Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
100 yards from Pendeen lighthouse, with spectacular views down the coast and right out to sea, The Old Watch Tower has been restored, spruced up and made into a comfortable detached house with a difference. Its sturdy frame has been a landmark since the 1800s when it was built to keep an eye out for shipping and local trouble from its tower. Approached over 50 yards of track, access is up a few steps to its natural, wildlife-friendly garden, full of tamarisk and native maritime plants, with a small grassed area for table/chairs and, of course, a great sea view. It is simple and intended for a carefree family holiday.
Step up to double doors to lobby with tiled floor, room for coats/boots and comfy bench from which to enjoy the views; hand-crafted kitchen/dining room (slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer) with granite flagstone floor, butler sink and great view. At this level, two bedrooms – a double, and 2 steps down to a twin (2'6” beds); bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). From the lobby, stairs climb the tower to a loo, a snug living room with little woodburner, TV/DVD and sea view, leading through, via a few steps down, to a bunk bedroom with door to exterior staircase. High winds can affect TV/broadband reception. A great spot – binoculars essential! Best for maximum of 4 adults, 2 children.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|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, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|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 3 star.
The West Country region
The End of England - the Penwith peninsula: a wild land, but much inhabited since long, long ago; and very beautiful in its wildness. The equal-top coastal drive in the West Country is along its north coast from Pendeen to Zennor to St Ives (Exmoor's sea-view road is its rival): gorse and bracken hills, granite-topped and bouldered, above you; below, small drystone-walled fields sprinkled with sheep, granite farmhouses and barns, spectacularly rocky headlands (to walk), and - if you're lucky and it's evening - a deep, deep blue sea beyond. There are Stone Age burial quoits, Bronze Age hut circles, two remarkably preserved Iron Age villages.
On the softer southern coast, Mousehole is Cornwall's prettiest fishing village, Newlyn the West Country's busiest; built into the cliffs above Porthcurno's sandy cove is the Minack Theatre - a 'must go', but wrap up warm. Sennen Cove's huge sandy beach is wonderful for children and sunsets, as well as surfing. The tall chimneys of extinct tin-mining stand strangely romantically above the sea at Botallack. All this and the light bring painters, especially to St Ives. Penzance is a good, sensible town and base with fine prom for strolling. Helicopters or a ship will take you to the Scilly Isles; the mainline railway to and from the world you left behind. Your first glimpse of St Michael's Mount is one of travelling's thrills. Go to Land's End if you must (only). All round the peninsula goes the coast path, of course - one of the very best stretches of it.
Pendeen: village (church, two good food pubs, restaurant, PO/shop), ½ mile from a magnificent cliff coast (excellent walking). Within 1½ miles are a pretty cove beach, a spectacular lighthouse and Geevor Mine turned interesting museum. Much prehistory around. St Just-in-Penwith, 2 miles. Sennen Cove (wonderful beach), 6. St Ives and Minack Theatre, 12-14 miles.