The Old Coach House


Accommodates up to 6 adults, with optional extra studio flat for 1 or 2. (NB we don't let the flat by itself, mainly because we want you and yours to have as much peace and privacy as possible.)

Come and stay in a large and comfortable longhouse in a very private, very quiet and unbelievably beautiful place. And what's so very special about it? 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, on bicycles or on horses, we’ll offer you practical help or a discount.

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Features:

  • One kingsize bedroom downstairs
  • One shower room/wc, one wc downstairs
  • One family room upstairs; two double beds on a platform under the eaves
  • Kitchen/dining room with woodburner range, one woodburner stove
  • Large sitting room with full-height windows
  • Optional extra, studio flat with double bed, wc and kitchenette. (We don't let the flat by itself.)
  • Large private garden
  • You can arrive and leave on any day you choose, and your stay can be any length you choose.
  • View floor plan

So, what does off-grid mean? There’s no mains electricity, or gas. 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 free of electrosmog. 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 (and firewood's included in the price, of course).

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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, so it’s extra cosy in winter. There are no thermostats, though, so the temperature indoors will probably fluctuate more than you're used to.

To cook food it’s the woodburner again, and (for summer) an LPG gas hob; there's also a Kelly Kettle for experimentation with twigs and moss. 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, hairdryer, shaver...


For sleeping, we have a really comfortable king-size bed in a room downstairs, plus two or three double mattresses on a platform upstairs, for up to 4 adults (or more not-too-wriggly kids). 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 either the one in the lean-to at the end of the house or yours in the main part.

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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And your privacy in and around the house can only be interrupted by hang-gliders and paragliders, who overfly us once or twice a year from a field half a mile away.

For information about weather, children, elderly, blind, dogs, food, camping, groups , events: 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 the 'More info' section.

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


Staying here


Weather ... or not

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

Children

We welcome children of all shapes and sizes - and they'll either love it or hate it here. Any kids who are 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 small cupboards to climb up and down on).

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Special kit? We provide a toddler loo seat and step, a wooden high chair suitable for toddlers (but not babies), 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, and an optional single.

Elderly? Blind,with guide dog?

The old coach house is reached by an off-road track 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 acreage. So this is not a suitable location for anyone who finds walking difficult or painful, or who is in a wheelchair.

But if you know of someone who has a guide dog, you've just found one of the rare perfect places for them to stay. The peace and quiet, the feel of the soft Cornish air, the scents wafting on the breeze ...

Dogs

Windsworth is a perfect place for you to bring animal companions. Well-behaved small animals - dogs, cats, birds and reptiles – are very welcome to join you in your explorations of our 70 wildlife-filled acres and half-mile of seacoast, and of course in the house. We do ask for a supplement of £20 per stay to cover the extra cleaning needed.

Most 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) runs just 100 yards from the front door!

Food

You'll need to bring your own food and drink. Luckily, there's a local food store - a really good farm shop - which will deliver a box of goodies, if you order in time - at least a couple of days before your arrival; see https://www.food4myholiday.com/ Otherwise you could buy your own supplies at that same farm shop - Tredinnick Farm Shop - 2 miles away at Widegates, on the road to us from Plymouth.

If you really want a supermarket, then there's a Sainsbury as you approach Plymouth, and a Waitrose a mile beyond the Tamar Bridge. The other supermarket alternatives before your arrival are a Morrisons, Lidl or Coop at Liskeard, 8 miles away.

Food storage - there is a good-sized fridge/freezer. You can also try a zeerpot - no power needed except for direct sunshine!

Camping

If there are more than about 8 in your party, you're welcome to put up tents, or park a campervan, on the flat area nearby, once a grass tennis court. We ask for £10 per van/tent. For campers we've put in an extra washroom, shower and loo under a lean-to roof (the shower can 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.

Events

Wedding reception, handfasting, naming ceremony, birthday …?

Your ceremony will be set in barely-tamed countryside, with an unforgettable view over the Cornish coastline, sweeping from Rame Head to the Eddystone Lighthouse, to the Lizard peninsula, 40 miles away across the sea. Or perhaps we'll all be immersed in the depths of a mysterious mist, whirling and swirling, concealing and revealing ...

You will have the use of the coach house and its grounds for at least three nights, and as an optional extra we can provide a small marquee. We can also lay on food and drink to order.

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.