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Sweetpea Cottage | Luxury Self-Catering | Kestle Mill, Cornwall

Sweetpea Cottage

Kestle Mill, Crantock, Cornwall, UK

Greeting guests with bumble bee door knocker and a white stone façade festooned in flowering wisteria, this luxury self-catering holiday cottage is as quintessential and quaint as they come. The traditional cottage interior has been sprinkled with lashings of vintage country glamour and, within close reach of Crantock beach on the north Cornwall coast, provides an idyllic base for self-catering baby-friendly breaks and romantic escapes.


Sweetpea Cottage nestles in the ancient hamlet of Kestle Mill, a few miles from the wild surf and brown-sugar sands of Lusty Glaze, Porth and Crantock beach on the north Cornwall coast. Sweet by name and nature, this luxury cottage is as perfect for romantic weekends as it is for baby's first holiday. Enjoy the fresh interior and country-luxe style, and relish knowing little ones are made to feel just as at-home as you are with their very own nursery. Whether playing Scrabble by the fire or slipped under the bubbles of the roll-top, settle in and let your worries melt away.


It's the perfect imperfections that make Sweetpea Cottage so swoonsome; soft textures, botanical fabrics and cabinets of curious finds adorn the naturally wonky walls. Cleanse away a day on the beach in the ground floor bathroom before drying off beside the woodburner. After a soothing soak, it won't be long before thoughts turn to bed. Like a scene from The Princess and The Pea, the master bedroom boasts a king-size colonial bed, while next door is a beautifully decorated nursery with a large cot and origami cloud mobile hanging from above.


A Cornish take on classic Chelsea roof garden design, the petite walled courtyard plays host to a mix of chalky hues and soft planting - a dream spot for sunbathing. On those English rainy days, the sophisticated summerhouse is the perfect hideaway for a pot of tea and pile of Sunday papers. Saunter up the hill to Trerice, a romantic Elizabethan Manor House with fine interiors and enchanting gardens and challenge your partner to a game of badminton on the green. For small plates and cocktails by the waves, head down to Watergate Bay's newest and chicest eatery, Watchful Mary.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £795 per week, £595 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne first floor double bedroom with king-size bed, one first floor child´s nursery with a large cot, one ground floor bathroom with WC, clawfoot bath and overhead rainfall shower.
  • FeaturesWell-equipped children´s nursery and summerhouse
  • PetsTwo small well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyChildren up to 18 months are very welcome. There is one large cot in the nursery, plus one Chicco Next2Me crib and highchair available on request. In-house babysitting is also available on prior request.
  • PracticalitiesThere is off-road parking for one car at Sweetpea Cottage. The kitchen has a fridge, freezer, drinks cooler, double Bertazzoni Range cooker, Nespresso coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Wet coats and muddy wellies can be stored in the summerhouse.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper of Cornish produce, LED Smart TV with Freeview, Netflix, DVD player, iPad, cosy blankets, wifi internet, fire pit, coal barbecue and traditional outdoor woodburning pizza oven, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Sitting south of Newquay on Cornwall´s expansive golden north coastline is Crantock; a charming coastal village bursting with rural beauty. For a luxury solo vacation, family break or romantic escape by the sea, this friendly holiday haven has pockets of gems for all.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Sweetpea Cottage is located in the small Cornish hamlet of Kestle Mill approximately three miles from Porth, Lusty Glaze and Crantock.
  • 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 in Newquay, less than a 10 minute drive away. There are more frequent services from London to Truro and Bodmin Parkway which are both approximately a 25 minute drive away.
  • By Air Newquay airport is a 15 minute drive away, with taxis and car hire easily available in advance.

From the owner

“I fell in love with the wonky walls, original beams and pretty cottage windows in an instant and knew it would make the perfect first home for my small family. Now moved on with our growing brood, I love to see other new parents and couples enjoy the quirky charm of my chocolate-box home.”

From the owner

We had been looking for a new home for quite some time but were happy to wait until we found the perfect property. When we saw this irresistible cottage for sale in 2014, we both fell in love with its quirky character and quintessential Cornish charm. We simply knew it was the one.

It took five months to sympathetically transform the cottage - our vision was to retain the beautiful original features, yet give it a modern, sophisticated feel.

We worked with a talented interior designer, and spent many happy weekends scouring auctions and reclamation yards to help us to transform our cottage into the luxurious home you see today.

The Shazell Family

Owner recommendations

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

Festival Fun
To Do

Festival Fun

In the summer the area hosts some of Cornwall´s most renowned music festivals such as The Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze, Boardmasters Surf Festival, Port Eliot Literary Festival and Newquay´s Fish Festival.

Trerice Manor
To See

Trerice Manor

Take a 15-minute walk up the country lane to Trerice, a beautiful Elizabethan manor house. Learn about the local heritage and enjoy the serenity – only occasionally interrupted by Tudor music and cheer from the bowling green!

Young Family Frolics
To Do

Young Family Frolics

Dairyland Farm World is just a two-minute drive away and offers a whole host of family fun for the young and young at heart. For a day out with some interesting historical value, jump on board a miniature steam railway at Lappa Valley.

Caribbean Colonial
To Eat

Caribbean Colonial

Situated right on Tolcarne Beach in nearby Newquay you´ll find the beautiful Colonial, a Carribean influenced restaurant styled to reflect a traditional beach bar, serving fantastic food, delicious cocktails and paired with an amazing view stretching out over the ocean.

Guest Testimonials

Thank you for a wonderful stay. Such a beautiful cottage and perfect for a baby and dog! We had the best time with the best weather. Thank you, we´ll be back!

A beautiful cottage in a truly beautiful area. The cottage is perfect for those rainy days, snuggling next to the fire! Thank you very much for the hamper - what a lovely surprise! We will hopefully be back!

We´ve had a wonderful stay, as always! The cottage is beautiful. It has been a lovely week. We love it here, every time we come. Thank you so much, we will be back!

Thank you for such a wonderful stay. The cottage is even more beautiful than we had imagined, and so cosy and warm. We stayed here for our 3rd wedding anniversary and it has been the most wonderful week. We will definitely be back in the future to escape the madness of the world! Thank you again.

Thank you for everything! Great flowers, nice atmosphere, lovely area, beautiful cottage - everything was perfect for our short break!

We arrived at the cottage and were very pleased, it was spotless. Thank you for the welcome hamper and well done to the housekeeper! It is beautiful inside, and just our taste. We have had an amazing week, we were out everyday with our Cockerpoo, Harry. The weather has been very kind to us and we loved Padstow and Fistral Beach - The Fish House overlooking the sea is our favourite place to eat, please try it! The Beach Hut in Watergate Bay also has amazing views and is worth a visit. Thank you.

Thank you for making our first visit to Cornwall so fabulous. Sweetpea Cottage has been a joy, with so many lovely touches and so well thought through - all much appreciated. Even a week of rain didn´t spoil our break, possibly allowing us slightly more time indoors to enjoy the comfort and ambience. We shall return for sure and enjoy all the wonderful delights Cornwall has to offer. This little gem of a cottage, in our opinion, is a perfect spot that has been so cosy and enjoyable. Thank you again for making us feel so welcome.

What a beautiful cottage ideally situated for lots of adventures. Our family travelled from Fowey, finishing off our holiday here in this little gem. We have eaten in some fantastic places including Fifteen at Watergate Bay. We spent beach days on the bay at Lusty Glaze beach and restaurant. Thank you for making our holiday so relaxing and comfortable. This is our third stay with Unique Homestays and we love you! So sad to be leaving!

We´ve had a fantastic week here at Sweetpea Cottage. It has been a beautiful house to stay in, with every detail thought of. Our daughter and our dog have also enjoyed their stay. A beautiful holiday in a cosy Cornish cottage!

What a beautiful and charming cottage in a fabulous location! My husband and I came here with our six month old baby boy and enjoyed long walks on the beach with our golden retriever, wine in front of the fire and breakfast at Fifteen Cornwall. Three nights just wasn´t enough and we can´t wait to come and stay again for longer.

Our third visit to Sweetpea Cottage and it´s just as lovely, a real home from home. This is the first time we have spent the new year in Cornwall for a long time, the lovely Christmas tree with its twinkling lights was an added bonus! Even though we weathered storm Dylan and Eleanor, we stayed dry and warm both inside and out. We can thoroughly recommend the coastal walk to The Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick beach, the homemade soup is a must on a sunny, blustery January day. We will be back again soon.

Having had an amazing stay in April we decided to come to the cottage for Christmas. It has been a thoroughly relaxing experience. Sweetpea Cottage is so homely and comfortable and the surrounding countryside and beaches are amazing. Christmas morning on Crantock beach with the dogs will be remembered for a long time. Love the addition of the Sonos sound system since we were last here. Thanks again for a great holiday.

Such a beautiful cottage, a cute bolthole! We had a lovely time and will always remember our stay here - especially because we got engaged! What a gorgeous place to celebrate, we will remember it forever! Thank you.

Utterly beautiful and set in a very peaceful location. For me, it was the perfect place to totally unwind and relax. A true homely feeling from day one. Presented in a beautiful and immaculate way, the welcome hamper very much appreciated and everything else superb. The bed was sheer comfort, the linen soft. All which contributed to me staying in bed, so warm and very snug. I had the bedroom windows open to enjoy the sounds of the birds in the mornings. Thank you to the owners for making this cottage so welcoming and utterly gorgeous.

The cottage was truly, utterly stunning and so beautiful! I cant thank the owners enough for everything. Attention to detail was superb. So homely and cosy it made it difficult to get out of bed in the morning! Fresh flowers, the Christmas tree, the heating, the hamper and more! The house keeping was also brilliant in terms of giving directions to the cottage so my thanks go to many!

I´ve been here for five minutes and I already do not want to leave. Firelit and wonderful windy walks on the beaches - rainbows everywhere all ending at Sweetpea Cottage!

Such a beautiful cottage! We´ve had a wonderful time staying here. It´s been the perfect place for our first family holiday and our first visit to Cornwall. Everything we could´ve thought of has been provided, it was great not having to bring all the baby paraphernalia with us!

The perfect place to unwind and be relaxed, a home from home. a wonderful location for all the gorgeous places of Cornwall, Port Issac, Rock, Padstow and Crantock beach - wow! We went horse racing down the estuary, a lovely experience. A perfect bolt hole, we will come back again one day.

We have loved our time here. It has been the perfect place for us to enjoy our honeymoon with our son. He absolutely loved the nursery and all the toys, what a great touch! The cottage is decorated so beautifully and we truly enjoyed the hamper with all the treats you left us. We would love to come back again and will definitely recommend this cottage to all our friends with or without little ones.

Thank you so much for the beautiful hamper which we received upon arrival. Wow, Sweetpea Cottage is absolutely stunning and we have enjoyed every single second being here, on our first family holiday with baby Harry. We have had a fantastic honeymoon and we can´t wait to return next summer. Sweetpea is a place of true beauty and we hope to make our own Sweetpea when we move into our new home this weekend!

What a wonderful holiday; the hamper blew us away and was much needed after a 10 hour journey! A beautiful cottage and so clean! Sweetpea is so well put together, we really don´t want to leave. Astrid loved her bedroom and slept soundly every night. Thank you so much!

What a fantastic cottage. We were relaxed from the moment we walked through the door. Great attention to detail that really makes you feel at home. Thank you for the welcoming hamper and for your help and tips during our visit. Sweetpea Cottage is in an amazing location where everything is so easy to get to. Best cottage we have stayed in. Thanks again!

We have had the most wonderful time at your gorgeous cottage! It has been the perfect place to celebrate a birthday and spend our babymoon. Our dog has loved it here too! The cottage is so well equipped and the extra touches, the hamper and fresh flowers have made our visit extra special. We hope to visit again soon.

We stayed over Valentines weekend and it was one of the best weeks in Cornwall I´ve ever had. Sweetpea Cottage is the most beautiful cottage and everything was fantastic. Thank you so much, we will definitely be back.

We stayed here for our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect, just what we needed and wanted. Thank you for providing us with such a beautiful cottage. We loved everything about it! It´s been the perfect little hideaway from the world. The owner was more than helpful so thanks to them for being such fantastic hosts. We will definitely be back!

We found the cottage to be extremely comfortable and the extra luxuries provided were excellent. Fresh flowers and the lovely hamper along with treats for our dogs and comfy dog beds made a lot of difference to us. The cottage was very clean and warm and cosy when we arrived after our long drive. We would definitely return again and have always had good service from Unique Homestays.

We have had a lovely stay at Sweetpea Cottage. A quiet spot but within easy reach of main roads, making sure we could get about easily. We loved the quality and imagine that a lot of care and attention has gone into getting the cottage looking as fantastic as it does. We have stayed in lots of holiday cottages over the years and this is definitely one of the best. Thank you for letting us and our dogs stay, they loved watching the birds on the bird table in the garden! We will come back again for sure. Oh and also, the hamper was fabulous!

This place is perfect! We would like to come back, tomorrow if possible! We loved the welcome hamper with all of the lovely local produce. The location is everything you could want, secluded enough to feel tucked away and hidden from the world but barely ten minutes to Newquay and the surrounding areas. We loved the bath and the bed, both were amazing! Thank you so much!

An absolute gem! We have had such a lovely time at Sweetpea Cottage. We tend to visit Cornwall a few times a year and can honestly say that this has been our best stay so far. It is, however, our first trip with our four month old son who was able to make great use of Rupert´s lovely nursery. The decor is incredible and all the extras just made it that much better. We will definitely be returning.

Thank you for a wonderful stay in Sweetpea Cottage. All the little touches made it extra special. We loved the real Christmas tree, decorations and festive candles. It felt so ´Christmassy´ and romantic.

Thank you so so much for letting us stay in your beautiful and exquisite cottage. What can I say that hasn´t been said already? All of the fantastic comments in your book are a testament to just how perfect this place is. From the moment we arrived we have been in awe of how stunning the sights are, both inside and out. We have loved our stay here, it has truly been the most romantic break we have ever had. All that is left to say is a big thank you! We will never forget our stay and hope to return soon!

Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage! It certainly has the wow factor as you pull up outside and it continues as you walk in. It was so cosy and welcoming, we instantly felt at home. The hamper was great. Sweetpea Cottage has been the perfect place for our first holiday as a little family, we are very sad to be leaving. Thank you so much.

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful and exquisite cottage. What can I say that hasn´t been said already? All of the fantastic comments before are a testament to just how perfect this place is. From the moment we arrived we have been in awe of the stunning sights, both inside and out. We have loved exploring Newquay, it has been the most romantic break we have ever had. We will never forget our stay and hope to return one day soon.

Thank you so much for a wonderful week in your beautiful cottage. It exceeded our expectations, we loved everything about it! Thank you also for the lovely hamper that you left for us. We have been enjoying the lovely treats all week! My wife fell in love with the decor in the cottage and now has visions of transforming our own house into a ´Sweetpea´ haven!

I brought my husband down here to celebrate his 30th birthday and to escape our hectic lives back in London. The cottage was all that I had hoped it would be and more, we had the perfect weekend, taking long walks, enjoying cream teas and sitting in front of the log fire. You really have gone the extra mile with this cottage from the hamper to the organic toiletries - we are really sad to be leaving.

The beautiful Sweetpea Cottage was in the perfect location where we could enjoy days out at St Michael´s Mount, Padstow and Kynance Cove. We are sad to leave, but for us the cottage will always be where precious memories of our first family holiday were created.

A beautiful cottage at which we celebrated a wonderful birthday weekend away in an idyllic cottage and gardens. Thank you for the hamper and all the flowers everywhere, and the gorgeous dog treats.

What a beautiful cottage. A wonderful birthday weekend away in an idyllic cottage and gardens. Thank you for the hamper, the flowers and the gorgeous dog treats which the dogs loved.

The cottage was beautiful, we loved the furnishings and it really exceeded our expectations.

A lovely break in a wonderful cottage. Thanks for all the thoughtful little extras; the beautiful flowers and especially the goodies in the fridge which were greatly appreciated! I will be making a another visit soon!

We have had an amazing long weekend in your beautiful cottage. Everything was perfect when we arrived after a very long journey down! On the rainy days, Sweetpea Cottage was a lovely place to relax. A massive thank you for all your thoughtful little touches and for allowing us to stay in your home for what has been a fantastic weekend!

Sweetpea Cottage is beautiful with some lovely touches inside. It felt very warm and cosy in the evenings, especially with the open fire. The roses and the hamper were both a wonderful start to our stay.

The cottage is amazing and we had a wonderful week here following our wedding. What a perfect place to relax and unwind. We has some fantastic weather and enjoyed visiting beaches and walking along the beautiful coast. On the rainy days we snuggled up in this beautiful cottage which has lovely furniture and has been decorated so wonderfully. We loved the flowers which were throughout the house and the food hamper was extremely thoughtful. We will definitely be back for our anniversary.

We had a much needed two week break at Sweetpea Cottage, beautifully finished and equipped, we will certainly recommend this place! One of the very best we have ever stayed in! Thank you.

What a fabulous two weeks we have had in this gorgeous cottage. Decorated so very beautifully and with lovely finishing touches. The nursery was just perfect for our five month old daughter and thank you Rupert for sharing your toys and books!! We will certainly be recommending a break here to our friends with young babies! Thank you.

All the little touches are what made the difference to our stay. Every detail was thought of and we have felt very welcome- thank you! We´ve had the most lovely Honeymoon.

An enchanting and obviously much loved cottage. We enjoyed our stay at Sweetpea Cottage very much, from the lovely treats on arrival to the beautiful flowers placed around the property that made us feel very welcomed.

The standard and quality of the cottage was superb and the owners had thought of everything in the terms of little touches, so it really felt like our very own cottage for five days! The location is perfect with easy access to the A30 which lead to everything! The cottage had been sympathetically restored and the décor was very tasteful, with great quality bedding and linen. The food hamper including the bottle of Proseco was a wonderful touch.

Mum and I are already talking about when we can book another stay at Sweetpea Cottage – it is a truly magical place that you can see and feel you have nurtured and created with such love and attention to detail. A beautiful and stylish home which also strikes the balance of being so wonderfully homely and comfortable. Wishing you a very successful year as I’m sure it will be and undoubtedly you’ll have lots of people like us wanting to book their next stay!

We can´t thank you enough for welcoming us to your truly beautiful home. We were very much looking forward to a stay in Cornwall, however the experience and stay at Sweetpea Cottage has made it magical, so much so we really don´t want to go home. All the very best with your venture and we will certainly be back and recommending to our friends.

We loved everything about Sweetpea Cottage. The moment we stepped through the door we just knew we wanted to spend all our time in this dear little place. So cosy and warm and very restful. There were flowers everywhere and a wonderful hamper full of wine and goodies as well as sausages and bacon etc in the fridge. Even our two little schnauzers were spoilt too, they had their own beds, bowls and breakfast biscuits. We would like to thank the owners and Unique Homestays for a wonderful holiday and we look forward to a return visit.

Thank you for the welcome hamper, everything was so delicious. Your sweet cottage is a delight and we feel so rested. We look forward to a return visit.

Firstly, we just wanted to say thank you for coming to our rescue last week when my baby brain had properly kicked in- you bent over backwards to accommodate us and we are very grateful! Secondly, we had such a wonderful stay here in this beautiful cottage and can´t wait to come back again with our son and make use of the nursery.

We had such a wonderful stay here in this beautiful cottage! We can´t wait to come back again with our son and make use of the nursery.

The property was absolutely immaculate. Having the nursery was a huge, huge bonus and it was beautiful! We loved the attention to detail. Sweetpea Cottage is really beautifully kept.

There was such a warm welcome, it just felt so homely and a great base for visiting all areas. We visited Newquay, Perranporth, St Ives, Lands End, Penzance, and Padstow. It was nice to come back in the evening, take off our shoes and just relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the cottage, even it was only for this one week.

We cannot rate this holiday cottage highly enough. It is a beautiful cottage both on the outside and inside. The owners had gone to great lengths to make us feel very welcome on our arrival, with many little extras, all a lovely surprise after a long journey! The cottage is decorated in a very homely style and makes a perfect cosy base from which to explore. It is in a great location on a quiet country lane, but also close to many attractions. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable, cosy country cottage then look no further!

Beautiful cottage with homely feel. Well presented, decorated and furnished, with lovely welcoming touches from owners. Ideally located for visiting any part of Cornwall.

This cottage must be the best we have stayed in by a mile so far. The welcome pack left by the friendly owners was a welcome surprise and we even had a roaring fire awaiting us upon arrival. We found travelling from the cottage to any of the beautiful gems Cornwall offers was easy as the main roads were only minutes away. The cottage was so well equipped it was just like home from home.

We had a very pleasant week at Sweetpea Cottage. The location is ideal for exploring Cornwall. The cottage is very cosy and well kept. The owners made us very welcome with plenty of goodies and a nice roaring fire. They really do go the extra mile. I would recommend Sweetpea cottage to anyone.

We found Sweetpea Cottage to be enchanting, peaceful, clean and very comfortable. The cottage is ideally positioned for visiting many Cornish attractions, our favourite, Mevagissey, is just 30 mins away. The owners were very helpful. There were many welcome goodies to be found on our arrival which all added to the pleasant experience. Sweetpea offers ideal accommodation whatever the season. We hope to return in the future.

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