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Uphill Cottage

Penrose, near St Merryn, Cornwall (Ref. 976328)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Two of us, and our dog, enjoyed a week at Uphill Cottage."

    It was an ideal base to walk between Padstow and Hayle on the South West Coast Path. The cottage is very homely and has a real “lived-in” feel. There’s no mobile ‘phone reception, but the WiFi works well. Malcom, the owner, lives close by and was delightful. There’s only one bathroom and toilet, so beware long soaks in the bath! It’s in a very peaceful hamlet, but there are no facilities such as a shop, pub or play park; you'll need your car to get about. We’d gladly rebook Uphill Cottage.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2022

  • "The cottage was a perfect base for the week."

    With a horse at the end of the road and the cottages small garden perfect for watching birds from the conservatory. Penrose is a very quiet and peaceful location, half way between Newquay and Padstow with the beautiful beaches of Mawgan Porth, Constantine Bay, Harlyn Bay and Treyarnon Bay close by. We go to Cornwall once or twice most years, and try different cottages. Would definitely come back!

    Reviewed by ZoeApr 2022

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful 'home from home' stay at the cottage and Malcolm the owner ensured we were ok all through the week."

    What a lovely property, quirky and well equipped. It was very comfy (especially the beds, we had great sleeps!) and we loved that it was a great base location wise for all our favourite places. We will be going back!

    Reviewed by NeilApr 2022

  • "A great week in Cornwall as always."

    The cottage was lovely and cosy (though mind your head on the tiny door frames

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2021

  • "This cottage is situated in a small Hamlet."

    it’s a very quiet and peaceful location. Everybody was very friendly and helpful. Great location with 7 beaches close by. Our favourites were Watergate Bay and Porthcothon Bay to name a few. We look forward to returning to explore some more. Mr & Mrs Jeffery

    Reviewed by KimOct 2021

  • "We had a great time in Uphill Cottage the owners were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble."

    The cottage was warm and cosy withe the woodburner lit on the cooler nights. The location is ideal close to Padstow but in a very quiet hamlet. The beach is close by and for the adventurous it's an interesting walk we found an ancient bridge over the stream that was very pretty and when you get back you can recoup with a glass of wine in the conservatory. All in all a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2021

  • "Uphill cottage is in a lovely quiet hamlet but with close proximity to many beautiful beaches and places to enjoy."

    The owner is very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by SallySep 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage, great location with a lovely walk through countryside (1."

    5 miles) to a wonderful beach (Porthcothan). The beach is dog friendly all year and beautiful coastal walks start from both sides of the small bay.

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2021

  • "Uphill Cottage is in a pretty hamlet called Penrose."

    It is very quiet and perfect to return to after a busy day on one of the nearby beaches. Constantine Bay is spectacular but parking was difficult there. We liked Porthcothan Bay as it isn’t too big or commercialised but the facilities are good, such as a lovely little bakery for ice creams, coffee, tea, cakes, Cornish pasties… We hired body boards there and they weren’t as expensive as at other bigger beaches. There are lovely coastal paths affording fabulous views of the magnificent rocky cliffs, sandy bays and sunsets. We even saw dolphins one evening, while watching the sun go down. Didn’t want to come home.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at Uphill Cottage and Malcolm, the owner, was absolutely fantastic."

    We highly recommend this property and the area was perfect. Everything was exactly how we wanted it to be. Being a good distance to Porthcothan beach was fantastic. Not to mention how beautiful the flowers were surrounding the outside of the property and how friendly the neighbours were. We felt welcomed and right at home. After returning from a busy area, it was lovely returning to the peace and quiet of Uphill Cottage. We highly recommend.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2021

  • "Our cottage was lovely, spent many an evening enjoying a glass of wine in the conservatory watching the sunset."

    So peaceful, and with beautiful beaches on the doorstep, it was everything we hoped it would be.

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2021

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at Uphill Cottage."

    The cottage is well equipped including a washing machine and dryer. I found the beds very comfortable which is probably a first for me away from home. The location is quiet and the views from the cottage conservatory quite spectacular, very welcome after a visit to crowded Padstow we could return to the cottage and relax in the peace and quiet. The cottage is well placed to visit many of the lovely sandy beaches and the nearest one Porthcothan is about a 15 min drive away maybe a bit longer if your nervous on the narrow lanes! It’s also dog friendly. We found the storage heaters a problem in that we wanted heat in the evening and of course they had gone cold by then so we would say a more modern form of heat the guests can control. There is a log fire but being over a certain age we had no intention of coming on holiday and cleaning that out every morning we remember what that used to entail when we had coal fires! All in all we would be happy to holiday at Uphill again and would recommend to our friends.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "Great location a walk through the valleys takes you directly to the beach about a mile away ."

    Car park at local beach free after 5 pm. Owner of cottage very nice friendly man .

    Reviewed by TracyMay 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a very nice and quiet hamlet."

    Very cosy and comfortable, with a sunny conservatory and beautiful views of the surrounding hills! Also very close to the beach which you can reach via beautiful footpath. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MarcelMay 2021

  • "The weather was awful but we couldn't fault Uphill Cottage."

    It was very well equipped and contained all we needed for a lovely holiday. Penrose is a charming friendly little hamlet in a handy location only a 10 minute or so drive from a number of beautiful beaches.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2021

  • "The cottage and location were exactly what we were looking for and in need of - plenty of walking and the beach nearby."

    The nearby farm and it`s daily workings were a joy to watch and a chat with the farmer was fun and informative. Our dog also had plenty to do and see on the local walks! We found sitting in the conservatory and resting after a long walk most relaxing and enjoyable. Suggestions: don`t change anything it is near perfect! Thank you Malcolm (owner) for ensuring everything was in good order and that we had all we needed. Will we return? - certainly, and at the next opportunity to `get away` for a break.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2021

  • "Upper Hill Cottage was just perfect, so cosy and pretty, it was exactly what we needed."

    The cottage is small but quaint and very clean, amd the location is brilliant for reach of all the 7 beaches and Padstow.. We will be coming back soon we hope ..

    Reviewed by KeeleyMay 2021

  • "Lovely traditional and comfortable cottage, full of character in pretty, peaceful and rural village."

    Friendly and helpful host. Loved the sunny little garden watching village life go by, slowly. Not far from several beaches and close to Padstow. Also lots of great restaurants and places to eat (with outdoor space) within a short drive. Would go back in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by SuzanneApr 2021

  • "We stayed at Uphill Cottage for a week at Easter and it was just perfect for our family of five."

    Its a beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean and had everything we needed - a real home away from home. The village (hamlet really) is a really lovely location, quiet and peaceful with a beautiful walk, about a mile, down to the nearest beach, through fields and alongside a small river. We'd not explored this part of Cornwall before, but it has some incredible beaches and fantastic coastal walks, plus the Camel Trail is also not far. We would recommend to anyone, and would love to go back!

    Reviewed by HughApr 2021

  • "If you are looking for a dog friendly quiet getaway cottage in a stunning part of the country , this place fits the bill."

    Warm , cosy , everything we needed , excellent wi fi access, but no phone signal. We were able to use the wi fi to make calls though. The owners were attentive and helpful without crowding you, little extras were much appreciated. Highly recommended and much enjoyed. Thanks.

    Reviewed by DaveOct 2020

  • "We had the loveliest holiday at uphill cottage."

    Such a gorgeous homely cottage with everything we needed and more. Truly a home from home so cosy with the lovely fire on when we had a couple of dull bad weather days but was lovely to be tucked up all cosy. Malcolm was so welcoming and so helpful with all his local knowledge and was so kind to bring us a lovely bottle of wine and homegrown tomatoes. Such a beautiful village and lovely walks right from the cottage through woods and streams to the local beach. The people in the village were so friendly and always said good morning and hello even the lovely collie dog from the farm would come and say hello.. we will definitely be back

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely in a very quiet location, but in easy reach of the beaches and other attractions."

    It was well equipped with wifi, laundry facilities and cooking utensils etc. The cottage felt homely and was very comfortable. The beds were all very comfortable to sleep in. Sitting in the conservatory in the warm evening sun was a bonus too. We were 4 adults and certainly did not feel at all cramped in the cottage.

    Reviewed by AdrianAug 2020

  • "Cottage was as described in quietlocation cottage owner was very attentive and helpfull"

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2019

  • "Uphill cottage was a joy to stay in very clean and cosy loved the quirkinesses and very peaceful with only the sound of chickens and horses strolling by our two doggies milo and Maddie loved it with the beach 5 mins drive away we were there most mornings the village of st merry n only down the road had two very nice pubs farmers do a great car very and the Cornish arms fab evening meals all dog friendly Malcolm the owner helped with all our needs the wood burner was a hit on those chilly evenings thanks again for a lovely week we will return Simon."

    Jan. Milo and Maddie

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2019

  • "Uphill cottage is a true Cornish Gem!"

    It is an amazing cottage with everything you need for a holiday. Beds were comfy and the lounge was great to sit as a family and watch films in the evenings. The dogs had a great time too, with loads of local walks through woods and streams and onto Porthcothan beach. Malcom was helpful and full of local knowledge, which was really helpful as we didn't know the area at all. The cottage is close to great surfing beaches and cliff top walks as well as the Camel trail close by. We will be back again, and hopefully for much longer! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2019

  • "Lovely old cottage in a peaceful little village just a couple of miles from the coast."

    An excellent base to tour the area with Newquay, Padstow and Wadebridge just a short drive away. We visited a different beach most days, including Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Mawgan Porth, and Harlyn. Thankfully we were blessed with good weather. Our host was very attentive and helpful suggesting places to eat and visit.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2019

  • "We had a great holiday and the cottage was lovely."

    Had a lovely welcome from Malcolm who gave us loads of information on all the good places to go. The flowers on arrival were beautiful and it was so relaxing. Would definitely visit again! The wild life and local beaches were fabulous and the cottage was just how I imagined it would be. I would recommend a stay here to anyone who is looking for a relaxing and chilled out vacation.

    Reviewed by SydneyJun 2019

  • "The cottage had everything in it that we needed for an enjoyable stay."

    Malcolm our host made us very welcome and gave us useful local information. An ideal base for visiting the glorious local coastline or going further afield. We hope to be back!

    Reviewed by JuliaJun 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week at Uphill Cottage, a delightful cottage in a very pretty little hamlet."

    From the moment we arrived we felt at home, Malcolm popped across to greet us and make sure we had everything we needed, which we did. Penrose is so close to beautiful beaches and countryside and only a few minutes by car from Padstow. The cottage has a very safe little garden for a dog, our little dog enjoyed his week as much as his humans. We would recommend Uphill Cottage to anyone who needs to get away and chill out, but also only minutes away from decent pubs and restaurants. We would most definitely return.

    Reviewed by KimMay 2019

  • "Uphill cottage is in a pretty friendly village."

    The cottage has a lovely conservory which was tranquil with views .and not having been well, this was a great place to relax ,watch the birds and the gentle movements of country village life. The cottage was equipped with everything needed, with lovely pictures and ornaments around making it very homely. All the furnishings were very comfortable,I slept so well due to such a comfy bed.The log burning fire was wonderful on our first nights whilst the weather was cooler. We had both extremes as the weather got to the 25s. How lucky were we. I cannot fault or could have wished for anything more from uphill. Malcolm our host was fantastic with a gift of wine and flowers to welcome us.He was extremely helpful without being intrusive . Beautiful beaches nearby , Padstow just a couple of miles away. The cottage was central to everywhere we wished to visit. I highly recommend Uphill cottage with its quirky homely feel. We hope to return soon, to make more lovely memories.

    Reviewed by MicheleApr 2019

  • "What a superb find."

    .a holiday cottage that's characterful and quirky. We loved it! And dog friendly too...something that's high on our list of priorities. We recommend Uphill Cottage very highly indeed. Uphill Cottage is in such a wonderful location...so peaceful, friendly locals, excellent host, lovely beaches within a short drive.The cottage had such a welcoming appeal and was full of character. Really cosy with or without the log stove, but we did have a log fire each evening! We didn't want for anything. The area has a lot to offer too with the harbour at Padstow and its ferry to Rock. If you like a nice flat walk then the Camel Trail from Padstow to Wadebridge is for you Thank you to Malcolm our host. We know where to come when we next holiday on North Cornwall! love Jacqui, Steve and Magik the hound

    Reviewed by JacquiOct 2018

  • "Very nice cottage with everything you will need for your stay, the owner was very helpful and has great knowledge of the area to make are stay easier."

    Reviewed by NickSep 2018

  • "Charming cottage in a very restful location just as we expected."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful and the neighbours also made time to talk to us. An ideal base for exploring the beautiful Cornish coast and places of interest.

    Reviewed by RoderickSep 2018

  • "Uphill was exactly as Sykes described it so we had no disappointments when we got there."

    Lovely cottage and really nice owner who went out of his way to make our stay comfortable.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2018

  • "The cottage perfect for our needs, very comfortable and homely, with everything we could have wanted provided."

    Location was ideal for local beaches, towns and visitor attractions - in short, a superb holiday, and one we will definitely hope to book again!

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2018

  • "An absolutely lovely cottage in a great location."

    The cottage is well equipped and felt spacious for our family of 4. Penrose itself is a tranquil little village, and local beaches are only a 10 minute drive from Uphill cottage making it a great location for exploring the North coast. The owners are friendly and very helpful and provided us with a map to allow us to find walking routes in the area. We’d wholeheartedly recommend a stay at Uphill Cottage to others looking for a peaceful getaway.

    Reviewed by StevenAug 2018

  • "The owners were lovely and very welcoming."

    Great holiday in a lovely part of Cornwall. The whole family had a wonderful time!

    Reviewed by KatieJul 2018

  • "A comfortable cottage in an excellent position with everything you needed."

    Just a short drive to a lovely beach. The host Malcolm was welcoming and very helpful. We had a wonderful holiday at Uphill cottage.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage, very friendly owners."

    Cottage was exactly as described with regards to size, room layout, facilities etc., but was even nicer 'in the flesh'! Perfect location for beach and local shopping for supplies. All communication with Helpful Holidays was excellent.

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2018

  • "Cozy and beautifully quiet."

    A great location with access to many great beaches and amenities.

    Reviewed by BarryJun 2018

  • "We had a fabulous week at Uphill Cottage - it had everything we needed for a perfectly relaxing holiday, whatever the weather."

    We couldn't have wished for a more welcoming, helpful and friendly owner. Location is superb - tiny hamlet in a beautiful and peaceful rural setting - just a short drive from some of the best dog friendly and stunning beaches in North Cornwall. We're very much looking forward to a return visit later in the year. Absolutely would not hesitate in recommending a stay here - you would certainly not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by LynMay 2018

  • "A comfortable cottage and the recent redecoration has made it even more agreeable."

    Reviewed by KathleenMay 2018

  • "Beautiful location, gorgeous views."

    Great for local beaches, amenities and Newquay/Padstow/A39/A30 (if you prefer a more authentic Cornish holiday - which we do!) The cottage is clean, spacious and welcoming. The conservatory is a great bonus (we watched the lightning one night for hours out there). Beds are clean and comfy with nice bedding. We travelled as two adults and 2 children with the dog, it was perfect for us. Malcolm the owner is very helpful about local activities if you need suggestions, he also lives nearby so on hand if needed but very chilled and non-intrusive. We loved it and hope to return!

    Reviewed by CeriMay 2018

  • "Lovely cottage and very nice and accommodating owners."

    The doors are very small so watch your head! Very quaint old cottage in a lovely village and nearby lots of things to do. Had everything you need already there which was great, such as washing up liquid and hand soap. Only issue was the hoover smelt of wet dog when we used it but that's obviously because it's pet friendly so next time we will book one that isn't. Shabby chic and with good countryside views from most windows. No signal but the wifi was fast so no complaints there. The welcome book was very handy as we needed to visit a GP during our stay.

    Reviewed by SammyMay 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: a double, a twin and a single plus a family bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Conservatory
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Kitchen with utility room and pantry.
  • Night storage heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone incoming calls only only, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry no smoking

The property

This traditional, south-facing end-of-terrace cottage sits in a peaceful location a mile from the coast in the Cornish hamlet of Penrose which is made up of 14 cottages, making it almost vehicle free.

A pretty and very traditional Cornish cottage, it provides all-year-round accommodation for families in this lovely part of north Cornwall.

On the ground floor a smart conservatory with lovely cane furniture for admiring the pretty rural view, leads into a homely length-of-cottage sitting room with ancient beams and large fireplace with a wood burning stove.

Enjoy family meals round the chunky table in the dining room with traditional slate floors, all freshly prepared in the well-appointed kitchen with practical utility room and pantry.

Relax and enjoy alfresco meals in the sunny, south-facing garden bordered by a rose-topped slate/granite wall.

It’s a pleasant walk to the sandy beach at Porthcothan or the spectacular beach at Bedruthan Steps, where a row of colossal, pointed stacks march out into the Atlantic waves.

Padstow’s fine harbour, restaurants and bars are just a short drive away.

A quiet, peaceful cottage, Uphill Cottage is a lovely base for exploring the seven fine beaches all within three miles of Penrose.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Room Lounge Conservatory Utility

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


St Merryn is a typical Cornish village, located within two miles of the coast and close to the picturesque harbour and fishing port of Padstow. Surrounded by some of Cornwall's best surfing beaches and golf courses, St Merryn is a holidaymakers dream, offering two pubs, three restaurants, a chinese takeaway, a chip shop, mini markets and a Post Office, yet St Merryn remains within easy reach of the area's visitor attractions. The vibrant town of Newquay is eleven miles down the road, boasting three major beaches, the National Surf Centre and an endless supply of rolling surf, making it a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Newquay also offers good shopping, a zoo, a Sea Life centre and a variety of nightspots, clubs, pubs and restaurants. Set back from the main holiday crowds, St Merryn is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area at your leisure.

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