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Quay Cottage

Truro, Cornwall

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You can experience the thrill of living right on the water's edge in this handsome cottage. Quay Cottage is on King Harry Quay, where there has been an important ferry crossing of the River Fal for centuries. The present King Harry Ferry propels itself across the deep, fast-flowing water on chains attached to either bank. The ferry runs daily from 7am - 9pm and provides access to the lovely Roseland peninsula. You have your own private quay so bring your own small boat or hire one locally.

Explore this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty without impacting on its delicate natural environment. Park up the car and do all your travelling by river. Use the hop-on hop-off ferries to visit Falmouth, Truro and all points between. Visit for details of timetables, the Fal Mussel Card, discounts in the local towns, etc.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
front porch, large sitting/dining room with multi fuel stove, kitchen, back porch, lobby area and outside utility area adjoining the house.
First floor
double/twin bedroom, with large en-suite bathroom with lavatory and double/twin bedroom with shower room and lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating and convector heating included.

Garden: The garden is private and enclosed but guests should be aware that the cottage is situated on the edge of a fast flowing and deep river.

Parking: Garage and parking at the rear of the cottage.

Utilities: There is a large utility room adjoining the house with combined washer/dryer, lavatory and wash hand basin. This is also suitable for storing bicycles, surf boards, wet gear, etc.

Telephone: Limited reception for mobile telephones.

Please Note: The King Harry Company operate a chain ferry across the river at this point. There will be traffic on the road outside the cottage and across the river from 7am to 10pm each day. There will be some background noise from the chain powering the ferry when it is in operation.

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

Free entry to Trelissick and Glendurgan Gardens and Trerice House on production of booking details.

Catering: Homemade meals can be ready on your arrival at an extra charge.

Logs/Charcoal: Unlimited supply of National Trust seasoned logs available at £5 per night or £20 per week.

Barbecue available on request. Barbecue National Trust charcoal available at £5 per bag

Hazards for children

The garden is private and enclosed but visitors should be aware that it is on the edge of a fast flowing and deep river.

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


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.

South Cornwall
A beautiful view along the cliff at St Anthony Head from above Great Molunan beach, near Falmouth. Grassland and trees cover the cliff top. © Joe Cornish

In places rugged and remote, in others tranquil and picturesque, much of the south Cornwall coast is still surprisingly unspoilt, as many parts can only be reached along narrow lanes winding through lush farmland and woodland towards the sea. Either climbing down on foot or drifting along in a small boat, visitors can explore and enjoy the cliffs, coves, beaches and quaint fishing villages that are Daphne du Maurier Country. The Trust has a host of holiday cottages in this area that are wonderful away-from-it-all hideaways for families and friends. For instance, there is Bosloe; an imposing country house set in extensive grounds above the Helford River, divided into three spacious holiday homes and with a former gardener’s cottage, The Bothy, hidden in the gardens. Further on around the coast is the glorious Trelissick Garden with five delightful holiday homes on the estate and former officers’ quarters on St Anthony Head now converted for holiday use.

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  • foot ferry to Truro
  • Falmouth and St Mawes
  • car ferry to Roseland Peninsula
  • 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
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • March 2015
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    We will be back!

    Wow! We have been visiting this area for over 30 years and have to say this is the most stunning of locations. We set up our own birding tables and were delighted with the abundance of birds. A more than ample supply of logs and the bed was the best 'away from home' bed we have slept in. We will be back, many thanks to all at the NT.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Front door walks

    Although we went away in November we were blessed with the weather - and that helped make days out so much nicer. it was so lovely to step out of our front door and take the dog for a walk in the wood lands and to the beach which we did every day. The cottage was wonderful and we are already talking about returning next year. It would have been nice to have cling film and foil in the kitchen - particularly cling film for use with the microwave - but we managed.

  • Glenda Clark
    • December 2013
    • USA
    Idyllic setting

    We LOVED Quay Cottage and were very sad to leave! Loved the idyllic setting. My husband loved the ferry and made friends with the crew. The kitchen was great and, since we were there on the US holiday of Thanksgiving, I was easily able to cook a large meal and have several friends for dinner. I loved that!

  • Sean Sutton
    • December 2013
    • Derbyshire
    This place is perfect

    We love being outside whether its walking or fishing or just watching the water. This palce is perfect. It is very special place to us as a family because it has everything we wish for in location. Inside the cottage is lovely and outside is outstanding. We have spent 3 christmases in the cottage and each year its just as special.

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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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