Little M, a 12 acre smallholding in the heart of West Cornwall, forms part of a thriving hamlet that is Menherion. “Menherion” comes from the word Menhir which means standing stone, so it makes sense to start our tour there.
… found in a glade in the furthest South West corner of the property. This field is one of 5 that make up our 6 or so acres of fledgling woodland – a mixture of native broadleaf planted back in 2008 by the previous owners. The trees are only now starting to show promise and it really is beginning to feel like a woodland is on its way – partly because of deer damage and partly because of the strong winds we get here.
The property is situated on the northerly aspect of Carnmenellis, affectionately known locally as “the mountain”. Carnmenellis (252ft) is one of only five “Marylin” peaks to be found in Cornwall, and Little M is about 190ft above sea level, on its Northern side.
Little M is divided in two by the lane that services the farms in the hamlet and together with this woodland, on the southerly side of the lane, she also has a 2 acre field we call playing field. That said, the main happenings at LittleM take place on the northerly side of the lane. This is where the farmhouse is and where we are making the biggest difference as we rejuvenate the property and care for our little piece of Cornish Paradise. It is where the orchards are (old and new); the cottage garden and barns; the workshop and artist studio; the stream and mature woodlands; and where the unique glamping experiences are being built, all set within their own private spaces.
In fact there’s so much space that once you have arrived and settled in you need not see another soul until you leave, but take comfort in the knowledge that Bernice & Huw are likely to be found around the grounds most of the time and will be happy to offer assistance, or recommendations if required.
Little M is less than 10 miles to the coast in three directions but without even getting on your bike or in your car you can take a short 15-20 minute hike further ‘up the mountain’ to a granite slab and on a clear day, soak up the 360 degree view of the fabulous coastline. You might even want to take a flask and picnic with you. If you are in search of a different type of refreshment, the local pub is about the same distance walk away in the opposite direction with its lovely award winning gardens to sit in in the summer and cosy log fires to huddle around in the winter, serving good food and local cheer.