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Driftwood Cottage

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Porthpean, Cornwall Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Great little cottage."

    Lovely quiet position but if you sat out the front there was plenty of opportunity to chat with the neighbours. Beautiful cove. I would have preferred a harder mattress, as I get occasional back problems, but apart from that it was an ideal stay.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jun 2024

  • "A very nice and comfortable cottage, the welcome pack of goodies very nice thanks."

    comfy couches, comfy beds, nice bathroom with nice big shower cubicle. lovely views easy run to all local shops and some rather nice beaches could have stayed longer but alas no. a great week many thanks.

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2024

  • "Fabulous holiday loved the cottage would definitely stay again."

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2024

  • "Great location, close to the main roads but incredibly quiet, and with parking space just outside."

    The cottage was lovely and homely, with everything provided. The bed is very comfortable, the views great and the proximity to the nearest beach fantastic (for a less steep climb we recommend taking the path down past Jasmine Cottage and Primrose Cottage, cutting across the field and joining the coastal path). Thank you for the welcome cream tea, milk and wine, much appreciated. We had a wonderful time and will definitely return in the future!

    Reviewed by Dorota4.1May 2024

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a perfect location."

    So near to the beach, for either that winter or summer walk. Its a perfect location for exploring anf also close to amenities. As usual for eating out you are spoil to choice. Cottage was lovely warm over our visit which was Xmas. Could not thank the host enough for all the thoughtful gift uner the tree for both us and the two foir leg friends. The advantage was the close and private parking space which can be so difficult in the small rural villages. A very big thank you.

    Reviewed by Dewi5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage tucked away in the Cornish countryside with amazing views over the bay."

    There were three of us and our dog and it was fine, the cottage is very traditional and the door frames are very low so you need to duck a lot. For the price we paid we were very happy it was clean tidy but we felt that it was ok to relax with the dog.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2023

  • "Everything was very clean and a really comfortable cottage to stay in."

    Our only comment is that it'd be good to have some kind of privacy curtain in the kitchen as it backs on the a public footpath. Apart from that it was an excellent location to stay.

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Jul 2023

  • "Great holiday first inspection looked clean could have been a bit cleaner on closer inspection otherwise it would have been a 10."

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2023

  • "Great place to stay , that’s why we keep coming back every year"

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2023

  • "Quality of towels were good , but no tea towel ."

    The cream tea and wine was a lovely touch

    Reviewed by Lorna4.4Apr 2023

  • "We absolutely loved Driftwood Cottage and had such a lovely stay, the log fire is beautiful!"

    We slept so well as the beds were so comfortable. Thank you for a very enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Mar 2023

  • "The owner is lovely and helpfull."

    Loved the cottage,specially the fire place which we lighted every evening. We had an amazing week,very lucky with the weather. belive it or not it was the 1st family holiday here in the U.K and we loved it,planning to go back soon. thank you for everything

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with everything we needed for a relaxing stay & great views for the sea."

    Reviewed by Grace4.1Oct 2022

  • "It was our third visit to Driftwood."

    We adore it. So cosy to come back to. Love the location. The lovely view out of the bedrooms !!!! Will miss that. There is all you need , if you look for it it is there ! Feels homely. I could carry on and on. Can not wait for our next holiday . Roll on

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2022

  • "Super location and kitted out very well."

    Lovely cream tea, milk in fridge and bottle of wine on arrival made for a great welcome. Comfy sofa, armchair and beds, with snuggle throws too, plenty of storage and hot shower with fluffy towels. Lots of cutlery and crockery, plus decent knife block. Decent WiFi. Note: stairs to bathroom/loo, no freezer (ice box in fridge only), we didn’t mind, but worth knowing.

    Reviewed by Beth5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage is in a quiet location only a few minutes walk to the beach."

    The cottage is very comfortable and we had everything we needed. Scones and a bottle of wine were left for us when we arrived which was much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Linda3.8Aug 2022

  • "Fab location near beach"

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0May 2022

  • "Absolutely loved this cottage, it was cosy but had everything we could have wished for."

    Small but very well equipped kitchen. Good sized living room with dining area. Bathroom spotlessly clean with generous walk I shower and bath. Super view from both bedrooms, I was in the second room with comfy single bed. We enjoyed sitting outside on the front seat in the morning sunshine. Good location for Eden Project and the Lost Gardens, which were both well worth visiting. The cottage is tastefully decorated throughout. The small clean beach is a short walk down a very steep hill, but you could take the car to the paying car park at the bottom .

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0May 2022

  • "This was our 4th stay at Driftwood Cottage, it’s becoming a cosy home from home."

    Everything we could possibly need, very well equipped & comfortable. Wonderful sea views & dawn chorus - great view of sunrise too! Major Supermarkets & petrol stations close by. Walking distance to the beach - which is gentler if you walk through the field (sometimes has sheep/lambs/cows in it) & along coast path rather than the steep road. Nice walk along to Duporth beach - we had it all to ourselves! Still finding new places to explore - this cottage is a great base - and a guaranteed parking space is invaluable. Thank you!

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a great stay at Driftwood."

    Great location. Comfy beds. The sofas were excellent. Kitchen was well equipped. Lovely and warm. Nicely appointed bathroom. I would thoroughly recommend and would happily stay there again. Just a few minor caveats. If you're of limited mobility you will struggle with the stairs into the bathroom. The WiFi is very basic and if you've got multiple people using it you could struggle. The TV is quite old school and not SMART so we couldn't stream from our phones. I'm well over six feet and the doorways were quite low but I soon got used to ducking! But these are just very minor issues and we had a great stay overall.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Mar 2022

  • "We loved Driftwood cottage - it was a perfect cottage in a very peaceful location with sea views."

    There was wine, flowers, milk, butter, tea and coffee all left for us. Everything was thought of.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Sep 2021

  • "Our 2nd visit here."

    It’s a fabulous comfortable little bolt hole for exploring, had everything we needed and fabulous sea views. I just love the position in the little dreamy hamlet and a 5 min walk down the lane to the wonderful little beach of Porthpean, this beach is just magical, it has a little cafe or you can take a picnic, there are rock pools and lots of sand at low tide. It’s also on the coastal path to Charlestown and beyond. Can’t wait for another visit.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a very nice quiet location."

    However think cottage could benefit from one or two extra additions to make it even better & seating in lounge area could really do with being replaced as seats have sunk.

    Reviewed by Anita4.1Jun 2021

  • "Lovely location and very welcoming neighbours."

    This was our second visit and we will certainly be looking at returning at some point.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday in Cornwall we felt very safe with a the extra measures that had been put into the cottage"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Oct 2020

  • "No fantastic cottage cosy relaxing great atmosphere sea views to enjoy, really ..."

    No fantastic cottage cosy relaxing great atmosphere sea views to enjoy, really nice friendly neighbours loved staying at driftwood cottage my dog loved it too didn't want to leave thanks for a lovely week away

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage and location were brilliant!"

    . A few minutes walk to a lovely cove which out of season allows dogs so a great start to the day. The cottage had everything you needed, lots of thoughtful extras, clearly the owner really cares and this was much appreciated. We had a superb week and a much needed rest.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Feb 2020

  • "We thought that the location of Driftwood Cottage was particularly good having a very rural feel (with the beach and country walks right on the doorstep) but with all the facilities of St Austell less than 5 mins drive away."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jan 2020

  • "Where the cottage was situated, the cottage was very well equipped with parking outside."

    Just what we were looking for, will certainly use this cottage again. Lovely coastal walks and great for exploring Cornwall. I thank the owners for letting us stay in their beautiful little cottage.

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Nov 2019

  • "Driftwood was gorgeous."

    Been there for the second at not for the last time. we were so much looking forward to it. it is so beautifullyy situated. Sea views!! As soon as we open the door we feel at home. So cosy. No problem if the weather is bad just settle down in front of the logburner. Everything we needed we did not want for anything. A lovely bathroom. The shower is excellent. Roll on the next stay!!!!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2019

  • "I saw this cottage a while back and just had to stay there."

    When we arrived fresh flowers greeted us along with a welcoming clotted cream tea. The cottage was so cosy and had everything we could have wanted. It is set in a little hamlet a short walk from Porthpean beach and the coastal trail in both directions. It was lovely to walk to Charleston and sit basking in the autumn sun outside the pub there. Many other trips out were had. Will return to this little gem.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage with stunning views."

    A quiet place with a short walk to the beach. Would thoroughly recommend

    Reviewed by Charlie5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was very well appointed in a lovely quiet location with stunning walks across the fields nearby with breathtaking views over Porthpean beach and the surrounding coastline."

    The welcome pack of wine, flowers and a Cornish cream tea was a lovely touch. We would certainly visit again and stay in the same cottage as there are so many beaches and pretty fishing villages like Mevagissey, Charlestown and Fowey....pronounced Foy explore in the area all the way down to the Lands End peninsular. A visit to the Minack theatre at Porthcurno is well worth the journey down the A30 just to see the stunning location and views. Thank you, Helen, for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was in a lovely position."

    It was cozy and warm and well equipped. The bed was comfy and it was great having a parking place. Brilliant cottage were my husband myself and the dog felt at home. Will revisit. X

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Mar 2019

  • "A great cottage close to the coastal path."

    Supermarkts closeby but not by foot (+/- 5 min by car). The village is small and very quiet, superb for people needing rest & tranquility like ourselves. The cottage itself is small but very comfortabele. There is a big tv for a relax watch after great walks.

    Reviewed by Herman And Iwan3.1Dec 2018

  • "What a lovely cottage,really comfortable and warm."

    The cottage is located on a beautifull spot over looking the bay,and you get a lovely sun rise in the morning. Me and my wife along with our dog had a great week. Les & Lisa (norfolk)

    Reviewed by Les5.0Oct 2018

  • "Driftwood Cottage was exactly as described."

    We had a wonderful week, and found the cottage very comfortable and well-equipped. Reserved parking was a real boon. Every effort had been made to make us feel welcome. There was even a vase of fresh roses on the table! The cottage is close to many picturesque and interesting places to visit. The neighbours are really warm and friendly. We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful, really breathtaking surrounding."

    The coastal path starts right behind the cottage and the next beach is a 5 minutes walk. Beatiful view from the bedroom windows. Very quiet and very friendly neighbourhood. Ideal for a relaxing hideaway, ideal for families and dogs.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Aug 2018

  • "The cottage met with our expectations, it is well equipped and in a lovely location."

    We really enjoyed our holiday.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Jun 2018

  • "The cottage sits in a lovely position with beautiful views."

    It is very cosy and comfortable. There was a delicious cream tea, wine and flowers which greeted us on our arrival which was a lovely touch. The only thing I think I would say is that the stairs are quite steep with narrow treads which would only really bother elderly or infirm guests. Otherwise everything was perfect. I appreciated the easy parking outside and the cottage was a good base for visiting all the local attractions. We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Apr 2018

  • "We had a terrific week here."

    Everything was perfect. Would definitely revisit. Thank you to our host. It was heavenly!!

    Reviewed by Raquel5.0Mar 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our time at driftwood Cottage ."

    It was comfortable warm and everything we needed. Helen was also very kind saying that as the weather turn bad if we needed to stay a little longer it was absolutely fine . The snow cleared and we left on our due date . We really appreciate her kindness . We would definitely return,

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2018

  • "Exzellent. We immediately felt at Home."

    Warm and friendly. The cottage was so cosy. We Even looked forward to a stormy day,looking out of the window. Facilities were excellent. A lovely Shower!!! There was all we needed and A lot more. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size, 1 x single which has a pull out bed beneath
  • Bathroom with short bath, walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove and dining area
  • Electric heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Microwave, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • TV
  • iPod dock
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter pack for Woodburner provided
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for one car
  • One pet welcome - not permitted upstairs
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles, sea 15 minute walk
  • Note: Access height to the kitchen is 170cm under the beams
  • Note: Children & babies welcome, no cot or highchair available.

The property

Situated in Porthpean village this stone built semi-detached cottage is picture perfect with exposed beams, wood burning stove and sea views.

The front door leads into the open plan living area with dining area and sitting area with TV and wood burning stove.

Leading off from there is a well equipped kitchen.

Upstairs is a double bedroom and a single which has a pull out bed beneath the single bed which can accommodate a child or when presented as a single room there is space for a cot.

Set back from the lane which runs down to the sea, there is space to sit in front of the cottage and watch the hypnotic roll of the ocean.

Situated just a short stroll from the long stretch of sandy beach at the peaceful village of Porthpean and commanding far reaching sea views over St Austell Bay, perfect for those who simply want to relax and connect with the coast.

Guests here will find it convenient for exploring the scenic coastal footpath, spending lazy days on the beach or golfing at Porthpean's scenic 18 hole course without relying on a car.

Within easy driving distance are the charming fishing village of Mevagissey and the historic harbour town of Charlestown, home to a magnificent fleet of square riggers, or tall ships as they are better known.

The chic waterside town of Fowey is approximately nine miles from Porthpean and a day in the town is a must.

With a wide choice of cafes, restaurants and pubs as well as many galleries and boutique shops in which to browse, there is something for everyone.

The awe inspiring gardens at the Eden Project and The Lost Garden of Heligan are nearby and there is a supermarket within a 5 minute drive.

Driftwood Cottage is ideally suited to couples and small families.

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About the location


Charlestown 1.4 miles; St Austell 2 miles.

Porthpean is a stretch of coastline between Charlestown and Black Head. Porthpean beach is ideal for families, windsurfers, swimmers, kayaking and sailors with an an easy walk into Charlestown along the coastal path. The harbour offers two small sand and shingle beaches and you will see why it is a popular filming location and is a key setting for the filming of BBC’s series Poldark. You can explore this beautiful region easily as you are 1.5 miles from A390 a fantastic base for your Cornish adventure and creating your holiday memories – enjoying walking amongst the most beautiful scenery in the world on the Cornish footpaths, visiting the quaint and picturesque Cornish villages meandering through the streets visiting art galleries, bars, restaurants. The adventurous enter the playing field of Watergate bay where you can experience wave ski, kitesurfing, kite buggying, surfing. Water sport enthusiasts on your “doorstep” you can sail, kayak, snorkel, deep sea diving.
Secluded, private, tranquil location boasting inspirational sea views with a secret garden feel.

Note: Max 3 adults and 1 child. No smoking