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Cockle Island Cott

(Ref. 959159)

Porthallow, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • well (13)
  • clean (9)
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29 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely clean and comfortable cottage."

    Well maintained and very well equipped everything we needed. Thoughtful welcome pack and lots of little extras. Lovely place to stay and so close to the sea an added bonus a pub within walking distance. Woken in the mornings with birdsong. Perfect.

    Thank you for your feedback, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and very clean."

    The heating was efficient and the log burner made it very cosy. This was a good base to do our next sections of the coast path despite storm Ciaran! The goodies were a nice touch too.

    I am glad you found the cottage cosy in spite of Storm Ciaran! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Oct 2023

  • "Desperately needs a bigger fridge freezer, got fed up of everything falling out of the fridge every time we opened the door."

    Very disappointed there were no recycling bins, it seems Cornwall doesn't care about this as all the bins have disappeared outside the villages and supermarkets too. If you want to save money plumb the hot water tap in the bathroom the right way round I lost count of the times we left it running thinking we had turned it off.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. I do hope these issues did not spoil your holiday. Space is very limited in the kitchen, so we will give some serious thought as to how we could fit in a bigger fridge/freezer. The taps are new with quarter turns for on and off- they need a little bit of getting used to as the hot taps in this style are actually plumbed the 'wrong' way round. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.1Sep 2023

  • "This cottage lived up to our expectations and was well maintained, pleasantly furnished, and had the added bonus of a kingsize bed with feather duvet."

    Although small, it was cosy,warm, and most important of all, clean. We enjoyed our stay here in what is a very peaceful and scenic location next to the coastal path. Narrow lanes when dirving out and about, but not a problem for us as we have a small car.

    Thank you for your feedback. I am so pleased that you found the cottage comfortable and clean. It is a very peaceful spot! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Nov 2022

  • "We were delighted with the cottage, which exceeded our expectations."

    It was well fitted out, very clean, and the garden was a bonus as we were able to sit out in it most days, enjoying the peace and quiet. It was a shame that the local pub had closed for a month for refurbishment but this did not spoil our enjoyment.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property was great, could do with a bigger fridge/freezer and a more comfy sofa to make it perfect."

    The location is brilliant and how well equipped it was made a pleasant surprise.

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2022

  • "The hand towels had mould stains on and the bath towels looked like they had been used by someone wearing fake tan."

    Luckily there were spares in the cupboard because this was reported to the housekeeper who said they send towels and bedding to an outside agency, there was no offer made to replace them with clean ones. The inside door of the shower has mould on it as did the bottom of the shower door. A deep clean is all that is required to solve the mould issue and checking the towels before renting the cottage would prevent any further issues. Overall the cottage was comfortable and well maintained with a few issues that prevented my wife from relaxing completely.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. Please accept our apologies that the towels were not 100% pristine. This is most unusual as our laundry is normally very reliable. We will bring this to their attention. We will also ensure that the shower has a deep clean. We are sorry that we did not achieve our usual high standard of cleanliness- we regularly receive guest feedback that the cottage is very clean and tidy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary3.4Aug 2022

  • "Not my first stay at Cockle Island Cottage So I am biased."

    This is a well equipped cottage situated in An idyllic fishing village. Good food locally beautiful walks And the magic of Cornwall. Recommended.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "No issues with the cottage."

    It was an ideal location and base from which to explore. My wife was also pleasantly surprised the cottage was much closer to the village than expected, especially because of her mobility problems. Television was a little complicated to fathom initially but we got there in the end. We would have no problem about returning to this accommodation in the future. And indeed hope to do so

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jun 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this comfortable property."

    Well equipped with everything you need. Very quiet village and beach. Excellent Beach Cafe and proper local pub ‘the Five Pilchards ‘. can also recommend the Fat Apples cafe just up the road Perfect escape from the busier parts of The Cornish coast A lovely place - highly recommended

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely escape — cosy but bright cottage and lovely garden."

    Reviewed by Susanna4.7Apr 2022

  • "A lovely, cosy cottage in a peaceful location just two minutes from the beach."

    Reviewed by Theresa5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and private, yet so close to the village centre."

    Unfortunately we had to cut our stay short but would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and the layout was well designed to make the most of a small space, it felt quite roomy due to the lovely, seaside-themed decor scheme throughout."

    It was well-equipped, with everything we could have wanted to make our stay enjoyable. In addition, there was a fairly spacious garden which was a lovely sun-trap in the afternoons. Added to this, a two or three minute walk to the beach and the pub, and it was in many ways the perfect holiday base. There are, however, one or two things which held me back from giving a higher rating than I did: the cottage is reached by means of a long, narrow and winding road which must be negotiated every time you want to leave the village; some of the fittings are obviously quite old and show it, specifically the kitchen taps, which moved around on their bases every time they were turned on; and finally, while the cottage was, in general, well kept and prepared, closer inspection revealed some areas which simply had not been cleaned between visitors. Skirtings and the pipes behind the basin and toilet showed an accumulation of dust and dirt, and there was a considerable gathering of cobwebs behind the knife block in the kitchen and around the wood-burner and its alcove. Aside from these details, the cottage is an otherwise delightful holiday base, and I would certainly use it again.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay. The Owner is aware of your review and has addressed the cleaning points you have mentioned. We hope you'll choose Cockle Island Cott for a future holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Sep 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable and cosy cottage in a great location for exploring the Lizard peninsula."

    Good walks from the doorstep and lots of coves and cliffs to discover as long as you don't mind the narrow and winding roads of rural Cornwall

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2021

  • "All is well."

    Lovely cottage. Very comfortable See you again, next year

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful location and perfectly well serviced for a couple."

    It would have been great to have a BBQ.

    Reviewed by Jake4.1May 2021

  • "WiFi would be a valuable extra at this property as so many attractions need to booked online these days and there is no phone signal in the area either."

    Thank you for your feedback. You will be pleased to hear WIFI is now available at the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2021

  • "This was the first cottage that exceeded the description on line."

    Very tastefully decorated, lots of home comforts and immaculately clean - especially with Covid at present. Well tended private garden - not large but not overlooked. It's a place to return to again and again.

    Reviewed by Christa5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic location if you want a relaxing quiet holiday."

    Everything you need and lovely garden and walks from the cottage. Local pub very friendly and very good food. Beach very clean and not too busy. Sea lovely and clear great for swimming.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Aug 2020

  • "Everything was lovely we even had the best weather for that week."

    We didnt want to go home.The cottage had all we needed.The area of Porthallow is like a little paradise.thank you.Hope to go back again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2020

  • "A wonderful place to stay, loved the peace and quiet, the garden and friendly blackbird that sat by us on the patio."

    Would recommend to anybody looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The cottage itself was very cosy and comfortable, if there was anything I would change, would be to have a slightly bigger fridge. Porthallow was a lovely village, the Five Pilchards Inn, did great food and the hospitality was exceptional as was the Fat Apples Cafe. Be aware mobile phone signal was very patchy at best, although that didn't bother us. We would not hesitate to stay in this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Mandy4.7Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely setting, shame the 5 Pilchards was closed, but the 3 Pilchards made up for it."

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2019

  • "So perfect a location."

    Garden so lovely. Beach just a minute away.heaven on earth. I will return.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2019

  • "We love this cottage, we stayed here last year and were delighted to come back."

    Porthallow is such a peaceful place too

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2019

  • "Another lovely holiday at Cockle Island Cottage."

    The perfect place to go for a bit of peace and quiet in comfort

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Aug 2018

  • "We loved the cottage, spotlessly clean, well equipped, very comfortable and we loved the unspoilt nature of Porthallow and the proximity to coast path, beach and very good pub."

    It suited us perfectly

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "Cockle Island Cottage is everything you would want for a relaxing week away."

    The cottage is lovely and cosy and the welcome tray is a enjoyable bonus. We have been to the Cottage once before and hope to make a third visit sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2018

  • "Beautifully clean cottage, superb location - just 2 minutes walk to an unspoilt beach which was really safe to swim in."

    Lovely garden made it feel like home.

    Reviewed by Marc4.8Jul 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom
  • 1 x king-size double
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Electric heating and woodburner
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, DVD Player, satellite WiFi, Bose music system
  • Power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Off road parking for one car 10 metres from property
  • Lawned and paved garden
  • Sorry, no pets or children
  • Shop 2 miles
  • Beach and pub 5 minutes walk
  • Note: The Housekeeper will have to approve short break stays before they can be confirmed
  • Note: Short break bookings can only start on a Monday or a Friday.

The property

Set in the heart of the small fishing village of Porthallow and just a short stroll from a shingle beach and local pub, the cottage has a secluded south facing garden with patio and lawn. Cockle Island Cottage is cosy and comfortable in winter, with a wood burning stove in the lounge/dining room, and in summer the garden offers the opportunity for alfresco dining or have a BBQ on the beach.

The bedroom has a king size bed, the fitted kitchen is well equipped and the small shower room has driftwood shelves and a heated towel rail.

There are books and information about local walks in the lounge. The South West Coast Path is just 50 metres from the cottage, offering excellent coastal views across Falmouth Bay to St. Anthony's Head, and a beautiful walk to Gillan Creek and the Helford River.

Porthallow beach is used by local fishermen, and it is possible to drive onto the beach to launch canoes and dinghies.

The local pub by the beach is The Five Pilchards and offers a warm welcome to visitors.

A short walk from the beach on the St Keverne road, you will find a lovely café called Fat Apples which serves home cooked food; hearty breakfasts, scrummy cakes, and afternoon teas.

The village shops in St Keverne, just a couple of miles away, offer comprehensive supplies.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1065077, together sleeping up to four guests.

The Porthallow Cove Cottages

The Porthallow Cove Cottages consists of two wonderful cottages resting in the small fishing village of Porthallow, Cornwall. This collection offers a fantastic base just moment’s away from the beach, featuring an open-plan layout, well-equipped kitchens, and inviting living spaces with TVs, making it ideal for couples seeking a coastal retreat. Within Cockle Island, you can enjoy returning to pet-free accommodation with a crackling woodburning stove, an enclosed garden and valley views from the sitting room, whilst The Old Stable offers pet-friendly accommodation and a stylish mezzanine bedroom accessed via a sliding ladder and playful nautical décor. The surroundings enjoy the beautiful scenery of the east coast of The Lizard Peninsula, where you can find the nearby attractions of Porthkerris Divers, the South West Coast Path and Porthousestock Beach. If you don’t fancy cooking, treat your loved ones to a meal at the welcoming Five Pilchards Inn or the nearby Porthkerris Divers Beach Café, which offers locally sourced food with exceptional sea views. Venture further afield to Helston, where you can enjoy the attractions of The Museum of Cornish Life, Flambards Theme Park and the National Trust site of Penrose. For a memorable Cornish getaway, look no further than The Porthallow Cove Cottages.

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About the location


St Keverne 2m. Porthoustock 1.5m. Coverack 5m

is a small fishing village on the east coast of The Lizard peninsula to the south of the Helford River, in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Along the coast, to the north, is Gillan Creek and the Helford River, and to the south is the village of Porthoustock, and offshore The Manacles, a great hazard to shipping and a popular diving site for shipwrecks. The South West Coast Path passes through Porthallow which lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, especially renowned for it's geology and plants. One road runs through the village, and there is a post office and public house, the Five Pilchards, named for the pilchard fishery. The beach is privately owned with access open to all.

Note: Regretfully, children are not accepted at this property
Note: The Housekeeper will have to approve short break stays before they can be confirmed
Note: Short break bookings can only start on a Monday or a Friday.

Please Note: Cockle Island Cott will accept only bookings with Friday changeover for the Christmas and New Year week 2024

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas