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Godolphin House


Godolphin Cross, Cornwall

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This hugely atmospheric house sits in beautiful gardens and in great walking country. It is also only a short drive to lovely sandy beaches on both the north and south Cornish coasts, so makes a fabulous base for a great seaside holiday with a wonderful house to retreat to, away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts on busy days.

The main entrance is via an imposing pillared portico running along the front of the house. There is a rear private garden area specifically for holiday cottage guests, but the main garden is also available for use when not open to the public.

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. Or, if you're looking for a place to gather your friends or family you can find out more about our large holiday cottages here.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Grand entrance hall, double bedroom, shower room with lavatory, wood panelled dining room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen with breakfast area, utility room
First floor
Two staircases lead to the first floor: elegant saloon running across the front of the house with large windows overlooking the woods and hills. Second smaller sitting room with a wood burning stove. Five bedrooms (1 double - The Withdrawing Room with a 5' feature bed, 1 double - The Godolphin Room with a 5' feature bed and one of the walls retains some of the original 15th-century wallpaper, 1 double with 5' bed and a Venetian glass chandelier, 1 double room and a twin bedroom that can be converted to a 6' double on request), bathroom with shower over bath, one shower room with lavatory and one large bathroom with feature bath and lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating electricity and logs included in rental.

Parking: Parking is via the main visitor entry route which will bring guests to the rear of the accommodation with a path to the apartment via the private garden.

Garden: Enclosed private garden, with lawns.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Telephone: There is limited mobile phone reception.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Offers: All National Trust car parks on The Lizard are free to guests on production of their booking information.

Offers: Free entry to Godolphin, Tregwainton Garden on production of booking details.

Extra caretaking and cleaning during your stay available at an extra charge.

CRB checked child minder/babysitter available at an extra charge.

Logs: Logs are provided at the house.

Open Days: Godolphin is available all year round except for public open days. These are from 10am to 5pm - last entrance at 4.30pm on the following date:

2-8 October 2015

Weddings: Godolphin is ideal for your wedding guest accommodation for up to 12 people and pre and post wedding celebrations for up to 20 people however a license is not held for civil ceremonies on the property.

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by Lizard Adventures and Dan Joel Surf School

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

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub Nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Quirky
  • Garden appeal
  • Prestige
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Fridge
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


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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  • Porthleven
  • Helston Furry Dance
  • Helston folk museum
  • Penzance
  • Newlyn
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Watersports
National Trust places to visit
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community
Godrevy High cliffs and sheltered coves with sandy beaches
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Trengwainton Garden
Trengwainton Garden Sheltered garden with an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Phillips
    • February 2017
    • Cornwall
    Perfect house

    We had a wonderful time at Godolphin house. The house was prefect and very clean the kitchen was well equipped which made a difference as we were doing all our own cooking. We thought the welcome card and tray with biscuits/tea/coffee were a very nice touch. We found all the staff on the site very friendly and helpful. All in all I cannot find any fault and will more than likely be returning so thank you national trust for a wonderful 3 days.

  • Miss Goddard
    • December 2016
    • Hampshire
    Comfortable house

    Enjoyed whole experience of Christmas with the family in such a comfortable, atmospheric house. . Staff on site very friendly and unobtrusive. Good to see progress in the gardens.

  • Mrs Jenkins
    • December 2016
    • Cornwall
    Fabulous place

    It was such a fabulous place, all the family loved it (1 - 70 years of age) there was plenty to do around the cottage we didn't venture far away at all. We loved the history of the place, the fact that it felt so well loved, the spaces to be in etc etc.

  • C Rose
    • March 2016
    • Nottinghamshire
    Wonderful experience

    Because we stayed at Godolphin, it was bound to be a wonderful and unusual experience. We loved living in a huge historic home for a week, very different from our normal homes. We enjoyed aperitifs in the drawing room, a very small country dance in the hall, wonderful evening meals together in the dining room, not to mention sleeping in four poster beds. We even enjoyed cooking on the enormous range. We very much appreciated the guided tour given us by one of the guides. As a result of our stay here, one couple joined the Trust at the property. Another couple are thinking about joining with their family and the rest of us are already members.

  • Clare Ellison
    • March 2016
    • Cornwall
    Superbly equipped kitchen

    On arrival at Godolphin we were immediately enveloped by the history, beauty and comfort of the house. Despite appalling weather (even for March!) we were extremely warm and cosy; after braving the elements to climb Godolphin Hill, coming back to the house was such a pleasure. Also it is hard to find sufficient superlatives to praise the superbly equipped kitchen. Having the freedom to walk the beautiful gardens and grounds at our leisure was a delight.

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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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