We were a large extended family group. The location is glorious and extremely private.The house and lodge are fitted out to a high standard with catering equipment for large numbers. There is plenty of room for everyone to be together or to find somewhere to be alone. We loved the novelty of planning our activities around the tides. The adjoining lodge was perfect for my niece, her husband and their two small children. Ruth the caretaker was unobtrusively supportive, helped with baggage, food and rubbish transport and even arranged the loan of a keyboard!
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We found the Sawmills on the internet searching for a place to stay in January to have a birthday celebration for our son's 21st, who's studying at Falmouth, when I read about the number it accommodated and the proximity, it looked perfect, nice and remote, no worries about noise to neighbours, it allowed pets (our Irish Water Spaniel just loved it) and there was a recording studio attached (I didn't realise the history of artists who had recorded there when booking), it sounded fun only having access by boat or foot path. We gathered a group of his close friends from school and uni and managed to keep it as a surprise.
We were staying there when it seemed that the rest of the UK was having dreadful weather, the Sawmills seemed to have it's own micro climate, it was peaceful and calm, although the tides were the highest Ruth had ever witnessed, but that didn't stop our fun.
It was an eventful and truly memorable stay. Ruth picked us up in Golant by boat, we had mass catering for feeding 16 people over 3 days, therefore the boat was stacked, we were slightly late and the tide was too high to get under the small bridge so we had to carry everything along the footpath, we dropped 5 chickens and all the eggs in the river, however Ruth was a star and fished all the chickens out, they survived unscathed. The mass of the party arrived on the Saturday, before our son, so we could keep them a surprise.
The accommodation was perfect. Plenty of space, an extremely well equipped kitchen that was the hub for social activity, mass catering, partying and chilling. The dining/conservatory room was so warm in January (we had a good trick, we just turned the controls up on the heater!). Considering the numbers of people we found it a really reasonable rental price for out of season. It was very clean, spacious and comfortable.
We had booked the recording studio and our son's old schoolmates who'd come from various uni's across the UK, had a track recorded and mixed. They were really impressed by Tom's skills and dedication. They went away from the weekend with a really professional recording and were totally chuffed.
Weather didn't stop the fun, Ruth picked us up for our departure by boat on 3rd Jan, (look at the weather in Cornwall that day) She was such a great asset, was so accommodating when we asked to also book the little cottage at the last minute. I can't say we really saw a lot of the local area as there was so much going on in the house.
We'd totally recommend a stay there, go prepared with food, there is plenty of fridge and freezer space, we cooked a roast lunch for 16 without issue, but it was planned on a grand scale. A perfect celebratory weekend, of fun, socialising and just chilling out. I'd imagine it would be stunning on a summers day, but it was as equally beautiful in winter (wellies were a must).
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The sawmills is a dab place to stay with friends and family. Lots of space, amazing views, walks and the river just waiting to be played on.
The house itself is comfortable but not high end. It's practical for large groups and works well for cooking, hanging out and partying.
It is isolated so take supplies! It was quite cold when we were there (only in dining areas) although the bedrooms were toasty.
The wifi didn't work the whole time we were there and most of is got no mobile reception - quite nice once you embrace it but not good if you need to check work etc.
It's a beautiful part of Cornwall and if you go out of season it's a really good value place.
We all thoroughly enjoyed it (8 adults, 10 kids, 1 baby)!
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