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Count House Cottage

Botallack, Nr St Just, Cornwall

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This cosy cottage for two sits close to the dramatic cliffs of West Cornwall with amazing views over the turbulent Atlantic Ocean. You can relax in the garden over a drink protected from the on shore breezes or take up the more exposed position and be rewarded by the spectacular seascape.

The cottage was once a workshop and is close to the Botallack Mine Count House that is one of the key locations of the Mining World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by reminders of its mining past with remains of old mine engines, two that once serviced the Crowns Shafts which run out under the sea for a mile.

These engine houses feature extensively in the 2015 Poldark series shown on the BBC.

Exploring on foot is made easy as the South West Coast Path is just metres away, following the contours of the cliffs, ideal for those sunset walks.

When in search of shops and cafes the small town of St Just is close by and along the scenic coast road are St Ives in one direction and Penzance in the other.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
lobby, bathroom, open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with solid fuel stove, bedroom with 5' double bed.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas Central Heating.

Garden: An enclosed garden to the side and rear of the cottage. It has two different seating areas, one with amazing views and the other protected from the on shore winds.

Cottage approach: Off the main road along a level gravelled track.

Parking: A private space 50 metres from the cottage along an even path.

Please note: As the area is steeped in mining history, most old shafts are fenced but guests should stay on the footpaths when walking in the area.

There is an unfenced pond in front of the cottage.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to Trengwainton, Godolphin and Cornish Mines and Engines.

Free entry to all National Trust car parks on The Lizard on production of booking details.

Logs/ Charcoal: Unlimited supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local NT plantation for £20 per week, payable with booking.

BBQ provided on request. NT charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

Not suitable for children

Due to the close vicinity of the steep cliffs, pond and mine shafts it is felt that this cottage is not suitable for children.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Unique
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

West Cornwall
The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

The far west of Cornwall has a unique atmosphere. The most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard, with its turbulent seas, treacherous reefs and towering cliffs, has an unusual quality which sets it apart from the rest of Cornwall. Yet, with its unique flora, tiny fishing villages and fascinating caves and coves, this quiet corner is ideal for the visitor who appreciates untamed natural beauty and many dramatic views. Land?s End Peninsula, also known as West Penwith, has equally magnificent cliffs and turbulent seas, but is very different in character to the Lizard. Here, granite moorland meets the sea: an ancient haunting landscape of small, rocky fields, isolated farms and hamlets and an extraordinary wealth of archaelogical remains. This tiny corner abounds in places to visit and the Trust manages or owns many of these including St Michael's Mount and the nearby Trengwainton Gardens, Levant Mine at St Just, the ancient house of Godolphin and Lizard Point. Aside from the wealth of National Trust properties other attractions include the famous seaside town of St. Ives, beloved of artists over the years and now the home of the Tate Gallery, the underground tour of Geevor Mine, St Just, Penzance, with its helicopter and boat links to Isles of Scilly, RSPB site at Marazion, the pretty harbour at Mousehole, Penlee Gallery in Newlyn - the list is endless! For the more energetic, outdoor activities abound with wonderful sandy beaches, watersports, walking, horse-ridnig, fishing, golf and cycling.

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  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • golf.
National Trust places to visit
Levant Mine and Beam Engine
Levant Mine and Beam Engine Unique steam-powered Cornish beam engine in action
Trengwainton Garden
Trengwainton Garden Sheltered garden with an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
Godrevy High cliffs and sheltered coves with sandy beaches
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Aleks Wells
    • March 2015
    • Berkshire
    Fabulous location

    The location of the cottage is fabulous and it made our stay there very special. Thank you NT. The reason why are keep choosing NT properties is that they indeed are 'special places'. we choose them because of their honesty and integrity.

  • Theresa Winter
    • February 2015
    • Devon
    Wonderful cottage

    Wonderful cottage in a wonderful location It was a lovely touch to find Valentine roses and sparkling wine on the table. Thank you

    • January 2015
    • Essex
    It was made special by:


  • William Crofts
    • December 2014
    • Warwickshire
    Wonderful old pictures made this special

    We loved the décor of the cottage, its relationship to the old mine buildings of which it is part, and the wonderful old pictures of the mines working days that hung in the lounge.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • -------------
    Warm welcome

    Beautiful location and furnished to a very high standard. High standard of furnishings and fittings Warm welcome, eg: heating switched on, milk and assortment of teas/coffees and flowers in lounge and kitchen

  • Timothy Waller
    • November 2014
    • Cambridgeshire
    Made special by:

    Watching the sunset over the Atlantic with a glass of St Austall Tribute beer. Taking the trip to the Queen's Arms pub for the Tuesday night pub quiz. Walking to Portheras Cove - a stunning beach. Additional hanging space in the bedroom would be good. Perhaps a bench in the front garden? Otherwise, totally brilliant and amazing as always! The wifi was very useful

  • David Berragan
    • May 2014
    • UK
    Delightful location

    Wonderful cottage in a delightful location. Very peaceful and relaxing holiday. the cottage was very well furnished and equipped.

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