The roads in Cornwall are tiny. It is the only thing Chris remembers from a childhood holiday. We crossed the Tamar bridge into Cornwall on a dual carriageway, but the roads grew more narrow the further south we went and by the time we reached Helston and headed towards our Lower Town, I understood why it was a memorable experience for him as a child. There is something magical about driving on a narrow road surrounded by leafy green trees. We’d rented a Log Cabin from Airbnb for a few days and it was indeed as lovely as the online pictures.

My first impression of Bev’s tiny house built in her back garden was the quiet and peaceful. It felt remote even though it wasn’t quite and after we’d unpacked, plugged in chargers, turned on the fan and logged onto the (slow but real connectivity) wifi, we wandered down to the nearby river.

We booked our stay at the cabin after an impromptu holiday booking that left us with a 3-night gap in the middle of our holiday. Looking for an interesting place to sleep, it was in an excellent location for our day trips to St Michael’s mount, Godolphin, a bike ride in the Penrose estate and we drove up to Lands End and St Ives for a day. At around £64 per night, it’s on par with similar accommodation in Cornwall.  The host was lovely, the cabin clean, neat and beautifully decorated and the location fabulous. Recommended to those not too fussy about cost or facilities looking for a quiet, comfortable place to stay in an excellent location.

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Book through Airbnb  

Price: Variable. ±£65-90 per night for three guests.
Included: Log cabin, private use of kitchen and bathroom in an adjacent building, a private outdoor seated area with BBQ, table and chairs, wireless internet, continental breakfast (stocked in the kitchen and freshly baked loaf hand delivered by Bev).

Features

The cabin is situated in Lower town nr Helston. It is at the end of a short cul-de-sac and the footpath across the River Cober nearby leads to lovely woodland walk next to the river. Helston is nearby with supermarkets and other shops conveniently situated and there are many attractions and areas to explore close by. We found it an excellent base in the south of Cornwall. 

The bathroom and kitchen facilities are not situated in the cabin, but a few steps away in an adjacent building. This was not a problem for us during our summer stay when the weather was hot, but it was less convenient on rainy nights.

Travel season: Available year round
Location: Lower Town, nr Helston, Cornwall, U.K.
Booking: On-line booking through Airbnb
Check-in Time: 3 p.m.
Check-out Time: 10 a.m.
Cancellation policy: Strict

Requirements

£200 security deposit (a hold put on the booking card by Airbnb and refunded after your stay).
Two – three night minimum stay depending on the season.
Airbnb profile to book and approval from host.

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About

The Log Cabin is owned by Bev, a member of Airbnb since April 2014. “I love living in rural Cornwall and consider myself so lucky to live in a very special place, with a small river and woods , just yards from my home. I am always delighted to share this with others.” View her Airbnb profile here.

Bev was courteous, welcoming and greeted us as we pulled up to park. She showed us the facilities, was on hand for any questions and always friendly and willing to help. She baked fresh bread for breakfast.

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We based our Ergohacks Verdict on a 3-night stay in July 2015. This article was first published on1 August 2015 and last updated on 30 June 2017.