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The Captains House

Downderry, Cornwall (Ref. 976399)


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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "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 TerryMay 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 LeanneApr 2022

  • "Had a great holiday."

    The Captains House was perfect . Loved the views !

    Reviewed by RobertApr 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 MichaelOct 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 BeverlyOct 2021

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

    Reviewed by SaraOct 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 SheridaAug 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 DarrenJul 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 DeborahJun 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 MJun 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 DebsOct 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 SarahAug 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 SharonAug 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 JoanneJul 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 MonikaJul 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 LisaMar 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 DianeDec 2019

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

    Reviewed by CarolNov 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 RachelNov 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 MarliesAug 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 DavidAug 2018

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

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

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2018

  • "The views of the sea were stunning!"

    A real gem.

    Reviewed by IreneJun 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 verandah 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 verandah 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.


3rd Floor2nd Floor1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Room Terrace Shower Room Utility

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.

Region Information

Note: Arrival after 4pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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