We have just come back from a week away in South East Cornwall and I had to write about our holiday accommodation. The last time we thought about having short breaks away, we rented a property in South Cornwall and it was an absolute disaster and so I was nervous about booking any other holiday cottages. I looked everywhere for a holiday home and had trouble finding somewhere available for the dates we needed and also within budget but then I came across a website I hadn’t used before – Blue Chip Holidays and they had somewhere that looked too good to be true. The Coach House at Chy Wheal Honey in Menheniot near Bodmin Moor looked amazing and the price was unbelievable – Under £350 for a whole week for the 3 bedroom property. Dave told me to book it, so I did, and didn’t really think much of it until it was time to go on holiday!
What were our first impressions of The Coach House – Menheniot?
We arrived at The Coach House just after 3pm – The earliest check in time, and were greeted by the property owner Richard, who lives in the main adjoining property. He was very welcoming, showed us around and told us all we needed to know – Not a huge amount as there was a great welcome pack of information left for us as well as brochures for all of Cornwall’s attractions.
The Coach House was all that we had hoped and more. The ground floor had a spacious entrance hall had plenty of space to leave bags, coats and shoes. It led through the to open plan lounge/kitchen area that had a really comfy corner sofa, TV and wood burning stove in the open fireplace. The kitchen was modern and fully equipped with everything we could need – Including tea towels, washing up liquid, tea bags and other little things that we would never, ever expect from a self catering holiday. The kitchen also included a washing machine and tumble dryer which were a great welcome addition – The only thing that surprised us was the lack of a freezer or freezer compartment as there was just a large fridge.
From the kitchen there was access to a large games room/dining/living room with a big 6 seater table, pool table and another sofa and TV area. The downstairs living space was fantastic with the right mix of modern and traditional features – A lot of the character of the building has been kept in what has obviously been a sympathetic restoration.
On the first floor there were three bedrooms – two double bedrooms and a single, all have storage space or cupboards and there’s a really nice family bathroom with a shower over the bath. The beds were comfortable and towels were even supplied, again another extra that we weren’t expecting! By the end of the week the slanted ceilings were starting to annoy me slightly after a couple of 3am bangs on the head when getting up for night feeds but this wouldn’t affect most people staying here and is definitely something I’d happily live with for a week – especially with the fantastic views over the Cornish countryside.
What were the surroundings like at The Coach House – Menheniot?
The Coach House is set in a beautiful location in 3 acres of gardens and even includes a play house with swings, zip wire, trampoline, tyre swing, garden furniture and barbecue. The grounds are lovely and nice enough to spend a day, an evening and entertain or just relax. Menheniot also has a pub and a shop that even sells takeaways. What more could you need? Add to that the fact that most tourist attractions are easily accessible, just a short drive by car and The Coach House really is the perfect base for a lovely holiday – For families, couples or even a group of friends looking to explore the local area. It would be a great space for socialising at any time of year and it’s a dog friendly place to stay too.
We have been blown away by The Coach House. There really aren’t any negatives, purely tweaks that could make it even better – A dish drainer would be useful, as would a towel rail in the bathroom. We found at times The Coach House was chilly but the log burner fixed that and once warm it retained heat well! A dishwasher would be nice but in all honesty I’d rather have a freezer compartment in the fridge! But all these are tiny things that really had very little impact on our Menheniot holiday – The Coach House was a real find and somewhere I am so glad to have stayed. The only possible improvement would be if there was the option to hire highchairs and travel cots – I’d happily pay £10-£15 a week for each just to save the space in the car!
I can’t recommend The Coach House highly enough – If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Cornwall then definitely stay here! It’s also pet friendly and since we stayed they’ve installed a swimming pool too.