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Bee Hive Cottage

(Ref. 949650)

Morwenstow, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely characterful cottage with everything needed for a relaxing stay."

    Minor point; Did not appear to be any obvious recycling instructions?

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, very well equipped and would stay again."

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2024

  • "We stayed for a week in March."

    My husband is 6ft 6inches and could not really stand up in any room, especially with his shoes on. If you are taller than about 5ft 9 in you risk banging your head. The cottage is in need of some tlc - esp as next door is for sale and has been cleaned up and painted. The shop/cafe down the road was very handy and The Bush Inn pub was lovely as advertised. Main issues for us were the bed which was very lumpy and bumpy and didn’t make for a great nights sleep - a new bed or mattress is needed. Also the hot water - my husband likes a bath every morning - there was not enough hot water to fill the bath right up and I would then have to push the button again to try and heat it up for a bath or shower myself - these usually resulted in one of us using it in the morning and one of us in the afternoon or evening and on the day we left we couldn’t get the boiler to come back on so after packing and getting hot and bothered I had to have a very Luke warm strip wash as the shower was freezing! On the plus side there was ample things such as wine, chocolate biscuits and things like dishwasher tablets and laundry pods - also tea and coffee which was appreciated. Another thing we are not a fan of is a 5pm check in - you pretty much lose a days holiday as you have to check out before 10am - that gives them 7 hours to clean a small cottage ? Travelling with children or dogs you want to get there and get in - a 2pm or 3pm at latest would I am sure be appreciated by most people and perhaps an 11am check out? (even though we were out by 9am). Also in the winter and dark I imagine locating the key safe could be an absolute mission - it took us a while to find! The logs left made the first evening a nice a cosy one. The beaches around this area that we saw didn’t seem to be sandy - more pebbly. We drove to Saunton Sands a couple of times as they have a fantastic beach there.

    Reviewed by Dawn2.8Mar 2024

  • "Quirky cottage, I bought everything but the kitchen sink and there was no need."

    Lovely welcome pack, wine and kitchen and laundry essentials provided. Such a peaceful place I have never stayed anywhere so quiet. Location for beaches is perfect. Fluffy white towels and comfortable furnishings and fire made for a relaxing stay. Only feedback for owners is first impressions of cottage it is need of some tlc and I fixed the rattly bedroom window.

    Reviewed by Denise4.4Sep 2023

  • "Amazing Cottage, loved the sea theme throw out and the French style was extremely elegant in the main bedroom."

    Court yard a sun trap birds tipping and out. Just a perfect chill out for the 2 of us plus 2 four legged friends. Ty

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jul 2023

  • "The shower did not work so we're unable to have a shower had to use bath and ..."

    The shower did not work so we're unable to have a shower had to use bath and shower attachment which was not convenient, contacted owner , plumber attended but unable to repair, disappointing, the outside light at rear not working , the fridge and freezer need full defrost to get rid of built up ice in both , however all other facilities were very good and plenty of cups glasses plates etc only had to use dishwasher once , nice bottle of wine as a welcome gift

    Reviewed by Ian3.1Feb 2023

  • "A lovely cottage- in a beautiful part of England."

    There was Ample cutlery, plates, glasses etc - and supplies in the house - you’ve really thought of everything. It was a cosy home for a week- and absolutely we would stay again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Tina4.7Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was OK not 4 star, the stairs were very steep I would recommend that you make the point how steep"

    Reviewed by Marilyn3.1Jun 2022

  • "We loved the cottage but the sad thing was we were only able to enjoy it for two days as we developed Covid 19 and had to return home."

    There was just one slight problem as both my husband and I are 81 and 73 respectively and found the steep stairs very difficult. This didn't detract from the beautiful interior and special little touches.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Mar 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage in a very handy location for North Cornwall and North Devon."

    The cottage is well equipped, warm and cosy. The enclosed garden was a real bonus for our dogs too. The cottage is bigger than it looks - and the stairs weren’t as steep as I feared from other comments! A small hiccup on the first night was promptly sorted by the owner, who went above and beyond to make up for it - much appreciated! We realised after a few days that the heated towel rail in the bathroom wasn’t working - not a problem as the cottage is warm and towels dried on hooks well enough but thought I would mention so the owner knows! All in all a great cottage - and we were very lucky with the weather which was a real bonus for January!

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage felt at home straight away."

    We could not open front door- must be a knack however back door suited us and dogs better!

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jan 2022

  • "Nothing too dramatic but a couple of issues that the owners should be aware of: The garden was looking overgrown, lawn uncut and patio hadn't been weeded for a long time."

    There was no shower squeegee - which was no hardship but was referred to in the visitors instructions. The bin collections are on a Monday - so we had very little by the time of the collection but had to leave our rubbish when we left. I assume this is a regular problem - if there is a nearby alternative facility perhaps it should appear in the visitors instructions. The lounge armchair, if moved, scratches the floor. Unavoidable when trying to watch the TV - suggest replacing the casters with rubber ones.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Sep 2021

  • "This is a well equipped, pretty cottage in a lovely quiet location."

    The property description should, however be clearer on the very low ceilings. My husband in 6’2’’ and developed a bad neck from avoiding hitting his head. The stairs are also very steep.

    Reviewed by shelly3.8Aug 2021

  • "This is a beautiful cottage with lovely location, good parking and equipped with everything you can need."

    On arrival following a problem with the cleaning due to a previous occupancy, the owner apologised, promptly sent a second cleaner with complimentary wine and later gave some compensation for our inconvenience. I really couldn’t wish for a better response from an owner. As a result we had a fabulous holiday with beautiful nearby beaches, pubs and walks. I will recommend to all my friends to stay here ( something I have never done before despite holidaying in many cottages).

    Reviewed by Dave3.8Jul 2021

  • "Cosy cottage staircase not suitable for children or elderly low ceilings!"

    Reviewed by Mandy Simon3.8Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage very comfortable inside and well stocked with everything we needed and was spotlessly clean inside ."

    However the small lawned area was badly overgrown and the cottage is on a busy road .

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Sep 2020

  • "The bed was too soft, mattress needs to be changed Only 1 side of the toaster ..."

    The bed was too soft, mattress needs to be changed Only 1 side of the toaster was working Bedroom window upper sash is loose and rattles loudly in the wind The cottage was a little expensive for the location

    Reviewed by David3.1Aug 2020

  • "This is a lovely property in a quiet location."

    We were really able to relax during our stay. The kitchen and bathroom seem to have been refurbished recently whilst the other areas of the house have retained a lot of the cottage charm.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Aug 2020

  • "Great location away from the town."

    Good walking location, shop just down the road for a good flat white. Lovely and comfortable, everything you need!

    Reviewed by Lou5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage, spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    Lovely walks a short drive away from Duckpool through the Coombe Valley and great base to explore North Cornwall and Devon. Short walk to a well stocked local shop. Has everything you need for a comfortable and peaceful holiday.

    Reviewed by Gail4.7Jul 2020

  • "Set in a quiet village but within easy reach of some fabulous beaches, walks and destinations."

    Beautifully presented, this cottage leaves you not wanting to go home. I will definitely be rebooking for next year. Everything you could wish for in a holiday cottage. A wonderful experience enjoyed by the whole family & our dog.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2019

  • "Arrived at cottage, in a lovely quiet village location."

    First impressions good however immediately noticed grass had not been cut for some time and was approx 6 inches long. Weeds were everywhere and the patio table outside was filthy. Entered property and now the good points.The kitchen was clean and well stocked with quality cooking equipment. as was the lounge, bathroom and bedrooms with nice clean linen and towels.Bed comfortable. First trip to the toilet we found the toilet seat was broken after texting the owner ( a lovely lady but who lived miles from the property ) she arranged for someone to come round and replace it. There was no welcome pack, and no logs in the basket . Further the oven was filthy again rectified ,but as the lady who cleaned it said,it needed a deep clean.The fridge freezer needed defrosting and took 2 days to get to a reasonable temperature. Two of the window pains were also cracked. The door to the cupboard containing unusable vacume cleaner was also broken. I feel horrible to give such a negative review as the weather was great and we still enjoyed ourselves at the cottage despite its shortcomings.However I would be horrified to pay over One Thousand pounds at the the height of the season for a 2 bedroom property.

    Reviewed by Deborah3.1Jun 2019

  • "Overall a lovely, quirky thatched cottage and all that entails, fabulously situated for dog friendly beach and coastal walks and quintessential Cornish villages, towns and beaches."

    BUT - nowhere in the description of the cottage does it say the bathroom is downstairs. Had we known this, we orobabkynwouldnt have booked it. Negotiating steep stairs in the middle.of the night was an achievement! - despite several reviews and comments in the visitors book regarding basic instructions for white goods, the heating etc (sadly needed in June), they are still lacking, but managed to sus them all out - despite several comments about the garden needing attention, it remains unkempt and quite uninviting - rubbish, well recycling from previous holiday makers was left in a bin bag at the back door. Despite contacting the contact number, I received no reply. However, googled collection day and sorted it myself, but don't expect to have to do this on holiday! However, great TV (unusual in holiday rentals) and the furnishings and facilities were great. Very comfortable beds and so important, dog friendly!

    Reviewed by Hazel3.4Jun 2019

  • "The lovely cottage very nice but the road was very busy would have liked, garden to have been maintained a little bit better but a very nice place."

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Apr 2019

  • "Bee Hive cottage made an absolutely wonderful base for our recently holiday in Cornwall."

    Cosy, well equipped and walking distance to a great pub and amazing tea room. Once the local store opens it’ll be hard to beat. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Annika5.0Mar 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage which made for a lovely holiday."

    We arrived to find the owners had left us tea, coffee, bread and similar items to start us off! My only suggestion would be some instructions above the hob. Slightly too advanced for my technical abilities!

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was just perfect, so relaxing and beautifully decorated."

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2018

  • "I bought this holiday as a pressie for my grand daughter and partner we didn’t know anyone who had booked with Sykes but they havnt stopped raving about it but we would highly recommend you and the cottage."

    Thank you for helping me to give them a wonderful relaxing few days

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Nov 2018

  • "It was our first time in Cornwall and I would recommend this beautiful cottage to everyone."

    It was really cozy and we were always delighted to come home after a long walk at the beach. It is suitable for families and dogs. We would surely, without any hesitation, book this wee cottage again to live new adventures in Cornwall :) Family Lanoizelé - November 2018.

    Reviewed by Johan5.0Oct 2018

  • "The garden needed some tlc the grass was to long"

    Reviewed by Valerie3.8Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful period cottage in a location that is very accessible for dramatic coastline and lovely quiet sandy beaches."

    We have already rebooked for 2019.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Oct 2018

  • "A lovely cottage, clean and tidy, a lovely welcoming package of a cream tea, bread, milk and butter which is a nice touch."

    The enclosed garden was ideal for the dogs, but needed a little TLC. The bathroom was downstairs which it didn't mention in the description and the stairs from the bedrooms very steep, but the cottage was a quaint old property, we had not problems with anything not working and we really enjoyed our week away here.

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Jun 2018

  • "Beehive cottage is beautiful and very homely."

    The only thing missing is an information pack of the facilities, otherwise perfect.

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean and tidy."

    It’s a shame the toilet seat was broken and the garden very overgrown. There were no instructions for anything and no kind of welcome pack which is a shame.

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.4May 2018

  • "Beehive cottage is absolutely beautiful, it is clean spacious and full of character, beautifully decorated with original features but with all the modern fixtures."

    The cottage is set in a lovely location, just 10 minutes drive to sandymouth bay where our daughter was staying. It was well equipped with everything we needed including a nice little cream tea welcome pack. The cottage is surrounded by fields at the back, very peaceful with fabulous views. The size of the cottage is very spacious with ample space. We felt at home the moment we arrived, It was always cosy and warm with a great log fire, that we cosied up to in the evening after a day out walking. Abbey was at the end of the phone if we needed her and was extremely helpful. I would highly recommend Beehive cottage to anyone wanting to stay in North Cornwall, we go to cornwall four times a year and this is defineltly ranked as one of my favourites. Thanks for having us Abbey.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Feb 2018

  • "Fab cottage, had everything we needed for our stay."

    Was very inviting and the wood burner was well used due to the cold and wet Cornish weather. Great location with good walking for our pooch a mere 5 minute drive away near Duckpool. There are good walks around immediate location, alas our pooch not so good on the lead! Welcome pack was an added bonus and a lovely touch. Only small issue - would have been better if there were instructions for the heating and the oven - fortunately hubby is an engineer and was able to sort!

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Feb 2018

  • "Review for Sykes -On a previous booking there was a mess up with the payment."

    Sykes took the money from my account however it did not show up as if we had paid on their side. Took a good few hours to sort out and the next day. It was not stress free. However the cottages and owners make up for it. The customer service is very good once you get through to the right people at Sykes. Beehive cottage is beautiful and we highly recommend. We will be returning. Owners make it very easy. Views are outstanding, fire very cosy and dog friendly( enclosed garden) ! Outstanding walks and pubs all over the area. Hartland is a must see. The decor of the cottage is beautiful and beds very comfy. The owners even left us cream tea and milk! Thank you Ian

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Nov 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with free standing bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner and dining area.
  • Electric heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car opposite
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: No BBQ's at this property please due to proximity to thatching

The property

Perfectly located for touring the north of both Cornwall and Devon, this charming 'picture postcard' thatched cottage, built in 1752, is set in the pretty village of Morwenstow.

Being just a mile from the spectacular coastal path and ten miles north of Bude, you are well located for a much-needed holiday.

Parking opposite the cottage, you can sense a homely feel the moment you enter.

It is full of character, with its beamed ceilings, large fireplace and memories of time gone by.

There are two bedrooms, a double and a twin both reached by a set of steep stairs from the living room which features a log burner adding to the character and most welcoming after a winter walk along the cliffs.

The delightful bathroom offers a free standing bath to indulge yourself with a long soak and reflect on the day.

Outside, a pretty enclosed garden with a patio is the place to start with breakfast or an early morning cuppa.

Just a mile away and a pleasant walk along country lanes will take you to the historic Bush Inn, a 13th century pub full of history and intrigue.

Open all day every day, serving good food and real ales - this would be many peoples ideal pub, boasting a garden with sea views for warm sunny days and a roaring fire for the cooler winter months.

Situated right on the coastal path it is also a great place to reward yourself after an exhilarating walk.

With all the facilities that the award-winning coastal resort of Bude has to offer within easy reach, the location of this charming cottage offers a great holiday whatever time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Kilkhampton 6 miles; Bude 10 miles.

Morwenstow is a rural hamlet set within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, approximately ten miles north of the coastal resort of Bude, complete with a well-respected pub (the 13th C Bush Inn) and the fabulous Rectory Tea Rooms next to Morwenstow Church. This breathtaking stretch of rugged coastline features delightful National Trust walks along the clifftops and through the woodlands within Coombe Valley, as well as numerous coves including Duckpool, Stanbury and Marsland Mouth. There is plenty of history to discover around the parish church regarding the renowned Reverend Hawker, a notable figure from Cornwall's past. Six miles away, the self-contained village of Kilkhampton offers day-to-day shopping facilities, a café and a pub and supermarkets are only a little further afield at the bustling sea-side town of Bude.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas