Spacious and colourful 1 bedroom house in magical area
Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison
About Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison
We (Toby and Claire) bought Raftra Barn & Cottage in 2015, and have spent a lot of time & energy making the properties comfortable and characterful home-from-homes for you to enjoy and unwind in. We have lived in this part of Cornwall for 25 years.... Claire running art classes and being an artist, and Toby initially running the first backpackers hotel in the area at Whitesands Lodge in Sennen, and more recently setting up a Walk & Talk counselling service. We both love the outdoors and have started to plant trees and flowering shrubs in the 4 acre field that is adjacent to the it'll be a wildlife haven in years to come.
Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison chose Saint Levan
We love this place. It is relatively isolated, yet in such a friendly neighbourhood. Out of season you can walk for miles along the coast path and visit hidden coves without seeing a soul. And in the warmer months, although the area is busier, you can still find quiet spots to spend the day, overlooking turquoise bays that make you feel like you're in the Mediterranean! With fantastic scenery, unspoilt wild places with an abundance of on land and in the with ancient sacred sites, pilgrim routes and a rich art more could we want?!
What makes this Cottage unique
Sheltered gardens trap the sun all day, and look out over a field towards the are even sometimes deer grazing here. Swallows swoop over the property all spring and summer, and skylarks fill the air with their song. We have owls at night, & badger tracks all over the place. And in the winter we have a murmuration of starlings. We are right near the crossroads of several ancient footpaths leading to wonderful hidden coves, turquoise beaches, magnificent cliffs and wild moors.
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Fabulous holiday. Recommend highly!
This was our first Homeaway holiday, and we chose well!!
Such a gorgeous place to stay. The house has a wonderfully spacious open plan living area, with bi-fold doors out onto the patio and garden with a great sea view across the field. We had lovely weather so had them open a lot.
We loved the pebble tiles in the shower room and the mixture of ethnic colours and patterns throughout, plus beautiful artwork and an eclectic choice of books to read. So much character!
Also super comfy bed, and how lovely to sit in bed in the morning watching the birds feeding in the garden.
Thoroughly recommend for a romantic holiday, a special treat or a base from which to explore the stunning coast and enjoy being out in nature.
Onsite activities: Claire offers art classes and art holidays from her studio next door, and creative life coaching. Toby offers walk and talk therapy. Yoga and massage can also be arranged.
4 beaches are within 1 mile: Porthcurno beach has RNLI life guards, car parking, toilets and beach café. Porth Chapel is quieter, with a steep path down to the beach. The remote Nanjizal beach can only be reached on foot, a 20 to 30 minute walk: steep steps lead down to the rocky beach (currently not sandy). Porthgwarra Cove has a small beach at low water, and fabulous rock pools to explore as the tide goes out.....also great for snorkelling and spear fishing.,,it has a small cafe and a toliet.
Sennen Cove is 4 or 5 minute’s drive away, over a mile of sandy beach plus lifeguards and lots of facilities.
Pedn, at Treen, is a nudist beach, 5 minute's drive to the car park at Treen then a bit of a hike along pretty coastpath and down steep cliff path.
Travel: Newquay airport 45 miles, one hour drive. Penzance railway station, 9 miles, 15 minutes drive. Car hire available at Newquay and Penzance. Public transport by bus (bus stop four minutes walk). We can often arrange pick-ups for walkers.
Distances: nearest pub one mile (The Logan Rock, Treen). Nearest shops two miles (Sennen and St Buryan). Penzance is the nearest large town, 9 miles, with a wide range of shops and facilities, St Just, small town, 6 miles, has shops, galleries, ATM....loads of pubs!! Nearest petrol station at St Buryan, or Penzance
Activities: we have miles of spectacular walking on coast paths, wild moorland and beautiful countryside (map and guidebooks available) plus the chance to see amazing wildlife from dolphins and basking sharks to rare birds and beautiful wild flowers. This year we are also being visited regularly at Raftra by a pair of red deer!!! Golf course at Cape Cornwall (seven miles). Surfing at Sennen Cove with tuition for all ages and board hire available (two miles). Scenic flights and day trips to the Scilly Isles from Land’s End airfield (four miles).