Seascape Escape at the Old Coach House


Accommodates up to 6 adults, with optional extra studio flat for 1 or 2. (NB if you don't take the flat, we won't let it to other holidaymakers.)

Come and stay in a large and comfortable longhouse in a very private, very quiet and unbelievably beautiful place on the Cornish coast. And what's so very special about the house? It's offgrid! Enjoy life to the full while making good use of our local resources – you'll probably be surprised and delighted to find out how easy it is to use our super-sustainable systems.

We’d like to encourage you to explore another way of helping the planet continue to be a good place for our children and grandchildren ... so if you come here by public transport, or on foot, or by bicycle, or if all members of your party are vegan/vegatarian, we’ll offer you a discount.

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sitting room and island

Features:

  • One kingsize bedroom downstairs
  • One shower room/wc, one wc downstairs
  • One family room upstairs; two double mattresses on a platform under the eaves
  • Kitchen/dining room with woodburner range (with hob and oven)
  • Large sitting room with full-height windows and woodburner stove
  • Optional extra, studio flat with double bed, wc and kitchenette. (We don't let the flat by itself.)
  • Large private garden (mostly unfenced)
  • You can arrive and leave on any day you choose, and most of the year your stay can be any length you choose.
  • Hot tub: optional extra - home built, wood-fired, for 2-3 people.
  • View floor plan

So, what does off-grid mean? There’s no mains electricity or gas, and no usable wifi. Yet the house has lighting and heating and loads of hot water. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, a large range cooker with hob and oven, and a gas hob. It’s amazingly easy to live really comfortably!

Why go off-grid? Two main reasons: first, it's really good to know it's easy to live comfortably, yet independently of the big energy companies. And second, this is one of the rare places in the UK that's virtually free of electrosmog (though outside the house is in range of some mobile phone signals), and the wifi signal(if you can detect it at all), is very faint. Many visitors have commented on the wonderful feeling of calm and peace in the house.

How? The electricity is 12v DC, and the lighting comes from solar pv panels and a big battery bank; the lights work just like normal ones. The hot water for sink, washbasins and showers comes from solar tubes and the woodburner range (firewood's included in the price, of course). You may be comforted to learn that most of the firewood we use is supplied by our local tree surgeon from trees whose branches he's had to cut for the health of the tree or the people around it, and some of it from our own trees that have died or need trimming.

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To heat most of the house, it’s the woodburner again; its warmth diffuses gently through the fabric of the building. There's another woodburner in the sitting room, for colder weather. There are no thermostats, though, so the temperature indoors will probably fluctuate a lot more than you're used to; there’s no heating in the bedrooms and bathrooms, so in colder weather they rely on some of the warmth spreading from the woodburner in the kitchen. Hot water bottles are provided!

To cook food it’s the woodburner again, and (mainly for summer) an LPG gas hob. The fridge/freezer's powered by the sun. For food prep it’s people-power … ever heard of Spong? We provide pots, pans and utensils, plates, mugs and cutlery. We also provide loo roll, and washing-up liquid, brushes etc and drying-up cloths.

And when you’ve been here a few days, you’ll find how many of our 21st-century energy-guzzling 'essentials’ we don’t really need after all … microwave, central heating, dishwasher, hoover, food processor, toaster, electric kettle, washing machine, tumble drier, iron, TV, DVD player, sound system, landline phone/ broadband ... And leave your mains-powered hairdryer or shaver at home, as they won't work on our 12v system!


For sleeping, we have a really comfortable king-size bed in a room downstairs, plus two double mattresses on a platform upstairs, best for children, but can accommodate up to 4 adults at a squeeze. There's a shower room downstairs, and conventional flushing loos. We provide bedding and towels for everyone.

And as an optional extra, there's a separate studio flat (see photo) with a double bed, wc and kitchenette, with its own entrance. So your group can include one or two people who'd prefer their own private space. NB To shower, they will need to use one in the lean-to at the end of the house or yours in the main part of the house.

For your entertainment, edification and delight indoors, we provide some books, packs of cards, board games (including scrabble), and a few simple musical instruments. We also have a mobile recharging point, and most networks seem to be in range.

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coastpath

Your privacy in and around the house is considerable. There are no other holidaymakers here. There's no other house in sight - except 4 miles across the bay - and even in the garden you're unlikely to hear any other people, except occasional walkers and/or dogs in our fields, or perhaps the dogs in our housekeeper's dwelling in the woodlands nearby.

Our home-built hot tub is small and intimate - for 2 or 3 people - and out in the open air, so you can stargaze while steaming gently in the sea salts that we use as a sanitiser. Because it draws on natural resources - water, salt, firewood - and labour, and not everyone wants to use it, we offer it as an optional extra for a supplement - see the Prices page.


For information about weather, children, dogs, food, camping, groups: scroll down.

For more about Windsworth - our precise location, our history, our animals, the wildlife here, our local area, and things to do - please see under the 'More info' tab.

If this is enough information for the time being, and you want to check when the house is available, see Availability.


Staying here


Weather ... or not

Whatever the weather is here, we get a lot of it! For a more accurate forecast than many, try magicseaweed.com, windy.com or tides4fishing.com

Children

We welcome children of all shapes and sizes - and they'll either love it or hate it here. Any kids irretrievably hooked on electronics and computer games may have a tough time, but those that are up for exploring the Real World Out There will have a fantastic time they'll never forget.

There's 70 acres for them to explore in comparative safety. They can check out the fields, the woodlands, the coastal slopes, the foreshore. They may get a bit wet and dirty, and perhaps find out about the sharp end of gorse bushes - but they'll be finding out at first hand what the natural world is like, a wonderfully memorable experience for most kids! We don't have a playground as such - our climbing frames have been quietly growing for the last 200 or so years ...

Indoors, we have a good range of board games, cards, books and music instruments suitable for kids, plus several pages of information about silly indoor games people have played over the years. The sleeping platform in its own room upstairs is a delight for independent-minded children of about 3 or 4 years up; it's about 3ft 6in off the ground (with low cupboards to climb up and down on).

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Cornish weather - credit to Edson Rosas


knotty rope to seashore

Special kit?

We provide a toddler loo seat and step, a wooden high chair for toddlers to sit at table (see photo in gallery), and a fireguard. If you have children under about 4, or ones who need attention in the night, you might like them to sleep on the futon just outside the main bedroom. Or you might prefer to sleep upstairs with them – it’s a splendid family room with two double mattresses on a platform under the eaves. Oh, and they'll need to use their own legs to get about outside - it's too rough and steep for wheels.

Getting around at Windsworth

The old coach house is reached by a 100-yard track suitable for most cars, and it's on a steep coastal slope. The ground has been levelled between the car parking area and the front door – but that’s almost the only level bit of ground on our entire 70 acres; the rest of the land ranges from steeply undulating meadow and woodland to 45-degree scree. So to explore our stunning seaside location you'll need to be reasonably fit and have a head for heights. We have an access statement available on request.

Dogs

Dogs with well-behaved owners are welcome to stay, and to explore our 70 acres and half-mile of seacoast.

We ask you to be aware of our sheep, though, and as the garden is not securely fenced (and can't be, due to the rough ground, the abundant vegetation and the wildlife - badgers are like tanks!), your dog(s) would need to be reliably recallable or else on a lead. NB, there are dogs in our housekeeper's dwelling, out of sight in the woodlands.

Many animals enjoy a change of scene, and this unspoilt corner of Cornwall is ideal for exploring with your dog. There's our own half-mile of dog-friendly beach where they can discover the joys of the sea - there are footpaths and tracks where they can pick up the nostril-quivering scents of the fertile grasslands and rich woodland floors ... and the old coast path (now officially closed but which we do our best to keep open for you) runs just 100 yards from the front door!


Food

You'll need to bring your own food and drink. Forget bottled water, though - most people reckon our tap water is delicious. So bring your own reusable bottle for days out.

For food supplies, there's an honesty box 50 yards from our gate, plus a good local farm shop, which will deliver if you order at least a couple of days before your arrival; see food4myholiday. Otherwise you could buy your own supplies at that same shop - Tredinnick Farm Shop - 3 miles before you get to us if you're coming from Plymouth.

There's also a farm shop in Looe nearby: Quayside Fresh

Supermarkets: there's a Sainsburys as you approach Plymouth, and a Waitrose a mile into Cornwall from the Tamar Bridge. The other supermarket alternatives before your arrival are a Morrisons, Aldi or Coop at Liskeard, 8 miles away.

Food storage - there's a fridge/freezer running off-grid in the Coach House.


cornish cream tea

Camping

If there are more than 8 in your party, you're welcome to put up one or two tents, or park a campervan, on the flat area nearby, once a grass tennis court. We ask for £15 per van/tent per night. For campers we've put in an extra washroom, shower and loo under a lean-to roof (the shower may also be used by people staying in the studio flat).

Special interest groups

The coach house is great for a small group of people – either adults, or a bunch of teens/children – to stay somewhere tranquil, calm, isolated; up to 8 people can stay in the house, and more can camp alongside (see above). If you want to run a course for a few special people to learn yoga, painting, foraging skills, bushcraft, then this could be a memorable setting for it.


Green tourism award - gold! SWTA Gold Better Environment

Awards

Through the years we've won several awards, from Cornwall Tourism and from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. And we've been in the SECTA Green Acorn scheme for several years. Then in March 2023 we received the honour of a Gold Award for the whole of the South West, in SWTA's Better Environment scheme.

What next?

Contact us and let's see what we can achieve between us!

If this is enough information for the time being, and you want to check if the house is available, see Availability.