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S27 - Smugglers House


Excellent 5/5 Score from 3 reviews

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

A pretty, whitewashed, Grade II listed, 16th cent. semi-detached cob/stone cottage in the heart of Gorran Haven, 50 yards from the beach and 100 yards from the pub, in a donkey-width brick and cobblestone lane. Originally it was an inn, reputed to be the hub of smuggler activity, with a secret tunnel for hiding contraband. Stunning coastal path walks via Chapel Point to Portmellon and Mevagissey (about 3-4 miles), or south round Dodman Point and beyond. At the back, you have most of a large cobbled courtyard and flower-filled stepped garden with terrace (table/chairs, hammock, barbecue) and views.Inside, smart, modern and surprisingly spacious. Front door (5'6” lintel) from lane into width-of-cottage living room with lovely oak floor, stone inglenook (woodburner), leather sofas, TV/DVD and white-painted panel and beamed ceiling; 3 steps up (mind head) to fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, pantry with fridge-freezer) with dining table/chairs, iPod dock and oak floor; back door to courtyard and external door (low lintel) to annexe (washing machine) with twin bedroom and snug (TV) and stairs to shower-room (suite) - ideal for teenagers. Back in the living room, stairs up to a generous-sized double bedroom (5' bed) with chaise longue and en suite shower-room (suite); few more stairs up immediately into a splendid double bedroom (6' bed) with lovely exposed high apex beams and en suite shower-room (suite). A gem of a cottage. Permit for car park, 130 yards. 

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, Telephone
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Further details indoors

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 4.5 star.

The West Country region

Cornwall's 'Med': here is Cornwall at its warmest, most sheltered; of creeks and tidal waters penetrating deep inland, deep in woods, silent except for birdsong; of wonderful gardens growing things that live nowhere else outdoors in England (marvellous in rhododendron, camellia, magnolia time, from March to end of May especially); of sailing boats everywhere decorating the sea; of harbour villages where the light is Mediterranean - dazzling in the sunshine. And really very little that is ugly has been allowed to be built.

Here is Truro, Cornwall's (small) capital, with its 20th century cathedral; Falmouth, resort town and cargo/cruise ship/yacht port, superbly sited; and the glorious Helford River. Trewithen, Trelissick, Glendurgan, Trebah, Heligan (Lost Gardens of) and Caerhays are among the finest gardens. In the very middle of Cornwall, Lanhydrock house is very special, so is its garden. Not the greatest area for beaches, but good sandy ones near Veryan and Portscatho, in St Mawes, and around Falmouth and the Helford River's mouth. Not to be missed is St Just-in-Roseland's churchyard; nor - within easy reach - is The Eden Project (see South Cornwall).

Gorran Haven

Gorran Haven: unspoilt, pretty fishing village (pub, restaurant, PO/shop) on a hillside around the harbour. Mevagissey (large village), 2 miles. Sandy beach in the harbour; others more secluded within 1½ miles; St Mawes, 10 miles; Truro (Cornwall's capital), 15; nearest town: St Austell, 10. Lost Gardens of Heligan, 5 miles. The Eden Project, about 12 miles.

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24 Sep 2014


"Didn't see a single smuggler"

Super house with all the facilities we needed for a week's break by the sea. Just a short walk from the beach and with easy road/bus access to lots of attractions. The house is very comfortable f… More

Thank you for your lovely feedback. It's great to hear that you so enjoyed your stay at Smuggler's House and we'll be sure to pass on your feedback to Joe and Barbara.
P.S. Don't be fooled; all of us Cornish folk are smugglers!

19 Sep 2014


"The Best!"

This is the best holiday cottage I have ever stayed in...fell in love with it! It feels like a home..beautifully furnished,really comfortable absolute delight. We rented through Helpful Holid… More

Thank you very much for your kind comments. It's always wonderful to hear when you find a property that suits you so well. If it's not possible to book this one again, please do get in touch and we'll be very pleased to see if we can find you an equally lovely alternative.

4 Nov 2013


"A slice of authentic Cornish charm"

This cottage was the best holiday home we have ever stayed in. It is a beautiful house tastefully decorated, quirky, spacious and luxurious. There is everything you need for a great holiday. The shop … More

Thank you very much for your kind feedback, I am so glad that you had such a good holiday and I hope that will be able to welcome you back to our part of the world one day.

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