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The Shack

Mawgan Porth near Newquay, Cornwall (Ref. 8036)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
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  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
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40 Customer Reviews

  • "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

  • "This was our second year in the Shack, we love the location and the view."

    So a definite thumbs up!

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2016

  • "The Shack is a gorgeous home from home, in a magical and very peaceful location."

    The view is breath taking and we can't wait to return to such a great holiday base.

    Reviewed by ClareFeb 2016

  • "The Shack is a wonderful place, with great views."

    Right near the beach . Clean, tidy and everything you needed for your holiday. We will be booking again

    Reviewed by SuzanneFeb 2016

  • "This was our fourth time at The Shack as we enjoy the relaxing views and being so close to the sea."

    It is also an ideal base for walking and travelling to other locations in Cornwall.

    Reviewed by PearlJan 2016

  • "Excellent location, so close to the beach and lovely coastal walks."

    Really appreciated the fact that everywhere we went was so dog friendly. Just perfect, thank you!

    Reviewed by CeliaMay 2015

  • "We loved the location to the beach, the views and the peace and quiet."

    The Shack had everything that we needed and we felt very at home there.

    Reviewed by LisaFeb 2015

  • "This property is in a lovely location, just a short walk downhill to the beach and local shops."

    The Shack had everything you need for a holiday including games for children. I would definitely recommend this property and would stay here again.

    Reviewed by LynnAug 2014

  • "A fantastic property in a great location."

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2014

  • "A very quiet location and the property so lovely."

    Newquay and Padstow are a few minutes drive away. It was really nice to sit outside the cottage in the evening and watch the rabbits.

    Reviewed by JoMay 2014

  • "An excellent location to explore Cornwall's Atlantic coastline."

    Very secluded setting with a superb south facing outlook and pleasant short walk down to the beach.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2014

  • "The situation of The Shack was delightful and the rabbits playing in the garden were lovely to watch."

    The beds were very comfortable so we slept well thanks to the Cornish air!! Watergate Beach being so near was lovely too - a lovely place for a game of 'footie'. We loved sitting on the verandah in the warm sunshine - then at night we were able to enjoy the stars - felt we could almost reach out and touch them they were so bright.

    Reviewed by AFeb 2014

  • "The Shack is secluded yet only a 5 minute walk away from a lovely beach and a short drive to coastal walks."

    We shall definitely look forward to going again.

    Reviewed by PearlNov 2013

  • "A well equipped holiday home in a great location."

    Lovely views across countryside, and a short walk to the village centre.

    Reviewed by YvonneAug 2013

  • "This was our second visit to The Shack and certainly will not be our last, we look forward to returning next year."

    Nothing to dislike at all, it was exactly as described. It is very convenient for the beach and walking and was very dog friendly. It's location is also private whilst still being close to all the local amenities.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2013

  • "A well presented property just as described."

    Located in a quiet area of Mawgan Porth with easy access to local shops, pub/restaurants. A delightful village with a very friendly population. The Shack is situated within easy driving distances for Cornish Tourism attractions. Beaches are first class as are the coastal walks. A most enjoyable holiday break! Even some bad weather did not distract us.

    Reviewed by DouglasMay 2013

  • "We loved the location of property, close to the beach."

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2012

  • "Lovely location, great scenery and good surf."

    Mawgan Porth is a pretty town, great for families. We loved the location of the cottage looking down on the town and the scenery from the garden was superb. Cottage is very well equipped. Great place for a family holiday.

    Reviewed by BriegeAug 2012

  • "The cottage was in a fantastic location to walk to the beach with our surf boards yet retain the privacy we love."

    Even our 2 teenagers were happy to come with us on this holiday. The cottage was just as described in the brochure and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2012

  • "The location of the property is only as a five minute walk to the beach, making it an ideal location."

    Very dog friendly, both the The Shack and Cornwall in general.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2011

  • "Very nice view from the side of the garden."

    Only 500m to beach & restaurant and great hiking along the coast track.

    Reviewed by VolkerSep 2011

  • "We loved our stay at The Shack."

    It's a real gem, and the location is great. Excellent contact with the owners beforehand.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2011

  • "The location of the accommodation is excellent - only five minutes to the lovely beach!"

    Gorgeous panoramic views from the garden, very quiet! Every home comfort included! All in all, it was enjoyed by the whole family. Cornwall is very dog friendly and our dog gives a huge paw up! We would recommend it to anyone!

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2011

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great location."

    We LOVED it! All instructions very straightforward and clear, we would highly recommend this cottage for a family holiday.

    Reviewed by VickyJul 2011

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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.


  • 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.

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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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