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The Major'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.

Both Major's Quarter and nearby The Captain'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 just around the corner is Tiffy's, a cosy cottage for two.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Hall, sitting/dining room with open fire, kitchen, two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 twin), shower room (shower has 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 wooden bench outside the cottage on the veranda under cover from which to enjoy the scenery.

Accessibility: This cottage has been adapted for use by guests with additional needs. Modifications include a ramped access to the front door, accessible plugs and light switches, sliding internal doors, lever taps, different kitchen work surface heights, grab rails and an adjustable height shower with a hinged seat in the wet room.

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
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Accessible for wheelchair users
  • Accessible for occasional wheelchair users
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • Access statement


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!

Cottage location
Current cottage
Holiday cottage
National Trust
place to visit
Cluster of pins Shows number of grouped pins. Zoom in to see individual pins
  • 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 Reed
    • January 2017
    • Dorset
    Clean and welcoming cottage

    The cottage was extremely clean and welcoming. The caretaker clearly does a very good job. The bathroom was excellent for my husband who is a full-time wheelchair user. Very good location for a relaxing "away from it all" holiday.

  • Mrs O'Connor
    • December 2016
    • Surrey
    Comfortable cottage

    Well kept, comfortable, considered cottage. Enjoyed it's isolation and privacy.

  • Michael Rowe
    • June 2016
    • Kent
    Very comfortable cottage

    We appreciated the help and consideration from the lady who came to service our cottage in the middle of our two week stay - her friendly nature and care for our well being was appreciated. The cottage is very comfortable and the bathroom for the disabled is very easy for use, even for those who are not disabled! We were fortunate to see the peregrine falcon chicks from the bird hide and thank NT for providing and maintaining this facility.

  • D Duke
    • March 2016
    • Surrey
    Made enjoyable...

    Knowing that as soon as we walked into the cottage it would be very warm and welcoming. The delightful caretaker Julia who helped me light the log fire on the second day and I was able to do it thereafter. The cleanliness of the place, which is so important because of my husbands health. The breathtaking views. The superb adaptations for the disabled, ie bathroom, sliding doors, automatic lighting. It makes the place so relaxing for the disabled and the carer.

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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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