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Fairlea Lodge | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Mullion, The Lizard

Fairlea Lodge

Mullion, Cornwall, UK

Far from Cornwall’s main thoroughfare, the Lizard Peninsula, with its weathered coastal landscape and unique culture, is an island nation in spirit if not geography. White sand beaches, azure seas and enduring fishing villages await, while luxury self-catering cottage Fairlea Lodge offers sublime seclusion hidden within the grounds of one of the county's Great Gardens.


Journey through twisting rhododendrons and ancient trees to a tranquil clearing on the Bonython Estate where a luxury New England-style cottage promises sweet relief from the pressures of the everyday. Here, time stands still. With nothing to do but snooze in the dappled shade of a sycamore or sink into the hot tub, self-care is of the utmost importance. Outside the realms of your paradisiacal garden retreat, The Lizard offers a wealth of sheltered coves and quiet beaches, where sparkling seas tempt lazy SUP sessions and sunset dips.


Echoing the fresh colours of spring in full swing, Fairlea Lodge’s interiors are awash with hues of budding green and forget-me-not blue, while the two bedrooms flaunt huge sash windows looking out into the private gardens, offering the most tranquil of spots for breakfast in bed. In summer, throw open the doors to let birdsong flow through the open-plan living area while in winter, fire up the woodburner and settle in for an afternoon of board games around the dining table.


Whether your staycation intentions are to idle or roam far, everything is catered for at Fairlea Lodge. Wander the 20 acres of estate gardens and their carefully planted borders right outside the front door or, for those in search of adventure, head to the coast. This remote peninsula is as wild in winter as it is magical in summer where hikers, leisurely ramblers and beach dwellers will be spoilt for choice. At the end of the day, retreat to the hot tub with a glass of something cool, sky above fading from cerulean to flamingo to coal.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,595 per week, £1,195 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne bedroom with super king-size bed and en suite bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower, and one bedroom with twin beds and en suite shower room.
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  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. A cot and highchair are available on request.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for up to two cars. The kitchen includes an electric oven, induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge-freezer. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds.
  • Homestay includesHamper of fresh produce, Smart TV with apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, WiFi, Tassimo coffee machine, charcoal barbecue, board games, linen, towels, logs and firelighters to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyPowered by wind turbine
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Explore the grounds of this private estate at leisure
Fire up the woodburner to hunker down on winter eves
You´ll find yourself slipping into holiday mode with ease

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Once a hot spot for smugglers, Mullion and its famous cove sits pretty on Cornwall´s Lizard Peninsula, the country´s southernmost tip. Bracing coastal hikes, foodie delights and paradisiacal beaches that wouldn´t look out of place in the Caribbean all await.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Four miles south of Helston, the cottage is just past the Culdrose naval base on the Lizard peninsula close to Helford, Mullion Cove and Coverack.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 towards Bath, the M5 South and the A30 to Cornwall, then follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The nearest train station is at the end of the line in Penzance, which is around a half hour drive away with regular routes to London Paddington.
  • By Air The nearest airport is Newquay (about one hour and 20 minutes from the cottage by car). Helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds of Fairlea Lodge.

From the owner

“The Bonython Estate has been inhabited for well over 1000 years. We have restored much of the estate ourselves and hope you enjoy the attention to detail in the rooms and private access to the gardens.”

From the owner

Being able to walk around the 20 acres of gardens and lakes at any time of the day to simply enjoy the peace and quiet is a great privilege not experienced by many. All our guests are free to enjoy them at their leisure. 

Fairlea Lodge is perfectly located for visiting the beautiful coves and coastal pathways of the Lizard Peninsula where unspoilt Cornish magic is found in abundance. World-renowned beaches, picturesque fishing villages and the freshest seafood you can find all hide within these craggy cliffs, while the leafy, wending Helford River is just a couple of miles away.

Whether a walker, kayaker, snorkeler or beach bather you will find something to keep you happy here. There are pubs and tea rooms aplenty while the community spirit which permeates through every fishing village is strong and welcoming.

When we think of Fairlea Lodge and its tranquil setting surrounded by well-loved gardens, as well as its proximity to the coast, we think of paradise.

Sue and Richard

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Mullion with an insider’s perspective.

The Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe

To Eat

The Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe

This 500 year old inn sits above sweeping fields leading down to the sea. Expect creamy seafood chowder, fresh crab cakes and a wine list which seamlessly pairs with local fare.

Wander the Bonython Estate

To Do

Wander the Bonython Estate

When the gates have closed to the public and all is quiet, step out of your front door to wander past roaming lakes, under swaying oaks and through the walled garden; your very own tour of this private garden.

Bespoke Cornwall experiences

To Do

Bespoke Cornwall experiences

Private surf lessons, mountain biking and barbecuing line-caught mackerel on the beach as the sun sets into the horizon; the Family Surf Co. take the hassle out of making the most of your stay, ensuring you can enjoy every moment.

The Lizard Peninsula

To See

The Lizard Peninsula

Turquoise waters lapping white sand beaches, sea stacks for exploring by kayak and exposed headlands which feel as though they´re teetering on the edge of the Earth; The Lizard is a haven for both leisure and adrenaline seekers alike.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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