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The Captain's Quarter

Truro, Cornwall

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When the National Trust bought St Anthony Head in 1959, some of the more unsightly military installations were removed, but it kept the substantial stone-built officer's quarters and converted them into holiday accommodation. The property occupies a spectacular position on top of the headland on the Roseland peninsula with far-reaching views.

Both Captain's Quarter and nearby The Major's Quarter have been adapted in some way for wheelchair users and there is a reasonably level tarmac path from the cottages to an observation point to enjoy the panoramic views of St Anthony Head itself.

Also part of this stone building are The Lieutenant's Quarter and Tiffy's, a cosy cottage for two is around the corner.

The villages of Gerrans and Portscatho, and the summer ferry to St Mawes from Place, are not far away, but with views like these, you may never want to leave.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request, bathroom with shower (with folding seat).
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Parking: There is parking for all three cottages at either end of the row of cottages. The parking area is level and reasonably firm.

Garden: There is an open garden with lovely views shared with the other two cottages. There is a wooden bench outside the cottage on the undercover veranda where you can sit and enjoy the scenery.

Accessibility: This cottage has been adapted for guests with additional needs. Modifications include a ramped access to the front door, accessible plugs and light switches, sliding internal doors, lever taps, grab rails in bathroom, adjustable height shower with folding seat and a bath.

Logs/ Charcoal: Environmentally friendly briquettes can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

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

Cycle Hire: This can be arranged through Explorer Cycle Hire either before your stay or locally.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


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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  • Fishing
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Clapham
    • March 2016
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    Complete cosy comfort in a spectacular place! The cottage had been prepared beautifully - welcome tray much appreciated! The bed was even more comfortable than our own - which we thought couldn't be beaten. Someone arranged wall to wall sunshine while we were there & our grandchildren & their parents joined us for an 80th birthday party on the cottage lawn - perfect! Keep doing what you & your carers do so well.

  • James
    • March 2016
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    The location of the cottage was superb, as was its comfort, cleanliness, equipment, logs, etc. The icing on the cake was the personal welcome from Julia, the caretaker, in the form of a notecard, a vase of fresh flowers (carnations and daffodils), a fireplace laid with logs all ready to light and milk in the fridge. There was even a whole pack of complimentary Cornish biscuits! We were fortunate enough to meet Julia on the day of our arrival and she was happy to give us some practical information (nearest shop, etc) - although, of course, this information was also in the pack at the cottage.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2015
    • Unknown
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    A comfortable cottage, bed was very comfortable and facilities excellent.

  • Mills
    • October 2015
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    The cottage and its situation (opposite Falmouth)

  • Anonymous
    • September 2015
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    St Anthony Head was a lovely spot for a restful break with easy access to good walks, cycle rides and nature.

  • Clark
    • July 2015
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    This particular cottage"the Captain 's Quarter " is the best kept cottage with regard cleanliness,presentation and comfort ahead of all the cottages with the NT. It feels to us managed with extra care and attention to every detail in making our stay seamlessly comfortable. This is. Our second stay at this cottage. Congratulations to the N/T team who are responsible.

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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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