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The Fable | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Perranporth, Cornwall

The Fable

Ventongimps, Perranporth, Cornwall, UK

Deep within pastoral Poldark country at the end of a winding lane sits this fairytale thatch, just a few miles from Perranporth Beach on the North Cornwall coast. From the ambrosial rose gardens to the hot tub nestled beneath glowing festoon lights, The Fable transports families on a nostalgic journey from its blush pink door to its wonky bedroom windows.



If it's quintessential English thatch appeal that you crave, then The Fable exudes it in abundance. A pink-and-white cob cottage near Perranporth, it's a soft haven of modern, muted hues and vintage finds. From warming winter escapes where evenings are spent fireside, to summer days in the hot tub surrounded by the heady fragrance of roses, The Fable is a luxury self-catering cottage designed for families seeking a chic holiday on the North Cornwall coast. Think warm days on the beach and rainy afternoons tucking into cherry pie and clotted cream around the heirloom farmhouse table.


A crooked cob cottage painted in the dusky pink of a midsummer night’s sky and topped with a wheat thatched roof, behind The Fable's postcard-perfect exterior lies spacious rooms chock-full of character. The Grade-ll listed cottage has a cosy sitting room with two L-shaped linen sofas, a greenery-filled sun room, plus two double bedrooms. A clawfoot bath, fine linens and cashmere throws ensure comfort when rain lashes the windows, while culinary enthusiasts have a rustic farmhouse kitchen with an abundance of local produce - from the sea and land - readily available closeby for a true taste of Cornwall.


The Fable's cottage garden is a place for all seasons. From blooming summertime roses to berry-laden holly bushes, guests can feel at one with nature. The summerhouse affords a verdant view during inclement weather, whilst hot tub basking is order of the day on balmy summer evenings. You might feel inclined to simply stay at home if relaxing and rejuvenating are high on your list of to-dos, but for those looking to adventure further afield, the sweeping north coast beaches of Perranporth and Holywell Bay are just 10 minutes away through country lanes.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,995 per week, £1,450 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the first floor is one zip-and-link bedroom (which can be set up as a king-size double or a twin) and the family bathroom with claw foot bath and separate rainfall shower. On the second floor is one double bedroom with king-size bed and dressing room area. There is also a ground floor WC off the utility and boot room.
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  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available on prior request
  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome, or three on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for two cars outside the cottage, accessed via a shared country drive. The kitchen has all the mod-cons including an induction oven, dishwasher, washer-dryer and American-style fridge-freezer.
  • Homestay includesSonos multi-room sound system, Sony Smart TV with Netflix, DVD player, iPad, WiFi internet, linen, hammam towels for the hot tub, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Eco-friendlyElectric car charging point available
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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Dine with the doors open, country air filling the room
Vintage details sit against rough cob walls
The sitting room is complete with huge fire and television for film nights

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An expansive sandy beach, perfect for leg-stretching walks and novice surfers to take to the waves, Perranporth on the north Cornwall coastline has on-the-beach eateries, rockpooling and a natural swimming pool carved into a rock.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Fable is located a few miles inland between St Agnes and Perranporth on the North Cornwall coast. Approximately one and a half hours from Exeter.
  • 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 Truro which is around 20 minutes from the property, serviced by Great Western Trains.
  • By Air Newquay Airport is around 30 minutes away.

From the owner

“Taking a holiday here is like stepping into another world. I love that you feel entirely removed from ´real life´ yet The Fable is just a short distance from the beach; it´s the best of both worlds for me.”

From the owner

This Grade-II listed cottage was originally built in the 1700s and is believed to be one of the oldest properties in the parish of Perranzabuloe. It started life as part of a dairy farm; the crooked beams, cob walls and quirky layout make up the original infrastructure and are definitely a part of its unique charm.

I acquired The Fable from a retired couple at the beginning of summer 2015. I so enjoyed transforming the inside space and worked closely with local craftsmen and designers to complete the look and feel that you see today. Sourcing vintage shop finds that resonated with the character of the cottage was important to me. Nearly a decade later, the cottage was the centre of a collaboration with British heritage brand The White Company.

These days, I love relaxing here with family and enjoying the simple pleasures. We like to get out and about on foot as much as possible, and would encourage you to do the same; the footpath leads directly from the front door!

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Owner recommendations

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

Callestick Ice Cream

To Do

Callestick Ice Cream

Callestick Farm is located just a mile from The Fable. Dairy farmers for generations, a visit to Callestick should be on the ´to eat´ list during your stay!

Poldark Filming Locations

To See

Poldark Filming Locations

The area all around The Fable was used to represent the Nampara Valley, part of Ross Poldark’s family estate in the series. Follow in the footsteps of Ross and Demelza from the other side of the lens during your stay.

Healeys Cyder Farm

To Do

Healeys Cyder Farm

For a family-friendly day out, a tour of Healeys Cider Farm combines tractor rides for little ones along with cider tasting for parents ´researching´ this Cornish favourite!

The Fish House, Newquay

To Eat

The Fish House, Newquay

An award-winning restaurant run by chef Paul Harwood, so be sure to book early. Enjoy fantastic views out over the ocean, delicious fresh fish dishes, wonderful wine and a superb atmosphere.

Guest Testimonials

The Fable was such a dream, we loved our time and stay here. We come from California and have been so delighted by the area and people. We have a few friends that live locally and we cooked them food, many hours were spent singing and playing the guitar by the fire, baking pasties, and lounging in the hot tub. We could not have had a better time, everything was so well put together so many thanks. Such a wonderful place, in a wonderful part of the world.

What an absolute dream of a property, we would quite happily have spent the entire week hibernating here. Shame we were in a part of the country we´d never visited before and felt we should at least venture out a couple of times to explore! We just loved every single second of our stay and our children haven´t stopped talking about it since, nor have we in all honesty. The property is beyond divine. Super clean, a great location and with all the facilities you can dream of. We wouldn´t have changed a single thing.

After getting married in London we drove down to The Fable for our honeymoon, and what a glorious week we have had! Gleaming sunshine all week, watching the sunset at Wheal Coates and walking to Callestick for some ice cream. We have loved the peace and serenity, and it´s been so nice to hear nothing but birds and the gentle bubble of the hot tub! We can´t wait to stay here again in the future.

After a long lockdown and months of being at home, we arrived on a quiet Sunday to this beautiful cottage bursting with summer roses and sunshine. The children gasped "it´s a fairy tale cottage!" and it most certainly is. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay with nature trails and beaches all within easy reach. The cottage is so cosy and clean, thank you for a wonderful stay.

So sad to have reached our last day of the most special and amazing holiday. It has been just the most restorative stay made possible by being so comfortable and cosy in this beautiful cottage with the very best of friends. We have enjoyed wonderful walks on the beaches, but never happier than when snuggling up by the fire under the fairy lights. Thank you for sharing this wonderful home, we very much hope to return very soon.

A stunning, peaceful cottage and beautiful decor with all the conveniences. We waw out Storm Dennis by the log fire, and the conservatory was a wonderful yoga space replacing walks. We ventured to Holywell Bay and Crantock Beach; the best I have ever seen in all my travels around the world! Watching surfers in the storm was fantastic. Thank you for a wonderful stay, and the housekeeping was immaculate.

An absolutely stunning cottage, the fabrics & furnishings are so luxurious and comfortable. It´s very easy to unwind here and so quiet and peaceful. We have never seen the dogs so relaxed! We would love to come back one day.

What an absolutely heavenly week! The weather fairies were definitely smiling on us all week and we had glorious winter sunshine and enjoyed long walks with the pup and twinkly Christmas festivities. We explored a lot of the stunning beaches and highly recommend Perranporth, Watergate Bay and the wonderful Padstow. Apart from that, we just wanted to snuggle down in the house! We want to live here forever. The owner has impeccable taste. Looking forward to discovering the rest of your magical properties!

We have enjoyed our stay at this beautiful country hideaway. It rained nearly every day but the comforts of this quaint cottage still made for an enjoyable break. We will definitely be returning. Thanks for a wonderful stay! P.s. love the décor!

Wow, wow, wow! The Fable was so much more than we expected with every detail thought of. The cottage is so cosy and inviting and we relaxed so much, it was very hard to leave. The décor of the cottage is stunning and we will definitely be coming back as well as recommending to others!

Thank you for the most restorative stay at this most gorgeous of cottages. We feasted like kings, slept like babies and at the dog´s request, explored miles and miles of beautiful beaches and countryside. This has been our first trip to Cornwall and will definitely not be our last. There is so much to see and do here, we´ve hardly scratched the surface. This has been an ideal spot to head off on a different adventure every day. We hope to be back in the not too distant future.

Thank you for a most magical stay in your beautiful cottage. We were looking for a relaxing break in the winter sun and found ourselves here. What a great decision. It´s been the perfect holiday, cold and sunny beach walks, tasty beer, fabulous food and a cosy romantic fire to come back to. We will certainly be back. Thank you again!

Thank you so much for making this a perfect week. So many thoughtful touches make this cottage a beautiful place to stay. We have loved this area of Cornwall, some fantastic beaches and sunny winter walks.

We loved the gorgeous property with its comfy sofas, well equipped kitchen and especially the linen bedding...Dreamy. The location was perfect for our family with walking and our boys surfing. Everything was fantastic!

Our stay at The Fable was absolutely lovely, we would definitely recommend to others wanting to stay in the area. The cottage is so beautiful. Thank you!

What a beautiful cottage, we have had a great week even though the weather was not. The dogs have loved the walks along the beach at Perranporth. Thank you for making this great place so perfect.

Gorgeous, cosy cottage with lovely design features and a beautiful garden. The time has flown past and we have relaxed and have forgotten all about our busy lives. Thanks again Cornwall and Unique Homestays and the Sonos music system is great.

We had the most wonderful stay in this perfect cottage. Everything we could have possibly needed was here and the place is decorated so thoughtfully,we really could not have asked for more. It is a great location, we loved getting to know this part of Cornwall, the beaches around here are gorgeous. Thank you for the most glorious stay.

We very much enjoyed getting to know this part of Cornwall. The cottage was comfortable and well equipped. We also enjoyed the many design features of the cottage. Thank you to the owners for your hospitality. We shall certainly be returning to Cornwall in the future.

Had a wonderful week´s break with generally lovely sunny weather. Everyday spent walking, loved Holywell Beach, Chapel Porth walk and delicious onion soup at Chapel Porth cafe. A lovely cosy cottage, a welcome sanctuary after long days out.

Beautiful hideaway with an amazing interior. The Fable has made our first holiday in Cornwall an unforgettable one. The cottage is very well equipped. Our kids loved the Sonos sound system and our dogs Beany and Amy loved exploring the garden. We´ve had such a great time here and have enjoyed spending everyday on the beach. Would love to come back as soon as possible.

What a fantastic place to stay. A perfect winter retreat; everything from the cosy sitting rooms and fire, to the snug bedrooms and winter walks. Our two small children loved the beaches and coastal walks. We would love to come back one day! Thank you.

The photos do not do The Fable justice! We thought we were staying in a smaller space, but once inside there is lots more room to relax in. It´s beautifully furnished throughout and every corner is filled with interesting pieces. The kitchen is the real heart of the home where we enjoyed fantastic suppers. The living area was perfect for snuggling up by the fire afterwards. Thank you, we had such a brilliant holiday in this magical fairy-tale cottage!

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