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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.

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.

For a 3 night booking starting on a Thursday guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no 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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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Prestige
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • 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’ll be set for life!

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place to visit
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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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Stephen Quinney
    • November 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable....

    Godolphin booked for our ruby wedding anniversary, and beautiful red flowers had been placed in 3 of the main rooms. This was a lovely gesture (especially the long-stemmed red roses in the dining room). The experience of staying in such a fabulous property will be very memorable.

  • Mrs Pascale Sleigh
    • December 2014
    • Cornwall
    Beautiful historic building

    We all felt privileged to stay in such a beautiful historic building. We had a great time. The house has been beautifully furnished. It was very comfortable and had all the modern facilities whilst retaining its historic charm and character

  • Nigel Clements
    • November 2014
    • Cornwall
    Ideal for family gathering

    Beautiful house, ideal for a family gathering. The walk to Godolphin Hill is well worth the effort

  • Mrs Hylda Harker
    • November 2014
    • Cornwall
    It was made special by:

    The lovely rooms and four-poster beds. It made us all feel very special for 3 days. My sister-in-law who lives in Switzerland siad it was like living on a film set, which was how we felt when we stayed in Switzerland. A compliment. I know Godolphin Hse well as I attend meetings/functions there but never to stay. It was the perfect place to accommodate the family for my husband's 60th.

    • May 2014
    • Devon
    Extremely comfortable

    Godolphin is a large, old house but it is extremely comfortable and very easy to feel at home here. Our guests ranged from 8 years old upwards and everyone fell in love with the house and beautiful gardens and grounds. We will be back.

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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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