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Rock Pool

(Ref. 959264)

Downderry, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "Have stayed in over 50 cottages."

    This is one of the very best. Extremely well equipped. Comfortable, relaxing and quiet.

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2024

  • "Love staying at Rock Pool, we've stayed quite a few times now as we have family in Downderry, it never disappoints."

    Hopefully we'll be back in December for another great stay.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2024

  • "Very good"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely appointed apartment."

    Comfortable whatever the weather. Good walking area.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Mar 2024

  • "Rock Pool is a really lovely apartment with sea views."

    It is warm, welcoming and comfortable. Had a great layout and comfy beds, the double bedroom has a king size bed. The kitchen was brilliantly stocked. Also nice to have toilet paper and kitchen roll, etc. Really appreciated the cream tea, milk, tea bags and coffee pods. We were able to go on Netflix with our own sign in and BBC iPlayer. The shop in Downderry had closed and the coffee shop was shut for the winter. There was a Tapas bar and a pub which served food by the beach.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2024

  • "Love Rock Pool, stayed many times and will hopefully return in 2024."

    New sofa, cushions, throws and rug have made all the difference in the lounge area, just a lovely place to stay. Helen Newell

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Dec 2023

  • "The apartment was lovely and facilities were excellent."

    I would recommend Rock Pool to anyone.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely place, had the best equipped kitchen I have stayed in."

    Reviewed by Therese5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent apartment with all the facilities and equipment we needed."

    Downderry is a great base to explore the south coast of Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had fantastic week and loved the location and the apartment."

    We would definitely stay again in the future. Only negatives (and they are minor) are the step down to the patio is huge and could do with a step being built to reduce risk of someone falling. Shower in ensuite bathroom is not great in terms of controlling temperature which is frustrating and its hard with the shower screen being fixed to rinse and clean the bath out properly. Other than that the apartment is very well equipped and the washing machine and dishwasher are a huge bonus ! Hope to visit again soon .....

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Sep 2023

  • "Met our expectations and more."

    A super place to stay and an incredibly well provided kitchen with all cooking implements anyone could possibly need.

    Reviewed by Annemarie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Really enjoyed the shower room /2nd bathroom."

    Tapas bar just down the road brilliant. Short walk to uncrowded beach a real bonus. Very well equipped property.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2023

  • "I found Rock Pool very comfortable and well appointed."

    I particularly like the kitchen that has everything! Including the new addition of very sharp knives! The walk in shower with cloud shower head and of course the underfloor heating! This was my third stay at Rock Pool, so you can see I like the property. It is ideally situated for walks along the Coast Path and exploring South East Cornwall. I can highly recommend Rock Pool and I will definitely be staying there again in the future. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is my second stay at Rock Pool."

    I find the property very comfortable and spacious and well equipped. I look forward to staying at Rock Pool again in the future and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet stay near the coast in South Eastern Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Love this place, it was our second stay."

    Lovely and warm, everything we needed. Hopefully stay no. 3 won't be too long away.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely week."

    The property was equipped well beyond our expectations with loads of kitchenalia, books and games. The wet room was excellent. The area was beautiful, and we enjoyed some great days out.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic place All needs catered for and more Clean, comfortable and warm."

    Seems like the owners go that extra mile to make your stay superb. Look forward to returning

    Reviewed by Shane5.0Oct 2022

  • "Rock Pool is a wonderfully clean, well appointed, home from home."

    A fantastic location, stunning views with great local amenities. Great food at the Inn On The Shore and The Conch. Cream tea at Seaton Beach Cafe, fish and chips from The Coddy Shack and pasties from Looe are all highly recommend. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Rockpool which is a lovely spacious apartment, very well equiped with everything you can think of in kitchen plus more, a comfy king-size bed in main bedroom etc etc."

    Views of the sea from the large patio windows were amazing, and we enjoyed sitting on the patio enjoying the peace and quiet and views. We stayed for four nights and really liked the charm of Downberry, very peaceful, just one one village shop, a pub, a restaurant/bar and coffee shop. Lovely swimming in the sea here and walking along the beach in either direction was a real pleasure with incredible rock formations if you head east.Head west and you come to Seaton. For keener walkers the coastal path to Loose is a must(5 miles approx) , a taxi back was Just £15. We enjoyed trips out in the car to Port Wrinkle, Cremyll, Kingsland/Cawsand all a short drive away and well worth it. All in all a perfect relaxing vacation and we're lucky with lovely weather. Definitely will come back.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "The beds need softer mattresses."

    Just a small point, but important. Several previous guests had mentioned the same but it seems nothing has been taken on board.

    Hi there, thanks very much for raising this. Just to note we have replaced the mattresses with new John Lewis pocket sprung mattresses. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2022

  • "Excellent property with lots of amenities."

    Also thoughtful touches like leaving condiments, milk, coffee and tea and scones, jam and cream to welcome us. Would benefit from a few more clothes pegs. We had fabulous weather and would have loved a couple of sunbeds as the outside furniture was not that comfortable. Had a lovely week. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely apartment, some small things need a little TLC but I'd love to stay here again"

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "Property was really comfortable and clean ,the owner had equipped the property over and above the standard expected for a holiday let ."

    Both the beds were very comfortable . Welcome cream tea and fresh flowers in the lounge were a nice touch .Nice view over the bay from the small garden . Only 100yds to the shingle beach some lovely walks along it into nearby Seaton approx 1 mile away. Would recommend a stay here as the standard of the property will not disappoint.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay and will comeback certainly!"

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Apr 2022

  • "Rockpool was a lovely apartment."

    The kitchen housed every utensil/kitchen ware imaginable. Lots of modern technology in the apartment, incl a PS5! The telephones were a great idea. We did not have any need to use them, but it's a great addition as mobile signal was patchy at times in the apartment. The double bed was very comfy and provided a good nights sleep. The views from the living room were glorious. It was great to stroll down to the beach and visit The Inn on the Shore pub. Lots to do locally and further afield. Only slight thing we found was that there was not enough hot water to supply the wet room shower. Not sure if previous holiday makers had altered the timer. We did try to boost it but did not make a difference. But it was not really an issue as the bathroom shower was electric which served all of us with no issues. Definitely want to stay at Rockpool again. Have certainly returned home well rested. So glad we chose and booked Rockpool. It has taken a while for this holiday to take place as it was cancelled twice due to lockdown and covid rules with communal entrance, but really pleased we kept it booked and moved dates and didn't cancel it! We will be back.

    Reviewed by Amelia5.0Apr 2022

  • "My family and I absolutely loved our stay at Rockpool, Downderry."

    The apartment was beautiful and had everything we needed, including a few extras! When we arrived, Rockpool was completely spick and span and had us wondering if we had the right place! We loved sitting in the garden, feeding the birds and looking out to sea whilst knowing we had a warm toasty apartment waiting for us when we got too cold. Our favourite thing to do was to walk to Seaton beach where we had a great time swimming in the sea and having some fantastic food at the Seaton Beach cafe and The Smugglers Inn. We were slightly disappointed in the Summink Different cafe as we only came across it open once on our week long stay and as I am a long term vegetarian, would have loved to try eating here! We also never had chance to eat at the Inn on the Shore, as we found the pub understaffed, unorganised and generally abit lack lustre. However, the outdoor terrace was a great place to sit whilst sipping on a cider in an evening. Rockpool had everything we needed to enjoy our stay, a real home from home. And according to my sons tears as we drove away, a place that will be missed until we return!

    Reviewed by Sophia4.7Apr 2022

  • "I found Rock Pool to be a very spacious, warm (This was February/March!"

    ) and comfortable property. I particularly liked the underfloor heating and the "Wet Room." The kitchen was also the best I have experienced in any property so far. Every conceivable appliance and space to use them in. The view from Rock Pool out over the roof tops to the sea is also very beautiful. The double en suite bedroom was also very comfortable and spacious. I was using Rock Pool as a base whilst I walked the South West Coast Path from Plymouth Westwards. It is ideally suited for this purpose and is situated both close to the coast path and on a regular bus route. The Inn on the Shore is but a hundred yards from the property and there are two great cafes in Seaton, a one mile walk from the property along the road or the beach. I plan on going back next year for some more coast path walking. I can highly recommend Rock Pool to holiday makers and Coast Path walkers alike.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2022

  • "We were very impressed with this lovely property and the large selection of 'gadgets'."

    My son loved all the extras on the TV, the decor was great and the view from the lounge area was amazing. The key collection lady was extremely helpful and friendly. Overall a very happy holiday in a fabulous location. Would definitely like to come back

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Feb 2022

  • "A clean, comfortable and well-equipped apartment."

    Lovely sea view from living room. Handy for beach, village shop and pub. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2021

  • "A beautifully"

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2021

  • "Everything was excellent"

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2021

  • "We loved (!"

    ) our vacation rental! The location was perfect, so close to the beach and in the charming quiet town of downderry. The kitchen was fabulous, the main bedroom very comfortable, the second bedroom with the twin beds could use new mattresses and the bathrooms are good but are difficult to air out and get a moldy smell. Overall the experience was amazing and we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Willem4.7Aug 2021

  • "Lovely apartment with parking close to beach (not a great one) Very quiet location with a pub, restaurant and fair sized shop."

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Aug 2021

  • "We loved our stay in Rockpool - beautiful apartment, so well equipped , in a fantastic location with such a beautiful view - what more could you ask for!"

    Downderry is a lovely village and an excellent base for the many attractions in the surrounding area..We had some excellent meals at both The Blue Plate restaurant and the Inn on the Shore - both just a short walk from the apartment. We would not hesitate to return to Rockpool.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Rock Pool exceeded our expectations, it was a comfortable very well equipped cottage."

    The location and views were good especially if you want to walk the coastal path. I would recommend.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2020

  • "Such a lovely, cosy and well equipped apartment in an amazing location, will definitely be returning, thank you so much!"

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Oct 2020

  • "Very slow internet that didn’t always work in a no signal phone zone."

    Wasn’t aware that had to boost the hot water system as had cold showers. Otherwise was a lovely place to stay in a great location

    Reviewed by Laura3.1Oct 2020

  • "Rock Pool is just the loveliest accommodation and location."

    We wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else ⭐️

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2020

  • "Very well equipped appartment."

    We had a great stay!

    Reviewed by Guido5.0Oct 2019

  • "On arrival it was requested that we park in Bay No 4 but due to maintenance work being carried out the numbers had been taped over leaving new arrivals not knowing where to park (some parking was residential making the situation more difficult)."

    The lights in the main bedroom were not working and we were without lighting for 2 days. The toilet flush in the en-suite was not working properly and this broke completely during our stay, there was a spotlight out in the bathroom, these issues should have been picked up by the housekeeper prior to our arrival as we arrived to find these problems. The en-suite bathroom smelt of stale urine which was most unpleasant and the grouting surrounding the toilet area was stained. The kitchen worktops felt grimy but being made of wood we appreciate that this is not easy to keep grease free though we could find no excuse for sticky shelves in the kitchen cupboards. During our stay maintenance work was being carried out to the exterior of the property i.e. being jet washed leaving the patio furniture filthy - up until this point we had enjoyed having breakfast outside as the weather was so lovely but with the work in progress and us being left to clean up afterwards access to outside was denied for 2 days. We appreciated the assistance from the housekeeper and the money left for us to have a meal as compensation. Both ourselves and our guest agreed that the pillows had an unpleasant odour. We would have appreciated a hand towel each but there were only 2 between the 3 of us Had we any idea of the problems we were to encounter and the maintenance work that was in progress all week we would not have booked this property. In our opinion the property was over equipped and ill-maintained.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that things weren't perfect and of the trouble you had. We've highlighted this to the owners who have asked us to post the following: "We are very sorry that your experience at the apartment did not live up to our usual high standards. We can understand that the external works on the flat were annoying but these were part of work on the broader flat complex which we cannot control. The lights and flusher going must have been frustrating but our caretaker did work hard to get these matters resolved as quickly as she could. We are glad that you were able to enjoy your breakfast outside on some mornings at least and enjoy the beautiful sea views. We hope the money we gave you to have a lunch on us offered some form of compensation. We thank you for your feedback and hope these matters didn’t stop you enjoying your holiday." Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pam3.1Sep 2019

  • "Very spacious."

    Beautiful location and views. Nice touch leaving scones and the flowers. well worth the money.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2019

  • "The accommodation was excellent, everything needed for a great holiday."

    Julie looked after us brilliantly and could not have been more helpful and friendly. We will be looking to return to stay again soon. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Dorinda5.0Aug 2019

  • "A beautiful apartment with views."

    Allocated parking right outside the front door and super restaurant and a shoreside side pub within 500 metres. Very well equipped and spacious living area with adjoining modern kitchen. Loved the wet room!,

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2019

  • "The apartment was so well stocked, it had everything & more we could have needed."

    It was super clean & the location just perfect. Fresh scones with jam & cream on arrival was such a lovely treat & the owners very approachable & helpful. We had the best holiday & will be looking to book again very soon.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0May 2019

  • "Great apartment in great location."

    Very well equipped.. we did find the key safe difficult. Otherwise the accommodation was very comfortable with great views of the sea.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2019

  • "Very good base for walking or driving out."

    Local facilities good. Easy access to beach. Will revisit

    Reviewed by David4.4Apr 2019

  • "It was our first time using Sykes and won’t be the last."

    The flat was amazing more like home from home. The welcome flowers and cream tea were a lovely thought.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very well equipped apartment, spotlessly clean."

    Lovely view with nice little garden. Good to be in pleasant village with shop and facilities. Great to be so close to the beach.

    Reviewed by Norma4.7Mar 2019

  • "High quality accommodation close to the beach and coastal path."

    Sunny position with small private garden with sea views.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Mar 2019

  • "Fantastic apartment, spacious clean and well equipped making for a relaxing and enjoyable stay."

    Very peacefull location close to local amenities would definitely visit again!

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Mar 2019

  • "Rock Pool is a gem of a place."

    It has everything you need from a well stocked kitchen full of every utensil and pots and pans you could ever want, to comfortable beds, en-suite bathroom, and more than enough board games or books to keep you entertained should the weather be rainy.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Feb 2019

  • "Excellent location ."

    Beautiful accommodation. Extremely comfortable and well equipped. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had an outstanding holiday at Rock pool ,Downderry , apartment was superb very high calibre most definitely recommend Sykes cottages to anybody."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely flat in peaceful village."

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Sep 2018

  • "A stunning property."

    Everthing about the apartment was perfect, the owners have excelled themselves in making it most comfortable for a wonderful holiday home. The welcoming cream tea and vase of flowers gave us a feeling of being at home. A peaceful area and sea view sets it off perfectly. A good base to tour other areas.

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Jun 2018

  • "The facilities were of a very high standard."

    Everything you need and more for a lovely stay. The position of the apartment was amazing with lovely sea views and a very peaceful area. Centrally placed to visit many national trust properties. We would definitely book this again in the future.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2018

  • "What an amazing apartment!"

    The view from the sitting room to the sea was wonderful and the village location was superb. It was very well laid out and exceeding expectations, it was very clean and comfortable with everything you could want. A lovely cream tea awaited us on arrival and this was enjoyed whilst sitting on the patio overlooking the sea - bliss!! The location of this property was ideal as it was a great base to explore the surrounding areas. It was a bonus to be able to walk out of the apartment and within 5 minutes be able to walk along the beach. Would definitely recommend this apartment to everyone who wishes to visit this area - we hope to return again ourselves soon.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2018

  • "The caretaker was kind and understanding of my need for peace and relaxation."

    Our arrival at the apartment felt like a welcome from someone who cared and had wanted to ensure our stay was special.

    Reviewed by Carole4.6Dec 2017

  • "Lovely place, property was excellent."

    Can’t fault anything.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2017

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This property is part of the Cornish Cottage Holidays collection.
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  • On one level
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with TV and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin with TV
  • Family wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open plan living area with dining area and sitting area
  • Ground Source Heat pump underfloor heating and hot water system
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee maker
  • Freesat TV, Playstation 5, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for one car
  • There is a standard 7.4W Electric Vehicle Charger (type 2) in the parking space (charges apply)
  • Enclosed lawn and patio area with furniture and barbecue
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Beach 10 mins walk
  • Pub 5 min walk
  • Note: Max 4 adults

The property

Rock Pool is a warm and welcoming, stylishly furnished and comfortable ground floor apartment set in a peaceful village location and with easy access to nearby Downderry and Seaton beaches.

Sea views can be enjoyed from the comfort of the spacious, open plan living/dining area, with large sliding doors opening onto a private patio with small lawn beyond.

The well equipped kitchen area is a delight for sociable cooks, with an attractive open plan aspect, sleek appliances and glossy white units.

The well-appointed master bedroom has the benefit of a modern, contemporary en-suite bathroom and guests in the comfy twin room have the use of a luxurious, boutique style wet room.

Positioned in the beautiful Rame Peninsula and within a five minute stroll of the beach at Downderry, Rock Pool is perfectly placed to explore the stunning coastline and picturesque countryside that surrounds this superb village location.

Perfect for families this village has everything you will need, you won't have to travel far if you choose not to.

Downderry hosts a restaurant and pub, so guests can opt to eat in or dine out.

Ramblers will enjoy the scenic coastal footpath to charming fishing ports and villages with quaint quays.

Looe is within easy reach and scenic Polperro is an enchanting village with pretty, traffic-free lanes and the harbour edged with traditional inns and fisherman's cottages.

Stroll through the beautiful valley and woodland en-route to Hessenford or explore the expansive shoreline and its fascinating rock pools between Downderry and Seaton.

The Famous Eden Project and the vibrant maritime city of Plymouth are a short drive away with something for everyone whatever the weather.

Rock Pool is in a perfect location to explore all aspects of Cornwall as well as being a comfortable property in which to relax.

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About the location


Looe 6 miles; Liskeard 10 miles; Polperro 11 miles; Plymouth 18 miles.

Downderry is a small quiet coastal village situated in south east Cornwall. Downderry has a sheltered beach, Post Office and shop, deli, and a cliff top pub and an excellent restaurant, serving quality local food. At low tide it is possible to walk along the beach from Downderry to Seaton, where you will find a family friendly south facing beach and the nearby Seaton Valley Countryside Park and Nature reserve is home to wildlife, including otters and kingfishers and also offers great cycling and walking opportunities. The picturesque working harbours at Looe and Polperro are within an easy driving distance away, and the wonderful stretches of the South West Coast Path in this part of Cornwall take you to rocky coves, dramatic headlands and tales of shipwrecks and smugglers. Further afield is Plymouth, where you will find plenty to see and do, including a marine aquarium, a theatre, large shopping centres and the historic Barbican waterside area.

Note: no pets and no smoking. Max 4 adults

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas