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The Fable | Luxury Cottage | Perranporth Beach, Crantock

The Fable

Ventongimps, Perranporth, Cornwall, UK

Set deep within pastoral Poldark country at the end of a little track sits a fairy tale-esque luxury thatched cottage. The Fable transports you on a whimsical journey of indulgence for a real getting-away-from-it-all escape. Ensconced in ambrosial countryside, yet just a few miles from the golden sands of Perranporth and Crantock, a modern rustic interior awaits you at The Fable, complete with a log fire and hot tub. This unique self-catering luxury cottage is as perfect a base for a family escape as it is a couple's retreat.


If it's quintessential thatch appeal that you crave, then The Fable - reminiscent of the Darling Buds of May - exudes country charm in abundance. With an interior scheme far removed from the traditional, muted hues and vintage finds create a home-from-home abode. From winter warming retreats, with roaring log fire and evenings spent curled on the sofa, to summer days accompanied by the heady fragrance of rose gardens, The Fable is a homely cottage designed for sharing. If you're looking for a more intimate escape, and an opportunity to reflect, then The Fable is equally as idyllic a haven for those craving a little 'me time'. 


A large, crooked cob cottage painted in the dusky pink of a midsummer night’s sky and topped with a thick thatched roof, behind The Fable's oh-so-cute cottage exterior lie spacious rooms chock-full of character and individuality.  A Grade-ll listed cottage with cosy sitting room, light-filled sun room, and two bedrooms; The Fable has been designed with indulgence in mind; think large clawfoot bath, spacious master bedroom suite and the loveliest of French linens adorning the comfiest of beds. Culinary enthusiasts have a spacious kitchen in which to get creative, with an abundance of local produce - from the sea and land - readily available for those who want to enjoy a true taste of Cornwall.


The Fable really is a garden for all seasons. From blooming summertime roses to berry-laden holly bushes, it's not difficult to feel at one with nature during your stay. An idyllic backdrop for the laziest of days, the summer house affords a verdant view during inclement weather, whilst hot tub basking late into the eve is a commonplace occurrence on balmy summer days. You might feel inclined to simply stay at home if relaxing and rejuvenating are high on your list of to dos, but for those of you looking to adventure further afield, The Fable is perfectly placed to do just that. St Agnes is just a short distance from the cottage, whilst easy to reach north coast beaches of Perranporth and Holywell Bay are just 10 minutes away.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,850 per week, £1,395 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 super 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 with dressing room. There is also a ground floor WC.
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  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available on prior request
  • FeaturesHot 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: 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 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, Nespresso coffee machine, 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 little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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The large open plan kitchen-diner
The perfect corner to enjoy a good hardback
Pretty cottage windows look out to luscious Cornish rose gardens

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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 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 home 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, and adds to the overall quirkiness.

These days, I love relaxing here with family and enjoying the simple pleasures; The Fable is a real haven for all generations. 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!

The Stanleys

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 Smugglers Den, Trebellan Cubert
To Eat

The Smugglers Den, Trebellan Cubert

A 16th century thatched inn in the picturesque hamlet of Trebellan, The Smugglers Den - just a short drive from The Fable - features a Victorian terrace, beer garden and a children’s play area.

Guest Testimonials

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.

An absolutely gorgeous cottage that we thought could only be found in storybooks. We have loved every minute in this beautiful home, so much so that we kept cutting our day trips short so that we could return to it! We really appreciated the thoughtfulness behind every detail. We are blown away!

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!

A beautifully furnished, quaint country cottage. The attention to detail is hugely impressive. The location is serenely quiet and a good base for exploring nearby beaches. We hope to return.

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!

Everything was lovely at The Fable. All the little touches and the love gone into the property were in evidence and much appreciated.

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!

A fabulous cottage and a labour of love beautifully presented. A stunning place for my youngest 16th birthday, we all had a relaxing weekend and the music system is the best. Beautiful walk around Trelissick Woods, harbour and gardens. We hope to visit again.

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.

A beautiful cottage which we thought was even better then the photo suggested! We have fallen in love with Cornwall and its beautiful beaches and scenery and have made some amazing memories on this holiday. We very much look forward to returning next year and further exploring Cornwall. Thank you.

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.

We fell in love with the cottage as soon as we saw it on the website and its totally lived up to our expectations and in fact, exceeded them! We loved the decor and the quirky touches. The scones were delicious and didn´t last long! Thank you for the perfect setting which made our week off very relaxing. We would love to return again!

A truly wonderful stay in this magical, enchanted cottage. The attention to detail is exceptional. It has exceeded our expectations in every respect. From the beautiful blush pink exterior to the neutral colour palette inside. The sun shone on us all weekend, we enjoyed some fabulous beach walks! Cosy evenings in front of the fire with a glass of wine. Stunning! Cant wait to return. Thank you!

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.

A thoroughly enjoyable Christmas and a superb stay at The Fable. Excellent amenities and a great location for long walks on the beach. Super cosy with the fire and Christmas decorations. We would definitely recommend Angus the owner of Offshore too for his catering services. Stunning food, very professional and extremely friendly. The Fable will always hold a special place in our memory.

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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