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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, in a spectacular position on top of the headland with far-reaching views, and converted them into holiday accommodation. Two of the three cottages (the Major's Quarter and the Captain's Quarter) have been adapted in some way for wheelchair users. There is a reasonably level tarmac path from the cottage to an observation point to enjoy the panoramic views of St Anthony Head itself. 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.

Garden: There is an open garden with lovely views shared with the other two cottages. There is wooden bench outside the cottage on the veranda under cover from which to enjoy the scenery.

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

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.

Offers: For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 night starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

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

From 14 April 2014 the open fire in the sitting room is replaced with a multi-fuel stove

Cottage details
Let starts
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Dogs allowed
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Special offers
  • Oct 2015 15% Discount - Offer from 05/10/2015 to 01/11/2015 Save 15% 5th Oct - 1st November15% Discount
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Freezer
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi


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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  • 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

  • Clark
    • July 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable..

    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.

  • David Parry
    • June 2015
    • Hertfordshire
    Made special by:

    Most definitely the location. Views second to none. Lovely walks easily accessible along the cliffs and not too challenging. Despite walkers passing the cottage it was peaceful. Cottage was immaculate with a lovely welcome tray and card. Fire was ready to light. Everything just perfect. Thank you.

  • Jan Holmes
    • January 2015
    • Hampshire
    Made special due to:

    The location and access to walking the views and a real fire

  • Bill & Lesley Coyne
    A gem of a property

    First site visit 1969, first visit to the property itself for 4 days in Feb 2007 and we were hooked. Just booking our third visit; a gem of a property in a fantastic situation, well done nature, aided by the NT.

  • Chris Llewellyn
    Fantastic Cottage

    Fantastic Cottage. Wonderful views and very peaceful. Generally well equipped for wheelchair access. Slight quibble with the shower seat which is extremely small. NT have done a great job adapting one of the near clifftop paths for easy wheelchair access.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • Oct 2015 15% Discount - Offer from 05/10/2015 to 01/11/2015 Save 15% 5th Oct - 1st November15% Discount
  • 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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