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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.

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 carparks on Lizard free to guests on production of their booking information.

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. In 2015 these are from 10am to 5pm - last entrance at 4.30pm on the following dates:

4-10 April 2015

1-7 May 2015

5-11 June 2015

3-9 July 2015

4-10 September 2015

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 National Trust guests by Lizard Adventure and Dan Joel Surf School

Cottage details
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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

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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Anne Campkin
    • March 2014
    • Hampshire
    Very comfortable

    Very comfortable. Everything we needed. Nothing left out.

  • Neil Evans
    • March 2014
    • Hampshire
    Special ambience

    The historic connections create a special 'ambience' which combined with a sensitive restoration allowed a comfortable and welcoming experience

  • Helen Kestle
    • February 2014
    • UK
    Magical place

    Godolphin is a gorgeous house and a magical place to stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and are likely to book again next year.

  • David Hennesy
    • January 2014
    • UK
    Amazing location

    I cannot describe how perfect my stay was, amazing location, superb customer service and great value for money - a very rare combination in this day and age.

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  • 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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