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The Captains House

(Ref. 976399)

Downderry, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Such a wonderful home!"

    We absolutely loved staying here. Very tastefully furnished and the kitchen had everything we needed. The sea view was amazing-- eating breakfast on the little terrace and watching the waves was such a great way to start our day. We hope to return! Downderry is a splendid village and we enjoyed eating at Inn on the Shore and Summink Different.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jun 2024

  • "Our extended family aged between 30 and 88 really enjoyed our stay."

    The location is lovely, the property is right on the road but it isn't busy and we enjoyed watching the occaisional double decker buses squeezing through in front of the property! You would have to take care if you had young children though. There were some issue with cleaning and maintenance which were disappointing, but the owner communicated promptly about them. The bunks weren't not really suitable for an adult, my daughter, who isnt large, found the mattress very thin but the rest of the beds were really comfortable. As in description there are a lot of stairs, a couple of comfy chairs on the lower floor would have been good to save the oldies having to go up 3 flights to the lounge every time but the description does tell you about the stairs.The top bedroom is lovely but if you go in summer and need dark to sleep take blackout blinds as the blinds in there don't really block any light. The local pub, The Inn on the Shore, was very welcoming and served good food, if the local shop hadn't closed it would be a perfect location. Overall a great stay.

    Reviewed by Sara3.8May 2024

  • "Firstly, we did enjoy a lovely week, very relaxing and just love the beds and pillows…better than the pillows here at home!"

    The musty, unused smell pervading the ground floor was not very welcoming, it didn’t dissipate in all the time we were there despite open windows and doors whenever possible. I also didn’t enjoy clearing the dead flies from the stairs and windowsills…it felt like a very unused property. Lastly, and hopefully helpfully, it makes such a difference to arrive to a welcome pack, doesn’t need to be much but it does make you fell welcome. A lovely property, especially my top floor bedroom…don’t book it if stairs are a problem!

    Reviewed by Jeanette4.4May 2024

  • "We had a wonderful weekend!"

    The house was really well equipped and the beds were very comfortable. Luckily the weather was mostly decent so a lot of time was spent on the veranda looking out to sea or walking down to the beach with the dog. We would definitely like to return one day.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely clean house, nice view out to sea."

    Nice local dog friendly pubs with nice food which also had food on menu for the dog. Good long stretch of beach to walk on when the tides out.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Feb 2024

  • "We had an amazing stay at the Captains house."

    The weather was atrocious but that didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves, walking on the beach, playing games, and enjoying the hospitality of the local pub. The only thing I would recommend is that the local information sheet in the house file be updated as a lot of little things have changed.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. So pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Captains House. We have taken you comments onboard and hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trisha5.0Dec 2023

  • "A great house we thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas stay very comfortable and spacious great views thank you"

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Fabulous old house in a beautiful location."

    This is a spacious and very stylish period property that is furnished to a high standard and pleasantly decorated. The views are fantastic and the car parking is free. It is just a few minutes walk to the lovely beach, pub/restraunt and Tapas restraunt. Both highly recommended. The only slight issue was that the towns general store had closed down but hopefully this is only a temporary issue. However, there is a great farm shop about 10 minutes drive away. We all had a fantastic stay including the dogs and hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "The Captains House was just perfect for our stay in Downderry."

    It’s an amazing house which we all felt very comfortable staying in. None of us wanted to leave and took with us the amazing views of the sea from the each window and door at the front of the house. The weather was lovely so we were able to make full use of the terrace all day and into the night. I do hope the neighbours weren’t disturbed too much by our large family and our granddaughter playing the piano. Will be back if you’ll have us???

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2023

  • "We absolutely loved it!"

    An amazing house. Well suited for our extended family trip. The second kitchen was a godsend and huge for keeping coats, boots the dog and beach stuff in, so the rest of the house was kept tidy and clean. Lovely sitting room with sea views. The bed on 3rd floor was so comfy I slept like a log. Only thing to comment on was that the road was very busy that the house sits on and this is not obvious from pic on site, that said we tied the gate shut to keep the dog in. It's an amazing house and would def recommend and rebook. Owner Gary was super friendly and helpful. As a tip before we arrived I tried to book a home food delivery service for the house and could only find Waitrose to come there, but whilst on holiday, saw Sainsbury's, Tesco and ASDA all delivering on that road. So I am sure with work you could get them to deliver and be much cheaper. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jul 2023

  • "Superb location, couldn't be better."

    Loved the house and its spaciousness. Will definitely recommend it and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic place,so relaxing, perfect holiday, the house is so big and the view ..."

    Fantastic place,so relaxing, perfect holiday, the house is so big and the view stunning our fourth stay and planning to return ❤️

    Reviewed by Sara5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful house, stunning location, would highly recommend"

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is the 2nd time we have stayed at The Captains House in 6 months."

    It is very spacious but homely. It is very clean and has everything needed for a holiday stay. Fires were well stocked with wood and very welcome after cold & wet days. Great location for exploring Cornwall and Devon borders. Local pubs sell delicious food and enticing after walks along the beach. We will be returning again as we use it a base when visiting daughter at uni.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2023

  • "Truly a magnificent house!"

    Kitchen was very well kitted out with all the essentials you need. Beds soooo comfy. Loved sitting in the living room with the fire and the sound of the waves. The views from downstairs to upstairs was lovely. Beach within a five min walk which our dogs loved and easy coastal walk to Loos. Local pub served great food and dogs made to feel very welcome. Over all a wonderful Christmas week for a large group of people. Plenty of room for us and nobody felt on top of each other. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Dec 2022

  • "A lovely home from home feel to The Captains House."

    There was plenty of space for everyone to have their own space and to not feel on top of one another. Fantastic views from the living room which I will sorely miss. A few things need to be replaced like the water dispenser for the coffee machine was missing and no corkscrew

    Thank you for your feedback which we always welcome. Since your visit we have purchased a corkscrew for the property which future guests will be able to use. We have checked the water dispenser for the coffee machine and this is working fine. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Captains House and hope you will come and stay again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Oct 2022

  • "We absolutely loved the property."

    Beautiful period features and so warm. View was gorgeous. Coming from the south east we were a little concerned about how easy it would be to break in but maybe that is unlikely in the area. I really would like to live in your house all the time !

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2022

  • "We occupied the top room."

    Can't understand why the venetian blinds have not been re-newed given I had a constant battle each day to get the left one to stay up. The taps over the sink are also loose. Other than that had a great stay. The views from the front elevation are to die for. Loved the outside table and chairs. Not sure about the piano. A sofa in it's place would go down well. Loved Downderry and all it provided. Would thoroughly recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Gill4.4Aug 2022

  • "We have had the most fabulous week at Downderry staying in The captains house."

    An amazing quirky house full of character. Stunning views with great walks to the beach and restaurant (the conch) and pub (inn on the shore) and the shop. An ideal location. Dog friendly ( and a stair gate available) to stop them going upstairs! A utility room big enough to let them sleep in here. Particularly loved the master suite with the views and listening to the waves at night if windows open. We have made great memories here. My son over from Oz and was the perfect place to bring him after his flight (with the rest of our family. ) Thank you to the owners for allowing us share your beautiful second home

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved this beautiful house."

    Everything we needed was right there. We would enjoy a peaceful sleep, breakfast on the terrace, spend the day at leisure and in the evening a quiet drink and chat with friends. A perfect retreat. Downderry was very quiet but the road is very busy so care must be taken when leaving the Captains House. We should have bought some groceries before we arrived because all the shops and local pubs were closed for food (they close really early). This was the only down side and perhaps this should be mentioned to the incoming party, or the offer of a welcome pack, would be great.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "Superb property,so relaxing as soon as you get there, plenty of space and the ..."

    Superb property,so relaxing as soon as you get there, plenty of space and the view of the sea is fantastic, already booked for next year can't wait to go back

    Reviewed by Sara5.0May 2022

  • "A fantastic house."

    Everything you need. Close to the beach and pub. WiFi can be a bit hit and miss on the terrace so could do with a booster hub.

    Reviewed by Terry4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely property, well maintained and presented."

    Great location. Fully equipped with everything you might need, instructions/ guest book informative and accurate. One point- you should tell guests there is a Lavazza coffee machine, we were thrilled to find it but then couldn’t buy the pods locally.

    Reviewed by Leanne4.7Apr 2022

  • "Had a great holiday."

    The Captains House was perfect . Loved the views !

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2022

  • "Disappointed, Would Not Return, Will Not Recommend."

    We are seasoned holiday home renters going back over 30 years. This is the first negative feedback I have had to write. The Captains House is in a lovely location, however upon arrival we found the kitchen, dining room and stairways to be very tired. The cleaning in the bedrooms, bathroom and the kitchen was patchy, (pots and pans sticky with grease and dust, surfaces not clean, toothpaste rings) There were lights not working in a bedroom and kitchen ceiling and main kitchen light over the kitchen island had no bulb (on a pullcord so you don’t know if it is live or not) . The kitchen has no direct daylight and is already a dark room, so we had to use a lamp from a bedroom placed on top of the kitchen cupboard to provide light. There was a hole in the floor between the dining room and kitchen which we covered with a mat to avoid little paws going down. We also put to one side a dining room chair that was unstable. The wooden patio furniture from the house details has been replaced but has been left behind the house rotting. On the Saturday night the door to the top bedroom en-suite would not open, the lock would not disengage from the door frame. After speaking to the owner he said I could open the door using something? which I did with a knife. The owner said there was nothing he could do on the Sunday and I said I would wait for him to get back with a solution. Unfortunately on the Sunday I went into the en-suite opened the Velux window and the door closed behind me. As this is 4 floors up I had to wait until somebody realised I was missing and arrived with a knife. From then on the door was wedged open for the rest of the stay and with the bed facing it became an unusable en-suite. On Tuesday we arrived back in the dark from a day out only for all the downstairs lights not to be working. I rang the owner again and he told me where the fuse box was, up by the high ceiling in the laundry room but I would need to climb up. I reset the fuses. In the visitors book a number had commented on the amount of building work going on in this block of 6 properties. When we arrived there was scaffolding next door going up to the roof with a platform just outside our bedroom window; in addition to other works in the block. Whilst this is beyond the owner and Sykes control, previous visitors also said it should be noted in the booking details. During my conversation with the owner I told him of my disappointment that he hadn’t returned my call from Sunday and at the state of the house. He said he couldn’t do anything about it as he lives over a 200 mile journey away. He told me that he had asked the people who do his changeovers 3 times to fix the lights, so that is certainly a known problem. He also said we could leave if we wanted or seek alternative accommodation from whoever we had booked through. This is not an inexpensive rental even going into November. We found it disappointing and whilst we would visit this area again, it would not be to the Captains House. We would also not recommend it to our family or friends. Mike Hobson and Family.

    We are obviously very disappointed that Mr Hobson did not enjoy his time at the Captains House. It was unfortunate that the lock on the en suite bathroom failed during his stay although it was possible to get the door open and I did advise that something was used to prevent it from closing accidentally. The lock is now replaced. I have taken up the issue of the cleaning and missing bulbs with our change over staff. The light over the island in the kitchen is not an easily obtained bulb so this is why I believe it had not been fixed. It was unfortunate that the down stairs lighting RCD had tripped while they were out. The location of the consumer unit is explained in the house book and it was a simple matter of un tripping the RCD. It has not been an issue again thus far. Mr Hobson's comments that the house appears tired is also disappointing to us. It is an old Victorian house that has been carefully restored in period style trying to preserve as many original features as possible. We accept this maybe not to everyone's taste of course and maybe we need to make this clearer in the description. The garden furniture he refers to is not ours but is in the neighbours land and we have been assured that they are going to be disposing of it. As Mr Hobson acknowledged, the building work that goes on is out of our control . We are not always aware when work is scheduled on other properties. I did offer for Mr Hobson the option to leave with a full refund as he didn't seem to be enjoying the house and we apologise that his stay was not all he had hoped for. We appreciate that he has taken the time to point where we can improve and have addressed all of his comments as far as it is possible to do so. Garry and Amanda. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael3.1Oct 2021

  • "Great house with a perfect view!"

    Close to the beach for dog walks! Everything you can think of provided! Would love to return again some day

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0Oct 2021

  • "The views from the house are stunning great space for extended family to get together x"

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely, unusual property with wonderful views."

    The house had everything you needed and the local area was great to explore, with a shop and restaurants nearby.

    Reviewed by Sherida4.7Aug 2021

  • "The captains house is amazing."

    The view from the front is spectacular. Location is perfect for us with a short walk to the dog friendly beach.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Jul 2021

  • "A fabulous place to stay, gorgeous house with amazing sea views."

    The property was very clean and had everything we needed. We loved the location near to Looe, Polperro, Bodmin and Fowey which were great places to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Captains House and we look forward to a return visit in the future.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jun 2021

  • "The house is situated on the coastal path which suited us perfectly."

    It's on the main road through the village, so the traffic isn't bad. The walk to the beach is 5 mins steep hill (when carrying a paddle board). Sea so clean, we saw star fish whilst on the boards. Fab walks, walked to Polperro from the house, lovely. The house has everything you need, loads of space, bathrooms, lovely sunny veranda to sit out on. Great views of the sea. It was so clean when we arrived which makes a huge difference. Can't recommend it highly enough. Nice places to eat in the village.

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely property in Cornwall."

    Great to have the utility area to dry the dogs off after a wet day. You really need to like stairs in this property as the lounge is on the 2nd floor & master bedroom on the 3rd floor. The road the house is on appears to be the through route through the village so was busy with cars and there is no pavement to walk for access to the beach for a few hundred metres. Friendly local shop, due COVID we did not try and restaurants or the pub. Good access to South West Coastal path to Portwrinkle which was a lovely 6mile return walk.

    Reviewed by Debs3.8Oct 2020

  • "Amazing holiday house and a great base to explore."

    The house is huge, plenty of room for all of us with everything we needed and more. The road is narrow but most roads locally seemed to be and we had no problem parking outside. Just a short walk down to the beach (which was not busy). Had a great time and would happily recommend and book again. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very helpful, plesant owner, return call as promised with local knowledge we has asked for."

    Excellent property ideal for large family and dogs, great beach walk too.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2020

  • "Had a wonderful holiday at Captain’s House."

    It was spacious, comfortable and the position was beautiful. The only negative was no off road parking. Luckily we never had any issues finding a space near the house. Would love to stay here again and wholeheartedly recommend it!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2020

  • "Such beautiful sea views from the cottage - perfect for a relaxing holiday."

    We found everything we needed for a party of eight. The beds were especially comfy. Location was great for exploring more of Cornwall. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Monika5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a really lovely stay."

    Made easier by easy communications prior to our weekend. Having a contact for the owners was really helpful - not that it was required - but it made it easy to ask any questions should we have needed to do so.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Mar 2020

  • "We have stayed in a lot of cottages over the years."

    We where very disappointed in this house.We stayed in the property over Christmas, we arrived ready to celebrate Christmas, the top of the cooker was dirty, the out side bin was full to the top of rubbish (The owners removed the rubbish the same day). The blinds in the master bedroom did not close. The boiler keeped cutting out and needed re booting so we would wake up cold with no hot water. On arrival the house smelt very musty. And the mulcher toilet smelt all the time. We where all very disappointed with this house . I think sky cottages shud check the cottages that you advertise.

    Reviewed by Diane1.6Dec 2019

  • "Fantastic house with great facilities and exceptional views."

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2019

  • "Amazing period house with several gorgeous views out over the sea."

    Deceptive in size! Property was very well equipped (especially in the Kitchen) and clean. Only a small front garden however and a shared yard out the back - situated on a deceptively busy road and only road parking so beware. Also some issues with the boiler but they were hopefully resolved.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Nov 2018

  • "This is our fifth year running using Sykes cottages!"

    Every year gets better, and the captains house was a particularly great find. Not only was the house big enough to accommodate 8 adults it also had stunning views, is in a beautiful location and had all you would need to have a fabulous week in Cornwall . Even on a dull day the views were enough to keep us enchanted ! We are already making plans to return next year...

    Reviewed by Marlies5.0Aug 2018

  • "Boiler needs attention."

    Patio could do with a tidy up. But all in all a very well equipped and clean property. Pleasantly surprised when we entered the house as the row of houses looked a bit shabby but we soon found out that most of them are being refurbished.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2018

  • "The house is beautiful and in a brilliant location."

    We've had a fabulous holiday and will be back!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2018

  • "The views of the sea were stunning!"

    A real gem.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Jun 2018

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  • Over four floors
  • Ground floor: Kitchen
  • Dining room with piano and glazed doors to terrace
  • Scullery/Utility
  • Shower room suite with shower, basin and WC
  • First Floor: 1 x double bedroom, 1 x twin bedroom and 1 x adult bunk room
  • Bathroom, bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Second Floor: Sitting room with open fire
  • Snug
  • Fourth Floor: 1 x super king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room.
  • Central heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Parking is usually available on a quiet road nearby
  • Barbecue
  • 3 well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm.

The property

The Captain’s House sits above the village road in Downderry, with fabulous sea views from most windows, a superb Victorian captain’s mid-terrace house over four floors.

Steps lead up to a paved sun terrace and veranda where al fresco meals and sundowners can be enjoyed.

Ideal for groups of friends or extended family groups.

Inside, generously proportioned and renovated in traditional style with polished wood floors and muted colours: all very welcoming.

The house is taller than it is wide with the living room on the second floor to take full advantage of the tremendous sea views.

The dining room has a piano, and French windows to the veranda and terrace.

The bespoke kitchen leads to a scullery and utility room and a shower-room and plenty of space for sandy buckets, wetsuits and boots.

Stairs lead up to the first floor and three bedrooms – a king-size double, a twin, and a bunk room and the family bathroom.

Further stairs up to second floor and large living room with open fire, and those lovely views, a snug and stairs up directly into a large super king-size bedroom under the eaves with the best views of all and en suite shower-room.

Take a bus to Cremyll and then a foot ferry across to Plymouth and enjoy its excellent historic waterfront, shops and Theatre.

The captivating and ever-changing panoramic views make this a great coastal location at any time of year.

A grand base for coastal living, from days in the sun to storm-watching in the winter.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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: Arrival after 4pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas