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1 Dormer Villas

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Portscatho, Cornwall Show on map


  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • location (12)
  • great (11)
  • kitchen (10)
  • space (9)
  • lovely (9)

23 Customer Reviews

  • "Property in a great location but very noisy because of delivery vans for shop, pub and restaurant."

    Also refuse collection lorries (private and public) nearly everyday. Home well equipped and welcome cream tea, wine and flowers a lovely surprise. Has a parking space which is a great bonus but virtually impossible to park as space has very narrow access ( bring a small car). This house has lovely views of the sea from the bedrooms and really central to access nearby beaches and footpaths. This is not a good choice for someone with mobility issues as lots of quirky steps to access two of the bathrooms. Nice garden and good area for hanging out washing and wet swim gear - v useful outside tap and shower, which can be accessed without trapsing through the house. Very nice tasteful furnishings - obviously the owner of this house cares about their guests. We had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Sep 2023

  • "I intend to write to you more fully."

    We expected something very special for the price of this property and we did not think we got that. I think that the owners are resting on their laurels in that the position of the property is exceptional, and the fact that there is parking justifies the very high price. Whilst the kitchen is well equipped it is so badly designed as to be almost unworkable with the fridge down a bottleneck and almost impossible to get to. More to the point is the fact that the shower in the twin bedded room is simply not fit for purpose. It is not possible to turn it on and not be in the cubicle. You have to run through the gamut of freezing cold water to get to the desired temperature and the power of the shower is way too strong for the tiny size of the cubicle. In the other en suite bathroom there is no mirror … nor are there any hand rails to help with the large step down into the bathroom. We failed to get any water flow in the family bathroom. We also discovered that the Draconian check in and check out times are a throw back to Covid and other properties have reverted to a more sympathetic pre-Covid times. I know a lot of people in the village of Portscatho many of whom have rental properties and they could not believe the price. The fact that the price was reduced by £1000 because it was not let in the preceding week left us feeling pretty fed up. I understand that this is a question of the owner’s taste but the art work on the walls is simply ghastly and totally inappropriate for a rental property. It looks like the work of a student on crack cocaine; it is unsettling and horrible. All in all we were disappointed in what we thought was going to be a spectacular property.

    Reviewed by Mary2.8Jul 2023

  • "Great house, very well equipped, clean, comfortable, and lovely welcome treats!"

    Fabulous location for exploring Cornwall via walks/car and great local amenities.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Jun 2023

  • "Given the age of the property the kitchen and utility are probably as good as it gets without knocking walls down and making it open plan which would be a great advantage."

    The two bedrooms with en suites are once again restricted by the space available. However having said all that the position of the house could not be better and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The only slight criticism we have is regarding the cleanliness, the whole house could do with really good “spring clean”

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Jun 2023

  • "Great location."

    A very well-stocked kitchen for glasses, cups, plates, cutlery, pots and pans. However, with the fridge and tea and coffee-making area in a small adjoining room and with the main kitchen dominated by a large Woden island/table, it's quite awkward to cook in. In the dining room, there is a serious trip hazard in the form of a raised floorboard in the left-hand side of the room as you go in and I do feel that this needs to be clearly highlighted, I myself tripped over it a couple of times, fortunately not carrying anything. There is also a very high step up to the mezzanine bathroom but this is clearly indicated and there is also a handrail. The back garden is not sea-facing, but it is lovely and a real sun trap. If you like unusual quirky layouts you'll love this place.

    Reviewed by Jayne4.1Jun 2023

  • "Great location, spacious house and quite qwerky."

    Very short walk to the beach. Shop, a few paces over the road, that stocks nearly everything.....

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic house and lovely time in Portscatho."

    I would definitely recommend as a comfortable base for the area. The Christmas decorations were a very thoughtful touch given that we were there over the Christmas week. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Dafydd5.0Dec 2022

  • "Location of property and views was fabulous."

    Also the welcome pack and flowers was really appreciated along with the property being very clean. A few small point for improvement: Need to have two keys - one was not ideal. Kitchen area was crowded with central island - could be reduced in size to enable more usable space as with 5 of usthere with adog, we needed to have aone way system. Number of drink mugs and bowls was less than ideal. A few things appeared a little tiered or not recently checked, for example sink in main bedroom - very slow draining, electric towel radiator not working although power to it, kitchen- hob extractor fan not working.

    Thank you for your feedback. It is always read and actioned accordingly. We checked the radiator, sink and extractor fan and they were found to be in working order. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Sep 2022

  • "We were over the moon with the property and location in the village, just what we wanted"

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage and location let down by cleaners."

    Cottage was not ready on arrival because beds had not been made. We found a bag of rubbish outside the back door, vegetable waste stuck to the bottom of the kitchen bin, frozen peas in the ice tray in the freezer and sticky marks on kitchen surfaces. Not what we expected particularly with current standard and earlier checkout and later check in times to allow for more thorough cleaning. The caretaking couple were most helpful in working to get the cottage ready for us and keeping us updated and the welcome tray was lovely, especially the treats for the dog- lovely touch! The place itself was delightful and the location perfect with great access to coastal walks and beaches. Lovely outside space and loads of charm and character. We will probably return. If anything it is over equipped, a good clear out of some of the cupboards and surplus equipment would make it easier to keep clean. No one needs 4 chopping boards on holiday!!!

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Sep 2021

  • "I think you definitely need to retake photos of the new garden and or say that it has changed and you only get a much smaller garden and layout."

    For small children I would say they would need supervision all the time as there is a big gap at the end of the rail by fence that they can fall though and big drop. The house was fantastic we had a great stay. Location for everything is great. And the outdoor shower is the best when you come of the beach.

    Reviewed by Polly4.7Aug 2021

  • "There are 3 photos of the outside space to the rear of the property which was included on your listing of a lovely, well kept shaded garden, The reality was that most of this space has either been recently dug up and replaced with the most horrible, uncomfortable to walk on gravel or has been fenced off and given to the neighbouring property."

    The other side of this fence was a daily non-stop cement mixer and workmen from 8am to 4pm - so not only was there barely any garden (& what had been kept, had not been tidied or grass cut). I was not made aware that I would be spending considerable amount of money to be holidaying next door to a lot of building work and constant coming and goings of builders/deliveries etc - one 1 occasion I was asked by a delivery driver to accept a large Ikea order on behalf of the builders who had gone home. I am looking forward to a refund.

    Thank you for your feedback. The garden has undergone improvements to give a much better patio and garden view. There is a new turfed lawn and stone walling as well as new fencing both wooden and safety metal fencing to give privacy from neighbours. An old fishing net shed has been moved from next to the patio to give a better outlook and light. Unfortunately, two large old apple trees unfortunately fell in a storm. All internal work next door has now been completed and the property manager is making sure than any external work is being carried out when guests are out to avoid any disruption. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucinda2.8Jul 2021

  • "The location was perfect."

    Overall good but for the price expected decent pillows, mattress protectors and bins in the rooms. The house could have done with some books on shelves which were bare. There was a lovely welcome pack with homemade scones, jam and clotted cream.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8May 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage for five adults and a dog."

    Plenty of room without being on top of each other. Ideally situated to enjoy the beaches, walks and local amenities. Having the pub so close was great after long walks and a lovely pint. Great food. The outside space and the shower room out the back was ideal for the dog to be washed off. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic location and garden."

    Would love to come back again.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Aug 2020

  • "The property is perfectly situated in a small but bustling, beautiful village."

    Shop, pub, restaurant, beach, family club and takeaway all within a 2 minute walk. Minor thing, for all the kitchen and utility space there is, there is no storage for dry goods (cereal, tins, etc), not a big deal really. Everywhere is dog friendly though the beach in the village is not during the summer months. There is however, a bigger, better, dog friendly beach, only a 10 minute walk away. Garden was great (not over grown at all). We loved every minute of our holiday here.

    Reviewed by Spencer4.7Aug 2019

  • "The house was dirty."

    Many years of cobwebs and grime in the kitchen. Poor equipment and very old.

    Reviewed by Marilyn1.3Aug 2019

  • "The reviews that we had read prior to booking were accurate."

    The bad points were: the incredibly overgrown garden and patio, front and back, a real mess so we couldn't use them at all; the house could have been cleaner particularly the kitchen utensils and it needs more crockery; the stairs (lots of quirky steps in and out of bathrooms) are very steep and should be highlighted in the description; all the furnishings and ornaments/artworks are very old and tatty, looks like a bunch of things that no one wanted. The kitchen island is absolutely huge to the point of making it difficult to move around when preparing food and the various utility rooms are full of junk.The good points were the location, and that's what you pay for - to be in the central village square walking distance from everything; the beds are very comfortable and the showers all work very well. I've used Sykes for years to book cottages and loved them all. This is the first time I felt the need to review one (negatively) - a prime location should not be an excuse to charge such a high rental when the house is not maintained properly.

    Reviewed by Alison3.8Jun 2019

  • "There was a pot of clotted cream and margarine in the fridge and a jar of jam and four scones in the kitchen waiting for us which was a lovely start to our holiday."

    The cottage was very tidy and spacious. The only negative thing I can say is that the washing machine didn't spin, drain or wash our clothes thoroughly and needs to be looked at. Also the washing line in the garden needs to be replaced as the current one is unusable. Luckily there was a dryer. There also needs to be locks on the en-suite doors and the window to the main bathroom didn't open. There was off road parking for one car which was fab. and there was a small beach within a two minute walk and a general shop also within a minute's walk. All in all it was a pleasant week although we won't be staying here again as we like to try different areas to stay in each year.

    ** Owner response - We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Dormer Villas, guests really appreciate the parking provided at the property right in the heart of the village, as you say just a stones throw from the beach, shop and pub.With the property being so busy sometimes appliances do fail but everything has been fixed now Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa3.8Aug 2018

  • "Issues that can be easily resolved: Front gate not operable, hedge over grown blocking gate Fish tank leaking Drive way gate broken - off the hinges Kitchen to cluttered with excess bench space access to dryer hindered access to fridge unacceptable outside court yard required basic maintenance and sweeping prior to use BBQ lid requires handle Ensuite shower pressure requires adjusting Furnishings out of date and smelled."

    Access to main bathroom I believe not to standard and are a trip hazard.

    Reviewed by Robyn1.3Jul 2018

  • "The house was really great, thoroughly enjoyed our week there"

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2018

  • "Portscatho is a small but wonderfully positioned village, for walks along the coast, and relatively quiet coves and beaches."

    Friendly local pub which does excellent food (you need to book) and excellent local shop and butcher. House old, beautiful and quirky. We would definitely go back. Parking isn't easy in the village but there is space for a medium sized car in front of the house.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Mar 2018

  • "Great location."

    Comfy beds and nice hot powerful showers. The house was freezing when we arrived - colder than outside. It would have been nice if the heating had been put on for us. The stairs are uneven - not a problem for us but could be tricky for some older people.

    Reviewed by Helen4.0Feb 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower room, shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower room, shower, basin and WC, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen, utility room, dining room with real fire, sitting room with real fire.
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer
  • TV, DVD
  • WiFi
  • Payphone
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garden with furniture, BBQ and pond
  • One pet welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 min walk
  • Beach 3 min walk
  • Front garden pond, please ensure children are supervised at all times.

The property

Commanding superb sea views from the top of the village square, Dormer Villas is a stone's throw from the sandy cove at Portscatho and the picturesque harbour, on the exclusive and desirable Roseland Peninsula.

An area of outstanding natural beauty, discover the diversity of secluded coves, wooded countryside, fishing villages and scenic cliffs.The town of St Mawes, with harbour overlooking the River Fal and dramatic coastline, has two southerly facing bathing beaches.

The Tudor architecture of St Mawes Castle, built in the reign of Henry VII is a worthy sight.

Hop on the King Harry ferry across the River Fal and discover Falmouth, with four beaches arcing golden sands, Pendennis Castle, and the art and craft galleries, traditional inns and shops.

Explore St Just Roseland with its market square attractions including the 15th century parish church.The house has a spacious ambiance, with three bedrooms, two boasting elevated sea views across to Nare Head and Gull Rock.

A former Sea Captains house, this property has a large comfortable living room with open fire and a family dining room with a multi-fuel burning stove.

The kitchen is well appointed with a central island.

Two of the bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms, with additional bathroom with indulgent roll-top bath.

The sheltered enclosed rear garden with pretty lawn and flower borders is an absolute suntrap ideal for lazy breakfasts and barbecues.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


  • St Mawes 5 miles
  • Truro 15 miles
  • Mevagissey 13 miles

Once an important pilchard-fishing village, today Portscatho is a popular holiday destination for those seeking a traditional seaside location. Brimming with Cornish charm, there is a sandy beach and a harbour, as well as a pub, a butcher’s, a greengrocer’s and a handful of gift shops and galleries. The coastline here is most scenic, with hidden coves, secret beaches and mile upon mile of undulating coastal footpath. The village of Gerrans is just a short stroll along the shore, and the beautiful Porthcurnick beach is also accessible via the coast path from Porthscatho. Portscatho offers a holiday away from it all, with a welcoming community spirit and several annual events which everyone gets involved with – including the fish festival each August.

Note: There is a pond in the garden, please supervise children.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas