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Pentire Farm House

nr Padstow, Cornwall

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Set just inland from Park Head, and overlooking the secluded valley running down to Porth Mear cove, Pentire Farm House is a traditional Cornish building. From its high vantage point, the house commands sweeping views over the surrounding countryside and down to the sea, and the lighthouse at Trevose Head in the distance is a distinctive landmark. There is easy access to the coast path and a number of lovely coastal walks. The Trust has three cottages here, the farmhouse itself, the adjoining Porth Mear Cottage and Skippers Cabin a few hundred yards away, offering peaceful and isolated accommodation within easy reach of some of the finest stretches of coastline and beaches in North Cornwall. All the cottages have large gardens with lovely views.

Porth Mear Cove is a rock pooling paradise and many rare birds can be sighted in this beautiful area. Porthcothan’s sandy beach is just a mile away; Mawgan Porth and Watergate three miles, making the location difficult to match.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
porch, sitting room with solid-fuel stove, kitchen/dining room.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 single), bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

******from 01 January 2014 the sofabed will be removed from this cottage so it will have a maximum occupancy of 3 people.

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Garden: Large garden with lovely views and a BBQ.

Parking: Designated parking space next to the adjoining Porth Mear cottage.

Logs/Charcoal: The fire will be laid for you on arrival with enough fuel to get you started. Pre-ordered fire starter kits and additional pre-ordered logs will be left in the cottage for guests upon arrival. Further purchases can be made by calling the Contact Centre during your stay.

Fire starter kit - 1 x bag eco-logs, 1 x net of eco kindling, 1 x box of eco-firelighters for £11.

Further supplies of eco-logs at £4.50 per bag, eco kindling £3.50 and eco-firelighters £3.50.

Offers: Free admission to Tintagel Old Post Office subject to seasonal opening hours.

Bicycle/canoe/kayak storage available upon request.

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

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by outdoor activity providers Cornish Rock Tors and Outdoor Adventure

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Cot
  • 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.

North Cornwall
The view from Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall © Mike Henton

The north coast is where the tremendous force of the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the mighty cliffs of Cornwall. With waves incessantly beating against the rocks below, the coast path provides some of the best walking in Europe and dramatic views.

North Cornwall also boasts several fine, sandy beaches, with the same massive rollers providing some of the best surfing in the country. The Trust has 22 holiday cottages and apartments in this wonderful part of the county including three at Park Head, a remote headland just a mile to the north of Bedruthan Steps but only six miles from Padstow, and three at Pentireglaze, close to the sandy beach of Polzeath. Further round the coast are the dramatically situated Doyden House and Castle and the picturesque hamlet of Port Quin. Port Isaac, Port Gaverne and Boscastle are all charming villages with lots of atmosphere and perfect as holiday bases.

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  • South West Coast Path
  • Wadebridge
  • Eden Project.
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps Dramatic coastline with views over massive rock stacks
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
Lanhydrock Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate
Tintagel Old Post Office
Tintagel Old Post Office One of the Trust's most delightful medieval buildings, enhanced by a cottage garden
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
Boscastle Picturesque harbour and village on the north Cornish coast

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Jenny Ogilvie
    • November 2014
    • London
    Immaculate cottage

    The perfect place to get away from it all. It was so quiet all we could hear was wind, birds, sea. We were minutes from the coastal path and had everything we needed. In stormy weather the cottage was completely snug; on a clear night we could see the Milky Way from the garden. The cottage was immaculate and so thoughtfully equipped with anything we might need for cooking, picnicking, exploring etc. Someone even came to mow the lawn (in November!).

  • Ben Craven-Wilkinson
    • November 2014
    • UK
    High standard

    So quite and relalxing and great walks on doorstep Amazing place and such and suprisingly high standard - may be converted from landmark trust properties.

  • Kate Tuke
    • June 2014
    • UK
    Surrounded by beautiful countryside

    This cottage is in a wonderful location, surrounded by beautiful countryside and so peaceful and quiet. It was just what we needed. Well away from the madness of Cornwall's hotspots, but close enough to visit them for a few hours when we wanted to. A great cottage too with everything that we needed. We were blessed with great weather, but felt that we would have been happy to bunk down and batten the hatches here in the foulest of weather.

  • Lorraine Mchugh
    • January 2014
    • Worcestershire
    Warm welcome

    We loved the cottage and the warm welcome. I did not expect flowers, tea tray including biscuits and 1 pint milk in the fridge nor cleaning products to be provided. The card that Gareth the care taker had left for us was also a lovely touch. As the weather was so awful Gareth called around during the week to check on our welfare and to ensure everything was ok at the cottage. You have a little gem looking after Pentire Farm House, the interior and exterior was spotless.

  • Martin Bull
    • October 2013
    • Essex
    Wonderful location

    Wonderful location also a high standard of interior finish. Also one of the best kitchens we've experienced in a holiday cottage.

  • Damian, Denise & Archie Walton
    An idyllic cottage

    An idyllic cottage in a peaceful & very private setting. Wonderfully kept, and warm even in deep winter. Great walk down to the cove to see the Atlantic in all its powerful glory. Padstow only 6 miles down the coastal road

  • Angela & Richard Athay-Hunt
    Wonderful warm welcome

    After listening to horror stories of rat-infested, unloved cottages from a friend who had rented through another holiday cottages company, our expectations were not high!! How wrong we were! From the wonderful warm welcome from Judy to the fantastically clean cottage, we could not have had a better break in a truly inspiring location. We will definitely be back and eager to use NT cottages again. Thanks

  • Mervyn and Jan Janiga
    My heart and spirit are renewed

    Profound gratitude to Pentire Farmhouse for providing deep silence - profound peace - the comfortable embrace of solid, old walls - a gentle reminder that 'less is more' .... I shall leave a piece of myself behind, when we drive out of here ..... my heart and spirit are renewed; grateful blessings to the spirit of this old and graceful place!!

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  • 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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