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The Old School House


Roseland, Cornwall

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In the heart of the hamlet of Bohortha stands this former dame school, a simple historic building now converted into a comfortable single-storey cottage featuring a splendid Regency Gothic window. The front garden has wonderful views over fields to the sea, and beyond across Gerrans Bay. This is a cosy little romantic getaway in a glorious location. Also nearby on the edge of the village is a larger property Bohurrow Farm Cottage.

An ideal base for those who want to get out and explore the cliffs, creeks, estuaries, headlands, woods and beaches which are linked by many miles of footpaths, giving a fantastic variety of walking routes. This area of countryside has a wealth of wildlife to discover and stunning landscape guaranteed to revitalise the soul.

Not far away the tip of the Roseland peninsula St Anthony Head offers panoramic views of St Mawes, Falmouth and the Carrick Roads. Or take a closer look at seabirds from the bird hide, including fulmars as they glide across the vertical rock faces. You may also spot shags congregating on the low rock near the lighthouse and grey seals on the rocks at the tide falls.

Close by is the village of Portscatho; during the 18th and 19th Centuries it was an ideal base for the pilchard fleets, it’s still a fishing port today but on a much smaller scale. Here you will find several shops, restaurants and pubs along with art galleries.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
porch, hall, sitting room/dining/bedroom (with 5' double bed) in the high-ceilinged old school room, kitchen, five steps up to bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Parking: Parking is directly outside the cottage.

Garden: The front garden has a picnic table and views over fields to the sea and beyond, across Gerrans Bay.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Accessibility: The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • 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 will be set for life!

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place to visit
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  • Fishing
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden


Comments from past visitors

  • Mel Sparkes
    • April 2016
    • Devon
    Made enjoyable..

    The maps showing where we could walk and the pleasant accommodation. Lovely surprise of the beautiful flowers, biscuits, tea, coffee, milk and the welcome card.

  • S Evans
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable..

    The quiet and tranquil position, lovely coastal walks, relaxing sitting in the garden.

  • William Pithouse
    • February 2016
    • Wiltshire
    Made enjoyable....

    Lovely cottage - so peaceful!

  • Alison Edmonds
    • November 2015
    • Maidstone
    Made enjoyable...

    The school was lovely and the interior and it's contents were to a very high standard and it was extremely clean and welcoming. It is lovely for a very quiet and restful holiday.

  • O'Keeffe
    • October 2015
    • ....
    Clean cottage

    The beautiful setting, clean nicely decorated cottage, friendly welcome note and the general ambience. The only reason we would stop coming for holidays in your cottages would be if we move down to Cornwall to be nearer my Mum now that the children have grown up.

  • Anonymous
    • September 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    Our stay at The Old School House was idyllic. It is close to several National Trust Properties and the coastal walk from the cottage has stunning views along the way. The guide singing after I declined, in The Temple of Apollo at Stourhead so that my husband and myself could hear the Accoustics was one of my favourite spur of the moments. Such a good voice.

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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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