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Skippers Cabin

nr Padstow, Cornwall

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Skippers Cabin is a traditional stone building; formerly a shepherd’s hut. Surrounded by countryside, the cabin commands an enviable position at the head of the secluded valley running down to Porth Mear cove, a rock poolers paradise. Porthcothan’s sandy beach is just a mile away; Mawgan Porth and Watergate three miles, making the location difficult to match.

With everything thoughtfully provided, this is a perfect base from which to enjoy coastal walks from your doorstep. On warm days, why not eat al fresco and rustle something up on the barbecue? Don't be surprised if inquisitively livestock come up to your window or to see the declining Corn Bunting population; birds which have suffered dramatic decline but are now benefiting from this area abundant with wildflowers. Watch for the barn owl!

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Hallway, wetroom with shower, combined kichen/dining room/bedroom with double bed.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil filled radiators.

Garden: An enclosed garden with lovely views, a barbecue and picnic table.

Parking: Parking directly outside the cabin.

Please Note: This is a remote location with only our Bunkhouse close by. Some noise may be heard when our Bunkhouse is occupied.

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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Dogs allowed
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  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Television
  • 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

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
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    Quiet and relaxing

    It was a fantastic location with stunning views; it was also quiet and relaxing; just what we needed.

  • Ruth O'Keeffe
    • November 2014
    • East Sussex
    Comfortable cottage

    It was just as good as last time. Lovely setting, comfortable little cottage with everything we needed including this time very efficient heating. Really like the compact well equipped kitchen and the general layout. Setting, views, pleasant clean uncluttered compact space in cottage.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Made special by:

    The views ,stunning location and the level of cleanliness. It was no problem to us but could imagine that if the bunkhouse had been occupied it would spoil a holiday if tranquillity is desired.

  • Anonymous
    • January 2014
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    Everything you could wish for

    The cleanliness and welcome tray and flowers from Beverley was a charming touch, and the cottage contained everything you could wish for. We even had good weather apart from the wind!

  • Suzi Richer
    • January 2014
    • Worcestershire
    Location can't be beaten

    What makes this place special.............The location can't be beaten, with bay in the distance. It was lovely to lay in bed at night and see the flash from the lighthouse on the far away headland. Oh, and it was bliss to not have mobile signal or wifi!

  • Saida Sood
    • May 2013
    • Middlesex
    Very impressed

    We were very impressed by the cottage and would definitely book again and recommend to our family and friends. What makes this place special............The view, the proximity to the sea, the cliffs and the lovely walks.

  • The Wise Family
    • January 2013
    • Cornwall
    The feeling of calm is wonderful

    The views from the cottage are spectacular and the feeling of calm is wonderful. Felt very welcomed on arrival by biscuits, a card from your caretaker and fresh flowers in the cottage.

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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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