At 150 years old Longhedge was originally a mine worker’s cottage situated on the west of the tramway to South Phoenix mine. Today the mine workers and the tramway have gone, but the location remains the same: backing onto moorland, in the centre of Minions, a haven for walkers and the perfect place for a relaxing break enjoying the beauty and seclusion of the moor or as a base for exploring the wonderful county of Cornwall.
Longhedge was built at some point between 1863 and 1881 when almost the entire village was constructed as a result of the increase in activity at Phoenix United Mine and the increase in employment at Cheesewring Quarry. All the cottages of the time had substantial plots of land adjacent suggesting the inhabitants were growing their own food and keeping animals. There is some thought that Longhedge was originally a shop and a cottage, hence the large windows and central door in the sitting room.
The cottage came into the Barber family in 1940 and has remained largely unchanged other than the instillation of interior plumbing and electricity and a small extension on the back. The current owners (Sue and Mary) grew up here and have many happy memories of family time spent in the property and surrounding area. Both sisters moved away as young adults to follow careers in nursing and music but it was Sue who decided to return when it was time to raise her own family and now lives next door.
We are delighted to be able to share the charm of Longhedge with all our guests.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy your stay at Longhedge and make the most of the cottage and garden in addition to all Cornwall has to offer.