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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 National 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: Free entry to Godolphin, Tregwainton Garden, Levant Mine and Beam Engine and East Pool Mine on production of booking details.

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 National Trust plantation for £20 per week, payable with booking.

Barbeque provided on request: National Trust charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

Cycle Hire: This can be arranged through Explorer Cycle Hire either before your stay or locally.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
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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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  • 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

  • Steele
    • October 2015
    • .....
    Just perfect!

    The Canyack's peaceful and 'hidden' location was just perfect, and we were pleased to find that nearby St Just had everything we needed for a great holiday. Everywhere was very welcoming, and our dog was greeted with lots of attention and kindness, we really appreciated that. The Canyack was a delight, and we were very sad to leave after a week in 'our' cottage! We loved the coves & beaches; Penzance & the Isles of Scilly (a superb day trip aboard Scillonian III); and, of course, exploring the fabulous and inspirational World Heritage site in which The Canyack is located. The cottage, the area, the peace, the heritage, and the nature & wildlife all contributed to a wonderful break - we left with our hearts and souls gladdened!

  • Stewart
    • October 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable....

    The stunning location, enhanced by glorious Cornish weather! The property is well appointed, cosy and comfortable, and very suitable for our dog. The outdoor space included a picnic table/benches, but more comfortable garden chairs would be a welcome addition.

  • 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
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    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.

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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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