AD Presstrip – We were invited to stay at Trecan Farm Cottages for the purpose of this review
Review Trecan Farm Cottages. We have just got back from a wonderful week in Cornwall with Trecan Farm Cottages. The boys and I had the best time getting up to all sorts of different activities including visiting National Trust properties, walking around a Castle, rock pooling, crabbing and shrimping, sea fishing, swimming in the sea and bodyboarding. Never short of something to do regardless of the weather and central to all that was our wonderful home away from home cottage – The Oaks.
Trecan Farm Cottages is based in Lanreath, Looe which is in South East Cornwall. Located down a single track road in the middle of the countryside. Trecan Farm Cottages is a collection of six cottages sleeping from between four to five (+ cot) people. The owners also live on-site with their family and are on hand should you need anything.
Our Accommodation – The Oaks
The boys and I stayed in The Oaks. Which is a beautiful flint and brick build barn conversation that has been lovingly renovated to a very high standard. It definitely lived up to expectations. Sleeping four with two bedrooms and two bathrooms the cottage is suitable for young children and we found it extremely comfortable meeting all our needs.
Located a little way away from the rest of the cottages there is ample parking outside for two cars. The cottage is surrounded by a patio and fields. One one side we had cows, the other sheep and the Shetland ponies field is right next to the parking space. Fudge and Grace would often come and say hello when we returned from our adventures. In the garden, there is also a decked seating area overlooking a small pond area. There is seating outside both in the front and in the back so that you can make the most of the sun and dine alfesco. I was also impressed to see a small charcoal BBQ (with charcoal supplied) and many planted pots adding colour around the building.
Inside the cottage
Opening the front door you are presented with an L shaped corridor with the living area straight ahead and the bedrooms and bathrooms off to the right. The kitchen is large with all the appliances you could need and a dining area. There is even a small utility room off to the side to allow for washing and drying of beach stuff. We ate in every night of our stay and there was nothing missing. I was impressed to find that when we arrived there was a full dishwasher of crockery and cutlery. Giving you peace of mind that these items had been washed. There was a box with lots of dishwasher tablets under the sink so we could wash other things easily if we wanted.
Also in the fridge, there was clotted cream, jam and milk. The milk comes from the farm and you can fill up your bottle daily for 70p for 500ml. There were also scones so we could have our own cream tea, plus some fresh flowers from the gardens. It is these
The Living Area
Next to the kitchen is the lounge a huge square room with a large TV (much to the boys delight) and a beautiful log burner. Although we did not need it during our stay it was already laid with a basket of wood. You can buy additional logs which are readily available from the wood store near the games room. The room has windows on four sides and looks out onto the garden and surrounding fields. It is extremely peaceful and quiet. Perfect for some downtime. However, we all know holidaying with kids that doesn’t really happen. the TV had Netflix and the cottage has its own wifi hub. There is no 4G signal so make sure you have wifi enabled calling set up on your phone or use whatsapp. We used zoom each night and had no problems with it.
The bedrooms and bathrooms
The boy’s bedroom was set up a twin, it also had a TV and plenty of storage including a wardrobe and a large chest of draws. They were excited by the ensuite which had a double shower. The rain shower was a big hit with all of us. The master is double aspect running across the end of the barn, it is a bright large room which has beautiful white and blue floor-length curtains and a very comfy bed. The ensuite has a spa shower and a large freestanding bath. It is so useful to have a bath when holidaying with kids. The cottage really did surpass my expectations.
Facilities at Trecan Farm Cottages
As we visited during a pandemic there had been special measures put in place to ensure all guests safety. and to give us all reassurance. There is a lot of the kids to get up to and a lot of thought has gone into everything. I think this is because your hosts also have a young family so they get it!
There is a games room which includes a pool table and table tennis. Only one family can use the space at a time in the current environment. We had no problems using it when we wanted to and all the cottages were occupied when we visited. There is also a full-sized tennis court. Tennis rackets, balls, paddles and ping pong balls are located in each cottage. So that only you use them during your stay.
At the back, there is a children’s play area with a sunken trampoline (which was a huge hit), slide, swings and a blackboard. The boys enjoyed bouncing on it each morning when we went to feed the farm animals. This was one of the highlights for Monkey in particular since he fell in love with the Shetland ponies. Each morning (other than Tuesday and Thursdays) you can help feed chickens, let the ducks out, feed the goats, have a cuddle with Poppy the rabbit. And brush and walk to their field the ponies.
On the last night of our stay, our hosts put on a campfire so the kids could toast marshmallows and make smores. They are also in the process of getting a film licence and so will be able to put on an outside cinema for guests in the very near future.
Location of Trecan Farm Cottages
I found the location perfect for exploring the area with a number of attractions close by. As well as numerous beaches. We visited Looe for a fishing trip which was about twenty minutes away by car. The Eden Project is around twenty-five minutes away and Fowey, if you take the car ferry across, is also about the same. This is a beautiful fishing village and a great place to crab and shrimp. When we visited the weather was changeable so we needed to think about our activities. If you like National Trust properties then Lanhydock is your closest again only about twenty minutes by car. It boasts a lovely mansion and formal garden as well as numerous cycle paths. Plus the boys could take their scooters.
We made the most of our National Trust passes by visiting Saint Micheal’s Mount one day. Although this is over an hour away it is more than doable. If you have English Heritage passes then Tintagel is about an hour North and there is also Pendennis Fort which is in Falmouth. We didn’t go to Tintagel as with a four-year-old that doesn’t listen I felt it was too much of a risk. However, we did find Pendennis interesting and Falmouth boasts three different beaches good for rock pooling.
Conclusion – Review Trecan Farm Cottages
We had a wonderful stay with Kirsty and Dan at Trecan Farm Cottages and would highly recommend a visit. What stands them apart from other places we have stayed is that they really want you to have a good time. And they do everything in their power to make it happen. It is the little things that matter such as the cream tea, fresh flowers, animal feeding and smores and it is these things that make a holiday. I am sure we will be back we all loved it so much.
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