Cornwall is an incredibly popular holiday destination for travellers from the UK and much further afield. It offers something for everyone whether you’re young, or simply just young at heart. There are plenty of reasons to visit including: exploring the picturesque coastal landscapes, award-winning beaches and pretty little villages on the water; trying the delicious freshly caught seafood (not forgetting the delicious pasties and Cornish cream teas with lashings of clotted cream!), and finally discovering the little art galleries and interesting Celtic and sea faring heritage of this area. A great way to see this part of the world is under your own steam from the comfort of a self-catering luxury riverside cottage, like The Sunday House in Golant. Not many people have heard of Golant, a small village in south Cornwall, situated on the west bank of the River Fowey (pronounced ‘Foy’), but it’s a very pretty little village boasting a pub and hotel.
Getting to Golant is quite straight forward: head to Bodmin, then Lostwithiel and then follow signs to Fowey and on your way you will see a small sign directing you to Golant on the left hand side of the road. Now albeit straightforward enough, I must mention that it can be a little hair-raising for those not used to narrow (and when I say narrow I mean REALLY narrow) steep, country roads with plenty of unwanted on-coming traffic, so be brave and take the plunge as the destination is more than worth it. The property is located on the right-hand-side of the crossroads on Water Lane, keep heading down to the water front in Golant and you shouldn’t miss it. Golant is your perfect Cornish hideaway, but just remember to book a supermarket delivery before you arrive otherwise you’ll have to hit the road to get provisions as Golant doesn’t have any shops.
The Sunday House itself is a delightfully quirky conversion of a Grade II listed Victorian Methodist chapel originally built in 1896. When you arrive you need to collect the keys and grab the garage remote control to allow you to park in the adjacent private garage – big enough for an estate car and plenty of space either side. As you enter the house you will be greeted by an impressive dining room overlooked by tall church windows at each end and a large crystal chandelier hanging above. To your right is the large and homely country kitchen with another dining table, Range Master cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Belfast sink and all the crockery, cutlery and culinary implements you could need. Behind the kitchen is an amply sized utility room with washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board, and up a set of winding stairs from the utility room is a lovely nautically themed, three-bed children’s bedroom complete with models of boats all around the walls and flags hanging from the ceiling. Leading off from the dining room downstairs are two wings with double bedrooms (one with four-poster bed) and private bathrooms, these bedrooms don’t really have views as they are predominantly below ground with high-up windows, but there is plenty of lighting to make them feel brighter. Two elegant flights of ornate wooden stairs lead from the dining room up to the huge, spacious living room with plenty of comfortable seating, flat screen TV (with the full SKY package which kept my sport loving husband very happy!), DVD player, large wooden coffee table, grand fireplace and ornate church organ on the back wall. The living room has views over Golant down to the water and across the River Fowey to the green fields on the other side complete with grazing sheep and large, expensive houses to admire. You truly can’t beat curling up on the sofa in grand living room in the evening, taking in the views over Golant with a glass of wine, and although it was too warm when we were there for a roaring log fire, I can only imagine this experience would be even more magical with a crackling fire to add to the moment. Leading off the living room is a large terrace with plenty of outdoor seating, a patio heater, barbeque and great views down to the water – the ideal place for a chilled glass of wine while the sun sets – many a happy moment spent there! A set of stairs leading off the living room take you up to a small study which overlooks the living room and another set takes you up to the spacious master bedroom and bathroom in the eaves of the property. The master bedroom features a flat screen TV, elegant and very comfortable bed, chaise longue and full-length mirror and the private bathroom features a shower and claw-foot bath tub. All in all, this is a very grand residence and spending time in the large living room and on the outdoor terrace is sublime. In spite of being an old stone chapel, don’t expect to need layers of jumpers and socks to keep warm as the heating system is very impressive and can warm up the property (almost too much!) at just the touch of the thermostat in the living room. The property also offers wifi throughout, though our iPad struggled to connect most of the time but our phones were fine. And, if you love a bath you will be delighted with the three claw-foot bath’s this property offers.
This is a self-catering property so expect to cook for yourselves, although you will arrive to a lovely tray of coffee, tea and Cornish biscuits – very thoughtful and welcome after the long drive! We also had strawberries and some Cornish clotted cream left for us which were a delicious treat too! If you want to eat out the pretty little seafront in Golant is less than a few minutes’ walk away and offers a (family-friendly) pub and a hotel and restaurant for dining. As I mentioned, there are no shops in Golant so if you want to get provisions you will need to head to Lostwithiel or St. Austell for larger supermarkets. The very picturesque fishing town of Fowey is just a few miles away and is definitely worth a visit with pubs, riverside dining and bakery shops which are ideal for partaking in an obligatory Cornish pasty (or two) – I can highly recommend Pasty Presto’s award-winning traditional pasties – simply delicious! If you would like to be waited upon during your stay at The Sunday House, a private chef can also be arranged to cater for you, simply ask for this before you visit.
There is plenty to do in the area including exploring the beautiful surrounding villages of Lostwithiel, Charlestown, Polruan, Fowey, Lerryn and Polperro which are full of Inns, art galleries, antique shops and boutiques selling clothing and collectables. The beaches in the area are excellent and you can reach them in a little over 5 minutes by car. The area is also renowned for its breathtaking coastal walks too, though beware they can be quite exhausting with lots of steps and steep inclines. In addition to all of this you can go sailing, fishing, golfing or just simply relax in the glorious comfort of The Sunday House.
If you’re looking for a true Cornish hideaway for you and up to 8 friends and family, that feels more like an elegant home-from-home than your usual self-catering cottage, The Sunday House is the perfect retreat for you.
Weekly rates: Low Season from £1,100 to High Season £2,295.