The Old Goathouse

St Agnes, Cornwall
+44 (0)1872 553693

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


1 bed


1 bedroom


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, climb up 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, and you have views over the simple veg garden (with solar panels) and meadow. A vegan breakfast basket awaits, including a loaf of homemade organic bread, homemade jams and local juices.

Decked area outside the property with seating looking out over the countryside

We think you'll love

  • A breathtaking walk along the cliff path to the Driftwood Spars pub
  • The peace and seclusion
  • The sunsets from the wooden bench under the sycamore tree
Cosy lounge with wood burner and fairy lights

You should know

  • This is an eco retreat for those who care about the environment - not a snazzy place for people who prefer luxury
  • Please do not bring, or leave, any single use plastic


  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
Christmas, 1 January - 1 April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £875
Singles £875-£980.
1 Cabin for 2
From £1251 bed1 bedroom


It was such an amazing area and we did lots of the things you recommended; Chapel Porth (and hedgehogs), Perranporth walk, Schooners - the tacos were amazing and we would definitely recommend anyone to go there!, the Cornish Pizza company, the little bakery, the Peterville and on and on! We definitely got our steps in with the walk over the cliff which was incredible. So just wanted to say ... thank you so much. I loved the eco friendly ness of the cottage which is what we're trying to be better at (we also use WGAC and bamboo) so I will definitely use Sawdays again which is how I found you

Jane and Matty

A charming eco retreat. The location is stunning! Be prepared for remote and steel roads to access it. You will really feel in the heart of Cornish countryside. The Goat House is small but has everything you need. Lighting the wood burner is a perfect way to end a day of exploring the coastline on foot. Glen and Roger were fantastic hosts, and provided a delicious vegan breakfast for our first day. Everything we hoped it would be and more.

Hannah, Hertford

The Old Goathouse is a memorable and unique experience. The views of the paddock and the resident goats never get boring. Roger and Glen are friendly and knowledgeable hosts, and are very careful not to intrude. Their recommendations were all perfect: St Agnes has a lot to offer and there is plenty to do within walking distance. The accommodation itself is comfortable, well-equipped, and has a fantastic outdoor area.

James, London

Thank you so much for giving us the warmest of welcomes, and a most beautiful and peaceful stay this week. We have fallen in love with the surroundings and truly felt like we were living in a little slice of heaven. Sitting outside together by a homemade fire pit cooking with your glorious produce were a few of our highlights, see you next year.

Katie & Antonio, London

Thank you Glen and Roger for the memorable 2 weeks we spent with you. This is such a wonderful and peaceful place, where you can be so close to nature as you can get. What more could you ask for to be so lovingly received and cared for, and stay in such a nicely decorated home, and to enjoy the breathtaking Cornish landscape. The farewell is difficult

Silke & Marcus, Hamburg

We have had a wonderful adventure exploring from such a peaceful and delightful home base. Arriving back at T.O.G. is always lovely and restful. Siting out in the warmth listening to the buzz of the insects and the birdsong is timeless. Old bones permitting, we hope to stay again.

Kip and Kathryn, Bexhill-on-sea

We have had the most wonderful week, soaking up the peace and tranquility of this beautiful location. I only wish we could have stayed longer. Thankyou so much for your hospitality and all the advice of walks and places to visit. Loved all your organic produce, eggs, bread, honey salad leaves and jam. The Oldgoathouse is a gorgeous place to stay, beautifully decorated, very cosy and comfortable. You are wonderful hosts

Sarah & Ralph, Shropshire

This has been a fabulous stay, and return to Cornwall. We could not have had a warmer welcome and helpful hosts. A lovely cosy bolt hole in such a lovely location, with amazing walks almost on the doorstep. Loved the coastpath in both directions, and loved the local pub, sampled all the microbrews!. Thanks for all the little touches, like the bread , jam and lettuce. Rogers bread is the best!

Gabriella & Michael, London

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!!


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.


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!


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


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.


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!


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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 vegan breakfast basket contains a loaf of hand made organic bread. 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.


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:and passionate environmentalists. They care about having like-minded guests who share their values and are very kind hosts.