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The county of Cornwall has been attracting holidaymakers for decades and is without doubt one of the UK’s most loved holiday destinations, with its rich abundance of natural assets; beautiful beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, pretty fishing harbours and winding country lanes.

Cornwall’s unique charm and its stunning countryside and coastal landscapes are easy to access in this compact corner of south west England and you won’t have to travel far from your Cornish cottage to find it!

A host of top quality visitor attractions and holiday activities await you and here you’ll also find a fine selection of Cornish cottages, suitable for families and couples alike. But before you start packing your bags you might like a few suggestions for things to see and places to go on your break.

The Eden Project is undeniably one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall. This all-weather oasis offers a wealth of stunning flora in an amazing collection of ‘biomes’. Or, if you fancy getting out in the open-air then a visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan is a must.

Padstow is highly recommended for those seeking the fine Cornish cuisine. This lovely coastal town offers an endearing sense of community and, thanks to the involvement of Rick Stein, several fantastic eateries.

For a unique occasion why not take in a play at the Minack Theatre, one of the world’s most spectacular open-air venues perched on the cliff side facing the sea. Similarly, St Ives celebrates a rich and varied artistic heritage through its Tate Gallery, the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden and much more.

With Cornwall’s temperate climate its beaches are perhaps one of the biggest attractions; a spectacular coastline extends for mile after mile and whether you want to surf, swim, stroll or just relax, you won’t be short of fantastic activities and great seaside locations.

With an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that covers 12 separate geographical areas, walking in Cornwall is a delight. Enjoy the beautiful moorland and towering tors of Bodmin Moor, take a cycle ride down the Camel Trail or gaze out from Rame Head; there’s a wealth of wonderful choices.

Alternatively you may prefer to relax and enjoy the comfort offered by a holiday cottage in Cornwall. So start a search for your dream holiday home right now.

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  • Glebe Cottage

    Mawnan Smith, nr. Falmouth

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    Ref: NT011055

    National Trust Holiday Cottage


    Glebe Cottage is located in the quiet prestigious coastal area just outside the pretty village of Mawnan Smith, with a thatch pub, village square providing every day facilities including a post office, store, tea rooms, small museum and sub-tropical gardens. Glebe Cottage is just yards from the stunning South West Coastal Path, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Home made meals can be made upon arrival on request. Perfectly located between the vibrant town of Falmouth with prestigious marinas, restaurants, bars, museums, cinema, shops and the peaceful tranquillity and beauty of the Helford River and small beaches.
    It is situated along a quiet sequestered lane that leads to the ancient Mawnan Church, standing guard over the entrance to the Helford. Once a rectory barn, this romantic old building has masses of character, including a galleried landing that looks down into a beamed open-plan living area.
    The National Trust’s garden at Glendurgan is within walking distance, and there are lovely coastal walks around the entrance to the Helford River and out to Rosemullion Head. With direct access to the coastal paths this is a walker’s paradise, with quiet beaches and coves to explore en route. Nearby Maenporth Beach is a sheltered sandy beach with a delightful café open all year and the renowned restaurant is ideal for lunch, afternoon tea or delicious evening meal.
    For bird watchers and for those who enjoy wildlife, the coastal waters are home to basking sharks, dolphins and seals. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    One step up to living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Courtyard with gravel and grass patio with picnic table
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack

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  • Mill Quay Cottage

    Antony Passage, nr. Saltash

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    Ref: 29981

    A truly unique holiday property in a tranquil riverside location, Mill Quay Cottage overlooks the mill pond of a 13th century tidal mill in the quiet hamlet of Antony Passage. The mill pond is situated in Forder Creek which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts abundant bird life, yet is only 2 miles from the Tamar bridge and the A38, making Cornwall and Devon easily accessible. From most rooms in the property, there are wonderful views of the river, with an impressive stone railway viaduct further up the valley. This is a bird, water and nature lover’s paradise. From the cottage guests can walk around the banks of the mill pond to a grassy picnic area; at high tide launch a canoe or small boat and explore the hidden creeks, or at low tide go crabbing in the mud. A slipway is available for guests who bring their own small boat. To the side of the property there is a lawned garden with furniture. Antony Passage is a hidden gem far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life yet within 15 minutes drive of Plymouth. It is located by the River Lynher, a tributary of the River Tamar, the nearest town being Saltash, 2 miles. Situated on the west bank of the beautiful River Tamar, Saltash acts as a gateway between Cornwall and Devon. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with 2 steps down to dining room/kitchen. Separate cloakroom toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, double power shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with waterside sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children except babes in arms. NB: Tidal river 10 yards.

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  • Carn Towan Cottages - Longships

    Sennen

    Grade
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    Ref: GRM

    Only a 250-yard walk from the beautiful sandy beach of Whitesand Bay, this charming little row of three delightful and comfortably furnished holiday cottages commands magnificent views over the bay and Sennen Cove. On a quiet lane leading only to the cliffs, they have been very tastefully converted from a spacious Victorian house and are stunningly set in several acres of shared natural grounds; home to a wonderful variety of wildlife which can easily be seen from the steep beach path and the cottages themselves.
    The beach at Whitesand is magnificent; a splendid mile of sand which has been awarded Blue Flag status and is excellent for surfing (lifeguards operate throughout the summer, and there is also a ban on dogs from 1st May to 30th September. Dogs are permitted year round on nearby Gwenver Beach). Sennen Cove (½ mile) is a picturesque little fishing village looking out over the bay. It offers shops, pub, restaurants – even a lifeboat station – all within walking distance. There are some beautiful walks along the coast towards Cape Cornwall in one direction, and beyond Land’s End in the other.
    The famous outdoor Minack Theatre is only 3 miles away and Penzance (7 miles) boasts a mainline station, shops, inns, swimming-pool, sailing and tennis. There is a golf course at St Just (4 miles) and facilities for squash and badminton are available locally. Picturesque St Ives (a renowned haunt of artists) is 15 miles away along the spectacular north coast.
    The Carn Towan cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying a Cornish holiday – and are cosily heated throughout, with double glazing, making them ideal for all-year-round breaks. Shops ½ mile.

    A lovely romantic cottage for two set between Bishop Rock and Sevenstones. Entrance into fully fitted kitchen with breakfast area. Living/dining room with sea view. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Pretty double bedroom with sea view, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Electricity by £1 slot meter. Radiant fire. Shared garden with furniture.

    Electric heaters. Fan heaters. NSH, bed linen, towels and beach towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Shared several acre grounds. Shared barbecue. Wet-suit and surfboard hire available. Storage available for surfboards/windbreakers. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Tawnamoor Barns - Nuthatch

    Cardinham, Bodmin

    Grade
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    Ref: GTH


    Equidistant from both of Cornwall’s spectacular coastlines and nestling in delightful woodland, these thoughtfully converted barns are set in sunny, pleasantly landscaped gardens, each with its own patio. Retaining all the character and charm of original structural features, including exposed beams and stone walls, they have been furnished in keeping with their rustic simplicity. Tawnawood has a first floor landing and a door to a balcony with wonderful valley views. Peacefully positioned on a private drive beyond the owner’s home, and accessed by a narrow country lane, they enjoy fine views across the valley towards National Trust Lanhydrock House and its formal gardens. Lanhydrock House is 1¼ miles away and features several cycle trails, including a gentle trail for families throughout its grounds and into bluebell woods. There is also cycle hire, free parking and a café. Beaches of both the north and south coasts are about 15 miles away, some popular and offering fishing, sailing and surfing, others small and secluded; the coastal path is a continuous drama of cliff and sea and sky. There is excellent walking in the surrounding area and cycling in Cardinham Woods with dedicated, scenic cycle trails for those wanting more of a challenge, and an excellent café for refreshments. Restormel Castle and Lostwithiel, both 4 miles. Bodmin, 3 miles, has shops, cycle hire, swimming-pool, sports centre, inns, restaurants and golf. Bodmin Steam Railway can be heard in the distance within the valley. Riding locally. Wadebridge and Camel Trail cycle hire 7 miles. Padstow 12 miles, Fowey 10 miles and the Eden Project 8 miles. Shops 3 miles.

    Living/kitchen area with breakfast bar. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared utility room with washer/dryer and ‘fun’ table tennis. Patio and garden furniture. Shared garden. Shared barbecue. Parking. Natural water supply from owner’s borehole.

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  • Spring Tides

    Padstow

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    Ref: 15399

    Enjoying wonderful estuary views, this comfortably, compact furnished first floor holiday apartment, attached to the owners home is in an excellent location being within a few minutes walk of Padstow with its picturesque harbour and the many little shops, pubs and restaurants. Enjoy a boat trip to Puffin Island, try your hand at sea fishing or take a trip on the ferry across to the sailing resort of Rock. Many lovely sandy beaches along this coastline for bathing, cliff top walking or surfing or explore the Camel Trail. Four golf courses within a short drive. Shops and pubs ¼ mile.

    Spiral stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Low sloping ceilings throughout.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared used of owners garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Old Bull Pen

    St Ewe, nr. Tregony

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    Ref: 28752

    This holiday cottage is situated outside the village of Tregony. The Old Bull Pen sits amidst the owner’s farm set in 72 acres with spectacular views over the countryside. A great location for coastal walks, sailing and fishing from the villages close by. Visit the Eden Project, 8 miles, the city of Truro, 11 miles, St Mawes, 14 miles, and Newquay, 18 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 1½ miles and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed lawned courtyard with patio. Barbecue. Shared 72-acres of fields and woodland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond adjacent to property.

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  • Woodgate - Badgers Holt

    Grogley, Washaway

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    Ref: GXL

    Nestling in 2 acres of shared wooded gardens, within a further 10 acres of woods, orchards and water meadows leading down to the river, these two charming holiday properties enjoy beautiful views across the Camel Valley. Set on a smallholding, Badgers Holt is attached to the owners’ home, whilst Foxes Den is 60 yards away. Each has its own garden area, and nature trails can be enjoyed through the grounds, with abundant wildlife such as badgers, foxes and otters. Close, easy access to the Camel Trail which leads to the fishing port of Padstow (15 minutes’ drive), with bicycle hire, beaches, shops, inns and restaurants. Wine tasting 1 mile away. Bodmin Steam Railway 10 minutes’ drive. Golf and riding nearby. Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, 25 minutes’ drive. Spa, gym and swimming pool 5 minutes’ drive. Enjoy fishing onsite (permit required). Shops 2 miles.

    Attached to the owners’ home, this delightful cosy property has its own enclosed verandah with panoramic valley views. Large patio doors to spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with four-poster bed and TV. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Washing machine

    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two HD satellite TVs with home cinema system
    • DVD recorder
    • Microwave
    • Shared use of tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Hair dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small garden area
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 12-acre grounds
    • Parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: River in grounds

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  • The Loft

    Downderry

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    Ref: 28323

    Situated in the lovely little coastal village of Downderry, this compact and contemporary studio loft has panoramic 180-degree views of the sea and the coastline from Rame Head down to Looe Island. Located above the owners’ house, this cosy loft has sloping ceilings and a wonderful large glass apex window with a Juliet balcony looking directly out to sea. Lie in bed and look at the horizon in the distance, and even on a wet and wild winter day it offers a cosy pad for couples to thoroughly enjoy their holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    24 external wooden steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room with vaulted, low, sloping ceilings/kitchen/bedroom area with double (5ft) bed. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Blu-ray. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Juliet balcony. On road parking 200 yards. No smoking.

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  • Cotehele Estate - Engine Cottage

    Cotehele, nr. Callington

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    Ref: NT011005

    National Trust Property

    A most beautiful National Trust estate, set on the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. This magnificent Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. In the gardens and grounds of Cotehele, you can easily lose yourself exploring this most tranquil and beautiful location. Admire the stunning, formally planted terraces of gorgeous, colourful plants, or wander down to the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, which in turn leads down to the River Tamar. Sit a while and seek tranquillity in the beautiful Upper Garden and explore the orchards planted with local varieties of apples and cherry trees.

    From early spring, bright flowers adorn the grounds and the colourful herbaceous borders are simply stunning in high season. With orchards bearing fruit in the autumn and dainty snowdrops peeking through in winter, there will be horticultural activity all year round. This very popular National Trust property appeals to people of all ages, but Cotehele will be available to guests in early mornings and after the day visitors have gone home.

    In the 19th century, local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards, and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market. The restored sailing barge Shamrock is moored at the quay and a proper Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the Edgcumbe tea room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden Valley to the sister property Cotehele Mill. Cotehele welcome dogs and there are some great walks on the miles of paths around the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.
    Nestling in Danescombe Woods on the banks of the River Tamar, just a short walk along the riverside to the historic village of Calstock. Danescombe Woods is part of the National Trust Cotehele Estate, once a thriving copper mining area. The old ruins of tin mines from last century are scattered through the woodland scenery. The iconic tall chimney stacks can still be seen and Engine Cottage sits below one of these towering above. Set off the beaten track, along a trail through the woods, this is a very tranquil place to cosy up in one of these delightful cottages and relax. For the adventurous, there are some wonderful woodland and riverside walks through to Cotehele House and Gardens. The woodland abounds with wildlife and a little stream runs to the front of the cottages. Calstock is a delightful village, with two pubs and a little village shop, it is very picturesque with its spectacular Victorian railway viaduct spanning the river and still in operation today taking train passengers from Cornwall into Plymouth. Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Cosy open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, dining area and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin on request). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, NSH, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV (variable reception)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • No garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Dogs free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Marigold Cottage

    Polperro, nr. Looe

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    Ref: W43590


    This Grade II listed, former fisherman’s cottage sits in a quiet lane in this pretty Cornish fishing village, just minutes from the historic working harbour and village centre. Polperro has all that you imagine of a quaint fishing village, and this holiday cottage sits within the narrow winding streets that are home to fishermen’s pubs, galleries, bakeries, cafés, restaurants and shops selling locally caught seafood and local crafts. This house provides the ideal base for that special Cornish holiday. The historic fishing port of Looe is also close by and can be reached along the dramatic coastal path. It has a superb sandy beach providing an excellent day out for the family. Why not visit the local renowned fish market, which sells fresh fish straight off the boats in the harbour, for that special evening meal? The sheltered bays of Talland and Lantic all offer excellent swimming and bathing against the backdrop of the dramatic Cornish coastline. The scenic Cornish Coastal Path can be accessed nearby, leading visitors through stunning scenery, much of which is National Trust land. The famous seafaring town of Fowey, once the home of Daphne Du Maurier, can also be reached by catching the regular ferry across the Fowey River. The abundance of vineyards, orchards and gardens in the regional are a tribute to the mild climate, with the spectacular Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan within half an hour’s drive. Equidistant is the ancient fishing village of Mevagissey, its double harbour a colourful array of traditional vessels and pleasure craft. For those who can bear to tear themselves away from the coast, there are many wonderful attractions further inland, such as Bodmin Moor and the slate caverns near St Neot. Plymouth is 25 miles away. Fishing, sailing, horse riding, tennis and golf are available locally. Beach 100 yards. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards, restaurant 25 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. First floor: Living room with beams. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams.

    Electric woodburner in dining room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car), 150 yards. No smoking. NB: Steps in grounds.

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  • Crockwood Farm - Coombe Cottage

    Bude

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    Ref: 27739


    Crockwood Farm is the perfect choice for a relaxing seaside holiday. Nestled within glorious countryside and just 2 miles from the traditional seaside resort of Bude and its many delightful, sandy beaches. With spectacular view across the valley towards the coast and 9 acres of pretty field and woodland walks to enjoy, this tranquil retreat will appeal to all. Each cottage is presented to a very good standard and the playfield located on the top field is great for young and old to let off steam with play equipment and a badminton/volleyball net. The nearby village of Poughill, 1 mile, has a pretty church and popular village inn. Just a short drive from Bude’s historic castle and canal is the vibrant town centre with its vast array of good restaurants and bars, and its glorious sandy beaches and coastal path. In late August Bude is host to the internationally acclaimed annual jazz festival, an event not to be missed. Golf, tennis, horse riding, coastal walking, surfing, indoor ‘Splash’ pool, fishing and mountain boarding are all on offer locally: the list is almost endless so you’ll never be short of things to do! If you can manage to drag yourself away then the pretty fishing villages of Padstow, Port Isaac and Rock are well worth a visit and mystical Tintagel with the legendary King Arthur’s Castle is close by. The wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors is a must for walkers and nature lovers and for a great day out Crealy Adventure Park, Newquay Zoo and the famous Eden Project are all within easy driving distance. For family fun the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are not to be missed. Shop, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. 2 steps up to double bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living/dining room included. Oil central heating included. Freesat TV. Small garden with patio and furniture. No children, except babies under 9 months. NB: 5 steps in garden.

    All properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer and freezer. Shared payphone. Shared 9-acre natural, un-spoilt woodland. Shared playing field. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in woodland, 1/4 mile.

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  • Sea Haven

    Gorran Haven, St Austell

    Grade
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    Ref: THO

    This 19th-century cottage, one of four converted from a pair of Victorian dwellings, is just 50 yards from a sandy beach, ideal for the sea, dramatic cliffs, rolling green fields and walking the Cornish Coastal Path. Nearby are The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Mevagissey fishing village. The Eden Project, Cornish Tin Mines and Fowey, with its heritage of sailing and art, are close by. Fishing, kayaking, swimming and surfing available. General store 30 yards, Lawnroc local hotel/bar 165 yards.

    Cosy living/dining room with open fire, beams and tiled floor. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with dressing room/study/baby room with lovely sea views. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot (on request)
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TV/DVDs (small library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone
    • Shared courtyard with furniture
    • Step-free access to beach
    • Gas barbecue
    • Village car park 165 yards (£3 per day)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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