A large, charming home with individually styled rooms and original features
Unique and utterly charming, Clematis House is an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern, with boujie styling and quirky interiors. A Grade II listed building, Clematis House dates back to 1850, and is full of original features from arched windows to fireplaces.
Positioned on a quiet road in the historic village of St Columb Major, Clematis House is close to all the village amenities, while feeling wonderfully secluded. This rare property sleeps eight to ten guests, boasting three ensuite bedrooms and a further double within close proximity to the family bathroom.
At Clematis House you can enjoy a taste of times past but with modern facilities, with the kitchen being a fine example of a contemporary space within a period property. Filled with light flooding through the patio door, the fully-fitted kitchen features everything budding chefs could need, including a Nespresso machine, boiling water tap and breakfast bar island, complete with four bar stools.
From the kitchen you have plenty of options, choose to go through to the large dining room, which boasts a chunky wooden table seating eight, there’s plenty to look at from the blue piano to the decorative open fire. From the dining room, head through the quirky arch, and enter the opulent lounge. A large space for the adults to enjoy, the jungle-inspired wallpaper is fabulous, while the wood-burner will keep you cosy during the colder months. There’s also a SONOS sound system installed for guests to listen to their favourite tunes, a smartTV, a selection of seating, and three gorgeous arched windows filling the room with light, all part of its ‘old meets new’ charm.
At the back of the house there’s also a fun circus-inspired snug with smartTV, for younger guests to kick back. From here, you have access to a useful utility room and a private staircase up to bedroom four. The coastal inspired bright and airy bedroom features a king-size bed, its own landing with cosy sofa which makes a great reading spot and family bathroom, which features a bath and freestanding shower.
The three further bedrooms are situated on the other section of the house, full of charm they’re all individually styled. The largest of the bedrooms, bedroom one awash with green and contemporary wood panelling, it features a supersized luxury super king mattress. There’s also a sumptuous sofa bed in this bedroom too, which can be used as extra sleeping space if required. The sizeable ensuite features a bath and double freestanding shower.
Take a walk on the wild side with bedroom two, showcasing tropical details, there’s a double bed, ensuite with shower and plenty of storage. The third ensuite room, which overlooks the pretty garden and is double in size, is full of modern touches, from the luxury walk-in shower to the Scandinavian inspired décor.
Outside is equally charming at Clematis House. The manicured garden, with its many flower beds blooming with beautiful flora, is split across two levels. Dine under the Cornish sun on the garden furniture, and embrace a slower pace of life, you’re on holiday after all…
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A large village, St Columb Major is situated just off the A39 (known as the Atlantic Highway) and has plenty to offer. With four pubs, and a handful of shops, each year this is this Cornish village practise Hurling the Silver Ball, an ancient game which used to be played throughout the county on Shrove Tuesday, St Ives also still carries on the tradition.
If it’s good pub food and traditional charm you’re after, then head to the The Ring O’ Bells, it’s the oldest pub in St Columb and one of the oldest in Cornwall. The creative menu has a strong focus on Cornish produce and won’t disappoint. If you’d like a fresh sourdough loaf or sweet pastries to start your day you’re in luck, The Butchers Bakehouse is just a two-minute walk from Clematis House.
The closest beach to St Columb Major is Mawgan Porth, which is just over 5 miles away. The perfect location to relax, boasting acres of soft golden sand for all age groups to enjoy. In contrast to the huge, rugged north Cornwall cliffs, this award-winning west-facing beach is brilliant for sandcastles, but also rewards you with spectacular all-year-round sunsets, rock pooling, body boarding and beach walking. You cannot find a more select, peaceful choice for your holiday than here, so let yourself unwind. There’s a lovely walk down to Mawgan Porth, it’ll take you a couple of hours but we assure you it’s worth it.
If you are a nature lover, there are wonderfully scenic walks along the cliff tops here, jewelled in summer with sea pinks and gorse. The cliff geology provides a dramatic backdrop to the gentle flat of the bay, dominated by rugged rocks.
Nearby (6 miles), surfing fanatics will love Watergate Bay, it’s perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing, or try your hand at kayaking, coasteering, surf rafting and plenty of other adrenaline sports.
Renowned for its beaches, Newquay’s are amazingly clean, and generally dotted with surfers (it is a surfing mecca). The key beaches, Towan, Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne and Great Western, are all pretty sheltered and safe for swimming, too. The surfing is unmatched – Fistral Beach offers a world-class surfing experience. A trip to Pollyjoke Beach is well worth a walk. Off the beaten track, it is a beautiful little cove set away from the main activity of Newquay. In spring, the beach is overlooked by dramatic huge fields of red poppies.
Newquay is set within a beautiful area of countryside with plenty of walks. Along with the South West Coast Path, if you want some peaceful beauty then why not opt to visit the bonsai, pagodas and ponds of The Japanese Garden? Trenance Gardens form another fine option for a day away from the beach.
An attraction for families is Newquay Zoo, set in over ten acres of sub-tropical lakeside gardens and home to many endangered species. The Blue Reef Aquarium with its shark tunnel is also a fab outing for a rainy day. Or you may fancy a special spa day, we recommend heading to Fistral Spa and Headland Spa.
Newquay is also a foodie’s paradise with a plethora of fun places to try.
Clematis House is available weekly from a Sunday.
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Booking fee: There is a non-refundable booking fee of £35 per booking.
Damage deposit: A refundable damage deposit of £300 is payable. This will be held until the end of the occupancy and will be returned to the guest within 2 weeks of departure, subject to deductions for any damage to property caused during the occupancy.
Dog stays: £35/dog/week – up to 2 dogs welcome
NB. All bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions.
Sleeps 8/10 guests across four bedrooms
3 ensuite bedrooms
4 bathrooms in total
Charming Grade II listed building
Close to St Columb Major's pubs and shops
Quirky interiors plus original features
Pretty manicured garden
Contemporary fully-equipped kitchen
Individually styled bedrooms
Cosy wood-burning stove
Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay nearby
Private parking for up to three cars
We have stayed at Clematis House twice and it is firmly on our bucket list to return. The house itself is nothing short of fabulous. Incredibly beautiful inside, so much space for everyone, a social and well equipped kitchen, lovely garden to sit out and enjoy the sunset, and so many areas to enjoy your group’s company whether in the dining room, snug or on the extremely comfy sofas in the lounge. The location is perfect - set in a really lovely village where the locals are so friendly, and on the doorstep to so many Cornish beaches. We visited a new one every day all within 15-20 mins, returning to the house where we were able to wash off our kit outside to remove all of the sand and salt.
We thought the house was beautiful and was in the perfect location to a few local shops and lots of lovely beaches. This was our first time doing a holiday home stay and booking through Cornish Secrets, and have found the whole process very smooth and a wonderful experience. Thank you!