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A Rose by any other Name
East Rose Farm (Cornwall)
Member Name: a-true-ben
East Rose Farm (Cornwall)
Date: 09/10/01, updated on 09/10/01 (241 review reads)
Advantages: Pleasant holiday accommodation, nice surroundings, friendly people and cat, attractive part of the country
Disadvantages: Didn't get to try the cream teas, we're 19 going on middle-age, poor phone/TV reception, might've been a bit expensive for students without our discount
Well, as many of you may have noticed, I’ve just returned from holiday in Cornwall with three of my friends (Ali, George and Chris). We stayed in a farm cottage on East Rose Farm. Chris’ parents know the owners (John and Veronica Stansfield) and they regularly visit as a family (indeed, Chris’ parents had been previously that summer). As a result, Chris was familiar with the place (and we even got a discount!) but I’ll do my best to describe it and tell you a bit about our holiday.
East Rose Facts (lifted from the website):
* All cottages are comfortable, well equipped and to English Tourist Board standards
* Cottages sleeping two to six
* Two Cottages professionally equipped for wheelchair users
* Set in 17 acres of a 12th Century moorland farmstead in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
* Five lakes, waterside Nature Trail, Picnic Areas and Barbecue
* Peaceful, remote & isolated yet with very easy access to the glorious North Cornish Coast
* Superb Coarse Fishing with over three acres of water. Carp to 26lb
* Quality Cycle Hire on the Cornish Way and just 12 minutes from the Camel Trail
* Well behaved dogs welcomed
* Reasonable rates with reductions for longer stays out of season
* Payphone, small shop & well equipped Laundry Room.
* Cream Teas & Home Cooked Meals served in either your Cottage or the 16th Century Farmhouse Dining Room, packed lunches; special dietary needs catered for with prior notice
* Open all year
We had to find East Rose by car without Chris, which wasn’t too difficult. Although the farm is in the middle of moorland with the closest settlement being St. Breward (where? exactly!) it’s only around 12 minutes from the A30. Heading towards Bodmin, we turned off right (following ‘St Breward 4 miles’ – if you see signs for Temple Fisheries you’ve gone too far). Get used to country roads, because
although all the roads are surfaced, they’re narrow, windy and open to the sheep, cows and horses! Following the road and signposts eventually lead us to the right place – the farm’s clearly visible from the road (with a sign for cream teas). Drive over the cattle grid and turn right into the car park. (There’s a map on the website, but it’s not that clear, OS grid reference is SX 115 762).
The farm is still a fully functioning one, as far as I’m aware, although I’d guess they rely more on tourism to provide income. John and Veronica were both very friendly (perhaps just because they knew Chris, but I think they were welcoming to all the guests) as was the farm cat who’d come in the house and nick the best seats!
There are seven cottages; Stable, Rose, Barn, Tamarisk, Moor, Shippen and Mowhay (currently closed until 26th May). All sleep two plus a cot, apart from Stable (3-4), Mowhay (4), Tamarisk (5) and Barn (6). Tariffs depend on which cottage you want and when you go; but expect the week to cost from £125 for Rose in February to £520 for Mowhay in July-August (full prices on website). We paid a mere £260 for the Barn though (told you we got a discount ;)).
Although Barn is the largest, it still wouldn’t be big by house standards, but it’s enough for a holiday (you should be going out anyway). Of course, we left our things in bags and suitcases, but there were wardrobes and chest of drawers.
The layout was unusual, the three bedrooms and bathroom downstairs with stairs up to a first floor which was a single large living room with kitchen and dining areas on the side. The master bedroom has a double bed with en-suite shower and toilet; the other two rooms have two single beds. The girls grabbed the nicer of the two twin rooms, so I took the master bedroom and Chris spread himself over two beds! (Warning – having an en-suite is nice, but it’s the only shower
so you may have a stream of people using your room – and they wouldn’t even let me watch! ;) )
The décor was typical holiday stuff – flowery bedding and curtains for example. Old-fashioned beams on the ceiling (not original – Chris told us the extension had been built since he first visited) and artexed walls/ceiling. Upstairs we had three comfy chairs and a sofa, all wooden ones with big cushions on, as well as the table for meals (which we didn’t use).
The stairs had a gate at top and bottom, which would be useful if you had young children. There was a high chair (in the master bedroom wardrobe – with an ironing board too) and presumably a cot could be brought in if needed.
The kitchen included electric hob, grill and oven as well as microwave, toaster and kettle. Toilet paper was provided, but not soap or towels. Most things were pretty clean, but to be honest it wasn’t immaculate.
Meals could be taken in the farmhouse dining room/restaurant if desired (which I guess is where they also serve cream teas). They looked nice, and prices began from about £3 for breakfast I believe, but we were happy self-catering so I can’t confirm this. If you are self-catering, head to Bodmin and you reach a new Asda supermarket just before the town itself, which also has petrol at 72.9p/l (unleaded, price correct as of 21/09/01).
If you do this, remember you have to do all the washing up. Also, you have to empty the bins yourself (as we found out just before leaving). There were two keys, which we also had to return (obviously; when we were in, we left the door unlocked though, no one’s about really) and we had to pay for electricity – in the week the four of us used 93 units at 7.96p/unit, so under £8.
The cottage has a TV, but no radio. Reception’s pretty bad (particularly on BBC2 and no Channel 5 at all) so you can’t really get Teletext (for news/weather/
what’s on) but it’s watchable for normal viewing. The remoteness also caused reception problems for our mobile phones, but there is a payphone available in the shared laundry room.
The farm itself doesn’t offer too much to do. There are lakes down the bottom of the field, suitable for fishing or early morning jogs (we did! Well, maybe not ‘early’…) and picnic areas, but there’s plenty to do around. The website lists a range of tourist attractions, and in the cottage they keep a box of tourist brochures, but I’ll brief describe our holiday as an example:
Saturday – Arrived in time to visit Asda, buy food for tea and watch TV.
Sunday – Watch the Grand Prix on television, then go and climb Rough Tor (a pretty steep hill nearby, but good scenery)
Monday – Visit Tintagel, but decide not to pay for the unimpressive ruins, so go to a beach, but the tide’s in.
Tuesday – Cycle the ‘Camel Trail’ (by the river) from Wadebridge to Padstow (6 miles each way, cycle hire £5 each)
Wednesday – Visit the Eden Project (see separate op for details – tickets are available from the farm, but not for OAP concessions (students, thankfully, are))
Thursday – Found a sandy beach at low tide. Sunbathing, sandcastles and paddling then…
Friday – Drove to Newquay (about 45 minutes – our furthest day trip) to visit the Blue Reef Aquarium
Saturday – Had to vacate the property by 10am
Website (including pictures – go to ‘Around East Rose’ on the left-hand menu - and lots more information): www.eastrose.co.uk
Email enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +44(0)1208 850674
John and Veronica Stansfield
East Rose Farm, St Breward
Cornwall PL30 4NL
Hope you enjoy your holiday if you ever decide to vi
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