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The Canyack

St Just, Cornwall

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The Canyack is a 19th-century miner's cottage, set high on the slopes of the secluded Cot Valley, a mile outside St Just. Its careful restoration, which retained its special historic character whilst providing comfortable and simply elegant accommodation, won an award for the Trust. An easy walk down the valley will take you to the fascinating cove of Porth Nanven with its vast rounded boulders and raised beach, from here you can walk along the coast path to Cape Cornwall to watch the sunset, past the ancient and enigmatic remains of Ballowall Barrow.

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
hall, kitchen/diner, small parlour with solid-fuel stove, sitting room with access to outside decking area.
First floor
double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Telephone: There is limited mobile phone reception.

Please Note: There is a steep 37 metre gravelled path from the parking area to the cottage. This is illuminated and lights can be operated from the parking area and the cottage.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to Levant Mine and Beam Engine and East Pool Mine.

Free entry to all National Trust car parks on The Lizard on production of booking details.

For any 3 night booking starting on a Thursday or 2 night starting on a Friday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Logs/ Charcoal: Unlimited supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local NT plantation for £20 per week, payable with booking.

BBQ provided on request. NT charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

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

Cycle hire service available. Cycles delivered and picked up again at the end of your holiday. Further information at

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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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  • 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

  • Stephanie Head
    • May 2015
    • West Sussex
    What made it special:.....

    Everything! Quality of renovation and even down to crockery and heating. Simply superb! So well renovated and welcome note and milk etc much appreciated. Exqisite location . Well be back!!

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • --------------
    Well equipped cottage

    Fabulous, really well equipped cottage in a private but accessible location about a kilometre from the coastal footpath Thoughtful tea tray and flowers left out on arrival. Careful, authentic quality finish to the property, best holiday cottage we have rented to date.

  • Darren Spanswick
    • February 2015
    • Wiltshire
    Made special by:

    The style, decor, wood burner, location/setting. The cottage was spotless, it was so well looked after. The fact that there was a note from the housekeeper, Sally, was a nice touch along with the biscuits, milk etc that were left. All was perfect, can't think of one criticism.

  • Geoffrey Poole
    • January 2015
    • England
    Made special by:

    the coastline, the immediately walkable paths and lanes, St Just itself, and the charm of the garden (tho it was too clod for us to sit in it) Beautifully upgraded cottage, very clean and well presented, nicely windproofed.

  • Leigh Jones
    • January 2015
    • London
    Made special by:

    The wild landscape and the thundering sea; the log fire; the cottage's sense of permanence. The cottage was beautifully presented by (Sally?), as always with NT cottages.

  • David Friday
    • November 2014
    • Lancashire

    The cottage was excellent in every way; the welcome flowers and biscuits from Sue, the head Cleaner was a lovely touch. The staff with whom I spoke at the Contact Centre were polite, friendly, helpful and informed. An excellent service all round. We come to know the Cot Valley and the surrounding area very and love it as a special place where our daughter learnt to surf at nearby Sennen cove over a number of annual holidays. We had to cancel our planned summer holiday this year due to family bereavement and so this late holiday for my wife and I and our dog was an opportunity to have some quiet time away from it all. The cottage, its log fire of an evening, the walks on the beach and the off season, end of year quietness all helped to make it a wonderful week away.

  • Jacquie Walton
    • October 2014
    • UK
    Wow factor!

    This cottage is definitely a romantic retreat with the wow factor when you arrive - perfect to fall in love all over again.

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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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