Sue Kittow discovers a haven of eco friendly peace in hidden Cornwall
Arriving at Little White Alice Cornwall on a drizzly Friday afternoon wasn’t perhaps the best start to a weekend, but this once derelict farm is now a haven of peace and solitude. “Almost spiritual,” said Viv, and that was before she’d had a glass of wine.
We were staying at Uath, one of several eco Arks made of timber, which is like a tardis – it looked like a small wooden chalet but inside was everything we could possibly need. A double bed was built up against the wall with a smaller child’s bed at its foot. A small sofa, which doubled as a sofa bed, another chair and a bar type table with high stools for eating. The kitchen area is small but well fitted out with sink and a full size oven with hob. The living room area even has a mini wood burner!
Next door is a snug pod with two single beds which meant that despite being good friends, Viv and I didn’t have to share a bed! All bed linen, towels and materials are very high quality and the beds incredibly comfortable. All the fixtures and fittings are wooden and ecologically sourced, and despite the ark being small, it wasn’t at all cramped inside.
We spent the evening watching a DVD and sampling the welcome pack provided: Cornish shortbread biscuits and homemade brownies that melted in the mouth. For breakfast, we looked forward to sampling a large sourdough loaf, Cornish butter and four freshly laid eggs.
Uath means hawthorn, presumably because of the bushes of that name at the bottom of the neat grassed garden that is enclosed by a secure wooden fence. Outside is a large, sturdy picnic bench and tables with another table and chairs on the verandah which has a Perspex canopy, giving us the equivalent of another outside room when sunny.
The next day we spent several happy hours exploring the 28-acres consisting of a small holding with alpacas, lambs, pigs, ponies and goats, all of whom are fed each morning at 9am. Walking through the nature reserve we noticed the 2,000 trees that Simon and Rosie have planted, then later we sampled the beautiful Wild Spa where we enjoyed a sauna and hot tub, and you can also book a massage. To round the day off, we had sausages from their (now departed) pigs and local honey for tea. What could be better?
Judging by the exuberantly filled Visitors Book, this is popular with families but would also be perfect for anyone wanting a quiet spot to paint or write. Carnmenellis is well situated for exploring all parts of Cornwall – in other words, it’s perfect for a get away from it all holiday.
How to get to Little White Alice Cornwall without flying:
Take the Redruth junction off the A30 and follow signs to Redruth town centre. 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 turn left towards Stithians Lake. Continue over the lake past the Golden Lion Inn and just before entering Penmarth turn right onto the road sign posted for Four Lanes. Follow this round a sharp bend and at the next bend to the right go straight ahead onto a farm lane. The left hand fork of this lane takes you into Little White Alice.