The large garden melts into the fields on all four sides, with an expansive lawn, flowerbed and two graceful walnut trees, which double as sunshades in summer. There’s a stout, decades-old apple tree by the Booley – it bears fruit (a Cornish variety) in October, but is beautiful in May, when it blossoms. Relax on our steamer chairs, around the teak dining table or on the bench under the rose blossoms. If you have kids, let them run wild – you haven’t any neighbours to disturb, and the low stone walls separating the garden from the surrounding fields mean it’s perfect for letting little ones ramble safely.
Little Trentinney is surrounded by unblemished countryside on all four sides. To the east, west and north are open fields populated by grazing sheep and cows (you’ll spy your nearest neighbours’ chimney poking over the horizon of the north field). To the south, below the garden, is a fledgling orchard, newly planted by our neighbouring farmer, and a small wood leading down to a stream in the valley, before the fields resume on the other side. Because of the foliage, in the summer, you’re only able to see the south-facing fields from the bedrooms upstairs; but from autumn to early spring, you have 360-degree views of open landscape – unparalleled, even here in North Cornwall.
The Utility Room, in a small stone building, has a washing machine, dryer and Belfast sink. Outside is a tap and handheld shower hose, brilliant for rinsing sand off your wetsuits when you get back from the beach.