The Old Goathouse

St Agnes, Cornwall
Self-catering


A snug cabin for couples in a secluded valley, with clifftop walks, kayaking and surfing - a short walk to St Agnes, shorter to the beach

Bed

1 bed

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The
Experience

This sheltered valley is uniquely Cornish: raw, pregnant with history, utterly silent and beautiful. A rocky beach is 500 yards away for wild swimming or kayaking, and in 20 minutes you can walk to the little village of St Agnes, either along the beach at low tide or via a path along the cliffs.

The house, formerly a goat shed, is long and narrow, flooded with light and surrounded by sage, lavender and mint which you can pick; they’re specially planted for their therapeutic powers of calming, relaxing and reviving. You’ll also find board games, books and binoculars.

Snuggle up on the sofa in front of the wood-burner, haul a ladder up and down with ropes to get to the mezzanine bed. Meals can be eaten at the little kitchen table made from reclaimed wood or outside on the veranda. The small lawn, ideal for stargazing, has a rustic fire pit which also doubles up as a barbecue. Uninterrupted views over the simple veg garden and meadow, your only companions a couple of goats. A loaf of organic sourdough made by owner Roger awaits; a breakfast basket includes croissants, homemade jams and local juices.

The Old Goathouse Cornwall showing the open plan lounge and kitchen with a ladder leading up to the bedroom

We think you'll love

  • A breathtaking walk along the cliff path to the Driftwood Spars pub
  • Homemade hedgerow jams for breakfast
  • The sunsets from the wooden bench under the sycamore tree
The cosy mezzanine level bedroom

Home truths

  • The mezzanine bedroom has a very low sloping ceiling
  • The house may feel a bit too snug for a long stay in wet weather
  • It’s rustic rather than chocolate-box pretty

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3.30pm-6pm
Check out
10am-10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season.
Closed
5 January - 9 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £66
Weekly price
from £460
Surcharges
3-night stay, £285; 4-night stay, £385 (includes a breakfast basket).
1 Cabin for 2
From £661 bed1 bedroom

Reviews

Eutopia is how I would describe this tranquil and beautiful setting. Loved the place , and desperate to find the time to get back there. As for the owners Glen and Roger, what a gorgeous , interesting and warm couple. Rogers sourdough the best I have had yet.

Justin, Bishops stortford

We stayed for a long weekend and found it a wonderfully peaceful place! It has quirky character and is beautifully decorated. It has absolutely everything you may need and the wood-burner makes everything cosy in the evenings. It's perfect for a relaxing hideaway and a great location for exploring all the natural beauty the area has to offer. The owners gave us a warm welcome and were a great source of local knowledge. St Agnes is a lovely village with great pubs and restaurants and easy access to beaches and cliff top walks. We loved staying here and can't wait to visit again soon!!

Sandra

Remote in a fantastical way. Well equipped but still rudimentary enough to feel part of the nature. The hosts are passionate about their business with true happiness radiating when you tell them you loved their recommended beach. Five mins walk from an ocean beach with a hill lookout to the sunset.

Ivana

You could not wish for a lovelier place to stay, made all the better by Roger and Glen, the perfect hosts. We cannot find a single fault, from the homemade treats on arrival, to the organic toiletries everything exceeded all our expectations. We only left yesterday and already we want to be back!

Lorraine

The Old Goathouse lies off a quiet country lane tucked away from the crowds and noise. Full of quirky character and beautifully decorated. It is the place to go to get away from the city and re-charge your batteries! We were greeted with homemade scones and a nice hot cuppa. Homemade bread and jam were provided together with local eggs and dairy produce. The owners are lovely and a real font of knowledge regarding places to see in the surrounding area, they kept us well supplied with logs for the wood burner which was so cosy. My husband and I had a fabulous long restful and peaceful weekend

Denise

A hidden gem, just for two. The Old Goathouse is much more than a cottage, it is a hidden gem away from any hustle. We went to stay the week before Easter,and did not see a tourist around. The snug cottage with its woodburner comes with much more. The Eco driven hosts are just fantastic. A complete larder with freshly baked homemade bread,jam, marmalade and locally sourced eggs etc,awaited us on arrival. Fresh herbs and spinach from the garden was there for us to use freely, and the 2 goats are just as friendly.

Anita

We spent a week at the Old Goathouse. It's a wonderfully peaceful place to stay, perfect for a relaxing get away. It has a quirky character, beautifully decorated and the wood burner makes it really cosy in the evenings. The owners gave us a very warm welcome and had a wealth of knowledge abut the local area, but also the whole of Cornwall. St Agnes is a lovely village with nice pubs and restaurants. Great access to local beaches and cliff top walks but it is also great location for exploring all over Cornwall. We loved the goats, and hope to visit again soon!

Amy

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Location

The neighbourhood

This bit of coast is craggy, wild and great for walking - within minutes you’re on the South West Coast Path, with sandy beaches and rocky coves galore, or you can explore the ancient tin mining history of the area. Book a surf lesson or a kayak tour on the beach at St Agnes, a five-minute drive away; this pretty village also has some good pubs, restaurants, and the busy ‘Little Green Vegan Bakery’.

Local points of interest from Roger Gibbons

  • Our inclusive breakfast basket is a real treat, the organic sourdough bread is the best, it is hand made, by me, for you. Smother it in jam made from our hedgerow berries, or a free range egg from our "ex-bats". We have thought of everything you may need.
  • A 5 minute drive will land you in the centre of St.Agnes, with a great choice of restaurants, pubs, shops and galleries. Proudly independent and champions of locally sourced goodies.
  • A breath taking walk on the cliff path leads you to the 17th century Driftwood Spas pub, the locals local. Good food and hand crafted ales can be enjoyed. Try the "Alfies revenge" ale, beware it does not get you on the stumble back home!
  • Feeling energetic? Hire a cycle from Aggie cycles, row through sea caves with Koru Kayaking, learn to fall off a surfboard with Breakers surf school, or try coasteering with Coastalrush, or don those walking boots, the coast path is on your doorstep.
  • Want to relax? Finish that book you bought with you on the sun trap decking and wallow in the peace. Raise a toast to the sunset from your bench amongst the bluebells. Stargaze around the fire-pit or chuck a log on the woodburner and zog. Wi-Fi if you must
  • Hang up those car keys!. Many of our guests do not feel the urge to drive, everything is close at hand, unless you want to search out those Poldark locations, or lovely resort towns like St.Ives and Mousehole. Beauty spots? we will share our secrets.

Introducing

Roger Gibbons

Roger and Glen Gibbons live up behind the house - out of sight but very available. They’re an excellent source of local knowledge, having lived in the valley for many years. Roger has written his own guide to the area – ask him where the secret beach is. Outdoor enthusiasts themselves, they’re also well-travelled: for a couple of months in late winter they usually head off to warmer climes, and past trips include cycling from Canada to Mexico and coast-to-coast Cuba.