National Trust Houses and Gardens in CornwallMÍn-an-Tol

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Mên-an-Tol in Cornwall(Holed stone. Early Bronze Age.) A holed stone with two uprights at either end. The name MÍn-an-Tol means stone with a hole in Cornish. Perhaps originally part of a stone circle or Chamber Tomb. Crawling through the hole is reputed to cure infertility and rickets.The site is believed to be the remains of a double chambered Tomb, the hole forming the link between adjacent chambers.

This ancient monument is composed three main stones: two uprights, and between these a 1.3m diameter circular stone, with a 700 mm diameter hole through its centre. A fourth stone forms part of the complex, but has fallen at some time in the past. Old plans of the of MÍn-an-Tol site shows that originally these three main stones formed a triangle.

The stones are believed to be the remains of a double chambered NeolithicTomb, the hole forming the link between adjacent chambers. MÍn-an-Tol's age in uncertain but the stones in the site are generally assigned to the Bronze Age, between 3000-4000 BCE.

There are many local traditions and rituals associated with MÍn-an-Tol - known in the past as the Devil's Eye. The holed stone was thought to cure cure scrofula (a form of tuberculosis) and rickets in children. The naked child was passed through the hole in the stone three times and then pulled in an easterly direction along the grass a further three times. Adults seeking cures to rheumatism or spinal troubles were directed to crawl through the hole nine times, with their backs to the sun.

 

 

 

 



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Bosavern House
St.Just in Penwith, Lands end

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Bosavern House

Bed & Breakfast Discover the heart of Poldark country. A historic country guesthouse offering delicious cooked breakfasts, friendly service and comfortable accommodation. An ideal walking or touring centre. Relax in our gardens, walk the coastal footpath to an isolated sandy cove or explore West Cornwall. The choice is yours!
Bosavern House   Quality in Tourism / Visit England  4 stars Silver Award logo Tel: 01736-788301

The Wreck
St Ives

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The Wreck

Self Catering This is probably the best house in the best position in St Ives. Beautiful fishermans Cottage in the centre of the old quarter of St Ives. Built in the middle of the 19th Century on a cobbled street, one minute from the shopping centre, harbour, beaches, restaurants, Tate Art Gallery etc Sleeps 2 to 8 people
     Tel: 01564 776418

Chegwidden Farm
Penzance

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Chegwidden Farm

Self Catering 17th century self-catering farmhouse accommodation on the Lands End peninsula. Secluded location and listed in the book of legends, the site can be traced back to 1324. Enjoy our hot tub spa set in a secluded walled area relax under the stars also enjoy one of the many holistic therapies on offer
  Quality in Tourism / Visit England  5 Stars Tel: 01736 810516

St Aubyn Estates
Porthgwarra, Lands End

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St Aubyn Estates

Self Catering Stylish properties in stunning coastal locations. 6 beautifully renovated houses, sleeping 2- 8 - some with panoramic sea views, others just yards from the beach at Porthgwarra Cove. Come and enjoy cliff walks, sandy coves, surfing and St Ives, as well as exploring the island castle of St Michaels Mount.
     Tel: 01736 888 515

Tinker Taylor Cottage
Sennen

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Tinker Taylor Cottage

Self Catering Thatched self-catering beachside holiday cottage in Sennen Cove, Lands End; sleeping up to 12, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 10 metres from the beach, with breathtaking sea views and enclosed garden. Golden sandy beaches. 1 mile walk to Lands End.
     Tel: 07971675125

Rosemerryn Cottage
Lamorna

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Rosemerryn Cottage

Self Catering A delightful secluded cottage sleeping 4/6 set in 7 acres of private woodland. Only 1 mile from the beautiful Lamorna Cove. Lovely sandy beaches nearby. The ideal location for your holiday in west Cornwall slepps 4 to 6 people
Rosemerryn Cottage      Tel: 01736 810530

Trewoofe Self Catering
Lamorna

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Trewoofe Self Catering

Self Catering A character 18th century barn conversion sleeping 4 people in the beautiful Lamorna Valley. Trewoofe is conveniently situated for exploring West Cornwall and within easy reach of breathtaking coastal/country walks with stunning views and picturesque coves/beaches.
     Tel: 01736 810336

Nanquidno House
Near Sennen

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Nanquidno House

Self Catering A delightful 18th Century Cornish farmhouse, offering spacious accommodation for 6/7 adults. Located in secluded valley. 5 minutes walk down the valley footpath is the Coastal path to spectacular walks towards Landís End, Cape Cornwall. 5 minutes drive to the large sandy beach of Sennen Cove & the surfing beach of Gwenver.
     Tel: 07739714945

Tredinney Farm - Holiday Cottages & B&B stays
St. Buryan

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Tredinney Farm - Holiday Cottages & B&B stays

Self Catering + Bed & Breakfast A delightful Holiday cottages, and B&B stays with character, on a traditional family-run farm, attractive gardens, ideal for beaches, sightseeing, walking, with wonderful views as guests saylisten to the silence Three B&B rooms and 2 Holiday cottages - sleeping 4 and 6
  CTB member,, Cartwheel  4 Star Tel: 01736 810 352

Seal Cottage
Sennen

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Seal Cottage

Self Catering Nestled by the sand dunes just 300 yards from the acclaimed and outstandingly stunning Blue Flag beach at Sennen, Seal Cottage is ideal for the adventurous escape that you have been looking for from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sleeps 4
     Tel: 01934 713 498

Casple Cottage
St Just

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Casple Cottage

Self Catering Casple Cottage is a traditional miners cottage which has been sensitively refurbished to preserve its original character with exposed beams and exposed granite walls.
     Tel: 01579 370608

The Blue House - St Ives
St Ives

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The Blue House - St Ives

Self Catering St Ives fishermans cottage, beautifully updated yet inclusive of original Cornish range in kitchen, sleeps four adults, all modern conveniences and separate parking space available in secure garage for £55.00 extra pw (parking spaces like gold dust in St Ives). Sleeps 4
     Tel: 07714 334 576

Keigwin Farmhouse
St Just , Lands End

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Keigwin Farmhouse

Bed & Breakfast + Self catering Bed and Breakfast, situated near the village of Morvah the Farmhouse is around 300 years old and is warm and comfortable with organic bedlinen, and a cosy parlour. The breakfasts are generous with organic produce from the farmhouse whenever possible. Bedrooms: 2 Double rooms + 1 single.

Self-catering holiday cottage in St Ives, sleeps 4 with sea views also available.
     Tel: 01736 786 425

Cringlers Barn
Zennor

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Cringlers Barn

Self catering Cringlers Barn is situated on a working Guernsey Dairy Farm in the idyllic village of Zennor. Zennor is located five miles west of St Ives. Buses run daily between the village of Zennor and St Ives. Sleeps 4
     Tel: 01736 794849

The Old Quay House B&B Lodges
Hayle

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The Old Quay House B&B Lodges

Bed & Breakfast Waterside Bed and Breakfast stays with panoramic views of the Hayle Estuary - RSPB Reserve - The Old Quay House is perfectly positioned on the Hayle Estuary, close to St Ives. Enjoy sumptuous bed and breakfast accommodation in our luxury garden lodges, offering a peaceful, relaxing haven on the waterís edge. Family friendly, free parking and WiFi. - Nine B&B holiday Lodges sleeping 2 to 4 people
     Tel: 01736 753445

Caroline Cottage
Mousehole

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Caroline Cottage

Self catering A wonderful Holiday Cottage with Balcony over looking Mousehole harbour and Mounts Bay. Caroline Cottage sleeps 6 with annex sleeping 2 additional guests if needed. An Ideal Holiday cottage for breaks in MOUSEHOLE -one of the most beautiful and unspoilt fishing villages in England - most of our visitors fall completely in love with it, adults and children alike. Optional linen service. PARKING NEARBY sleeps 6 to 8
     Tel: 01865-727423

Chy Barnett Holiday Cottage
Gurnards Head nr St Ives

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Chy Barnett Holiday Cottage

Self catering Stunning cliff top Holiday Cottage - Wake up to beautiful views of the Cornish sea. Stunning Holiday Cottage situated on the coastal path at Gurnards Head, enjoying the most stunning sea and coastline views, our secluded detached cottage sleeps 7 guests in total peace and tranquillity.
     Tel: 01948 710345

St Michaels Farmhouse
Ludgvan

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St Michaels Farmhouse

Self Catering Traditional Granite Farmhouse -situated between St Ives and Penzance, Sited on a hilly ridge overlooking the whole of Mount's Bay. Former Mine Captain's House close to Poldark Coutry. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with awesome countryside, coastal and sea views. Parking, Four Bedrooms and Superb sea views. Sleeps 2 to 8+ people
     Tel: 01736 741176

Net Loft Studio Apartment
St Ives

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Net Loft Studio Apartment

Self catering Studio Holiday Apartment in the centre of Old St Ives, just 50 m from the harbour. 200 YR OLD FISHERMANS NETLOFT converted to a high quality spacious first floor studio apartment, tucked away in a lovely listed courtyard. Sleeps 2 to 4 people
     Tel: 07871 608945

The Old Pilchard Works - B&B
Mousehole

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The Old Pilchard Works - B&B

Bed & Breakfast The Old Pilchard Works B&B offers Bed and breakfast stays, just yards from Mousehole Harbour. The B&B has two spacious En-suite double bedrooms - both are accessed by their own private entrance. B&B stays in a lovingly restored historic building - Mousehole's former pilchard processing factory.- situated in the centre of the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole, just a few metres walk to the harbour, beach, pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries. Two ensuite bedrooms sleeping 2 + 2
     Tel: 01736 732699

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