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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. 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.
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
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.
In places rugged and remote, in others tranquil and picturesque, much of the south Cornwall coast is still surprisingly unspoilt, as many parts can only be reached along narrow lanes winding through lush farmland and woodland towards the sea. Either climbing down on foot or drifting along in a small boat, visitors can explore and enjoy the cliffs, coves, beaches and quaint fishing villages that are Daphne du Maurier Country. The Trust has a host of holiday cottages in this area that are wonderful away-from-it-all hideaways for families and friends. For instance, there is Bosloe; an imposing country house set in extensive grounds above the Helford River, divided into three spacious holiday homes and with a former gardenerâ€™s cottage, The Bothy, hidden in the gardens. Further on around the coast is the glorious Trelissick Garden with five delightful holiday homes on the estate and former officersâ€™ quarters on St Anthony Head now converted for holiday use.
(not included in the price table above)