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Just above Cadgwith Cove, the Trust has converted three barns of the former Inglewidden Farm into comfortable, single-storey holiday accommodation. The barns are built from the local serpentine stone, highly prized by the Victorians as an ornamental stone and so-called because its richly variegated colours were thought to resemble the skin of a snake, especially when wet. Set in their own tranquil grounds, with the coast path running past their doors and each with its own garden, in addition to Serpentine, Elm, Townplace, Inglewidden Vean and Ruan provide an ideal base to explore Cadgwith and the surrounding coast.

A few minutes walk along the coast path takes you to the awesome Devil's Frying Pan - a large sea-cave whose collapsed roof has left its entrance forming a bridge to a bay which 'boils' during rough weather. Cadgwith itself - with its charismatic pub, cafe and shops - is a short walk down a delightful path, whilst the villages of Ruan Minor, Mullion and the Lizard are nearby.

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
Kitchen, sitting/dining room with wood burning stove, two bedrooms (1 twin, 1 single), shower room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Parking: Designated parking area above the property.

Garden: There is an attractive enclosed natural garden with a picnic table.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

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

Offers: All National Trust carparks on Lizard free to guests on production of their booking information.

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:Guest discount offered to National Trust guests by Lizard Adventures and Dan Joel Surf School

Cycle Hire: Porthleven Cycle delivers bicycles to your cottage and collects them at the end of your stay.

Please Note: The cottages at Cadgwith are close to high cliffs so young children will need to be supervised.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Garden Appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • 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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  • Cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • walking
  • water sports
  • sailing.
National Trust places to visit
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • September 2016
    • Unknown
    Comfortable cottage

    A well appointed and comfortable cottage with great sea views over Cadgwith Cove. The location perfectly blends the beauty and remoteness of the Lizard Peninsular, with easy access to all the main sights and towns of Cornwall. We had a wonderful holiday. Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    • August 2016
    • Unknown
    Lovely peace and tranquility

    The view from the property was breathtaking. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility. The housekeeping was excellent. There was a varied selection of books/maps on the area.

  • Mr Corrick
    • April 2016
    • Hereford
    Fantastic view

    When we arrived we couldn't stop smiling at the fantastic view. It was a beautifully presented cottage that felt home from home. It was enjoyable from start to finish . One which created great memories for us which we still haven't stopped talking about since we arrived home. Thank you very much.

  • Jean Butcher
    • June 2015
    • Wiltshire
    Made special by:

    The situation. Seeing the sunrise from the sea from my bedroom window It was all very east and straightforward and the cottage was lovely.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Excellent location

    We've all had a great week staying at Serpentine Cottage and made all the more special by having found it been cleaned and tidy so well by Lynda - on our arrival:- Thank you! Our first stay in a N T accommodation; an excellent location, especially to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary here. Loved all the extra touches:- Welcome tray, flowers etc. (Hope to be back!)

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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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