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Review of Little Goonreeve, Truro, Cornwall

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Posted by Chloe Stickland at 03:34 on Thursday 25 April 2013

A lovely family-run farm since the 1950’s, Little Goonreeve nestles equidistant from the Cathedral city of Truro and coastal town of Falmouth, on the Mylor peninsular, offering 2 self-catering converted barns, immersed in the heart of farm life.

The Setting
To get to Little Goonreeve, you’ll need to take the little turning off the A39, the main Truro to Falmouth road running alongside Restronguet creek, blink and you’ll miss it. The track winds up through dense, moss covered trees and suddenly there’s a little wooden sign pointing you to the farm, a stone’s throw from the beautiful Enys bluebell woodlands.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Little Goonreeve.

Little Goonreeve Granite barn Photo:  Chloe ImagesLittle Goonreeve Granite barn Photo: Chloe Images

Bear and books Little Goonreeve Photo:  Chloe ImagesBear and books Little Goonreeve Photo: Chloe ImagesThe Accommodation
Surrounded by 20 acres of farmland, this tranquil small-holding offers two cosy but polished self-catering cottages. The Granite Barn, a cleverly designed upside-down 2 storey farm building, comfortably accommodates 6. Downstairs you’ll find the 3 double bedrooms, including a large master with ensuite and a generous family bathroom. 

Upstairs, the double-height open-plan living area takes advantage of the farmland views.Fleur has thoughtfully considered younger guests leaving out a trunk of toys and books, including a collection of secondhand Beatrix Potter classics picked up from flea markets, Cornish story books such as The Mousehole Cat, and some family owned wooden boats, adding some nostalgia to the overall modern feel. The restorative details such as the beautiful slate worktops and the quirky Mason jar lighting above the dining room table lend a personal creative touch from James.   

The Old Farm Cottage, a delightful old single-storey farm building which has been beautifully restored using traditional Cornish materials sleeps up to 4. There are two separate bedrooms, 1 is a large double with room for a travel cot and the second has bunks.

Mason Jar Lights at the Granite Barn, Little Goonreeve Photo:  Chloe ImagesMason Jar Lights at the Granite Barn, Little Goonreeve Photo: Chloe ImagesThis is a cosy retreat with a log burner plus complimentary logs, (with the unusually cold easterly wind blowing in from Russia, our logs were even warmed up in the owner’s aga to ensure they burnt well) and a large open-plan living/dining area where you can watch the mini horses frolic from the French windows, without even stepping outside. When you do venture out, the cottage comes with its own little garden and a decked terrace for Summer al fresco drinks.

The Food
The cottages are self-catering, but a pack of Cornish goodies is a welcome treat after a long journey and seasonal home-grown produce is provided by the farm, including eggs from their free-range chickens, beef, and pork from their small herd, organic veg and honey are all offered, subject to availability of course. And if it happens to be your birthday, you might even get a freshly baked cake, if you’re lucky.


Little Goonreeve dining room, Photo:  Chloe ImagesLittle Goonreeve dining room, Photo: Chloe ImagesFeeding piggies at Little Goonreeve Photo:  Chloe ImagesFeeding piggies at Little Goonreeve Photo: Chloe ImagesThe Activities

Down on the farm, get muddy and join in with a wealth of organic animal activities from bottle-feeding the insanely cute Jersey calves, rubbing the pig’s belly, feeding hay to the horses, collecting eggs from the free range hens or visiting the honeybees in their hives. There are acres and acres of pastureland in which to explore the local wildlife.

Wandering beyond the farm, take a walk round the nearby idyllic creek-side village of Devoran. Have a go at dingy sailing lessons at the Mylor Sailing School or hire a kayak and paddle to the local, the ancient Pandora Inn where you can sit at the water’s edge sipping real ale from the St Austell Brewery. Beaches and creeks are a plenty here and a short ferry ride to the Roseland Peninsular, will take you to the very pretty 13th century St Just in Roseland Church set in tropical gardens where the tombstones are practically tumbling into the creek.

Woodburning stove at Little Goonreeve Photo:  Chloe ImagesWoodburning stove at Little Goonreeve Photo: Chloe ImagesThe Green
When they first opened in 2012 and keen for a sustainable set up, James was initially suspicious of the holiday cottage trend for obtaining green credentials without proper research, this steady learning has paid off and his enthusiasm and groundwork for getting it right has made this venture work. The cottages have been renovated using sustainable materials, they have solar water heaters, are super insulated and furnished with recycled elements. Composting and recycling facilities are in action and environmentally friendly cleaning products are used. The owner’s coal burning Aga has been exchanged for a carbon neutral wood burning Rayburn and the supply of logs for all the cottages are sourced on their own land as much as possible. The farm also has its own well.

Pony feeding at Little Gonreeve Photo: Chloe ImagesPony feeding at Little Gonreeve Photo: Chloe ImagesHow to get there by public transport
Just 5 miles from Truro and Falmouth, James will be happy to pick up and drop off from the train and bus stations.

Top Tip
Bailey’s Country Store selling delicious Cornish produce, allow you to pre-order your organic veg and provisions for your stay at the farm. Also bagging yourself some tasty sausages from the farm’s own herd is highly recommended.

Verdict
A mixture of Swallows and Amazons and Cold Comfort Farm, Little Goonreeve is full of organic mucky charm, James and Fleur are both accomplished farmers and welcoming hosts, inviting their guests to experience a slice of their busy but peaceful farm life, absorbing as little or as much as you like. Sublimely situated in a rural setting not far from the sea.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Little Goonreeve.

Calf cuteness at Little Goonreeve Photo:  Chloe ImagesCalf cuteness at Little Goonreeve Photo: Chloe Images

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