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The Shack

Mawgan Porth near Newquay, Cornwall (Ref. 8036)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing place in a great location."

    Loved the beach and local pub . Would recommend this holiday home.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2022

  • "Our stay at The Shack was fantastic from start to finish."

    The property itself is well-equipped, sensibly priced and spacious making it more than comfortable for a week or two. Highlights for us were the private location, the views and the outside space. A special thank you to the owner and cleaner who really helped out after we accidentally left an item at the property.

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at the Shack and that we were able to assist in returning your item you left behind. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2022

  • "The Shack was up to its usual high standards."

    This is the fourth family holiday at the shack, but this time with a new Grandson, we will certainly be booking again

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "Beautiful setting and lovely bungalow."

    Just a few things - A dishwasher would be a real asset whilst on holiday. Bathroom needs updating and water heater would not do 3 showers when heated for the recommended 20 mins. All very comfortable except the beds - Double bed needs replacing. We would book again though as loved the position of this holiday home.

    Thankyou for your feedback. Sadly when the kitchen was fitted there was not room for both a dishwasher and a washing machine and we were advised at the time that a washing machine was preferable. We will rethink this and take advice when the present machine needs replacing. The hot water immersion system is normally adequate for the number of guests, it has never been mentioned before. All the mattresses in the bungalow were replaced with brand new ones a year ago. I am sorry if you found them uncomfortable, we always sleep well there but everybody's needs are different. We are glad you loved the location and the bungalow, it is very special. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2022

  • "The Shack is in an idyllic spot with a lovely garden overlooking rolling hills and farmland just 5 minutes walk to the beach and coast paths."

    Reviewed by CfAug 2021

  • "This property is in a fantastic location and this is our second visit."

    The property is starting to look a little tired and could do with a refresh and some of the furniture could also do with replacing, this would also help with the cleanliness. But saving that I love this place and would definitely revisit

    Reviewed by LynnAug 2021

  • "Bungalow location is excellent with lovely views over the valley, easy walk downhill to the beach but obviously harder walk back up the hill."

    Bungalow is well equipped although with staying for 2 weeks a rotary washing line would be great instead of just a airer

    Reviewed by ElaineJul 2021

  • "This is a beautiful property in a stunning location."

    An ideal base to either stay put and enjoy Mawgan Porth or in which to explore Cornwall. I absolutely loved The Shack, the elevated position of this property makes for the most beautiful and peaceful views. Wonderful.

    Reviewed by JayneMay 2021

  • "Property position semi - secluded which is great for privacy with a lovely lawn, perfect for evening games and drinks."

    We were only 5 mins walk via a short cut to the beach. The beach is absolutely amazing. Internet was really good. Only downside which has nothing to do with the property, is the mobile signal.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2021

  • "Had a wonderful week at the shack, second year running, it is so peaceful and very homely loved it so much did not want to leave, will be booking again."

    Reviewed by KerrieSep 2019

  • "We enjoyed our holiday and the views were great!"

    A couple of issues - There was no hoover and the shower was very slow to drain, a problem that previous occupants had commented. The oven and radio could have benefitted from a good clean. The beach was great; very busy!

    Reviewed by TomAug 2019

  • "We’ve just returned from a week at The Shack ."

    ... what a gem! An oasis of tranquility describes the location and the general ambience which added to a week of relaxation and enjoyment. The Shack is well located in Mawgan Porth, having everything to hand - with a beautiful garden and amazing view! As a family, we all loved the accommodation - perfect for a family holiday - and Mawgan Porth has a unique balance which makes an ‘impossible’ balance ‘possible’ - very low key yet having vibrant vibes ... having everything you need for an ‘away from it all’ but everything you need to make it an enjoyable holiday too! Breathtaking walks, stunning beaches, great eateries - what more could you ask for? ... just add The Shack to the holiday mix and you’ve got a perfect combination!

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2019

  • "Great location and the shack had everything we needed which meant a realy happy and relaxed stay."

    Only down side we didn't want to go home.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2019

  • "We’ve had a lovely family holiday at the Shack , Mawgan Porth, Its in a beautiful location,lovely views , plenty of secure private parking, very clean , well equipped and spacious with everything provided for the perfect escape, nice friendly pub with great food and shops just a very short walk away , lovely beach and the north Cornish coast to explore, a magical area , we will definitely book again very soon , Highly recommended."

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2018

  • "The location was amazing, couldn’t have asked for better and the weather was amazing."

    The cottage was nice, a bit dated, but had everything we required. It was really cosy and I loved the underfloor heating.

    Reviewed by JessicaOct 2018

  • "The shack is a wonderful place to stay, peaceful with views you can not get fed up of It has everything you need great location would recommend it to every one."

    Only down side was we had to make a fence to stop our dog from getting up the drive. Will be booking again.

    Reviewed by KerrieSep 2018

  • "Had 2weeksin The shack, bungalow is in a fabulous location with views of countryside its a 5-10 mins walk down a hill to the beach, its graded 4 ticks but that's optimistic more like a 3 as inside is tired and needs attention."

    Windows are blown and need replacing. Beds are hard and uncomfortable as mentioned in other reviews we took our mattress topper in a vac bag to ensure we slept well

    Reviewed by ElaineJul 2018

  • "The Shack is in a fabulous location, just a five minute walk down the hill to the dog friendly beach, and village, where there are shops, pub, restaurants etc."

    Lovely views from the garden. The bungalow itself is suffering a little and could do with a bit of a makeover in places. The kitchen is well equipped, however upon our arrival the washing machine had 2" of stagnant water in it and I had to clean it before I was able to use it (note left for owner). This "puddle" appeared again before the end of the week. The fittings in the bathroom are rusty. The mattresses on the beds are hard and need replacing as they were very uncomfortable. Previous reviews have also mentioned this! In the lounge, the carpet (shown in the online pictures of the property) has been replaced with laminate flooring and was very slippery for our dog, and the fact it showed carpet in the pictures was one of the reasons swaying us to book this property. Throughout the property many of the double glazed windows have blown and are full of condensation blurring views. We couldn't open the patio doors in the lounge. The kitchen window looked like it was about to fall out, so we didn't attempt to open it. The grass hadn't been cut for some time. After showering the first time my husband had to clear the drain at the rear of the premises as it was blocked and water flowing along the path. Having said all the above we were lucky to have good weather and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Not sure how often you grade your properties but you may wish to visit as 4 ticks is a little optimistic compared with other properties we have stayed in.

    Thank you for your feedback. Since this above booking, the patio doors have been replaced as have the few panes of glass that had unfortunately blown. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne-marieMay 2018

  • "We first stayed at The Shack 4 years ago and there have been some improvements, eg."

    recently painted outside and the addition of Wi-Fi Broadband. However, the general condition of The Shack had deteriorated considerably. As another reviewer noted, many of the double glazed units have now blown badly reducing the views, adding to a general feeling of neglect. A particular problem was the comfort of the beds, which ultimately led us to leaving a week early! We also noted rusty soap trays in the shower & bath, the room was in a general state of disrepair although the fittings did work, and apart from a couple of toilet rolls which were left for us, we had to provide every single toiletry including fundamentals such as handwash. Although there is a washing machine, drying facilities are minimal. There is no access to an airing cupboard and the small washing line had just one very rusty peg provided. We are only glad that we did not pay the sums expected in high season, and would encourage Sykes Cottages to send their own Secret Reviewer to check our findings. We certainly will not be returning to The Shack!!!

    Reviewed by EricApr 2018

  • "Whilst The Shack was in a good location we did find it a bit 'tired' eg."

    Front door sticking , windows appeared 'blown' and the mattresses need replacing. We thought that the garden could do with being fenced off to make it safe for young children and dogs.

    Reviewed by RobinFeb 2018

  • "This was our 2nd visit to The Shack."

    Everything you need for your holiday you will find in the shack. A lovely location, quiet and not overlooked. we will be booking again in the near future

    Reviewed by SuzanneJan 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area and door to garden
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Electric convector heating with underfloor heating in the bathroom and hallway
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with basic Sky, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private secluded garden with panoramic views and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and beach 5 mins walk
  • Note: This property is not suitable for wheelchairs.

The property

Newquay 5.5 miles. This detached Newquay holiday home is in a secluded position on the hill overlooking Mawgan Porth Beach, a mile from the long stretch of sandy beach at Watergate Bay north of Newquay.

Reached via a long, private driveway off the road, and with spectacular, uninterrupted countryside views from the garden, this Mawgan Porth bungalow is the ideal place to unwind.

Offering comfortable family accommodation with patio doors opening to the secluded private front garden, the safe, sandy beach is just a 5 minute walk from this Newquay holiday home with its range of shops and cafes.

Much of the coastline to the north of Mawgan Porth is owned by the National Trust and there are a host of pretty coves and rocky outcrops to discover on foot from the coast path.

For families, the popular beaches of Booby's Bay, Constantine Bay and Mother Ivey's Bay are all within a 15 minute drive along narrow lanes.

The attractive village of St Mawgan is two miles up the vale from the beach and has a traditional village inn and a 13th century church with one of the finest collections of monumental brasses in the country.

Further afield, the busy resort of Newquay offers many attractions including its aquarium, zoo, Trenance Gardens and plenty of shops, bars and bistros, while the Eden Project is only 14 miles away.

A lovely Newquay holiday home close to one of the most spectacular stretches of Cornish coastline.

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About the location


Holywell 6 miles; Perranporth 8.5 miles; Truro 14 miles; Padstow 14 miles.

Newquay is the home of the UK’s surf scene, boasting three major beaches, the National Surf Centre and an endless supply of rolling surf, making it a watersports paradise. The town, with its zoo, sea life centre and varied selection of restaurants and pubs, also promises a holiday to remember. For avid walkers, the South West Coast Path passes in both directions along a stunning coastline of high cliffs, hidden coves and yet more beaches. The quaint harbour and fishing village of Padstow is just 14 miles away, while Truro, with its museums, cathedral, restaurants and cobbled streets, as well as the Eden Project, can be reached within 30 minutes. Picturesque St Ives and the Tate St Ives gallery is under an hour's drive or a train ride away. In fact, because nothing in Cornwall is far from Newquay, it’s the perfect touring base.

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