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The Canyack

St Just, Cornwall

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The Canyack is a 19th-century miner's cottage, set high on the slopes of the secluded Cot Valley, a mile outside St Just. Its careful restoration, which retained its special historic character whilst providing comfortable and simply elegant accommodation, won an award for the Trust. An easy walk down the valley will take you to the fascinating cove of Porth Nanven with its vast rounded boulders and raised beach, from here you can walk along the coast path to Cape Cornwall to watch the sunset, past the ancient and enigmatic remains of Ballowall Barrow.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall, kitchen/diner, small parlour with solid-fuel stove, sitting room with access to outside decking area.
First floor
double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Telephone: There is limited mobile phone reception.

Please Note: There is a steep 37 metre gravelled path from the parking area to the cottage. This is illuminated and lights can be operated from the parking area and the cottage.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to Levant Mine and Beam Engine and East Pool Mine.

Free entry to all National Trust car parks on The Lizard on production of booking details.

For any 3 night booking starting on a Thursday or 2 night starting on a Friday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Logs/ Charcoal: Unlimited supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local NT plantation for £20 per week, payable with booking.

BBQ provided on request. NT charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by Lizard Adventure www.lizardadventure.co.uk and Dan Joel Surf School www.danjoelsurf.com

Cycle hire service available. Cycles delivered and picked up again at the end of your holiday. Further information at www.porthlevencyclehire.co.uk

Cottage details
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Let starts
Monday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
Cottage ref
011092
Acorn rating What's this?
4
Features
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
Accessibility
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 335 1287

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

West Cornwall
The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

The far west of Cornwall has a unique atmosphere. The most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard, with its turbulent seas, treacherous reefs and towering cliffs, has an unusual quality which sets it apart from the rest of Cornwall. Yet, with its unique flora, tiny fishing villages and fascinating caves and coves, this quiet corner is ideal for the visitor who appreciates untamed natural beauty and many dramatic views. Land?s End Peninsula, also known as West Penwith, has equally magnificent cliffs and turbulent seas, but is very different in character to the Lizard. Here, granite moorland meets the sea: an ancient haunting landscape of small, rocky fields, isolated farms and hamlets and an extraordinary wealth of archaelogical remains. This tiny corner abounds in places to visit and the Trust manages or owns many of these including St Michael's Mount and the nearby Trengwainton Gardens, Levant Mine at St Just, the ancient house of Godolphin and Lizard Point. Aside from the wealth of National Trust properties other attractions include the famous seaside town of St. Ives, beloved of artists over the years and now the home of the Tate Gallery, the underground tour of Geevor Mine, St Just, Penzance, with its helicopter and boat links to Isles of Scilly, RSPB site at Marazion, the pretty harbour at Mousehole, Penlee Gallery in Newlyn - the list is endless! For the more energetic, outdoor activities abound with wonderful sandy beaches, watersports, walking, horse-ridnig, fishing, golf and cycling.

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Activities
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • golf.
National Trust places to visit
Levant Mine and Beam Engine
Levant Mine and Beam Engine Unique steam-powered Cornish beam engine in action
Trengwainton Garden
Trengwainton Garden Sheltered garden with an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community
Godolphin
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
Godrevy
Godrevy High cliffs and sheltered coves with sandy beaches
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Carolyn Hawkes
    • February 2014
    • Surrey
    Secluded location

    Location - secluded but within easy walking distance of the cove, coastal path and St Just. Wildlife. Easy access to rest of West Cornwall.

  • Colin Hudman
    • January 2014
    • Hampshire
    Enjoyed our stay

    Very much enjoyed our stay in the Canyack as part of our honeymoon. The standard of accommodation was very high and clean.

  • Graham and Lesley
    • May 2013
    • Suffolk
    Gem in the crown!

    This cottage has to be the "Gem" in the crown of Cornwall. We have been all over Cornwall in the last 40 years but we have somehow missed this beautiful cottage! The holiday was a present from our lovely daughter-in-law and son for our Ruby wedding last year. It has been absolutely wonderful from the moment we arrived. Thank you so much for the tea, biscuits,milk and flowers they certainly lifted our spirits after a long journey. Although our first visit it will most definitely not be our last. Thanks again for a fabulous time.

  • Doris Kessler
    • Zurich/Switzerland
    We’ve spent a relaxed vacation in a surrounding that elevates the soul.

    We’ve spent a relaxed vacation in a surrounding that elevates the soul. A variety of animals such as badgers, Peter Rabbit & Friends, squirrels, birds, dancing butterflies, and after dark a pair of screech-owls, busy chatting away how to spend the night, paid us daily visits. The rabbits loved the carrots and apples brought out in the morning and the badgers fell in mostly after 9 pm. They left us quite impressed. As wild creatures accustomed to curious visitors in the cottage they entertained us every evening with their munchy performance.The apples, firstly neglected, and the unroastet peanuts were eaten away from the window sill and on stage in front of the garden room in no time.They are really beautiful animals if you can watch them close by and they are quite clever. We sure will miss them. The garden a competent mixture of wild and tamed nature and a classy cottage that could easily compete with contemporary architecture and would win. Thank you National Trust for all the devotion to nature and the phenomenal offer to travellers who are looking for an offer away from mainstream. Everything is perfectly and neatly arranged for the visitors including Joan’s welcoming card, tea, milk and biscuits. Thank you, Joan, for your helping hand, for your friendliness and for the flowers which embellished the cosy rooms. And last but not least if you are planning a visit to the Isles of Scilly and you are not accustomed to rough sea a voyage by plane might be a wise decision.

  • Kelly Borlase-Hendry
    I have just returned from a wonderful visit to this slice of heaven.

    I have just returned from a wonderful visit to this slice of heaven. The cottage is warm, clean and cosy and has everything you need for your visit. The entrance up the gravel driveway makes you feel like you are entering a secret garden! Nightly visits from badgers that would have Bill Oddie foaming with excitement and beautiful scenery. I highly recommend it.

  • Julian Spicer
    We have already booked for 2010!

    We have just got back: the cottage is nicer than the external picture suggests. It is a small and neat two-up (bedroom and bathroom) two-down (kitchen and parlour) with a bigger garden room stretching across the back. The furniture is nicely old, and the fabrics and decoration are smart. The Canyack is on a rocky knoll, sheltered by maritime pines, with views down the valley and glimpses of the sea. There are no other cottages very close, and is not overlooked, but it is only a short walk into St Just, which is a nice village, and the coast walks are simply wonderful. Every night, badgers come right up to the garden windows (if you put out some unroasted peanuts) and they don't mind if you sit really close to the windows to watch them. We were also visited by a young fox, and birds crowd around the feeder. The whole area (not just St Ives) has many galleries (commercial and public) as well as potteries and museums, so any rain makes for a good excuse to go visiting. We have already booked for 2010!

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  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Supplements
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  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0844 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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