Treworgey Manor was the home of Richard Kendall in 1620 and the home of the Williams family in 1748. The medieval manor house burnt down centuries ago but the ancient bakery and stables remain. The later Georgian farmhouse, cottages and accompanying stone barns (first recorded on the 1840 tithe map) and the pretty Victorian farmworkers' cottages have been slowly restored by our family over the past 40 years. Treworgey remains a tranquil haven overlooking the beautiful Looe River Valley.
Some of the cottages are named for their historical purpose; you might guess, for example, what you'd find underneath Well Cottage, and the huge garden belonging to Secret Garden Cottage used to be the kitchen garden for the manor house. We discovered its original walls buried beneath a tangle of plants and earth.
Adjoining is Coombe Farm lower down the valley, with a sleepy tranquillity of its own, gazing over patchwork pastures. Coombe was built in the 17th Century and before we bought it in 1977 it was a tiny dairy farm with just 60 acres - it would sadly never be viable as a working farm today at that size.
Over the past 40 years we (Linda and Bevis) have turned Treworgey and Coombe's derelict but beautiful stone buildings into the cottages you see and stay in today, taking great care to protect the local vernacular of the buildings and to keep their original character.
Our three children grew up here, clambering around the building sites and 'helping' the staff.. a health and safety nightmare that we shudder to think of now! Our grandchildren (one of whom spent her first year here) now spend many happy days here.
Our daughter Jo and her husband Alec lived and worked with us at Treworgey for 5 years before moving to Alec's family home in Scotland. Our other daughter Holly has taken up the mantle and lives here with her soon-to-be husband Andy, a marine engineer.
What our Treworgey guests have to say:
"Many visits to Treworgey over the last 30 years. Linda and Bevis have done so much here since the early years when they lived in the very small caravan, which was their home and booking office. It is always a pleasure to return and see the progress they have made. ANNE AND DAVID MUNNINGS
"After countless visits, (we first stayed here in 1978) another wonderful stay. It just gets better. Very comfortable bed. Loved feeding the birds in the garden again. Scenery beautiful as ever. Be back soon."BARBARA AND DEREK LOWE