When people help me, I like to give a little back, so with thanks to the owners who kindly allowed me to use this as a ‘closer to Bude’ bolthole recently, let me give Morwenna Cottage on Spicers Lane in Stratton, a mention. Let’s start with location.
Let me first say that it is a pretty quiet spot, handy for the car park and the nearby pubs (well, within walking distance, so they are not actually on top of the place). There is a shop, a hairdresser, and a church also within walking distance, something I’m definitely not used to. The church bells on a Sunday morning are actually a delight. They happen at other times, too, but never in an intrusive way from this cottage at the bottom end of Spicers Lane. I did take some pleasant, tranquil walks through the car park along the garlic woods by the stream. I also couldn’t get over how quickly I could drive to Bude – and back. My normal journey is around 30 mins, more with holiday traffic. Additionally, and importantly, the neighbours seem friendly. People talk to you in Stratton!
The house has three storeys, which makes it very versatile for a cosy cottage. Currently, downstairs is the kitchen-diner, the middle floor is a lounge, bathroom (shower) and upstairs are the two bedrooms. The top two storeys were much lighter than I expected, and keep toasty warm even on the coldest days, so heating costs are pretty reasonable (gas boiler, recently serviced). Characterful, the lounge has ceiling beams. It’s the kind of home that lends itself to lots of pictures on the walls. There are hooks aplenty, and while Banksy prints may not be everyone’s choice, mine seemed to blend in quite well, along with the odd homemade piece of art by yours truly.
It’s hard to find reasonably priced properties locally which are ok for a small family, or individual/couple wanting a guest room, so I’d say if you are viewing, give Morwenna a look. There is lots of scope at Morwenna for a buyer to make it their own. Typically, now I am no longer using it, superfast broadband is being installed! Maybe I played a part by dragging BT out to recce the place for this very reason in March (I like to think so).
The downside may be that it has no garden/outdoor area. In practice, I am not a keen gardener, and had no time for any additional outdoor maintenance, but no garden also makes you get out and about.
There is a stable door, however, so you can let in the air and the light while cooking, eating, or in my case, usually working, downstairs.
Stratton is a wonderful, historic place, so I was glad to get to know it more during my stay at Morwenna.