The perfect cottage eco-retreat, set in expansive private grounds in a beautiful part of Cornwall.
Little White Alice Carnmenellis Cornwall TR16 6PL 01209 861 000
When you come to Cornwall you don't have to stay bang on the beach. Yes, the coastline is stunning, but away from the crowds that flock there Cornwall's countryside is infused with a more peaceful beauty. And it's precisely that tranquillity that you will find at Little White Alice, situated just 20 minutes from both coasts and a short hop from the watersports haven of Stithians Lake.
Little White Alice is a eco-friendly cluster of holiday cottages with an arty bent, set in 29 acres of its own grounds, where they've planted their own woodland and created a wilderness area in an area of heathland. There are four cottages in all (each named after trees in the Celtic tree calendar): two are timber-clad 'Eco Arks', called Luis and and Uath – basically, grand takes on shepherd's huts, and a perfect romantic retreat for couples as well as a great option for families with small children. There's also Ash, a more conventional converted stone barn, suitable for a family or two couples, and the one-bedroom Alder House – situated in another wing of the barn and good for elderly or disabled guests in that it's all on one level. Each property comes decked out with a log-burner, local art, handwoven textiles and headboards, and a hamper of local goodies.
There's a kitchen garden, a nuttery and orchard, and lots of wildlife to spot – which they encourage with the provision of bird-feeding boxes, ponds, and carefully chosen plants; plus they keep their own sheep, pigs, chickens and bees, and aim to be self-sufficient in every way possible. Swallows dip and dive in the natural reed-bed swimming pool, woodland and willow structures have been planted for children to play in, and a wood-fired hot tub sits in a sheltered corner by the fire-pit. As well as herb and veggie gardens there are pigs (named after Cornish writers) and chickens (that supply fresh eggs for guests). All in all it's a fabulous natural playground for kids, who as well as enjoying the beautiful natural attractions of the countryside can express themselves in The Studio, the creative hub of the Little White Alice complex, home to regular arts and crafts activities run by owner Rosie, including painting, print-making, basket-making and mosaics.
As for other things to do, the popular Stithians Watersports Centre is only a mile away, there's a great horse-riding centre a little bit further on, and you're only a few miles from Falmouth and the coast.
Escape to Little White Alice for a sustainable holiday that brings you closer to nature. Award-winning Eco cottages (just two) and two new Eco-Arks with a unique Wild Spa, an artist's studio and a nature reserve with farm animals on our 28 acre small holding. We are self sufficient in water and energy using our own renewable energy sources. Explore all Little White Alice has to offer from collecting eggs in the morning to creating in our studio, walking in the rugged landscape to sitting under the stars in our wood fired hot tub or sauna. There are play areas for kids and dogs and total chill out zones for adults. Join in with life on the farm with daily animal feeding sessions, a chance to learn a new craft and nature activities to get involved in.
All our properties are well insulated with wood burning stoves, so are cosy and warm whatever the time of year, and we welcome dogs in all our properties.
Our Favourite Spot
No stay at Little White Alice would be complete without a long slow session in our Wild Spa, fuelled by the wind, sun and wood. Light up the wood-fired stove and sweat your dreams in our sauna then chill out in our wood fired hot tub under the stars before cooling down with the ultimate cold bucket shower before repeating it all again. Take relaxation a step further and book a spa treatment with our partners My Personal Sanctuary. Make use of our Sanctuary Room which has a library of nature and meditation books. Sunbathe on the wooden decking overlooking a wildlife pond and spend an afternoon just counting dragonflies and listening to bird song. There are activities too for kids who can become nature detectives with pond dipping kits, bird watching charts and even deer tracking guides.
The local area
It's wild and rugged up here in one of the highest points in Cornwall. There are big wide open skies and wild landscapes to explore. There are lots of footpaths running through Little White Alice and a number of walks you might take to explore our Green play area, coppicing woodland, orchards, mossy woods full of ancient trees and moorland where the red deer live. You could spend your whole holiday just looking closer at our land. Or just drive down our long lane and suddenly there are beaches, gardens, tourists attractions all within a short distance including a water sports centre, the biggest outdoor play area in the South West and a deep tin mine.
Without needing to travel more than 20 miles you can be in Falmouth, St Ives, Truro, The Lizard, visit both the North and South Coasts of West Cornwall and so much more ensuring that you will never have a dull day on holiday.
Best local places to eat and drink
Within walking distance we have two great local pubs The Golden Lion and The Star Inn both serving fantastic local foods and beers. Both are child friendly and have different themed foodie evenings. They both welcome children and dogs. The Star Inn is also the local library and has a small village shop.
A longer walk will take you to Slice of Cornwall, a wonderful cafe serving great brunches, lunches and afternoon teas in the middle of a Woodland Garden.
Take to your car and you will be spoilt for choice with the variety of different places to eat. Cornwall now known not only for its amazing landscape and beaches but also the quality of food on offer here from the humble pasty to gourmet meals.
Why stay with us?
Escape, relax unwind in this laid back easy place where we take the stress out of holidays. Little White Alice offers a balm for all seasons. Roaring fires in winter, wide open spaces in summer, a place to just run free close to nature, a place to be a little wild.
Stayed for a week in May 2012 and it was fantastic. The accommodation was modern, clean and luxurious and a pleasure to stay in. Rosie and Simon were very helpful and friendly and recommended some great places to visit. The whole experience was enjoyable and relaxing and would definitely come here again. Bob & Eileen
We have just had the most amazing week in Cornwall. We use cottages every year but this has surpassed everyone else's by far. It is just such a lovely laid back place, crafted beautifully and a pleasure to come back to each day or, to spend your days resting in. Our cottage was kitted out to the best possible standard, the natural pool area and hot tub were unique and the owners were attentive and friendly. We took advantage of the crafting classes run by the owners and set out to explore the local area, even going for country runs! We cannot recommend these cottages enough and will be back again next year.
I'm not sure if it's the wonderful accommodation in the heart of the Cornish country side, the surpise little extra's, the calm and relaxing atmosphere, the eco friendliness or the warm welcome that make Little White Alice special. Whatever it is it's a magic combination.
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Other Places to Stay Nearby
Two Eco-Arks, suitable for 2–4 people, and two properties in a converted barn, one sleeping 2 people and the other sleeping 4 people.
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Weekly prices vary depending on the time of year but are broadly as follows: Nion The Ash House £492–1492; Fearn The Alder House £365–810; Luis £344–£810; Uath £390–£897. Short breaks are also available throughout the year.
- Accessible Rooms
- Car-charging points
- Dogs Welcome
- DVD Players
- Games & Books
- Gardens & Grounds
- Hot Tub
- Spa & Treatments
- TVs with Freeview
- Welcome Pack
- Wood-burning stove
- Something Different
Take the Redruth junction off the A30 and follow the signs to Redruth. Go through the town and at the third set of traffic lights turn right onto the B3297 towards Helston. Proceed up the hill for approximately one mile and then turn left towards Stithians Lake; pass the lake and the Golden Lion Inn and turn right just before entering Penmarth onto (signposted 'Four Lanes'). Follow this round a sharp bend to the left and at the next bend go straight ahead onto a farm lane marked with the Little White Alice sign. By train, Little White Alice is approximately 5 miles from the station at Redruth, from where you can take a taxi.
Open all year.