The Little Vardo

A bolthole by the Sea in West Penwith

The Little Vardo is at the back of a two hundred year old granite tin miner’s cottage, on one of the oldest lanes in Pendeen. It offers accommodation for one to four persons suiting an individual, two couples or a family of four.

This unique accommodation is self-catering; there is full access to cooking facilities, a shower room, and a washing machine and dryer.

Step off the lane into a private courtyard and enter into the bolthole of The Little Vardo. In the living room and bedroom there is an array of eclectic items drawn from the personal and vintage collections of the owner, including research books and novels on the arts, travel and garden design. 

The room is furnished with vintage furniture, wooden floors and antique rugs. There are paintings for sale made by the owner, who is a specialist in pigments and dyes. A highly skilled local carpenter has handcrafted the kitchen and bedroom. The bathroom is laid with slate and has a large step in quadrant shower.

 

There is a large double bed in a whole sleeping chamber designed around the romantic notion of a gypsy wagon, which lends itself to naming the place, The Little Vardo.The bedchamber has a trinket shelf with carved brackets, which traces the outline of the room and is finished with ornate hand painted motifs.

 

Out and around:

Step out onto the old Cornish lane and you are on the coast paths that lead both to St Ives via Zennor and Land’s End via St Just, both within walking distance. You can explore the moors and ancient stones of Chun Quoit, for example. It is easy to immerse yourself in the mining history here where the landscape reveals it’s unforgiving past. You can learn more about this at Geevor Tin Mine Museum or Botallack Mine, as cared for by the National Trust. Another easy walk is to take the road opposite, down to Pendeen Lighthouse and Boat Cove, a little sandy fishing cove, or directly up and onto the Cairn, where views of the Scilly Isles are seen.

 

There is a public bus that goes to Penzance, Sennen and St Ives. The village of Pendeen has two pubs, the Radjel Inn and the North Inn (which serves food) and the village also has a local groceries shop, a post office, and a restaurant. 

About the owner:

Francesca is a painter and dyer, she specialises in researching the mine sites of West Penwith for pigments. Francesca has been to Australia, India, SE Asia, Spain and Morocco to study pigments and their cultures. She is interested in their uses, history and geology, each has a unique story to tell. Tours of pigment sites can be arranged at £50.00 pp or less for groups. See her website or contact for more details www.francescaowen.co.uk 

Accommodation is £75 per night, 3 nights min stay and 5 nights for £325. Travel to and from Penzance on arrival and departure can be arranged if booked previously.

 

To stay at The Little Vardo contact

Francesca  07828703353 | francesca985@gmail.com

© Francesca Owen 2019

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