A mile from the top of the peaks of Bodmin Moor with views as far-reaching as Dartmoor, this off-the-beaten-track bijou cottage for two is a walker’s dream.
Part of three cottages, which can be booked together, it overlooks a courtyard on the host’s property on the sheltered eastern side of the moor. The hamlet of Henwood 1,250ft above sea level, three miles from Minions, the highest village in Cornwall. Minions is the nearest place to stock up on provisions and there is a pub there too.
The cosy interior has a wood-burning stove and a well-equipped kitchen, and the bedroom and bathroom are on a mezzanine level. Mole Cottage has central heating and free Wifi.
At A Glance
Open loft design
1,250ft above sea level
Pub 3 miles
2 pets no charge
Starter log basket
Complimentary cream tea
About Mole Cottage
This diminutive destination sleeps two, with the option of being part of a group booking thanks to the two other cottages on the property that sleep four and seven respectively.
The open plan living area with scattered rugs on the original slate floor has a wood-burning stove, a table for two, and a kitchen with a countertop hob, washing machine and Belfast sink.
There’s a complimentary cream tea for you on arrival, fresh milk in the fridge and a courtesy basket of logs for the burner. The patio door leads outside to the courtyard, where you can park the car.
Map of Area
Things To Do in Henwood
Mole Cottage has the advantage of being one of the few dwellings that lay claim to being nearly 1,250ft above sea level, 300ft above Minions, the highest village in Cornwall. This lofty little settlement is not short on rural hospitality, where free-range sheep join customers in the pub’s beer garden. There is also a quaint shop with a post office and a tearoom with outside seating.
The area has a wealth of archaeological interest, from early Bronze Age sites to copper and stone quarries. To best see this, there is a circular 3.6-mile walk that passes the Hurlers’ Stone Circles, the 1500BC barrow where a gold goblet was unearthed, and the hut of an eccentric stonemason and mathematician Daniel Gumb. On Stowe’s Hill, the weather-sculpted granite tor of the Cheesewring dominates the landscape and you can see for miles. The old railway route that took metals from the mines and stones from the quarries to Looe for shipping still exists, providing an ideal way to explore the area either on foot or by bike.
Fans of the period drama Poldark will recognise the landscape where most of the horseback scenes were filmed and seek out the pathway, just north of Minions, where Ross meets Demelza. Take the 12-mile drive to Jamaica Inn between Bodmin and Launceston, infamous as a collection point for smugglers’ contraband. Here die-hards of the drama can drink Poldark cider, ale and rum, and buy Poldark souvenirs.
Just 6.5 miles from the cottage is Siblyback Lake, with scenic cycling and walking trails; it also offers canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding for a fun-filled family day out.
This is a destination like no other in the highest habitable part of Cornwall, overlooking a vast and wild moorland, inspiring writers and artists past and present. Mole Cottage provides a cosy and compact retreat from the elements in complete contrast to its remote and rugged terrain. On a clear day, Dartmoor National Park can be seen in the far distance, and although Bodmin Moor has yet to gain national park status, it is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cornwall’s North Coast is only 12 miles away, good to know, but it’s a journey that might take a backseat when you realise just how much the area around Henwood has to offer. Perhaps a day out along the coast is enough as you find more and more heritage and archaeological sites, walking trails and cycling routes right on your doorstep.
If it’s a break without committing to an itinerary of to-dos and must-sees in a remote and unspoilt area of Cornwall, then Mole Cottage is where you should be headed.
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