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Bell Buoy Cottage

(Ref. 1077040)

Morwenstow, Cornwall Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage for our wonderful Autumn stay."

    I know it's an old property, but the amount of cobwebs around the lights and especially behind the headboards of the single beds were a little off putting - a good vacuum would sort this. Lots of clutter, ornaments etc, where you could see that they've been polished around. Too many plates cups and too much cutlery for a cottage sleeping only 4. The bathroom light is temperamental. The fire in the living roomed worked, however the display did not light up. The upstairs main bedroom the floorboards move so much we were worried the wardrobe and chest of drawers would tip over, or the ornaments would fall and smash. Please remember to take a toilet roll as we arrived before going to the shops and there wasn't no toilet roll at all. However we did have a lovely stay, during storm Ciarán, we certainly couldn't hear much of the bad weather from inside the cottage and we were warm enough. A well stocked shop a short walk down the road and a lovely café. We would like to return to this beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by Marie2.5Oct 2023

  • "Black mould appeared on the bathroom shower wall after the first week."

    There was also mould on the kitchen bread board. We would think the cottage would be damp in winter. The bedroom floorboards really do need nailing down as the room shakes when walking across the room. A coffee table would be very useful in the living room. Also a timer switch for the immersion - not expensive.

    Dear Mr Pike,Thank you for your feedback and for the very good suggestions for table and timer. The original floorboards upstairs were refitted when the cottage was restored and we decided to keep them as we love the old wood, but the floor is certainly sprung and “alive”. It’s very concerning that you encountered black mould in the bathroom and we will ensure this is treated and also that the breadboard is replaced. Thank you for bringing these matters to our attention. All very best Simon&Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bob3.8Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was Beautiful, exactly as described and more, everything we needed was available."

    The cottage was emaculate, the garden was perfect for our dog. It was situated within easy access to everywhere. We were made to feel very welcomed.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Bell Buoy Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had a lovely break the cottage was beautiful, well equipped with loads of amenities you wouldn’t normally expect."

    Best of all it’s dog friendly with loads of dog friendly beaches too. If you’re 6’4 like me take a hard hat those wooden beams and door frames are not forgiving. The Good News is, in the main bedroom there’s plenty of standing room, my wife is only 5’0, it was the perfect home from home for a hobbit, she breezed through the whole cottage without a care in the world. I would love ❤️ to stop however reality calls - in short it was a beautiful autumn break and one I’d love to relive.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Oct 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay and felt welcome immediately with the kind gesture of Milk, Tea, Coffee etc."

    Accommodation was clean and incredibly comfortable, garden was lovely with beautiful views across the Cornish countryside, can even sea the Atlantic. Overall a very pleasant stay and we have every intention of returning at the earliest opportunity.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2021

  • "A quaint cottage in a peaceful location."

    The good weather really made the holiday. Plenty of beaches and walks in the area.

    Reviewed by Allan4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, great location, just far enough away from the very busy big resorts."

    Beautiful local beaches and plenty of places to explore. Milk, tea, biscuits on arrival was a lovely touch and fab after a long journey. Had a fantastic week once I had learnt to duck

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Aug 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x twin
  • Downstairs bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with inglenook fireplace
  • Electric oil filled radiators in each room plus electric woodburning effect stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine
  • TV, CD, DVD and WiFi
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, stairgate and travel cot available
  • Off-road designated parking space for 1 car
  • Enclosed multi-level back garden with patio, lawned area, gravelled area, furniture and parasol
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (no puppies under one year)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 mile, pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: The property has uneven floors and low ceilings; please take care
  • Note: There are narrow and steep steps within the property that may note be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: There are stone steps in the back garden, please take care
  • Note: Please do not light any naked flames or barbecues as the property is thatched

The property

Nestled in the little village of Shop, Morwenstow, near Kilkhampton and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is this idyllic thatched terraced house, Bell Buoy Cottage, with the original cast iron bell buoy (now covered in honeysuckle) tucked into the pretty cobbled garden beside the green front door.

Situated adjacent to fields and farmland, the property has beautiful views across the rolling Cornish countryside to the distant sea.

It is within 2 miles of the Hartland Heritage Coast and Marsland Nature Reserve, making a superb base from which to explore the riches of the area for a group of four.

Park your vehicle opposite in the handy off-road parking space, before entering this cosy cottage with its many original features including an inglenook fireplace with clome oven, ancient wooden and flagstone flooring and rustic exposed beams.

Unwind in the cosy sitting room with its vintage furniture and watch a family-favourite on the TV/DVD; in winter, put on the stove for extra warmth and snuggle up!

Continue through to the quirky yet well-equipped kitchen and watch the village world go by from the window seat as a loved one prepares a fabulous meal; hob, oven, microwave, fridge and a washing machine are all on hand for your convenience.

Enjoy lunch in the bright and pleasant dining room with its wood panelled wall and pretty décor or under the parasol on the charming patio with its steps and flowers.

Alternatively, dine al fresco at the wooden picnic table on the gravelled terrace at the top of the sunny, south facing cottage garden, looking out over those wonderful views and watching the birds and butterflies.

In the evening, climb the winding wooden stairs to two pretty bedrooms, one double with a vaulted ceiling and wide, polished floorboards, the other a sweet twin room that is perfect for the kids.

The bathroom downstairs with its green mosaic tiles is furnished with a bath with an overhead electric shower and a heated towel rail to dry off wet swimming gear.

You don't have to travel far for your amenities; enjoy a morning coffee with more lovely views, and afterwards pick up a wide range of fresh local produce from the well-stocked village shop and café only a few hundred metres down the road, then set off to explore the area.

There are many stunning walks to be reached within minutes including the spectacular South West Coast path with its 300ft high jagged cliffs and pounding Atlantic waves.

At Morwenstow, wander through the pretty churchyard and see the graves of ship-wrecked sailors or visit Hawker’s Hut – the tiny lookout built on the cliff top by the eccentric poet Parson Hawker.

Next, visit the 13th Century Bush Inn for lunch or the wonderful Rectory Tea Rooms for a magnificent traditional cream tea (they can also provide delicious picnics for you with a day’s notice).

Marsland Nature Reserve is another local jewel – a magical, remote area with an air of secrecy, straddling the Devon/Cornwall border, brimming with wildlife and including ancient woodland, deep valleys and butterfly-filled meadows.

Or you could travel north to Hartland and visit the stately home of Hartland Abbey, only a short walk from the enchanting Speke’s Mill Mouth Waterfall before enjoying a cream tea in the beautiful gardens at Docton Mill.

If you would like a day by the sea, the gorgeous National Trust beach at Sandymouth with its backdrop of sheer cliffs offers miles of exposed sand reaching as far as Bude and beyond when the tide is out.

It is very popular with families as well as surfers and often much quieter than the other main beaches.

There are also toilets and a delightful café if you don’t want to take a picnic.

If you prefer the bustle of the town however, Bude is only 10 miles away and offers excellent shopping and eateries in the charming winding streets.

There is also the huge Sea Pool at Summerleaze beach where even the youngest visitors can enjoy safe swimming whatever the tidal conditions.

On a rainy day, discover the fascinating story of Cornwall’s ‘forgotten genius’ (the inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney) and the history of steam carriages and limelight at Bude Castle Heritage Centre, or take the kids for a fun-packed day out at The Milky Way Adventure Park.

There is so much to do and see here with something to interest everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

For a brilliant time in Cornwall with your loved ones, come to Bell Buoy Cottage to relax and to begin your adventure.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Kilkhampton 6 miles; Bude 10 miles.

Morwenstow is a rural hamlet set within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, approximately ten miles north of the coastal resort of Bude, complete with a well-respected pub (the 13th C Bush Inn) and the fabulous Rectory Tea Rooms next to Morwenstow Church. This breathtaking stretch of rugged coastline features delightful National Trust walks along the clifftops and through the woodlands within Coombe Valley, as well as numerous coves including Duckpool, Stanbury and Marsland Mouth. There is plenty of history to discover around the parish church regarding the renowned Reverend Hawker, a notable figure from Cornwall's past. Six miles away, the self-contained village of Kilkhampton offers day-to-day shopping facilities, a café and a pub and supermarkets are only a little further afield at the bustling sea-side town of Bude.