracht, ein wirklich toller Sevice, genauso wie die herzliche Begrüßung mit Tea and Scones. W-Lan funktionierte prima. Das Cottage liegt mit einigen anderen zusammen sehr einsam, aber hüsch und ruhig gelegen. In ca. 3 km Entfernung gibt es einen kleinen Spar-Markt und einen Pub. Der nächste größere Supermarkt (Morrisons) ist ca. 8 km entfernt. Dort bekommt man alles. Die nächste Landstraße und Autobahn ist ca. 3 km entfernt, so dass man sehr entspannt zu Ausflügen in die Umgebung starten kann. Diese bietet wirklich viel: Lanhydrock House, Lost Garden of Heligan, Eden Project, Lands End, St. Ives, Tintagel mit der Burgruine von King Arthur, schöne Orte wie Polperro, Looe und Fowey, wo wir einmal den “Hall Walk” gelaufen sind und uns einmal ein kleines Motorboot gemietet haben. Der Küstenwanderweg, den man u.a. auch ab Loos laufen kann, bietet wunderschöne Ausblicke. Man kann sich zur Entspannung aber auch durchaus einmal einen Tag im Cottage aufhalten. Die Kommunikation mit Charles Millward war immer sehr freundlich, man hat sehr, sehr schnell nette und kompetente Antworten bekommen. Wir haben eine wunderschöne Zeit dort verbracht und werden es in sehr guter Erinnerung behalten. Herzlichen Dank!

English Translation: We spent two wonderful weeks at Sky Lark Cottage in June 2017. It is perfect for two adults and offers ample space with a nice living room with fireplace, a well equipped kitchen, a huge and modern bathroom and a very cute furnished bedroom. Only the terrace and the furniture could be a bit more well-kept. After a week the beds were new and new towels and bath rugs were brought, a really great service, as well as the warm welcome with tea and scones. WiFi worked fine. The cottage is located with some others together very lonely but cuddly and quiet. In about 3 km distance there is a small Spar market and a pub. The nearest larger supermarket (Morrisons) is about 8 km away. There you get everything. The nearest highway and highway is about 3 km away, so you can start very relaxed trips to the surrounding area. This is really a lot: Lanhydrock House, Lost Garden of Heligan, Eden Project, Lands End, St Ives, Tintangel with King Arthur Castle ruins, beautiful places like Polperro, Looe and Fowey where we once ran the “Hall Walk” And once rented us a small motorboat. The coastal hiking trail, Also from Loos can run, offers beautiful views. You can also relax for a day in the cottage. The communication with Charles Millward was always very friendly, very nice and competent answers were received very quickly. We spent a wonderful time there and will remember it very well. Thank you very much!”

Claudia Z, Germany – June 2017

 

”We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sky Lark cottage. We found the booking process easy and straightforward. We found the cottage very nice and enjoyed the scones and cream so much we bought some to take home.”
Bryony & Robert – December 2016

 

”Just to say that I had a lovely time at Sky Lark cottage, the booking process was easy and I would recommend using Staycation to friends as well as re-booking myself. Many thanks.”
R Spowart – November 2016

 

”I would thoroughly recommend the cottage; it has been lovingly restored and is a beautiful quality and excellently equipped cottage, more like a well renovated home than a holiday let. The downstairs living area is very spacious, the cottage style kitchen great to cook in and the comfy corner sofa and good TV by the fire is lovely to spend the evening in after a day out. The upstairs with a large bedroom and large bathroom is perfect- bed very comfortable.
The outside lower terrace with furniture is a great space- my only very minor point to note is that a little more climbing plant screening on the trellis needs to grow up, as the BBQ of the garden area of Swallows Roost overlooks the terrace.
Overall – I would thoroughly recommend this beautiful cottage and it is also extremely good value for money . ”
J Mundy – August 2016

 

”We had a lovely week in this characterful very dog friendly and spacious cottage. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, it is not far from Looe and Liskeard. There is a good car park and enclosed paved garden. We had everything we needed, it was great to have a welcoming cream tea when we arrived. We had excellent, helpful and friendly communication via e mail with the owner. There are great places to visit nearby. We would recommend this cottage especially if you take your dog.”
Paul H – May 2016

 

”We had a great stay at Skylark. A well stocked kitchen made eating in easy. Scones cream and jam were great. Good to have washing powder dishwasher and the extras in the kitchen. The house was comfy and well appointed in general with plenty for 2 people.”
Jon – May 2016

 

”A lovely little cottage, perfect for exploring the lovely sights of Cornwall. A well stocked kitchen made eating in easy.”
Ross R – March 2016

 

”I was looking for somewhere Molly (my dog) and I could spend the Christmas break away from the hustle and bustle of London. This charming little cottage was just what we needed. Beautifully well kept and maintained with gorgeous exposed beams and a traditional wood-burning fireplace, yet with all the mod-cons you could ask for. One thing I was most impressed by was the amount of space – for a one bedroom cottage there was ample room, from the huge bathroom to the large bedroom and the roomy kitchen stocked with everything you could possibly need (I was able to do turkey and all the trimmings with no problems whatsoever). The location is great although we didn’t do much exploring by car, instead choosing to take long walks around the area – Molly approved of this 100%. Having said that, the cottage is in a great spot for acting as a base for all of Cornwall really. I would recommend Sky Lark Cottage to anyone looking for that cosy getaway place, whether you’re travelling alone or as part of a couple. I’m seriously thinking about coming back over the summer I liked it there so much.”
December 2015
”We stayed here during the winter when it was cosy and peaceful – we were the only ones there. I imagine there’s a bit more bustle in the summer when the other properties are also occupied, but Sky Lark cottage faces onto the quiet road rather than the shared courtyard so will always have a bit more privacy.

The property was as described and to a high standard. In particular, the galley kitchen had everything you could expect including plenty of sharp knives. The entrance hall has a closable door onto the main open plan area and is tile floored, so this is a great place to base your pet (and we suspect designed with that in mind). We took a cat, others might take a dog.

For the technically minded, mobile coverage on EE was non-existent in the cottage, poor generally in the area; internet is BT and provided a reliable 2Mbps/0.4Mbps download and upload speed; the TV has a USB slot but only plays music and photos from it; the DVD player has a USB slot which will play AVI files but not above DVD resolution. If in doubt, take a few DVDs.

The nearest pub is The Plough in Duloe, about two miles away. We didn’t try the pub but we did visit Duloe stone circle which is gorgeous and well signposted only 50 yards off the main road. We took a trip to Looe on the Looe Valley Line from St Keyne Wishing Well Halt station; walked from Looe to Polperro on the coast path, and got the 73 bus from Polperro back to St Keyne. All of which was charming, although Polperro is almost entirely holiday lets now so felt a bit like a film set between takes as various tradesmen brought everything back up to shooting standard.

Overall, highly recommended for an out of season retreat and undoubtedly lovely in season as well. ”

Phil W – November 2015
”Good character, cosy and well equipped. Location quiet and peaceful.”
September 2010
”Modernised, but completely in character with a traditional country cottage. Very tastefully done.”
June 2010
”Well furnished/equipped & nice and peaceful. Also central to a lot of places.”
October 2009
”Peaceful location, property well decorated and had a ” cottagey ” feel to it. Was clean and nice to have a cream tea waiting for us when we arrived.”
September 2009

 
 
BEACHES

The closest beaches are:

Millendreath (7.5 miles), is a sandy beach in a sheltered cove near Looe with numerous rock pools to explore at low tides.

East Looe beach (6 miles), is lovely bucket and spade style beach and a perfect location for swimming as the beach gently shelves providing easy access especially for the little ones. Behind the beach is the vibrant main town home to cafes, restaurants and shops.

Hannafore beach (6.5 miles), is a predominantly rocky beach, with some sand and shingle, at low tide a multitude of rock pools are revealed, making it a particularly good spot for rock poolers.

Samphire beach (6.5 miles) is a small sand and shingle beach to the west of Looe. There are many rock pools. Access is via a 10 minute walk on the coast path from Hannafore Point.

Plaidy beach (7.5 miles), is a sandy beach with rock pools to explore. At high tide most of the beach is reclaimed by the sea. Because of the shortage of facilities near the beach it is normally pleasantly quiet.

Talland Bay (7 miles), is a small and quiet place midway between Looe and Polperro. There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small – the one to the west has sand and is good for swimming at both high and low tides. There are lots of rock pools to be discovered at low tide. The second beach, to the east, is less sandy and is easiest to swim from at high tide. There are small coves and beautiful natural tidal pools to swim in.

Seaton beach (10.3 miles), is a wide, south-facing beach at the foot of the River Seaton valley near Looe with steeply-sloping sand and pebble, popular with families.

Downderry beach (11.5 miles). A wide straight beach made up of shingle and sand. The coastal footpath runs along the beach and through to Seaton along the promenade. Popular for long beach walks, beach fishing, windsurfing and swimming.

Whitsand Bay (14.5 miles), arguably the finest stretch of sands in south east Cornwall, is actually a sequence of beaches which, combined, stretch around 4 miles from Portwrinkle to Rame Head.

TOWNS & VILLAGES

LOOE (6 miles) is situated on both sides of the River Looe joined by a seven arched bridge. Explore the shops, restaurants, beaches, harbour quay and the banjo pier. Visit Looe Gaol and Guildhall Museum, enjoy a boating or fishing trip from the harbour during the season or simply take the children crabbing on the quayside. Take a boat out to Looe Island nature reserve just off the coast during the main season. For more competitive water pursuits, Looe has a thriving sailing club.

POLPERRO (8 miles) is a 13th-century fishing village with beautiful views, a small harbour with a small sandy beach, tiny fisherman’s cottages and superb pubs and restaurants serving local produce. Visit the Heritage Museum and walk from the village along coastal footpaths along the cliffs – one great walk is from the village to Looe via the five mile coastal footpath.

POLRUAN (11 miles) is just one example of a ‘picture-postcard’ very old fishing village, and where most of the fishing boat building took place. Clinging to a hillside, it is very steep and well protected and is a haven for small boats. Many of the residents are artists and writers. The Polruan Ferry crosses the river to Fowey every 15 minutes every day of the year and is still the best way in and out of the village.

FOWEY (19 miles). The estuary town of Fowey is closely linked with Daphne du Maurier who lived and wrote here. An exhibition at The Literary Centre outlines the author’s life and works. The 15th-century church of St Fimbarrus stands as the focal point in the town and fine views of the estuary can be savoured from the nearby ruins of St Catherine’s Castle. From the esplanade there are several scenic walks around the coast as well as to the small beach of Readymoney Cove. Fowey annually hosts a Regatta in the third week of August as well as The Fowey Festival of Words and Music in May.

TAVISTOCK (21.8 miles) is a delightful award-winning market town on the River Tavy, nestling in the south-west slopes of Dartmoor. Tavistock has an indoor pannier market, a diverse range of shops, an excellent choice of pubs, bistros, restaurants, a theatre and a cinema, as well as a leisure pool.

PLYMOUTH (24.3 miles) is a maritime city across the River Tamar via the Torpoint ferry or Tamar Bridge. There is plenty to see and do, including the National Marine Aquarium, large shopping centres and the historic Barbican Quay and Royal William Yard. The Theatre Royal brings new productions to Plymouth in the autumn and winter months.

NATURE RESERVES & COUNTRY PARKS

Golitha Falls (5.5 miles) are situated to the north of Bodmin Moor on the River Fowey in an extremely attractive setting. The water cascades for over 800 yards. There are several well marked walking trails in the nature reserve.

Siblyback Lake Country Park (7 miles), near Liskeard is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor and offers a wide range of activities beside or on the water including rowing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, high ropes, cycle hire and a round lake footpath/cycleway. There is also a lakeside cafe, children’s play area and plenty of open ground.

Seaton Valley Countryside Park and Nature Reserve, Seaton (10.4 miles) is home to wildlife, including otters and kingfishers and also offers great cycling and walking opportunities.

Colliford Lake Park (10.5 miles), located south of Jamaica Inn in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the second largest lake in Cornwall providing a 14km perimeter walk leading to some excellent moorland trails. The Nature Reserve is an important site for birdlife including over-wintering wildfowl. The lake offers traditional fly-fishing for natural brown trout and is regarded as Cornwall’s premier brown trout fishery. Permits are available from The Jamaica Inn.

Cardinham Woods (12 miles). Explore the nooks and crannies of the woods with walking, cycling and horse riding trails together with a woodland cafe and play area. Wildlife includes deer, buzzards, otters and kingfisher.

Tincombe Nature Reserve (15.5 miles) is mainly wet meadows with a stream, shallow pool, hedgerows and woodland. The site is marshy, but if visitors follow the boardwalk, they won’t get their feet wet.

HOUSES & GARDENS

Moyclare Cornish Garden (3 miles) is a beautiful garden on the outskirts of Liskeard.

Boconnoc House and Gardens (5.7 miles) is open at various times during the spring and summer, and host in April to the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show.

Port Eliot House & Garden (11 miles) in St Germans (open 1 March – 30 June) is a perfect outing for the family.

Pinsla Garden and Nursery (11 miles), is a romantic 1.5 acre artist’s garden set in tranquil woodland, excellent for wildlife with myriad birds, butterflies and insects.

Lanhydrock House and Garden (National Trust) (11.5 miles), near Bodmin, is a magnificent late Victorian country house, set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres with an extensive network of footpaths and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.

The Eden Project (17 miles) is only half an hour’s drive away. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. Eden is a fun and family friendly day out with themed events according to the seasons – it’s good to check their events calendar when planning your visit.

The Hidden Valley Gardens in Par (14.5 miles) is an intimate three-acre award-winning garden nestled in a secluded valley.

Pencarrow House and Gardens (17 miles), lies at the foot of a sweeping valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge. A 50 room Georgian mansion with Grade II* formal gardens, a large Victorian rock garden and ice house, celtic cross, 50 acres of parkland, lake and woodland, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths.

Antony House (17.8 miles) is an early 18th-century house, which today is in the ownership of the National Trust. Set in parkland and fine gardens, Antony was used as the film set for Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton.

Cotehele House and Gardens (18 miles), owned by The National Trust, is a wonderfully preserved Tudor house with superb collections, garden, quay and estate.

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park (21 miles) has been home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe for 400 years. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres of Country Park with fallow deer, woodland and coastal walks and marvellous views.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan (22 miles), were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration. Ancient woodlands and grazed pastures are managed to promote wildlife. There is a welcoming tearoom, an on-site bakery and shop.

Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate (National Trust), Yelverton (25.3 miles) is the former home to Sir Francis Drake and Cistercian monks.

Saltram House and Gardens (National Trust), Saltram, Plympton (26 miles) is a magnificent Georgian mansion overlooking the Plym estuary, set in beautiful gardens and is surrounded by landscaped parkland. Enjoy walks through the park, woodlands and beside the river.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary (4 miles) is Cornwall’s biggest exotic animal sanctuary, a wild family attraction only a few miles from Looe. It offers sanctuary to more than 250 animals from around the world.

Carnglaze Slate Caverns and Woodland Garden (5.5 miles). Tour three gigantic caverns, the lowest which has a lake and wander around 6.5 acres of shaded woodland with an Enchanted Dell filled with faeries and other wondrous woodland creatures. Take a picnic and make a day of it.

King Doniert’s Stone (English Heritage) (6 miles), consists of two pieces of a decorated 9th century cross, located near St Cleer, Bodmin Moor. The inscription is believed to commemorate Dungarth, King of Cornwall who died around 875.

Trethevy Quoit (English Heritage) (7.5 miles), is a well-preserved megalithic tomb that lies between St Cleer and Darite. It is known locally as “the giant’s house”. Standing 9 feet (2.7 m) high, it consists of five standing stones capped by a large slab.

The Monkey Sanctuary (9 miles), set in beautiful woodland near Looe overlooking the picturesque coast, offers a safe home for life to monkeys in need. A great day out for all the family, with wildlife gardens, children’s activity room, workshops, gift shop, café and picnic areas.

Jamaica Inn, Bolventor (11.2 miles), is Cornwall’s most famous smugglers inn, made world-famous by Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn novel. Open all year, the Smugglers Museum houses one of the finest collections of smuggling artefacts in the country. Featuring ‘The History of Jamaica Inn’, an educational and historical film show, the Museum brings alive many of the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn and Cornwall, including tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past 300 years.

Restormel Castle (English Heritage), (12.5 miles) is a 13th-century Norman circular shell keep. This is a haven for wildlife and birds and a great place for a picnic where you can relax and enjoy the stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside including the River Fowey. During the summer there are outdoor theatre performances which are a great way to spend a sunny evening.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin (13 miles) is Cornwall’s only preserved standard gauge steam railway which combines the nostalgia of a branch line in the heyday of steam with the beauty of the Fowey and Camel River valleys.

Launceston Steam Railway (19.5 miles) is a narrow gauge steam railway running from the historic Cornish town of Launceston, through the picturesque Valley of the river Kensey, to the hamlet of Newmills.

Morwhellham Quay (21 miles) is a historic village port and copper mine railway set in the Tamar Valley near Tavistock in Devon. It is an award winning visitor centre set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Step into the Victorian world, meet the costumed staff, learn how things used to be done, dress yourself from the Victorian wardrobe. A totally different exciting and educational day for the entire family.

Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell (30.8 miles) is a must see…. Dartmoor Zoo, winner of the Eden Channel’s Top Wildlife Attraction of the Year 2011, and subject of the the Hollywood movie “We Bought A Zoo”. Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique, family owned zoo with a fantastic collection of animals including the widest variety of big cats in the south west.

WALKS IN SOUTH EAST CORNWALL

For great walks in south east Cornwall from iWalkCornwall, click here.

As well as the many opportunities for walking at the attractions listed above, the South West Coast Path provides many opportunities taking in nearby Seaton, Looe, Talland Bay, Polperro and east towards Portwrinkle, Cawsand and Kingsand. The walk from Looe to Talland is about 6 or 8 miles, of which nearly 3.5 miles are along the coast. Lantic Bay and Lansallos (9 miles), cared for by the National Trust, includes some beautiful stretches of land. Pencarrow Head is a great starting point and a network of footpaths links farmland and wooded valleys to the South West Coast Path and gets you right into a landscape rich in wildlife, conservation and farming.

Spectacular Bodmin Moor is perfect for all types of walking from the short stroll to the more serious cross country adventure (in all weathers!).

OTHER ACTIVITIES

ADVENTURE

Virgin Balloon Flights (8 miles). Virgin’s hot air balloon launch site at Liskeard is a great spot from which to explore this beautiful part of the West Country.

Adrenalin Quarry (17 miles), near Liskeard. As well as the UK’s longest zip wire, there are lots of other activities to take part in and food is available on site with a picnic area, fantastic views and ample parking.

Active-8 Cornwall is a simple to use website for some of the very best holiday activities in Cornwall – Paddle Boarding – Canoeing – Wet & Wild days – Coasteering – Surfing – Cable Water-skiing – and much more. You can check availability, book on-line and you will be sent vouchers with details and directions. Avoid having to shop around as the prices on this website are the same as direct booking. CLICK the the Active-8 logo to book online..

GOLF

Looe Golf Club, Looe (6.6 miles).
Whitsand Bay Golf Club, Whitsand Bay (14.2 miles) also boasts an impressive pool, sauna and restaurant.
St. Mellion Golf & Country Club (15 miles).

RIDING

TM International School of Horsemanship, Sunrising Riding Centre, Henwood, Liskeard (9.7 miles).
Lower Tokenbury Equestrian Centre, Upton Cross, Liskeard (9.7 miles).

STILLWATER FISHING

Siblyback Lake Country Park, Bodmin Moor (7.3 miles).
Colliford Lake, Bolventor, Bodmin Moor (8.1 miles).
Bake Fishing Lakes, Broadmoor Farm, Trerulefoot, Saltash (9.4 miles).
Trewandra Coarse Fishing Lake, Trewandra Farm, Landrake, Saltash (14.3 miles).

RIVER FISHING

Liskeard and District Angling Club – Salmon and sea trout fishing in 26 miles of Rivers including the Lynher, Fowey, Inny, Seaton and West Looe River.

ROCK AND BEACH FISHING

Conger, mackerel, wrasse and pollack can be caught from most beaches, particularly Cawsand, Whitsand Bay, Seaton, Downderry and Plaidy. Consideration should always be shown to other beach users whilst fishing.

SEA ANGLING

Fishing Cornwall provide Shark, Mackerel, Reef & Conger Fishing in Looe. Many day and half-day boat trips are available from Looe, Polperro, Polruan and Fowey. These trips tend to be advertised in the windows of the chandlery shops or along the quayside. In Looe most of the boat trips are advertised along East Looe Quay where noticeboards are put up by the skippers. Simply take your pick of the boat you want and sign on up!! Equipment is usually supplied but check first. Likely catch will be ling, cod, bream and conger.

Looe is also the home of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain and trips can still be made to try big game fishing for blue and porbeagle sharks.

EVENTS

JANUARY

Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).

FEBRUARY
Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
East Cornwall Hunt Point to Point, Great Trethew, near Liskeard (7 miles).
Half-term fun at Cotehele, Cotehele (National Trust), 18 miles.

MARCH

World Pasty Championships, The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
5 St Piran’s Day throughout Cornwall.
18-19 Daffodil Weekend, Cotehele (National Trust), 18 miles.
Cadbury Easter Trail, Lanhydrock (NationalTrust), near Bodmin (11.5 miles).
Easter Eggstravaganza, The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
Easter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 22 miles.
Cadbury Easter Trail, Cotehele (National Trust), 18 miles.
Cadbury Easter Trail, Saltram House (National Trust), Saltram (26 miles).
Spring duck trail, Saltram House (National Trust), Saltram (26 miles).
Cadbury Easter Trail, Buckland Abbey (National Trust), Yelverton (25 miles).
East Cornwall Hunt Point to Point, Great Trethew, near Liskeard (7 miles).
Easter at The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe (9 miles). Easter Egg Hunt at 12 noon and 4 to find Murray the Monkey for the secret password and win a prize in their shop.
Easter Family Fun, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin (13 miles).

APRIL

Cadbury Easter Trail, Lanhydrock (NationalTrust), near Bodmin (11.5 miles).
Easter Eggstravaganza, The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
Easter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 22 miles.
Cadbury Easter Trail, Buckland Abbey (National Trust), Yelverton (25 miles).
Spring duck trail, Saltram House (National Trust), Saltram (26 miles).
Cadbury Easter Trail, Cotehele (National Trust), 18 miles.
Cadbury Easter Trail, Buckland Abbey (National Trust), Yelverton (25 miles).
East Cornwall Hunt Point to Point, Great Trethew, near Liskeard (7 miles).
Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel (9 miles).
St Endellion Easter Music Festival, St Endellion (26 miles).
Easter at The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe (9 miles). Easter Egg Hunt at 12 noon and 4 to find Murray the Monkey for the secret password and win a prize in their shop.
Easter Family Fun, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin (13 miles).
Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge (22 miles).

MAY

Looe Festival of the Sea, Looe (6.5 miles).
Black Prince Flower Boat May Day Procession, Torpoint (19 miles).
6-13 Fowey Festival of Words and Music, Fowey (19 miles).
14 Lostfest, Lostwithiel (12 miles).
Half term fun, The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
Heligan Wild Week, Lost Gardens of Heligan, 22 miles.

JUNE

Half term fun, The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
Heligan Wild Week, Lost Gardens of Heligan, 22 miles.
1-4 Charles Causley Festival, Launceston (19.5 miles).
8-10 Royal Cornwall Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge (22 miles).
Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival, Saltash (18 miles).
Polperro Festival, Polperro (8 miles).
St Austell Feast Week, St Austell (19 miles). Traditional week of feasten activities around the celebration of the Feast of Saint Austol, the last of which took place in 1946.
Looe Food Festival, Looe (6 miles).

JULY

Liskeard Agricultural Show, The Showground, Merrymeet, Liskeard (6 miles).
Rock Oyster Festival, Dinham House, St Minver, Wadebridge (22 miles).
Summer events at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
30-31 Looe Carnival Week, Looe (7 miles). Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as the busy seaside town gears up for seven days of fun.
25-31 St Endellion Summer Music Festival, St Endellion (26 miles).
27-30 Port Eliot Festival, Port Eliot (12 miles).
Launceston Agricultural Show, Launceston (18 miles).
28-30 Boconnoc Steam Fair, Boconnoc Estate, Middle Taphouse, Lostwithiel (8 miles).

AUGUST

1-5 Looe Carnival Week, Looe (7 miles). The highlight of the Looe Lions’ calendar with a week of events that appeal to everyone. Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as the busy seaside town gears up for seven days of fun.
1-4 St Endellion Summer Music Festival, St Endellion (26 miles).
Summer events at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
Mount Edgcumbe American & Classic Car Show & Fayre, Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park (21 miles). 500 American and Classic cars to see, a craft fayre and stalls, a car boot fair, amusements, refreshments, a licenced bar and live music.
13-19 Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey (18 miles).
25-28 Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge (20 miles).
26-28 Morval Vintage Steam Rally, Looe (6.7 miles). A working vintage steam rally with vintage tractors, cars, motorbikes, military vehicles, commercials and stationary engines, trade stands, craft tent, hot food, bar and children’s entertainment.

SEPTEMBER

Summer events at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
South East Cornwall Walking Festival, Looe (6 miles).
29-30 Looe Music Festival, Looe (6 miles).

OCTOBER

1 Looe Music Festival, Looe (6 miles).
1-31 Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
3 Callington Honey Fair, Callington (12 miles).

NOVEMBER

Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
Festival of Light and Sound at the Eden Project, (selected evenings), St Austell (17 miles).
Father Christmas at the Eden Project, (selected dates), St Austell (17 miles).
St Austell Torchlight Carnival, St Austell (19 miles).
Cotehele Christmas garland and decorated hall of the house, Cotehele House & Gardens (National Trust) (18 miles). See the 60ft flower garland & enjoy music by a variety of local choirs performing under it.
Pencarrow Christmas Fair, Pencarrow House & Gardens (17 miles).
St Austell Brewery’s Celtic Beer Festival, St Austell (19 miles). Hosted in the unique surroundings of the old wine cellars and vaults beneath the Victorian brewery. Sample a selection of more than 150 beers and enjoy music and live bands.

DECEMBER

Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (17 miles).
Festival of Light and Sound at the Eden Project, (selected evenings), St Austell (17 miles).
Cotehele Christmas garland and decorated hall of the house, Cotehele House & Gardens (National Trust) (18 miles). See the 60ft flower garland & enjoy music by a variety of local choirs performing under it. 11am – 4pm (closed December 25-26).
Father Christmas at the Eden Project, (selected dates), St Austell (17 miles).
Christmas Lights Switch On and Lantern Procession, Looe (7 miles). 5pm to 9pm.
Looe’s BIG Festive Weekend – Santa arrives by RNLI Lifeboat, Craft & Produce Market & Fireworks (7 miles).
Liskeard Lights Up, Liskeard (7 miles). Liskeard’s annual winter carnival. Daytime fun and an evening procession of lanterns. Expect Father Christmas, Christmas lights and fireworks.
Santa by Steam, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin (13 miles). Selected Dates in December. Enjoy a steam train ride and see Santa on board on your journey. Presents from Santa for children and mince pies and seasonal refreshments for adults.
Polperro Christmas Market/Lights switch-on (8 miles).
Fowey Christmas Market, Fowey (19 miles).
Christmas Lantern Night at the Lost Gardens of Heligan (22 miles). 5.30-9pm – Free entry.
Heligan Christmas Fair, Lost Gardens of Heligan (22 miles).
Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre, Mount Edgcumbe.
Father Christmas visits the Lost Gardens of Heligan and magical festive Trail (22 miles).
Father Christmas at Lanhydrock (NationalTrust), near Bodmin (11.5 miles).
Festive Looe, New Years Eve, Looe (7 miles). With fireworks at 6pm and midnight. Many dress in fancy dress for the celebrations.
31 New Years Eve, Polperro (8 miles). The town of Polperro becomes alive with new year celebrations with many in fancy dress and a good atmosphere in the pubs.

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

Things you need to know about Sky Lark Cottage if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • This cottage welcomes up to two small well-behaved dogs. Please restrict your pet/s to the ground floor and do not allow on the furniture
  • Minimum stay 7 nights Friday to Friday during Summer High season
  • Minimum stay 2 nights during all other periods, except Christmas & New Year which is 4 nights

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