Built in 1800 for the then Governess of the Trelowarren Estate, Wildwood Holt is situated at the end of a long, winding lane in a deep valley near the Helford River. When the current owners first bought the house over 30 years ago it had none of the modern facilities you would expect in the late 1980s. In fact, the previous owners used to get their water from a well up the road! Now, with its own babbling brook, enchanting secret gardens and interiors designed to let the wilderness flow throughout, it’s a rustic-luxe self-catering retreat. Wildwood Holt is a true escape to nature, where getting lost in the woods has never been so appealing.
Take a Look
Peeking out from the propped-up-by-trees porch covered in clambering vines, the powder blue front door is a welcome sight for weary travellers. Accessed via a footbridge over a crystal clear babbling brook and with fragrant rose bushes, and climbing clematises at every turn, here is a home where all of the senses can be satiated. Pretty, charming and all-encompassing, there’s idyllic, and then there’s Wildwood Holt.
Take a Look Inside
Exposed wooden beams foraged from the neighbouring woodland crisscross every bedroom, stairway and nook. While crooked branches hanging from thick garden twine dry bunches of wild flowers and sweet-scented herbs. Much of the furniture inside the cottage, including the kitchen bench and children’s cabin bed, has been handmade by the owners and their family, ensuring love and care has gone into every inch of this bucolic abode. While a cleansing palette of soft whites, muted florals and sun-bleached wood channels the atmosphere of elaborate garden rooms, where all attention is focused on the swaying greenery outside the hand-carved oak windows.
Oriental magnolia, vibrant azaleas and twisting rhododendra flow through Wildwood Holt’s potager garden which, even on the freshest of spring mornings, invites al fresco coffees and games of Pooh sticks over the footbridge. A rustic pergola, smothered in creeping ivy and topped with glowing festoon lights, encourages long summer suppers which linger well into the night and a shepherd’s hut hidden within the trees calls for afternoon siestas. South-Cornwall style.
“We spent our first six months here cutting and burning the laurel which had covered the garden before discovering what lay beneath. We then planted it with all the beautiful flowers you see today, making it a real secret garden hidden within the woods. Wildwood Holt is our much-loved family home. We have raised our children here and gone through all the ups and downs of life with this as our base. ” Jane and Anthony (Owners).
Sleeps up to 8! Imagine the family gatherings you could have here? There are three double bedrooms on the first floor (one with an en suite shower room) along with one twin bedroom perfect for children, featuring one sleigh bed and one cabin bed. The family bathroom includes a freestanding rolltop bath and walk-in shower and there is a separate WC on the ground floor.
The kitchen includes an electric Aga, electric oven and hob, toaster, microwave, coffee grinder, dishwasher and an American style fridge-freezer. There is a separate utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Homestays include – Luxury welcome hamper of local produce, Smart TV with Netflix, Bluetooth speakers, record player and vinyl, WiFi internet, coal barbecue, recipe books, logs and kindling to get you started…
Wildwood Holt is available to rent via Unique Homestays.
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