A while ago, just before we started renting out Little Trentinney, a soon-to-be-married friend got in touch for some honeymoon advice. “We’re looking for classic Cornwall,” he said. “A traditional stone cottage, sitting all by itself, in the middle of the countryside. You know, roses over the door, that sort of thing. Does this kind of place exist?”
We showed him a picture of Little Trentinney.
“That’s it,” he said. And they came to stay as their wedding present.
Welcome to a retreat like no other. Deep in rolling countryside three miles south of Doc Martin’s Port Isaac, surrounded by fields on all four sides, is Little Trentinney – a traditional stone cottage with a large, sun-drenched garden stretching towards the local farmer’s orchard below.
From the fittings to the furniture, it’s a mixture of traditional and modern. Our meticulous renovation took over a year, keeping original features like slate floors (from the historic quarry at Delabole), stable doors and a traditional “clome oven” (don’t worry, you’ll be using the Neff one in the kitchen); and adding all the trappings you’d expect from a luxury holiday cottage, like fine linens, ultra-modern bathrooms, and a mini library downstairs. We’re also technologically up-to-date, with flat-screen TVs, an iPod dock and WiFi, to keep in touch with the outside world.
Deep in nature – connected to the road by a half-mile (paved) farm track, with the nearest house a field away – the cottage offers privacy and peace in equal measure. Your neighbours are the sheep and cows in the surrounding fields – “the most photographed cows in Britain”, as one of our recent visitors wrote – and the only locals breaking the silence are the birds in the surrounding trees, the newborn lambs every spring, and the odd rabbit scampering across the lawn. The views from each window run uninterrupted for miles – Little Trentinney sits in an AGLV (Area of Great Landscape Value), and borders the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that runs along the North Cornwall coast.
Trentinney – the farm on whose land the cottage sits – has its place in Cornish myth. Local legend says that the ‘Lord of Trentinney’ was supposedly killed by King Arthur (using Excalibur, no less) before being resurrected by the local saint, Endelienta.
Little Trentinney has been in our family for nearly 50 years. Three generations of us have enjoyed the magical views, beautiful garden and incomparable peace and quiet; and in 2011 we decided to share it. Whether you’re looking for a romantic bolthole, a family-friendly getaway, or simply an escape from the city, we think you’ll find it here.