5 miles SE of Bude

Thomasine

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Hidden away from the crowds and one of three properties situated on a rural farm, Thomasine benefits from being set in unspoilt, sleepy countryside whilst at the same time being just a few minutes from the wild north Cornish coastline. Step through the door and you'll find a home brim-full of vintage character and charm, bejewelled in deep, sumptuous colours and resplendent in velvets, wood and stone floors, original beamed ceilings, cosy wood burners and the warmest welcome you'll ever find. If you can bear to tear yourself away, there's plenty to explore too; from Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Isaac and Padstow to the west and Crackington Haven, Bude and the Hartland Heritage Coast to the east - you're not far from Dartmoor too.


Living

There's plenty of living space in which to sprawl after a day out exploring. The wonderful sitting room with south facing windows over the front garden has an epic, original granite fireplace complete with huge wood burning stove, around which nestle two large velvet sofas and two armchairs - what better spot for late night chats in front of the flickering flames?

In addition, there is an oh-so-cosy snug with another large wood burner, teal velvet sofa (to match the amazing teal walls), leather armchair and smaller yellow sofa - made for cuddling! For entertainment, a Smart TV with Bluetooth speaker provide everything you need. We just love the antique gramophone in the corner too.


Eating

The fabulous country kitchen with beamed ceiling and gorgeous flagged floor has everything you'll need, whether you're keeping it simple (well, you are on holiday!) or if you want to pull out all the stops and create culinary masterpieces for your loved ones. There's an oil-burning Stanley range oven (similar to an Aga), plus a Bosch electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher, double Belfast sink and all the cookware you could possibly need. In addition, there is a Miele washing machine and microwave in the utility room.

For dining, there is a small table in the kitchen, perfect for breakfasts, whilst there's a large farmhouse table that seats six in the sitting room. Alternatively, during warmer months, the cider barn offers a unique dining experience, where you can sit next to the original apple press amongst the fairy lights - the perfect setting for celebratory meals and a true countryside experience. On a sunny day you could also choose to dine on the front lawn amid the cottage garden flowers.


Sleeping

There are three beautiful bedrooms to choose from - so there'll be no arguments as they are all equally wonderful!

The first bedroom is an en suite and is a lovely, bright room with vaulted ceiling and south facing views over the front garden and countryside beyond. The plumptuous king size bed is accompanied by a wardrobe, chest of drawers, two gorgeous golden-coloured velvet chairs and a bedside table as well as an original fireplace, exposed white wooden floorboards, and a window seat at which to linger and gaze.

The second cosy bedroom also boasts south facing views over the front garden plus a sweet king size bed-knobs-and-broomsticks wrought iron bed, dressing table, two sunshine yellow chairs, a chest of drawers, clothes hooks and a small sink.

The pretty third bedroom has oodles of charm with picturesque vaulted ceiling, exposed wooden beams, dual aspect windows (south facing over the front garden west facing over the meadow) and original feature fireplace. The sumptuous king size bed is a zip and link, meaning it can be split into two single beds if needed. We just love the teal velvet scalloped chairs.

All the beds come with anti-allergy bedding, Egyptian cotton linens and plentiful cushions and throws to ensure a blissful, uninterrupted nights' sleep.


Bathing

The en suite bathroom is just beautiful with a large, freestanding cast iron bath, whilst there's a family bathroom with another freestanding bath in front of the old stone mullion window and a shower. In addition, there is a shower room on the ground floor. Both the en suite and the downstairs shower room have heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy.


Outdoor space

As befits this glorious country abode, the garden is just divine, and perfect whether you want a lazy day in the sunshine on the sun loungers, stroll barefoot in the grass around the wildflower meadows on a balmy evening, enjoy a glass or two of something special on the swing seat, huddle around the fire pit or get competitive with family games on the lawn.


Parking

There is plenty of private parking for up to six cars.


Babies and children

Babies and children are welcome. A travel cot can be provided on request.


Dogs

Up to two dogs are welcome at Thomasine. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break. The front garden can be enclosed if the front and side gates are closed.


WiFi

Thomasine has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.


What's in a name?

Thomasine was a local, poor shepherd girl who lived in the local village of Week St Mary. One day she helped a very wealthy traveller who had got into difficulty as he passed through the village, and by way of thanks, he offered her employment in his big house which she gladly accepted. When the man's first wife died, he married Thomasine, and in her new position she did all she could to help the poor and destitute, especially those in Week St Mary - and her influence can still be seen today within the village. She later went on to marry the Lord Mayor of London.


In the Area

Whether you're a country lover or a fan of the sea or want a bit of both, you'll be spoilt for choice at Thomasine. For water babies, there's an abundance of beaches nearby for windswept walks during winter or long sunny days swimming; Bude, Widemouth Bay, Bossiney Haven, Trebarwith Strand and Polzeath are well worth a visit. Head inland and across the border into Devon to explore wild, untamed Dartmoor or stick to Cornwall and pay a visit to the Tamar Valley and Bodmin Moor - both incredibly breath-taking.

History lovers will adore Tintagel, whilst quirky Boscastle and its Museum of Witchcraft is a must. Further along, Port Isaac (of Doc Martin fame and the home of The Fishermen's Friends) is a must-see and it's also home to two Nathan Outlaw restaurants. Further along you'll find the Camel Estuary and Padstow, great for foodies and also for water sports for the more adventurous!


An Elizabethan farmhouse with swoon-inducing interiors and gorgeous gardens, tucked away in the countryside yet close to the north Cornish coastline - what's not to love? Nestled between Bude and Boscastle, this idyllic farmhouse is simply divine, offering the perfect combination of coast and countryside.

At a glance

From £1,119 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 + cot | 3 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

Celebratory stays

Cottage garden

Extensive outdoor dining and seating

Family friendly

Fire pit

Off the beaten track

Rolling countryside

Short drive to beaches

Travel cot

Al Fresco eating

Workcation Retreat

Dog friendly

Wood Burner

Parking

Country Houses

Design-led retreat

Boutique country chic

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.

Payments:

  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Thomasine:

This is the second time we have been to Thomasine and it was still as great as last time. The house is well furnished and equipped and everything is in beautiful condition. Such a peaceful location, the only sounds are from birds, and the sheep and lambs in the fields. Our favourite!

A really lovely relaxing break - walks along the South West Coastal Path and long lazy afternoons in front of the fire. We unanimously agreed the beds were the most comfortable we had ever slept in, and the brownies in the welcome basket were exquisitely rich and gooey. The kitchen was wonderful - so spacious and well equipped. Too cold to enjoy the beautiful garden - but we did get to watch the pheasants and lambs through the windows. All in all, very generously equipped and appointed.

Thomasine is gorgeous! We loved the whole property - the setting is wonderful - remote but close enough to "civilization" to make it perfect. We went at Christmas time and the whole property was decorated - holly and pine wreaths, a real tree, vases of winter foliage and lovely decorations throughout - simply perfect! The bedrooms are all comfortable and cosy, the bedding is wonderful, the bathrooms all top notch (water pressure in the showers AMAZING), the towels are thick and fluffy, the kitchen is well equipped and the living spaces are cosy and welcoming. The heating is great and the fireplaces make it snug and so relaxing. The gardens are terrific - we loved the enclosed front garden for the dog and the rear garden was lovely to explore - wooded tunnels and hidden walkways - and to top it all a lovely firepit which was lovely on a dark night! Our hosts were just wonderful - they made us so welcome and we loved all the little extras they did to make our stay so special. We loved this property. P.S. The welcome pack was sublime - chocolate bread, sourdough loaf, fresh mince pies, mulled wine, champagne etc. We loved that everything was local too! The marshmallows and toasting irons were a great addition too!

The house is absolutely beautiful, tastefully decorated and with clever design touches in every room that made us feel at home and yet also like we were living in a dream!

Beautiful farmhouse full of character. Lovely decor and gorgeous large wild garden. Comfortable large beds and sofas. Great to stock up with an online Waitrose shop at beginning of holiday. Enjoyed days on the beach at Widemouth bay and coastal walks. Extremely peaceful location.

Thomasine was the absolute ultimate in excellence. Our two week stay was just perfect and we were all so reluctant to leave including Oscar. The whole property, gardens and location was heaven. Thank you to Andy and Ben for their kindness, we were privileged to share this haven and trust that I together with my family will return in the not to distant future.

A fantastic house and garden. Beautiful and well equipped.

Truely beautiful house surrounded by a magical garden.

Beautiful setting and house. Lovely,very generous welcome pack. Plenty of good recommendations for shops and restaurants - June 2021

What a location and what a fabulous place! So much thought and attention to detail had gone into making this a real home from home. Beautifully equipped, tastefully and sympathetically fitted and furnished. From previous experiences I usually take kitchen equipment (such as a lemon squeezer or grater) needed for meals, and champagne/cocktail glasses for drinks but everything we needed was there, and spotlessly clean. Would definitely go back.

Fabulous cottage full of amazing history and loads of little touches that make it extra special.

'Thomasine was the absolute ultimate in excellence. Our two week stay was just perfect and we were all so reluctant to leave (including Oscar). The whole property, gardens and location was heaven. Thank you to Andy and Ben for their kindness, we were privileged to share this haven and trust that I together with my family will return in the not to distant future.' - Wallis, July 2021

'Thomasine is an OUTSTANDINGLY beautiful house. It's always an anxious moment to walk into a holiday booking and this couldn't have been more wonderful, both in terms of furnishings and all the luxurious little touches that go to make a visit extra-special. The warmth of the welcome deserves particular note, so delightful and thoughtful. We can't recommend it more highly.' - October 2020

'A delightful laid back house for anyone looking for a chilled out break - Summer or Winter or even Autumn or Spring. Whilst off the beaten track, in our case (Waitrose) delivered a huge shop at 9pm on the day of arrival! The WiFi , T.V. etc worked 100% perfect, Bob and Andy have produced a fantastic getaway for that long awaited break' - August 2020

'Beautiful interior design. Stunning house and wild garden' - August 2020

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