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Historic holiday cottage in Feock near Falmouth

The Reading Room

A restful retreat for six in creekside Feock, a short stroll from the village beach and cafe

Sleeps up to 6 in 3 bedrooms (+cot) Saturday arrival 1 well behaved dog welcome
The Retreat

On the shores of the Fal river, at the head of the sheltered sailing waters of the Carrick Roads, lies the peaceful village of Feock and the Reading Room, a characterful holiday cottage for six. Perfect for exploring the south coast of Cornwall, the unspoilt Roseland Peninsula and the sandy beaches of Falmouth are a short drive away. In the heart of the village, this quirky dog friendly hideaway has far-reaching countryside views with Loe Beach just a five-minute walk away. 

The Reading Room is a beautiful holiday cottage in Feock, a quiet village closeby to Falmouth and Truro. Just a short stroll to the beach and well-positioned to explore Cornwall’s south coast, this modern home with carefully curated interiors is a perfect base for up to six guests.

Inside

Up the steps and under the original clock, you enter into a bright hallway with beautiful parquet flooring and an oak staircase winding up to the bedrooms above. To your left, large oak doors lead through to the living room. This restful room has a contemporary feel, with seascapes by local artists on the wall, comfy armchairs by the wood burner and deep pile rugs on oak floors. Back through the hallway and into the kitchen/dining room beyond. At one end, the well-equipped kitchen has smart grey units topped with black granite work surfaces; at the other sits a large oak dining table with bronze lampshades suspended above. The downstairs bathroom is light and bright thanks to the big sash window looking out over green gardens behind the building.

Upstairs you’ll find three bedrooms nestling in the rafters, one at either end and a smaller children’s room to the back. With plenty of light flooding the space through the dormer windows and a palette of inky blues and coral pinks throughout, this upper floor has a feeling of calm about it. The Principal Bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space, and an en suite with large walk-in rain shower. The kingsize oak bed with upholstered headboard is piled high with cushions — the setting for lazy lie-ins with the papers. Bedroom Two, with a super king zip & link bed, has a coastal feel to it with various hues of blue splashed about on the lampshades, cushions, and watercolours on the wall. There’s a cosy children’s bunk room up here too, as well as a family bathroom off the landing.

Outside

To the front, the outdoor area is a sunny spot for watching the world go by with a morning coffee or lunch al fresco, with views that roll down over unspoilt countryside across the road. Families will love the playground just a minute’s walk from the house, and it’s a ten-minute walk down to Loe Beach, with boat hire and watersports centre. Here you’ll be able to watch the local gig boats row out across the Carrick Roads, or you can hire a kayak or paddleboard to explore the sheltered waters for yourself — moor up at the popular Pandora Inn on the edge of Restronguet Creek for lunch in the sunshine, or paddle further south to Falmouth and St Mawes. The recently revamped Loe Beach Cafe, just off the sand, sells delicious cakes, cream teas, ice creams and breakfast baps from spring through to autumn, or tip up on a Friday in summer for their fish and chips, which you can take down to eat on the beach.

You’re an easy half-hour stroll from the beautiful National Trust gardens at Trelissick with award-winning cafe, secondhand bookshop and passenger ferry, which stops here on its route between Truro and Falmouth. The King Harry Ferry, just beyond Trelissick, will whisk you off to the Roseland Peninsula for secret beaches, epic coastal hikes and award-winning beachside eateries, such as the Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick Beach. Both Truro — Cornwall’s cultural capital with museums, theatre, independent boutiques, and brilliant places to eat and drink — and Falmouth, the county’s lively maritime town, are within easy reach.

What we love

The Reading Room is such a unique, characterful hideaway. The beautiful renovation has brought this 19th-century building back to life, its carefully curated interiors seamlessly blend the traditional with the contemporary. Here, comfort is key, evident in all the furnishings, from the deep sprung mattresses to the sink-into armchairs. We love the outside patio — a little suntrap for soaking up the morning’s rays — and the green views that tumble down over the fields and farmsteads in front of the house.

As perfect for family getaways as those seeking a romantic retreat, it’s brilliantly placed for making the most of life on the river. We love its location in Feock (near Falmouth), a pretty village with strong community vibes, and the fact that it’s just moments from Loe Beach, the village’s own stretch of shingle and sand. Grab lunch from the cafe before launching a boat or paddleboard and spend summer days exploring the network of coves and inlets off the Fal river, or pack a picnic and binoculars and walk the miles of creekside footpaths that wind through wildlife-rich woodland. In winter, enjoy blustery beach walks and seashore foraging before retreating inside to warm up with hot chocolate and boardgames by the log burner.

The most beautifully appointed home
Without a doubt this is the most beautifully appointed home we have been privileged to stay in. The attention to detail is exceptional. Thank you for the effort that has gone into creating such a luxurious yet comfortable space for your guests. The Reaching Room’s situation in this serene village is an ideal escape from the bustle of much of Cornwall and the silent privacy was very much appreciated. The secluded Loe beach and wonderful park were used daily. Day trips to Falmouth, St Mawes and St Ives were easily achievable. Our family has been blessed with six days of sunshine, the best place to reunite parents, grandparents and grandkids and we leave here not too willingly, but with very full hearts. We will be back.
The Parkers — May 2023
Features

Retreat Features

  • Historic, characterful building
  • A short stroll to Loe Beach
  • Chic interiors
  • Close to Falmouth & Truro
  • A short drive to the Roseland
  • Wood burner
SLEEPING
Principal Bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: super king bed (can be made into twin beds upon request)
Bedroom three: bunk beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Oven
Induction hob
Microwave
American style fridge/freezer
Nespresso magimix coffee machine
Dishwasher
Large oak dining table with seating for six guests
LIVING & RELAXING
Contemporary living room with a Smart TV, comfy armchairs, a wood burner and decorated with local artists on the wall
BATHROOM
Family bathroom
En suite in Principal bedroom
OUTDOORS
Outside area with a bench and table (seating four) with countryside views
PARKING
On-street parking
BABIES & TODDLERS
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen not provided)
PETS
One well-behaved dog welcome
UTILITIES
Washer/dryer
Essential cleaning items
HEATING
Air source heat pump
Wood burner (autumn/winter)
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
ACCESSIBILITY
Exterior steps without handrail
Internal steps without handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Location

Feock

Feock is nestled in a beautiful corner of the River Fal, on the tranquil Restronguet creek. Back in the day, this was an important artery for shipping tin and copper out the small port of Devoran. Today it is a quiet corner of bobbing leisure boats, verdant riverbanks and abundant fauna — a perfect place to escape and forget the wider world. Falmouth is a 20 minute drive away, or even quicker by boat!

Travel times

  • The Reading Room is about four miles from the nearest station in Perranwell. This is a branch line off the mainline, and you will alight in Truro. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Feock is approximately five miles from Truro. Driving time from London is over five hours in normal traffic, while Exeter is around two hours away.

Things we love

  • Feock is a hidden gem, away from the crowds
  • You're very close to bustling places like Truro and Falmouth
  • Very green, unspoilt area of Cornwall

The Feock guide

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Rambling around the creek

The four-mile stretch of water on the upper reaches of the Fal Estuary is known as the Carrick Roads and links Falmouth and Truro. Its tributaries, creeks and narrow inlets are lined with meandering footpaths providing brilliant walking with spectacular scenery, particularly around Mylor and Restronguet Creek, and you’re never too far from a hidden cove or waterside pub, like the 13th-century, thatched Pandora Inn, where you can watch the world sail past from the terrace.

Don’t forget to pack your binoculars — the wooded shorelines are a haven for birdlife: cormorants, curlews, oystercatchers and other waders are all regulars to these parts, and you’ll often spot seals and dolphins playing about in the water too. Pill Creek, just around the headland from Loe Beach in Mylor, is a great place to spot black-faced gulls — several hundred roost here at high tide.

Falmouth working boat, Forever Cornwall

Messing about on the water

The Carrick Roads has some of the best sailing in the UK thanks to its sheltered waters and stunning backdrop of lush green woodland peppered with castles, creekside villages and tiny coves. Boats, for both novices and competent sailors alike, can be rented in Mylor. The area is geared towards sailing and many of the regions highlights, such as the Pandora Inn and Trelissick House and Gardens, have their own pontoons for visitors arriving by water.

If you’re happier with paddle in hand, there are plenty of places to rent out kayaks, canoes and paddleboards so you can explore the creeks under your own steam. Discover pretty villages, coastal forts, wooded inlets, stately waterside villas with gardens that run down to the water, and secluded beaches — perfect for paddling ashore for a picnic or barbecue.

Hidden history

At the head of the Fal Estuary, the National Trust’s Trelissick House  is one of the area’s must-sees. Set on its own peninsula, the 18th-century pile sits within a 300-acre estate filled with exotic and rare shrubs, with far-reaching views down the Fal Estuary to Falmouth and miles of walking routes through ancient woodland.

Truro, affectionately known as ‘Our Great Little City’ by locals, is a great place to soak up some Cornish heritage. The beautiful spires of the city’s neo-Gothic cathedral soar above the cobbled streets; here you’ll find independent shops and galleries hidden amongst its narrow alleyways. The Royal Cornwall Museum is the place to go for some local culture, covering everything from art and antiquities to archaeology and natural history.

Beaches

Loe Beach

Looking out across the Carrick Roads towards St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula, Loe Beach is a popular spot to launch kayaks, paddleboards, dinghies and other small craft, which can be hired from Loe Beach Watersports — they run lessons too as well as a kids’ clubs. It’s also a great spot for fishing from the rocks. The pretty beach cafe at the foot of the cliffs serves a range of locally-sourced food and home-cooked food, including homemade cakes, Callestick ice cream and Cornish coffee.

Roseland Peninsula beaches

The National Trust-owed beach of Porthcurnick is a good choice if you’re with children — the rockpools are brilliant for foraging, plus it’s dog-friendly all year round. The secluded, sandy beach of Pendower is backed by dunes and is good for watersports, from canoeing to snorkeling. It’s also on The Cornish Way from Land’s End to Bude, so the beach makes a good stop off for those passing by on two wheels. Towan is a pretty crescent-shaped sand and shingle beach, fringed by grass covered dunes and is fantastic at low tide when the rockpools are revealed. Carne is one part of a massive beach on the Roseland Peninsula — at low tide, this beach links with Pendower to form a mile-long stretch of white sand fringed by turquoise seas. Portscatho is a predominantly rocky beach with sandy patches. At low tide, you can walk to the neighbouring beach of Porthcurnick.

Beach near Porthtowan holiday cottages by Forever Conrwall

North coast beaches

The rugged north coast is classic Cornwall, a dramatic coastline sprinkled with long sandy beaches and year-round surf, attracting bucket-and-spade families, surfers, wild swimmers and everyone in between. Gwithian’s rolling waves and golden sands are a watersports lover’s paradise, a three-mile stretch of golden sand from Ives Bay to the Hayle Estuary. Porthtowan beach a little further north has Blue Flag status so is great for children, whilst the beaches around Newquay — Fistral and Watergate Bay in particular — have some of the best surf in the country.

Food & drink

Pubs and restaurants

A historic pub hidden up Restronguet Creek right on the water, the fabulous Pandora Inn is something of a local institution; in summer, tables on the pontoons fill up with families, walkers and sea-going folk — there’s a private pontoon for those arriving by water. Once a hangout for smugglers, the thatched Punchbowl and Ladle in Feock has recently had a revamp and serves classic pub grub — their Sunday roasts are particularly popular. Heading over to Mylor harbour, dog-friendly Castaways is a relaxed little restaurant serving good, bistro-style food and seasonal specials, as well as Cornish ales and craft beers. The Old Quay Inn in Devoran is a traditional Cornish pub, popular with walkers and cyclists on their way to Portreath on the Bissoe Trail.

Cafes

For doorstop sandwiches, delicious soups and fabulous cream teas, try Linden Hey Garden Tea Rooms, just spitting distance from Trelissick. The delightful kitchen cafe at Trelissick in the old stables serves delicious home-cooked food and drinks. There’s a wooden play area for children next to the outside benches so you can keep an eye on the children while you tuck in. When it comes to beach cafes, they don’t get much better than the cafe at Loe Beach, occupying an idyllic spot at the foot of the cliffs right on the sand. Those exploring by boat should head for Mylor Cafe in the harbour with its happy vibes and sunny terrace.

Eating out in Truro

Quirky Hub Box Truro serves American street food from its base in an old chapel. Expect retro interiors, cheerful staff, DJs and cocktails at the weekends. The Cornish Vegan sells delicious plant-based meals — there’s a small courtyard garden for sunny lunches. It’s also dog-friendly and does takeaways for lunches on the go. In the heart of the city, Sabzi (meaning ‘herb’ in Farsi — the chef hails from Iran) serves up colourful salads and fresh juices from its deli/takeaway. If it’s seafood you’re after, head to Hooked Restaurant & Bar for topnotch food and service in an intimate restaurant setting. Set in a beautiful water garden on the outskirts of Truro, Penrose Kitchen is the place to go for fine dining in an atmospheric, rural setting. Their sustainable approach has won them many awards.

Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Forever Cornwall

Eating out in Falmouth

Falmouth is heaving with amazing places to eat. The Harbour Lights restaurant in the centre of town dishes up award-winning fish and chips (possibly the best in the country), whilst The Working Boat has stunning harbour-facing views. For cafes, head to Good Vibes Cafe, a bustling place serving fresh and tasty breakfasts and lunches (they also host popular vegan nights), or Stones Bakery and Cafe at the top of town. For seafood, you can’t beat Indidog, which has sweeping views of the water, or the tiny Verdant Seafood Bar hidden in a basement off the main drag. On the other side of town, the ever-popular Gylly Beach Cafe serves up fabulous food right on one of Falmouth’s favourite beaches.

Things to do

King Harry Ferry and exploring the Roseland Peninsula

This Fal River chain ferry by Trelissick connects Feock with the Roseland Peninsula and saving visitors the alternative 27-mile round trip via Truro (which amounts to 5 million miles a year!) Named after a small local chapel dedicated to King Henry VI, the ferry leaves every 20 minutes year-round and gives glorious views down the estuary. Once on the Roseland Peninsula, find hidden beaches, coastal walks, scenic headlands and brilliant places to eat and drink, like the Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick beach.

Trelissick

The beautiful National Trust house and gardens at Trelissick on the upper reaches of the Fal Estuary towards Truro is home to collections of exotic plants and rhododendrons, all set within extensive parkland which extends down to the water, plus a private beach, a riverside fort, orchards and secluded oak woodlands that line the water’s edge — there’s a network of footpaths to amble along. The brilliant cafe housed in the old stables sells delicious homemade food, and don’t miss the second-hand bookshop next door and the art gallery, which exhibits work by local artists.

Truro

A city isn’t usually the sort of place you visit to escape the crowds, but Truro is a good bet if you’re seeking some peak-season calm, or looking to swot up on local Cornish history. Despite being off the tourist map, there’s plenty to entertain visitors, such as the beautiful cathedral with its three spires, the fascinating Royal Cornwall Museum, and a whole host of cafes, galleries and independent shops. It’s easy to forget that the city is at the head of Truro River, and as such is only a mile’s walk from the riverside village of Malpas, the starting point of a lovely circular walk which takes you up the Tresillian River towards St Clement.

Paddle power

Exploring the creeks and inlets by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or boat has to be up there as one of the best things to do in the region. Loe Beach Watersports provides lessons in dinghy sailing to novices, as well as kayak, SUP and windsurf hire, whilst Mylor Beach Hire rents out a range of vessels, from motorboats to traditional Cornish shrimpers. We highly recommend paddling from Loe beach across to the Pandora Inn (about a mile or so) for lunch in the sun!

Ferry from Trelissick to Falmouth

Running seven days a week from the gardens at Trelissick to Falmouth via St Mawes and back again, the Enterprise traditional ferries are a great way to absorb the scenery without lifting a paddle. You’ll pass castles, wooded valleys, historic homes, amazing wildlife (dolphins, seals and wading birds in the water, fallow deer on land). The friendly and knowledgable crew give guided commentaries and will point out places of interest along the way.

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The Bissoe Trail

This easy 11-mile coast to coast route links the pretty creekside village of Devoran and Portreath Beach on the north coast. Starting at the friendly Bissoe Bike Hire Cafe (which serves hot drinks, snacks and light lunches), the flat and mostly off-road path follows an old railway line (once used as a mineral tramway for the copper mines around Redruth) and is a popular route for families, walkers and runners. There are several cafes and pubs along the route, and make sure you take your swimmers — a dip in the sea at the other end is a must.

Guests Say
  • Equipped to a high standard

    Lovely house and equipped to a high standard. Great location for us between Truro and Falmouth and close to the King Harry Ferry. Welcoming and great host.

    John & family — April 2024
  • Beautiful

    Thank you for a lovely stay at The Reading Room. The house is beautiful and well equipped. We have had a lovely, relaxing time. We have had a few trips out to St Mawes, went to The Hidden Hut and a walk on the beach, St Ives, Padstow and Trelissick National Trust. Also had a drink at The Pandora Inn which has lovely views. Would love to return as there's so much more to see and do in Cornwall!

    Diane, Matt, Amelie, Charlotte & Barney the cockapoo — February 2024
  • Very well equipped

    Awesome place and as many guests mentioned, it is very well equipped to cook your own meals. I also tapped into the collection of old books and started reading Oliver Twist from Dickens. The place is actually quite roomy. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

    Benoit & family — New Year 2023
  • A tonic

    Staying in 'The Reading Room' has been a tonic. So peaceful and calming, we've loved it! Very many thanks.

    Liza, Baz & Evie — November 2023
  • Beautiful home!

    Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home! This house is so well equipped and everything for guest comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered. You have renovated to an extremely high standard and the result is fabulous. We've had a lovely week. Many, many thanks!

    Christina, Jonny & Ted — September 2023
  • Stunning, peaceful location

    Many thanks for our amazing week away from it. The cottage is perfect, so well equipped and clean — not to mention set in a stunning, peaceful location. We managed to venture all over Cornwall and found the cottage really well located to allow this. King Harry's ferry is just down the road and so useful. Visits to The Hidden Hut and their sister pub The Standard Inn are highly recommended. My sister, daughter and I will definitely return.

    Susannah, Jane & Ella — June 2023
  • The most beautifully appointed home

    Without a doubt this is the most beautifully appointed home we have been privileged to stay in. The attention to detail is exceptional. Thank you for the effort that has gone into creating such a luxurious yet comfortable space for your guests. The Reaching Room’s situation in this serene village is an ideal escape from the bustle of much of Cornwall and the silent privacy was very much appreciated. The secluded Loe beach and wonderful park were used daily. Day trips to Falmouth, St Mawes and St Ives were easily achievable. The best surprise was the Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick despite the queues – utterly fabulous food. Excellent fish bought in Falmouth at Discovery Quay. Great artisan coffee at Tidal Coffee van above the beach in Falmouth. For your daily cuppa, the little café on Loe Beach is great with fabulous coffee and walnut cake. Our family has been blessed with six days of sunshine, the best place to reunite parents, grandparents and grandkids and we leave here not too willingly, but with very full hearts. We will be back.

    The Parkers — May 2023
  • Close proximity to Loe beach

    Many thanks for allowing us to book this lovely home. The kids and I were impressed with the decor and the close proximity to Loe beach, and the playground up the road. We engaged in various water sports at Loe beach — thanks to the team at the water sports hire place that gave us a guide on how to navigate the beach using the paddle boards. The kids enjoyed walking to the beach and playing around the shore. The ice creams at the cafe were a nice treat on hot afternoons after paddling in the sea. The close proximity of The Reading Room allowed us to enjoy various ferries, such as the King Harry ferry, Enterprise boats and St Mawes ferry. The Fal mussel card visitor was a money saver for unlimited travel around Cornwall. It was a pleasant stay with a very lovely house and decor.

    Samuel, Maureen, Esther, Jasmina & Jesse — August 2022
  • A hidden gem

    We've thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at The Reading Room. What a lovely house in a great location, within easy reach of exploring further afield. The house is a hidden gem with beautiful decor in a tranquil setting, well-equipped, very cosy with easy parking and super welcoming neighbours. We've never felt so 'at home' staying at a holiday home! It is a short walk to Loe beach which has a cute little cafe where we enjoyed grabbing breakfast, coffee and ice creams to cool off in the afternoons. The added bonus at Loe beach is the water sports hire place which is also dog friendly. The staff were very friendly, giving us the confidence to take an adventure along the coastline. We had so much fun kayaking to Pandora Inn for a fabulous lunch. Thank you to the home owners for giving us an amazing opportunity to experience Cornwall in such a beautiful home and all at Forever Cornwall for making the whole experience from booking, checking in and departure so effortless. We definitely will be recommending The Reading Room and Forever Cornwall to our family and friends.

    Harminder & family — August 2022
  • Enjoyed our stay immensely

    This is a really lovely house and we have enjoyed our stay immensely. Great local cafe on Loe beach and some glorious walks around Feock. Our tip is to try the seafood bar in Quay street, Falmouth — outlet for the Verdant brewery and also serves fantastic seafood tapas. Thanks to the owners and all at Forever Cornwall for giving us such a fabulous home.

    David & Family — June 2022
  • Serenity

    This is just the most beautiful home, and made our week here so comfortable and cosy! The decor is better than a hotel, the kitchen so well equipped and space is really amazing, we don't want to leave! We've travelled all around Cornwall — Padstow, Rock, St Ives, Newquay and Falmouth, nothing more than a one hour drive so you must go too! Writing this on the lovely desk in the most perfect spot, really makes me wonder how a whole week has already gone by, we'll miss this place and its serenity.

    Sheena & Haidar — May 2022
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