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Wireless Cottage

Helston, Cornwall

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  • At present there is no working amateur radio station in the Museum next door to the Cottage. Our volunteers are working hard to remedy this but it might take some time.


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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.

This quirky 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.

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
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 Adventures and Dan Joel Surf School

Cycle Hire: Porthleven Cycle delivers bicycles to your cottage and collects them at the end of your stay.

At present there is no working amateur radio station in the Museum next door to the Cottage,our volunteers are working hard to remedy this but it might take some time.

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
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • 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’ll be set for life!

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

  • Peters
    • November 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    Wireless Cottage is a very special place because of its wonderful location and its historical connection with Marconi. The cottage is beautifully cared for by Lynda. It would have been lovely to have met her.

  • Fitch
    • October 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    I chose Wireless Cottage because it is by the sea and I thought it would be lovely to be there whatever the weather. The wildlife and the Marconi history attracted me. Both aspects lived up to my expectations, and we were lucky with the weather. I suffer from fibromyalgia which makes walking difficult, but exercise is important. I was surprised how far I could go along the South West Coast Path starting directly from the cottage. So much nicer that having to be driven somewhere before I could start!

  • Mepham
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Location, lovely comfortable accomodation, proximity to coastal path, wildlife, clotted cream fudge and ice cream, local crab, but mainly, that unmistakably classy-yet-grounded NT touch - in my view you do things just as they 'should' be done. Don't change too much!

  • 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.

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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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