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Downderry, Cornwall (Ref. 959144)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • 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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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Really well equipped and nice cottage thanks for great break"

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2022

  • "Amazing holiday home."

    Really homely, clean, everything you need and just perfect in every way! Our 6th stay and we will be back next year. Thank you!

    Reviewed by ErikaApr 2022

  • "The welcoming cream teas were very much appreciated ."

    The cottage was very clean and comfortable. A very well equipped kitchen. We would highly recommend this cottage to anyone visiting this part of Cornwall.

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2022

  • "Cottage was a little treasure and had everything we needed."

    It was really well equipped, spotless clean and warm. The kitchen had everything you could think of right down to cleaning products. Highly recommend. Only downside our weather was shocking but that is no one's fault. If u need a taxi call kernow taxis lovely lady called mandy looked after us and you have to book. This cottage is a gem

    Reviewed by AlisonFeb 2022

  • "Great accommodation perfect holiday"

    Reviewed by DebraDec 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Watchtower - just a pity the weather was so so awful!"

    !! (Until the day we left of course!) Just of couple of things, which I hope are helpful and that you will take on board: There was only 1 toilet roll in each bathroom; most places I have stayed (if not all) have always supplied spare rolls. The 2 frying pans were not very clean and we had to wash before using - also the medium saucepan. Shower grouting mouldy and could do with sorting. Parking is a nightmare and although we could get into the spaces, we either couldn't get out of the vehicle, or were well into the Boat House parking; luckily we have friends close who could accommodate 2 cars for us. We loved staying there and will hopefully get back next year. Amazing location. Thank you for the lovely cream tea and supplies that are provided in the food cupboard. Beds are really comfortable, and we were warm and toasty.

    Reviewed by CarolineOct 2021

  • "When we arrived we had to Hoover and dust the whole cottage, there was also a strong smell of damp in the twin room which made it difficult to get a good nites sleep, The parking was tight for two small cars but adequate."

    On the plus side the cottage was ideally situated with stunning sea/beach views and a lovely garden, staying local was key to a great stay, 30 minutes in either direction there was plenty to see and do, visit Rame, Cremyll, Whitsand, Portwrinkle, Edgcumbe, Seaton and Freathy. You can also get a passenger ferry from Cremyll to Plymouth.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear you enjoyed the location of the property. We take all comments seriously and will action them accordingly. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2021

  • "The holiday was fantastic the cottage was beautiful with a great view."

    Everything you needed was there. Would definitely go back again and would recommend.

    Reviewed by KellyJul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, very roomy with a fantastic view of the sea."

    We all thought the dining area was a bit dark in the evening as there was no central light and only one tall standard lamp. Other than that the cottage was perfect and in a superb location , with a very well stocked shop nearby. We are all missing the sea view already , a great way to start the day over breakfast!

    Reviewed by MJul 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    Recommended. We were blessed with great weather most days but even when you can't go out you can sit in the lounge and watch see the sea. The bungalow is well appointed, clean and comfortable. It is not ultra modern but with good WiFi you can stay in touch if you're wanting to. The kitchen is a bit away from the dining room but has a good electric stove/oven and is fine. Plenty of local walks, we walked to Portwrinkle on the coastal path, used the nature walk from Seaton to Hessonford (the Copley Arms was closed though) and Seaton to Millendreath. The Inn on the Shore (Downderry) is a good pub but we could only sit outside and can get a bit chilly after walking, the Smugglers Inn in Seaton has a more secluded outdoor area. Food in both is good, not spectacular but perfectly passable.

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2021

  • "We had a really wonderful week at The Watchtower."

    We were welcomed with a cream tea and flowers on the table which was a lovely touch. We took all cleaning equipment etc with us as usually I like to clean everything myself before I unpack but I didn’t need to do this at all as everything was already very clean. The view from the garden was fabulous, and with the shop and pub minutes away we couldn’t have asked for a better location and have booked again for next year. The only thing that definitely needs attention is the bed in the single room as it’s very wobbly even for my 3 year old. The parking albeit very tight is fine for two cars.

    Reviewed by VictoriaSep 2020

  • "Location, parking, comfort, facilities and ease of booking all excellent."

    So good we have booked the same cottage for next year, that speaks volumes.

    Reviewed by GrahameAug 2020

  • "Wonderful family location with excellent views a wonderful holiday cottage with good amenities enjoyed by all the family young to old lovely garden with a lovely surprise cream tea welcome couldn't ask for more Parking was tight but more than adequate for our 2 cars."

    Reviewed by AndyAug 2020

  • "The Watchtower is rather like a Tardis , so much bigger on the inside."

    It was one of the most well equipped cottages I have stayed in, especially the kitchen. It was lovely to lie in bed with the sound of the sea and although it was January we We’re lucky with the weather and had the most wonderful sunsets. The beach is open to dogs all year so lots of walkers and everyone very friendly. The local pub is a 2 minute walk and serves good food and is very hospitable. There is a local cafe too and the shop has all of the basics and includes a post office. The best route in to Downderry is via Seaton which has a beach side cafe open all year. We loved just walking the beach and exploring the rock pools...the geology is fascinating. It is a really lovely spot and a great escape..

    Reviewed by TimJan 2020

  • "A very cosy, lovely cottage, with a great view !"

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2019

  • "Great size cottage right by the sea for 6 people and a very helpful manager."

    Children loved the beach with all the rock pools

    Reviewed by BrynOct 2019

  • "The holiday cottage was lovely and although it was a very old cottage with a lot of character it still had all the modern conveniences."

    It was also lovely and warm and comfortable.The view of the sea from the lovely garden was fantastic. Two things you should be aware of though is that the ensuite only had a curtain between it and the bedroom, wasn't a problem for us but might be for some people. Also the parking is not easy for a big car.

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2019

  • "We had a comfortable week here unwinding."

    The kitchen is well equipped and the living room views are fantastic. The weather was a bit stormy during the week so chances to sit outside were limited and the seaweed blown onto the coast started to smell somewhat. Perhaps the main bathroom could do with a refurbishment?

    Reviewed by EdwardAug 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at the watch tower , views from the garden and walks on the beach were fabulous ."

    Only down side a few times we had maintenance visits that were an inconvenience this should really be done when the house is empty.Kitchen was very well equipped best we have ever seen , highly recommend for a visit to beautiful Cornwall . There was an issue with the electricity this was dealt with via the owner.

    Reviewed by HannahAug 2019

  • "Watchtower cottage didn't meet our expectations."

    It is quirky and functional but tired. The location is good but the 'enclosed' garden has a communal footpath running through it which is used by the occupants of 3 other cottages. Also, unfortunately for us, a maintenance man spent one of the days during our stay trimming all the hedges and mowing all the lawns. We couldn't enjoy the garden at all on that day on account of the noise of his machines and all the cuttings- which were eventually thrown over the sea wall at the bottom of the garden. Also worth noting, the ensuite is separated from the bedroom by just a curtain. The second double bedroom, accessed through the single bedroom, has no furniture with surfaces and a locked wardrobe. This room looks out onto next door's spinerette washing just a foot or so away. Our spinnerette washing line was rusty.

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2019

  • "We loved the Watchtower cottage!"

    Great location and the view was outstanding. We loved the character of the cottage. So many have tried to go so modern that all of the character is taken out of these older buildings. It was comfortable, clean, tastefully decorated, has everything you need, and an overall lovely place. We highly recommend it. We were a very short walk to the beach. We loved our daily walks along the shore. I could go on and on, but the short answer is - if you are looking for a quiet, beach front, place with some character to stay while visiting Cornwall - this is it. We found it convenient for exploring all parts of Cornwall - so we were very happy with its location.

    Reviewed by TimJun 2019

  • "The watch tower at Downderry was beautiful, was very very well equipped."

    ......you name it and it was in a cupboard some where. A little dusty in places, but I think they had a quick turn around the day we arrived. I would go again just for the views alone......being on the cliff as it’s part of the old coast guard station you couldn’t have got a better view.......A+++, A*****.....

    Reviewed by RosemaryJun 2019

  • "Absolutely love the cottage, our fourth time staying there."

    Homely, well equipped and spacious with everything you could want (even toys for the children!!). Booking and payment easy and straightforward. Thanks

    Reviewed by ErikaApr 2019

  • "The sea view and the wonderful light in the sitting room are what makes this cottage so memorable."

    We were there during high winds (November) and could easily have spent all day just watching the waves roll in. It was lovely and warm and excellent for drying off wet clothing. The local facilities are good for topping up shopping with good food pubs in Seaton. It's a lovely location.

    Reviewed by MargaretNov 2018

  • "The cottage was in a great location with sea views and the kitchen facilities were great and the bathrooms all has hand soap and flowers were left on the table so the presentation of the cottage was great and there was lot's of bits left there such as binoculars puzzles games washing up liquid hand soap and cleaning materials which was great and the bed linen was clean and pressed."

    However, the beds were not comfortable and the mattress's probably need replacing and the sofa's in the front room were also very uncomfortable. We noted that the kitchen cupboards had been painted but the whole property could probably do with a bit of updating. However, Mrs Bawden was very helpful and all in all we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by CarolineNov 2018

  • "We loved the house."

    All the character, which is still evident. Comfortable. Plenty of books and games. And, not least,the views Only criticism was why on earth the owners decorated the kitchen cupboards and drawer fronts, with ordinary house gloss paint !? Extremely badly executed, and left the cupboards feeling like they had been smeared with jam. But, we got used to them ! We had a lovely stay, and would come again.

    Reviewed by DebraOct 2018

  • "We had a great holiday,the cottage and the setting was fantastic,great views from the cottage,a real pleasure to wake up to."

    sorry we had to leave.

    Reviewed by BrendanSep 2018

  • "Great cottage and location."

    Sykes staff and caretaker very helpful. Information and reminders sent by email very helpful too.

    Reviewed by CindyJul 2018

  • "Watchtower cottage was an excellent cottage,the views are exceptional,the size of the cottage is tardis like,we could not believe it,we spent most of our days in the garden taking in the beautiful sea views."

    The cottage is clean,homely and is very well stocked with everything you could need,the only thing I would say is the parking space for a medium to large car( Nissan Qashqai)) is a little tight but we managed but I would gladly stay here again.Absolutley loved it.

    Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was very nice and comfortably furnished and had a very nice view of the sea."

    We felt immediately comfortable. The house was very clean. The outdoor area with the sea view was great. We were able to make nice trips, as the house is very close to some attractions.

    Reviewed by StefanieJun 2018

  • "We were delighted with the cottage."

    Super location. Very well equipped and maintained. The only issue was with respect to the heating. The first morning we were freezing as the heater was scheduled to turn off at night and, moreover, had broken down. This was solved within two hours as a plumber came by to repair the motor. He also gave us a course in restarting the heater when it goes off, which it did regularly. While the problem was manageable, a place that has so many going for it merits a new heater. A special note of appreciation to the rental agent, Julie Bawden, who was especially helpful. The owner was also very kind.

    Reviewed by GinetteFeb 2018

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  • All on one floor
  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite bath, shower cubicle, basin and WC), 1 x twin with basin, 1 x single (walk through to a double)
  • Bathroom with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Laundry room
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Kitchen.
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, WiFi, espresso coffee machine
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Off road parking for 2 small cars/1 medium car
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 3 mins walk
  • Beach at the end of the garden.

The property

Just above the beach at Downderry, Watchtower nestles peacefully in a row of charming 19th century coastguard cottages.

Seaward-facing, it boasts uninterrupted, panoramic sea views of Rame Head and Eddystone lighthouse from the garden and dining area.

Great care has been taken by the owners to retain the original character of the cottage, making it truly homely and welcoming.

Taking advantage of the wonderful outlook, the lounge/dining area has double–aspect windows and offers a lovely, sunny spot for watching the world go by.

The pale blue country-style kitchen is well-equipped, and the four comfortable bedrooms offer restful sanctuaries - each complete with a selection of books.

Outside, the lawned garden is perfect for family gatherings, right above the sea with a fantastic azure vista.

Enjoy your morning coffee al fresco and relax to the sound of waves lapping the shore.

Everything you could need for your holiday is close by at Watchtower; just a short walk to the village centre will bring you to a small grocery store, beach shop, the excellent Blue Plate Restaurant and traditional Inn on the Shore, which offers a range of locally-brewed ales.

When you are ready to explore, this beautiful corner of the county has much to see and do.

Spend lazy days on the beach, hire a kayak or boat and see the coast from a new perspective, walk the coastal footpath or discover the Lanhydrock Estate, Looe Monkey Sanctuary, or the fantastic Adrenalin Quarry with its 490m-long zip wire and giant A-frame cliff top swing!

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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.

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Note: property sleeps up to six adults only

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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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