Vernon's Retreat in Bodmin

Welcome to Vernon's Retreat. This end-terrace cottage situated in the Cornish village of Lanivet sleeps four people in two bedrooms.


Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be double on request). Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Utility. Sitting room with multi-fuel stove. Electric night storage heaters with multi-fuel stove. Electric double oven and hob, microwave, Slow Cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi via owner's connection, selection of books. Electricity and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Parking in free public car park opposite cottage. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop, pub and other village amenities 2 mins walk. Note: Check-in 4.30pm, check-out 11am. This property only allows over 18's and infants at the property.


Vernon's Retreat is a delightful end-terrace cottage set in the Cornish village of Lanivet, five miles from Bodmin. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one king-size double and a zip/link twin, which can be a double on request, plus there is a ground floor bathroom. The cottage also has a kitchen with dining area and a sitting room with multi-fuel stove. Outside there are lawned gardens and there is parking opposite the cottage in a free car park. Vernon's Retreat is within driving distance of many places, including Bodmin Moor, sandy beaches and the Eden Project.

Lanivet is a small village offering a pub and a few shops. The town of Bodmin is five miles away and boasts a shopping centre, Bodmin Jail, Courtroom Experience, as well as Bodmin Moor.

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Reviews of Vernon's Retreat

"Excellent location close to locations in the north and south ie Padstow, Falmouth etc. The cottage is located in a lovely village with an excellent pub, fish and chip shop and local supermarket. The cottage was absolutely spotless with everything you could use plus more. Our stay was whilst Cornwall experienced snow this highlighted how cosy and warm the cottage is. Would highly recommend on our return home we have booked for next year."

Reviewed by Gary H on 07/03/2018

"A lovely location and a beautiful cottage. This was our second visit and will definitely not be our last. The cottage is comfortable and has everything you could possibly need. Ruth, the owner is amazing. The welcome goodies are great."

Reviewed by barryleftwich on 20/10/2017

"Great well equipped clean & comfy accommodation 5 mins from the A30 so excellent road links to the rest of cornwall. Lovely dog friendly pub (recommend booking), fish & chips restaurant/takeaway, Spar, field & play area all close by. Camel trail 5 mins away. Highly recommend & excellent value for money. Note only criticisms are the lawn was quite long which is a nuisance when poo picking after my dog and the glasses were so delicate .. we broke 2 just closing the dishwasher!!"

Reviewed by Angela B on 28/07/2017

"Firstly, this cottage was probably the cleanest, most organised accommodation I have ever stayed in, EVER! You enter via a shared pathway, owner lives in cottage to left. This cottage is very compact but is kept to the highest standards I've seen. Everything is spotless, just spotless. Everything is full working order and you can see a lot of pride goes into keeping the cottage that way for guests. I could not fault anything even if I wanted to. Location wise it's slightly out the way, but not that far to not be able to get about. Not much in Lanivet apart from a small Spar, a pub, a newsagents and a couple od other shops. Nice little village though. Owner will supply you with fuel for fire all week and you can settle with her once your stay is over. Very warm and cozy cottage too. Be nice if there could have been two small sofas instead of a sofa and a chair but not a big issue. Layout is great with Bathroom downstairs behind kitchen. We enjoyed our week here very much. How people said they can smell pets is beyond me, I've never been anywhere so clean in my life. Great cottage. Don't pass this up. Frankly it's a bargain!"

Reviewed by donnismonk on 01/03/2017

"This is a lovely cottage. It is very comfortable and well equipped. It is in an ideal location for both North and South Cornwall."

Reviewed by Mrs Wilstead on 20/07/2016

"The facilities in the village were good and the location of the village was central to all the places we wanted to visit. The cottage was comfortable and clean."

Reviewed by Miss Budd on 26/06/2016

"Really excellent cottage in a great location for accessing the places we wanted to visit in Cornwall."

Reviewed by Ms Palmer on 29/01/2016

"Vernon's Retreat is an excellent and clean accommodation.The area it is in (Lanivet) is central to Cornwall. "

Reviewed by Mr Harrison on 29/11/2015

"Stayed here for a week 7th November till 14th, Lovely holiday. The cottage is superb just what we wanted very cosy and comfortable. The pub over the road is very welcoming and the food great. We will certainly stay here again. Also thanks to Ruth who made us so welcome."

Reviewed by johnworsley1 on 26/11/2015

"We had a wonderful stay in Vernon's Retreat. The cottage was cosy, well equipped and a true home from home!"

Reviewed by Mrs Revill on 01/11/2015

"The accommodation was excellent and central for visiting all tourist areas. I would certainly recommend this to friends and family. We are always pleased with our Sykes holidays and will use you again."

Reviewed by Mrs Cooke on 20/09/2015

"We have just come by one from this lovely cottage,it really lived up to expectations . The cottage was very well presented and we appreciated the welcome of Ruth and the coffee,milk and chocolate cake! Being centrally placed it was ideal for touring around Cornwall.Highly recommend a visit to the local inn,friendly staff good beers and excellent food, advise booking though as it is very popular.Best Sunday lunch in the area.Could not find fault with anything.... would definitely go back again."

Reviewed by walter d on 13/09/2015

"Lovely cottage and the owner was very helpful. We would stay there again."

Reviewed by Mrs Crossland on 26/07/2015

"Cottage was very well equipped and homely. Very helpful owner and nothing was too much trouble. Great to be able to take the dog. Such a lovely place and holiday. "

Reviewed by Ms Offergelt on 26/07/2015

"This was a small cottage, that was as described and good value for money. The location was perfect for exploring all areas of Cornwall. It was reasonably well equipped, very clean and the bed at the back was comfortable. The cottage is well equipped for dog owners, but as non dog owners we were put off by the unpleasant doggy odour in the living area carpet and furnishings. Also the owner (who lives next door) has dogs which barked quite a lot, and put us off using the garden. There is a busy road in between the public car park and the property, and steep stairs, so this may make it unsuitable for people with mobility problems or small children. The property is not named and it was not clear which was the property, and which "next door" the owner lived at. It was not clear where to leave the keys when we left (which was early) There was quite a late check in (4.30) and we felt unwelcome for arriving slightly early."

Reviewed by Judy P on 05/07/2015

"We arrived to a very friendly welcome. The cottage was well above our expectations, having a cosy cottage feeling which made for a relaxing holiday. The cottage was also well equipped, and there was a pub, fish & chip shop and a Spar not more than a hundred yards away. All in all we had a fantastic holiday and would recommend Vernon's Retreat."

Reviewed by Mr Noble on 16/06/2015

"The location was excellent, very near a public house who had a large and varied menu, a fish and chip shop and spar were also very close. The location of Lanivet village was ideally placed for visiting all that Cornwall has to offer. We had a tremendous holiday at Vernon's Retreat and would recommend it to anyone."

Reviewed by Mr Noble on 14/06/2015

"What a great place... Very central for exploring Cornwall (it is in the centre of Cornwall - officially!), good wee shop in the village and a great dog-friendly pub (Lanivet Inn). The cottage was warm and welcoming, with tea, coffee & cake waiting for us when we arrived. Rules for dogs were very civilised (essentially: be responsible) and there was lots of advice available for where dogs could visit - very handy, especially the maps of beaches where they could or could not go. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would stay again if we go back to Cornwall."

Reviewed by caluna-gl on 20/05/2015

"Had a very friendly welcome. The cottage is warm and comfortable, with excellent facilities (the tumble drier was handy on wet days). The central location was perfect for the walks and visits we had planned and the cottage had LOTS of very useful brochures and advice on where my dog would be welcome."

Reviewed by Ms Alexander on 19/05/2015

"We would highly recommend this cottage. Excellent condition, lovely village and easy access to all main routes."

Reviewed by Miss Barton on 28/03/2015

"The cottage was very well placed for getting to north and south Cornwall. It was well appointed and comfortable and we felt very relaxed there. It was cosy and clean, and we felt the owner would have been only too ready to help if we had needed anything, which we didn't! It was a bit early in the year to make use of the garden but it was handy as we had two dogs with us. All in all it made for a most enjoyable holiday. Thank you."

Reviewed by Mrs Miller on 09/03/2015

"What a wonderful cottage, far better in the flesh. This is clean and well equipped with good quality everything throughout, you would not be disappointed. Truly a lovely experience."

Reviewed by Mrs Moore on 22/02/2015

"The cottage was lovely and the location was excellent for exploring Cornwall."

Reviewed by Mrs Butcher on 22/12/2014

"The cottage is very comfortable and cosy. It has everything you need; the best quality crockery and equipment and a lovely atmosphere. Friendly locals. A great place to relax and the owner adds the personal touch on arrival. The owner is a very friendly lady who just wants you to enjoy your holiday, gives lots of good local advice and was happy to help with anything. Cannot wait to come back, have booked for next summer but I think we will there before then no doubt. An ideal spot for touring Cornwall."

Reviewed by Mrs McLaren on 02/11/2014

"The cottage was everything I had hoped for. The cottage had first class facilities and equipment, no expense spared. Lovely friendly owner who was happy to advise on anything. A great spot for visiting Cornwall everything close by within twenty minutes journey. What more could you ask for? Can't wait to go back!"

Reviewed by Mrs McLaren on 24/08/2014

"Upon arrival we were greeted by Mrs Thomas who gave us and our very tired but excited pooch an enthusiastic hello. We were then shown round the cottage and given a run down on how things worked. The kitchen was set up with cups, tea, coffee, sugar milk and a scrummy cake which was very welcome after a long journey. There were fresh flowers in the lounge and the cottage was spotless and really lovely. When I asked if there were any rules for our doggy travelling companion she said basically to be responsible (pick up poo keep muddy paws off the furniture, which any responsible dog owner would agree is normal) but mostly to relax and enjoy which was music to our ears. Our pooch loved the good sized garden to run around in and snuggling up in the lounge. There was even a large dog crate to use if we needed! The village is in Central Cornwall and so not in the holiday hot spots but all are within easy reach by car in about 20 mins, which is great because nowhere is too far away. There is a good sized asda about 5 miles away. There is also a fab folder of things to do with info on doggy friendly beaches, walks and activities which we used to plan our time there. We had an amazing time and Mrs Thomas was there to chat or answer questions as necessary, nothing was too much trouble. It really was the most amazing cottage and wonderful holiday, thanks Mrs Thomas and we will be back next year!!"

Reviewed by MrsLupa on 24/08/2014

"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."

Reviewed by YorkCatswhiskers on 17/08/2014

"Car park opposite and large grassed play area suitable for children and dogs to play. Wonderful. Everything first class including owner living next door. My dogs made very welcome."

Reviewed by Mrs Brammer on 14/07/2014

"Lanivet is an ideal location for travelling around Cornwall; it's a pretty village with a good shop, pub that serves food and a great chippy."

Reviewed by Mrs Ellis on 22/06/2014

"Charming and cosy cottage ideally situated for exploring Cornwall - especially good for those wanting to visit the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan as both only 10 - 15 mins drive. Cottage was really well equipped and had everything you could need for a self catering break including ample free parking close by. Good local store and pub serving great home cooked food within 2 mins walk. "

Reviewed by Mrs Seagrave on 25/05/2014

"We were delighted by the high standards of the property and by the friendliness and helpfulness of the owner. "

Reviewed by Mr Hume on 20/05/2014

"A warm and friendly welcome including a lovely cake - the house was immaculate in every respect. Furnishing and fittings were excellent; everything one might have wished for was included and worked efficiently. Handover was clear and straightforward - though the owner lived next door she was not in the least intrusive. The beds were superb quality and bedding, cutlery crockery glasses etc had been selected with care. All in all an excellent well presented property well situated to tour Cornwall in every direction."

Reviewed by Mr Cummings on 04/05/2014

"Lovely cottage, nice owner, good location. BUT the cottage experience spoilt by the overwhelming smell of dog. As a dog lover and former owner,despite having a dog for the last 13yrs the smell was overpowering. Carpets need cleaning to eliminate odour. More noticeable after being out of the cottage then returning. Brought our friends with us and they commented on the doggy odour as well."

Reviewed by Chaz F on 20/04/2014

"What a lovely cottage if you want to totally relax and get away from city life. The owner lives next door and was very friendly and welcoming. If we needed anything we just knocked her door and if she could help then she would. What more could one ask for, just dreamy and romantic."

Reviewed by Mrs Blay on 05/04/2014