Cottage Ranking: Tremanon in Trebarwith Strand, North Cornwall
After months of lockdown and cold, dark days, summer is finally approaching – and there has never been a better time to stay. Now the restrictions are lifting and normal life beckons. Most of us want to capitalize on our newfound freedom – and if you’re looking for a feeling of freedom you won’t find a better place to stay than Tremanon in North Cornwall.
Just a stones throw from the rugged Trebarwith Strand beach, this luxurious cliff top barn is romantic, stylish, cozy and impressively eco-friendly. After being locked up at home for months, I took the opportunity to go to Cornwall and see this rural retreat.
Tremanon sits on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic
The north coast of Cornwall is one of the most popular places to stay in the UK. Tremanon is ideally located for exploring the region’s best highlights. The historic village of Tintagel is a short drive away and a little further away is the tiny but beautiful harbor of Boscastle. In the other direction, head to Padstow and take advantage of the famous dining options or explore the natural beauty of the Camel Estuary.
Tremanon itself sits enthroned on raised farmland with the glittering blue Atlantic Ocean in front and a wind turbine that rotates gently behind it. It’s just as quiet and secluded as I hoped it would be. The only sounds that can be heard from the private terrace are the singing birds and, a little further away, the soft bleating of sheep. If you’re into sunsets, you’ve come to the right place: the cottage faces west and in the evenings you can watch the purple sun sink into the sea right in front of you. At night, the environmentally friendly sky shimmers with stars.
Style and character
The cozy living room has glass doors to the terrace
Inside, Tremanon is stylish and surprisingly sustainable, with geothermal underfloor heating and electricity generated from its own wind turbine. The A-frame roof is the only indication that this sleek, modern looking cottage was ever a barn. With glass-topped tables, wicker armchairs, and unique artwork on the walls, everything feels appropriately stylish – although not that stylish you feel like you can’t curl up and make yourself comfortable on the sofa after a stroll along the coast .
The living area is light, airy and open plan; At one end there are glass doors that lead directly onto the terrace, and at the other end there is an elegant kitchen with all the amenities, appliances and utensils you could wish for. A neon retro cocktail sign adds a fun, eclectic twist, and you can shake up your own pre-dinner cocktails with free gin and rum. In the evening you can cook dinner while watching the sunset on the other side of the room – and have your meal at the glass dining table, while the room is lit up golden, somehow makes the food taste even better.
The house has two lovely en-suite bedrooms
There are two lovely en-suite bedrooms in the Tremanon. The first bedroom has a king-size double bedroom with luxurious, high-quality bedding, an antique wooden closet to hang your clothes and colorful paintings on the wall. Opposite the bed, French doors lead onto the terrace. In the morning, you can open it up and enjoy the fresh air while sipping coffee in bed supported by dozens of plump pillows.
The second bedroom has a zip and connecting bed so it can be put together to form a king size bed or kept separate as two 2ft 6 ‘twins. A private bathroom has a generously deep bathtub in which you can enjoy a wonderful bath after a strenuous walk in the country. The bamboo bath tray is filled with sweet-smelling organic Cornish toiletries – from invigorating bath salts to rich body moisturizers. There is even a book stand for those of us who like to read while we bathe. The second bath has a huge and shiny walk-in shower. Both come with dozens of soft, fluffy towels (plus cozy bathrobes).
Service and facilities
The light and airy interior is full of stylish accents
From the moment we arrived in Tremanon it was clear this was no ordinary stay and the owners, Joanna and Matthew went out of their way to make sure we felt looked after. When we arrived, fresh scones, Cornish jam and jam, and flaky croissants filled with raspberry jam were waiting on the kitchen table. There was a huge apple pie in the fridge. As a vegan, I wasn’t sure I could eat these delicious treats, but knowing my dietary needs the owners had asked the local (and excellent) Boscastle Farm Shop to make them especially for us – and the farm shop rose to challenge spectacular way.
This level of attention and care was reflected in many other ways during our stay. While welcome baskets are not necessarily a rarity for luxury vacation homes, the generosity and size of this particular basket has been. Dozens of thoughtful gifts were wrapped in a wicker basket – from artisanal biscuits and teas to scented candles. There was even a tea towel and a can of Cornish cards and envelopes to take away. In the fridge there was a bottle of local sparkling wine, dozens of fresh vegetables, crusty bread, lemonade and apple juice and even some hummus, vegan butter and cheese – all of which meant we didn’t have to go to the stores when we got there, to make sure we had food for breakfast.
Nothing was too much trouble for Joanna and Matthew. They sent information on how to get to the cabin and what to bring before we arrived to make sure we felt prepared and ready for our trip. They also sent out detailed information packs about the local area with their recommendations for the best shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as some of the must-see places.
In a nutshell
Enjoy al fresco dining on the spacious terrace
Tremanon is a perfect destination for guests who want to enjoy quiet relaxation, cozy surroundings and truly breathtaking scenery. The combination of the isolation and romance of a private retreat with the impeccable service and comfort of a top hotel is a beach break that you will not soon forget. Perfect for couples or families who want to regain a sense of freedom and adventure without compromising on style or luxury.
Prices start at £ 866 for a long weekend or midweek.
Photography courtesy of Boutique Retreats.