If you are looking for a gorgeous Cornish retreat within a spectacular country estate with endless activities, then look no further than Lostwithiel House! Lostwithiel House is one of two cottages set within the stable yard of Lostwithiel Manor Estate. Designed by the master architect Sir John Soane and refurbished by the brilliant Sarah Fortescue Designs, this three bedroom cottage is surrounded by glorious landscaped gardens, a lake, deer park, parkland, fascinating historic monuments, miles of cycling and hiking tracks, orchards and a tennis court. Lostwithiel House is perfect for a family or friends wanting to explore the south and north coasts of Cornwall and the captivating moors. There are other holiday properties on the estate including the fabulous Grade II listed Lostwithiel Manor which sleeps up to eighteen guests, the 18th century Lostwithiel Stewardry which sleeps up to fourteen guests, Lostwithiel Stable House which sleeps four and Lostwithiel Dairy House which sleeps eight guests. If you are celebrating a special event or planning a family reunion, each of the properties can be booked with Oliver’s Travels. Lostwithiel Manor is a fantastic wedding and entertainment venue. The list of estate activities for all guests staying in the properties is endless.
The charming town of Lostwithiel is just four miles from Lostwithiel House, nestled in a beautiful wooded valley at the tidal reach of the River Fowey in central Cornwall. From this gorgeous countryside spot, guests can visit both the north and south coasts of Cornwall, explore the moors and enjoy the most delicious cuisine imaginable. Local to Lostwithiel Manor Estate, guests can take dips at Talland Bay and Lansallos Beach and visit Fowey, Polruan, Par Sands, St Austell, Mevagissey, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Restormel Castle and the iconic Eden Project.
Lostwithiel House is extremely characterful and very comfortable. Within this unique, beautifully renovated property, you will discover vivid splashes of colour, sumptuous furnishings, gorgeous fabrics and excellent fittings. The outstanding Sarah Fortescue Designs have waved their magic wands, creating a colourful, eclectic, sophisticated and fun interior. The first floor, open plan living and dining room is simply fabulous with a gorgeous vaulted ceiling, a delightful window seat, comfy sofas, a smart dining area and a fully-equipped modern kitchen offering everything you need for your self-catering stay. Laundry facilities can be found in the stable yard. You will enjoy beautiful estate views including some of the churchyard. Also on the first floor is the master bedroom with its mellow green tones, comfy bed, gorgeous soft furnishings and immaculate ensuite bathroom.
Downstairs, you will find two well-appointed twin bedroom suites, one with a gorgeous, floral, red-toned wallpaper and lavish green leaf headboards and the other with its matching bedspreads and draped curtains. Sarah Fortescue Designs have done a brilliant job, making sure you are comfortable and feel pampered. The attention to detail and contrasting colours make this cottage fun and out of the ordinary. The twin beds in each room are dressed with crisp cottons and the ensuite bathrooms come with luxurious organic toiletries and fluffy white bathrobes and towels.
You can enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and alfresco meals using the Weber barbecue on the terrace and roam this beautiful estate, enjoying the wildlife and scenery. The stable yard games room is very popular. The estate grounds are truly sensational. The lake is stunning, surrounded by grassy banks, nearby flocks of sheep and ancient trees. You may want to enjoy a lakeside barbecue or perhaps evening cocktails by the lake. You can stroll through the deer park watching the grazing fallow deer who have nibbled on the park’s lush grass since the days of the Domesday Book and head to the centuries-old trees in the ancient woodland. Adjacent to the deer park is the estate cricket pitch where you can watch one of the regular weekend matches, one of the estate’s most popular summertime traditions. The gardens are totally captivating. The Dorothy Garden boasts beautiful fountains and the Shrubbery offers a multitude of vibrant colour with thirty four different varieties of hydrangeas and vivid pink and purple rhododendrons and azaleas. The Stewardry Walk offers a palm-fringed paradise and a tropical fountain. The gardens also feature Lady Hamilton’s marble bath, a waterfall, a pool, magnolias and a huge array of other exotic plants. The estate’s magnificent parkland slopes gently towards the lake offering that true countryside feel. Here you can enjoy picnics and bask in the sun. You can also explore the exquisite ‘living museum’, discovering the estate’s impressive monuments including the obelisk which soars 123 feet into the sky. You can put your running shoes on and explore the many acres of land listening to birdsong and sheep for company. You can enjoy yoga, play tennis or just rest with your holiday book. Children love collecting morning eggs from the estate chickens or foraging for wild garlic to make pesto and blackberries for beloved crumbles. You can also pick fresh produce from the kitchen garden for supper. In the autumn, you are welcome to pick apples from the orchard.
Children can enjoy a mud kitchen located in the estate grounds, adjacent to a charming Romany caravan, where they can let their imaginations run wild. Additionally, there is an outdoor kitchen tucked away in a picturesque corner of the estate, available for guests to use. The estate also boasts a popular craft space, providing a creative outlet for guests to indulge in various artistic endeavors. The estate offers a multitude of recreational options, including paddle boards, mountain bikes, and more, ensuring there's something for everyone.
When it comes to food, Lostwithiel Estate goes the extra mile to cater to guests' culinary needs. They can arrange meals for guests from a local deli called Bella Mama, ensuring delicious and convenient dining options. In Lostwithiel, guests can find an excellent butcher and baker, providing access to fresh and high-quality meat and baked goods. The estate is also proud to collaborate with Trewithen, a renowned local dairy known for sourcing their milk from within a 25-mile radius of the estate. This enables guests to enjoy locally sourced milk, butter, yogurt, and clotted cream during their stay. As an added treat, guests are welcomed with a delightful cream tea upon their arrival, setting the tone for a truly enjoyable experience at Lostwithiel Estate.
With acres of ancient woodland and miles of paths and tracks to explore, Lostwithiel House is a paradise for four-legged friends.
At Lostwithiel House every family member should be included in your travel adventures, and that includes your beloved canine companions. With the understanding of the joy and comfort that comes from traveling with your dog, at this property the owners are thrilled to offer a warm welcome to both of you.
The estate plays host to a number of annual events including a five mile race around the estate in aid of St John’s Ambulance Cornwall, an Endurance GB Ride, the south west’s premier Cornish ride with over 200 riders, Charity Open Gardens in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care and the Carriage Driving Day sponsored by the British Driving Society. Every event is wonderful and you will feel privileged to be there!
Lostwithiel House is located on the fabulous Lostwithiel Manor Estate with its acres of parkland, deer park, woodland, lakes and stunning gardens. The estate is wondrous with spectacular scenery and brilliant spots of picnics and relaxing. Guests are welcome to enjoy wild swimming in the lake and to forage or pick produce from the kitchen garden. Close by, you can enjoy Talland Bay and Lansallos Beach for a quick dip or venture further to the beautiful beaches on the north or south coast of Cornwall. The estate is brilliant for walking and cycling plus there are many stunning areas to discover outside of the estate.
Cornwall is known as a foodie paradise and there are plenty of places close by where you can enjoy delicious goodies and meals. There are also a number of food festivals including the St Ives Food and Drink Festival, Truro Food Festival and the Mevagissey Shanty Festival.
Restormel Castle lies by the River Fowey near Lostwithiel. One of the four chief Norman castles of Cornwall, it is notable for its perfectly circular design. Once a luxurious residence of the Earl of Cornwall, it was ruined by the 16th century and is now under the supervision of the English Heritage. It is a beautiful picnic spot.
A trip down to Fowey is a must! The Fowey estuary is a glorious sight with Fowey on one side at the mouth of the River Fowey and the gorgeous town of Polruan on the other. There are regular passenger ferries to and from Polruan and a car ferry to Boddinick. The ferry house was originally the du Maurier family home and later the home of Angela du Maurier, Daphne’s sister. As well as being incredibly pretty, Fowey enjoys a rich history. During the Second World War, Fowey was the centre for air-sea rescue and one of the places from which the D-Day invasions were launched. St Catherine’s Point is on the Fowey side of the harbour entrance where it functioned as a lighthouse in medieval times. St Catherine’s Castle below was built during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the harbour entrance. It is accessible when walking from the pretty Readymoney Cove. On Fore Street you will find the Old House of Foye, a medieval house built in 1430. It is now a shop but the walls, beamed interior and fireplace are pretty much the same. During the summer, Fowey Town Hall’s museum and small aquarium is open. Daphne du Maurier is celebrated with the Du Maurier Festival each May and at the Literacy Centre next to the church.
There are some amazing sandy beaches on the south coast. Par Sands, close to the village of Par and four miles from St Austell, boasts a huge expanse of sand backed by pretty dunes. Polkerris Beach magically combines an idyllic sandy cove and stunning coastline with an array of entertaining watersports. You can stand up paddleboard, learn to sail and windsurf, explore the coastline in a kayak or simply enjoy exploring the rock pools and building sandcastles. There is a wonderful beach restaurant and waterside pub. The National Trust’s dreamy Lantic Bay is a great spot for paddling and for a picnic. It is well worth the climb back up and the views from the top are amazing. To the North, the surfers favourite, Newquay, is less than a 50-minute drive while popular Padstow is also within easy reach. The traditional fishing village of Port Isaac, best known for being the setting off the popular TV series Doc Martin, is also less than an hour away.
Mevagissey lies within a UNESCO Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is another working harbour, nestled on the unspoilt dramatic Cornish coastline. Mevagissey boasts an aquarium, museum, seafood restaurants, atmospheric pubs, watersports, beautiful gardens, cycle trails and much more. You can walk from the town to the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan.