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, which is 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.