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Ellenglaze | Luxury Self-Catering Farmhouse | Holywell Bay


Cubert, Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

Those looking for a discreet, modern farmhouse retreat on the north Cornwall coast need look no further. Close to the golden dunes of Holywell Bay in Cubert and flaunting a heated indoor pool, Ellenglaze will enchant discerning families looking for the ultimate in luxury self-catering. Once you've paddled in the shore, experienced the warm hospitality of the local inn and slipped into the hot tub to watch a movie on the projector, you simply won't want to leave.


Ellenglaze is a Grade II-listed 400-year-old farmhouse tucked away in the outskirts of the sleepy Cornish hamlet of Cubert. Look forward to mornings gliding through the warm water of the indoor swimming pool, synchronising your stroke with the mood-change lighting, and evenings admiring achingly beautiful sunsets on the sand. With the popular beaches of Holywell Bay, Perran Sands and Fistral all within striking distance, sandy toes and salt-kissed skin are all but obliged. 


Exquisitely renovated throughout, if the state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool complete with underfloor heating and surround sound cinema projector isn't enough to satiate your thirst for luxury, wait until you see how this house has all been expertly combined with traditional Cornish charm. Craggy stone walls, hand-cut travertine floors, low beam ceilings and cottage windows with far-reaching views over the hills and far away make Ellenglaze the epitome of traditional Cornish comfort.


This wholesome luxury farmhouse sits in an enviable position at the end of a country lane on the edge of Cubert village, with over two acres of enclosed grounds. The neat gardens are well-tended with different levels providing a choice of spots to sit and soak up the sunshine from breakfast until bedtime, with only the distant baa of the lambs and roar of the ocean to disturb. Pick a dry, blustery day to walk to the characterful dog-friendly local inn, The Smuggler's Den, serving excellent food and Cornish ales. 

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £3,850 per week, £2,995 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere is one double bedroom on the ground floor with an en suite wet room that leads through to the pool room. There are three double bedrooms on the first floor, one with a super king-size bed and en suite bathroom with overhead shower, one with a king-size bed, and one with a standard double bed. Also on the first floor is the family bathroom with bath and walk-in monsoon shower.
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  • FeaturesCinema projector, indoor heated pool and hot tub
  • 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: 9.30am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesUp to four cars can park on the driveway at Ellenglaze. The property is well-equipped with an electric Aga with gas hob, dishwasher, American style fridge-freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, washing machine and tumble dryer. Due to temperature regulation purposes, the pool house doors must remain closed. Please note, ceilings throughout the property are low.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with a selection of wine and Prosecco, Surround-sound LED 3D TV, SkyTV, DVD player, pool towels and robes, pool inflatables, board games, WiFi internet, barbecue...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.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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The main sitting room at Ellenglaze
A luxury self-catering coastal homestay on Cornwall´s north coast
The first floor kingsize bedroom

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Halfway down the north coast of Cornwall, this charming village is perfect for families. There´s a fish´n´chip shop, cosy thatched inn and easy walk down to the rolling coast path.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Cubert is on the North Coast of Cornwall close to Crantock, Newquay, and Perranporth. 
  • 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. The journey time is approximately four and a half hours.
  • By Train The closest train station is Newquay, but a more regular mainline service can be found at Truro (approximately 25 minutes drive away).
  • By Air Newquay airport is approximately 20 minutes drive from Ellenglaze.

From the owner

“The pool room is simply breath-taking; where else can you sit in the hot tub and watch a movie?! We love all the modern details and high tech detailing which fuse together to create a truly indulgent stay.”

From the owner

Grade-II listed and originally built at least 400 years ago, Ellenglaze has been our family home for 22 years; a mere scratch in its history, but we feel part of the house now. Our once young family have all moved on and we feel it's time we should let other people experience and enjoy our home here in Cubert.

Ellenglaze has undergone somewhat of a transformation in recent years, and in no small part by the addition of the pool house. This part of the farmhouse was started in 2006 with the digging out of hundreds of tons of rock and was finally completed in 2011.

The house itself has also undergone a complete redecoration and restyle, but still retains some lovely original features such as the low quirky doors and ceilings and the original ships timber above the main fireplace.

Surrounded by some truly beautiful coastal walks, we recommend you take a stroll across the Severn bridges to the old prairie or down the lane and through the valley leading to Holywell Bay beach.

The Dawes Family

Owner recommendations

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

The Minack Theatre

To See

The Minack Theatre

A stunning open-air theatre with an interesting history, unscripted dolphins have often been spotted in the backdrop at the Minack. Affording truly mind-blowing views, it´s well worth arriving early with cushions, blankets and a picnic.

The Smugglers Den Inn, Newquay

To Eat

The Smugglers Den Inn, Newquay

This 16th century thatched inn is open for a delicious lunch or evening meal. It also features a Victorian terrace, beer garden and children’s play area. Visit the annual pie and ale festival if you´re visiting around May bank holiday.

Camel Trail Cycle Hire

To Do

Camel Trail Cycle Hire

A level cycle path that runs between Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow, the Camel Trail is perfect for a leisurely bike ride. Enjoy views across the estuary and stop for the afternoon in Padstow for a glass of wine by the harbour.

Reen Manor Riding Stables

To Do

Reen Manor Riding Stables

Reen Manor has over 20 horses at the stables varying in sizes suiting both beginners and advanced riders. In the summer they offer a number of different rides and treks, including a children´s club and beach routes for adults.

Guest Testimonials

What a wonderful, charming cottage. We had an absolutely great time exploring Cornwall, although it wasn´t long enough! It was perfect to come back to the pool and fireplace and with just gorgeous interiors, it´s very hard to say goodbye! Thank you for all the goodies in the beautiful welcome hamper - yum!

We have had the most wonderful stay at Ellenglaze, it is so nice to feel like we were in a real home, rather than just another holiday let. Everything here has been thought about, and it is so beautiful. The pool and hot tub were everything we hoped it would be!

A super holiday with great friends, and comfortable home for all seasons. There are lots of great beaches and places to visit all within a short distance. The pool and hot tub were simply the icing on the cake. We would love to return. Thank you for letting us share your home.

We have had a wonderful, well needed rest in this amazing house. The pool and hot tub are such a lovely treat, and thank you for the delicious goodies in the Cornish hamper!

What a fantastic week here! We love the cottage and all it has to offer. Not to mention the beautiful countryside in the area and the fabulous pub just up the road, we´d come back in a flash!

We have had an amazing time at Ellenglaze. We loved the cottage and all its facilities. Really enjoyed the quiet location but it´s also near lots of attractions. Perfect!

We´ve had the most amazing time at Ellenglaze, the house is everything we could have hoped for and more. We all enjoyed our swims and chats in the hot tub.

We have had an amazing couple of days here! We especially loved the pool and hot tub and the dogs loved the huge garden. A beautiful house, in a beautiful area with beautiful scenery. We hope to come back here again one day! We also enjoyed multiple BBQ´s as well as the lovely gift basket of Cornish treats, thank you!

We have had a lovely stay in your beautiful home. The pool was a great hit and the house was very comfortable and beautifully equipped with everything that we could have possibly needed. Thank you all!

Thank you so very much for allowing us to celebrate our mum´s 60th birthday in such style. The house is beautiful, full of love and happiness - thank you for letting us share in it. We love the pool, how on earth will we get used to not having a daily dip!? This is a very special place indeed.

We had the most glorious time! Ellenglaze was absolutely perfect and we were so blessed with lots of incredible weather. The house, the pool and the other areas all exceeded expectation and we would absolutely love to return in the future. The owners were so lovely and was very generous in passing on some excellent recommendations. We usually prefer to go abroad but this, our first staycation, may well have convinced us it is the way forward now we have a baby! Thank you to all for a wonderful holiday. We wish we were still there!

The property exceeded our expectations, our only regret is that we wish we had stayed longer! The house was perfect in every way, clean, all the mod cons and within walking distance to the pub and beach. From booking to departure, it was stress free. We will definitely be back.

Ellenglaze is a beautiful house in a tranquil location with a wonderful pool! In fact our girls have particularly loved the pool. Also we highly recommend The Offshore Bar and Cafe in Cubert.

We booked to celebrate my wife´s Birthday and had a great time, Ellenglaze is a fabulous property. We really enjoyed swimming in the pool with a glass of champagne on the side!

Ellenglaze is absolutely fantastic. We had a great week, the house is stunning. Unique Homestays offered a great service; booking the property was straightforward and the staff were very helpful. The owners of Ellenglaze were lovely and had thought of everything. It was a perfect stay and we couldn´t have wished for a better honeymoon, thank you all very much!

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