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Arcalia | Luxury Self-Catering Farmhouse | Blisland, Bodmin Moor


Blisland, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK

Arcalia is a Grade-II listed 300-year-old farmhouse set in the ancient parish of Blisland within the wilds of Bodmin Moor. Lovingly re-imagined, this luxury self-catering family home has been brought into the modern day with a sprinkling of mod cons, a flourish of style and a hearty dose of Cornish hospitality. Along with its 14 acres of nature-filled gardens and an outdoor swimming pool, Arcalia will create cherished memories of a time well spent.


Nestled deep in the heart of rural North Cornwall, yet not far from the popular coastal village of “Doc Martin’s” Port Isaac, this spacious luxury farmhouse and its magical location offer tranquillity and rejuvenation to all those lucky enough to visit. Imagine Aga-cooked suppers after a day on the moors or splashing about in the swimming pool until well past bedtime... there's no doubt you'll fall in head over heels love with this handsome farmhouse and wish your halcyon self-catering holiday could last forever and a day. 


The bunting-strewn sunroom will be a favourite spot for summer breakfasts, whilst during the colder months there is nothing better than curling up by one of the two roaring fires with a book from the library. Perfect for all guests in all seasons, each of Arcalia’s rooms has been elegantly put together to offer the ultimate in Cornish farmhouse comfort. Ready to welcome weary travellers, the luxurious bedrooms, comprised of a super king-size, a king-size and three twins, await on the first and second floors.  


Wander down to the garden’s natural pond in the morning, coffee in hand, and look out for the resident wildlife. Here children will sit still for hours, eyes peeled for a sight of the heron and family of moorhens who regularly frequent the spot. When the sun has taken the edge of the morning chill, the heated pool and well-equipped pool house area will delight the whole family. The house is located on the outskirts of Blisland, but make sure you pop by the olde-worlde village green, CAMRA-awarded local pub and church which John Betjeman noted as “dazzling and amazing”. 

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests from £2,250 per week
  • Alternative group optionUp to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the first floor is a double bedroom with super king-size bed and en suite (with claw-foot bath, separate shower, and his-and-hers sinks), a double bedroom with king-size bed, and an en suite twin bedroom (the en suite bathroom with bath and handheld shower attachment is accessed via a small flight of stairs). On the second floor are two twin bedrooms. On the ground floor is a shower room great for cleaning off sandy bodies and muddy dogs, on the first floor is a shower room, and finally on the second floor is a family bathroom with bath and overhead shower.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool (available May-September), plus a pool house with WC and shower
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: SaturdayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available. While the pool and pond are a safe distance from the house, they are not fenced in and families are advised to supervise young children in these areas at all times.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for several cars. This home has all the mod cons including a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Bose sound system and American-style fridge-freezer. Please note: the conservatory has no central heating.
  • Homestay includesBose sound system, DVD player, Freeview TV, underfloor heating, iPad, WiFi internet, a charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling for the fireHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Yellow gorse, heathery moorland, fresh water streams and big skies – the naturally beautiful setting of Blisland village is why people choose to visit this ancient hamlet, with its prime spot right on the western edge of rugged Bodmin Moor.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Located in Blisland on Bodmin Moor in North Cornwall, Arcalia is not far from Port Isaac, Polzeath, Tintagel, Rock and Wadebridge.
  • By Car From London there is a journey time of approximately four hours. Take the M4 towards Bath, the M5 South and then the A30 to Cornwall, and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway, around 20 minutes away.
  • By Air The nearest airports are Newquay or Exeter, 40 minutes' drive away, with taxis and car hire available.

From the owner

“As a family we have found a perfect haven at Arcalia. The stunning moorland location offers the peace and tranquillity to fully relax and unwind, chilling out in the sunshine by the pool, or enjoying a winter walk through Shell Woods. It is perfectly located for the children to enjoy all activities at the coast too.”

From the owner

There has been a property on this site since 1540, but this farmhouse was probably built somewhere around 1700. The property was owned by the same family for over 300 years until it was lost as part of a gambling debt back in 1860.

The history of the house is clear when you arrive; there is an old mounting block in the front courtyard leading to the granite pathway that takes you to the front door, and these original granite flagstones follow through into the hallway and kitchen. Of particular interest is the 17th century plaster ceiling with central quatrefoil motif and moulded cornice in the sitting room. The original house and outbuildings have since been sympathetically updated to incorporate two adjoining barns.

We purchased the house in 2010 and in 2013 we worked closely with English Heritage and Listed Buildings to make the final improvements that can be enjoyed today. We wanted to keep the original charm of the farmhouse whilst ensuring the property could also provide facilities for modern day living. We feel that 'quirky' is the best way to describe it!

The Lavelle Family

Owner recommendations

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

The Eden Project
To Do

The Eden Project

Head to Cornwall´s clay country for great day out with the whole family. An educational charity, the Eden Project and its iconic biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity as well as stunning plants, exhibitions and stories sure to spark the imagination of little ones.

Camel Valley Vineyard
To Do

Camel Valley Vineyard

Camel Valley have been producing award-winning wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall since 1989. Take a relaxed and friendly tour of their stunning vineyards, or simply have a glass of wine or fizz on the terrace as you drink-in the views.

Stein´s Seafood, Padstow
To Eat

Stein´s Seafood, Padstow

Rick Stein´s popular Seafood Restaurant serves freshly-caught seafood in a great quayside location. Featuring a central seafood bar, diners can sip crisp cold wine as they watch expert chefs assemble platters of oysters and langoustines.

The Camel Trail
To Do

The Camel Trail

Hire bikes and spend a day cycling the Camel Trail. Starting from Wadebridge, you can peddle towards Padstow on a flat five-mile ride with stunning open scenery across the estuary. Or head in the other direction for a gentle ride to Bodmin (via the Camel Valley vineyard!).

Guest Testimonials

We had a beautiful stay in your cosy and lovely home! There is so much to explore and the gardens are like a fairyland. We will definitely return. Thank you so much for creating such a sanctuary, Arcalia is like a long lost dream come alive!

Both of our families have spent a wonderful week in this beautiful and immaculate house. Surfing, relaxing, cycling, walking, go-karting, but mostly just enjoying the surrounding land and the arrival of spring.

This house is incredible. The moment we got here we dove straight into the pool before enjoying a delicious meal in the beautiful breakfast room. Each room was cosy, comfy, and has lovely window seats for reading and having a quick nap after a long day. Not to mention looking at the stunning views over the 14 acres of land!

What a magical house. We loved our stay. It is so peaceful, relaxing and enchanting here. GCSE and A level revision went very well interspersed with beautiful woodland walks and delicious food. St Tudy Inn is fabulous, and Gidleigh Park is out of this world. Thank you so much.

From the seven-month old baby, to the 70+ grandparents, we all loved every second of our stay. This beautiful home was made even better by the incredible weather. A perfect week.

The house was amazing and perfect for the 10 of us. We all loved it. We would like to thank the owners of Arcalia for letting us live in the life of luxury for a week. The Unique Homestays team are very helpful and you have the best houses that we have ever rented!

We loved every single minute here! We experienced spring with true English hospitality. We went for long walks, country drives, explored the small villages and made St Tudy Inn our ´second´ home! Thank you for giving us moments that will live forever!

We had a beautiful stay in your cosy and lovely house! So much to explore and the gardens are like fairyland! We will definitely return! Thank you so much for creating such a sanctuary. Arcalia is like a long past ´country living´ dream come alive!

Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay- we are so reluctant to ever leave. The house and grounds are absolutely stunning; it is impeccably decorated and so well equipped for all ages. Our children loved it so much we could only persuade them to leave the house once in the whole week! Thank you and we very much hope to return soon.

What can we say - An absolutely beautiful house, wonderfully located and beautifully equipped. Everything was just so. We loved the pool, we just wish we had another week here! The house is very well located for attractions; Port Issac, Fowey and Lanhydrock, Rock etc etc. I dont think it gets much better than sitting with a glass of something chilled, watching the sun go down and admiring the views from the comfy wooden chairs!

I think we were the lucky family to be the first holiday guests! An amazing house, beautifully and warmly decorated and equipped to perfection. Fabulous position to visit the nearby attractions - huge thank you for the really helpful house book. Our 14 month old twin girls were excellently catered for and it truly was a home from home, we will hopefully be back if its not all booked up! Thank you.

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