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An old stone coach-house on a 70-acre farm with half a mile of seashore. Cosy for 1 or 2 people, but can sleep 8. Offgrid, so a real change of lifestyle - it's fun living without the energy companies! Children, pets welcome. Wonderful for retreats.

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Rooms: 3 rms; 1dbl, 1 family room (2 dbls), 1 dbl in a flat
Price:

From £281

Meals: self catering
Open: Year round
Address: Windsworth, St Martin, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1NZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1503-262671
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen The Labyrinth and Old Coach House:

Review by Jini Reddy: "This is a rare and special place, infinitely more than the (generous) sum of its parts. I think Caroline definitely undersells it! I could happily have stayed for a lot longer and though I relished having the Coach House to myself – I believe a bit of solitude in nature is good for the soul - I’m already hoping to return with friends next year. It’s also great to know you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for your green principles."

Read Jini's full review of The Coach House

 

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Our Victorian stone coach house has been converted into off-grid accommodation in a splendiferous hillside location on the Cornish coast - it's accessible to you if you're a walker, cyclist or horse rider ... or of course you could just decide to do the usual thing and come by car / train / bus.

The coach house is in a beautiful and peaceful place. For most people it's going to be a change of lifestyle experience: there's no mains electricity, so kiss your cooker, microwave, fridge, telly, and hairdryer goodbye, and embrace the difference! We have solar-powered electricity (12v DC) for lighting and for the fridge/freezer and you can charge your mobile - and the hot water comes from a woodburner.

The woodburner is also a range cooker, with oven and hot plates, and its heat diffuses through the fabric of the whole house; when the weather's too warm to cook on the woodburner we also have a gas hob.

On the ground floor there's a bedroom with kingsize bed,; upstairs there's a sleeping platform with two double mattresses. There;s also a studio flat with a double bed.. We provide duvets, sheets, pillows and towels.

The two washrooms have basins and loos, and in one of them is a lovely hot shower (as long as you've had the woodburner going last night). If you've got more friends, or if the kids are too many and too wriggly to fit on the sleeping platform, you're welcome to pitch tents around the coach house.

For entertainment, it's a few simple musical instruments, some packs of cards, some ideas for games to play ... and the wonderful woodlands our turf labyrinth and Cornish coast (getting to our half-mile of beach is a kind of assault course).

Top Green Features of The Old Coach House

 
  • Off grid - no mains power

  • Solar panels, battery banks provide 12v DC only.

  • Compost loos

  • Wood burner for cooking and heating

  • Zeerpot "fridge"

 

Location

Old Coach House at Windsworth, Cornwall, UK
Nearest train station: Looe - a pretty journey down the branch line from Liskeard.

Directions from station:
From Looe station it's 3 miles' challenging walk along the South West Coast Path; full directions on request. Occasional buses get you to within 1.5 miles of us - more information on request. Or we'd be happy to meet up to 5 people at a time on arrival at Looe (or Liskeard) station by prior arrangement and for a contribution towards petrol. Taxis - see our website for some local companies.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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