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Damselfly | Luxury Self-Catering Woodland Cabin | St Neot, Cornwall

Damselfly

St Neot, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK

Sat on the bank of the tree-tunnelled River Warleggan in Bodmin Moor, immersed deep within an England saved only for the wild at heart, Damselfly feels held in time. Jewelled dragonflies flutter on by, otter cubs tangle in the babbling waters and tawny owls sing sweet lullabies as the light steals from the trees and night descends. When cabin life comes calling, this reclaimed fisherman's hideout is the peaceful retreat you've been searching for.

Introduction

The secret village of St Neot is nestled in Cornwall's leafy Glynn Valley, not far from Bodmin Moor and its mythical tales of big cats. Burrowed in the crook of two rivers bursting with life, Damselfly offers a self-catering escape where city lights and burning traffic are replaced with scintillescent skies. Natural materials and soft greens echo the giant oaks outside, while underfloor heating and a roaring woodburner ensure cosy nights in the deepest of winter. A humble woodland hut turned luxury cabin, spend days bird watching from the deck and nights unwinding under the silvery moon.

Inside

With French doors leading out to a sun-drenched decking bordering the river Warleggan, Damselfly’s dreamy king-size bedroom allows nature’s sounds and sights to wash away the rhythm of life and lull into the deepest of slumbers. Organic interiors connect with nature, blurring the lines between outside and in. After a day exploring the moors or coast, retreat to the large freestanding bathtub and spend an hour or two watching dippers bob on the rocks surrounding the lake, glass of wine perched on the windowsill, before hunkering down on the sofa, the world darkening outside.

Outside

Electric-blue kingfishers make the perfect companion to an al fresco breakfast on Damselfly’s decking where the cool river flows underneath, glimmering with dappled sunlight. There are several trails upon trails to explore from the front door (including up locally renowned Cardiac Hill!), but once walking boots are kicked off and toes snug in thick socks, this magical Cornwall hideaway really starts to come to life; at dusk, settle under blankets and watch Daubenton’s bats flutter over the water.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £850 per week, £625 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne double bedroom with king-size bed, one bathroom with a free-standing bath and separate shower
  • FeaturesFire pit and fishing available in the river on prior request
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilySorry, no children or babes-in-arms
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for two cars. The kitchen includes a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge and Nespresso coffee machine, and there is a freezer and washer-dryer in the utility room. If you wish to fish for either trout or salmon (or both!), your own equipment and EA game fishing licence are required.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with Cornish produce, Smart TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, DVD player, DAB Radio with CD player and Bluetooth, iPad, Weber Kettle charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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St Neot

In a sheltered valley in south east Cornwall, this pretty rural village has a strong community spirit, a majestic granite church, and easy access to the rugged charm of nearby Bodmin Moor.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Damselfly is located in the Glynn Valley on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor, near Liskeard.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway, just two and a half miles away, with regular services to London and the rest of the country.
  • By Air Newquay airport is a 30 minute drive from the cottage, with regular direct flights to London and taxis or car hire available on landing (although pre-booking is advisable).

From the owner

“It is all about the setting of this idyllic hideaway cottage beside a babbling river, where you may spot a trout or two, overlooking a lake surrounded by birds and wildlife.”

From the owner

Damselfly was originally built as a fishing hut on the bank of the River Warleggan, which is a tributary to the river Fowey, a salmon and sea trout river flowing through the Glynn Valley.

My late husband and I bought the estate in the 1990s. For a couple of years the cottage was home to a friend and his dog before renovations were carried out to include the addition of a new bedroom, en-suite and decked areas overlooking the river.

The cottage then became a holiday destination until my retirement in 2016 when I took up residence for a year whilst my new home was being constructed. It was during this time that I decided to undertake a large scale renovation of the cottage to include a full-sized bathroom, utility room, porch for wet weather gear and full underfloor heating.

In May 2018 work began to transform the cottage into the cosy, comfortable retreat it is today with its outstanding views over the river, lake and grounds. The cottage has been furnished in keeping with its past history of rustic charm, but with all modern conveniences to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The Eliot Family

Owner recommendations

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

Don your walking boots 
To Do

Don your walking boots 

Damselfly is ensconced in beautiful scenery and with moorland, woodland and riverside walks right on the doorstep, getting your hike on is easy. Within a few minutes of the cottage is Cardinham Woods, perfect for hikers and cyclists.

St Tudy Inn, Bodmin
To Eat

St Tudy Inn, Bodmin

With an ever-evolving menu created with nothing but passion for beautiful, seasonal, Cornish produce by head chef Emily Scott, the St Tudy Inn offers truly exceptional food in a charming village location in the heart of rural Cornwall.

Coastal Adventures
To Do

Coastal Adventures

Surf hotspot Polzeath and yachty-Mecca Rock are just over half an hour away from Damselfly. These well-heeled haunts are popular thanks to their fine restaurants and popular water sports centre, offering water-skiing, coasteering and surfing.

Camel Valley Vineyard
To See

Camel Valley Vineyard

Enjoy an afternoon at the Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall´s largest vineyard, located above the River Camel. These award-winning wines have been produced here since 1989 and are best enjoyed during a pitstop along the Camel Trail.

Guest Testimonials

This place is a delight. The eye for details and comfort is spot on. One week here has been a dream to get away from it all. We have explored parts of Cornwall we didn´t even know existed! Thank you.

Magical! This has been the best start to married life. Thank you for sharing this magical place with us. Thank you for your kind touches, your thoughtful ways will never be forgotten and have meant so much to us. Thank you.

Congratulations for building this perfectly cute, simply lovely little cottage. We enjoyed it so much here, we have had a perfect week. Thank you, for everything.

If only we had booked a longer stay and didn´t have to go back to normality! Such a stunning, magical spot, it really has been very relaxing. We feel lucky to have had beautiful weather which has really added to the whole experience. We hope to be back again soon. Thank you.

We have had such a wonderful time at Damselfly this weekend, despite the weather! We knew it was going to rain so we came prepared and it just added to the romance of the cottage. My husband leads a stressful life running his businesses, but I could see him relax before my eyes. It was wonderful. Damselfly is in a perfect location and we love the seclusion of the area and watching how the river changed daily - especially after a huge downpour. It is just so beautiful.

We absolutely loved it at Damselfly. The host is wonderful and the location perfect. The owner went above and beyond with personal touches, leaving a wedding card, cake and bubbles! It was immaculate and the wildlife is just amazing. We often sighted deer! So peaceful, truly a magical setting.

We came here to celebrate a 30th birthday, as well as a little babymoon break. We absolutely loved it! This is our dream home! Absolutely stunning and we do not want to leave. The bed is absolute heaven! We will miss this beautiful place.

We have had such a fabulous, well-needed break. Everything here is perfect! We particularly loved all the attention to detail, and the bed is super comfy!

Thank you for sharing Damselfly, it´s a perfect piece of heaven! We enjoyed the abundance of birds, we saw fish, bats, deer, a heron, and squirrels. We hope to be back one day soon.

A perfect break - the cottage is so comfortable and tranquil, we absolutely loved it. Waking up each day to the sound of the river, deciding which pool to fish, what fly to use - just living the dream! We will be back!

A wonderful stay, very relaxing! The cottage is glorious and we loved all the beautiful details, soft linen and that amazing bathroom. We will definitely be back.

We loved our stay at Damselfly so much that we didn´t want to leave! Such a comfortable, lovely and luxurious little cottage. Thank you! Hopefully, we´ll be back in the summer!

We loved our stay and we loved the property! The owner has thought of every little detail. We loved the fact that Damselfly is surrounded with nature and far from any neighbours. Such a comfortable, clean, and beautiful property!

This is such an idyllic cabin in the woods. Every comfort is provided for and nothing could prepare us for the views and walks nearby. We had a magical week in this beautiful setting.

A great spot to unwind and explore Cornwall, with an ever changing wildnerness landscape. Keep your eyes out for the resident kingfisher and cormorant!

It´s impossible not to fall in love with this place, where else would you see a baby Tawny owl sat on your balcony!? Thank you for letting us share your magical spot of paradise.

The cottage is set in superb wilderness with fishing, wildlife and complete serenity on your doorstep - we loved every second spent here. We will return soon

We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit. The cottage is really cosy and we have seen a grey squirrel outside the cottage and a barn owl, along with some bats! A great wildlife spotting hideaway.

Simply superb, a restful and relaxing trip - just what the doctor ordered. We went for long walks and saw the young buzzards and lots of wildlife from the cottage; a lovely spot to sit and watch all the activity. Many thanks to the owners for sharing this wonderful cottage and location with us!

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