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Seven superb holiday cottages set in the Cornish countryside with fabulous facilities including indoor heated swimming pool. Ideally located for all Cornwall's attractions including beaches and gardens. Perfect for families and couples.

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Rooms: 7 cottages: 2 x 1 dbl, 2 twin; 4 x 1 dbl,1 twin; 1 dbl

from £238

Meals: Nearest good pub food, 2 miles.
Open: year around except January.
Address: Higher Menadew Farm Cottages, Higher Menadew, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8QW

Why we've chosen Higher Menadew Farm Cottages

These stylish, 4 & 5 * self catering country cottages are exceedingly comfortable, welcoming and superbly equipped for an enjoyable, memorable and effortless holiday at any time of year. Higher Menadew Farm is perfectly located in the Cornish countryside, just to the north of St Austell Bay, and is part of the peaceful hamlet of Higher Menadew. All of Cornwall’s fabulous attractions are easily accessible from the holiday cottages. Both the stunning north and south coasts with beautiful beaches and truly magnificent coastal scenery; picturesque fishing villages such as Charlestown, Fowey, Mevagissey and Padstow; Bodmin Moor; the cathedral city of Truro; excellent restaurants; and, numerous glorious gardens (including the Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Lanhydrock) can all be simply reached.

Or enjoy the on-site facilities including fabulous indoor heated swimming pool, games room, outdoor play area, animals, and free wifi broadband internet in every cottage.

Couples enjoy the comfort and tranquility that our self catering country cottages provide; parents and families appreciate how child friendly we are.

How do you reduce your draw on energy:
All our cottages have double glazing, draft proofing and are insulated. We try to minimise the consumption of our indoor heated pool by using 9.8kW of PV and capture the heat during the dehumification process and return that to the pool. The pool itself and the building it is in are well insulated and we cover the pool at night. We use all low energy lighting and increasingly use led lights. Our appliances are A rated where possible. We use combi boliers that are all serviced annually. All radiators have thermostats and we monitor our energy usage.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
We have recycling for guests (separating glass, paper, plastic (bottles only in Cornwall), card and aluminium). We have Green Johanna composters for food waste and each cottage has a food waste container. All lawn mowings are either, and mainly, fed to our livestock or composted on site. We provide eco-friendly washing-up liquid, kitchen cleaner and bathroom cleaner (all in refillable containers). We have various notices explaining the benefits of recycling. We have a paperless online booking system.

How you reduce your consumption of water:
We have flow restrictors on showers and basin taps. Cisterns are small and/or use water savers and we are moving to dual flush as we refurbish cottages. We have 5 water butts. We use environmentally cleaning products and washing powder (from Green My Business). We provide guests with environmentally friendly cleaning products and washing balls. Our gardens do not require watering as we have moved to drought resistant planting. We regularly monitor our water consumption.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
We provide a cream tea on arrival made with local cream, scones and jam. Tea, coffee and sugar is fairtrade. Every booking confirmation, all done by email, has a link to Food4myhodiday a local Cornish company that delivers to the cottages focussing on supplying local products.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
The lack of close public transport is an issue. Our website provides links to public transport options but realistically most people arrive by car. However, we do provide many suggestions of relatively car free days when guests are out and about both on our website, in information files and other centrally located information files. We have a good facilities on site (swimming pool, games room, outdoor play areas) so many guests have a "day in" and just relax. We promote cycling routes and walking.

Additional information:
We continually try to improve what we do.

Top eco features at Higher Menadew Farm Cottages

  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products that do not contain phosphate

  • Recycling where possible

  • Green Johannas for use by our guests that “digest” all food waste both cooked and uncooked

  • Water butts harvest rainwater for use in the gardens

  • Cottages have efficient, instant heat, combi boilers; radiators fitted with thermostats; double-glazing; and, low flush cisterns

  • Swimming pool water is primarily heated by saving heat from the dehumidification process using a heat recovery system. The water in the pool is treated using Ultra Violet light

  • Low energy lighting has been installed wherever possible

  • Purchase locally where possible

  • PV system generates part of our electricity requirement

  • Environmental stewardship scheme in place



Higher Menadew Farm Cottages, Cornwall, England
Nearest train station: St Austell is the nearest main line train station.

Directions from station:
St Austell train station is 5 miles away by taxi. Realistically, most people not arriving by car will either hire a car or use taxis to get to public transport when planning to travel any great distance while on holiday. Luxulyan (2 miles) does have a branch line train station but trains are not that frequent.

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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