Condé Nast Traveller magazine feature Botelet Cornwall December 2001
Botelet Farm, a few miles south-west of Liskeard in Cornwall, enjoys the sort of lush rural setting I thought only existed in Enid Blyton books. In fact, this is Daphne du Maurier country, and Botelet Farm, hidden at the end of a narrow lane amid 250 acres of rolling farmland, has been the Tamblyn family home since 1861.
Accommodation is either bed and breakfast in the main farmhouse - complete with apple orchard, hens and pet goose - or self-catering at neighbouring Manor Cottage or, a short hop down the lane, at Cowslip Cottage. Manor Cottage, where I stayed, is a 17th century Grade II listed Cornish longhouse with beams, a woodburning stove, flagstoned floors, iron bedstead, cream walls and faded floral fabrics. There are a few original flourishes, such as an illuminated well under the kitchen floor and an old wooden mangle in the utility room. The decor is charming, simple and tasteful, and resassuringly scuffed in places. This is Cornwall, not Kensington, after all. [...]