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Wagtail Cottage

(Ref. 915191)

East Taphouse, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely friendly welcome, so helpful."

    The cottage had everything we needed and so comfortable.would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Mar 2024

  • "Quite honestly, there are insufficient superlatives to describe how wonderful Wagtail Cottage and the welcome from Sheila and Peter, from the feeling that we were the most important guests ever visiting the cottage, with absolutely everything provided, beautifully furnished and appointed with minute attention to detail, (having spent my entire working life in the hospitality sector I do know what I am talking about} and as it all that were not enough, a Cornish cream tea with home made scones and grape jam was an inspired touch, I have be doing staycation self catering holidays for over thirty years and our week at Wagtail was, as the songstress says "Simply the best" thank you so much Sheila and Peter, we will be back!"

    ! Philip Milloy-Robinson XX

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2023

  • "Sheila met us on arrival and gave us a tour of the cottage and guidance of places to visit nearby and recommendations for places to eat."

    The cottage was very clean and had everything that you could need. The beds were very comfortable and it had a lovely shower. On arrival we were greeted with some home made scones, jam, milk & cream. which was a lovely welcome after travelling all day. The cottage was in an Ideal location for visiting many places on the coast.. Would definitely recommend the cottage to family & friends and would stay again when in the area.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic location very clean Sheila met us on arrival have us a lovely tour ..."

    Fantastic location very clean Sheila met us on arrival have us a lovely tour around the cottage then left us with a tea and scones We had a lovely week and definitely go back thanks for a lovely stay

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need as a home from home."

    Welcomed by owners Sheila and Peter who showed us where everyting was and even provided afternoon tea. Beds really comfy. Shower and bathroom great. Nice little private garden with furniture to relax in. Ideal location for many places to visit on both South and North coasts. Will definitely stay again when in the area.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wagtail Cottage is very well maintained and amongst the cleanest places we've stayed in."

    The garden is great, with a nice covered area for eating and space and toys for children to play. We don't stay in many 4 or 5 star hotels, but we do stay in a lot of self-catering cottages around the UK and we would happily stay here again. The hosts are really friendly and were there to provide a warm welcome and help out with anything we needed, whilst not feeling like they were on top of us. The cottage has everything you need - from a well provisioned, compact, kitchen to books and garden games. The only slight downsides were the shower which, although really good, is too high for children to use on their own and the description needs updating as there is no longer a communal play area (but the enclosed private garden was ample anyway).

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to review Wagtail Cottage, we very much appreciate it. We have tried to provide extra toys and games for both adults and children to enjoy in the absence of the play area. It was reported on several occasions and requests made to have the play area removed from the cottage details, but unfortunately it wasn’t done. I hope it wasn’t too much of a disappointment for you, but I am glad to say it has now been removed from the cottage description. With reference to the height of the shower controls, as I explained at the time, this was a deliberate decision for health and safely reasons. We felt that for young children using a shower unattended could result in scalds. The controls are at a height comfortable for most adults. Thank you again for your very kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2023

  • "We visit Cornwall on a regular basis and prefer to stay in 4 or 5 star accommodation."

    This is by far the worst accommodation we have stayed in. The furnishings were tired, the bedding was washed out, and the array of plastic flowers and foliage were dust traps. The whole place would benefit from a deep clean. We found it so depressing that we cut our stay short by three days.

    For anyone reading this review, please take the time to read our many previous reviews, as these will give a far more accurate, constant and honest account of our cottage and how we run it. Our soft furnishings were replaced in the lounge in June of this year, and the bedding is certainly not washed out or worn. There are no plastic flowers in the cottage, but quality silk displays from Scots of Stow and are kept free of dust. Both bedding and floral displays could have been changed or removed on request, and in ten years of welcoming guests to the cottage we have never had a cleanliness issue. The guests, were asked during their stay if we could do anything for them, and they assured us everything was fine, therefore we were not given the opportunity to address any issues. We are always available to to guests throughout their stay and are more than happy to help in any way we can. To say the cottage was so depressing they had to leave is grossly unfair, perhaps the very bad weather experienced that week had a part to play in their decision to return home. We will continue to give our guests a very warm welcome and provide a wonderful base in which to enjoy this beautiful part of Cornwall. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin1.3Sep 2022

  • "The host was warm and welcoming and very informative."

    The facility was just right for our needs and quite comfortable. The surrounding were peaceful and beautiful.

    Thank you for taking the time to review Wagtail Cottage, and for awarding us a 100% rating. We were so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Sheila & Peter. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Wagtail Cottage."

    A really comfortable well-appointed cottage in a quiet woodland location The hosts, Sheila & Peter were very welcoming and helpful There is good access down to the farm from the main road I would definitely turn your sat nav off and follow the instructions provided by your hosts, otherwise you end up on a bit of an off-road excursion

    Thank you for taking the time to review Wagtail Cottage. We were so glad you enjoyed your holiday with us and would love to welcome you back sometime in the future. Peter & Sheila. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage equipped with everything you could possibly need, include a covered garden area."

    We had a wonderful time.

    Thank you for taking the trouble to review Wagtail Cottage. We were so very pleased you both enjoyed the cottage and sitting in the garden. Peter and Sheila. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Josette5.0Sep 2022

  • "Our holiday in Cornwall to celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary was absolutely wonderful but it was made extra special because of where we stayed."

    Wagtail Cottage was totally delightful in every way. A beautiful spotlessly clean and very well equipped cottage with everything you could possibly need. The cottage is set in a truly peaceful and tranquil setting which is exactly what we needed. The views were amazing. The locality was perfect for being able to visit all the places we had on our list and we covered many! At the end of our busy and fun day we would return to this gem where we stayed and it felt like our home. This is just what you need when you go on holiday. Our family visited from Redruth and there were toys and puzzles etc. The lovely garden to sit in and the fields across the way to go and look at the horses. So thank you to lovely Sheila and Peter for your warm welcome and information on things to do and places to go. For being on hand if we had any questions. For the bottle of wine and card not to mention the delicious jar of grape jam from your very own vines! We really hope to return to Cornwall one day and revist Wagtail Cottage. I can hear it calling our names! With best wishes from Michele and Rod Jones from Whitstable Kent.

    Thank you for your wonderful review, we appreciate it very much. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than to hear that guests have enjoyed their time with us. We were so pleased to be able to help make your anniversary special and we were glad you enjoyed your day. Looking forward to seeing you on your next visit. Sheila & Peter. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rodrick5.0Aug 2022

  • "Perfect little cottage, the owners were amazing and on hand should there be anything you needed, but the cottage has Everything you would need or could think of."

    The beds are very comfortable which is something I worry about on holiday nut here there is no need. The gardens are mature and lush and the seating area a lovely place to relax. There are horses in a paddock just outside the garden and my grandson delighted in seeing them daily. The information given to us was thorough and informative. Sheila and Peter were there to welcome us with a homemade cream tea, lovely hosts and lovely cottage. We will return.

    Thank you for taking the time to review Wagtail Cottage, we very much appreciate it. Sheila and Peter. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tara4.7Aug 2022

  • "Upon arrival Sheila and Peter gave us a tour of the cottage."

    Everything you could possibly need is catered for including an enormous TV and wi-fi. The beds were comfy and the surrounding gardens well kept. Navigating to the cottage by means of the postal code doesn't quite get you there but once found access is easy. Regards, Piet

    Thank you for your kind comments concerning Wagtail Cottage, we were so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Piet4.7Jul 2022

  • "A fabulous cottage in an ideal location."

    Sheila and Peter so helpful lots of recommendations of places to visit. The cottage was immaculate with everything you need and more, Sheila has furnished it beautifully. Very much enjoyed feeding the birds and counting the variety that visited the garden and WOW what an amazing orange worm moon rising just before we left. Lovely cream tea on arrival, loved the grape jam, delicious! So many places to visit, so we need to come back and continue the exploring the area and further afield. Margaret and Ray Nicholls.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Mar 2022

  • "Wagtail Cottage is a quiet and peaceful haven."

    Set in beautiful countryside, but not far to travel by car to local attractions. The cottage was beautiful and had everything we needed for our stay. The beds were very comfortable! Sheila welcomed us warmly on arrival, giving us lots of information about the local area. Cakes and treats were laid out on the table which was really thoughtful, and a travel cot/highchair were supplied for our little one. Both of our children loved feeding the birds daily with the bird seed Sheila gave us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return in the future!

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Oct 2021

  • "On arrival we were greeted by Sheila, who couldn't wait to show us comprehensively around Wagtail Cottage."

    It has everything you could need and crucially, there is a freezer - perfect for ice packs to take delightful local produce on a lengthy journey hone in what is laughingly called the British Summer. Many holiday cottages don't even have an ice box which is just unnecessarily too basic. Wagtail Cottage is rural, no road traffic sounds and only nature all around. Feeding the birds is a must and bird seed is kindly supplied - top marks - and the little feathered friends hang around in the bushes, pretty much waiting for you to put more out! A small, covered outside space allows relaxing and winding down after a day of sightseeing. Ah, yes, on to the beds, often a cause for disappointment. Not here. I can confidently say the bed was the best I've had in a Sykes Cottage and we've used Sykes for many years. Sheila almost apologised for it being higher than normal off the floor. I would have happily used a stepladder to sleep on this one! The beds and comprehensive fittings are standard across all their cottages on the complex, mind you, you can't hear anyone else. The owners were on hand most of our week and even sought us out her and there, Sheila especially eager to know if we were comfortable and all was good and was quite lovely to talk with. That level of friendly customer service is often absent elsewhere - other holiday cottage owners should seriously take note. Granted, there are good 'uns out there and I've dealt with a fair few. But you feel the absence of others after accidentally stumbling upon them on arrival, then never seeing them again. If basic things are broken or missing and need replenishing, phoning up is fine, but can feel anonymous, rather like complaining in your normal life. For the money holiday cottages cost (which is currently increasing quickly), patrons deserve better. I could go on longer, so I say if this is available, just book it - you won't be disappointed.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Sep 2021

  • "A comfortable cottage ideally situated between Bodmin Moor and the coast"

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was spotless."

    The peace and quiet was amazing. The hosts, Sheila and Peter, were lovely. Lots to do in the area. A really lovely, relaxing holiday with the added bonus of a cream tea awaiting us on our arrival (with homemade grape jelly!!!).

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2021

  • "Well kitted out."

    Comfy beds. Great location for both coasts. Easy and enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2021

  • "Certain kitchen equipment was sadly lacking, decent non stick frying pan, orange juicer."

    Chairs in living room were not the most comfortable, no foot rest. No black out curtains. The bed was nice and comfortable that gave us a good night sleep. Shower was good and powerful. Nice well kept garden.

    We pride ourselves on providing a huge amount of kitchen equipment at the cottage, including a juice extractor, I'm sorry that you missed it. I could even have provided an electric one if you had asked me. There are two frying pans, the larger one is stainless steel, but either could have been changed on request. The suite is a good quality leather, but of course everyone's taste is different. We don't provide recliners because of health & safety reasons, if children are staying at the cottage little fingers can get trapped. We could have provided you with footstools if required, but we have never been asked for them before. Blackout curtains again, is something we have never had a comment about. I think you will agree, I did ask you at intervals during your stay, if you had everything you needed as I would have been more than happy to provide anything you wanted. In addition, I make all my guests aware i am available at any time to deal with queries and requests. I was happy to hear you found the beds comfortable and the shower good. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun3.8Aug 2021

  • "The welcome we recieved from Sheila, the owner, couldn't have been any more welcoming."

    So warm and friendly. And the cottage, wow! So homely and cosy. Everything you need, a home from home. And the bonus of a cream tea waiting for us when we arrived was a lovely surprise! Fantastic place to stay.

    Reviewed by Tarina5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was excellently appointed with everything you could need for a great holiday including a cream tea on arrival!"

    It is well situated for touring inland and both the North and South Cornwall coasts. Many local pubs for eating but can definitely recommend The Lanivet Arms only 20 mins away.

    Reviewed by Stanley5.0Jun 2021

  • "As is often the case, the pictures of the cottage made it appear bigger so we were surprised how small the kitchen and lounge was."

    The owners provided everything we needed so cooking was easy. The only problem we found was the sofa was not the comfiest, but we got round this by watching TV in bed.

    We are so sorry to hear that you didn't feel the photographs of the property were a true representation, this is not something that has been brought to our attention before. When it comes to comfort we understand that it is a very personal thing and won't be everyone's comfort preference, however, the sofa is 2 years old and many guests have praised us on how comfortable they have found the property. We appreciate your feedback comments as well as the positive note you left in the guestbook. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Jun 2021

  • "This cottage was a great find."

    It’s a lovely spot. I’m not sure the pictures do it full credit. We particularly appreciated the outside courtyard garden and additional lawned area with countryside views. It’s also superbly positioned for both the North and South Cornish coasts. Peter and Sheila were excellent hosts with a genuine desire to make the guest experience the best possible. The homemade grape jam (from vines at the cottage) as part of a welcoming cream tea exemplified this. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0May 2021

  • "A magical week at Wagtail Cottage, despite the wet weather!"

    The pictures really don't do the cottage justice, it's beautifully furnished, oozes in character and charm and Sheila and Peter have thought of everything its the best equipped Cottage I've stayed in !,the private garden is a delight and if you love birds you will be in your elements, ideally located to visit the Eden Project and many NT properties and Trago Mills less than 10 mins away. Lovely tranquil location and the homemade cream tea on arrival was a lovely touch If you are thinking about booking ,do it, you really won't regret it ,Poldark Cottage next door is also owned by Sheila and Peter

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2021

  • "Nice and quiet with a good location"

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2020

  • "Hosts Sheila and Peter were exceptionally welcoming and helpful - greeted us on arrival and put themselves at our disposal."

    Peaceful location, comfy beds and generally well equipped.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was a delight - the online photos don’t do it justice, hence the ‘grading’ for the listing above."

    It’s a wonderfully peaceful location with great outdoor space yet only minutes away from the main road networks and places to visit, such as Looe, Polperro, Fowey, the Eden Project, The Duchy of Cornwall, The Lost Gardens of Helligan, Charlestown, etc - the list goes on. The cottage itself has everything (and more!) that you could possibly need for your stay and, should you think up something additional, I have no doubt that Sheila and Peter would do all they could to sort it for you. They were wonderful hosts, making us feel completely at home from the outset. The cream tea (with homemade grape jelly...from the cottage’s own vines!) and chocolates on our arrival were also a lovey surprise - thank you! Overall, a wonderfully clean, well equipped, well located and wonderfully hosted cottage. Would easily recommend.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jul 2020

  • "Something happened on booking."

    I put in the dates from mon 14- sat19. Somehow the website tried to book from sat- i managed to get really confused and booked 12-17. Couldnt change it. Pity. Expensive mistake so probably wont use the site again.

    If you wish to discuss or elaborate more on the issues raised, please feel free to contact the Sykes office on the details below, quoting your booking reference number and any other information that may assist us in providing the best possible outcome and customer service. Lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Oct 2019

  • "Wagtail cottage was small but perfectly formed."

    Sheila and Peter went out of their way to provide a warm welcome despite the cold wet weather. Not having stayed in this part of Cornwall before, we really appreciated the stack of "we have eaten well here and you may enjoy it too" menus. We had a lovely meal at the Smugglers Cott in Looe and really recommend it.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was brilliant, with a vine-covered patio for breakfast, decent-size kitchen with everything you could possibly need and more."

    Everything had been thought about to make our stay comfortable from the start - we did not have to go shopping for the basics like kitchen towels, toilet paper, washing-up liquid, sponge or sugar! The landlady had prepared a Cornish cream tea for our arrival. A little quiet backwater that you could easily miss on your way to more popular destinations. And easy access to the coast, for walks, the Eden Project, farm shops and the general Cornish beauty. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Terri5.0Aug 2019

  • "Wagtail cottage is a beautiful little cottage with everything you could need."

    The owners Sheila and Peter are a lovely couple, very helpful. We will definately be booking to go again

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2019

  • "Both Sheila and Peter were welcoming on our arrival."

    The Cottage was immaculate, gorgeous Cornish cream tea waiting for us. Very relaxing holiday would certainly recommend any of their cottages to anyone.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Jun 2019

  • "Our holiday at Wagtail Cottage was wonderful from start to finish ."

    We were greeted by the owners with a lovely cream tea and also a chocolate rabbit for my granddaughter . The cottage is beautiful with everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday . The kitchen is well equipped , and very clean . The lounge is very comfortable with a large flat screen tv . We had excellent weather for March , but it was lovely to have the woodburner for the evenings . Both bedrooms have very comfortable beds , and the added bonus of a tv in each. The cottage is in a lovely quiet rural location , but is well situated for visiting many places in Cornwall . We enjoyed days out in Polperro , Fowey and Looe . The Jubilee Inn is a five minute drive away , and we had a lovely meal there one evening . The cottage garden is very pretty with table ,chairs and a bench too . It was also good to have the large parking space .

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage was cosy beautifully furnished and superbly clean."

    It had everything we needed and more

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2018

  • "Enjoyable stay in a quiet and peaceful setting."

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Jul 2018

  • "Everything we could have wished for, would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jun 2018

  • "Wagtail cottage meets ever expectation beautiful setting quiet location ..."

    Wagtail cottage meets ever expectation beautiful setting quiet location equipped with everything you may need situated within short distance of many of the main attraction this is our second holiday at the same location would highly recommend it

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2018

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

    The owners met us on arrival and were very pleasant and helpful. Sheila showed us around the cottage and Peter helped us to light the log burner. There was tea and a lovely chocolate cake waiting for us on arrival. The beds were extremely comfortable. Even though the weather was not too good being January, we still enjoyed our stay very much and would be very happy to stay again. We enjoyed feeding the birds in the garden with the seeds which were also provided. Really quiet location ideal to relax and unwind but not too far from Looe which we love. Liskeard is not far and has a large Morrison's supermarket which is handy, and the station which is ideal for travelling to other parts of Cornwall such as st Ives and Penzance.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jan 2018

  • "This is the cottage which sets the standard for others to follow."

    On first entering the property we were met with a hospitality tray complete with chocolate tea and cake. The cottage is superbly equipped with everything you could think of. even down to bird seed for the bird table. It couldn't be faulted. The cottage itself is immaculate every room is pristine. There is a nice little area at the front where you can relax eat or just watch the birds at the feeder. It is set in a lovely lane a few miles inland om the coast. The nearest seaside places being Polperro, East and West Looe and Fowey. Bodmin moor is a short distance away. We had a lovely time, and travelled all over beautiful Cornwall, but a week was too short to go everywhere, so we have booked two weeks next year. Peter and Sheila have done their utmost to ensure a comfortable welcoming break and we have no hesitation in recommending this cottage. 10 out of 10.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with all the home comforts and in a beautiful location."

    We would have no qualms in recommending this cottage. The home owners have thought of everything and more ....the cake on arrival was a lovely added touch . Thanks Peter and Sheila

    Reviewed by Deborah4.8Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was warm and comfortable, and had a very full inventory."

    It was also probably the cleanest cottage we've stayed in. The owners are also very friendly and helpful. It's a good central location in Cornwall, with easy access to main roads, but far enough away to be in the country.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Jan 2017

  • "This cottage was everything we could wish for and more!"

    Sheila and Peter provide everything, and the cottage far exceeded expectations. It was idyllic, admittedly not for everyone because of remote location, but for us it was perfect! Many thanks. Mandy and Mick

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Sep 2016

  • "Fantastic week at Wagtail Cottage, everything we needed was there, child-friendly - my two loved it!"

    We would not hesitate to book again!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2016

  • "We have stayed in many cottages in Cornwall, all have been extremely difficult to get to with the track roads ."

    We had no issues with the cottage as it is straight off the main road. The cottage itself was well equipt . It is a very pretty spot . The owners are very helpful and extremely nice people , we will be staying in one of their cottages again in the future .

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2016

  • "Beautiful cottage containing all we needed for an enjoyable stay."

    Quiet location with easy access to Cornwall's attractions. Lovely touch to be welcomed by a tea tray containing cake! Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.6Jul 2016

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  • All ground floor to sleep 4 guests
  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x king-size double (zip/link, can be twins on request), 1 x double
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD, high speed fibre WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent excluding use for charging electric cars
  • Starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent 1st Nov to 30th Apr, at other times fuel for woodburner is available locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • On site off-road parking for 1 large or 2 small cars with additional parking nearby
  • Private enclosed lawned garden with covered patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.9 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: One step into bathroom
  • Note: Please be advised that there is no electric car charge facility at this property., charging of electric cars is not permitted as part of your booking.

The property

This character cottage forms part of the south wing of a beautifully converted courtyard of ancient farm buildings known as Higher Penhole Farm Cottages, believed to have once formed part of the Lanhydrock Estate.

In a very private location, the cottage is approached from the brick paved parking area, across a private extensive lawn to the inner garden.

Here you will be greeted by a wealth of flowers and shrubs with a further lawned area.

A covered patio area also awaits you with a prolific grape vine growing over it, perfect for an afternoon tea, an evening tipple or an alfresco meal at any time.

From the moment you step out of your car you will notice the peace and quiet of the Cornish countryside, interrupted only by the sounds of the wild birds that live in the surrounding trees.

From the garden gate you can enjoy views south over the surrounding farmland and down the wooded valley to the ancient deer park.

At night you will be amazed by the sight of millions of stars and planets, if you have clear skies, as light pollution is minimal.

The quality furnishings in the cottage include a leather suite in the lounge as well as a king size bed in the main bedroom, that can be split into two single beds on request.

A further double bed can be found in the second bedroom.

The contemporary tiled bathroom includes a walk-in shower and a heated towel rail, to keep your towels, warm and dry.

Please note that there is one small step into the bathroom from the hall.

Heating is provided by an oil filled electric radiator in the lounge, which is thermostat controlled, and electric, thermostat controlled, heaters in the hallway and both bedrooms.

In addition, there is also a good sized log and coal burner in the lounge which can provide very cosy nights in, even in the depth of winter.

Please note that that logs and coal will be provided for your first night at the cottage from October to March inclusive.

An exceptionally well-equipped kitchen provides a full-sized fridge freezer, an oven with ceramic hob, as well as a microwave oven, a dishwasher and a washer /drier (a washing line and pegs are to hand), and a wealth of other kitchen equipment you may need for your holiday.

In the lounge there is a large flat screen TV with a Humax Freeview box and a DVD player as well as a music centre with CD player and a selection of DVD's and CDs for your use when you want to wind down after a busy day on the beach or exploring the delights of Cornwall.

There are also TV's and DVD players in each of the bedrooms and, a selection of books and games for you to use.

Wagtail Cottage lies only nine miles from each of the ancient fishing villages of Polperro and Looe and at Looe there is also a fine beach which all the family can enjoy, whilst still having access to the shops and pubs, cafes and restaurants that are throughout the town.

You can also enjoy boat trips from the centre of the town, including fishing trips and tours of Looe Island which now comprises a famous wildlife haven.

As well as being close to Looe and Polperro and, only a few miles further on to the sailing village of Fowey, famous for its connections with Daphne du Maurier , Wagtail Cottage is only seven miles from the village of Lostwithiel, the former ancient capital of Cornwall and where the Black Knight once resided at Restormel Castle, which you can visit.

It is an interesting village with individual shops, including antique shops, and cafes and restaurants, as well as several pubs.

Sitting on the banks of the River Fowey you can enjoy beautiful walks from there along the riverside.

To the north you can visit the famous Jamaica Inn, only twelve miles away in the centre of Bodmin Moor.

Other interesting places nearby include Bodmin, famous for its steam railway and its infamous jail, both of which you can visit, and Charlestown Harbour famous for its tall ships, which has been featured in many films and TV series including the latest tv version of Poldark.

You can also visit The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Carnglaze Caverns, all within just a few miles.

There is just so much to do in this beautiful part of Cornwall which is just a short drive from the city of Plymouth in Devon.

For food buffs there are the famous Rick Stein restaurants near Padstow, on the north coast, where you can also visit Wadebridge and the famous surfing capital, Newquay with its beautiful beaches and Tintagel, believed to have been the seat of King Arthur. Whatever sports or activities you enjoy whether it be walking, swimming surfing, sail boarding or cycling, or just relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery, there is plenty to enjoy in this wonderful part of Cornwall, and Wagtail Cottage is a perfect place to create a truly memorable holiday.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref. 926203, together they sleep six people.

Higher Penhole Farm Cottages

East Taphouse 1.5 miles. As you drive along the private road leading to Higher Penhole Farm, you can't fail to be taken in by the far reaching countryside views. These superb, semi-detached barn conversions are set within a small cluster of cottages, in rural farmland near East Taphouse, midway between South Cornwall’s stunning coast and moorland. Located in a quiet courtyard setting and surrounded by plenty of open space, lush meadows and wildlife, these cottages provide an ideal base to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These beautiful cottages combine open beams with modern and character furnishings to create a superbly presented holiday home for couples, families and friends. Each of the cottages offer a garden for soaking up the sun's rays, and children will love the communal grounds, which surround the group of cottages, from where you may be lucky enough to spot rabbits and deer. Higher Penhole Farm is located just a short drive from Cornwall’s south coast with its popular fishing and sailing villages of Fowey, Looe and pretty Polperro, plus endless choice of beaches. Attractions within easy reach include Bodmin Moor, The Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Lanhydrock House, whilst the marine city of Plymouth is also easily reached with its historic Barbican Theatre, National Aquarium and a selection of restaurants, theatres and shops. You’ll never be short of things to do and places to visit, making these pretty cottages a great base for your Cornish getaway.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Liskeard 5 miles; Polperro 9 miles; Looe 9 miles.

The small village of East Taphouse is located on the A390 in the heart of the beautiful Cornish countryside, perfectly situated for exploring all that Cornwall and Devon have to offer. Located between the historic market towns of Liskeard to the east and the ancient stannary town of Lostwithiel to the west, there is also easy access to the picturesque old fishing ports of Looe, Polperro and Fowey and many spectacular sandy beaches and coves on the South Coast, whilst the rugged and dramatic Bodmin Moor is just 10 minutes to the north. You can also visit the famous Jamaica Inn resting in the centre of Bodmin Moor. Close by is the Eden Project, the magnificent Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the Carnglaze Caverns, along with many National Trust properties such as Lanhydrock and Cothele. Bodmin, famous for its steam railway and its infamous jail, and the tall ship harbour at Charlestown are also nearby and well worth a visit. Charlestown has been featured in many films and TV series including the latest TV series of 'Poldark'. Further afield, Plymouth is only a 30-minute drive away, as is the windswept northern coastline from Dartmoor to Land's End all accessible for an enjoyable day out. For food buffs there are the famous Rick Stein restaurants near Padstow, on the north coast, where you can also visit Wadebridge and the famous surfing capital, Newquay with its beautiful beaches and Tintagel, believed to have been the seat of King Arthur.

Note: Please be advised that there is no electric car charge facility at this property, charging of electric cars is not permitted as part of your booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas