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Stable Cottage

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Porth near Newquay, Cornwall Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Stable Cottage, Sorry to say we won’t stay there again."

    The cottage is in a lovely quiet location in a private court yard with other homes. It is well set out, fully equipped and nice scenery around it, unfortunately I didn’t look like the windows had been cleaned inside or out for a long while. Firstly you need to put on your advert that the cottage has private parking but it is up quite a steep slope behind all the dwellings. You can not get near the cottage to unload or load your car. Carrying luggage, shopping etc involves many trips up and down the slope. Not easy if you have health issues, use a walking stick etc. To gain access to the cottage you have to really push on the door to get in due to it sticking. It was that bad we thought a bolt had been left on when we first arrived and you really have to slam it closed when leaving. On entering all looked fine on the surface but there was a smell of damp, even inside the kitchen cupboards, wardrobes and chests of drawers. We opened all the windows to let air in apart from the small bedroom one that would not open at all and soon found out that none of the interior doors would close as they were swollen. The freezer part of the fridge was so full of old ice we couldn’t have put anything in it even if we had wanted to. The bread bin had a large brown stain in it and still had crumbs in it from previous guests. We had to clean it out and cover the base with kitchen roll. The coffee table felt sticky and had to be cleaned before we could use it, The place mats on the dinning table were covered in old food some were stuck together so bad we finished up washing the whole lot. Luckily we had brought a table cloth so we used that instead. Having found these issues we then spent a while re-cleaning the kitchen work tops and re-dusting everywhere else. We even rewashed the crockery and cutlery and it’s tray just in case. Where the shower base meets the walls was full of black mould. A Sign in the Cottage read our hearts are at the beach, I felt like adding a sign saying along with your cleaners. Maintenance hasn’t been high on the owners list either. The toilet seat was loose and moved around when we sat on it, the flush handle was loose. The toilet wouldn’t flush a few times while we were there because the cistern wasn’t filling with water. We had to take the cistern top off and hold the ball cock down to make it fill. That was full of debris which must have been blocking it. The shower head wouldn’t stay up. We had to tie it in place to stop it falling to the bottom. One of the legs was hanging off one of the arm chairs so we had to fix it before there was an accident. The other arm chair had obviously been fixed too, whoever did it had put the foot on it the wrong way round. We left that alone. On the guests instructions it said there was a hoover, we found the cupboard it was in but on trying to open the door the handle came off because the door was stuck solid, so we had to prise it open with a knife. The place gave the general impression of being really neglected and poorly maintained. As for the furniture: The 2 chairs and sofa had no support to them. You may as well have sat on the floor. We had to bolster the chairs up with cushions off the sofa and pillows just to be able to sit in them. The bed mattresses were just as bad, no support. We both ached and had bad back ache every morning we got up and spent each night tossing and turning. Travel Lodge and Premier Inn have better mattresses than that cottage. By the second week I was sleeping on the floor because it gave more support but by the Wednesday enough was enough. We left Thursday instead of the Saturday due to bad back ache, It’s such a pity, the cottage is located in a beautiful spot and with a little thought and maintenance could be made into a little jewel of a place. We will not use this Cottage again and will not recommend it to anyone. Why didn’t we complain at the time, well we are not the kind of people who moan and complain about things we just carry on and get on with life. If you hadn’t asked for our views on the place we would not have said anything. We could have asked for people to come and re-clean and fix things while we were there but we were on holiday and simply didn’t want to spend it staying in waiting for people to come. We would much rather be out and about in the lovely sun shine. Without being sarcastic do you actually inspect the properties yourself or just take the word of the owner, I’m afraid the condition of stable cottage does not do the reputation of your company any favours

    Thank you for your feedback but I don't understand why you didn't contact me on arrival in order that I could deal with your concerns which I will now take up with the cleaning company and their maintenance division. With regard to parking there is space in the layby outside the courtyard in order to unload and then move to the car park. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter1.3Sep 2023

  • "Stable Cottage was exceptionally clean, with comfortable beds, lots of storage and hooks in the bedrooms, big fluffy towels, cosy living room and very well equipped kitchen."

    There was lots of little extras dotted around like books, board games, beach equipment, the cooker instructions, maps etc. There are countryside views from the front windows. The wifi was excellent. Easy parking at the back of the court. The owners have clearly put a lot of thought into how comfortable it is. The landlord was also quick to answer a pre-holiday enquiry. It's in a good spot to access local beaches on foot along the coastal path, by bus (<10 min walk to main road) or by car. The buses in Cornwall are regular and excellent value. The nearby beach of Porth is ideal for younger children but if you are coming with children in a pushchair, be aware that there is no path for the first half of the walk down to the main road. Watergate Bay was a particularly lovely open beach nearby. I would also recommend the nearby National Trust properties of Trerice and Lanhydrock. Unless you are going to Boardmasters (it would be an amazing spot to access the festival) I would say avoid going when it's on - for the first 3 days of our holiday (Sat-Mon) the traffic was pretty much at a standstill, our view was of fields of tents and there was literally thousands of people in Porth. However, this aside I would definitely recommend the cottage as a lovely base to explore the area.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments which are much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very pleased with the property."

    We had a lovely holiday. Well equipped only thing we missed was a teapot.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'll get a teapot for future guests -:) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable we enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in great surroundings."

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely location."

    A choice of 3 beautiful beaches. Cottage was well equipped and lovely complimentary box of coffee,tea ,biscuits and milk sachets to start you off.We loved the way we could walk to the beaches. My daughter who suffers from asthma was fine as there was no signs now of damp or dust as per previous comments, showing how well this property has been renovated. Also WiFi was good

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m so pleased your daughter had a lovely holiday after our discussion regarding her asthma and your initial concerns about your booking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2022

  • "I have stayed at Stable Cottage before in 2020 and my initial thoughts were that it was 'tired, rundown and in need of some serious TLC', there was also a terrible smell of damp as you entered the property."

    However, despite this, we had a wonderful holiday and the cottage 'grew' on us. It was cosy, ideally situated and felt homely. We returned last week and oh my goodness! completely revamped! No smell of damp, repainted inside in a modern grey, new carpets... and (for my daughter's benefit) with the welcomed addition of WIFI! I cannot wait to rebook. The cottage is situated in a lovely courtyard, looking out across a valley, a few mins drive from the beach and it is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Everyone we met was friendly and it is a safe place to stay (this was extremely important to me as this time it was just myself and my daughter on holiday together. In summary, we had another wonderful holiday at Stable cottage and note to the owner, can I have first refusal if you decide to sell please :-)

    Thank you so much for your feedback. It means a lot to us as we spent all winter redecorating and upgrading . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Traci5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage is a bit dated but has everything you need."

    It was a very comfortable stay. The only downside is the lack of signal and WiFi that didn't work. We were on holiday with family who were staying elsewhere and it was hard to get in touch with them when we were at the cottage however it was quite nice to have a break from my phone!

    I was not aware that the WiFi was not working so will get the provider to check it out. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.1Jun 2022

  • "Lovely location, comfy bed and sheets and towels very good quality, could of ..."

    Lovely location, comfy bed and sheets and towels very good quality, could of done with more than 1 bath towel each as had to use for the week , so we handwashed them in between , overall it was a fab holiday and the cottage was filled with memories Thankyou

    Reviewed by Kelly4.4Jul 2021

  • "There was no washing machine, WiFi, dishwasher."

    Also a little dirty in places. Tv very small and basic. Single beds rock hard

    Reviewed by Rob1.9Jul 2021

  • "Just to be aware that as well as no wi fi, it is very difficult to get a mobile signal."

    Reviewed by Lynne3.1Jun 2021

  • "What a wonderful holiday we've had and Stable Cottage was the perfect place for us to see Newquay from."

    There was no smell of damp, as mentioned in previous reviews, so whatever the problem might have been it had definitely been addressed before we arrived. We were blessed with glorious weather whilst we were there which definitely helped- had we been faced with a lot of rain the lack of WiFi would have become an issue for the kids, although for me the escape from the constant ping of the phone felt like a bit of a relief. We also love walking- for someone who isn't keen, the hilly but short walk between the cottage and the beach might be off putting. But for us, a lovely, clean, well equipped cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside, just a stone's throw from the beach was absolutely perfect!! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0May 2021

  • "The smell of damp in the cottage is pretty overwhelming."

    There were quite a lot of cobwebs in the cottage. I looked under the bed to find a socket for my phone charger and it was really dirty under there - quite a lot of empty sweet wrappers. The cottage would really benefit from having wi-fi, I know it is stated that it doesn't have wi-fi, but it doesn't state that there is no phone signal inside the property. I think it would be worth installing the most basic cheap internet especially as it's now necessary to pre-book every attraction that you want to go to. I don't think anyone would begrudge paying £6-7 a week more to have wi-fi. The positives: The location is really good. The bed is comfortable and the linen and towels were of a high quality. The shower works well. The cottage is basic, but it does have everything that you need. Advice for finding the cottage using sat nav: Set you sat nav for the centre of Porth and when you get there, reset it for the cottage's address otherwise you will be likely to be sent down the narrowest of backroads that is barely wide enough for one car.

    Thank you for your feedback. The comments you made have been taken on board. As you can see the property is a old cornish cottage and can be at times prone to damp. However the owner is currently living in the property for the winter season. The owner has had the property walls tanked which is similar to damp proofing. When the property comes to letting again the property will have been fully decorated and will have new equipment provided. There will no longer be a damp problem either. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daniel2.8Sep 2020

  • "When we arrived at the cottage, from the outside it looked quite quaint and with the cluster of cottages surrounding it it looked like the ideal hideaway."

    It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, away from any hustle and bustle and it is very relaxing. The cottage itself was a huge disappointment when we walked through the door. It smelt musty and was very tired looking. I was quite disappointed as I had taken my Mum away for a well overdue break with myself and my young daughter. However, despite the initial disappointment we grew to love the cosiness and tranquility that the cottage provided and the views from the lounge and first bedroom were absolutely stunning. Yes it could do with updating but overall we had one of the best holidays we’ve ever had in Cornwall. Porth is somewhere we hadn’t really explored before and we love it! The lack of internet wasn’t a problem as it provided us with a really relaxed atmosphere, I think it just added to the peace and tranquility there. Finally, despite the musty smell on arrival the cottage was really clean. There was nothing that hadn’t been cleaned so we couldn’t fault the cleanliness of the the place at all. None of us wanted to go home and we all missed the cottage which we found surprising after our initial thoughts and opinions :-) Overall we had a fantastic week, we were extremely lucky with the weather and we had the beautiful, stunning views to go home to after a day relaxing on the beach. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Traci4.7Aug 2020

  • "This holiday home could be amazing but the one thing that hits you straight away when you walk through the door is the horrendous smell of damp!"

    The smell is all through the bungalow- in the cupboards, hoover, carpets....... so everything stinks and feels wet to the touch and it really disappointing!! On the positive side, the location is great, it is really beautiful- the description of the place and its location is spot on. There is everything you could need in the cupboards for a week away and the shower was fab too. Another plus was that the bedding and towels (which are supplied) are of fantastic quality (even if we didn't have pillow protectors on and one pillow was grotty and soiled). All in all I would not go back again because of the damp problem. It is in need of some improvements and modernisation too. Really disappointed as it really could be the perfect, relaxing get away.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.8Aug 2020

  • "The only thing was that it was very damp inside?"

    Our clothes when not worn felt damp, and the bedding? Maybe it needs a dehumidifier? It also could do with a paint just to modernize it a bit? Location was fantastic and the area where we were staying. Porth itself is stunning, as a family we thoroughly enjoyed staying there.

    Reviewed by Gemma3.4Aug 2020

  • "Stable cottage was an excellent location for our family holiday, the cottage was clean and spacious and set in beautiful surroundings, we have booked immediately for next year and cannot wait to go back there ."

    Thank you Sykes

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Aug 2020

  • "Said to be half a mile from Porth beach."

    It is but more than half that distance is a hard, uphill slog on foot. Cottage situated in an untidy courtyard with litter and weeds. Cottage itself very basic and signs of poor cleaning with spider webs under armchair and beside TV. Bedrooms felt damp despite good weather during the fortnight. No facility to recycle rubbish.

    Reviewed by Arthur2.8Jul 2019

  • "Really convenient access to Newquay, the beach and pub."

    The only negative point was arriving at a freezing cold cottage after a 7 hour drive. I thought I had made a mistake booking the cottage until it warmed up and we could take our jackets off. Otherwise a compact and great little cottage. We enjoyed our stay and will consider booking it again.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4Apr 2019

  • "Overall it was a lovely cottage very warm and cosy and location was excellent."

    Few niggles which didnt really spoil the holiday. Bedroom is small with big furniture which makes it difficult to get round one side of bed. No lamp in main bedroom used one from second room. Would be handy to have a clock somewhere. We travelled around visiting. Eden project. Falmouth maritime museum. Newquay zoo. Padstow lobster hatchery. Highly recommend Rick Stein at Fistral bay. Too name a few. Great time. Thank you Mr Allen and Sykes Cottages. Joy and Michael

    Reviewed by Joy4.4Sep 2018

  • "Really simple and easy to book, no delays and everything went smoothly."

    Lovely cottage in a great location, great memories for a great holiday

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Aug 2018

  • "Information about what to do with rubbish was lacking from introduction booklet, and no bedside lamps were working."

    Aside from those quibbles the cottage was very good and we and a lovely stay. Secluded enough to have privacy but close enough to make the beach a regular feature of our stay.

    Thank you for your feedback Mr O'Connell. I am sorry that the bedside lamps were not working on arrival. I advised this must have been the bulbs that had stopped working and assume they were replaced. I offered to reimburse any incurred costs and received no reply. My housekeeper contacted you to about what to do with leaving the waste and there is an information booklet in the kitchen which advises guests to leave all waste in black plastic bags and leave them by the car park entrance. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary4.4Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with everything we needed loved it"

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jul 2018

  • "The accommodation was exactly has described"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jul 2018

  • "Really lovely place."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Cottage in courtyard with neighbours, some residents and some visitors. All pleasant and helpful. Neighbourhood really quiet and peaceful. Huge but very attractively landscaped caravan site a short walk away. This was handy for provisions and on-site eating (breakfast pancakes!). Nearby Porth Beach, headland, and Mermaid Inn Fab. Best beach (especially for NT members) was Crantock which is just west of Newquay. This has lovely sands, loos, and an excellent cafe. For those interested in aircraft, the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (at the nearby airfield) is good, if a bit tricky to find.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2018

  • "Excellent location."

    Cosy and comfortable. Everything was there that we needed except Wi Fi.Definately return again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2017

  • "The cottage was very quiet, warm and comfortable and perfect for exploring Cornwall."

    It contained all necessary items for a week's holiday.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2017

  • "Are hoilday at stable cottage was fabulous we had everything and more it was ..."

    Are hoilday at stable cottage was fabulous we had everything and more it was clean comfortable x overall a great cottage we will definitely be booking again thankyou for a fabulous time Mr x mrs D PASHLEY

    Reviewed by Damian5.0Aug 2016

  • "This is the second holiday I have been on with Sykes Cottages and everything was as I expected."

    The cottage was fine and in line with the details provided by Sykes. I was a little surprised when I walked into the cottage as the photographs gave the impression the cottage was bigger with the published pictures on the lounge area and kitchen area. In fact, the photography didn't quite reflect how close the kithcen area was to the lounge area. Having said that, all was fine and I would certainly recommend the cottage as a base for travel around the area. The area does not receive a decent signal for EE and Virgin phones but O2 works fine, albeit you may need to stand outside! Overall, I was very impressed with the whole experience.

    Reviewed by George Roy4.4Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric radiators
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, Smart TV catch up
  • DVD player with a selection of DVD's and CD's
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Shared courtyard with furniture.WiFi available
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Please note: property itself can have poor mobile phone signal due to location: please check with your network provider

The property

Porth 1 mile.

Ideally located for touring the spectacular North Cornish coastline, this semi-detached, single-storey cottage is just half a mile from the award-winning Porth Beach and Whipsiderry; voted in the top 20 of Europe’s best beaches by the Sunday Times.

Only two miles from the centre of Newquay, this cottage has a homely feel with an open plan living area with a kitchen, a dining area and a sitting area.

The two bedrooms provide easily accessible accommodation with a double and a twin room, ideal for a group of friends or a family.

Outside, there is a shared courtyard where you can sit and enjoy the sea breeze, overlooking this small cluster of cottages and Porth Valley.

The village of Porth is within walking distance and has a couple of shops, a pub on the beach and an excellent tapas bar.

For those wanting to go further afield, both Newquay and Watergate Bay are easily accessible by walking along the beautiful coastal path.

It is also possible to walk to both along the beach at low tide, whilst the drive along the coast to Watergate Bay and then on to Padstow, passing lots of small coves and villages along the way, is one you will always remember.

This is a great location for holidays and short breaks all year round.

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About the location


Newquay 1.3 miles; Truro 15 miles.

Porth is a small seaside village on the outskirts of Newquay. The village offers a shop, cafes, restaurants and a pub on the sandy beach, plus nearby is the South West Coast Path, which boasts spectacular scenery. Watergate Bay, with its rolling waves, surf schools, cafe and pubs, is a short walk away, and the popular resort of Newquay with its beaches, watersports, pubs, restaurants, zoo and aquarium is well worth a visit. Fistral Beach and surf centre are three miles west of Porth, whilst the surf training school at Lusty Glaze Beach is actually within the village. The charming fishing village of Padstow, along with Bodmin Moor, the city of Truro, Falmouth and the world-famous Eden Project are all within easy reach, making Porth an ideal base for a Cornish getaway.

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