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Smugglers Cottage

(Ref. 987696)

Trebarwith Strand near Tintagel, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "This is beautifully well kept cottage."

    It has everything you could possibly want. It really is the perfect stay. You have given us a wonderful retreat, which positioned in a breathy part of Cornwall. Thank you for the privilege of staying here. Although it’s only home for 1 week a year, we are very proud of it as if it were our own. Our medium Sheepaspocadoodle loves it too.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Trebarwith Strand."

    Well suited to a couple who like walking/swimming. Good access to beach/coastal path. At low-mid tide the beach is good for bodyboarding if the swell is up, or swimming if not (lifeguards are present during the summer season 10am-6pm). Worth noting that the beach is covered from mid-high tide and although we saw some people swimming, you would have to be quite confident to swim off the rocks. Nice to sit on the rocks and watch the waves though. Nice food at the local pub and the surf shop sells lots of beach/swimming/surfing equiptment. The cottage is a good size for 2 people, comfortable and equipped with most of what you would need in terms of cooking equipment. The only downsides are that 1) (as noted in other reviews) the shower isn't very powerful and the height cannot be adjusted (but if you keep it on ECO, you don't get the temperature surges that others have noted), 2) there isn't any outside space for drying towels/swimming stuff or an airer for doing so inside (we hung them over the wall of the carpark opposite) and 3) the cheaper carpark is 3 minutes walk up the hill. Important note about the council car park: it is free overnight, but they no longer sell weekly tickets at the carpark, just monthly or day rates (the information on the council website is out of date). None of those issues spoilt our holiday, but we would recommend taking steps to mimimise the impact of the first two points (perhaps by fixing the shower head fitting and providing an airer) and updating the booking infomation on the third would have meant we enjoyed the stay even more.

    Reviewed by Richard3.4Jun 2023

  • "Lovely snug little cottage."

    Spotlessly clean and comfortable. Loved our stay in beautiful Trebarwith Strand.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0May 2023

  • "I have always been intrigued by Smuggler's Cottage and so when I found it on line I had to book."

    Trebarwith Strand is probably my favourite beach and being a stones throw away it was a perfect bolt hole. The cottage was very clean and comfortable and everything worked even though I had to resort to the manuals in order to figure out how to use the oven and hob. Smuggler's Cottage is small but well planned and laid out with plenty of heating options to keep it warm and cosy. I would certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Apr 2023

  • "A beautiful little cottage so close to the sea!"

    The cottage was so well thought out with everything you could need, including good cooking equipment and entertainment, and comfortable bed. The host is clearly very attentive, it was spotlessly clean, and the Christmas decorations were a lovely touch. It is worth noting that with the small cottage, storage for clothing etc is limited. In the very cold temperatures (sub zero) the shower did struggle with water pressure so was a bit spluttery, but still hot. A wonderful and cosy way to spend December.

    Reviewed by Rowan5.0Dec 2022

  • "Love this property; we have stayed there before as it is ideal for a couple and a dog."

    Cosy and comfortable, it was spotlessly clean and a good shower adds to its good points. We noticed that the WiFi was considerably better and more robust than previous visits so that too was a bonus. The only minor issue was that the TV didn’t work but that didn’t affect us. Bottom-line is would we go again? Answer: yes, we’ve already booked!

    Thank you for your glowing feedback. The television has now been replaced, thanks for bringing this to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage super comfy and great location ."

    Had a lovely stay . Lovely to be able to walk to pub in the evening with great views .

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2022

  • "A perfect little cottage a very short walk from the wonderful beach."

    The cottage had everything one needs and was very cosy. We loved our time at Smugglers and did not want to leave! It's a magical place to stay.

    Reviewed by Chad5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful little cottage and had everything we required for a wonderful stay in the most beautiful location."

    Parking directly opposite was expensive but we could park in the carpark further up the hill which was free this time of year, luckily for us. So close to the sea and gorgeous pub with amazing food .will definitely stay here again in the future. A little remote fir some maybe but was just what we were looking for . Thankyou

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautifully and tastefully equipped cottage, a lovely bolt hole."

    A pity that parking is an issue, the car park in front of the cottage is privately owned so having to walk to and from the council car park further away is a necessity. And not convenient. Despite that, nice and quiet and relaxing.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Mar 2022

  • "Excellent facilities, comfortable furnishings."

    Maintenance book available so that any slight niggles can be passed on to owner direct. This gives reassurance that any problems will be looked at. Only problem is the parking. If an arrangement could be made with the private carpark opposite the cottage it would enhance the experience considerably.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have tried to arrange parking in the private car park opposite the cottage but the owner said no. Between 1st November and 31st March there are no parking restrictions on the road in the village and a large free council car park just up the road. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Feb 2022

  • "Love this little cottage, so cozy with the fire going ."

    Perfect location, wake up make a coffee and walk down for a sit on the rocks. 2 nd time at the smugglers and looking forward to the next visit. Thank you,, scott and jo

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Nov 2021

  • "Cottage was wonderful , amazing place , would recommend to any couple wanting a quiet relaxing holiday"

    Reviewed by Eric4.7Nov 2021

  • "Lovely cozy cottage that was exactly what we expected and it didn’t disappoint."

    It was perfect for the 2 of us and our dog and we love Trebarwith. The cottage is well appointed, equipped and comfortable. WiFi is an issue but it the same in every cottage we have stayed in at Trebarwith Strand - it goes with the territory. Only slight issue is with Syke’s description of the car parking. Don't buy a 7-day rover ticket as it is not valid in the small car park next to Smugglers Cottage! Overall we loved it and would go back.

    Thank you for your review and we are delighted to hear that you you all enjoyed your stay at Smugglers Cottage. We advise that guests use the Council car park located a few hundred yards from the property. The private car park opposite the property is more expensive and wont be covered by any Council rover ticket you might purchase. We hope you will return to Smugglers Cottage for your next Cornish holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage,great location, the only issue was the lack of water pressure in the shower."

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Sep 2021

  • "We loved the cottage."

    The he location is amazing, the kitchen well equipped, lovely comfy bed and great wood burner. The broadband is extremely poor and kept going and staying off for hours which meant we couldn’t go online ( to make bookings and research places to go during our stay) It made it quite difficult in this day and age and during this COVID climate where online bookings are the way. It made it hard to watch the tv too (the weather was a bit rubbish in the evenings so we would have enjoyed the opportunity to watch it at times). It would be good for your future customers to fix this. However overall we loved our stay. Thank you for a fantastic holiday.

    Thank you taking the time to leave your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Smugglers Cottage. While we would never guarantee wifi strength, the broadband connection is usually quite reliable at this property. BT replaced the cables in early July which vastly improved the signal however the property still relies on overhead cables, therefore it can be affected by certain weather conditions sometimes due to the scenic coastal location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elisabeth4.7May 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay as we have waited one year to go due to Covid."

    A much needed break after a very difficult year. Thoroughly enjoyed it and travelled all over Cornwall. The weather could have been better but that can’t be helped and the Covid restrictions made it difficult to enjoy meals out Hopefully looking to book another break in September

    Reviewed by Deana5.0May 2021

  • "Beautifully kept cottage with some very homely touches."

    Everything you needed Included. Excellent position for exploring this picturesque part of the country. Only down side was the cost and how you had to pay for parking. Thanks to COVID no welcoming clean tea

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2020

  • "Great little cottage and location perfect"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect beautifully designed and layout."

    A very comfortable bed high importance for us - all the little detail and furnishings worked perfectly and location is great. Port William is a great pub we had a fab Thai chicken curry and staff were very helpful. Kindest Regards Maggie and Mark Gilpin

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage in one of our favourite spots in Cornwall."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic location"

    Reviewed by Martha5.0Aug 2020

  • "Perfect location perfect cottage perfect stay"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2020

  • "The location of the cottage was excellent, a short walk to the beach."

    The Interior of the cottage was stylish with modern kitchen items and beautiful artwork on the walls, the washer/dryer was a bonus and the oven and hob and microwave were new and clean. We had purchased the Rover parking as detailed in the brochure for £47.00 this enabled us to park all week and go out every day and park on the Long stay car parks without any extra charge. Many dog walkers tried to use the bin for their disposal, we then understood why it had a lock on it!. The property welcomes dogs, we do not have dogs, I experienced some difficulty with my breathing as I can be allergic to dogs, this may be a consideration for the future when booking. This property is a little gem.

    Reviewed by Joy4.7Jul 2020

  • "Lovely little place, would certainly return in the future, nice touch of tea, coffee, sugar, milk, flowers and the lovely scones and jam."

    Only drawback was, there was a car park opposite which you had to pay or the free council one was further up the road. Couldn’t the cottage have its own spot in that pay one, I’m sure it could be arranged, as not often used, even the Port William staff and customers get to use it.

    Reviewed by M4.4Mar 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you need."

    Lovely local beach and great walks without needing to move the car.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jan 2020

  • "Smugglers cottage lives up to its name you feel a sense of going back in time ..."

    Smugglers cottage lives up to its name you feel a sense of going back in time but still with all the moden comforts and the beach is just twenty yards away, cant wait to stay again

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Aug 2019

  • "Cottage was great and a perfect location for the beach and other local attractions!"

    ! Cottage was well equipped and a yummy cream tea was waiting for us when we arrived!! Would have like to been able to recycle or have been provided with information on where to recycle!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jun 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • One small step into property One bedroom: 1 x king-size
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, Smart TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter pack of wood provided
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Land line with honesty box
  • Parking available in council car park
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub, seasonal cafe and surf school in the village
  • Shop 2.1 miles
  • Note: Due to the remote and unique location of the cottage there is no mobile signal (land line available)
  • Note: There is no digital reception at this property, the Smart TV is accessed solely via the internet
  • Note: No children including babies accepted at this property

The property

Tintagel 2 miles.

Situated on the north coast of Cornwall, in the pretty settlement of Trebarwith Strand, is this fabulous white stone single storey cottage.

Nestled in the rock, the cottage sits apart from the rest of the village.

Smugglers Cottage offers a superb base for exploring all this beautiful coastline has to offer.

Internally,the property has been extensively refurbished into a stylish and modern dwelling for couples.

Step into the open-plan living space, boasting a welcoming sitting room with a large sofa to relax and unwind on of an evening, with the woodburning stove providing the warmth.

The dining area has ample seating for two and is ideal for planning the day's events or enjoying a romantic meal over a glass of wine.

The kitchen has been amply-equipped with everything you could need to rustle up a scrumptious home-cooked meal, with pristine white units and sleek brown worktops showcasing the level of quality this property has.

Walk through to the spacious and brightly-decorated bedroom, with a range of contemporary furniture to store your personal items and a delightful dressing table so you can prepare for your day in style.

Delight in this stunning country location tucked away at the bottom of an isolated valley, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offering plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling.

Discover the majestic Tintagel Castle, steeped in myth and mystery and is said to have been the birthplace of King Arthur himself.

Not to forget the famous caves situated below the clifftop, said to have been home to Merlin.

There is so much history to be discovered in this one location, you do not want to miss it!

Walk 200 metres to the sea, where you will discover a fine sandy beach, perfect for enjoying a romantic day swimming, surfing or rock pooling.

Just up the road, enjoy the stunning views from the South West Coast Path or watch the sea over lunch at the excellent pub.

End your day by sitting on the rocks to watch the sun set.

Get the best out of this excellent location and explore all the North coast has to offer.

Smugglers Cottage is the ultimate choice for couples looking for a secluded romantic break.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Camelford 5.9 miles; Wadebridge 13 miles.

Tintagel, home of the legendary King Arthur’s Castle, whose ruins dominate the cliffside just outside the village, is a popular but not overcrowded tourist destination. The surrounding area is dominated by the sea, rocky coves and stunning scenery. Several beaches, including nearby Trebarwith Strand and Bossiney Cove, are within easy reach and surfing is the main attraction for those who love the water. Tintagel has several pubs and restaurants and the Old Post Office (National Trust) is a must. For the energetic, the SW Coast Path passes through the village and in both directions it winds its way along the cliffs and down to the water’s edge through dramatic countryside. Head north along the path and in 2.5 miles is the beautiful village of Boscastle with its quaint quay and village pubs for refreshment. Further afield are the surfing meccas of Newquay and Bude, with their resort attractions, while the open spaces of Bodmin Moor, the Eden Project, Padstow and the Camel Estuary are all within a 40-minute drive.

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Note: No children including babies accepted at this property