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Gwendra Wartha


Roseland, Cornwall

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On the far side of Gerrans Bay from Porth and St Anthony, the old farming hamlet of Gwendra is tucked into the low cliffs immediately above the long sandy beaches of Carne and Pendower. Gwendra consists of Gwendra Wartha and four other cottages, Mowhay, Granary, Hayloft and Dairy Cottage Gwendra.

Part of the original Gwendra farmhouse, a handsome traditional Cornish dwelling, Gwendra Wartha is a comfortable holiday cottage with a private garden. Set above the rest of the old farming hamlet ('wartha' is Cornish for 'higher'), this cottage has uninterrupted views of the sea and across Gerrans Bay from all its rooms but the bathroom. To make the most of its wonderful position, the sitting room is upstairs.

It is a short walk to the beautiful gently sloping sandy beach perfect for paddling and swimming. The pretty village of Veryan with its thatched round houses, pub and shop is within easy reach. Nearby the unspoilt fishing village of Portloe is a great place to enjoy a cream tea. This picturesque spot has made it a popular film location over the years.

The combination of cliffs, creeks, estuaries, headlands, woods and beaches linked by many miles of footpath, gives a fantastic variety of walking routes, much is which is maintained by our rangers and volunteers. Pick your route to suit your mood, as well as the weather. The Roseland peninsula has a wealth of wildlife to discover and stunning landscape guaranteed to revitalise the soul.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Porch, hall, two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 small single), shower room.
First floor
Sitting room with open fire, kitchen/diner.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Parking: Parking is in the carport which is shared with Dairy cottage and Mowhay.

Garden: The garden is flat and enclosed with grassed areas and shrubs. There is a flagged patio area with a table and fixed bench seating from which you can enjoy the sea views.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Logs/ Charcoal: Environmentally friendly briquettes can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

Please note: The single bedroom is small so the travel cot can only be used in the double bedroom.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared telephone
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • 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

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you will be set for life!

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  • Fishing
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Laity
    • December 2016
    • Devon
    Lovely relaxing place

    I was born in the farmhouse that is now Gwendra Wartha, so going back to that room in the cottage was wonderful - very emotional! And checking out all the farm buildings that are now cottages , amazing! But it's a lovely, quiet, relaxing place, overlooking Veryan Bay. I loved it!!

  • Miss Ng
    • April 2016
    • London
    Well kept cottage

    Great location and views, very well kept cottage with better than expected additions of a nice fireplace and well equipped kitchen.

  • David Day
    • March 2016
    • Oxon
    Made enjoyable..

    we love this particular cottage and its neighbour Dairy Cottage. We will also be staying at Benningborough Hall in June .

  • S. Naylor
    • February 2016
    • USA
    Comfortable cottage

    The location of Gwendra Wartha offers extraordinary views, good walking opportunities, and easy access to nearby Veryan village. Because a major part of our holiday experience is foregoing the use of an automobile, the proximity of the cottage to Truro (via the local bus), and the easy walks to Veryan, Portloe, and Portscatho is of utmost importance. The cottage is most comfortable, well- presented, and maintained to very high standards. To clarify, I am not actually a member of the National Trust, but a member of the US affiliate The Royal Oak Society. We have been staying in National Trust cottages for nearly 20 years. Gwendra Wartha , like others in the area of Cornwall known as the Roseland Peninsula, are of exceptional quality! We attribute the high standard of care to Gilian Parkin and her team. Jeanette Cairns went above and beyond in making us comfortable and welcome during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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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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