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The Stack House | Luxury Self-Catering Engine House | Cornwall

The Stack

Trelion, Cornwall, UK

The Stack lies within the secluded hamlet of Trelion, overlooking the upper reaches of the magnificent Fal Valley in mid-Cornwall. Offering a truly extraordinary self-catering escape, this 19th century engine house is sure to inspire those with a love for unique architecture and original interiors. As idyllic a home for a family summer break with a difference, to an out-of-season luxury retreat for couples who enjoy an alternative bolthole hideaway.


Revealing a fascinating glimpse into its ancient mining heritage, The Stack sits at the end of a sweeping pathway deep within a rural idyll, binding a classically Cornish Grade-II listed exterior with simple rustic interiors. Showcasing the essence of the build and the setting in which it is ensconced, The Stack straddles five floors, and while each room is cosy and inviting, there's plenty of space for those who crave their own secret sanctuary. From multi-generational family escapes to luxury weekenders with friends, this homestay effortlessly fuses a unique setting, historical build and individualistic rough-luxe interiors. 


From the atmospheric ground floor cinema den to the kitchen with a view and third floor sitting room complete with woodburner, the living spaces at The Stack are designed with sharing in mind. The bathroom, with full mirrored wall, clawfoot bath and double sink is a showpiece of the property, whilst the bedrooms each exude an individual and distinctive flavour. Choose from the blush pink peeling paint walls of the Moroccan room, complete with screen headboard and authentic furniture finds to the master bedroom where reclaimed wood creates a more rustic flavour, then to the top floor where the light-filled twin room occupies the pitched roof space. 


Set in over half an acre of gardens, The Stack occupies a secluded location overlooking the wooded upper reaches of the beautiful Fal Valley. Self-catering family groups can enjoy a Swallows and Amazons retreat as children bug hunt, leaf press and tree climb, whilst the adults get creative in the rustic outdoor kitchen - complete with pizza oven. With uninterrupted views of the rolling patchwork countryside, you can be assured of complete privacy as you immerse yourself in the sunken hot tub as the sun sets.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £2,150 per week, £1,650 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne first floor double bedroom, one second floor master bedroom with king-size bed, one third floor zip-and-link bedroom (which can be set up as a super king-size double or a twin), one first floor family bathroom with his-and-hers sinks and separate shower, one second floor WC, one outside shower.
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  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available on prior request
  • FeaturesSunken hot tub, cinema room, al fresco kitchen with pizza oven
  • 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: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are provided, and stair gates are located on the ground and top floors of the property. The garden is fenced, but children should be supervised at all times.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for four cars, with undercover parking for two cars. The Stack has a large electric range cooker, hob, microwave, dishwasher and two fridges with freezer compartments, plus a washing machine and dryer in the laundry outbuilding.
  • Homestay includes50" Smart TV, 42" Smart TV, Sonos multi-room sound system, Netflix, iPad, WiFI internet, pizza oven and a charcoal barbecue, linen, hammam towels for the hot tub, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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An authentic gold mirror takes centre stage in this vintage bathroom
The Stack is a unique 19th century engine house in Cornwall
The living area is on the second floor, complete with artwork by John O´Carroll

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The secluded hamlet of Trelion occupies a prime location overlooking the upper reaches of the magnificent Fal Valley in mid-Cornwall. A central location for beach forays and moorland walks, this private and secluded setting epitomises the essence of a luxury Cornish escape.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This Cornish engine house sits on the southern edge of Cornwall’s china clay country in the secluded hamlet of Trelion, equidistant between Newquay and Charlestown.
  • 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 five miles away in St Austell.
  • By Air The Stack is 11 miles from Newquay Airport. Car hire is available from the airport.

From the owner

“Such a special location, and a property that takes your breath away, The Stack captivated us from the moment we laid eyes on it, exuding character and charm in abundance.”

From the owner

Lying within the secluded hamlet of Trelion, overlooking the upper reaches of the magnificent Fal Valley, the setting of The Stack is magical... the undulating countryside is nothing short of a Tolkien landscape. We relish waking up each day to birdsong, spending a relaxing end of day in the hot tub and stargazing with the children from the attic bedroom.

As a family with children aged from ten to 21, we've found that for each of us the Stack holds a different appeal; from the younger ones getting back-to-nature, to us toasting the end of another day with friends, enjoying the ambience created by playing music on every floor and indeed, outside on the decking: perfect for those al fresco evenings. Likewise, we have friends who come to stay when we're away who enjoy having the house entirely to themselves.

The previous owners were musicians and from song-writing to novel creation, we feel that the very special ambience that this Cornish Stack House possesses is conducive to getting those creative juices flowing! We hope you find this a property for all seasons, from the cosy basement cinema room to flinging open the back door and reclining on the deck.

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Owner recommendations

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

Bedruthan Steps
To Do

Bedruthan Steps

The huge granite stacks rising from the beach were - according to legend - stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan. Access to the beach is difficult, but worth the effort.

Cornish Wine Tours
To Do

Cornish Wine Tours

Cornish Wine Tours offer trips to visit the best of the Cornish vineyards. From Camel Valley, Trivibban Mill, Knightour Winery and Bosue Vinyard, tours run Tuesday to Saturday with the option of a half or full day tours inclusive of lunch.

Sam´s on the Beach, Polkerris
To Eat

Sam´s on the Beach, Polkerris

Once a former RNLI lifeboat station, Sam´s on the Beach restaurant boasts a fantastic position right on the beach at Polkerris. Their menu features local seafood and pizzas from their custom built wood-fired pizza oven.

Cornwall´s Capital
To Do

Cornwall´s Capital

The cathedral town of Truro is around half an hour away by car and boasts boutique shops, cosmopolitan eateries and a lively farmer´s market every Saturday - perfect for a rainy day. Check out Hall For Cornwall theatre to see what´s on too.

Guest Testimonials

What an amazing property with stunning views of the countryside. Our plan was to explore Cornwall but the view from the house, and the amazing gardens, meant that we spent most afternoons with a glass of wine in hand watching the wildlife busy about us.

My family and I had a wonderful return visit to The Stack. I highly recommend this property to anybody who needs some peace and complete chill-out time. We are now looking to stay in another property of yours and hoping to book as soon as we can! Thank you!

This house is unique and so beautiful! Thank you for a wonderful and relaxing stay here. We had many adventures touring the north and south coast. Doug, the dog, especially enjoyed making friends with the cows! The housekeeper was very helpful and made our stay very special. Thank you.

What a lovely setting, we spotted some amazing wildlife. The weather was great; sunshine every day and it was lovely to end the day in the hot tub under the stars. Thank you to the housekeeper for all your help!

What a lovely and unique place to stay in Cornwall. Photographing for a story in Modern Rustic Magazine. We felt like we were on holiday and the house was beautiful. Thank you for having us.

An amazing place to spend our mini-moon. So lucky with the weather, mostly stunning sunshine and lovely walks. Had a great night on New Years Eve with the wood pizza oven. Thank you.

A beautiful place to stay to celebrate a fiftieth birthday. We have had some amazing weather from frosty mornings to sunshine and starry sky´s at night, best seen from the hot tub with a glass of bubbly! Thank you.

What an absolutely delightful place to stay. It felt like our very own castle with views on all sides. The decoration and furnishing are unique and tasteful with some lovely touches. The hot tub was enjoyed by all. A very enjoyable stay, we would love to come back.

The Stack is simply magical, from the moment you open the gate at the top of the drive, right up to the cosy star gazing bedroom. Weather has been miserable but has mean´t we have indulged in lots of fires and time on the sofa pouring over books. We would recommend staying here to everyone and will certainly be back. Thank you for creating such a lovely home.

We have had the most fabulous week here at The Stack. The house is just stunning and the views are unbelievable. Our week here has gone far too quickly, we could quite happily stay forever. We will most certainly return. Thank you.

The Stack just blew me away. From the long path leading down to the imposing building, to the warmth of the rustic kitchen and thought behind each of the quirky bedrooms, it was like opening the door into Narnia - totally out of this world. We loved relaxing on the deck and spending evenings in the hot tub with the music on in the background. Thank you so much for creating such a special place we will remember for years to come.

Unique extras

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