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Crackington Haven, Cornwall (Ref. 959914)



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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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

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32 Customer Reviews



    Thank you Donna, we are glad you all had such a great time ….. hope to see you again next year. Many thanks. Neil & Rachel Property Owner

    Reviewed by DonnaJun 2022

  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable and comfortable stay at Penhaven, having 7 nights to enjoy the house and surrounding areas, great for walks, sightseeing and bike hire for a ride to Padstow and Bodmin along the Camel trail, taking in the vineyard for 'refreshment'."

    There's easy access to places like Boscastle and Tintagel. The great little community shop next door run by volunteers stocks most things you need including the contents of the great courtesy hamper that greeted us on arrival!! The Coombe Barton pub serves great food and local beers, it's better to book a table (table 7 has a sea view) as it's very popular. The walk back up to Penhaven is steep but achievable and there's also an occasional bus. The house itself has pretty much everything you expect, we made good use of the BBQ for some al fresco dining and we found no sign of peeling wallpaper or mould as a previous review mentioned. Thanks for a great week.

    Thank you for you feedback We’re so pleased you had a great time. The poor review we had recently is really odd and sounds as if they stayed somewhere else ! Glad you liked the community shop too. Neil Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2022

  • "Lots of good points about this property, the space, comfy beds, garden, location, well equipped and the lovely park behind the property."

    However the general condition of the property was not as expected - it is very tired decor-wise. Stained furniture, poor and broken flooring, mould on walls, peeling wallpaper, poor showers, many bodged attempts at DIY. We did however enjoy our stay at Crackington Haven, but were disappointed in the so called ‘5 tick’ property and felt that it was not value for money.

    Many thanks for taking the time to complete your feedback, which we have passed to the owner to look over. The points you raise are out of context with all previous and current feedback, with overwhelmingly positive comments from guests who stay at Penhaven. However all points raised will be checked to ensure future guests experience the best possible stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2022

  • "The accommodation was excellent, convenient for several popular locations we visited and well suited for our family group."

    The kitchen dining area served as a useful gathering area with the upstairs lounge a nice retreat for evenings. The community shop and park were ideally located and we made use of both. Unfortunately, the weather was not ideal but on the days when it was dry for a while it was gave an insight into how comfortable it would be for inside/outside living. A neighbour was also doing some heavy demolition work starting each morning at 7:30, which was unfortunate but did not affect our overall view of the property.

    Thanks for your feedback and for booking Penhaven, sorry about our neighbour, thankfully he has now finished his new roof !! Hope to see you again Neil Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2022

  • "The house was beautiful and so spacious."

    The welcoming hamper was such a lovely touch too. All the beds in the property were super comfy we all had really good nights sleep. The garden was wonderful as I knew I could let my dog out securely.

    Excellent, thanks for you feedback, so glad you had a good time. My partner Rachel keeps asking me why the beds there are so much better than the ones we have at home ourselves Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristineMar 2022

  • "What a lovely house."

    We had a lovely stay and the owners were really welcoming. A lovely area to explore too with our dog.

    So glad you had a nice time, hope to see you again Neil Property Owner

    Reviewed by MicheleMar 2022

  • "Stayed here with family ranging from 78 to 11 years and the dog for a week during February half term."

    On arrival a beautiful welcome hamper that was much appreciated. Staples in cupboards and jars that was simply brilliant too. Lounge area open and welcoming and the upstairs lounge has a TV and equally comfortable furniture. The fire log burner is a brilliant addition and makes it lovely and cosy. Lovely secluded garden that's safe for the dog to go out in. We arrived in the middle of Storm Eunice leading into storm Franklin and any previous damage was unseen and tidied away by the housekeeper. Sadly during our stay we came home to a powercut - no ones fault just one of those things. The owner of the property had already contacted us on arrival to make sure everything was fine and I let him know when the power went off. He was so brilliant and did everything he could, even though the power cut was out of his hands. Superb host - thank you so much Neil. We ate at the local Combe Barton Inn which had beautiful food and welcoming staff and is also dog friendly. The Cabin Cafe was also a delight and is highly recommended- they were also super lovely during the power cut and provided bacon rolls and hit drinks to the local community. There is a little beach down there too which is very pretty. Next door to the house is a crackington shop ..very small, staffed by locals but very well stocked for all essentials. If I had one criticism it would be the showers ..... they are electric and the intermittent hot and cold water and lack of water pressure can be amnoying ....but first world problems !! Didn't detract from the wonderful time we had but would be nice if they were upgraded to be 5* like the rest of the property. The house is situated in a beautiful village within walking distance if the beach, although its an EXTREMELY steep hill back up !! It is quite far off the beaten track so a good 15-20 minutes to the nearest town. Thank you Neil we gad a wonderful time and you were an amazing host. Would recommend to any large families wanting a laid back, comfortable break.

    Thank you for your feedback and patience during the storm and for letting us know about the roof damage and power cut! I’m glad it didn’t detract too much from your stay, it really was a one in ten years storm ! Hope to see you again, with out the storm ! Neil Property Owner

    Reviewed by SuzanneFeb 2022

  • "Wonderful-hamper."

    House very clean and comfortable beds.Easy parking.The children enjoyed the play park at the rear of the garden.The newly opened community shop is amazing this is next door to Penhaven so is very handy.Boscastle farm shop has excellent produce including local meat there is also a restaurant which has a good menu They also sell logs for the stove.The downside to the property was the the low water pressure meaning the 3 showers can’t be used at the same time ! Interesting in the morning.The road down to Crackington Haven is not one we would walk there is no pavement also very steep.We drove down and parked in the private car park which being winter had plenty of spaces.A good choice for a large family group.

    Reviewed by DianneNov 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in Penhaven."

    The owners were superb and left a wonderful welcome hamper which got our holiday off to a lovely start. The beds were very comfortable and the house was spacious with everything you need to have a relaxing break. We loved the location, everywhere we visited was a scenic drive and not too far. Definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by DonnaOct 2021

  • "Penhaven provided the perfect spacious accommodation for our seven adults and dog."

    The games room with floor beanbags proved a great hit with the five gamers in our party as did the good selection of boardgames. There was a separate TV room for anyone who didn’t want to join in. The house was set in a friendly village with a clear sense of community spirit including a produce stall on Sunday mornings. Plenty of picturesque quiet lanes to walk the dog. The walk down to the beautiful Crackington Haven bay was a hilly challenge but there are buses down and the cliff walks have fantastic scenery. The café and hotel near the beach provided good menu with the Cabin Cafe selling top drawer Cornish ice cream and a good vegan selection of light meals and cake. Thank you to the owners for the welcoming cream tea and Prosecco. We very much enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2021

  • "Just return from a lovely week away with our family however the accommodation was disappointing."

    It was definitely not a 5 star property would rate nearer a 3 star compared to the property we stayed in last year. It needed to be deep cleaned right through, the extra cleaning for Covid of wiping down door handles with bacterial spray is good but the whole place was dusty and hadn't been cleaned through for a while you could tell by cobwebs in areas and dirt under furniture. Some of the bathrooms were not cleaned to a normal standard with one of showers been dirty and a few of the toilets not fully cleaned.The blinds on the back door were covered in some kind of stain or dirt which looked awful. We had an issue with closing the back patio door so didn't use it after the 2nd day. The standard of the pans was below a 3 star and not what we expected. Lots of things needed updating and were showing signs of wear and tear not expected in a 5 star property. Some things mentioned in reviews 2 years ago not been touched like the garden furniture and the back decking area steps need fixing which could be dangerous. Someone commented on the handsets for the gamers not working which we managed to fix a couple so they could be used. The size of the property was good however not a big enough area to sit more people on sofas downstairs to relax whilst the kids were in the garden. Good location for the area and sightseeing and a good play park for the kids behind the house.

    Thank you for your feedback, which has come as somewhat of a shock to us as in over 5 years of letting out Penhaven we have had almost entirely very positive feedback. We were happy to hear you had a lovely week and that the location and property were very nice. The property is deep cleaned every changeover and Covid cleaning guidelines are followed with attention to detail, I visit regularly myself to check too. The garden furniture, large table and chairs to seat ten, was replaced in April this year so is new. Following your feedback we have checked and replaced any worn oven trays and casserole pots, as they have had rather a lot of use this season. New batteries have also been put in all the tv remotes and games handsets, along with additional spares in the utility room. The issue with the back patio door was checked by my housekeeper and all four of the sets of back doors seem to be working correctly. We hope you will visit Penhaven again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2021

  • "April 2021 This multi family get together holiday home is just perfect."

    Very comfortable, very clean, peaceful and equppied to a very high standard. Most of the 5 star bedrooms are downstairs and one upstairs and are spread out across all corners of the house making them very private. There are also plenty of other areas to chill out away from others if you want but the massive family room incorporating the large and very well equipped kitchen, utility room, dining room and one of the sitting areas is perfect for all to enjoy together any time of the year. The garden is secluded and a great size. It was even safe enough for our little dog to play and explore unsupervised. Fabulous location for exploring the west coast including Bude, Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Isaac and Padstow and so many coastal walks. The only downside is that the walk to Crackington Haven beach is more than a mile and includes a very steep hill but Cornwall is full of hills so it's not a deal breaker and it was worth the walk. Highly recommended. Ms Hayter

    Reviewed by ClytieApr 2021

  • "Lovely house, clean and well maintained."

    However would benefit from a TV in the main living area downstairs. The sofas and beds were extremely comfortable. Loved the log burner.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2020

  • "This is one of the best accommodations I have ever experienced in a cottage holiday!"

    The house was well situated with plenty of room and space for the whole family! The upstairs living room is a godsend when the oldies wanted some downtime from the youngsters! The bedrooms are all really well kitted out with extremely comfortable beds and the garden is just perfect to relax & have a meal in! Crackington Haven has a beautiful little beach but with Bude straight up the coast there are plenty of places to visit! Would recommend going further afield to visit Lost Gardens of Heligan & The Eden Project! Amazing week spent in this glorious house, thoroughly recommend as a base for a fab week in North Cornwall! Stunning!

    Reviewed by DonnaSep 2020

  • "We had a lovely time at the property."

    The owner was particularly good in welcoming us via text, answering a few questions we had by text during our stay - and, when we stupidly managed to leave something at the property, kindly posting it back to us. We will definitely book again with Sykes as always happy with the properties versus their descriptions

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "Fantastic Holiday Home."

    Very peaceful and tranquil . Allowed the rest an relaxation this holiday was for to recharge the batteries etc Can highly recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by MikeSep 2019

  • "What a lovely house."

    Was home from home. We were greeted with a lovely welcome pack which included the makings of a cream tea, milk, biscuits and a bottle of Prosecco. Everything you needed was there. It is central for all the beautiful Cornish towns.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday in this area staying in this beautiful house."

    The property is spacious, clean and was as described on the website. It is perfectly situated for exploring the north where Bude is, or to the south for Padstow, Boscastle, or Polzeath Beach. Crackington Haven beach was also lovely but a shame that it was a bit far, steep and a narrow road to walk to with younger children. We appreciated the warm welcome of freshly made scones and other goodies to keep us going. However, some more toilet roll wouldn't have gone a miss as we ran out after 3 days! Also when we went to use the torches they were corroded inside and not working which was a little disappointing. It was great to have a park so close at the back of the property for the kids and a good sized garden for hem to play in. The outside furniture and wooden planters could do with replacing though, to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the property. All in all we really enjoyed our stay at Penhaven and would definitely consider it again for the future.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "Beautiful house in a lovely location."

    Everything in the house is sparklingly clean, and the beds are amazingly comfortable. The welcome park is to die for! The park at the back of the house - literally a minute’s walk away - is great for the kids, and the stunning beach at Crackington Haven is only a 5 minute walk.

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2019

  • "Penhaven is a beautiful house, well appointed and very comfortable for our three generations to share."

    It would be useful if the Sykes listings had floor plans and more information about the facilities at the property and the surrounding area. It was a pleasant surprise to discover the property backed on to a children’s playground, my nieces made great use of this. It was also useful as the garden was not as large as I had thought from the photos. Personally it would have been helpful to know in advance that there was a BBQ available for use if you bring your own charcoal and matches. However the owner was very helpful when contacted in providing the extra information needed. All in all a beautiful house in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage suited our 3 generation family needs brilliantly."

    Summerlease beach at Bude fantastic and dog friendly. A shame the local shop opposite has closed.

    Reviewed by MandyJun 2019

  • "House & grounds were first class."

    Inside had everything we needed to have a enjoyable holiday. We entered a building which has been well prepared for us.clean & tidy along with provisions generally needed on entry ( tea coffee etc ) also a nice hamper full of scones, cream, jam, and cider etc first class all round. Thank you Dave Richards

    Reviewed by DJun 2019

  • "Excellent layout with lots of space and three bathrooms for 3 generations."

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2019

  • "The house was very comfortable and homely."

    The welcome basket was amazing! We were surprised that there wasn't a larger saucepan for a house that can sleep ten. We had to go and buy one! And we have never stayed in a place before that didn't have a plug for the sink! Apart from that, it is a beautiful house with a lovely garden, in a very pretty part of the country.

    Reviewed by KevinApr 2019

  • "Excellent property for an extended family gathering and in a great location for exploring the local area."

    Reviewed by VMar 2019

  • "The house lacked nothing and we were pleasantly surprised at receiving a hamper and fresh scones on arrival."

    It was equally surprising to find the essentials such as milk, tea and coffee provided too. It reduced the stress of arrival and felt extremely welcoming. Thank you.

    Reviewed by GemmaOct 2018

  • "Fabulous holiday home Stayed with my family of 6 adults and 3 children for my special birthday celebrations."

    House is home from home every thing you need is here! Comfortable, beautiful decorated and has a park for children behind house. Welcome hamper was fabulous. Highly recommend Penhaven for a fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by JanetteOct 2018

  • "Wonderful house brilliant for three generations of the family enabling them to enjoy all that Cornwall has to give."

    Great for exploring the north coast and taking advantage of walks around the area. Well worth another visit.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2018

  • "A fabulous property which was perfect for our family of 10 (6 adults, 2 children, toddler and young baby)."

    The welcome hamper was a lovely surprise. We had really good weather so were able to sit out in the garden, and the children loved the play area at the rear of the house, which can be seen from the bottom of the garden. Crackington Haven is a good base from which to explore. Would definitely recommend this holiday home.

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2018

  • "The whole family was absolutely blown away by the quality and location of Penhaven."

    We usually book with Aspects holidays for at least two cottage holidays to Cornwall every year and will now always consider yourselves, too. Penhaven is a beautiful, well appointed property which made us feel like we were in a home away from home. There was nothing which we needed that Penhaven didn’t have and it provided a wonderful base to explore Cornwall from. The welcome hamper was a gorgeous extra touch that made us even more excited to begin our holiday. The beds in the property were the most comfortable of any property we’ve stayed in and the living spaces were open & brilliant for the whole family to be entertained. Contact with Neil, the owner, was superb as he got in touch to wish us a happy holiday and again at the end of the week to say he’d hoped we’d had a good time. We’ve never had this with any other property we’ve stayed in and it was a lovely touch. We’ve already begun planning our return to Penhaven and have recommended it to two other big families as we were so impressed with the booking. Thank you so much for a brilliant week; we were so sad to leave!

    Reviewed by KatieOct 2017

  • "Beautiful house in a great coastal location."

    Spectacular cliff top walks and wonderfully peaceful given we stayed the first week of the school holidays. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JudithJul 2017

  • "Fabulous house."

    Lots of space and great garden for children. Beautiful and extremely generous welcome pack - scones were a wonderful touch and very yummy! House was very well stocked with utensils, plates etc. Overall, best place we have all stayed in terms of quality/standard of a rental home. Thank you

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2017

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  • Five bedrooms; 1 x king-size double with en-suite, 2 x twin 3' zip and link to super king double, 1 x bunk, 1 x king size double with en suite walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living room with wood burner in sitting area, dining area and kitchen
  • Snug/games room
  • Utility room
  • Additional sitting room on first floor.
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, coffee machine, TV with XBox, Nintendo, Bluray DVD, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bedlinen and towels inc in rent
  • Cot, stairgate and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for five cars
  • Secure storage for bikes and surf boards
  • Two well behaved small to medium sized pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and beach 1 mile

The property

With wonderful far reaching countryside views this clapperboard style detached house exudes pure comfort and simple elegance.

This exceptionally spacious house is ideal for pulling together the generations of family or friends in any season.

Great for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries...

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About the location


Boscastle 6 miles.

Crackington Haven is a charming cove near Boscastle, with a mix of rockpools, a sandy beach and good surf. There are two beach shops and cafes, which are wonderful to relax in and look out over the blue seas of the bay. Walking this section of the South West Coast Path, much of it owned by the National Trust, offers dramatic views, a host of wildflowers and an undulating terrain. Just along the coast is the quaint village of Boscastle, with gift shops, local restaurants and pubs offering good food, Cornish real ales and live entertainment by local musicians, making this an ever-popular visitor destination. The sandy beaches of Bossiney and Trebarwith Strand are within a short drive, as are the surfing beaches at Bude and Polzeath. Close at hand lies Tintagel, swathed in the legend of King Arthur, as well as several stately homes and renowned gardens, or the wide open space of Bodmin Moor, famous for its granite tors and Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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