History & Background

Steeped in history, Lantallack dates back to 1327 when it was first recorded as belonging to St. Germans Priory, now the Port Eliot Estate and its historic cider orchards still produce delicious organic apple juice to this day (which guests will find amongst their welcome hamper in the cottages).

Lantallack’s Cornish name is composed of ‘nans’ meaning valley and ‘toll’ meaning hole and along the wood on its western boundary runs an old mill leat which in springtime is a profusion of colour with snowdrops, primroses, wild daffodils, blue bells, foxgloves and pink campion.

For many years visiting artists have been inspired by Lantallack’s beauty, peace and tranquillity and ever changing landscape. As Alastair Sawday says in his book ‘Go Slow England’ this is ‘a beautiful corner of the world… the view from the terrace is breathtaking, sailing across the farm's valley and patchwork fields, carrying the eye to the hills beyond. The evening shadows create the effect of a sublime 'pop-up' book. Sitting under the clematis and wisteria-clad pergola with a glass of wine, watching the swallows swoop low to catch flies over the pond and against the setting sun, one is drawn almost ineluctably to the slow life.’

The mine that was in operation here in 1851 has long gone. All that remains now is a cutting deep in the hillside and a small spoil heap from the lead, silver, copper and antimony that was once hand dug from the stream.

 

‘What an absolute pleasure to stay with you. Thank you!’

Marcel Theroux - novelist and broadcaster