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Helston, Cornwall

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Bar Lodge is a truly stunning place to spend a holiday. Perched just above Loe Bar, with far-reaching sea views - from the high cliffs of the Lizard to the south, right around to the Land's End peninsula in the distant west - and with Loe Pool and its woodlands just behind, you are spoilt for scenery. And then there is the Lodge itself: built by Captain John Peverell Rogers of Penrose more than a century ago, this distinctive house is approached on a winding track through the woods. Far from any road or other dwelling, the building is magnificent, with a roof terrace overlooking the sea and a multi-fuel stove in the living room. Come rain or shine, this is a breathtaking place.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall, sitting room with multi fuel stove, dining room, kitchen, shower room with lavatory, twin bedroom.
First floor
mezzanine bathroom and separate lavatory, two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 twin).
Visitor notes

Heating: Air Source Heat Pump.

Garden: There is no garden but there is a roof terrace.

Parking: Final approach to lodge is very narrow so arrival in daylight is recommended. A parking area is located adjacent to the cottage.

Please Note: Beach below house is shingle and slopes steeply, it is dangerous so swimming and paddling are not permitted. Gunwalloe Church Cove, south-east is a popular family beach patrolled by lifeguards in summer months.

Offers: All National Trust car parks on The Lizard are free to guests on production of their booking information.

For any 3 night booking starting on a Thursday or 2 night starting on a Friday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Logs/Charcoal: Unlimited supply of seasoned beech and ash NT logs available for £20 payable on booking.

BBQ provided on request. NT charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

Accessibility: For those with limited mobility who wish to explore the beautiful Penrose Estate, an all-terrain mobility buggy is now available to hire.The cost will be £2.50 per hour. This is inclusive of fuel and instructions for safe use. ID will be required. For further information please contact the Penrose Office on 01326 561407

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by Lizard Adventure

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

West Cornwall
The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

The far west of Cornwall has a unique atmosphere. The most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard, with its turbulent seas, treacherous reefs and towering cliffs, has an unusual quality which sets it apart from the rest of Cornwall. Yet, with its unique flora, tiny fishing villages and fascinating caves and coves, this quiet corner is ideal for the visitor who appreciates untamed natural beauty and many dramatic views. Land?s End Peninsula, also known as West Penwith, has equally magnificent cliffs and turbulent seas, but is very different in character to the Lizard. Here, granite moorland meets the sea: an ancient haunting landscape of small, rocky fields, isolated farms and hamlets and an extraordinary wealth of archaelogical remains. This tiny corner abounds in places to visit and the Trust manages or owns many of these including St Michael's Mount and the nearby Trengwainton Gardens, Levant Mine at St Just, the ancient house of Godolphin and Lizard Point. Aside from the wealth of National Trust properties other attractions include the famous seaside town of St. Ives, beloved of artists over the years and now the home of the Tate Gallery, the underground tour of Geevor Mine, St Just, Penzance, with its helicopter and boat links to Isles of Scilly, RSPB site at Marazion, the pretty harbour at Mousehole, Penlee Gallery in Newlyn - the list is endless! For the more energetic, outdoor activities abound with wonderful sandy beaches, watersports, walking, horse-ridnig, fishing, golf and cycling.

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place to visit
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  • Porthleven
  • Helston Furry Dance
  • Helston folk museum
  • Penzance
  • Newlyn
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Watersports
National Trust places to visit
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • John Nash
    • February 2015
    • Dorset
    Utterly stunning

    Fantastic, words cant express how good the whole experience was for us. The most special place either of us has stayed anywhere in the world. The location and the cottage itself are utterly stunning and we felt privileged to stay there.

  • Hazel Stewart-Davies
    • January 2015
    • Worcestershire
    Very cosy

    Well equipt house, very cosy. Location outstanding.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Well maintained property

    Well-maintained with much appreciated welcome touches such as fresh flowers, milk in the fridge, and tea/coffee ingredients available on arrival. Prompt action when electrical fault arose.

  • Alan Kemp
    • November 2014
    • England
    Made special by its:

    Amazing location, spacious property

  • Mark Taylor
    • February 2014
    • Oxfordshire
    Stunning location

    The location is stunning and the cottage is spacious and gracious. A real treat.

  • michael schurch
    • December 2013
    • UK
    Will be booking again

    We intend to try to book the same cottage during the summer to enjoy the wonderful veranda. The heavy storms provided atmosphere

  • Mrs Sara Wood
    The most amazing places to stay

    After your first visit your want to return year after year. Truly in our opinion one of the most amazing places to stay, we put the scenery on a par with our maldivian holiday if not better. Its great in all seasons, summer enjoys the walks around the loe pool and into the fishing village of porthleven along the coastal path. Portleven has some great restaurants can recommend "The Smoke House" and in winter the weather fronts coming across the atlantic, and the clasing of the waves plus the walks if you want to wrap up a little warmer. All in all a great place for romantics, family and friends of all ages. The Only downside is you cant take your four legged friend with you, hopefully something the NT will reconsider ....please!!!

  • Mr & Mrs Core
    Bar Lodge was made for someone who loved the sea

    Bar Lodge was made for someone who loved the sea. You are so near it that your ears pop when you come down the hill, and then your eyes pop when you see the view. The only downside is that very young children can have a sleepless night if it is very windy.

  • Mr & Mrs Beech
    Bar Lodge is amazing

    Bar Lodge is amazing. Placed in a stunning location and blessed with such sunny weather, what more could we ask. The house is kept immaculately clean and we all felt at home so quickly. I'll never forget the view from the veranda as I sip a morning cup of tea and an afternoon G & T. Enjoy your stay and ignore the clock. A big smile home will be guaranteed.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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