Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Cosawes Barton

A unique opportunity to stay in a beautiful and historic family home, not normally for holiday rental, is available for the first time this summer through

Cosawes Barton, near Falmouth, is owned by Louise and Andy Bishop and, along with their two children, they will vacate their house for 6 weeks in July and August to allow self-catering accommodation for up to 10 guests.

Perfect for a large family gathering, adults will love the spacious accommodation. There is a large reception hall, living room, separate dining room and kitchen with granite-topped centre island and Aga providing perfect spaces to entertain and relax, as well as the large patio area with exterior furniture and barbecue facilities outside.

Cosawes Barton is great for children too as there is so much space to explore.  The huge annexe, which was the original barn, has its own mezzanine sitting room, a perfect place to unwind and there is a separate games room in the adjoining courtyard.

Children can also go free-range outside, with the exclusive use of the private walled garden as well as a further 17 acres of woodland and fields. 

Sleeping arrangements are flexible with the choice of a master double bedroom with en-suite shower room, two twin bedrooms, a double bedroom and a double sofa bed in the annexe.  There is also a separate family bathroom and a further shower room in the mezzanine. Cots and high chairs can be arranged upon request.

The history of Cosawes Barton, that is the land and all of its owners, can be dated back to 1066 and the gardens are for the first time this year part of the National Gardens Scheme.

There are also two new barn conversions, Carvosso Mill and Tremayne Barn, on site, which will be available to rent from May 2013.  Both sleep up to 6 guests, allow up to 2 well behaved dogs and have full access to the woodland and fields.  A week from 26th May costs £699.

Cosawes Barton is available from 19th July to 30th August 2013 and costs £2,999 per week.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Long Commons, St Mawes, Cornwall - Wheelchair Friendly Cottage

Long Commons is a recently constructed luxury five-bedroom house, with disabled access throughout, and sea views in St Mawes, Cornwall, and is available to rent through

Set out in a reverse style of living, the property offers spacious accommodation for up to 9 guests, including those with disabilities. 

Leslie and Paula Brown built Long Commons four years ago for Paula’s father, who was confined to a wheelchair. Paula said:  “My father was very happy living in Long Commons for two years.  It was exceptionally easy for him to move about the house whilst still being able to enjoy the spectacular views from all the rooms and the garden. 

“The accommodation at Long Commons is extremely flexible and inclusive.  It can cater for guests with young children - cots, high chairs and stair gates are provided - as well as the elderly and those with disabilities, and because the entire house is accessible to all, no one has to miss out.”

An internal lift allows easy wheelchair access to the first floor open plan living area with its fully fitted modern kitchen, dining area and living room with leather sofas and bi-fold doors that lead onto a balcony with magnificent sea views over St Mawes Bay, the village and distant coast and countryside beyond.

The first floor also comprises a large bathroom specifically designed for those with disabilities and a master double bedroom with 5’ bed, access to the balcony and en-suite bathroom. Four further bedrooms, all with their own en-suite bathrooms and two with sea views, are on the ground floor.

Outside, a large landscaped garden and raised patio area, with garden furniture and sea views, are located at the rear of the property and can be accessed by a disabled friendly pathway.  Off road parking is available for up to six vehicles and, whilst the property is not normally dog friendly, guide dogs are welcome.

Long Commons is available to rent through (01872 264441).