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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

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.

Heating: Gas Central Heating.

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

Accessibility: Off the main road along a level gravelled track.

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.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this 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 - Supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local National Trust plantation available: £5 for one night, £10 for two, £15 for three or £20 for an unlimited supply for the duration of your stay.

Barbeque – provided on request.

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

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.

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
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


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 will be set for life!

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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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Winter
    • December 2016
    • Devon
    Cosy, welcoming cottage

    As always, the cottage was spotlessly clean, and everything we needed was there. This was our third stay at the Count House - we just love it! The views are spectacular, the walks exhilarating and the cottage cosy and welcoming.

  • Christine Obermair
    • June 2016
    • Bolzano
    Well appointed cottage

    Extremely beautiful location, immediate access to south west Coast path and absolute peacefulness. Cottage is well appointed, cosy and comfortable.

  • David Jackson
    • June 2016
    • Shropshire
    Already re-booked!

    The location was perfect, and the cottage was very well appointed. Outlook from the windows was great, we loved it so much, we booked for next year over the phone whilst we were there.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2016
    • Unknown
    Superb views and location

    We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Count House Cottage. The location and views are superb - it is a tranquil place which restores the soul. This property has been renovated to the highest standards, and the personal touches of fresh flowers, milk and a welcome tea tray were much appreciated. We have rented holiday properties all over Europe and have never found one so perfect and spotless! Thank you NT and Joan.

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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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