Self Catering in Cornwall - Liskeard

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The Retreat
PL14 4SH

The Retreat, Liskeard, Cornwall
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Sleeps a maximum of: 2

Pricing From: £226.00 - 611.00

The cottage is able to sleep two people in one lovely double bedroom, making this an ideal romantic getaway or a self-catering alternative for one person.

Adjoining an original mill house in the peaceful Cornish village of St Keyne, this charming, stone built cottage is just three miles from Liskeard. Offering cosy, comfortable accommodation for two, this property provides a well-equipped kitchen, an open-plan living area and a pretty private patio. With so much to see and do in the surrounding area, this property is ideally located in easy driving distance of all the region's major attractions.


This was the best property my husband and I have ever stayed in and we look forward to going again. Well done to the owners for a beautiful retreat.
Mrs Smith

The owner of The Retreat was very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. It was clear a lot of thought and care had gone into furnishing and equipping the cottage which was attractive, cosy, comfortable and very easy to keep clean. The garden area was nicely private and well-laid out with separate sitting and clothes-drying areas. We found the setting pretty and very peaceful, with walks from the door to nearby villages (we loved St Keyne's Well). Liskeard was just up the road to cover all our food-shopping needs and the cottage was also in a good location for touring around Cornwall, especially with the railway halt nearby. We enjoyed our stay at The Retreat very much.
Mrs McBrien

the photographs look idyllic and the description matched the photographs BUT...... these must have been taken several years ago because they are totally unrepresentative of reality. For a start, the gardens, once carefully planted are now overgrown with weeds and brambles.....although the owner does mow the approx. 4' wide strip of grass. The steps are dark and quite dingy - there are no pretty flower baskets on the wall. While the front of the outside has clearly been given a lick of paint (its white not yellow as portrayed) the side and rear are the original flaking. the patio furniture illustrated on the photo has been replaced with rusty metal table and a couple of chairs - although there are a couple of metal tubs with evergreens. no flowers. Because the whole building is in the shadow of the old disused mill (doesn't look as in good nick as it does on the photos) the patio and inside are very dark. if you look at the photos on the website you will see all the lights are on. When we arrived the owner asked us to move our car away from the mill because there was a danger of falling don't walk too near! Once inside - everywhere is dark and on face value looks clean....a decent (if not 4 tick) place as a base. The fridge and cooker and inside cupboards are immaculately clean and there is more than enough utensils, crockery, cutlery etc. The towels are soft and fluffy but the bed linen which was laundered, is very old and has seen better days - probably better days in the 80's. It was when I closed the bedroom door that I noticed the cobwebs....and dirt on skirting boards. So I looked further, in all corners there were cobwebs, even inside the shelving unit. not just strands of fine gossamer one might expect in a rural setting....thick felt like cobwebs often still inhabited with huge 'huntsman' spiders. The bathroom was also a blast from the past as was the mildew around the tiles, the basin is cracked. As for water....a facility that one expects.....the pressure is so low you have to be patient and wait but the hot water is very limited. So much so, it ran out and I had to get my husband to boil a kettle and make up jugs of water to rinse my hair. Other surprises....a half chewed dog toy under a piece of furniture ( I pushed it back so well done if you find it!) A dirty old sock under the bed (we discarded that....sorry if it was yours) There are some pleasant experiences....families of rabbits roam freely and are very cute to watch, and the station just a short walk away is a godsend. The owner is really friendly....but don't expect to be left alone for a romantic escape. He did ask on a daily basis (sometimes more often) if everything was alright and there are signs up asking to notify problems....but I couldn't bring myself to say, you need to redecorate and clean this property I added to the visitors book and was amazed that no one eels had ever made similar comments. Our holiday was cant fail to enjoy beautiful Cornwall but the cottage is nothing as may have been some years ago. I wouldn't have booked it if it had shown accurate photographs, I was looking for a 4 or 5 tick property and this does not make the grade at all.

The cottage was very clean, well equipped and cosy. The garden was great for our 2 dogs as it was secure.
Mrs Sandell

Had such a lovely time, will definitely be back.
Miss Lynch

Services / Facilities:

Full solid fuel central heating throughout Spring, Autumn & Winter. Towel rail heater in bathroom. LPG heater & electric heaters available if required. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, colour TV with Freeview, video, DVD. All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot & highchair on request. Off road parking for 1 car. Enclosed garden area for dogs. Private patio with furniture & BBQ. 2 well behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop/post office & pub 3 miles (Liskeard or Duloe). Note: Babes in arms only. Note: Property accessed via 4 descending steps, with handrail.

Changeover Day


Double Beds: 1

Further Amenities:
Linen provided
Towels provided
Washing Machine
High Chair

Approximate Location

Map is approximate and should only be used to get a rough idea of the cottage location.

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Duloe Stone Circle - 1.8 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Duloe Holy Well (St Cuby's Well) - 1.9 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Duloe, St Cuby's Church - 2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Porfell Wildlife Park - 4.7 miles (Family Attraction) Heritage Rating

Looe, St Nicholas Church - 4.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Looe Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol - 4.7 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

King Doniert's Stone - 5 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Trethevy Quoit - 5.1 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Golitha Falls - 5.1 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Looe Bay - 5.3 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Nearest Alternative Cottages

Details of facilities are believed correct at time of publication, but may be subject to change by the cottage proprietor. Up-to-the-minute facility listings will be always presented during the booking process for your approval.

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