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The Stables


Helston, Cornwall

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The main house and estate buildings of Penrose overlook a valley of gentle parkland, studded with old oak trees, rolling down towards Loe Pool. The old U-shaped stable block, with its distinctive clock tower, was built in the mid 18th century for the Reverend John Rogers, Squire of Penrose. The first-floor of this fine building has been converted to a holiday apartment. The Stables benefits from its own small decking area and rockery garden.

Reached via a private drive, the Stables is a serene sanctuary in the grounds of this historic estate. The path that runs around the perimeter of the Loe Pool passes the front of the building, offering a variety of different walks around the estate, woods and lake, whilst market town, Helston and harbour town Porthleven are nearby.

Penrose estate is home to three other cottages, overlooking Loe Pool and just a few hundred metres away is Helston Lodge, further through the woodland and on the seafront is Bar Lodge, Whitstone Cottage is on Penrose Hill.

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

First floor
Entrance hall, bathroom with shower over bath and separate shower cubicle, open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 twin, 1 single).
Visitor notes

Heating: wood-fired central heating included.

Parking: There is a parking area for two cars.

Entrance is at the rear of the building via a 50-metre surfaced path and decking area.

Garden: There is a small decked area and rockery garden at the rear of the property and the cottage is situated in open parkland.

Accessibility: Due to access issues the cottage is no longer considered appropriate for guests with a disability.

The cottage is situated over a working Estate Office, which operates during normal office hours and a small cafe which is open from 10am -4pm from Easter to end of September, weekends and school holidays.

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

Offers: All National Trust car parks on The Lizard are free to guests on production of their booking information.

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

Cycle Hire: Porthleven Cycle delivers bicycles to your cottage and collects them at the end of your stay.

Cottage details
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Beach Nearby
  • Coast Nearby
  • Single Storey
  • Garden Appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • 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!

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
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • September 2016
    • Unknown
    Beautiful Cottage

    Beautiful Cottage with everything you could wish for. Five of us stayed here for 3 nights and enjoyed the peaceful convenient location. Fantastic shower and kitchen. Wonderful walks on our doorstep and had the best weather all weekend. Thank you to the caretaker, it was spotlessly clean. We hope to return for longer next time.

  • Mr Latham
    • August 2016
    • Somerset
    Super convenient for beaches

    Our holiday was made enjoyable due to the beautiful setting that was super convenient for beaches and wet weather attractions. Lovely walks and cycle rides around the grounds.

  • Dr Gorringe
    • March 2016
    • Wiltshire
    Made enjoyable...

    The amazing location.

  • Mrs Winch
    • October 2015
    • Berkshire
    Made enjoyable...

    Location was very handy for a wide range of excursions and attractions. The all in one sitting/dining/kitchen room is a favourite style of holiday accommodation as the cook is not isolated.

  • Mrs Wahlen
    • September 2015
    • Oxon
    Excellent location

    The Stables at Penrose was really a home from home. Very spacious, clean, good furnishings, excellent location. The kids loved the low wide windowsills in the bedroom corridor, which became their seats for downtime. Kitchen extremely well stocked and spacious. TV, wifi and stereo good. Amazing collection of books that I wish I had time to read! Nice to have the cafe underneath us, as there was plenty to watch out the window, including the Park Run in the pouring rain on the Saturday morning! Our dog particularly enjoyed the flat and the estate. Loads of dogs and walks around. 30 minute dog friendly and easy walk to the Loe Bar (no swimming) but dog friendly beach. He was always worn out! Would only have been perfect with a tumble dryer - with the wet weather, unable to dry stuff outside.

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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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