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Mays Cottage

(Ref. 976306)

St Issey, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 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
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Another fabulous stay at this gorgeous cottage."

    A very wet and cold week made so much easier by having a warm and welcoming cottage to return to - along with outdoor hosing facilities for sand and a washing machine and dryer for wet clothing. Very well equipped and enjoyed by us all.

    We were so happy to welcome you back Clare. Very glad you had a good time in spite of the weather. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2024

  • "Great place to stay, lovely cottage and lovely helpful owner."

    We have stayed before and will definitely be back

    Thank you Niel. It’s always a pleasure to welcome you back. We’re glad you had a great time and so glad you managed a bit of sunshine as well! See you next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Niel5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a fabulous stay, just what my family & I were looking for"

    Hi Joanne. We are so glad that you had a good Christmas break at May’s. It’s always good to hear that our guests batteries are recharged and ready to go! Happy New Year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Dec 2023

  • "Another fantastic stay at Mays cottage."

    This place is simply amazing and has everything you could ever want or need! Cannot fault at all- love this cottage!

    Reviewed by Jennie5.0Oct 2023

  • "As I said in the visitor's book, we enjoyed our stay in this 300 year old cottage with all mod cons."

    It's tricky backing a large car up to the garage and I was pleased to have managed it without scratches! There are many positives, but if I owned it I think the poor lighting in the lounge could be improved without spoiling its character. If we weren't 85 and struggling with stairs, we'd come again!

    Thank you David. We will take on board your comments about the lighting. As you say being an old cottage May’s has had to adapt itself to modern living in all its forms. It is good to know that you feel there are many positives. Without our guests owning May’s would not be possible so we are grateful. Kind regards Lesley Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2023

  • "Mays cottage was just lovely, the welcome basket was delightful - loved the Cornish tea."

    The conservatory was ideal on the couple of wet days we had (Storm Agnes) providing a light warm space. The location was great for exploring the North coast of Cornwall with lots to explore around. Thank you to Lesley for the logs.

    Thank you Julie for your great comments. It is always heart warming when our guests love May’s as much as we do. Hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely, well equipped Cottage close to amazing beaches and Padstow."

    Would definitely recommend and hire again!

    Hi Lucy. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Really hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was our first visit to may's cottage, and we loved it !"

    The cottage is full of charm and very comfortable and spotlessly clean with a beautiful garden area. On arrival there was a delicious welcome package for both us and our dog . The service provided by the owner Lesley was excellent. We had a small issue with the kettle not working properly and this was dealt with in less than a hour .weve had one of the best cornish holiday and will definitely return to may's cottage and recommend to other thank you Lesley for a wonderful holiday.

    Hi Tracey. We can’t tell you how pleased we are that you have come away from May’s feeling like you have had one of your best Cornish holidays. We really hope we can welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in this much loved holiday home."

    Ideally positioned some 5 miles from Padstow, within easy reach of beaches, great coastal walks, scenic harbours, Tintagel Castle etc. We dined out at one of many Rick Stein establishments, but must mention’Fresh from the Sea’ at Port Isaac. Outstanding crab and Lobster. The house is spacious, has a great layout and beautiful garden. Thoughtful outside shower for dogs or sandy children! We loved it!

    David thank you so much for your kind words. May’s is indeed very much loved by us and I’m glad it shows. We are so glad you had a happy time. Hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Still a fabulous peaceful cottage in a perfect location, our second stay and we enjoyed it just as much this time."

    Very well equipped.

    So happy to welcome you back again Claire and know that you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a great stay at the cottage in October half term."

    The cottage is in a great location for Padstow and the nearby beaches- excellent for families wanting to be near the sea! Really well equipped property and a very homely feel. The drive is very tight if you have a large car, and we did have to all get out at the roadside before my husband reversed the car into the drive- that being said, we do have a large car (Skoda Kodiaq). Overall a thoroughly enjoyable week and lovely cottage! Thank you. Jennie

    Reviewed by Jennie4.7Oct 2022

  • "This was a stunning beautiful cottage."

    It was clean comfortable and so charming. The fire place is gorgeous. Cant wait to return

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments Tracey. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2022

  • "May’s Cottage is lovely."

    The only problem is the Very Narrow driveway.

    Reviewed by Wendy Elizabeth5.0Sep 2022

  • "Mays cottage was perfect."

    We were 2 families who had never holidayed together before but the cottage was big enough for everyone to have their own space as well as room for us to all be together when required. The only thing that was an issue, was there are sleeping arrangements for 8 people there are only 6 chairs around the table (we borrowed a chair from outdoors so all 7 of us could sit together for a meal) and it would be useful to have a few more bits of crockery as we sometimes ran out as they were in the dishwasher from the previous meal. Washing machine and tumbledryer were a godsend, as was the small tv in the kids room as it gave them their own space to chill out away from the adults. The welcome package was a lovely gesture even including treats for our dog, who was a late addition as she wasn't part of our family when we booked, but the owners were excellent when we enquired about bringing her along. Thanks again for a great holiday.

    We are so pleased that you all had a good time. We keep some extra chairs on the landing for guests use around the table or anywhere else that you would like to use them. We chose to position them up stairs to give you and your pets a little more room to manoeuvre in the kitchen. We do have some extra plates etc in the kitchen but perhaps we can try and squeeze some more in! For your information there are also some spares in the dresser in the sitting room. We hope to welcome you back again and would like to say a very big thank you for watering our hydrangeas in their hour of need! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful property, provided a week of relaxation and much needed family time- just what we all needed."

    The extra details were lovely too like the cream scones which were delicious and the tea and shortbread (such a thoughtful gesture). Huge selection of DVDs and games for the evenings and beautiful garden which was fantastic for sitting in listening to the birds and great for the dogs too. Can’t thank you enough for a totally enjoyable holiday!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We love our little part of Cornwall and to know that you loved May’s as much as we do Is fantastic. Hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely old cottage, had everything you might need, ideal for our extended family holiday, garden felt safe to let the dogs roam , patio areas for chilling with a coffee in the morning or beer in the evening, dishwasher and washing machine came in very handy, lovely welcome basket on arrival with delicious scones."

    Great location, close to padstow and some lovely beaches and nice pubs.we had a great family holiday, couldn't have asked for more, great communication too with the owner to get Olly the octopus returned safe and well.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Jun 2022

  • "Stunning cottage with beautiful garden and great patio seating which meant many sunny afternoons sat in the garden after a day out."

    Gorgeous cosy lounge with very comfortable sofas/armchairs. Loved having the woodburner in the evening after dinner at the Ring O’ Bells which we highly recommend for very reasonably priced and tasty meals. Sun room is fab; great place to eat, socialise and play games after dinner. Great communication from the owner, Lesley and lovely welcome treats of cream tea, Cornish shortbread and tea bags, plus a tasty bag of dog treats that Ruby the JRT loved. A nice touch, thank you. Just a mention as someone said they couldn’t get their car in the drive; we have a later shape Toyota Rav 4 which is quite a large SUV and managed to back it in the driveway. Once you are in, the drive widens so you can get in and out easily.

    Reviewed by Sally Ann5.0May 2022

  • "Another fantastic week spent at this lovely cottage."

    We simply love everything about May's Cottage, from the doggie treats to all the other complementary things (especially the scones, jam and cream - always in that order for us). The owner, Lesley has created a wonderfully welcoming place to stay and use as a base to explore a Cornwall absolutely packed with things to do and places to visit. Stay here once and you will want to return, again and again; we have and we will be back! One more thank you Lesley, not sure how you did it, but the weather all week was brilliant!!

    Reviewed by Niel5.0Apr 2022

  • "Amazing cottage, spotlessly clean and great facilities."

    Garden was beautiful and well kept. Central for a lot of well known tourist spots and not far at all from main roads. The owner was very helpful and provided lots of useful information, even down to providing us with details of local florists for buttonholes for our niece’s wedding! Would definitely go back again

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, well fitted out and thoroughly enjoyed by our multi-generational family stay."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, everything you would need for your stay."

    Carparking very tight especially with 2 cars,.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jan 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay."

    The cottage was well equipped, clean and very comfortable. The owner was extremely helpful, providing advice on local beaches, farm shops and places to eat. The location was ideal for popping into nearby Padstow and visiting fabulous nearby beaches. Only drawback was our car wouldn’t fit up the drive (our fault for having a big 4x4 - my Dad’s smaller car fit without any trouble) but we could park on the side of the road.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Dec 2021

  • "My family and I had a lovely week at mays cottage everything we needed ."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Dec 2021

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Very flexible accommodation , well kitted out and a great position for exploring.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Aug 2021

  • "Mays Cottage is lovely."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owner was extremely helpful and gave us all the information we needed and more. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Alex4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, had a fantastic holiday there."

    stairs with children are steep but otherwise all good and well equipped kitchen. Lovely conservatory & garden. A very nice home. When we booked it said there was a village shop but on arrival the shop had closed and website has now changed details of this. Just meant a 5 min drive to Wadebridge or Padstow which wasn’t a problem. Due to Covid you had to book everywhere & couldn’t get in village pub so make sure u book with plenty of time if u want to do this. Thanks again for a lovely stay will definitely visit again and use Skyes cottage again as we always do.

    Reviewed by Nerice3.8Jun 2021

  • "Great service all round."

    The owner of May's Cottage was very helpful and friendly; the cottage itself was superb, we could fault nothing. We have already booked again for next year!

    Reviewed by Niel5.0May 2021

  • "We enjoyed a break in early May at this cottage."

    The garden was enjoyed by our grandson. Cottage well equipped. Loved the conservatory. Having a bath and showers were handy for us with a little one. Utility room in the garage was well equipped and we found it very useful. Sadly couldn't sample the local pub as it didn't re-open until later in the month but local beaches were perfect for a bucket and spade holiday. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2021

  • "Amazing cottage in perfect location for getting around Cornwall."

    I marked down as we found many cobwebs around the property and under the sofa cushions were lots of dirt and crumbs. The mattress on the double is also extremely lumpy and uncomfortable so didn’t sleep incredibly well. Overall though a beautiful cottage and we really enjoyed our stay.

    We were so pleased to see the cottage described as “amazing”. However we were most disappointed to read about the cobwebs and crumbs. Unfortunately the cobwebs are a never ending battle with a 300 year old cottage but we would like to say that we are sorry that these issues occurred and we will address them. The mattress that is mentioned is being replaced, Lockdown permitting, before Christmas.  Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty3.8Oct 2020

  • "This is a lovely cottage!"

    Literally had everything we needed for a weeks holiday! If I had to say anything at all the drive is very tight getting on to it. But fitted both our cars on fine. Would recommend

    5.0Sep 2020

  • "We enjoyed staying at this cottage."

    It was very well equipped and nicely decorated. We loved the garden and enjoyed bbq’s. We also loved the log fire, it was very cosy on some of the evenings. It was great having the outside shower for our dogs and the laundry facilities in the garage. It felt like a home from home and would highly recommend staying at Mays Cottage. The only criticism which we had was that the mattress on the double bed was not very comfortable but it wouldn’t put us off booking again.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jul 2020

  • "We were delighted with the goody basket."

    A nice touch. The Christmas tree was also a treat. Just two tiny tiny little niggles. Please supply more than one T towel and there was no where to charge tooth brushes ie shaver socket. We managed though and still enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Dec 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    Very well equipped and in a great location for exploring Cornwall. The Ring O Bells pub in the village is to be recommended. Great food and friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2019

  • "May's Cottage is beautiful and provided everything we could possibly need for our stay."

    Plenty of space, comfortable beds and cosy lounge with log burner perfect for the chilly evenings. Excellent location for the bays around Padstow and the outside tap for sandy feet and dog was well used. I would thoroughly recommend this cottage!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage is really well kitted out and in a great spot for the wonderful villages and beaches of north Cornwall"

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect in every way, a lovely home from home."

    Had all the facilities you need self catering with a family. Beds were amazingly comfy and the garden fantastic! I would definitely recommend May’s cottage to f&f. However, I felt the staff at Sykes office were extremely unhelpful once i’d booked. This week was a very special occasion for my family and I was unable to include some family as Sykes were completely disinterested in helping me change the booking or recommended an extra property close to may’s cottage. I won’t be using Sykes again.

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0May 2019

  • "It was a very comfortable cottage in a good location"

    Reviewed by Joy4.4Oct 2018

  • "We had such a lovely time at May’s Cottage."

    The home has everything you could need and is a great size. It is close to both Padstow and Rock (about an hours walk into Padstow) and is very dog friendly. We had a welcome hamper on arrival and everything was detailed out in the house booklet. The perfect holiday home and we’ll definitely be back! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Becky5.0Sep 2018

  • "This was our second visit to Mays cottage and it was just as lovely as the first time!"

    The whole lay out of the cottage really suited us and having 3 bathrooms is definitely a plus. We loved sitting in the conservatory for our meals, it seemed to be sunny in there all day long! On a couple of the cooler evenings we enjoyed sitting in the very cosy sitting room. Location wise was great too, close to all the good beaches and Padstow and there's even a good bus service into Padstow for bored teenagers. The camel trail was reasonably close to cycle too, albeit a bit hilly getting there! We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by N4.7Aug 2018

  • "Would highly recommend May’s Cottage with respect to location, the facilities and overall beautiful property that it is."

    However, it wasn’t quite as clean as previous properties we have stayed at but perhaps we are just a bit too fussy! Thanks for a great holiday and see you next year.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Jul 2018

  • "A very well equipped cottage in a peaceful location."

    Excellent position to reach Padstow and the beautiful beaches to the west, Rock and Trebetherick plus the Camel Trail - all within a few minutes. So many excellent eateries! A footpath map around the village for short dog walks would be beneficial. Continental weather for the whole week was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Jun 2018

  • "We very much enjoyed May's cottage and our holiday there, but having stayed in Helpful Holidays cottages of 4 star rating over the last 25 years or so, we don't think that it's a 5 star property, probably 4, although it's not as immaculate or well equipped (particularly the kitchen) as, for example, Charlton Lodge (S42) where we've stayed 4 times."

    I suppose it inevitably suffers somewhat from being looked after by a paid caretaker rather than the owners, the cleaning being superficial rather than thorough. The landing light ( lacking any shades !) was festooned with cobwebs as was the recess of the window on the stairs. We were unable to find any of the additional black bin liners referred to for rubbish disposal, but perhaps most unpleasantly, on our first morning, I found that, on using the double room en suite shower, the tray filled to the brim with water which didn't drain away until I'd removed a large mass of hair from under the drain cover. My wife and son also found hairs in the other shower and the bath downstairs. The bedroom with 4 bunks is very basic, rather tatty, and needs redecorating. Shame.

    Reviewed by Anthony3.4May 2018

  • "A lovely cottage, very well equipped and comfortable and in a great location."

    Reviewed by Alec5.0Apr 2018

  • "Yet again Mays Cottage was delight to walk into and then spend the week there."

    If I could buy this cottage I would. It is so welcoming and warm. Having the log fire on every evening just finished the days off perfectly.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Apr 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: a king size double with en suite shower, basin and WC, a twin with ensuite shower, basin and WC and a room two sets of adult bunks
  • A family bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC on the ground floor
  • Open plan kitchen with conservatory cum dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove.
  • Central heating with underfloor heating and a woodburner Smart kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer and electric cooker
  • WIFI
  • VDU/DVD Big conservatory with TV
  • 4 steps up from Parking area to entrance
  • Large enclosed and sunny garden with lawn
  • Two patios with table and chairs and barbecue
  • Ground floor bathroom
  • Footpath or cycle to Padstow (3 miles) Outside warm shower for sandy children and dogs
  • Washing machine and tumble drier and wet suit drying area in garage
  • Cot and high chair available
  • 2 well behaved dogs welcome (no bigger than a labrador please) Sorry, no cats and no smoking
  • Pub in the village of St Issey
  • Sand and surf beaches 5 miles away at Trevose Head
  • Excellent sailing at Rock and Golf 10 miles away at St Enodoc 2.5 miles to the Camel Trail to Padstow

The property

This superb, semi-detached cottage sits on the edge of St Issey, a lovely village handy for the nearby Camel Trail and 3 miles from the attractive harbour town of Padstow.

Attention to detail and flair, coupled with oak beams and thick, knobbly walls, has given this delightful property a rustic French feel but with every modern comfort for putting families at their ease.

On the ground floor a sitting room with cosy wood burning stove and those characterful beams and uneven walls where all the family can relax and plan the day’s activities.

The smart, well-equipped kitchen leads to the lovely big, light and bright conservatory cum dining area, perfect for relaxed gatherings over a tasty supper.

There’s the added bonus of a very smart ground floor bathroom.

Up on the first floor are three smart bedrooms, a king size double with en suite shower room, a twin with a walk-in wardrobe and en suite shower room, and a room with two sets of bunk beds.

The pretty, large enclosed sunny garden boasts two patio areas with garden furniture for enjoying the sunshine and a large lawned area.

There’s a handy warm, outdoor shower, perfect for washing down sandy children and dogs, and drying facilities for wetsuits in the garage.

Head for a soothing pint in the local village pub or venture further afield to the Camel Trail (great for walkers, cyclists and riders alike), or the bustling shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in Padstow.

If you're feeling more adventurous, it’s a short drive to the great sand and surf beaches around Trevose Head and fabulous cliff walks at Bedruthan Steps.

A gem of a cottage in a stunning area.           

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

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About the location


Padstow 3 miles; Wadebridge 4 miles.

St Issey is a small rural hamlet with a church, pub and village shop, just 3 miles from the beautiful fishing village of Padstow. There are several top quality bathing and surfing beaches within 5 miles and the coastal path wends its way over the cliff tops and down among the rocky coves through some of Cornwall’s best coastal scenery. The little gem of Padstow with its famous restaurants, tranquil harbour and interesting shops should not be missed, and the Camel cycling and walking trail from Padstow to Bodmin makes a great day out. Take the ferry across the Camel estuary to Rock, surf the Atlantic breakers at nearby Polzeath, visit up-and-coming Wadebridge, or enjoy the fabulous Eden Project (20 miles) - the perfect base for a perfect holiday.

Note: This property is best for a maximum of 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas