About this listing
Lovely rustic double room for 1 or 2 with private shower room in beamed attic space with view across to the bay and the Lizard peninsula in the distance. Close to Penzance. Luxury kingsize bed. For groups of 3 see Attic Studio in Cottage listing.
You will be staying in our home, a 300-year-old Grade II listed traditional rustic Cornish granite cottage with many original features including low wood-beamed ceilings, wood-burning stove in a granite hearth, and cob walls. Madron is a small and picturesque village 2 miles from the coast, 1.5 miles from Penzance and Newlyn with shops and restaurants and approximately 7 miles from St Ives (galleries, beaches), Sennen (beaches) and Land's End (cliffs, various attractions). Behind Madron are the moorlands where tin was traditionally mined - a great place to walk across heathland with ancient standing stones.
This is an ideal space for a couple or two friends looking to enjoy and explore the western end of Cornwall, from Land's End and St Ives to the Eden Project and Truro, with wonderful beaches, gardens, historic sights and local amenities all nearby. Guests will have free street parking and WiFi internet access for the duration of their stay. There is also a small front garden you are welcome to sit in, with a table if you want to take breakfast or coffee outside in the sun.
For groups of three (or by special arrangement, four if suitable) or someone looking for a bedroom with workspace, the studio room is also bookable as a bedroom to accommodate a third person or as a work area. See separate listing "Cosy Studio in Cottage by Sea" where both studio and bedroom can be booked together. The studio comes with desk and chair as well as fold-out studio couch (sofa by day, double bed by night) with a goose-feather topper. Unfortunately the room is not suitable for small children as it has balustrade railings to an open staircase, and free access for my cats.
ALLERGY SUFFERERS: please note that this is a very old house with its original horsehair plastering and woodwork and may contain spores, pollen and other allergens. There are also three resident cats.
ACCESS: The rooms are situated at the top of the house in a converted attic space, up two flights of stairs. I do my best to accommodate other diet, health or access requirements - please ask if there is anything you need to know or would require.
Please give us a couple of days' notice when booking as last minute arrangements are not always possible to accommodate. It helps also if you have a photo and some kind of description of yourself, and of course reviews are always useful.
Nearby attractions (a car is useful!):
The world famous St Ives with cafes, galleries, beaches etc including the Tate and Barbara Hepworth studio and sculpture garden.
St Michael's Mount.
Land's End, Zennor, Sennen, Lamorna, Porthcurno and numerous coves and beaches.
Coastal, cliff and moorland walks.
Minack open-air theatre.
Area packed with art galleries and museums including working mines and telegraph museum.
Many ancient monuments, standing stones, stone circles.
National Trust properties and gardens nearby (the nearest is a quarter of a mile down the road); also hillside sculpture garden, plant nurseries.
The Eden Project is approximately 1.5 hours' drive from here or accessible by train.
Other easy trips include Newquay, Fowey, Porthleven, Helston and the villages and coves of the Lizard peninsula, and the Scilly Isles.
A friendly welcome awaits from owners!
Double bedroom with kingsize bed, and private shower room, exclusively for guest use. Guests can also sit in the studio space adjoining the bedroom.
Guests have breakfast in our kitchen/breakfast room and can also use our small front garden to sit in the sun or take coffee outdoors.
Interaction with Guests
I like to communicate with prospective guests by email/airbnb message before they arrive - this is important to me as in a small house my guests need to feel comfortable with me and my cats, and me with them. I only accept guests who are happy to exchange emails so we can get to know each other a little bit before they arrive.
As guests breakfast in my kitchen we usually have conversations over breakfast. Many interesting tales of origins and travels, plus local information, are shared over coffee and croissants!
Madron has great access to all the local sights, market towns, cultural amenities including the Minack open air theatre, sub-tropical gardens and beaches - a few minutes drive will take you all over West Penwith, an hour or so will take you to Newquay, Fowey, Truro or the Eden Project at St Austell. You can take a boat trip to the Scilly Isles from Penzance.
In the village itself, take a look at our interesting 14th century church, where Nelson's death at the battle of Trafalgar was first announced to the nation in 1805, or the local National Trust garden down a short hill at Trengwainton, or walk to the old tin-mine shafts and standing stones on the moorland behind the village.
A car is really useful. There are buses - including an open top bus tour of the coast and villages - but the service is generally hourly, and to some remoter places less frequent still. Taxis are bookable. Bikes (for the strong of leg and heart!) are also a good way to get around.
This is a small village and a quiet area. We expect you to be considerate and aware of our neighbours, so please keep noise to a minimum after 10pm. This house is also home to our two lovely cats, and it is important to be aware of their safety and wellbeing at all times. Please ask if you don't know how to work something, or if there is anything you need or would like to know, and we will do our best to help.
No smoking in the house, (and it goes without saying, no illegal substances or activities) and no additional guests without permission, booking through Airbnb and appropriate payment.
I have ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) which means I am vulnerable to infections, so please let me know in advance of arriving if you think you may be ill with something infectious, so I can take some precautions! Thank you! :-)
Hi, I'm Rebecca.
I'm a former journalist taking a break from the metropolitan fray in my Cornish cottage in a quiet village just outside Penzance. Cat- and book-loving guests welcome!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the house or rooms, and I'll do my best to answer as soon as I can. Make sure to look at both my listings - the studio and the Traditional Granite Cottage by Sea, so as to get all the photos of the house.