The Old Reading Room

Steeped in history and wrapped-up in romance, this sweet stone cottage sits on the western fringes of Bodmin Moor within easy reach of the pretty fishing villages of Port Isaac, Padstow and Rock on the north Cornwall coast.

The Old Reading Room Cornwall
Cosy king size bed wih french linens adorn he master bedroom of this romantic cornish cottage
The romantic cornish cottage comes with a Scandinavian style summer house cabin located near he sun deck. Perfect for BBQ's or enjoying the sun.


The Old Reading Room Cornwall – Romantic Cornish Cottage Retreat

Once upon a time, this sweet stone romantic Cornish cottage was used by local children to encourage literacy. In its latest chapter, the Old Reading Room also known as The Poets Hideaway is a romantic retreat in cornwall for couples looking to reconnect.

Oozing character and charm, this rustic hideaway is tucked away in a sleepy hamlet on the western edge of Bodmin Moor within easy reach of the pretty fishing villages of Port Isaac, Padstow and Rock on the north Cornwall coast, where you’ll find fresh air by the gallon and a myriad of walking and cycling routes.

Imagine escaping from the rest of the world for a while, finally taking the chance to relax solo or spend some quality time with that special someone. This peaceful retreat with it’s wonky beams and tranquil decor offers all of this and more.

Cottage Amenities

This romantic, cosy Cornish cottage has heaps of character, vintage finds and unique amenities ensuring your stay is a comfortable and relaxing one.

King Size Bed with French Linen

Log Cabin

Great Local Cuisine

Dog Friendly

Log Burner

Moor Walks

Camel Trail

Trickling Stream

The cottage is also equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, Weber BBQ, Sonos one player, Netflix, Nespresso machine and a stash of vintage board games to play.


Out and About

The cottage is located on the outskirts of the charming old mining village of St Breward on the western edge of Bodmin Moor, with easy access to the pretty fishing villages and beautiful beaches of Cornwall’s north coast.

Port Isaac, Boscastle, Tintagel (home to the Museum of Witchcraft, if you’re into that kind of thing) and Padstow are all within a short thirty minute drive from Poets Hideaway. Laze on the open, white, sandy beaches of Rock, Harlyn Bay, Daymer Bay and Polzeath or spend an afternoon tucked away in Bossiney or Lundy Coves. Make sure to visit Golitha’s impressive waterfalls, and Carnglaze Caverns, a former slate mine with a shimmering underground lake for a holiday experience that’ll always linger in the memory.

Popular with hikers and ramblers, you can walk for miles through Bodmin Moor – a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to enjoy rolling countryside views, a wealth of wildlife, beautiful lakes and historic stone circles. Reaching a height of 1,377 feet above sea level at Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest point, the heather covered granite moorland provides the most stunning views and rugged walks.

Why not hire bikes and explore the famous Camel Trail to Padstow where you can sample the award-winning Rick Stein’s fish and chips on the harbour. The 18 mile Camel Trail follows the route of the old railway along traffic free paths, providing a fairly flat cycle through Bodmin and Wadebridge, and out to Padstow. We recommend starting out in central Bodmin near the old gaol for a flatter start to your 11.25 mile journey to Padstow. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely 6.25 mile cycle from Bodmin in the opposite direction to explore the quaint hamlet of Wenfordbridge.

Award winning vineyard

Also just outside of Bodmin is the Camel Valley Vineyard who’ve won awards for their home grown wine over the last 20 years. Enjoy a tasting tour of the vineyard and winery process, or just relax with a glass of wine on the terrace (you’ll find a bottle of the fabulous Bacchus in your welcome hamper). Nearby are three stunning National Trust properties to explore: Lanhydrock House, Trerice and Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps. Slightly further afield is the Eden Project in St Austell – a garden-lover’s paradise.


Inside and Out

With influence from Scandinavian design, the cottage is a perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics. A neutral colour scheme brings out the beauty of the original features.

Let the sweet melodies of birdsong lure you from sleep in the king-size bed. Stay wrapped up in the sheets and draw straws on who’s rustling up breakfast. Eventually giving into the beautiful countryside views, don walking boots and head outside to the moors for adventure. Upon return, snuggle by the fire with a glass of smooth red and tasty amuse-bouches waiting. For bookworms, the upstairs snug room is the perfect nook to fall between the pages. Alternatively the sweet snug adjacent to the main bedroom with its see through window makes the perfect nursery for your little one with a travel cot supplied for your convenience.

Outside this romantic cornish cottage you’ll find a sunny deck perfect for an evening BBQ listening to the sound of the stream and admiring the local wildlife. A swing chair complements and you’ll find sun loungers available when the weather suits. Near the conservatory a second set of table and chairs are the perfect location for morning papers and coffee.

Inside Take

From the owners

“The Old Reading Room Cornwall is the perfect retreat to get away from the hustle and bustle. Creative souls will relish the peace and tranquillity which comes in abundance here. With so many corners, couples can spread out or cosy up as much or as little as they wish!”

Matthew & SarahBRISTOL

Local Pubs and Restaurants we love

Don’t forget to book your table. These popular venues book up quickly.

Great pub food and generous Sunday Carvery from locally sourced suppliers at The Old Inn and Restaurant up the hill in St. Breward. Try their Moorland Grill for the best Mixed Grill you’ll ever discover! Bookings highly recommended during peak season as it can be busy.

There is a public footpath a few minutes from the cottage that will take you right there through the some amazing natural scenery.

Check out the St. Breward to Lank circular walk which passes the cottage near Tuckingmill for details.

Situated just 10 minutes from the cottage this lovingly restored pub resides in a pretty village – inside there’s a labyrinth of cosy rooms with fresh flowers, open fires and rustic, modish overtones.

Beautifully presented dishes are unfussy, seasonal and satisfying; meats are from Launceston and seafood is from Padstow.

Real ales and fine wines complement the rustic menu.

A smart yet relaxed restaurant at the top of Port Issac – the views from the first floor dining room are stunning. Set menus focus on ultra-fresh fish and shellfish landed at the nearby harbour. Classical combinations are carefully crafted, keeping the focus firmly on the main ingredient.

This 2 Michelin star restaurant is less than 25 minutes from the cottage. Bookings needed well in advance.

Michelin Star restaurant located in a beautiful Georgian townhouse in the heart of Padstow. Serving modern British food with a focus on locally sourced Cornish produce.

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Bookings essential.

The outside deck with BBQ, Sun loungers and table.

Outside The Old Reading Room

Set in around half an acre of pretty gardens the old reading room has plenty of unique places to relax. Whether reading a book on the swing chair by the stream or enjoying your morning coffee on the table to the front of the cottage by the conservatory.

In summer enjoy a BBQ on the sunny deck which gets the last of the sun or contemplate life in the log cabin equipped with comfortable seating and amenities.

around the property

The Old Reading Room Cornwall Gallery

The perfect mix of bodmin moor and north conrwall’s coast

St Breward, Bodmin Moor

The Old Reading Room formerly known as The Poets Hideaway is perfectly located in Tuckingmill – A tiny unspoiled hamlet of around four cottages. Around a mile away is St Breward – The cottage is an ideal home-from-home for those wanting an authentic Cornish holiday location. Full of character and charm.

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