What to expect in your cottage

So, what can you expect to find when you book a holiday home with Forever Cornwall? Each property owner and their housekeeper will do things a little differently, but there are some things that you can expect to be the same whichever holiday home you choose. Read on...

Finding your holiday home

As soon as your holiday is fully paid for you’ll get our booking email with a very detailed description of how to find your holiday home. This is vital in Cornwall as Sat Nav may get you close, but is equally likely to turn you down the wrong lane at the last minute and then insist that you drive into the middle of a field!

Getting hold of the key

You’ll find the key in a secure key-safe. You’ll receive the code to the key-safe in the same email as the directions and you can arrive whenever it suits you after the check-in time stated. We kindly ask that you do not arrive before your specified arrival time, or ask to do so. If you know you’ll arrive very late please let us know so we can tell the owner and housekeeper — they do care and might be getting anxious!

Cottage and local area info

All properties have a detailed Guest Directory. This will explain everything you need to know about your cottage, from the WiFi key to when to put the bins out. They all have lots of local info to help you get the best from your stay, like how to get to the beach and recommending the best eateries.

Each property has a Guest Journal too — it’s far more than a visitors’ book so have a good read and you could find a treasure-trove of recommendations. Oh, and of course please add to the recommendations and share all of your favourite experiences.

Linen and towels

All bedding is provided, like duvets with nice duvet covers, pillows etc. In all of our holiday homes you will also find one big bath towel for each guest in your party, two hand towels in each bathroom and tea towels for the kitchen. We do request that the bath towels are strictly for use in the holiday homes only — please bring your own beach towels.

Helpful little things to get you started

In short, you don’t have to pack the kitchen sink. To make sure you feel nice and welcome, all holiday homes will have many of the little things you need, from the moment you arrive. These include:

  • Two loo rolls in every bathroom
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up sponges, green scourers etc
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking (apart from Kestle Barton properties)
  • Bin liners
  • Tea bags
  • A litre of milk (apart from Kestle Barton properties)
  • … and usually a few other little treats too!


Of course all holiday homes will have been cleaned before your stay, and should be as fresh as a sea breeze when you arrive. Please help your housekeeper by leaving the property as clean and tidy as you can. Especially at busy times of year this really is super-appreciated.

If you are staying for two weeks or more, your housekeeper will get in touch with you (usually by phone) before / during your stay to arrange weekly clean/s and linen change/s. Usually this linen change has to be at a particular time of the week to fit with the housekeeper’s schedule, but in some instances you may be offered some flexibility. You will probably want to be ‘out’ when the housekeepers come. Please tidy up before they arrive so they can clean and make beds effectively.


If your holiday home has a wood-burner you’ll find enough kindling, logs etc to get you though the first night (note that some owners don’t do this in the summer). Some owners are able to supply more wood to make things easy for you and some have ‘honesty boxes’ where you can pay. Or you can purchase more from local garage forecourts and shops.


Most properties have barbecues except apartments, and those that have no outside spaces. In most cases there will be a small provision of appropriate fuel for the barbecue, i.e. charcoal and gas to allow for a couple of barbecues. You may have to provide your own if you require more, or in some instances you can contact your housekeeper for this. Please leave the barbecues in a tidy state for the next guests. This is really important as the housekeepers are not expected to clean them, and if they are required to there may be an additional charge which will be passed on.

Beach stuff

Some holiday home owners provide beachy things like portable barbecues, buckets and spades, body boards or even surf boards. But please think of these as a bonus and don’t rely on any properties being equipped with particular things unless stated on our website.

Rainy day games, books and DVDs

In most properties you’ll find books and games, in some you’ll find a DVD selection or even a games console. But as above, please don’t rely on any property having particular things unless stated. If in doubt, please ask.

Bins, recycling and compost

You’ll need to put bins and/or recycling out on a particular day, just like at home. It’s really important, as if you miss the day it can create a big headache for the housekeepers. The bin day is clearly stated in the Guest Directory in the property. Please make sure that all general waste is bagged in black bags or similar, before being put in wheelie bins. We are proud to say that some of our properties are equipped with composting facilities too — please only put uncooked vegetable-based kitchen waste in there.

Should things go wrong

Of course things can go wrong. You might loose your front door key at dusk on the coastal path at Zennor (yes that happened), or the heating might fail on Sunday night. Such things are mercifully rare but if you have a problem you will be able to call your housekeeper who will do their utmost to help (you’ll have the housekeeper’s phone number in the booking email, and again in the cottage Guest Directory). In office hours we are here to help too.