My family and I rented two of these cottages (stables and parlour) for a week. We had a great holiday and the accommodation was good but there were a few problems.
First the positives. The area that Heath Farm is located is beautiful and secluded, yet within easy driving distance of many towns and villages, Helston, Coverack and St Keverne to name a few.
The cottages are owned by a lovely couple and you can tell that it is a family run business. We were welcomed by Peter who showed us around both cottages and left us with a complimentary cream tea to enjoy.
The cottages have everything you could need for a self catering holiday, microwave, oven, toaster, kettle, plenty of cooking pans, utensils and housekeeping supplies. Parlour cottage slept seven people, there was one double room, a room with three single beds and there was a double sofa bed in the living room area. All beds were very comfortable and we found it very convenient that there were sinks in both bedrooms, especially as there was only one bathroom. The shower room is separate from the bathroom which is also a help when there are so many people staying in one cottage. Stables cottage was slightly smaller, only sleeping four people between one double room and a twin room. Again each room had a sink and the shower was separate from the bathroom. Both cottages had heating and an electric fire so we were kept very warm.
However, one of the things we noticed when we settled into the cottages was that there were hundreds of cobwebs everywhere, in every single room. Especially hanging from the ceiling and curtain poles. To us it looked like the cottages hadn't been cleaned properly. There were also loads of spiders! This didn't bother my family and I because the cottages were so beautiful and perfect for what we wanted. It was nothing that a good vacuum wouldn't sort.
The only other negatives are very small things, the farm wasn't in very good condition. The children's play area was very small and the rocking horse in it was broken (it's head had come off, it was probably enough to give kids nightmares!).
The cottages are also advertised as having washing facilities, however the washing room for clothes was dirty and the thought of washing our clothes in there was unbearable so we washed ours out in the sink!
These cottages do aggravate me but not because they are awful. It's because the owners are so nearly there with it. Just a little bit of work to the farm and a bit more cleaning and they could charge a lot more for these cottages than they did.
In the long term, maybe updating the tv and dvd player would be a good idea and replacing the sofas as they do squeak a bit!
Don't let my comments put anyone off going to these cottages as we did have an amazing holiday and the cottages were perfect for spending time with family and the beds were really comfy! It was one of the best nights sleep i've had in a long time. Just be prepared that when you get there you might have to get the vacuum cleaner out for five minutes!
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- Heath Farm Cottages Helston, Cornwall