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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.

If you would like to go on holiday and explore this part of the country you can find out more about our other West Cornwall holiday cottages here.

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: Free entry to Godolphin, Tregwainton Garden, Levant Mine and Beam Engine on production of booking details.

Offers: 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 National Trust plantation for £20 per week, payable with booking.

Barbeque provided on request: National Trust charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

Cycle Hire: Porthleven Cycle delivers bicycles to your cottage and collects them at the end of your stay.

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
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
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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

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you’ll be set for life!

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place to visit
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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

  • Wimperis
    • September 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable...

    The mixture of a very comfortable property with excellent views and interesting history

  • Hackl
    • August 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    We like the way, all the NT properties are restored and presented.

  • Buick
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    Location, well appointed cottage, great directions to find it and the key - much appreciated Don't think you can control Cornwall weather?

  • Marion Soper
    • May 2015
    • Suffolk
    Made special by:

    Its location and compact nature the woodburner made it cosy. Everything was excellent.

  • 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

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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