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Porth Mear Cottage

nr Padstow, Cornwall

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Set just inland from Park Head, and overlooking the secluded valley running down to the cove, Porth Mear adjoins Pentire Farmhouse and is 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 in this glorious location; Porth Mear itself, the adjoining farm house and Skippers Cabin, 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
hall, kitchen, large sitting/dining room with open fire.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 6' bed which can be a twin upon request, 1 twin), bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Garden: Large garden with lovely views.

Parking: Designated parking space next to the adjoining Pentire Farmhouse.

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
  • 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.

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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place to visit
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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

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Special for me due to its:

    Location. Caretaker Very Helpful.

  • Adrian Owen
    • December 2014
    • Worcs
    Warm and cosy

    Excellent standard of accomodation. Really pleased with our booking. Rural location. Open fire, warm and cosy.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2014
    • ---------------------------------------
    Well appointed

    The property was clean, comfortable and very well appointed and uncluttered.

  • Daphne Grant
    • January 2014
    • Devon
    Location perfect

    Location was absolutely perfect and, by virtue of using the local bus service, it is quite possible to spend a whole week walking the coastal path from this cottage.

  • Kate Chant
    • December 2013
    • England
    View to the sea

    View to the sea and open fire were great.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2013
    • ............................................
    Location ideal

    The remote but not totally isolated location was ideal. The proximity to a small bay with rock pools and cliff top walks was fantastic. The stormy weather kept us in but the cottage was a marvelous place to watch the weather in comfort.

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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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