Where are Ding Dong Cottages?
Bal Cottage, The Loft and The Cabin, are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where rabbits gambol, buzzards hover and you may sometimes glimpse a fox, badger or barn owl. Although remote in feeling, the cottages are only five miles North of Penzance and within easy reach of St ives, Land's End, Marazion and Mousehole. They are ideally placed for walks over the surrounding Penwith moors and countryside, with many paths winding amongst gorse, heather and moorland flowers. It is even possible to see the sea on both coasts from our high vantage point; the North coast being only a couple of miles walk over the moors from here.
A short walk away you will find the Nine Maidens stone circle, (unfortunate maidens turned to stone for dancing into the Sabbath), the Mên Scryfa, Mên-an-Tol and other ancient remains. A couple of miles to the West are Chûn Castle and Lanyon Quoit. A similar distance East lies the remarkable Iron Age settlement of Chycauster, one of the best preserved sites of that period in Europe. Nearer to hand are the impressive ruins of the Ding Dong and Greenburrow engine houses, massively built from the native granite - almost the only visible remains of one of the most successful tin and copper mines of earlier days. Where once all must have been industry and toil, nature has reclaimed the landscape for herself. Only the ruined engine houses remain; familiar local landmarks, visible for miles. The Ding Dong Mines complex has recently been designated as part of the The Cornwall and West Devon World Heritage Site. For more information about Cornwall’s Industrial heritage visit The Trevithick Society website. The Society, with almost 80 years of experience has recently published a new book about the Ding Dong Mines complex, by Peter Joseph and Gerald Williams, ‘Ding Dong Mine: A History’, 2014, Paperback £15.99, available through the Society or ‘The Edge of the World Bookshop’ in Penzance.
The cottages provide a perfect base for exploring West Cornwall, an area richly endowed with magical gardens, antiquities, art galleries and museums, not forgetting the dramatically beautiful coastline only a short drive or walk away. The Tate in the West at St Ives is a popular attraction to visit, as is the Minack cliff-top theatre at Porthcurno, now including a museum and other new facilities; surely one of the world's most spectacularly situated open-air venues for musical and dramatic performances. The stunning Eden Project at St Austell, about an hours drive away, continues to develop and is always worth visiting for the first time, to catch up with the latest changes or to enjoy one of the frequent events which take place there.
Trips to the Isles of Scilly are possible daily by steamship during the summer month or by fixed wing flights from Land's End Airport near St Just. (The helicopter service from Penzance is not in operation now and its future is unknown.) Various festivals, exhibitions and other public events are held throughout the year in St Ives, Penzance, Helston and Padstow.
The Loft and Bal Cottage are both spacious enough and well equipped to spend time 'at home' very comfortably, if you feel inclined, and there are of course no restrictions on times of coming or going. The Cabin is also available to be taken alone or as additional accommodation to another cottage or cottages.
We have not used chemicals on our adjoining fields for a number of years now, and these continue to return to a more natural state as flower meadows, with a growing population of plants and wildlife previously absent. Wild orchids have appeared in the last couple of years.
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For further details about Ding Dong Cottages please contact:
Douglas Cook or Jenny Wright at:
DING DONG COTTAGE BAL ROW BOSKEDNAN
NEWMILL PENZANCE CORNWALL TR20 8XX
t: 01736 36 36 77
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