We first visited the cottages at Kymaurah on our Honeymoon, a stunning week in December where the sun shone all week - perfect for enjoying sunrises from Lamorna View's giant picture window, and cloudless night skies in the hot tub, spotting stars whilst sipping champagne!
Zoe and Phil, the owners, made sure we had such a good time that it was less than 4 months before we were back again, to try a different cottage!
For our honeymoon, we stayed in Lamorna View, a large self contained cottage to the south of the other two on the complex. It has a private car park space and private garden, with sun loungers, table and chairs for eating out and of course, the amazing hot tub.
Inside the cottage is very stylish, the cuddle couch is incredible (we have since bought one!) and great to have a large TV, DVD player and Sky TV if the weather isn't so good for going outside.
The kitchen is small but has everything you need. The bathroom is of the wet room type and has a giant waterfall shower. The antique bath tub is also great, but be aware as it is a couple's property, there are no doors - it's all open!
Zoe and Phil's hospitality is splendid, as mentioned in other reviews there is a bottle of bubbly on arrival and chocolates, rose petals on the bed and even a food hamper for us in the kitchen as we were spending a week there. They will then leave you to your own devices (save a daily quick hot tub check which they try and do when you're out anyway), but are always available if you need them - just text them and they always get back to you. We were delighted to receive a spare pair of wellies from them to borrow, as we hadn't thought to pack any with our wedding luggage - which made things a lot easier when going for walks in Cornwall in December!
They are also friends with a local chef, Darren, who prepared a delicious meal (fresh Cornish Sea Bass with an Asian dressing) for us and hand delivered it to the cottage, and even more kindly the cost of this was subsidised by Zoe and Phil too. Great stuff! Leaving this place is honestly one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.
Second time around we tried the Dovecote, a smaller cottage adjoining the main farmhouse (but you wouldn't know anyone else was there when you are inside). The hot tub area at the Dovecote in particular was so hidden, we had no idea it was there at all when we were at Lamorna View! The styling is more rustic and gothic, which is lovely for the winter time, and we spent a lot of time on the large sofa by the fire. There is a fridge and microwave but if you are after full kitchen facilities then choose Honey Hedge or Lamorna View. To us, this was just encouragement to once again utilise the services of chef Darren Broom (this time we had a three course meal with wine - outstanding - he even did bespoke veggie food for my wife and a totally different meal for me), and also to visit more of the lovely pubs and restaurants around the area.
The Dovecote also has a little metal heart which you can place in the window if you need the fire re-stoking and the cottage servicing - just leave it there when you go out, and come back to luxury. Wish we had one at home!
Although smaller than Lamorna View, there is still ample space at the Dovecote, helped by the way it is laid out, and the lovely furniture chosen by Zoe and Phil creating distinct areas within the cottage.
It should be mentioned that the cottages are quite remote, the Lamorna Wink is possibly the only walkable pub, although Mousehole isn't too far down the narrow country roads. Having said that once you're in the hot tub it's very hard to want to go anywhere else!
We walked back from Paul (near Mousehole) one night and Zoe and Phil very kindly offered to pick us up, but we fancied the walk... (Should have taken them up on it in retrospect though!)
Definitely visit Land's End if the weather is good, the sunset is always breathtaking. The attractions are a bit tacky but the Land's End Hotel does good beer and good fish and chips and is perfectly placed for the sunset. Also the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek is fabulous, and Mousehole is just about the quaintest place I have ever seen. Again, great fish and chips in the Ship Inn too. The King's Arms at Paul is also excellent and only a short walk from Mousehole. St Michael's Mount (go in the morning - less tourists) is a must on a day with good visibility too, and there are so many more attractions we haven't even discovered yet.
I am a film maker by trade and showed Zoe and Phil some of my photos from our first trip - they asked us if we wouldn't mind doing some more, and we had a lovely evening taking photos, drinking Prosecco and chatting with them over at Honey Hedge (the third cottage) and even though they had already treated us with a lovely evening they also gave us a free extra night in the Dovecote.
It's very obviously a passion project as well as a business for the owners and it really helps make you feel special when you stay there. We are going again later in the year to try the third and final cottage, Honey Hedge, and if it's anything like the other two, we'll want to move in!
p.s. mobile signal very patchy but found I could get full 3G on Three when outside at Lamorna View - but put the phone away - this is a time for love, romance and hot tubs, and it's perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kymaurah Cottages are three luxury cottages with private hot tubs 5 star gold award rated. Sleeping two in each cottage and set in stunning scenery sea views on the coastal path. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kymaurah Cottages Cornwall/Lamorna