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Review of Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall

Posted by Lucy Symons at 10:23 on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Lucy Symons walks along the South West coast path to a refulgent little oasis close to the blue flag beach at Porthtowan.

Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: Lucy SymonsRosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: Lucy Symons

The Setting
Just off the South West coastal path in the tiny seaside village of Porthtowan you will find a secluded valley where broadleaf deciduous trees (and all the wild life that goes along with that) thrive – usually awash with scrubland, this makes this tiny part of Cornwall seem almost lush and like a tropical hideaway. The lodges are all nestled in this verdant corner, each one almost enclosed in the foliage which thrives next to the stream, redirected just so it could trickle musically through the centre of the grounds.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Rosehill Lodges

>> See also our Greentraveller Guide to Cornwall

Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: RosehillRosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: Rosehill

The Rooms
The lodges were designed by owner, John, and locally made by a passionate builder he trusted. They are high ceilinged and lofty, 5 * yet totally sustainable and as green as the setting. Tthere are six 2 bed and four 3 bed lodges, each arranged over one floor and each has a fully equipped kitchen and living room with wood burning stove, an en suite for the master bedroom and a second family bathroom. Each has a decked area with a glass roof (to better see the dark skies and stars at night) and a hot tub, a picnic table and an outdoor seating area.

Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: RosehillRosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: Rosehill

The Food
Local seafood and Cornish goodies can be delivered to your lodge by the Cornish Food Market Cornish or hire chef, Ben Quinn for a "catch and cook" fishing trip. Alternatively, Ben will be happy to cook for you in your lodge  If you find yourself in the Blue Bar on the beach, overlooking the Atlantic, you may well see the local fisherman delivering his daily catch. Why not snuggle up with an amazing romantic sunset as the background and partake of the delicious local food here. Open seven days a week for breakfast lunch and dinner. Rodda's clotted creamery is in the next village and, as a Cornish Cream tea is traditional, it would be churlish not to have one whilst  on holiday, surely. Rodda's can be purchased from the local village store in Porthtowan. And, I have it on good authority that the cream goes on top of the jam. Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: RosehillRosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: Rosehill

The Activities
Rosehill knows you might be considering surfing the Atlantic Coast from their blue flag beach and bringing your wetsuit back to rinse off so they have added outdoor, heated drench showers to every lodge. Cycle hire is available from The Bike Barn and the ‘Coast to Coast’ bicycle path is a short pedal from Rosehill and goes from Portreath all the way to Devoran on the East coast of Cornwall through some truly stunning countryside. The Camel Trail is a dedicated cycle and walking route on an old railways line, so, very safe for all the family. You could also stride out along the South West coast path travelling for miles in either direction and feast your eyes on the stunning views and test thighs on some pretty strenuous climbs. (Sally's Bottom might just sort the men from the boys...)

South West Coast Path photo: Lucy SymonsSouth West Coast Path photo: Lucy Symons

The Green
Locally made, the lodges are things of beauty with their larch cladding and hobbity grass roof. The local larch was processed at a Truro sawmill, and with bamboo on the floor, the lodges are highly insulated and cosy. There are solar panels to boost the hot water immersion heaters and the wood burners are fed with sustainable Cornish fuel. As much as possible, everything is recycled or upcycled and anything that can be purchased locally is. There is recycling on site and the staff are all local. Insect/beetle havens and bird boxes have been constructed. Multi award winning and recognized as both 5 star and sustainable, Rosehill are Ambassador Members of COAST, the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project. John is very involved in the local community and was instrumental in creating the Porthtowan Beach Association to enable the local sea front to maintain its Blue Flag status. John was also fascinating on the subject of his hot tubs… they are cleaned and completely refilled after every guest, “But,” explained John, “we must consider human sustainability as well as the ecological definition of the term – if you work in a stressful job and spend a few evenings of your holiday relaxing in the hot tub with a glass of wine, then your life is more sustainable.” Ah yes! I thought, what a fabulous point! Fire up that hot tub and pass me that glass of fizz…

Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: RosehillRosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: Rosehill

How to get there by Public Transport
Redruth is the closest mainline station with access to Penzance to the west and London via Truro to the east. Take the 315 bus from the station to Porthtowan beach.

Top Tip
A perfect spot for young families – Rosehill now offers a Baby Box, supplying all the necessities for a holiday away with your newest family member without the hassle of having to drag everything with you. And they’ve thought of everything from sterilizer to nappy bin and baby bath.

A refulgent little oasis close to the beach, Rosehill is restful and luxurious in equal measure. Enjoy the best that Cornwall has to offer whilst knowing that you are staying in one of the top 2% of the greenest businesses in the UK or so says the Director of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. And don’t forget the hot tub is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: RosehillRosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England photo: Rosehill

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Rosehill Lodges

>> See also our Greentraveller Guide to Cornwall

Posted by Lucy Symons.

Disclosure: Lucy Symons was hosted by Rosehill Lodges. She has full editorial control of the review, which is written in her own words based on her experience of visiting the accommodation. All opinions are the author’s own.


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