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The Old School House


Falmouth, Cornwall

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Built in 1876, this attractive cottage with its shutters and large windows was once the village school and later the reading room. Like Quay Cottage and Beach Cottage next door, it has uninterrupted views of the Helford River and the unspoilt southern bank. It too stands just above the beach, on Durgan's historic quay from which tin used to be shipped and where fish used to be landed before being carried to Falmouth by donkeys.

If you would like to go on holiday and explore this part of the country you can find out more about our other West Cornwall holiday cottages here.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Hall, kitchen, sitting/dining room with multi fuel stove, two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), shower room and lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Parking: Parking is limited to one vehicle.

Garden: Small garden on the quay, which the villagers of Durgan also have access to.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

Telephone: Limited reception for mobile telephones. There is a public payphone outside the property.

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

Free entry to Trelissick, Glendurgan Garden and Trerice on production of booking details.

Upon arrival at the cottage guests will receive 10% discount vouchers that may be used in the plant shop and in the excellent Tea House at Glendurgan Gardens.

Catering: Homemade meals can be ready on your arrival at an extra charge.

Logs - Supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local National Trust plantation available: £5 for one night, £10 for two, £15 for three or £20 for an unlimited supply for the duration of your stay.

Barbeque – provided on request, National Trust charcoal may be purchased at £5 per bag.

Local Suppliers: Canoe Cornwall good value and good quality. They provide archery, bushcraft and canoeing sessions on Fal and Helford.

Please Note: The annual Durgan Regatta takes place in the village on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday. This involves flags on both quays, loudspeakers and lots of people partying outside Quay, Beach and Old School House cottages.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Loveday
    • June 2016
    • Cheshire
    Beautifully maintained and decorated

    The Old School House in Durgan was in a beautiful, peaceful location. An old property beautifully maintained and decorated.

  • Peter Kersey
    • January 2016
    • Devon
    Made enjoyable...

    It was a lovely break after a hectic time over Christmas and New year. I wish I had booked a whole week!!

  • M. Teversham
    • November 2015
    • London
    Made enjoyable..

    Wonderful location is the reason we come back. Not so bothered by additional luxury services offered as it's a self catering cottage and not a hotel.

  • Mrs Perry
    • November 2015
    • Staffordshire
    Immaculate cottage

    Being able to stay in such a beautiful and peaceful location - it was wonderful to drive down the lane into Durgan and glimpse the Helford River through the trees made our stay enjoyable: magical! We loved the cottage and its position at the water's edge, and were very happy there. We returned home feeling refreshed and reinvigorated, and are looking forward to booking our next break in a National Trust cottage. I would also like to mention that the cottage was immaculately clean, well-decorated and cared for, with fresh flowers, biscuits, a bottle of wine and fresh milk to welcome us, plus a birthday card for me - much appreciated! Apart from the wi-fi signal difficulty, the only thing we found disappointing was the relative discomfort of the sofas in the living-room. However, that's a fairly minor issue and it's probably because we're accustomed to the very comfortable furniture in our own home.....

  • Mrs Bumstead
    • July 2015
    • Hants
    Wonderful location


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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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