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Wagtail Cottage

East Taphouse, Cornwall (Ref. 915191)



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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
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Reviews & Ratings

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "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 RachelOct 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 AdrianSep 2021

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

    Reviewed by jennySep 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 GailSep 2021

  • "Well kitted out."

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

    Reviewed by DeborahAug 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 ShaunAug 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 TarinaJul 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 StanleyJun 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 PatriciaJun 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 NeilMay 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 CarolineMay 2021

  • "Nice and quiet with a good location"

    Reviewed by DerekSep 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 PaulAug 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 IanJul 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 SandraOct 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 DianneSep 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 TerriAug 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 LisaJul 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 ChristinaJun 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 JillMar 2019

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

    It had everything we needed and more

    Reviewed by CarolineOct 2018

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

    Reviewed by EileenJul 2018

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

    Reviewed by JuliaJun 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 PeterJun 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 WendyJan 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 PatriciaSep 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 DeborahSep 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 RobinJan 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 MandySep 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 KarenAug 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 TracyAug 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 MichelleJul 2016

  • "A fantastic cottage which exceeded our expectations, it is so quaint, in a lovely setting, relaxing and everything you need for a great holiday."

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2016

  • "Wagtail Cottage is a charming cottage with lovely period features."

    Very comfortable beds. Plenty of space which can be unusual in a country cottage. Really could not find any fault at all! Will definitely be recommending to friends and will be looking to stay again when I holiday again in Cornwall in the future.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2016

  • "Such a heaven Wagtail Cottage was; very clean, very neat, well equipped, even intentionally you cant find a flaw in it, a lovely environment, The owner was friendly, helpful and very thoughtful about our needs, would certainly recommend to friends."

    Reviewed by HariharanMar 2016

  • "The Cottage was very cosy and situated in a very quite area."

    Ideal for just getting away from it all.

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2015

  • "This Cottage is ideally located for exploring all of Cornwall and West Devon."

    The Cottage is very well appointed and our hosts are very welcoming and helpful. Cornwall is breathtaking and there are lots of different things to see and do.

    Reviewed by Peter & SusanSep 2015

  • "The cottage was lovely and in an excellent location for visiting many of the towns and villages in the area."

    There was plenty of space for the four of us; having two double bedrooms was a bonus as well. The shower was super, the sofas were comfy and the televisions in the bedrooms were a luxury.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2015

  • "The cottage was entirely up to our expectations, very complete and comfortable."

    Lots to do and visit in the area.

    Reviewed by JacobJul 2015

  • "Had a lovely welcome from the owners and they also contacted us before we left home."

    The Cottage was excellent, quiet and in the perfect location for the places we wanted to visit.

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2015

  • "A well presented clean, comfortable cottage, everything needed was supplied."

    Reviewed by JoanMar 2015

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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.

The property

This character cottage boasts accommodation all on the ground floor and combines open beams with modern and character furnishings to create a homely cottage for four people.

There is a large sitting room with dining area complete with a woodburner for cosy nights in, a well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen and two bedrooms sharing a shower room, offering flexible accommodation.

The cottage garden includes a private covered patio for soaking up the sun's rays, with two enclosed lawns perfect for children, an ideal spot to sit and relax after an exciting day spent discovering the Cornish coast and countryside.

This pretty cottage offers a wonderful holiday home for your Cornish getaway.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref. 926203 and 1010127, together they sleep can 10 people.


  • All ground floor
  • 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, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • 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
  • Off-road parking for 1 large or 2 small cars
  • Private enclosed lawned garden with covered patio and furniture
  • Shared use of children's play area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.9 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: One step into bathroom

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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. Close by is the Eden Project along with the magnificent Lost Gardens of Heligan and many National Trust properties such as Lanhydrock and Cothele. Bodmin steam railway and the tall ship harbour at Charlestown are also nearby and well worth a visit. Further afield, Plymouth is only a 30-minute drive away as is the windswept northern coastline, with Padstow, Newquay, Tintagel and anywhere from Dartmoor to Land's End all accessible for an enjoyable day out.

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