16 Brunel Quays was our base for four weeks in October.My husband is registered blind and we are both in our 70s. Our children and grandchildren came to stay for varying lengths of time and there is ample accommodation for 7. We found the connection with Brunel interesting, and the conversion very well done. We did not need to drive anywhere as all the amenities were so close. We even walked up to the castle although the final hill was steep. Lostwithiel is an interesting town, most of the shops are privately owned and sell superb local produce. The washing machine was great but the dryer was not very good.
A modern spacious yet historical terraced conversion of one of Brunel's carriage sheds. As a group of elderly tourist's who wanted a base to explore all that this area of Cornwall has to offer then this property excelled. With milk, tea, coffee and biscuits awaiting our arrival to all mod appliances to hand and comfy beds for a good nights sleep we all enjoyed a welcome break. Within walking distance there are a variety of shops and pubs, all with very friendly staff, and we can recommend the food at the Royal Talbot, complete with real ale and a jazz band, when we dined. The adjacent railway is not intrusive, if anything more of a novelty with the length of the China Clay trains and hardly audible, but then we are all over 60! All in all we would recommend Brunel Quays and we look forward to re-visiting.
Everything about the holiday accommodation was excellent. The only downside was the noise from the train station close by. The last train was at 11.30 pm and was very loud in the bedroom accommodation. The first train in the morning was 6/6.30 am and you don't really want to be woken at 6.30 on your holiday. That was the only time you noticed the noise of the train was late at night and early morning. Quite annoying and spoilt an otherwise excellent property. Plus we did ask about the trains before we rented the accommodation and were told that the noise would be minimal.
When we arrived at the property we were amazed at the size ... The photographs on the website do not really give a good indication of just how large the property is. It was a lovely touch to have tea, coffee, biscuits and milk waiting for us after a long journey. The cottage has everything needed for a lovely relaxing holiday and would be plenty big enough for seven people .. there were 3 adults in our party. The property is the only holiday cottage amongst residential homes, the neighbours are all very welcoming and friendly - one of our neighbours loaned us a spare parasol (the only thing missing in quite an extensive inventory in the cottage) when the weather was very hot as they were concerned we were not able to sit outside. The small courtyard garden at the back is a sun trap and a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine and a book and watch the occasional boat pass by. We travelled down by car but have only used our car once as the train service is excellent and very good value for money - the trains are very reliable and we have travelled somewhere every day. We did not really notice the sound of the trains much during our stay and the village is beautiful.
excellent experience for a week,s holiday.everything needed was provided for our stay.i loved the location,the local history of the area,local shopping was adequate.the best i enjoyed was the rail station for travel.i think the local bus service could be improved.
The lady was there to meet us and showed us around the cottage and explained where the shops and pubs where . There was tea coffee milk and biscuits there, so we could have a break before we unloaded the car .the cottage was very comfortable and it was nice to sit on the patio by the river , The location was perfect for the places we wanted to visit. The railway was close by if you didn't want to drive.