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Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Hot tub
  • 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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20 Customer Reviews

  • "I left a message in the comments book which basically covered everything."

    Lovely position, near beach. Road to it very narrow, Sykes say 3 parking spaces but only one when you get there and it states this in the property folder. Family member burnt his hand on a faulty radiator which later fell off the wall as brackets literally melted. This tripped the switch leaving us with very little working, including hot water in two bathrooms. Hard to contact anyone and had to use phone in nearby pub to leave message. Maintenance made live wire safe but was unable to fix/ replace. Left with one electric shower only do struggle for my elderly mother. Lovely welcome pack of cream tea on arrival, best hot tub and hot tub maintenance ever experienced. Homely feel, decor and comfort. I’m sure we would return again but only if Sykes can promise all facilities are in good working order and give clarity on parking space/ spaces?? Also, give clearer directions please as I used Google maps to find exact address.

    Reviewed by Louise3.1Oct 2023

  • "The property was in a lovely location, a short walk downhill to the beach."

    The beach bars are also easily walkable. The only thing the location needs is a road sign, as it's so easy to miss. The small road/track you need towards the houses, is immediately after a car park on the left. We have a lovely cream tea welcome pack left for us. The house itself is lovely, nice high ceilings and plenty of room. No wardrobes, just hanging rails, which is Ok for a short stay. But getting around the bed with that was a little annoying (we had the downstairs room). TV and Alexa. We didn't really cook much, but it was all there. Take some toilet roll, as there didn't seem to be quite enough for our weekend. The hot tub was a nice treat, and it actually stayed hot. Overall, we were really happy to have stayed there, and would consider it again.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Sep 2023

  • "The down stairs wet room radiator doesn’t work."

    The bulb in the master bedroom on-suite it’s working and the fridge isn’t working correctly.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Sep 2023

  • "The house was fantastic very comfortable and clean well decorated and the hot tub was perfect way to relax after long days of walking."

    Only 1 issue that recycling and waste bins were full on arrival this my have been an oversight and wasn't a problem. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Sep 2023

  • "We stayed here at the end of August 2023."

    The property is surrounded by other holiday properties, parking was difficult and you couldn't always park outside of the property which did cause difficulties. The area by the hot tub needs some tlc, so we only went out there once. We had to contact the owners as we spotted a rat on the decking near the patio door. The maintenance person arrived to put poison down, but it did put us off going outside to enjoy the hot tub. The bedrooms are comfortable so no complaints, the downstairs area was small as the dining table is huge and takes up a lot of the space so it is difficult if there are quite a few of you in the property. The cleanliness of the property was average, we had a problem with the upstairs shower in the ensuite, it was taking forever to drain so you had to be careful not to be in there too long. The road up to the property is single track, walking down to the beach is difficult especially if you have children as when cars are going up and down there are not many passing places to get out of the way of the cars. Overall I would not return to this property.

    Reviewed by Suzanne2.8Aug 2023

  • "Photographic advert we think is misleading where although the property provided adequate space the photo shows Tolcarne and the property next door only evident on arrival."

    The limited space at the rear is not shown. Other than main bedroom upstairs all other bedrooms only had hanging rails. We did experience very good service when we had a problem with no hot water that was fixed same day as fault reported. Overall we enjoyed our stay at Tolcarne.

    Reviewed by John4.1Aug 2023

  • "I thought the inside decor was really cosy and beautiful and was surprised by the uplifting high ceiling and windows at the back of the lounge area with views of outside trees."

    Lying in the hot tub with the trees and sounds of bird song was really relaxing and really miss that part of holiday. Please don’t get rid of the hot tub as made the holiday extra relaxing. We were also surprised how close we were to sea; as walkable in 10 minutes. After couple of days discovered cliff path from top of lane hill; just outside houses area; I thought it was just someone’s drive; was handy to walk the dog. Would be good if there was a cliff path sign there, but it’s just handily opposite the dog poo bin. The cliff path area was stunning, and surprised to find walk north to Chapel cove closer than we thought( although would be more of a trek with a young family and beach stuff to carry; so would be easier then to drive to);and amazed such a small cove had a really good cafe and toilets. Would definitely love to come back sometime. There is a friendly grocery store; which we should have used more but had arranged a Tesco delivery; also a great pub and a relaxing bar where you can order food. Also a chip shop that is open the later part of the week and weekends. The gift shop near bar has a great supply of beach type stuff if you forget anything, like flip flops, beach mats, towels. If you love the beach; you really wouldn’t need to venture out of Porthtowan if the weather was good.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jun 2023

  • "As stated to Sykes cottages we found the house dirty."

    It needed a very good clean which we did ourselves. All tables, sides and most other areas in fact where dirty. Contacted the number left for us to be told they don’t work there anymore.

    Reviewed by Kirk3.1Jun 2023

  • "The apartment we stayed in for our holiday was exceptional."

    It was clean, well stocked and even had tiny touches such as tea towels, dishwasher tablets, washing tablets, fairy liquid, milk and some scones with jam and butter to welcome us! Other places I have stayed and have quite literally been empty but this was a lovely surprise after a long drive! The owners and maintenance company were on hand for any queries we had and the location itself was beautiful! Just a walk down the hill and you are on the beach and have the luxury of a cafe, bar, pub and ice cream shop! A 10 minute drive to be able to get any other essentials such as Tesco and petrol! Would highly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by Mica5.0Apr 2023

  • "The house and facilities were great, everything you could need in a holiday home."

    We all enjoyed the hot tub!!

    Reviewed by Rosie4.4Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful holiday home."

    Had everything needed. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great place to stay with all the family."

    It was clean had all the facilities and equipment needed to cook and prepare meals, close to pubs and restaurants to eat out. Great hot tub we all enjoyed it several times a day. Only point to note is there is no phone signal so great if you want to be off grid, not so great if you're if you need it, wi-fi was unfortunately not working for first 24 hours but this was fixed by the Sykes team who were very friendly and efficient. Great to be able to charge the car and a dog friendly place too.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.7Feb 2023

  • "Fantastic place!"

    It had all we could have wanted

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent holiday cottage."

    Lovely and clean and modern. Well equipped kitchen and comfy beds. Fantastic location, close to the beach and cliff top walks. Only slight niggle is that we didn’t have WiFi for 3 days - this was a local issue rather than specific to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic place, home from home and highly recommended, would definitely stay again"

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0May 2022

  • "Very clean and tidy, very enjoyable stay."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7Apr 2022

  • "We absolutely loved the house & its location."

    It was impeccably well appointed - only missing champagne flutes & a pizza cutter

    Reviewed by Lyndsay5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Tolcarne with our dogs and two teenagers."

    The property has been updated with all the facilities needed and was clean on arrival. All the rooms are decorated to a high standard. We had a few issues with the EV charger, but this was eventually rectified. The short but steep walk into Porthtowan meant that we could have an extra cream tea! Porthtowan itself if beautifully unspoilt, with a couple of places to eat and drink, a local store offering fresh baked goods and general items at realistic prices, everyone was just so friendly. The beach and surrounding area is truly stunning whether the tide is in or out. The walk over the cliff path to Porth Chapel is definitely worth the effort, especially for the views and the ice-cream at the end. The teens enjoyed the surf school and would highly recommend. Would we go back? of course. In fact we had to force ourselves to leave. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Apr 2022

  • "The house and location were brilliant."

    We weren’t really expecting such a lovely house as the price was reasonable. Everything was spotless, comfortable and modern , the hot tub was a real bonus . The village was also lovely , a couple of pubs and cafe , local shop and great cliff walks. The kids were happy and so were we. All round fabulous break.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Apr 2022

  • "Extremely disappointed with promised EV charging not functioning (and agents advice to use distant public chargers not acceptable solution)."

    This property is falsely advertised and this feature should be removed from website. Need to charge elsewhere caused us to cut our stay short which is a shame as rest of facilities are very good.

    Thank you for your feedback. You were advised by a member of our team to download the app, which would allow you to pay on a pay-as-you-go system. - The Cornish Cottage Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard2.8Feb 2022

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size with TV, balcony and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x ground-floor double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be king-size on request), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • EV car charging point - Payment is made via an app
  • Instructions will be provided in the property.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available (Cot bedding not supplied)
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Front decking with furniture
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Enclosed back yard with raised decking, hot tub and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Provisions Shop, Restaurant, Bar, Cafe, Takeaway Fish & Chip shop and beach 0.4 miles
  • Surfing equipment and hire shop 0.4 miles
  • Surf school and Children’s play area 0.4 miles
  • Note: There are steep steps leading to the decking in the back yard, please take care
  • Note: The front decking is not enclosed, please take care and ensure pet and children are supervised at all times
  • Note: The hot tub will not be available until the 25th May 2024

The property

This enticing, mid-terrace holiday home, Tolcarne, rests on the coast in Porthtowan, Cornwall.

The perfect setting for a family getaway, Tolcarne enjoys a quiet, rural location while the beach is only a stone's throw away.

Head inside to be dazzled by this beautifully decorated accommodation, and make your way to the kitchen, which has an array of contemporary appliances within its sleek units and is well-equipped for any occasion; it even has a dishwasher for a swift, post-meal clean-up!

When tasty dinners have been rustled up, take them over to the dining area which easily seats up to eight guests; ideal for a family get-together.

After dinner, head over to the sitting area which has a Smart TV and three sofas, so you can spend the rest of the evening enjoying some well-deserved unwinding.

When the day comes to an end, pick one of the four tastefully furnished bedrooms to retire to, the first of these sitting on the ground floor and comprising a double with an en-suite wet room, continue upstairs to come across the master bedroom, the perfect retreat for those after a little more privacy, owing to its wall-mounted TV, en-suite shower room and private balcony!

Two twin bedrooms can also be found close by, one of which enjoys a high, vaulted ceiling, giving it a touch of opulence, and the other offering zip/linked beds, for added flexibility.

All the bedrooms enjoy coastal touches, giving a lovely nod to the local area, whilst being within reach of a contemporary bathroom, where soothing soaks can be enjoyed in the bath.

Situated behind the property is an enclosed yard, where you can follow the steps up to find a bubbling hot tub, where you can enjoy a relaxing dip and soak the day away!

Porthtowan is not just a great spot for your amenities, but offers some amazing things to do, from a handful of gorgeous beaches and a rockpool within walking distance, to access to the South West Coastal Path, where you can hike into the St Agnes Heritage Coast area; it is truly idyllic!

Spend some time in Portreath, home to the sight of the Portreath Daybeacon, as well as access to the fantastic Feadon Wildlife & Education Centre and Portreath Beach.

For a day in the city, head to Truro, a bustling location that is home to a magnificent Cathedral for your to tour, the fantastic Truro Golf Club, where you can enjoy a round of eighteen-holes, and the famed green space of Boscawen Park; perfect for walks and picnics!

The area is home to a plethora of things to see and do, with the sands of Perranporth and Newquay within reach, along with the gorgeous sights of Godrevy nature reserve; you'll rarely be bored.

Tolcarne promises a fantastic stay in an equally amazing area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


St Agnes 4 miles; Portreath 4 miles; Truro 9 miles.

Porthtowan is a small village resting on west Cornwall’s beautiful coastline, renowned for its Blue Flag beach, which at low tide exposes almost a mile and a half of fine, golden sands. Fringed by impressive granite cliffs, the beach is a popular surfing venue and is lifeguarded during the summer, making it ideal for families. Porthtowan is part of the St Agnes designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are some wonderful walks to be found, offering vivid scenery along the South West Coast Path, whether you choose to head east to St Agnes or west to Portreath. The towns of St Ives and Penzance, with their art galleries, restaurants and quaint harbours, are half an hour’s drive away, whilst Flambards Theme Park, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, and the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station are just a few of the other diverse attractions scattered around this picturesque region. A great base for a varied family break.

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Note: The hot tub at the property will not be available until the 25th May 2024

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas