Roselyn Cottage is a luxury creekside retreat accommodating up to six guests in three bedrooms and complete with a handcrafted kitchen, open plan living area, large sunny garden and Finnish wood-fired hot tub. Roselyn makes the perfect escape at any time of year for a family or couple, and welcomes up to two well-behaved dogs. Two kayaks are also included in your rental.

Please note: because the garden is terraced this property is not suitable for toddlers or children under four years old. Please contact us if you would like to discuss further

At the head of a tidal creek on the beautiful Fowey river lies the tiny and ancient village of Lerryn — widely regarded as one of the most picturesque in South Cornwall, and adored by many as a ‘well-kept secret’. Roselyn is one of a pair of cottages in the heart of the village, and has been sensitively restored and modernised, retaining all of its original architectural beauty to create a stunning contemporary holiday home just oozing with character.

Inside Roselyn Cottage

Roselyn is set back from the quiet village road and is approached up a classic cottage garden path to the front door. This is flanked on either side by an elegant paved terrace, which catches the afternoon sun, and has a café-style table and chairs. You’ll step through traditional half-glazed stable doors into the bright and airy open-plan living area, with a comfy sofa, vintage Ercol easy chairs, a contemporary wood burner and smart TV. Also in this space is a dining table for six and a beautiful hand-crafted kitchen. This has a large central island with granite worktop, a Neff hob and oven, and is generously equipped for keen cooks. Downstairs is also a utility room and WC.


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Upstairs you have three comfortable bedrooms, two of these are doubles which look out over the front garden towards the village — one of them has a lovely en suite bathroom with a walk-in waterfall shower. The third bedroom is a twin. All have excellent deep-sprung mattresses. Upstairs is also a contemporary family bathroom with bath and shower.

The décor throughout is a blend of lovingly curated antique, mid-century vintage, and up-cycled furniture set against a backdrop of original stripped pine floors, subtle paint finishes, and carefully chosen contemporary and heritage fabrics, prints and artworks.

Outside and in the village

The main garden is to the rear of the property and is laid out over three terraces. The centrepiece is the Finnish hot tub, which can accommodate three to five people. It’s fired using natural wood, which is provided, and the water heats remarkably quickly. The upper terrace of the garden is lawned and has garden seating and a classic barbeque for al fresco dining.

The location of Roselyn Cottage in the heart of Lerryn means that the little village and all it offers will become very much part of your memorable holiday experience. Within a few paces of your garden gate is the very wonderful Lerryn River Stores which is remarkably well-stocked not only with kitchen essentials but with cheeses, meats, Cornish gins and ales, oven-fresh bakery products, excellent local pasties and fab ice creams. Cream teas and other nourishments are served inside and outside of the café and can be enjoyed by the river. Opposite Roselyn is also is the 16th century Ship Inn, a good traditional pub serving hearty food including locally caught fish. The beautiful Lerryn area and riverbanks here are reputed to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.”

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The essence of this area is ‘messing about on the river’, and you will find that your body clock tunes in to the ebb and flow of the tides. Roselyn comes complete with two sit-on kayaks with buoyancy aids and paddles, to help with river exploration. You can also walk along the creek and beside the Fowey river through stunning woodlands to the tiny hamlet of St Winnow, used as a film location in the original screen adaptations of Poldark (in the 1970s!) and home to the legendary Angie’s Kiosk serving farm-reared meats, home-baked cakes and ice creams — it’s well worth the five-mile there-and-back walk.

If you tire of the river, the sea coast is a twenty-minute drive away. The beaches in this area are non-commercial, and the best one, Lantic Bay, demands a twenty-minute hike along the coast path — but you will be rewarded by stunning views, and truly spectacular landscape. Note there are no lifeguards so enter the sea with due care. Lantic Bay also has the rare benefit of being dog-friendly all year round. Further along the coast, little Lansallos Beach is similarly off the beaten track. In contrast, idyllic Polkerris beach, slightly further away and east of Fowey is one of Cornwall’s best and most well-equipped beaches. It offers all manner of watersport activities as well as a café, pub, restaurant and lifestyle shopping. You have two neighbouring towns; the nearby 12th century Stannary town of Lostwithiel will be your go-to for convenience shopping and also has excellent independent retailers, cafés and restaurants. Fowey itself — an essential visit — is best reached via the Bodinnick ferry (you can take a car over or park in Bodinnick and go across as a foot passenger).

Things we love…

We think Roselyn Cottage represents all that’s best about this magical area of Cornwall. It’s steeped in history and the sensitive restoration has brought out the beauty of the stonework and character of the building. Of course, we love the hot tub and it’s rewarding to spend time with loved ones, soaking and conversing, knowing that your moment of luxury is warmed by nature. The spirit of the timeless Fowey River flows through this area; home to Daphne Du Maurier, host to countless sea-birds, and hideaway for pirates, smugglers, artists and lovers. The essence of Roselyn is time slowing down to keep pace with the tides rather than the clock, the antidote to hectic modern living.

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Retreat Features

  • A stone's throw away from local shops and pub
  • Two sit on kayaks with buoyancy aids
  • Cosy wood-burner
  • Finnish wood-fired hot tub
  • Surrounded by beautiful local walks
  • Free parking 100m from property
Two double bedrooms (one en suite)
One twin bedroom
All bed linen provided
Large, well equipped island kitchen
Neff hob and oven
American-style fridge-freezer
Dishwasher, microwave, etc
Dining area for six
Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier
Tea towels provided
Comfy living area
Cosy wood-burner with wood provided
Free wireless broadband
Family bathroom with bath & shower
En suite with shower
Additional WC by the utility room
Bathroom towels provided
Finnish wood-fired hot tub
Tiered garden with large lawn
Barbecue and outdoor dining furniture
Two sit on kayaks with buoyancy aids
Sorry unsuitable for toddlers and small children
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Charged at £25.00 per week or part-week
Sorry no other pets permitted
Central heating and wood burner
Free parking close from property
Saturday changeover
Check in after 3pm
Check out before 10am
There is a returnable £350 security deposit for this property
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... idyllic location.
A fantastic week in a beautiful house, idyllic location. We loved the kayaks and hot-tub! Plenty to do — didn't get time to do it all in a week. The children are sad to leave their 'holiday home' and so are we. We'd love to come again next year.
Jason, Catherine, Winnie and Rupert from Stourbridge — August 2019