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. A well designed project that opened in 2011, Little White Alice is a cluster of timber-clad eco cottages that aim to be self-sufficient in every way possible. But enough about its green credentials, the whole thing is wonderful by any standards: swallows dip and dive in the natural reed-bed swimming pool, woodland and willow structures have been planted for children to play in, a wood-fired hot tub sits in a sheltered corner by the fire-pit, and as well as herb and veggie gardens there are pigs (named after Cornish writers) and chickens (that supply fresh eggs for guests). Each of the six cottages (all named after trees in the Celtic tree calendar) comes decked out with a log-burner, local art, handwoven textiles and headboards, and a hamper of local and fairtrade goodies. One cottage is dog-friendly.
We've created my dream place here at Little White Alice, beautiful sustainable cottages fuelled independently from self generated energy and water nestle in an ancient landscape which we are slowly planting up with bee friendly plants. Our eco chic interiors are crafted by local artisans with hand made kitchens, hand woven textiles and local paintings. Comfort in deep supportive beds and feather filled sofas. Warm? With underfloor heating, triple glazing, massive amounts of insulation and wood burning stoves our cottages are ideal retreats from busy lives and colder weather out of season. In the warmth of summer days we are ideally placed to laze in the quiet land.scape around our pool.
Outside though the magic truly comes alive in our communal gardens that centre around our natural swimming pool and wood burning hot tub. No stay at Little White Alice is complete without a few hours spent in our hot tub gazing at the stars.
One of the things I most enjoy about running Little White Alice is providing creative arts and craft activities for our guests in my studio. This summer (2103) as well we have invited Catalan Kitchen over to cook paella for large communal meals once a week which has been a great social event and a chance for us to really meet and get to know the people who holiday with us.
The biggest thrill of all this year though has been eating that first honey from our endangered Cornish Black Bees and having a daily breakfast of fresh eggs from our lovely chickens.
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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