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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

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’ll be set for life!

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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

  • Markham
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable by its...

    Location, costal footpath, views

  • 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!

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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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