Everyone will get to enjoy fresh eggs from Andy's free range hens, a dozen will be awaiting guests staying in holiday lets upon their arrival, b&b's can enjoy them cooked to their liking for breakfast each morning. Andy's girls enjoy quality b &b themselves including the last of the Michele's freshly baked bread for breakfast, and cosy straw beds - as a result the eggs are delicious!
Originally a dairy farm Bodrean is now home to a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and a flock of sheep. The 300 acres of land is used for grazing and growing a variety of crops on.
Approached by a long tree lined drive the house and gardens are immune from the sounds of modern day living. A high hedge greets you, a necessity to protect the garden from the harsh North coast winds. Enter through granite gateposts set in a Cornish hedge and walk up the brick path, the Longhouse comes into view, the meaning of its name is obvious.
The house was built in the 1600s and the footprint has remained the same. Originally three quarters of the house was used for stabling, cart sheds, cow byres and a hay loft - the other quarter was the farmers dwelling.
When we bought the farm we had a quick look inside the house and immediately fell in love with it, through rose tinted spectacles we assured ourselves that a lick of paint, new wiring and plumbing would make our dream home look as good as new. We soon discovered rotting beams and windows, no old floor boards and falling plaster. Andy speeded to the nearest building reclamation yard and seemed to stay there for months! But the result has been a house that is truly a pleasure to live in, with a warm and tranquil atmosphere that seems to lend itself to making our guests feel relax and enjoy the wonders that Cornwall has to offer. The large beamed dining room complete with a long French oak dining table is a great place to have breakfast and chat with other guests.
The garden originally consisted of a brick path and a triangle of lawn with one herbaceous border and a very large vegetable patch. Farmers and their wives had very little time for 'pleasure gardening'.
The house is built on rising ground so the garden lent itself to becoming a series of garden 'rooms'. The first room we built consisted of a simple lawn with herbaceous borders on two sides incorporating the original border, path and lawn. A retaining wall runs along the third side to accommodate the change in level.
The next room was inspired by a visit to wonderful Heligan and its Italian garden. We have made an exact copy of the formal pond and stone surround with a granite post in the middle of the pond topped with a statue. The entrance is through a small archway topped with Climbing Roses and Jasmine. The planting is predominantly tropical with Phormiums, Cornish Palms and Mimosa bordered by Hostas.
From the pond you climb up some steps to the next room dominated by an ern in the middle of two parallel borders and a tulip tree at the far end. The planting is random twisted Willow, Mahonias Pieris Camelia, Sweet Peas, Cosmos to name but a few. There is colour to be found in most seasons. Walk between the borders and you are in a lawned area dominated by a stately Holme Oak. Finally cross the car park to the newly planted orchard predominantly Apple and Cherry with a Hydranger hedge.
At the back of the house is the new courtyard garden and converted stable block. Two holiday cottages have been created, Roses' Stable, the farm's working horses home and The Copper House, the former wash house to the farmhouse. We found the old copper, fire place and chimney. We were careful to preserve the original openings with their granite coins and the A frames of the ceiling exposed to give a light airy atmosphere.
The courtyard has a granite grinding stone from the farms mill as its centre piece, water gently trickles over it making it an impromptu bird bath for the nesting Swallows, House Sparrows and Martins. It is sheltered on all sides making it completely enclosed and ideal for the tropical planting theme.
Great Places For Dinner
Situated just a few miles away from the City of Truro, Bodrean is in close proximity to a variety of local pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes perfect for evening meals.
Some of our favourites are:
The Wheel Inn, Tresillion. Michele's favourite Just 10 minutes drive from Bodrean an old thatched pub , guests , hearty portions, friendly staff, good food.
Plume of Feathers, Mitchell. Our daughter Mel's favourite, this is more a restaurant than a pub, with lovely décor, attentive staff and a modern twist on classic English comfort food.
Bustopher Jones, Truro. Our daughter Camilla's favourite restaurant, enjoy stylish dining and fantastic food.
Blue Bar, Porthtowan. A bar on the beach, 20 minutes from Bodrean we love to park at Chapel Porth, walk over the cliffs (1 hour return) and have lunch or dinner at The Blue Bar, great coffee, food and brilliant bbq's on Sundays in Summer. Why not try a delicious local ice cream from the ice cream parlour next door.
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant, Watergate Bay. This is certainly a treat to the taste buds; you will need to pre-book a few weeks ahead. If Jamie is a little expensive Watergate bay Hotel is our grandpa's favourite place for afternoon tea and Watergate beach is one of Cornwall's best if you like watching water sports, surfing and kite surfing.
Viners Restaurant, a recent venue for our daughter Camilla and son-in law Graeme's wedding reception, we highly recommend this stunning countryside restaurant.
If its adventure you are looking for, Cornwall has it all. Take a look at our blog for ideas and information on places to visit and adventures to be had!
Gardens and Nurseries
If you are potty about gardening like Michele and her friends, you will be amazed and delighted by the diverse choice of garden wonderment you will find in Cornwall. There are of course the very famous gardens of which Heligan is definitely worth a visit and also Eden maybe as long as it isn't a summer bank holiday and you get there first thing to avoid the crowds. For the inside track look on our blog for details of Michele's favourite gardens.