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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. You have your own private quay so bring your own small boat or hire one locally.

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.

Explore the Fal Estuary and beyond without impacting on the delicate natural environment of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 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.

You may also be interested in our other Trelissick cottages; Engine House ,Ferris's Cottage and The Water Tower are just a few hundred metres away. A little further afield to the west of the Trelissick Estate are Old Lodge and New Lodge.

If you would like to go on holiday and explore this part of the country you can find out more about our other West Cornwall holiday cottages here.

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.

Parking: Garage and parking at the rear of the cottage for 2 cars.

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.

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.

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

Offers: Free entry to Trelissick, Glendurgan Garden and Trerice on production of booking details.

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

Logs - Supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local National Trust plantation available: £5 for one night, £10 for two, £15 for three or £20 for an unlimited supply for the duration of your stay.

Barbeque – provided on request.

Local Suppliers: Canoe Cornwall offer good value and good quality. They provide archery, bushcraft and canoeing sessions on Fal and Helford.

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.

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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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Garden Appeal
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • 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

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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place to visit
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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

  • Tim Sinclair
    • June 2016
    • UK
    Just heaven!

    We regularly stay in your cottages, visiting 2 or 3 a year and have done so for over 10 years. There are favourites we revisit as well as new properties we look to try. We particularly love the cottages on estates, to get a real feeling of 'living the life'. This particular cottage was just heaven! We loved the location right by the river and the King Harry Ferry, and being lucky to have great weather, we seemed to spend most of our stay, cup of tea or glass of wine in hand watching the river go by, and listening to the calming 'clank' of the chain ferry as it trundled back and forth.

  • Gramberg
    • October 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    Trelissick is a very special place to stay. Staying in such an authentic cottage makes you part of the whole experience.

  • Perry
    • August 2015
    • Australia
    Made enjoyable...

    Fantastic position and cottage full of character.

  • Sorrell
    • July 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable...

    We travel from Australia to UK every year and staying the first week in a cottage gives us a great start to our holiday which usually lasts 5 -6 weeks. We love English gardens. Very good value for money

  • Steph Longden
    • March 2015
    • England
    Spotlessly clean

    We didn't use our car at all once we arrived, just headed straight out of the door for lovely walks along the river Fal. We loved watching the ferry coming and going and didn't mind the noise it makes - although not particulary intrusive the relentless nature of the rattling chain may get to some people (e.g. my sister would hate it). The caretaker obviously takes great pride in the cottage. It was spotlessly clean (apart from a high cobweb, but I'm aware these can appear overnight) and we loved the towel and treats left out for the dog.

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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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