Wheal Basset Farm


Self-catering Farm Accommodation in the Heart of Cornwall
Old Basset Cottage 2 Bedrooms – Sleeps 2/4 People

4 Star Rating (English Tourist Council)

Out of season breaks available
£49 per night

Wheal Basset Farm | Porthtowan (nr Truro) | Cornwall TR4 8DJ | England
Tel./Fax 01209 890334 (UK)
Email kfurr@whealbasset.fsnet.co.uk

Wheal Basset Farm and newly converted Old Basset Cottage are located in a deep valley about one mile from the north coast and are in an ideal location for visiting Cornwall. The cottage is eight miles from the county town of Truro, fourteen miles from the south coast and a forty minute drive to the far south west peninsula, Lands End. The sandy beach of Porthtowan is only a mile away, ideal for bathing and surfing with lifeguards in attendance. There are also interesting walks along the spectacular coastal path and further inland. View of Wheal Basset FarmIf you want to get away from it all for a quiet holiday - Wheal Basset Farm is ideal.

The farm is a small livestock farm which is operated under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The southern end of the farm was designated a County Wildlife Site in 1980. There are a good number of trout in the stream and pond which hold mallard, moorhen and other waterfowl. Barn owl are found in the valley and nested in an Elm tree five metres from the farm until the tree was lost. Several pairs of buzzard can be seen and also nest in the valley. Peregrine hunt for pigeon in the woods along the stream. Also, a pair of raven which normally nest on the cliffs at Porthtowan have made their home in a derelict engine house on land bordering the farm. The flora is particularly interesting, notably some patches of Dorset Heath.

Many attractions are within a short ride such as gliding, golf, tennis, surfing and pony riding. Other nearby towns include Truro, Perranporth, St. Ives and Falmouth along with many interesting surrounding villages. Porthtowan and Mount Hawke both have well stocked village stores and post offices.

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Old Basset Cottage was the original farmhouse dating back to the 17th century, now completely converted to a new cottage incorporating many of the original features and is of a very high standard. It is situated near the present farmhouse which is itself over 200 years old. From the cottage there are spectacular valley views towards the sea. Old Basset CottageThe accommodation consists of a porch leading to a large comfortable lounge/dining room with colour TV and the furniture includes a bed settee should it be required. The large farmhouse kitchen includes eating area and is fully equipped with fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, cooker and microwave. The luxury bathroom includes separate shower unit, bath, basin, WC and heated towel rail/radiator. There are two bedrooms; one with double bed and original fireplace feature and the other a twin-bedded room. Bed linen and towels are provided. The cottage has its own garden and BBQ and visitors are welcome to walk around the farm at any time. There is full oil central heating for the cooler months and electricity is included. Cot and high chair available on request. A no smoking policy applies inside the cottage. Pets only allowed by special arrangement.

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How to Find Us. To locate Wheal Basset Farm farm on any large-scale map of the area, find the road connecting Porthtowan and Mount Hawke (SSW of St Agnes on the North Coast). The farm is just west of the point where the road forks into two.

By car:

  1. Take the main road through Cornwall (A30) and follow it until you have passed the signs to Perranporth.
  2. After a few miles you come to a large roundabout, Chiverton Cross, entering from the road sign posted Bodmin. Take the exit for the B3277, the St Agnes road.
  3. Follow this for a little way past the Chiverton Arms until you see a small road on the left sign posted Mount Hawke/Skinners Bottom.
  4. Follow this road and take the first sharp right hand turn.
  5. Stay on the road until you reach the village of Mount Hawke (a distance of one and a half miles).
  6. After passing the church on the left you will come to a crossroads. Go straight across.
  7. Continue until you reach a T-junction at the bottom of a steep hill. Turn right.
  8. Take first left turn into Wheal Basset Farm lane. The farmhouse and cottage are at the end of this lane past the pond.
Ordinance Survey Map showing the farm's location     A Bird's Eye View of the farm and environs

Other Sites. The most comprehensive guide to Cornwall is the Cornish Tourist Office's regularly updated Cornwall Online. The National Trust site is also an invaluable resource for visitors to the area.

South West Way and Cornishman both have photos and details of the beautiful Cornish Coastal Path. The Ramblers Association lists details of forthcoming organised walks together with links to related sites. Cornwall Wildlife Trust is a comprehensive site on all aspects of Cornish wildlife.

Cycling in Cornwall gives details of Cornwall's cycling routes, including links to relevant OS maps.

Other sites include the Cornwall Homepage, Cornwall Calling, Cornwall Connect and TripAdvisor's Cornwall pages.

Reservations. Open all year. Prices range from £250 to £645 per week. Heating and electricity included in price. Bookings from Saturday to Saturday. The cottage is available from 3pm and should be vacated by 10am. Off Season short breaks available (3 night minimum stay).

A deposit of 25% of the total cost of your stay will be required on booking. Balance due 4 weeks before arrival date.

How to book

  1. Call us on 01209 890334 to check availability and price.
  2. If the accommodation is available we will make a provisional booking which will be held for 5 days pending receipt of your booking form and deposit.
  3. On receipt of your booking form and deposit your reservation will be confirmed; the remaining balance will then be due 4 weeks before arrival.
  4. Please print, complete and sign the booking form. Click here to Open Booking Form (Word file).
  5. Post booking form to:
    Garrick Furr
    Wheal Basset Farm
    Cornwall TR4 8DJ

Webmaster: Jason Clapham | Last update: August 2007






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