Welcome to Little Avalon
We’ve put together this little guide to help settle you into your cottage. It includes some key information, house rules, key contacts and manuals for your devices.
You should be able to find information here to answer most questions, but if not please feel free to call or WhatsApp us:
Rich and I both grew up loving the great outdoors, and when we first met in Hong Kong it was this love of nature that brought us together. From early on Rich kept talking about his dream about buying somewhere in the middle of nowhere; somewhere that needed lots of work, somewhere we could invite people to come and stay and enjoy an outdoor life. We kept talking and eventually our conversations turned into plans.
After becoming parents, our plans got fast forwarded by about 10 years. Richard and I believed that we should provide our son, Arthur, a better place to live than our 300 square foot apartment in Hong Kong, somewhere he could grow up and have a childhood like we both had.
We began our search for somewhere to live, but even agreeing on what we wanted was a challenge. Rich was adamant that we should be in the middle of nowhere whereas I wanted to still be able to pop to the shops if I wanted to. It felt like we wouldn’t be able to find somewhere to suit both of is. Then, in 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, we were lucky enough to spot this place. It gave us 3 acres of land, a couple of 170-year-old Cornish cottages and a converted pig barn. Yes, it is true that we are situated in a rural area, and we get that isolated feeling; however, happily we’re just 2 minutes away from the village pub, 3 minutes away from a huge supermarket, 5 minutes away from Penryn where you can easily spend a day strolling around and 10 minutes away from Falmouth where you can be surrounded by the sea.
We love it here, and we hope you’ll enjoy your time here too.
If you would like to know more about Cornish Vistas, please do not hesitate to ask us. And we’d always love to hear your thoughts about what else we should be doing with this place. Everything starts with a conversation!
Richard, Arthur and I sincerely hope you have a wonderful stay with us and enjoy your holiday in Cornwall.
Little Avalon essentials:
Internet: Look for WiFI network name ‘BT_Z3S9Z. The WiFi password is: tHVgvdKmrA9vCA.
If you log into any accounts whilst here (eg. Netflix on the TV) please make sure to logout before you leave.
Hot water: Little Avalon has an immersion heater which is set on a timer to provide you with enough hot water. The switch is located and labelled next to the microwave (please do not touch). If you experience that there is insufficient hot water please let us know, but be aware that the amount of hot water is limited to the size of the hot water tank (and once emptied the new water needs to be heated).
Shower: Please use on ‘econ’ or ‘cold’ modes only; ‘high’ mode comes out either very cold or scalding hot!
Waste: Dustbins are situated next to the garage. Please use the black round ones for general waste and ensure the lids are on securely. If all the bins are full, please let us know.
Please do not leave food or waste lying around and clean up thoroughly after dining, particularly outside. Food scraps can entice wild animals and vermin.
Recycling: You have recycling bins in your cottage. Please use them according to the labels on each bin. All recycled waste should be cleaned before being put into the bins. At the end of your stay transfer recyclable waste into the black recycle bins next to the garages.
Septic tank: No sanitary items or nappies should be put in the toilet as they will cause problems with the septic tank on the premises.
Clothes washing: Should you wash clothes in the machine provided, please feel free to hang washing on the line in front of the parking area.
Breakages: We understand that sometimes accidents happen! Should you break anything please let us know immediately; if it’s minor we won’t charge. If it’s a larger issue (eg. a television) we’d like to agree the cost with you before you leave to avoid any issues later. Letting us know also helps us to avoid frantically trying to find a replacement or having to do some repairs (or worse, painting) on changeover day before the next guests arrive. Thank you!
Visitors: Only guests registered are allowed on the property.
Dogs: Should you have your dog with you please ensure they remain on the lead at all times whilst on the premises; we are surrounded by livestock and also house livestock ourselves on occasions.
Dogs are not allowed upstairs, nor on any of the furniture.
Finally, dogs should not be left unattended at any time either in the cottage or in the grounds. Should you wish to go out for the day without your dog we recommend K9 Kennels at Longdowns (phone number 01209 860302).
The fire: You’ll have a skuttle of wood and firelighters when you arrive. Additional fire kit refills can be purchased from us for £8. If you have children or a dog with your party we’d recommend that you use the fire guard which is located under the stairs.
To light the fire build a small pile with kindling at the base and a few smaller pieces of wood on top. Light a firelighter at the bottom of the pile and close the doors with the vents at the bottom of the doors open. Once the pile is well lit throughout you can close the vents to suit the size of fire you want. Take care when opening and closing door and vents as they get very hot (recommend to use an oven glove).
Heaters: There is a bar heater in the lounge; this can be turned on by the switch at the plug. There is no temperature control so please turn off at the switch when you feel warm enough of if you leave the house or go to bed. In the bedrooms there are wall mounted heaters. To activate press the on button. They are controlled by thermostat and are set to 18 degrees. Again, please switch off if you leave the house.
Wetsuits: Please do not wash out wetsuits in the shower; this will cause sand to sediment at the base of our septic tank. For cleaning wetsuits please use the hosepipe and large grey bucket located near the entrance. Please use the washing line to air dry your wetsuits.
Leaving the driveway
Use the mirror when leaving the drive and always creep out slowly so that oncoming cars can see you just in case you cannot see them.
Unfortunately some drivers drive fast along Antron Hill so please take care when exiting!
Recommended places to eat (click for link)
The New Inn [MAP] – Your local for the week. Good pub food 10 mins walk down the road in Mabe
Bango [MAP]– Asian fusion food in Penryn
Red Chilli [MAP]– Excellent Indian food in Penryn (they also deliver)
Nemo’s Fish & Chips [MAP] – In our opinion the best in the area!
Pip’s Pasties & Cafe [MAP] – Often mentioned in dispatches as Cornwall’s best pasty. Nice and peppery, we wouldn’t disagree with that claim!
And finally, a request!
We’re just starting out on our adventure with Cornish Vistas, so please let us know any comments you have about your stay, or any improvements you think we can make. Your feedback is a gift to us!
It’d also be wonderful if you could leave a review on either our Facebook page [LINK] (which is also a great place to keep up to date with our various projects as we establish the place), or our Guestbook (which is linked to our Google profile [LINK]). It only takes a few minutes and helps other guests benefit from your experience and advice. This could be your thoughts on the cottages, or even great places you discovered during your stay.
Also, please hashtag photos of your stay on social; #cornishvistas
Thank you, and have a wonderful stay!