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Wireless Cottage

Helston, Cornwall

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Wireless Cottage is part of the Grade II-listed Lizard Wireless Station, built by Guglielmo Marconi in 1900 for use in his early radio experiments. Sitting alongside what is now a wireless museum, Wireless Cottage is perched in dramatic isolation above the beautiful curve of Housel Bay, on the edge of Lizard village and close to Lizard Point itself. This simple and evocative wooden building faces south, with wide views over the springy, rabbit-cropped turf to the shimmering ocean and across to the lighthouse at Lizard Point. Wireless Cottage is about as idyllic and romantic a little hideaway as you could wish for.

The Cottage is set back 10 yards from coastal path, 100 yards beyond this again cliffs fall to the sea. There are sweeping views to the Lizard Lighthouse to the west and towards Falmouth Bay to the east.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hallway leading to kitchen and bathroom with shower cubicle, one step up to sitting room with extensive sea views, one step to double bedroom (with 5' bed) with sea views.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: Parking is available 100 metres from the cottage.

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

Offers: Free parking at all NT carparks on Lizard on production of booking details

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

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to NT guests by Lizard Adventure and Dan Joel Surf School

Cycle hire service available. Cycles delivered and picked up again at the end of your holiday. Further information at

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Remote location
  • Unique
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

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.

West Cornwall
The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

The far west of Cornwall has a unique atmosphere. The most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard, with its turbulent seas, treacherous reefs and towering cliffs, has an unusual quality which sets it apart from the rest of Cornwall. Yet, with its unique flora, tiny fishing villages and fascinating caves and coves, this quiet corner is ideal for the visitor who appreciates untamed natural beauty and many dramatic views. Land?s End Peninsula, also known as West Penwith, has equally magnificent cliffs and turbulent seas, but is very different in character to the Lizard. Here, granite moorland meets the sea: an ancient haunting landscape of small, rocky fields, isolated farms and hamlets and an extraordinary wealth of archaelogical remains. This tiny corner abounds in places to visit and the Trust manages or owns many of these including St Michael's Mount and the nearby Trengwainton Gardens, Levant Mine at St Just, the ancient house of Godolphin and Lizard Point. Aside from the wealth of National Trust properties other attractions include the famous seaside town of St. Ives, beloved of artists over the years and now the home of the Tate Gallery, the underground tour of Geevor Mine, St Just, Penzance, with its helicopter and boat links to Isles of Scilly, RSPB site at Marazion, the pretty harbour at Mousehole, Penlee Gallery in Newlyn - the list is endless! For the more energetic, outdoor activities abound with wonderful sandy beaches, watersports, walking, horse-ridnig, fishing, golf and cycling.

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  • Cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • walking
  • water sports
  • sailing.
National Trust places to visit
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount Rocky island crowned by medieval church and castle, home to a living community
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Jim Witney
    • February 2015
    • Wiltshire
    Beautifully prepared cottage

    Rachel gave us a beautifully prepared cottage complete with welcome pack and flowers. The isolated cliff top location of Wireless Cottage is very special.

  • Mr Anthony Bane
    • February 2015
    • Cornwall
    Made special by:

    Location, Location, Location! And of course the history. I thought the cottage was very well refurbished but retaining its original character. (Something which the National Trust do rather well). Also the history of the building does make ones stay a bit special.

  • Mr Wright
    • November 2014
    • Devon
    Well presented and clean

    Very well presented and clean. Welcome tray flowers and milk are always a good start on arrival. The location and the history had a "communications" trail break visited museum next door, Marconi Centre at Poldhu and Porthcurne Telegraph museum as cottage history inspired us to learn more

  • Kimberly Collison
    • October 2014
    • USA
    Location! Location! Location!

    absolutely wonderful historical cottage, in heavenly location- impeccably clean, well outfitted. National Trust, I love you! historical significance, location, location, location

  • Anne Hills
    • February 2014
    • UK
    So much history

    What a lovely cottage - so much history.

  • Katie Lancaster
    • December 2013
    • North Yorkshire
    New Year to remember

    The cottage was spotless and it was lovely to arrive to fresh flowers and provisions! It is an amazing place to stay, we felt very lucky to be able to stay in such a historic location. The dramatic weather and the foghorn added to our wonderful experience, It was a New Year to remember! We thought the National Trust have done a fantastic job of returning Wireless Cottage to its original state.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2012
    • England
    Stunning views

    The location & stunning views; the history and the preservation of a unique place made this place special for us. A good location from where to explore other Cornwall sights and pubs & shops close by.

  • Mr Rivers
    • December 2012
    • London
    With a romantic ambience

    The location - the cottage - the decor - the history - all were faultless - we had a truly fabulous holiday (and don't worry about the fog horn - it's very unobtrusive and just adds to the ambience)Our stay was lovely and would recommend the cottage to anybody with a romantic bone in their body!

  • Mark , Vanessa and Belle the Border Collie
    What a gorgeous cottage

    What a gorgeous cottage. The best place we've stayed so far! Fabulous views and great walks right on the doorstep. Our dog loved it... we will definitely be back again!

  • Lee & Joe
    Loved the cottage and its views

    We stayed over Easter. Loved the cottage and its views. And passerbys waving as we ate our breakfast! Lots of NT places to visit locally. Also recommend walking round to the lighthouse for a tour and the Lizard Cider Barn. Joe as an amatuer radio operator enjoyed going next door to the Wireless Station and Lee was fascinated by the history. Planning when we can come again.

  • Julie & Michael G
    • Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffs
    The location is idyllic

    This was our first stay in a NT. cottage and it was wonderful. The location is idyllic, just far enough away from village to feel on our own. It is up there with our favourite holiday ever.

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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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