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The Lieutenant's Quarter


Roseland , 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.

The Captain's Quarter and The Major's Quarter are also found in this stone building. Just around the corner is Tiffy's, a cosy cottage for two.

The combination of cliffs, creeks, estuaries, headlands, woods and beaches linked by many miles of footpath, gives a fantastic variety of walking routes and a wealth of wildlife to discover.

Take a closer look at seabirds from the nearby bird hide, including fulmars as they glide across the vertical rock faces. You may also spot shags congregating on the low rock near the lighthouse and grey seals on the rocks at the tide falls.

For a quieter pace sit back and relax outside the cottage and enjoy the panoramic views of St Mawes, Falmouth and the Carrick Roads.

Close by is the village of Portscatho; during the 18th and 19th Centuries it was an ideal base for the pilchard fleets, it’s still a fishing port today but on a much smaller scale. Here you will find several shops, restaurants and pubs along with art galleries.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen/diner, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, double bedroom with 5' bed, bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Parking: There is parking space next to the cottage.

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.

Accessibility: The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

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.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Cot
  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Small
    • April 2017
    • Surrey
    Outstanding location

    A great property we keep returning to. The location is outstanding, its comfortable and warm, beautifully decorated and very relaxing. Being able to walk the South West Coast path straight from the front door or sit and enjoy the views are the best bits.

  • Mrs Evans
    • April 2016
    • London
    High standard cottage

    The location is stunning - so remote and beautiful - with some lovely walks on the doorstep. The cottage itself was finished to a very high standard, with everything that we could need. It was really nice to receive the welcome tray on arrival, and that there was fresh milk in the fridge.

  • Mrs Sharman
    • March 2016
    • Gloucestershire
    Lovely, clean property

    Made enjoyable....The location, the views, the peace. The property was lovely and clean.

  • Mrs Griffiths
    • March 2016
    • Berkshire

    The property was unique and in a spectacular location. We enjoyed being there once day visitors had left. Our cottage was beautifully prepared for our arrival with fresh flowers an unexpected bonus. Every NT warden we saw was friendly and knowledgeable.

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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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