Joy
Sat 26th May 2012
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really quiet and lovely surroundings

lovely everything, nice owner, plenty of space, and great simple decor. It is all very new and fresh. If you are really tall the sitting room ceiling is a bit low but rest of flat has super high ceilings. Great town if you just want a retreat and like antiques. Some nice restaurants in centre and train is £5 to go to next big place. If you have a car even better eden and castle near by

StuInSutton
Mon 29th July 2013
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Brilliant property in a great location

Had a week staying at Willow Cottage with my wife and two children (4 years and 4 months). Would definitely recommend it as a fantastic place to stay. The cottage was immaculate on arrival. It looks as if it has been recently refurbed and all has been done to a really nice standard. The house manages to blend traditional style with some contemporary finish and works really well. The lounge is a good size with a nice dining area and a small but adequate kitchen, The bathroom is downstairs which might put some people off but don't let it. The two bedrooms upstairs are really nicely finished with immaculate bedding and comfortable beds. There is a small courtyard garden so not really anywhere for kids to run around outside but we were out every day so not a problem for us. Parking is an issue. But not a big one. The house is at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac and you will probably need to park round the corner in the community centre car park. It is only a five minute walk away so don't panic. Just make sure you can reverse your car. Lostwithiel itself is lovely. Not a huge amount to do but a few nice shops to have a browse round and places to eat and drink. Don't bother with the chip shop, was not impressed. The Co-Op in the village is open long hours and well stocked. DejaVu antiques in the village is well worth a look if you are looking for some quirky things. Beware if you want to get breakfast in the village. Only the florist/coffee shop opens before 10. Mind you, the bacon rolls in there are very good. If you want somewhere to stay, a little off the main tourist trap which is good value for money, book Willow Cottage now :)

Jben40
Mon 22nd September 2014
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A pretty cottage and well located for local attractions, but some downsides

We chose to stay in this cottage in August as we had a family event nearby and wanted to tag on some tourist visits to Eden and Heligan. The cottage is decorated in a modern style, with simple decor. The downstairs living space was good and well laid out and the kitchen was nicely done with really good equipment levels and the bathroom was spacious, clean and new. The courtyard was sunny and private. An unexpected bonus was the fast BT broadband enabling a good wifi connection. It is located within an easy drive of main local attractions - we would particularly recommend visiting Lanhydrock and Heligan, but did not enjoy Eden. Lostwithiel itself is attractive in the main, with a quirky street full of junk/antique shops (mostly junk!). A good Co-op provides for core groceries and a cashpoint, but the local butchers, bakers and deli are well worth patronising - particularly Lidgate the butcher. The downside of the cottage - and it was a pretty big one - was the parking. You have to reverse to parallel park in an extremely narrow street which is difficult and the neighbours (particularly in the house at the very end of the street facing along the street) don't seem terribly keen on visitors using "their" road. They actually tried to stop us from parking in the street one evening! We found this rude in the extreme considering we were temporary residents and despite the fact that we spent a considerable amount of money in the village shops, pub and on the cottage itself - an economics lesson needed on how tourism brings in income?! The alternative was to leave the car in the Community Centre car park, 5 minutes walk around the corner but as it was not overlooked at night I was nervous of the security risk. Also when there is a event on at the Centre, it seems to become a free for all, with no regard for parking in the spaces, so we were blocked in at one point for a couple of hours and no-one seemed to be bothered. The other downside of the cottage was the overwhelming smell of damp, particularly coming from the understairs cupboard and permeating the whole cottage. Luckily the weather was warm enough for us to have windows and the door open to mitigate this, but I had to wash all our coats when we got home to remove the smell. Such as shame as this could really be a lovely place and the owner has made a great effort to refurbish the cottage in a modern and comfortable style. Alas the parking, and the damp smell, combined with quite possibly the least comfortable sofas I have ever sat on, would stop us returning. We will, however, stop in Lostwithiel again when we are passing - the butcher is well worth a detour for the best pork sausages and racks of lamb I have come across in a long while.

StuInSutton
Mon 29th July 2013
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Brilliant property in a great location

Had a week staying at Willow Cottage with my wife and two children (4 years and 4 months). Would definitely recommend it as a fantastic place to stay. The cottage was immaculate on arrival. It looks as if it has been recently refurbed and all has been done to a really nice standard. The house manages to blend traditional style with some contemporary finish and works really well. The lounge is a good size with a nice dining area and a small but adequate kitchen, The bathroom is downstairs which might put some people off but don't let it. The two bedrooms upstairs are really nicely finished with immaculate bedding and comfortable beds. There is a small courtyard garden so not really anywhere for kids to run around outside but we were out every day so not a problem for us. Parking is an issue. But not a big one. The house is at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac and you will probably need to park round the corner in the community centre car park. It is only a five minute walk away so don't panic. Just make sure you can reverse your car. Lostwithiel itself is lovely. Not a huge amount to do but a few nice shops to have a browse round and places to eat and drink. Don't bother with the chip shop, was not impressed. The Co-Op in the village is open long hours and well stocked. DejaVu antiques in the village is well worth a look if you are looking for some quirky things. Beware if you want to get breakfast in the village. Only the florist/coffee shop opens before 10. Mind you, the bacon rolls in there are very good. If you want somewhere to stay, a little off the main tourist trap which is good value for money, book Willow Cottage now :)

Mr_Bays
Sat 20th December 2014
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Great cottage. Lovely few days. Nice people to deal with. Will definitely come again

A last minute booking but the owners were very helpful and very pleasant to deal with (which often reflects on how good a property will be in my experience). We found the cottage amazingly clean and crisp. I used to work in the cleaning sector and so I'm very fussy but this really was exceptionally good. A major, but lovely and sympathetic refurbishment had obviously been undertaken to get the accommodation to this level. The heating had been switched on prior to our arrival to warm the cottage, and a large basket of logs, kindling and firelighters were stacked up for us and ready to go. Very impressive service and I rate service as a most important factor. All facilities were very good. Tons of hot water and heating and pleasantly surprised to find a good washing machine and dishwasher, and though we didn't need them it's good to know they're there if we venture back (and we certainly plan to). The location was amazingly quiet too which was something we're not used to but which we enjoyed greatly. We were also impressed by the quality of the bedding. We found parking spots close by every time we came back from trips, though out of politeness to the locals I tend to vary where I park each time due to having experience of people parking outside of my own house. The natives were friendly and the town was lovely. A good jumping off point for visiting other places, walking, etc. I could have spent a day in the town quite easily if I hadn't been scowled at by my friend and ordered to drive her around. In short.... an excellent property, very well managed and a joy to stay at. We would definitely return.

Mad8695
Sun 8th March 2015
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Super Cottage in Cornwall

We have just had a short break with our daughter and family in this lovely cottage! Very well equipped and nicely furnished with use of the heating plus a basket of logs included in the rental. It was extremely quiet and peaceful with no noise at all. The cottage is situated at the end of a narrow one way street. Slightly challenging on the parking front but nothing that couldn't be solved! The cottage is ideally situated for visiting various attractions in Cornwall - we chose two - The Eden Project and Fowey. Both lived up to expectations. We would definitely choose to stay here on another occasion!