Carter's Croft at Middle Colenso Farm

Penzance, Cornwall
+44 (0)1736 761300
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£170 - £235
per night
£1190 - £1645
per week

Between Penzance and Helston and close to sandy beaches is a sweet space for four. Good for young families and all garden lovers


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

£170 - £235 per night

£1190 - £1645 per week

The Experience

This two-storey outbuilding is the last one of three on an 18th-century farm, in an irresistibly Cornish garden setting.

Snuggle up by the wood-burner with books, games and toys, or barbecue in your private Mediterranean garden. In this converted farm-worker’s cottage, beautifully equipped and open-plan, reclaimed timbers and rustic stones mix with the best of new, and all feels cosy and fresh. You can stock up at the farm shop outside Perranuthnoe and return to your own courtyard garden.

Being the closest to the owners’ house and, importantly, the cats that live there, the cottage does not accept dogs. Therefore the beaches are yours to explore, starting with glorious Praa Sands. (Don’t forget the body boards – they’re on the house.) Then set off for seasidey Marazion and lunch at the Godolphin Arms, bang opposite St Michael’s Mount.

Carter's Croft at Middle Colenso Farm - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The sense of seclusion - yet the village is a ten-minute drive
  • The quirky contemporary interior design
  • Having access to exotic gardens, and boules
Carter's Croft at Middle Colenso Farm - Gallery

You should know

  • The main grounds are shared with the other guests
  • There's just one loo and bathroom
  • No public transport - bring a car or bike


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £170
Weekly price
from £1190
1 House for 4
From £1703 beds2 bedrooms


Special offer: Stay with us between now and the end of June and enjoy 10% off your holiday. Simply enter the code LASTMIN10 when booking.

Booking information

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Minimum stay: 4 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


I'm still thinking about my visit to this gorgeous place. I came in September, just out of season, but I'm sure it would be peaceful at any time. Carter's Croft is my idea of a perfect bolthole. I spent nearly a week here alone and I have not felt happier for a long time. It's beautifully restored, immaculately decorated, and is tucked away in its own private corner of the gardens. Nearby are endless delights: Smuggler's Cove, Penzance, St Ives. You get the best of all worlds. And Christen's Pilates studio is also excellent and she's an intuitive and impressive teacher.

Rachel, London

This was our second visit to Middle Colenso. We enjoyed each trip so much. We’ve recommended it to friends and will definitely return again. It’s in a quiet location and is a beautiful stay. The conversions are stunning. Everything there that we needed. It’s so well considered. The gardens are inspiring! Chris and Christen are brilliant hosts and on hand if you should need anything, or seek any local knowledge. This time we visited Penzance, which was great and we will return. We also did a Pilates workshop with Christen at the property, which was excellent. Highly recommend.

Jayne, Bristol

A beautiful cottage in a delightful location. Very comfortable bed and had our best sleep ever. The kitchen was a perfect size with every imaginable kitchen utensil one could want. Lovely dining/ living area with stylish furniture. Outside was a a very private courtyard garden which was great to sit in and catch the evening sun.

Fiona, Heswall

Super stay at well equipped cosy cottage

Laura, Bristol

A wild, windy and rainy Autumnal weekend, but Carter's Craft is so wonderfully cosy with a log-burner, reading lights, sheepskins, blankets and a carefully chosen selection of books and classic films that we couldn't wait to spend a night in. Brilliantly located for trips to Penzance, St Ives and (in better weather) sandy beaches. Thank you, Chris and Christen for such such a lovely stay. We hope to be back for longer next time.

Claire, Bath

I loved the design of this cottage, loads of really clever, space saving ideas make it really comfy as well as stylish. The outside garden area is peaceful, private and feels very mediterranean.

Naomi, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Your closest pub is the Falmouth Packet a mile up the road - with a brilliant fish and chip shop opposite. Little Perranuthnoe (2.5 miles) has craft shops, cafes, a big sandy beach, and the lovely Victoria Inn. Praa Sands, 2 miles, lies in the opposite direction, with a beach café and a surf school. The area is a foodie haven, from Ben's Cornish Kitchen in Marazion (4 miles) to Rick Stein’s seafood in Porthleven (6 miles).

Local points of interest from Christen Pears

  • Explore the historic market town of Marazion and iconic St Michael's Mount which are just a short drive away.
  • Take a stroll down Penzance’s historic Chapel Street with its fascinating architecture, excellent shops and pubs. The iconic Art Deco Jubilee Pool is close by as is the fascinating Penlee House Gallery and Museum.
  • Head over to the bustling former fishing town of St Ives, now an artistic hub and home to an offshoot of the Tate Gallery and the wonderful Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden. Don't miss the Leach Pottery on the outskirts of town.
  • Once the centre of one of Cornwall's greatest mining estates, nearby Godolphin is a truly magical place. Once you've explored the estate make the short walk up Godolphin Hill where, on a clear day, you can see both coasts.
  • Put on your walking boots and get out and about on the South West Coast Path. Some of our favourite walks include the nearby stretch between Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe and the spectacular route between Zennor and the Gurnard's Head.
  • Take in a play at the Minack Theatre, carved out of the rocks above Porthcurno Beach. The beach is great for kids as is the nearby telegraph museum.


Christen Pears

Christen, once a journalist, is a Pilates instructor with a fabulous fitness studio on site. Chris is a skipper of tall ships, and sails all round the world. Swapping Australia for Cornwall, they moved and renovated in 2013. Christen leaves you freshly baked scones, surplus home-grown produce, and is on hand should you need help and advice.