Treworgey Manor was the home of Richard Kendall in 1620 and the home of the Williams family in 1748. The medieval manor house burnt down centuries ago but the ancient bakery and stables remain. The later Georgian farmhouse, cottages and accompanying stone barns (first recorded on the 1840 tithe map) and the pretty Victorian farmworkers' cottages have been slowly restored by our family over the past 40 years. Treworgey remains a tranquil haven overlooking the beautiful Looe River Valley.
Some of the cottages are named for their historical purpose; you might guess, for example, what you'd find underneath Well Cottage, and the huge garden belonging to Secret Garden Cottage used to be the kitchen garden for the manor house. We discovered its original walls buried beneath a tangle of plants and earth.
Adjoining is Coombe Farm lower down the valley, with a sleepy tranquillity of its own, gazing over patchwork pastures. Coombe was built in the 17th Century and before we bought it in 1977 it was a tiny dairy farm with just 60 acres - it would sadly never be viable as a working farm today at that size.
Over the past 40 years we (Linda and Bevis) have turned Treworgey and Coombe's derelict but beautiful stone buildings into the cottages you see and stay in today, taking great care to protect the local vernacular of the buildings and to keep their original character.
Our three children grew up here, clambering around the building sites and 'helping' the staff.. a health and safety nightmare that we shudder to think of now! Our grandchildren (one of whom spent her first year here) now spend many happy days here.
Our daughter Jo and her husband Alec lived and worked with us at Treworgey for 5 years before moving to Alec's family home in Scotland. Our other daughter Holly has taken up the mantle and lives here with her soon-to-be husband Andy, a marine engineer.
What our Treworgey guests have to say:
"I had a great time this year at Treworgey. We come every year and always have a brill time and this holiday was no exception." MICHAEL (AGED 10)
'This is our mid 30th visit to Treworgey. The first being 1987. The "Team Treworgey" provided us with tree, holly wreath, floral decorations and Christmas treats this time. Altogether, a brilliant holiday and Christmas April. " BEV AND BRIAN THOMPSON AND ALFIE
"We are gradually making our way through all the cottages, our 6th one to date. I do think this one is special, so very peaceful apart from the odd owl at night and the sheep bleating in the day... Thank you to Linda, Bevis & their wonderful team who always bring a smile to our faces when we walk through the door, it really is a very special place." VALERIE & TONY MOULD, DEVIZES, WILTSHIRE
"Ideal cottage for our 'short break' and a beautiful cottage too - as always at Treworgey-everything needed is there - always just right. Thank you everyone for making our visit so special." GLEN & YVONNE, MALDON, ESSEX
"So pleased to return to this cottage and find my entry from almost 20 years ago! My life has changed somewhat but the peace and tranquillity remains, as do the lovely finishing touches and roaring log fires here. Thanks for making Treworgey feel like 'our special place." KIERA AND TOM MOULK
"We've been coming here on and off for 20 years and still find new walks and beautiful scenery. The fireplace at Coombe draws us back here to reminisce on all the many previous happy years we've spend here at Treworgey. Thank you Jo, Alec & Staff, See you next year" PAM RICHMOND & FRANCES FENN
"Many visits to Treworgey over the last 30 years. Linda and Bevis have done so much here since the early years when they lived in the very small caravan, which was their home and booking office. It is always a pleasure to return and see the progress they have made. ANNE AND DAVID MUNNINGS
"This cottage is perfect! Great master bedroom and living room. Warm fires at night. Lunch on the front patio gives a fine Cornwall vista. The sounds of the animal and cottages foot traffic, very pleasing to hear. This is our 9th year and 10th visit to Treworgey and it is always fun." Trelawney Barn THE KEGLER FAMILY. LONDON
"Another lovely week. Thank you Linda, Bevis, Jo and Alec. It is our 21st visit this year. We look forward to next year." JILL, CLIVE AND ALEX
"Thanks for all your hard work to make our week here so lovely. Everything is so clean and the cottage is cosy and home from home as always. Love the new changes and the beds are so comfortable!" SHARON&AL SOUTAR AND SHEIIA & BERNIE VOUTERSCH