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The Poets Hideaway | Luxury Self-Catering | St Breward, Cornwall

The Poet´s Hideaway

St Breward, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK

Steeped in history and wrapped-up in romance, this sweet stone cottage sits on the western fringes of Bodmin Moor within easy reach of the pretty fishing villages of Port Isaac, Padstow and Rock on the north Cornwall coast. From sunset walks along the beach to moorland picnics within a scene of trickling streams and freely roaming ponies, a luxury escape to The Poet's Hideaway will provide the perfect couple's retreat.


With its unique desolate beauty, North Cornwall's Bodmin Moor makes an enchanting destination for couples and solo travellers wanting to escape the everyday. Country lanes twist through rolling moorland to reach this luxury cottage nestled in a tiny hamlet near St Breward. Once used as a reading room to encourage literacy amongst the local children, The Poet’s Hideaway oozes charm from every wonky beam, nook and cranny. The chalky, vintage cottage interior combines with the utopian setting to make a tranquil retreat for the most relaxing of staycations.


Taking influence from Scandinavian design, the cottage is a perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics. A neutral colour scheme brings out the beauty of the original features. Let the sweet melodies of birdsong lure you from sleep in the king-size bed. Stay wrapped up in the sheets and draw straws on who's rustling up breakfast. Eventually giving into the beautiful countryside views, don walking boots and head outside for adventure. Upon return, snuggle by the fire, glass of smooth red and tasty amuse-bouches waiting. For bookworms, the upstairs snug room is the perfect nook to fall between the pages.


The secluded garden is filled with blooms, shady trees and a stream which runs along the bottom of the lawn. The sunny deck provides an idyllic spot for scoffing scones and rosé on a balmy afternoon, whilst the inviting summerhouse, with cosy armchairs and vintage trunk table, is best for the Sunday morning papers. Wander down the lane and you'll discover the nearest villages of St Breward and St Tudy, each boasting brilliant pubs with crackling fires. To burn off some energy, pick up the Camel Trail from nearby Wenford Bridge, making a pitstop at Camel Valley Vineyard.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £795 per week, £595 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the first floor is one double bedroom with king-size bed and one shower room
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms are very welcome; one cot and one highchair are available
  • PracticalitiesThe cottage has off-road parking for one car. The kitchen features an electric oven, fridge with freezer drawer, dishwasher, washer-dryer and Nespresso coffee machine. The gardener may visit outside of the changeover. Please note there is no landline and mobile reception can be patchy due to the remote location
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Smart TV, DVD player, Netflix, Sonos speaker, iPad, Superfast fibre WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, board games, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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St Breward

The Cornish stone cottages and bleak moorland for which this little village is so well known are what make it popular with the hikers who stay every year, taking bracing local walks around the iconic sites and welcoming inns.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Poet's Hideaway is located in the pretty moorland hamlet of St Breward on the fringe of Bodmin Moor in north Cornwall. 
  • By Car From London, take the M4 towards Bath, the M5 South and the A30 to Cornwall. The cottage is not far from Bodmin, around a four-hour drive from London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway, around 30 minutes from the cottage.
  • By Air Newquay airport is a 40 minute drive away whilst Exeter airport is around an hour.

From the owner

“We think The Poet´s Hideaway is the perfect retreat to get away from the hustle and bustle. Creative souls will relish the peace and tranquillity which comes in abundance here. With so many corners, couples can spread out or cosy up as much or as little as they wish!”

From the owner

The Poet’s Hideaway is nestled within a tiny unspoilt hamlet together with a handful of other equally attractive stone-built properties.

When we first saw the cottage, we knew that behind the neglected and unloved exterior, it had such great potential. We spent several months working with a great team to completely renovate the property and transform it into the idyllic rural retreat you see today - it is unrecognisable from the house we first saw all that time ago!

St Breward lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor, deep in Poldark country. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bodmin Moor provides a haven for birds and wildlife and is popular with hikers and ramblers with miles of way-marked trails.

The first episode of the Poldark series, set in the 1700s, sees Ross returning from fighting in the American Revolution to his estate, Nampara, which has been allowed to go to seed in his absence. The filming of Nampara took place near St Breward, where today the Poet’s Hideaway could double as one of Ross’s labourer’s stone cottages!

The Smith Family

Owner recommendations

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

Camel Valley Vineyard
To Do

Camel Valley Vineyard

A lovely local family-owned vineyard, the Camel Valley Vineyard created the first Cornish traditional method sparkling wine, as well as local still wines. Daily tours are available throughout the spring and summer months.

The Eden Project
To See

The Eden Project

With the largest conservatories in the world, cutting edge iconic architecture, awe-inspiring gardens and an indoor rainforest, the reasons to visit the Eden Project are endless! Not to mention the events, concerts, Christmas ice skating...

Cycling, The Camel Trail
To Do

Cycling, The Camel Trail

For bike hire on the Camel Trail, Snail’s Pace has plenty of bikes for everyone and with easy off road parking, a café and quiet lanes it’s a great place to start your Camel Trail experience. (Stop by Camel Valley Vineyard for a glass of fizz!)

Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Padstow
To Eat

Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Padstow

Leave The Poet´s Hideaway if you can and enjoy a fine dining experience at this Michelin-star restaurant. Located in a lovely Georgian townhouse, look forward to expertly crafted dishes in a relaxed setting, just a few streets behind the pretty harbour.

Guest Testimonials

We had a wonderful time at The Poet´s Hideaway. This place is well situated and beautifully decorated! We appreciated spending time in the cottage, to curl up with a book in the "old reading room" and to explore the area. We are very happy with the whole experience we had with Unique Homestays, and will certainly be in contact with you again for forthcoming holidays.

This property was just what we were looking for. It was small, picturesque and cosy. The decor and furnishings were the sort or style my wife and I like and the log fire was a great feature and well used!

The welcome hamper was just lovely, a really nice touch and you can tell the owner´s haven´t skimped on the quality of the interiors of the property. It really is a beautiful home and location. They should be proud of their home like anyone would be if they owned it.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Poet´s Hideaway and had a great week in Cornwall. The cottage was lovely and cosy, the decor immaculate, the bed incredibly comfy and the shower fabulously refreshing! Ted, the Pointer from next door made great friends with our Westies, who looked forward to his daily visits!


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