The Waterwheel Inn was built in the 1700s and was originally a Blowing House where tin was smelted. At that time it was called Higher Blowing House and was the last working Blowing House in Cornwall. In the 1800s John Martin and his wife Rebecca changed the use of the site from tin to clay drying. Remnants of the clay driers can be seen in the top carpark and the chimney behind the mobile home. We believe the waterwheel is in its original position and would have originally been used to run
bellows to smelt the tin. We would love to see this working again but unfortunately £5000 has been quoted just to get it looking ship shape!
We bought The Waterwheel Inn in April 2011 and have been working to transform this glorious building into a homely B&B, with an elegant restaurant serving good quality, reasonably priced food.
The Waterwheel Inn is set in one and a half acres of woodland valley. We have started to redesign the gardens with a decked terrace. patio, gazebo, ponds and waterfalls. We have an extensive collection of Australian and New Zealand tree ferns and one day we may even reach the bottom of the garden!.
Walk through the garden to Menacuddle Well, which is one of the most beautiful holy wells of Cornwall (We think it is the most beautiful!). It is situated within a tiny baptistry beside a waterfall and the Druid,s Chair. (Bring wellies!)
Free Wifi is available in the public areas and most of the bedrooms depending on how many 3 foot walls the signal has to get through.