If you want inspiring art, liberating space, far reaching views, tranquillity, and the wilds of west Cornwall on your doorstep then look no further than Primrose Cottage.
Primrose Cottage was sympathetically rebuilt in 2014 with a clever extension designed by architects Studio West. Originally two separate cottages, both are now absorbed into one of the best holiday homes you're likely to find in the far west. Eventually the cottage will be the family seat of the owners who have restored the house and gardens over many years, but until then you have the opportunity to experience country living in the far west at its very best.
Location Primrose Cottage is pretty much equidistant from the north and south coasts. While it's inland you could easily walk the 4kms to the north coast, and you can see the south coast between the trees. The Boskednan area of New Mill is a collection of beautiful cottages, all private from one another, nesting in the hidden shelter of a stream-fed valley where gunnera (the fairy tale giant rhubarb like plant) reaches up, casting its gentle green tinge to all below it.
Living The large living area is part cosy sitting room centred on the large wood burner, and part large well-lit orangery style conservatory with views down across the extensive gardens towards the ponds. Even with two families staying everyone will find room for their own private space as well as plenty of seating for communal gatherings.
Cooking and eating Again plentiful space characterises the generous kitchen and dining room. The long dining table, with its decoration of objects trouvé and candles, seats ten - yet is equally comfortable for hosting a romantic dinner for two.
The open plan kitchen with its capacious fridge freezer and range cooker has everything you'll need to cook up a great meal for everyone, while the chef can still enjoy the banter family group.
Sleeping. Master suite Such grand terms often leave you underwhelmed, not so here. The master bedroom's own staircase takes you to its comfortable space with twin lancet windows giving a view over the gardens and down the valley to the sea. It even has a door out to the back steps which might give parents a secret breakfast hideaway! This bedroom is in the original smaller cottage and so wonderfully private from the living space. Its bathroom is tiled in hand made ceramic tiles made by the owner.
Accessible bedroom Another king sized bedroom on the ground floor for easy access, with plenty of storage for clothes.
Other bedrooms Upstairs in the larger of the original cottages are three more bedrooms, a twin, a single and double, all with lovely views over the gardens.
Bathing and WCs The master bedroom has its own private bathroom, and the family bathroom on the ground floor has a walk in rain forest shower and separate bath. In the hall there's a separate WC. And outside there's a shower for the brave! Great for after a day's surfing.
Linen and towels Towels and bedding will be supplied for you, just remember to bring your beach towels.
Garden The term garden hardly does justice to the extensive outside space at Primrose Cottage. Children will love finding somewhere to hide, in fact the adults might just love doing the same, with peace and quiet guaranteed somewhere within sight of home.
Parking There's plenty of room to park several cars, but you won't get a low slung sports car up the track.
Wi-fi We're at the edges of BT's empire here and while there is wi-fi it is slow and often drops out. It's OK for browsing and email, but won't support streaming.
Around and about While you're only a few kilometres from either coast the privacy and quiet seclusion of Primrose Cottage makes it a gem that'll be hard to beat. Within walking distance there are many of the antiquities that make this far peninsular of Cornwall so attractive and mysterious - the Nine Maidens stone circle, Mên-an-Tol with its fertility stone, Mên Scryfa and others. More recent history has left us with the wonderful engine houses from the tin mining that was so important here years ago - above the house you'll find the imaginatively named Ding Dong engine house.
Further afield the rugged north coast is only a few kilometres away, and St Ives, Penzance, Newlyn and other interesting towns are a short drive from Primrose Cottage if you can bring yourself to leave its captivating surroundings.
Pets This is a dog's paradise. You're a long way from main roads, and the footpaths and tracks head off to the moors from right ourside the cottage, and for the more adventurous walker - on up to the coast. One or two dogs are welcome at £25 each per stay.