Converted Barn in St Levan, Nr. Porthcurno, Cornwall, England - Quiet Location, Just Over 1 Mile To Porthcurno Beach
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About Jonathan Lovett
We bought Kernyk in 1998 as an unconverted barn and converted it to a delightful holiday cottage which our family and friends have used ever since. In preparation for letting the property to guests, we have re-decorated, replaced much of the furniture, curtains, tableware and cutlery and purchased new cotton bed linen and towels. We live in East Sussex, quite a distance from Cornwall, but have engaged a local company to manage the property on our behalf and to respond to any issues that may arise.
Jonathan Lovett purchased this Cottage in 1998
Why Jonathan Lovett chose Saint Levan
Cornwall is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Britain and we had many holidays there prior to buying and converting Kernyk. It is quite a journey to get there but once there, it is delightful place to be. We've never seen Portcurno beach full even during the peak summer period but it can get busy. But other beaches such as Porth Chapel and Nanjeezal are never full and there are so many beautiful places to visit by car or by foot that one can always find somewhere peaceful to be.
What makes this Cottage unique
Peaceful, near one of the best beaches in the UK, clean air
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We stayed in this place for 4 nights with dog. It was perfect for us. Well equipped and clean in a very homely quiet village. I will definitely recommended.
Thank you for nice time.
Arrived to a cosy cottage, on a cold day. The heating had been put on for us, so we were happy people. Milk and biscuits provided as well as fuel for the kitchen log burner. Good quality bed linen and towels. We had a lovely few days.
Great cottage. Much more spacious than you would think. It’s in a quiet location but the The minack Theatre is just a 5 minute drive and beautiful sennen Cove is just 10-15 min drive away. I would highly recommend staying here.
Nice, warm and cosy cottage.
I did enjoy my stay in St Levan, nice peoples around and neighbours too. Quiet,peaceful surroundings and environment. Visited Lands End and surroundings villages up to Penzance also had a trip by boat down the coastline which was fantastic. will come back again.
Weekend away from the hustle & bustle of life, blissfully quiet, cosy and warm. Ideally located for the Coast path, and other walks of interest. Lovely to come back to cottage to relax. Perfect garden for our dogs too!
Thank you Jonathan.
Cottage Not As Pictured (In Poor State with damp fugus growing on doors and rotten window surrounds).
1 Duvet Between 3 ( Myself My Wife and My Son.
Damp Smell To Soft Furnishing ( Made our Clothes Smell)
No Kindle Wood Left as described ( Purchased ourselves and left for next Winter guests).
Damp Patches on Bedroom Ceiling.
All of the above made for an uncomfortable stay over Christmas 2018.
Pictures sent to the Owner of everything mentioned in this review.
I’m very sorry that Mr Bennett was unhappy with the state of the cottage. We take all feedback seriously and especially any complaints.
I've discussed these complaints with the housekeepers and we have concluded that some, but not all, of them are justified:
- A couple of dishes were indeed not adequately cleaned by a previous guest and this was unfortunately missed by the housekeeper.
- The housekeeper also did not notice that the kindling for the fire had been used up and needed to be replaced. However the radiators had been turned on in advance of Mr Bennett's arrival and the cottage was warm even without the woodstove.
- Bed linen and duvets were provided for all the beds. The main bed in the upstairs bedroom was made up and the sheets and duvet for the sofabed were in the drawers and cupboard in the cottage. Mr Bennett is the only guest we have had in five years who was unable to find them.
- Cornwall in winter is a damp place, and late 2018 was relatively warm and lichens and fungi grow very quickly in such conditions on external walls and woodwork even when regularly cleaned. There is no damp or fungus or anything like that inside the cottage. The window surrounds are not rotten.
- The soft furnishings had been professionally cleaned in October (i.e. 2 months before Mr Bennett's stay) and I had them checked after this complaint - they are neither damp nor musty.
- There is a small stain on the bedroom ceiling. It appears to have been caused either by condensation or by a guest splashing something. It will be painted over as part of the annual spring clean/tidy early in 2019.
We try to provide excellence and we mostly succeed as evidenced by the feedback from all our other guests. On the rare occasions when something has not been right, guests have contacted us and we were able to sort things out quickly. All guests are given contact phone numbers for myself and for the local property management company who look after the cottage and do the housekeeping. The management company provides a 24 hour, 7 days per week call out service and Mr Bennett's concerns would have been addressed within a couple of hours at most had we known about them.
We are mystified and disappointed that Mr Bennett decided to keep his concerns to himself until after his stay rather than have them addressed while he was there.
Just over a mile, or 20 minutes walk, from Porthcurno Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. Other nearby beaches include Portchapel (2 miles), Nanjizal (2 miles) and Sennen Cove (3 miles). Sennen Cove faces west to the Atlantic and is renowned for surfing. All of these beaches have golden sands. Pednvounder, a short coastal walk from Porthcurno, and Porth Kidney at Lelant, near St Ives, are both clothing-optional beaches.
The nearest airport is Newquay (41 miles away), rail access would be to Penzance (8 miles away) and then a taxi or bus ride.
A car is recommended. The nearest shops are in Sennen and St Buryan (both approx 3 miles) and there is a pub in Porthcurno. Taxis and infrequent buses are available.
There are four supermarkets and the full high-street range of shops in Penzance as well as restaurants. There are other restaurants and pubs serving food at Treen, Sennen and St Just. Further afield there are many gourmet restaurants in St Ives.