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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
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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

  • 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.

  • Ian Thompson
    • November 2014
    • UK
    Made special:

    Peaceful location and a truly breath-taking cove (Porth Nenven) just down the hill. This was the second NT cottage we have used and were equally impressed with the standard of cleanliness and maintenance of this property as we were with the first. It more than met our desire to remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and the whole experience resembled a haven.

  • 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.

  • Carolyn Hawkes
    • February 2014
    • Surrey
    Secluded location

    Location - secluded but within easy walking distance of the cove, coastal path and St Just. Wildlife. Easy access to rest of West Cornwall.

  • Colin Hudman
    • January 2014
    • Hampshire
    Enjoyed our stay

    Very much enjoyed our stay in the Canyack as part of our honeymoon. The standard of accommodation was very high and clean.

  • Graham and Lesley
    • May 2013
    • Suffolk
    Gem in the crown!

    This cottage has to be the "Gem" in the crown of Cornwall. We have been all over Cornwall in the last 40 years but we have somehow missed this beautiful cottage! The holiday was a present from our lovely daughter-in-law and son for our Ruby wedding last year. It has been absolutely wonderful from the moment we arrived. Thank you so much for the tea, biscuits,milk and flowers they certainly lifted our spirits after a long journey. Although our first visit it will most definitely not be our last. Thanks again for a fabulous time.

  • Doris Kessler
    • Zurich/Switzerland
    We’ve spent a relaxed vacation in a surrounding that elevates the soul.

    We’ve spent a relaxed vacation in a surrounding that elevates the soul. A variety of animals such as badgers, Peter Rabbit & Friends, squirrels, birds, dancing butterflies, and after dark a pair of screech-owls, busy chatting away how to spend the night, paid us daily visits. The rabbits loved the carrots and apples brought out in the morning and the badgers fell in mostly after 9 pm. They left us quite impressed. As wild creatures accustomed to curious visitors in the cottage they entertained us every evening with their munchy performance.The apples, firstly neglected, and the unroastet peanuts were eaten away from the window sill and on stage in front of the garden room in no time.They are really beautiful animals if you can watch them close by and they are quite clever. We sure will miss them. The garden a competent mixture of wild and tamed nature and a classy cottage that could easily compete with contemporary architecture and would win. Thank you National Trust for all the devotion to nature and the phenomenal offer to travellers who are looking for an offer away from mainstream. Everything is perfectly and neatly arranged for the visitors including Joan’s welcoming card, tea, milk and biscuits. Thank you, Joan, for your helping hand, for your friendliness and for the flowers which embellished the cosy rooms. And last but not least if you are planning a visit to the Isles of Scilly and you are not accustomed to rough sea a voyage by plane might be a wise decision.

  • Kelly Borlase-Hendry
    I have just returned from a wonderful visit to this slice of heaven.

    I have just returned from a wonderful visit to this slice of heaven. The cottage is warm, clean and cosy and has everything you need for your visit. The entrance up the gravel driveway makes you feel like you are entering a secret garden! Nightly visits from badgers that would have Bill Oddie foaming with excitement and beautiful scenery. I highly recommend it.

  • Julian Spicer
    We have already booked for 2010!

    We have just got back: the cottage is nicer than the external picture suggests. It is a small and neat two-up (bedroom and bathroom) two-down (kitchen and parlour) with a bigger garden room stretching across the back. The furniture is nicely old, and the fabrics and decoration are smart. The Canyack is on a rocky knoll, sheltered by maritime pines, with views down the valley and glimpses of the sea. There are no other cottages very close, and is not overlooked, but it is only a short walk into St Just, which is a nice village, and the coast walks are simply wonderful. Every night, badgers come right up to the garden windows (if you put out some unroasted peanuts) and they don't mind if you sit really close to the windows to watch them. We were also visited by a young fox, and birds crowd around the feeder. The whole area (not just St Ives) has many galleries (commercial and public) as well as potteries and museums, so any rain makes for a good excuse to go visiting. We have already booked for 2010!

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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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