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Hillview Cottage

St Columb Minor near Porth, Cornwall (Ref. 920555)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 7

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Very clean. The children loved the little den in the loft space. Easy parking with extra in the little car park behind. Would love to stay again! Checkout is quite early which was tricky with young children and an elderly relative.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2022

  • "The accommodation had everything we needed."

    It was warm and comfortable, the kids were happy as they had their own space and the walled garden was a real suntrap which was really appreciated on the windy days.

    Reviewed by BenApr 2022

  • "We absolutely loved this property."

    Just a 10 minute walk to Porth Beach. Great pub with good food on the doorstep. The kids loved the snug in the attic. The house was very clean and comfortable. I stay in Newquay quite regularly due to having family there and this was the nicest place we have stayed at. Just a shame we cannot stay again as we are having a dog.

    Reviewed by DawnApr 2022

  • "The property really needs to be cleaned more thoroughly to remove the thick dust and cobwebs."

    The food debris under the settees from previous occupants also should have been removed!

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2021

  • "This is a lovely house which is in a good location it’s a 10 minute walk to ..."

    This is a lovely house which is in a good location it’s a 10 minute walk to porth beach , we have stayed in it a few times now as we love the size of the house and it’s great having two shower rooms and a main bathroom the thing that lets this house down is the cleanliness the cleaner only has enough time to do the bathrooms and floors and kitchen and a hover it needs a deep clean once a month as it’s very dusty the head boards in the bedrooms where thick with dust so I cleaned them my self as are the skirtings , there is now a cracked glass panel in the kitchen roof which is over the dinning table which I see was mentioned in a comment in august which has not been fixed and when it rains there is a leak over the breakfast bar which has been like this for the last few years the owner does need to keep the maintenance up as these things let what is a lovely house down and can easily be fixed , we did enjoy the week in this house but it just needs a bit of care and attention

    Reviewed by LorraineOct 2021

  • "We loved our stay here, the house was very spacious and comfortable."

    It was a great location, 10 minute walk to the beach along a nice path. Would stay here again.

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2021

  • "Garden Access On arrival there were no keys to unlock door to garden."

    Contacted Kathy on WhatsApp but no reply. (I had a reply from her the week previous when I discussed child needs for property) We tried to call landline but didn’t connect and so after several days, we called mobile number and spoke to Kathy on the Wednesday. Apparently, Sykes should have contacted us prior to our arrival to make us aware that there was no access to property as some previous guests from two weeks before has taken the keys with them. The previous guests were due to send the keys via the post and we should have been told to await the package. A package arrived and enclosed was an apology letter from the previous family with two electrical extension leads but no keys. We spoke to Kathy to let her know. A locksmith was then arranged to come to the property on Thursday but... we as guests were asked if we were able to be at the property to let the locksmith in. We advised we were not staying in on our holiday to wait for a locksmith and had to leave a key for them to access the property whilst we were out for the day. We booked a house with an enclosed garden as have two children who would have loved to access this to see the animals at the rear of the property and for some additional space It was such a shame that we were not able to access the garden at the property until the Friday of the last full day of our holiday. This is major safety issue as we has no alternative fire escape as two of the three access routes out of the property were locked. Requested Child Items On booking the property, I stated that we would need stairgates, cot and a highchair for a two-year-old. Upon arriving at the property, I had to search the property for the items requested. I found one stairgate in the bunk-bed room at the side of the headboard. The other stargate was in the under the stairs cupboard underneath some bedding (unsure if clean or spare as not folded or in any cases etc) and I had to move all this bedding to find all the fixings scattered on the floor. I Whatsapped Kathy a week before our arrival (21st August) to confirm the item needed to which Kathy responded. When I messaged on the Sunday (29th August) and again on Monday (30th) these were not responded to. Both messages were delivered but unread. We never found the highchair. Cleanliness Overall the property was adequate for use. In the kitchen area, the fridge was not clean upon arrival, and we cleaned before use. The downstairs toilet extractor fan was extremely dusty, and the dust had fallen on the doorframe and looked as not cleaned for some time. Rooms looked clean with bedding etc but when item moved, lots of dust in locality near wall sockets etc. Possibly needs a deep clean once a month especially in peak season. We tried to keep the property as clean as possible but to have one small outside green bin and a couple of bags for a large family for a weeks stay was quite full very quickly. A second bin would have been better rather than being advised to use a curtain to cover rubbish upon driveway. Shattered Window in skylight Window pane in skylight in kitchen was shattered and reported to management company. (Apparently previous renters had not reported this) I know nothing possibly could have been done in our holiday, but again a safety concern as directly over the dining table. Other issues- Shower screen in Twin room broken/easily derailed Shower in master blocked upon arrival and we fixed this as otherwise unable to use Curtains didn’t fit windows so when closed, gaps at the top and bottom let light through. Nets were held up with blue tack and a tension rod.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "The location of the house is great."

    Good access to walks and Porth and the pub on the doorstep was great. The only thing that let the house down was the cleanliness of it which can be swiftly fixed. The house was very dusty throughout, windows needed cleaning inside and out and the showers filled up with water because the drains needed cleaning out. This detracted from what is a lovely house with great facilities for a large family. Parking useful too. It seemed obvious that whoever is cleaning this house for changeover has a very limited time and only managed to get beds changed, bathrooms cleaned and the kitchen cleaned. Other areas were not up to scratch and I would not pay next years summer prices for this.

    Reviewed by LucyAug 2021

  • "Thought it was too pricey tbh but was a super place, clean, comfortable & had pretty much all you needed."

    Great location too. Would defo come again but not sure I'd pay the same amount though, when we can safely head abroad.

    Reviewed by TimJun 2021

  • "Wonderful house in a lovely quiet village that has the advantage of a good food pub and a co-op shop."

    Great local walks. Far reaching countryside views from the back garden. Loved our stay and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by FrancesJun 2021

  • "Great family house in a good location to explore the coast."

    Reviewed by HannahMay 2021

  • "Had a wonderful stay."

    The house had everything needed and was very beautiful. We would definitely book this property again.

    Reviewed by AndreaMay 2021

  • "It was clean , Homely, catered for everyone, Would recommend 100% , lovely meals ..."

    It was clean , Homely, catered for everyone, Would recommend 100% , lovely meals in the Local pub and a great shop up the hill , had everything you could need , local to Porth Beach , Amazing walk over the fields down to Porth Beach , Beautiful, was such a Lovely Break

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2020

  • "A true home from home - not too many places we've stayed where we have been able to say that!"

    Spacious, clean, well equipped, and not too far from Newquay. Thanks Kathryn.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "The house was nice a few things need doing but was a good holiday home was ..."

    The house was nice a few things need doing but was a good holiday home was disappointed with the cleaning as we could not get in till 5 expected it to be spotless all the Rubbish from the previous tenants was left at front and the seagulls had rip open the bags and spread it all about so our first job was to pick it up and put it in new bags when the bin men came 3 days later they only took what was in a very small bin so lots of bags were still left I think it should be removed after every tenant leave so the new ones have somewhere to put their rubbish

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2020

  • "We loved staying in this house it’s a great size and is really homely , the ..."

    We loved staying in this house it’s a great size and is really homely , the kitchen was well stocked and the fridge freezer is a lovely size , we used the bbq which worked really well the garden and side gate is great for when you come back from the beach there’s a hose pipe to wash your beach shoes and things out , the place was nice and clean I was worried after seeing the last review so they must of took note of that , there are a few cobwebs but it’s a big house to clean and I noted the hover didn’t have a long pipe to reach them so think you need to get one that does reach especially The dome in the middle of the kitchen , we loved the showers in the bathrooms and the bedrooms where lovely and comfy a great house and a good location took us 10 mins to drive to watergate bay , and a lovely walk to Porth from the house we will be back next year thanks for a great holiday

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2020

  • "The cleanliness was horrendous, to say we’re in a pandemic myself and my sister in law had to clean the house on arrival."

    I then rang the number provided and they sent a cleaner out (she cleaned 2 sinks and mopped the floors) the mattress protectors was filthy and also the sofa smelt, assuming that hadn’t been cleaned in between guests There was a bag of rubbish left on the front that the neighbours told us had been there nearly 2 Months. I seriously think you need to change the cleaning company used! House is beautiful, possible new bbq needed but other than the cleaning ISSUE and it really was an issue especially during the current climate the house and location is lovely!

    Reviewed by RebeccaAug 2020

  • "Apart from the cleaning in the shower, sticky table as another commenter mentioned and a few cobwebs this holiday cottage is lovely and nearly everywhere was fresh and clean, it is almost like walking into your own home with everything you need there."

    Would be nice to have a tv in the main bedrooms .. Do not worry about church bells which was mentioned by someone else I hardly heard any bells at all! If you have a 4x4 like I do just park outside the front as you won't fit in the drive. Lovely 7 minute walk to Porth beach .

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hillview cottage."

    Everything we could have possibly needed to make our stay comfortable was provided. We like to cook, and found the kitchen/diner had everything we needed with a light filled dining space to share a meal in the evening. The books and games provided were a bonus, and gave us the chance to spend some well needed family time together. The location is excellent, with a short walk to Porth beach and a friendly local pub and shop within walking distance. Newquay centre was also walkable from the house. The children enjoyed chilling out in the spacious bedrooms and loft area. We would definitely return to this property.

    Reviewed by MelissaAug 2019

  • "Overall we were very happy with the cottage, it's lovely and comfortable, good facilities, and we would recommend it to our friends in a heartbeat."

    However we do have some constructive feedback which I hope is helpful....the main issue we had was the general cleanliness of the plave.... when we arrived there was rubbish piled up in the driveway which hadn't been sorted, an old curtain was included and everything was soggy and wet, it required us to have to empty all the bags and arrange the recycling correctly which wasn't pleasant. I appreciate it has to be put out, however there's no excuse for it just being left in a nasty wet pile for someone else to sort out. There was a bag full of rubbish left in one of the bathrooms upstairs which I presume the cleaners had forgotten, and the whole house had several large black cobwebs which we didn't go looking for, they were clearly visible so I don't know how the cleaners didn't spot them. The kitchen table was sticky, so we cleaned it ourselves using antibac spray and the cloth was black once we had finished, this demonstrated that the general level of cleaning wasn't great and may need to be picked up with whoever is responsible. I also think it's worth warning people that the driveway is extremely tight, and that the church tower chimes every 15 minutes 24 hours a day which could prove to be disruptive for families with young children, especially when it's hot and you've got the windows open at night. I hope this helps Thanks

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2019

  • "2nd year booking this fantastic cottage."

    Family of 7- 2 adults and 5 children between 6-13 years old. Plenty of space for everyone, great size kitchen with big dining table and utility room. Location is good for Porth beach and Watergate Bay. Pub across the road is family friendly and provides good meals and drinks for all. The Co-op in the village is very handy but the Aldi in Newquay provides a good full shop- and is only 10 min drive from cottage. Parking for 2 cars not a problem outside cottage and using church car park behind cottage. The only negative we had this year compared to last year was that the house was quite dirty in places. Skirting boards and kitchen floor particularly. When the toys rolled under the sofa.... it was a pretty grim experience retrieving it. If that could be rectified then the rating would get 10 every time!

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2019

  • "Amazing house centrally located to explore Cornwall!"

    The only drawback at first is the church next door ringing it’s bells all night? You get used to it after a few days but the first nights sleep was interrupted by these bells! We had a great week as the weather was kind to us. Would return again if in the area.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2019

  • "Hillview cottage is set in a fantastic location for exploring the nearby attractions/beaches."

    Would highly recommended this beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2019

  • "The house was amazing, sparkling clean, comfortable and absolutely perfect for our holiday."

    With 5 adults ranging across 3 generations, the house offered the perfect living space to get together for some family time, while being spacious enough to offer private space for everyone. If I was forced to find faults, I would say that parking can be a bit of a bother due to the narrow street (but still certainly doable and you have a permanent spot in front of the house). the double fridge door requires some getting used to and we could have used an extra recycling bag / box for bottles and tins (nudge nudge wink wink). I am really scraping the bottom of the barrel to find these "faults" because if I go on holiday down that side of the world again, I will first look to see whether this house is available because I would rent it again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2019

  • "Very nice house , good location enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by BrendaJun 2019

  • "Website and app easy to navigate."

    We booked for Hillview Cottage St Columb Minor, Newquay and could not have been more impressed the accommodation was stunning and very well furnished we didn’t want to leave. A great village pub (the farmers arms) is just on the corner and the food was fantastic what a great couple of nights. Would definitely stay here again without hesitation.

    Reviewed by DarrenOct 2018

  • "Great holiday home from home."

    Couldn't fault it. Pub 50 yards away has a great selection of tasty meals at very keen prices, helpful friendly staff and locals. Lovely house in a great location.

    Reviewed by DarenSep 2018

  • "House was lovely."

    Communication with Sykes was brilliant, when I had a question it was answered immediately. Will definitely use Sykes again.

    Reviewed by HayleyAug 2018

  • "This is a lovely holiday home and even with seven of us you never felt underneath each other's feet."

    The property is situated perfectly giving you a variety of local beaches to choose from, all within a short drive of.

    Reviewed by JustinAug 2018

  • "The house was really above our expectations."

    It made the perfect house for our holiday like a home from home and we also managed to extend our stay as we enjoyed it that much Thankyou

    Reviewed by CassandraMay 2018

  • "Fantastic property, very homely and would fully recommend again."

    Reviewed by BradleyJun 2017

  • "The house was extremely clean."

    Decorated through out to a great standard. Just felt like it was home from home. Great quiet base for exploring the local area and the church bells which go off every 1/4 hour were great to listen too. Would definitely recommend to all.

    Reviewed by WayneJun 2017

  • "A lovely place in a great setting."

    Very clean and tidy, will be booking with you again!

    Reviewed by TomFeb 2017

  • "Lovely cottage to stay in, pristine, would wholeheartedly recommend this which was also an I deal location for us to explore Cornwall."

    Kathy the agent was very helpful. Thank you. Word of warning when requesting cottage key code remember to do so in advance (my own fault) as this part of the country is not great for mobile reception/connection and it can be very stressful when you can't get through. Customer service team at Sykes very supportive and helpful.

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x single, 1 x children’s bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Second floor play/study room in attic.
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Rangemaster electric range with double oven with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with BT Youview/FreeSat, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair, stairgates and fixed fireguard available on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car, free roadside parking at front of cottage and free additional parking in church car park at rear of cottage
  • Private, walled lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk, pub 1 min walk
  • Note: This property is not suitable for wheelchair users.

The property

This is a beautifully refurbished semi-detached cottage set in the lovely village of St Columb Minor near Newquay, Cornwall.

Set just outside the lovely village of Porth is this lovely cottage, perfect for a family beach holiday and for touring this pretty part of the country.

As soon as you set foot inside the door you sense...

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Porth 1 mile; Newquay 1.6 miles; Truro 14 miles.

St Columb Minor is a quiet village off the main road into Newquay, with a supermarket and an excellent local pub, the Farmers Arms. Here, apart from being well-known for their food and local ales, a varied range of weekly events prove most popular. Opposite the pub, is the magnificent village church, dating from around 1430, and the high tower has been a landmark for generations of fishermen. There are many lovely beaches on offer in Newquay that you will be spoilt for choice but, for families, Porth beach takes some beating. A lovely sandy beach with a sheltered aspect being protected by headlands on both sides, it has been a favourite with those in the know for many years. Just over a mile away is the town of Newquay which is known as 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!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas