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Cornwall Self Catering cottage, The Retreat, Liskeard, sleeps 2

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The Retreat
PL14 4SH

The Retreat, Liskeard, Cornwall

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Sykes Cottages
Telephone Sykes Cottages booking line   01244 352 197

Sleeps a maximum of: 2

Pricing From: £243.00

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.


Disappointed is an understatement.
Although we had planned to take our two dogs with us, a few days before we decided to book them into the kennels, thank goodness we did. We arrived late Saturday afternoon and Mr Corin showed us around, there was a definite smell of damp and grease, a lump of which he pointed out to us on the front of the cooker complete with dog hairs, two apparently broken knobs were missing but he did give us new replacements on Monday. The towels and bed linen were the oldest I've ever seen and smelt which I at first put down to possibly cheap washing powder. My husband who was asthmatic decades ago developed a tight chest the first evening which we put down to damp. The rusted towel rail did not ever come on and when my husband told Mr Corin he insisted it was on 10 hours daily. I sat up most of the Monday night as I couldn't stand the smell of the pillows any longer. Reading the Guest Book I discovered that holidaymakers at the end of April 2017 had taken two cats - who knew people took cats on their holidays! My husband is allergic to cats. So Tuesday we both admitted we couldn't stay there another night and found alternative accommodation in a guest house (thank goodness we didn't have the dogs with us or we'd have had to go home.) I'm still washing clothes and jackets as everything we took into that cottage stinks and we'll be throwing our bags away. Although I emailed Sykes Cottages the next day they still haven't acknowledged or replied to me.
Jane W

Great location and genuinely dog friendly
Actual dog friendly place. small enclosed garden. tiled floors in lounge, owner very relaxed and actually owns dogs. Location is good for south and north coast. close to trainline.

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 approximately 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 yellow....now 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 tiles....so 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 properly....so I added to the visitors book and was amazed that no one eels had ever made similar comments. Our holiday was wonderful....you cant fail to enjoy beautiful Cornwall but the cottage is nothing as described...it 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.
Karen B



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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

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