Vernon's Retreat is in the Village of Lanivet, on the outskirts of Bodmin. If you like all of your amenities quite central and near at hand, this cottage would not be right for you. As a family we like to stay in places that are not obviously touristy, using the accommodation as a base. The cottage is great for that. Mrs Thomas the hostess welcomed us with a firm handshake, along with a gentleman who helps to maintain the cottage and two cakes which ere well received.
In terms of my family's experiences of the cottage we found it to be clean, cosy, spotless and it had a great deal of charm. There were no doggy smells as a previous review had suggested. all of the cutlery,it's pans, cleaning equipment, rubbish bags etc were there. mrs Thomas lives next door but is not intrusive, but is happy to help if needed. A visitor's book, has many positive comments from people who have visited from Europe, primarily and the UK. We have had a brilliant week there. My 6 year old experienced surfing for the first time, we went to the Eden Project and I visited the Tate St Ives along with a wonderful Victorian mansion house Landyhock. I am a member of the National Trust and English Heritage. I missed out of the Hidden Gardens of Heligan but will visit the next time I'm down. Cornwall is beautiful and as a first time visitor I loved the place. Mrs Thomas's cottage played it's part in our outstanding holiday. a word of caution, the steps are steep small children need to be supervised. Adults with mobility difficulties might struggle. Sharp knives are suitably sheathed, and the water is very hot, supervise children at all times. Other than that have a wonderful time in a magical place.