Hidden Boutique Treehouse & Garden Close To Beach

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Treehouse hosted by Phillippa

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bathroom
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The Hyde is a beautiful, secluded, pole-built luxury treehouse, within easy walking distance of the beach at Porthtowan, between St. Ives and St. Agnes. Designer styled interiors, comfy king-size bed, gorgeous shower room, fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, Bose sound system, Heston Blumenthal BBQ, bath robes, private garden; perfect for guests looking for something unique all year.
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The space
• Wonderful secluded holiday let built on the side of a hill amongst the trees.
The Hyde is a beautiful hand-built cabin in the trees, a hideaway within walking distance of the Blue Flag award winning beach at Porthtowan, between St. Ives and St. Agnes. A rare find, with its private entrance, self-check-in, and no neighbours, you have total privacy. This exciting, newly built treehouse is fantastic for romantic breaks or a unique getaway for two adults. This isn’t just a cabin, it’s an experience, an invitation to escape.
• Ideal living space for couples looking to escape to the country.
A cosy ‘cabin-in-the-woods’ inspired space with a quirky, bohemian feel and a riot of colour, you’ll find The Hyde luxuriously equipped with everything you need, and more, including a welcoming Cornish tea of scones and clotted cream.
Designer styled interiors for total luxury. Comfy king-size bed with the crisp linen, a choice of pillows as offered by the best hotels, and a heated blanket for the winter months. En-suite shower room, with masses of fluffy towels, bathrobes, heated towel rail, hairdryer and Elemis ‘Revitalise’ shampoo and shower gel for a treat. Alternatively, don one of the robes to make your way to the outdoor shower with hot and cold water. Don’t always expect high-pressure, but you will have all the benefits of pure water free from chemicals, leaving your hair and skin feeling fantastic….and, as it is healthy and delicious, you don’t need to buy bottled drinking water.
Relax into the huge sofa, superfast Wi-Fi, TV, Bose sound system, books, backgammon board and games or totally switch off, leaving behind modern day distractions if you wish. Fully equipped kitchen area decorated with exclusive hand made tiles from Piccolpasso, dining table, microwave , Neff oven and hob, dishwasher, Smeg toaster and Nespresso coffee machine, Heston Blumenthal BBQ to take onto the deck or to the secluded private garden. Perfect for two guests all year.
Working from home? We have a separate, heated Garden Office available with high-speed Wi-Fi , large desk by request for long stay guests.

• Charming location set in a landscape of rolling hills and historic valley near to the coast.

Step inside your hideout in the trees or swing in the hammocks and relax. Something we all need after months of lockdown. You’ll have exclusive use of the woodland site including the treetop garden. There are no other guests to disturb you. The Hyde has been carefully crafted to enable you to connect with the outdoors. Nature cocoons you, the trees are within touching distance, and many wild birds, including owls and woodpeckers, may pay you a visit.
Wake to bird song, open the French doors and feast al fresco or wander down hill to your own garden furnished with comfortable loungers where you can sunbathe in total privacy on sunny days and enjoy a picnic. Should there be rain, “a downpour on the tin roof relaxes the mind, blocks out distractions, and helps you sleep,”… so we have been told!

The perfect spot for a bit of an escape, you can choose to stay put at The Hyde or if you feel like being active, step outside and explore the cliff top walks, hire a bicycle, or picnic on one of many beaches, or visit the many galleries, gardens, first class restaurants or country pubs. There is always lots to do. As the owners of the renowned Tris Surf Shop in Porthtowan, we can offer surfers, or would-be surfers, some unique advantages. Details on request. Leave your car at The Hyde and walk to Porthtowan to enjoy an evening meal or at drink at the famous Blue Bar overlooking the ocean.

Reassurance in these uncertain times concerning hygiene: Clean, Clean, Clean.
The Housekeeper at The Hyde would like to reassure all our guests regarding our cleaning regime. Those of our guests who have stayed with us previously are well aware of our exceptional standards. The Hyde receives a deep clean in between each and every booking which includes the disinfecting of all hard surfaces, handles, knobs etc. including door keys and deck rails. The bedlinen and towels are all professionally laundered. Our housekeeper works for us directly. She is not agency staff, is extremely proud of her work and may be regarded as the best in the industry.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Hyde for your holiday and we hope this goes a little way to reassure you of our dedication to providing you with a great experience.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 king bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi – 900 Mbps
Free parking on premises
TV with Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Netflix
Patio or balcony
Garden
Hair dryer
Refrigerator
Microwave
Bose Bluetooth sound system

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Mount Hawke, England, United Kingdom

Phillippa’s Guidebook
I came to Cornwall late in life and fell in love with it straight away. My partner, Johnny, has lived here since leaving London to surf in his early twenties. I was introduced to the area only eleven years ago and it was an eye-opener having spent my life travelling the world. Cornwall feels like another country – the pace is slower, the light is beautiful and, because the Gulf Stream passes right by, the ocean is that much milder. You’ll feel very connected to nature here – the sea, the rocks, the beach – and the people are welcoming and kind. It feels like a particularly vibrant area now, with new restaurants and art galleries adding to the cultural mix. Best of all, you can walk the Cornish coastal path for miles from Porthtowan to St. Agnes in one direction and towards St. Ives in the other. While the going isn’t always easy, it is beautiful throughout the seasons. The heady mix of deep blue sea, roaring waves and rich green fields, every corner, every turn is more breathtaking than the next.
As published authors, both Johnny and I could wax lyrical about the delights of Cornwall for page after page, but we will try and keep it simple. The big questions we are always asked is where we can rent a cottage, which restaurant and what should we do. Never before, as we come out of lockdown, have these questions been so important, so vital, so essential.
Of course, I recommend a stay at The Hyde, our eclectic little cabin that took us two years to build by hand. Set amongst the trees in a small copse on the hillside above our home, we’ve managed to create a very relaxed space where every detail has been considered with our guests in mind. We are constantly updating the cabin to keep it fresh and exciting. The Hyde is a wonderful place to return to after surfing, swimming, picnicking and relaxing on the beach at Porthtowan, or one of the many beaches to be found on the North or South coast of Cornwall. If the sun is behind the clouds on one side, drive to the other. If you like surfing, or are a total beginner, we have a surf shop in Porthtowan and Ryan, our son, will sort you out with all the gear, advise you where to go and what to do, and give you a private lesson on request.

Built on a UNESCO world heritage site in the heart of historical mining country complete with views of a castellated engine house, The Hyde is one of very few properties in this unique area.

The village of Porthtowan is the perfect, quaint seaside spot for breakfast at the Beach Café, coffee overlooking the ocean, or a drink at sunset watching for ‘the green flash’ (an optical phenomenon often seen here) at the popular Blue Bar. The Unicorn with indoor and outdoor tables and an adventurous menu serving fresh fish, including lobster, is a fun place to go after an exhausting day and, only a mile from The Hyde, is within walking distance if you want to leave the car behind, take a stroll through the valley and reward yourselves with a cocktail.


I will start with places to eat. I do suggest if you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to eat out, you make a reservation well in advance of your holiday to avoid disappointment. The two key dates for restaurants opening after lockdown are the 12th April for eating outdoors and the 17th May, indoors. I am only listing places we have tried ourselves. Cornwall has become more and more popular with lovers of good food looking for a few Michelin stars with Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth or a trip to Padstow and Rich Stein’s famous restaurants, but we will keep our list more local and we will update it from time to time.

Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars.

The Unicorn on The Beach, Porthtowan.
The Blue Bar , Porthtowan.
The Beach Café, Porthtowan.
Schooners, St. Agnes
The Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives.

We particularly enjoy lunch or dinner at the Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives for a treat. The cuisine has an Asian influence with Cornish ingredients. Everything is fresh, from the vegetables and herbs that come from the back garden to the Porthilly oysters and monkfish served with a tangy curry. We park up at the station at St Erth and take the train to St. Ives with a magnificent views along the coastline. The roads to St Ives can become gridlocked in summer. From there we walk into town to visit the galleries including The Tate which has a very good collection of Cornish art, or discover emerging artists at the Penwith Gallery. Babara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden is a very worthwhile experience before relaxing at the Porthminster Beach Café . A new glass enclosed, heated terrace makes year-round outdoor dining a pleasure.
The Gurnard’s Head.
If you want to go a little further afield from St Ives, take the coast road – one of Britain’s most beautiful – to Zennor. The gastro pub has a very limited menu, which I like because it means that everything – mussels, grilled plaice – is fresh.

Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes. Another current favourite of ours for lunch on the terrace overlooking the sea, watching the yachts.

The Hidden Hut, Portscatho.
Summer is the perfect time to take the ferry from St Mawes across to Place Creek and walk either to St Anthony’s Lighthouse or the Hidden Hut, which serves excellent seafood chowder and freshly baked bread, overlooking the pristine Porthcurnick Beach on the Roseland Peninsula. It’s a casual spot, a favourite with locals who come for the bespoke espresso martini ice cream that’s made with Cornish clotted cream or, in season, an excellent elderflower cordial.

Take Away
Seasmiths Fish and Chips, Porthtowan
Pizza, St Agnes. The Cornish Pizza Company
The local village shop in Porthtowan is well stocked and the owners, Les and Tracey are very kind and helpful. There is a vegan shop next door. For very fresh vegetables and fruit and a wonderful range of foods, The Old Market at Chacewater is a great place to pick up everything you need for a French style picnic of bread and cheese and a bottle of wine.

Things to do.
There are lots of gardens to visit in Corwall including the world famous Eden Project. I keep this outing for cooler days when visiting the ‘largest rainforest in captivity’ feels like a day in the tropics.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan. One of the most mysterious gardens in England, Heligan’s two hundred acres are a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic.
Cornwall is renowned for its Surfing which became popular in Corwall more than fifty years ago. There is no need to go any further than Porthtowan and our own Tris Surf Shop where Ryan and Laura will look after you.
Discover Cornwall from a different perspective with Koru Kayaking, St Agnes.
You can hire bikes , including ebikes, locally from Elm Farm and follow the local trails. Granite way-markers guide you through the beautiful Cornish countryside. An excellent idea for getting to the beach when the car park is full at the height of summer.


Theatre
I cannot praise the world famous, award winning Kneehigh Theatre Company enough and we have seen every production they have put on. Wacky, weird and incredibly talented, the critics love Kneehigh. They operate out of The Barns near St Austell but take their moveable theatre ‘The Asylum’ around Cornwall. We will update you when Kneehigh are back in action after lockdown.
In Porthcurno there’s the Minack Theatre, perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean. It was built between the two world wars and continues to put on plays, concerts and operas every summer in the open air. The stage is set with its back to the sea and the whole thing is very dramatic.
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During your stay

Our Covid-19 Policy:

We offer our guests total privacy. Access to the property is via a locked key box. Although The Hyde is completely hidden, we live just 75 metres away, down the hill and behind the trees, and are available to answer any questions.
Your safety in these difficult times is our priority:
The cabin is professionally ‘deep’ cleaned and all surfaces disinfected before every check-in.
All linens, including sheets, towels, robes, T-towels etc., are professionally laundered.
We supply hand sanitiser and soap.
Both the cabin and its garden are private. There is no need for any interaction between guests, hosts and visitors. You will be undisturbed.

If you have had to cancel your holiday abroad, or just want to get away from it all, this is the perfect place. If you need to work from home, the cabin has super-fast broadband.


Other things to note:
Strictly no children, infants, dogs or cats for reasons of safety.
Please note, access to the property is through a field full of brambles and wildflowers. Remember your walking shoes, or boots during wet weather!
The property is located 1.1 miles ( a 20 minute walk through a beautiful valley) from Porthtowan beach.
Mobile phone signal in this area of Cornwall is weak. To compensate we have installed super- fast broadband/WiFi.
We supply soap, shampoo, conditioner, loo paper, hairdryer, all linen including beach towels, indoor and outdoor shower (with constant hot and cold water) and a BBQ. Please only use the BBQ supplied and only use it in a safe place. We supply a starter pack of charcoal and natural fire-lighters. There is a first aid kit in the bathroom drawer and a supply of things you may forget to pack, such as a toothbrush or razor and a multi USB charger.



HOUSE RULES (kept to a minimum!)

1. Check in/Check Out Times: Access to property before 4pm on check-in day is not permitted. We don't allow early arrivals or late departures as the cleaners need time to ensure The Hyde is cleaned and prepared to our high standard. Please ensure you vacate the property by 10am on the day of your departure so the cleaners can gain access.
2. No extra guests are permitted to stay overnight at The Hyde. All guests must be booked in advance.
3. No children or infants allowed for reasons of safety. Babies under six months old may only be permitted to stay by prior request. All babies stay solely at their parents’ risk. We do not accept responsibility.
4. No pets allowed.
5. Hot water is constant allowing plenty of hot water for frequent showers throughout your stay. Please allow the shower to run for several minutes before use to allow the pressure to build up.
6. Please use the outdoor shower (hot and cold water) to rinse off all sand, including your wetsuits. Bringing sand into the bathroom shower may cause it to block. Towels for the outdoor shower are provided.
7. Please do not take the cushions, rugs, bath towels etc., to the garden or the beach. Beach towels are provided.
8. No smoking please.
9. Please do not light candles or make a fire. The trees are tinder dry due to the hot summers.
10. Please use the BBQ with care. The underside of the BBQ must not be blocked by grass, sand or similar. Do not use inside.
11. Please do not take the BBQ to the beach.
12. Only use the BBQ outside in a well-ventilated place. Do not use in the kitchen.
13. Please only flush paper down the toilet. A bathroom bin is provided for everything else.
14. Please leave the Hydro Basics shampoo, conditioner and soap containers in the bathroom for refilling.
15. Please do not move the furniture from its original position.
16. Please turn off the television before closing the cupboard doors.
17. Please leave all the books and games in The Hyde. If you wish to purchase a copy of the books ‘Looking for Something to Find’ by (your host) Johnny Manetta or The Crown Agent by (your host) Phillippa de Vescey found next to the bed, please ask either Pip or Johnny or purchase from Tris Surf Shop.
18. Please report any breakages or damage to your hosts within twenty-four hours of your departure. Accidents do happen!
Our Covid-19 Policy:

We offer our guests total privacy. Access to the property is via a locked key box. Although The Hyde is completely hidden, we live just 75 metres a…

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Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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