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Skyber Cottage

Ruan Minor, near Helston, Cornwall
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0
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Skyber Cottage lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers ideal accommodation to discover the area.

All on the ground floor:
Open plan living space.
Living area:
With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Step up to...
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
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Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Patio with garden furniture. Landscaped grounds (shared). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: No children under 12 years old.

Located in a peaceful hamlet ideal for touring the beautiful Lizard peninsula, Skyber Cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, is the perfect holiday destination for small families or couples looking for a relaxing break. Sitting in a pretty rural hamlet close to the village of Ruan Minor, the most southerly part of the British mainland, is a place apart. A combination of the mild maritime climate, and complex and unique geology, has produced an area with a distinctive character, well known for its rare and unusual flora, and where the famous call of the Cornish chough is never far away.

The Lizard Peninsula is also renowned as the birthplace of communication, where Marconi undertook some of his pioneering radio experiments. These experiments are celebrated at the Marconi Centre at Poldhu and the Lizard Wireless Station. National Trust places on the Lizard Peninsula range from the dramatic coastal scenery around Lizard Point, to the beautiful ancient woodland around the Helford River. Two miles to the north of Lizard Village lies the secluded Kynance Cove, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a few miles further along this stretch of coast the beautiful picture-postcard harbour at Mullion Cove. The area has a wealth of wildlife and some of the UK’s most stunning scenic coastal paths. The town of Helston is also worth a visit and on the 8th May 2019 it will hold Flora Day which is a very popular event.

Discover the working fishing village of Cadgwith, with its thatched cottages, inn and gig house clustered around the cove. The coastal path offers stunning cliff scenery, much of it National Trust, and walks to the Lizard Village, lighthouse and the most southerly point, as well as to other well-known beauty spots, such as Kynance, Poltesco and Kennack Sands. As complete contrasts, only a matter of a few minutes’ drive away are the wild, open heathland of Goonhilly Downs, dominated by the dramatic Satellite Earth Station (open to the public) which is now a nature reserve and recognised as a site of international botanical importance. Nearby is the sheltered and peaceful Helford River, which attracts yachtsmen from all over the world and is well known for its sub-tropical gardens and secluded villages, such as Helford with its delightful riverside inn and its enchanted wooded creekside walks, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s romantic novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’. Boats can be hired by those who wish to take to the water.

The rare geology of the area creates a haven for exceptional plants and flowers. Around the coastline you’ll find little fishing ports with huge granite sea walls to protect from the Atlantic gales, restaurants specialising in freshly caught seafood, and gorgeous sandy bays with jagged black rocks jutting out in to the sea. The villages are picture book perfect with tiny thatched cottages clinging together at the ends of the valley, in coves where a small fleet of fishing boats catch fresh crab and lobster. Enjoy the pubs by the shore with folk music and traditional Cornish singing. The area is ideal for walking, cycling, sailing, bird and wild life watching, water sports, fishing or simply relaxing back at the cottage in the delightful grounds with a good book and drink. Beach 1 mile. Shop and pub 1 mile.

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  • Bungalow
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2018
    A very comfortable and cosy cottage well equipped.. Good location for a relaxed break. Beautiful garden a great asset to be enjoyed

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2018
    A very enjoyable stay at a comfortable and well equipped cottage. On arrival we were greeted by the owner and found the cottage to be well prepared and spotlessly clean. Ideally situated for exploring West Cornwall it was very cosy and met our expectations. We would be happy to stay again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2018
    Yes very enjoyable holiday. it was ideal for the things we wanted to do. the owners were very nice. and the location could not have been better . would definitely recommend it. to others.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2018
    We had a lovely peaceful week staying at Skyber Cottage we didn't want to go home. The cottage had all that we required. It was very clean. The owners, Brenda and Colin, were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Their garden was beautifully presented, which was available for our use. Overall we would highly recommend the cottage and the wonderful owners. Thanks again to Brenda and Colin for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/05/2018
    An great place. Nice and peaceful with a lovely garden. There was everything you could possibly want in a rental plus things you would not have thought of - there was plenty of cutlery and crockery but there was also a hairdryer, kitchen scales and even a sandwich toaster. The hosts were very friendly without being intrusive. One little criticism though. The huge settee in the living room was really uncomfortable. Regardless, I would definitely stay at Skyber Cottage again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; The sofa, favoured by the youngsters but perhaps too low for some to get out of has now been replaced.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2018
    The cottage was very pretty and well supplied. However, my husband and I have some disabilities, and steps within the property, as well as the lack of a dining table and chairs, together with low seating, meant that we were not at all comfortable. The shower has a high step up to it, and the dimensions were small - so that my husband (who has a 52" chest) was not able to use this at all. The photo's of the property gave the impression that the cottage had extensive gardens, and in reality, the gardens are behind the owners own home (to which the cottage is attached), and across a communal courtyard. The gardens were also terraced, and since my husband has mobility problems, we were not able to use these either. Sadly, the cottage was simply not suitable for us, although able bodied people would probably not have been adversely affected. The location was quiet and out of the way, which was fine, other than causing some problems in respect of mobile phone signal, Wi-Fi and TV reception.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; For the benefit of perspective guests the following may be of interest: Steps - Internal steps are mentioned in the property description. These are 7, 8 and 10 inches all with handrail support. Seating/Dining - The sofa is low and very soft but to counterbalance that, two upright leather armchairs are provided. All guests are offered a drop-leaf dining table and chairs in place of an armchair (offer declined). Shower - The shower cubicle is a standard 28 inch square and is suitable for the 95 percentile of population. Unless a wet room is provided, a step into the shower is unavoidable; in this case the step into the shower is 11 inches. Guests who are aware they may not fit into a standard size shower would be advised to check in advance. Courtyard - The cottage, being part of century’s old converted farm buildings, do indeed look inward to a courtyard, no mention here however of a screened-off patio with table and chairs provided such that guests can enjoy the morning to late afternoon sun with a degree of privacy. Garden - There are two ways to exit the courtyard, one adjacent to the cottage into the country lane and two adjacent to the house into the extensive landscaped gardens exceeding 1 acre, approximately 20 percent is terraced. For those less mobile there is still much to be enjoyed. Mobile Phones, TV and WI-FI - Reception for mobile phones is as stated problematic. An infrastructure problem I can do little about other than to offer gusts use of the land-line if required. There is no issue with TV reception. On responding to the guest’s complaint that the TV was not working, I found it very helpful to turn the Satellite receiver to the ON position. No further problems. As to WI-FI, the problems reported last year have been addressed and WI-FI reception is now good. The cottage facilities have not in any way been misrepresented; I would encourage anyone with mobility issues to consider the information given or ask supplementary questions before booking. All are welcome.

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9.5 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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