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A stunning dog friendly property in Treknow near Trebarwith Strand & Tintagel

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

2 doubles, 1 single, terrace, life guarded & dog friendly beach & SW Coast path

**Puffins is getting a brand new bathroom which will be finished 15 December 2016, and new photos will be updated then.

Just about 1/2 a mile on foot (or a minute by car) you find yourself at Trebarwith Strand beach, recognised as one of the best beaches in Cornwall, not just North Cornwall. In 2014 it received the 'Good Beach Guide' Recommendation for Excellent water quality! Additionally, it is one of the few beaches that is dog friendly year round.

**Please note that HomeAway doesn't show the correct rates for a 3 or 4 night rate** If you click on the 'Prices' tab on the top of the home page when you have found dates you are interested in, you can see the weekly rate, and as we note at the bottom of the rates page, for stays of 3 or 4 nights, please email to enquire what the rate is for the dates of your stay. There is also a £50 cleaning fee for stays under a week. If you have a pet, there is a £25 pet fee. If you enquire on dates, we will send you a full quote.

Puffins is a lovely place to holiday in a fabulous location 400 metres from the cliff above Trebarwith Strand beach. It is a uniquely designed property which has won awards from RIBA and the Bristol Architecture Centre for architectural and sustainable design when it was built in 2000. It is a compact, relaxing gem of a house that has everything you need for a memorable holiday, set on the rugged North Cornwall coast. Puffins is ideal for 2 couples, or a small family. Please note we accept 4 guests maximum at Puffins, even though there are 3 bedrooms.

The house has heaters thru it, so it is perfect for use year round.

A compact, but comfortable open-plan living room / kitchen / dining area forms the heart of the property which has access directly on to an enclosed terrace through a full length glass wall, which is also the entrance to the property. This glass wall allows light to flood into the living space, bringing some of the amazing Cornish light inside for you. It also has full length curtains that can be drawn across it for privacy, or a sun awning that can be lowered down for shade.

The main room is lovely and warm with a wood-burning stove for those colder months. Natural light streams into the main corridor beyond through skylights. Each bedroom has lovely high window(s) that allow light and privacy. The kitchen has all the usual appliances plus a large fridge freezer, microwave, Nespresso machine (please bring your own pods!) and a washing machine. There is a BBQ on the sunny terrace plus table and chairs for 6 so you can enjoy outdoor meals -- perhaps even fish bought fresh that day. The terrace has a chimenea as well, so you can build a small fire outside to keep you warm during cool Cornish nights.

As Treknow is a small quiet hamlet just over a mile from Tintagel, cars may easily be parked on the road outside the house where there are no restrictions.

From the house it is a 8-10 minute walk down to the beach, via either the Coast Path, or just 1 minute down the road, which is excellent for swimming and surfing. If you have little ones, we suggest taking the car down, and parking in the car parks provided at Trebarwith Strand, as the path isn't flat, and the roads are narrow (single track with passing places)! It’s also an amazing place for walking, or just lazing about and reading or having a picnic.

For those who enjoy nature beyond the beach, bird watching along the cliffs is excellent and on nearby Davidstow Moor and Bodmin Moor there are some truly beautiful walks. The house has books and maps with information on both.

Puffins consists of the main room, three bedrooms (a main double, a smaller double and a single room; please note the single room is small and there is limited storage in that room) and a full bathroom (tub and power shower). On the terrace there is a retractable washing line which is a good place to dry anything BUT wetsuits / swimsuits. They are too heavy for the drying line, but putting them on chairs, the fence, etc gives them an excellent place to dry in the bright sun the patio gets. No expense has been spared -- the main two beds are from Loaf and Warren Evans, and all bed linens are from Loaf (www.loaf.com). The furniture throughout is from Loaf, Neptune, French Connection or a few local boutiques , and is to a high standard. After all, Puffins is our retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world too, so we want to feel pampered there as well.

The house has unlimited wi-fi, a DVD / Blu Ray player, cable, a TV, an iPod dock and radio, books and all the things that would make a fun holiday for people of all ages. Puffins is ideal for 2-4 people (although there are beds for 5, please note we allow no more than 4 guests in Puffins Also, the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are connected by a door between them both, which allows for extra room for bed 2 if it is two couples, and bedroom three can be used more as a dressing room.) If you have 2 children (over the age of 6 only), one in the single bed in room 3, and one in the double in room 2 works out well.

A pretty walk down the hill is a very good pub, The Mill House Inn, with both a pub menu and an excellent restaurant. At the beach is The Port William, called by many ‘the best pub with a view over the sea in Cornwall’. It is a wonderful place to watch the sun going down and serves a wide range of different foods and snacks which are better than standard pub fare. It has both indoor and outdoor seating.

Additionally, in the summer the café next to the beach has fantastic homemade food and good coffee, and next to the Seagull Surf Shop they sell fresh made donuts.

The nearest shops are in Tintagel which is just over one mile away. Boscastle and Port Isaac are also close, where there are lots of different restaurants, pubs and shops. Rock is about a 20 minute drive away, and you can take the ferry across the Camel Estuary to Padstow from there, which is lovely for a day out. You can go sea-fishing and boating from any of these.

In Padstow you will find Rick Stein’s restaurants and cafés and his famous fish and chips. Rock also has the famous Nathan Outlaw's restaurant. There are bicycles are for hire in Wadebridge so you can cycle along the Camel trail or anywhere you like!

Like a bit more activity on your holiday? Then enjoy surfing at Trebarwith Strand or Polzeath, Tennis at Tintagel tennis courts, golf at St Endoc, skateboarding at the Tintagel Playing Fields, kayaking / coasteering / stand up paddling, cycling riding on the Camel Way, or why not even try some horse riding on the Moors?

There is so much more to do; the best way to find out about it all and experience it is to come to North Cornwall and stay at Puffins. We look forward to welcoming you!

**Saturday changeover. Usually only one dog allowed, enquire if more than one dog.

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Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray

Hi, we are Kristine & Simon, the rather lucky owners of Puffins. We are beach lovers (obviously) and love to come to Puffins to relax, explore and recharge. Even after many years of coming to Cornwall, we are still always finding new things to see and do. Whether it is winter or summer, Puffins is our perfect place. We hope you will find it as lovely and special as we do.

Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray purchased this house in 2013

Why Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray chose North Cornwall

Good question! We live in a lovely older property most of the time, but were taken with the amazing architecture of Puffins, and the location, which we think is the best in the world. After many years of coming to North Cornwall for our own holidays, we decided to buy a little place that not only we could enjoy, but hopefully others as much as us. The house is filled with everything you need to feel at home, from a fully stocked kitchen, to books, games, and lots of local information to help you make the most of your stay.

What makes this house unique

The architecture and light of Puffins is so unique to us, but mostly we love North Cornwall. And Treknow is a lovely little village with a small pub, the South West Coast Path, one of the best beaches in Cornwall a 1 minute drive, or 5 minute walk away at Trebarwith Strand, and that is it. But while stores are only a bit more than mile away in Tintagel (and the amazing castle, and some of the best pasties on earth), you truly are in a beautiful, quiet village at Puffins. It isn't as overrun as Polzeath or Rock or Padstow, but all are close by, and this beach is a true find - the locals like to keep it to themselves! Perfect for sitting & relaxing, or taking some surf lessons, Treknow is ideally located in North Cornwall. And the historic village of Port Issac is about 6 miles away, a beautiful drive the whole way there.

However, with everything so close, you can be as active as you want, or as lazy as you desire, but no matter what you wish to be you are no more than 20 minutes from everywhere delightful in North Cornwall!


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)


Ideal holiday home

  • 4 of 5

My partner & I booked Puffins for 2 weeks and, along with our teenage son had a truly wonderful time here. The property is lovely, comfortable and ideally situated for visiting Tintagel and surrounding area. The beds were fabulous and there was ample clean towels & facilities to make this a memorable stay. If we had to mention any issues it would be with parking, having to park further up the hill throughout our stay as there was never space to park opposite Puffins or outside; but this was only a minor thing & certainly didn't hamper us in any way. The only other thing would be lack of storage but I think this was because there was 3 of us staying for 2 weeks, i guess this would not cause any problems for anyone staying less than this.

Anyway, an absolutely lovely holiday home, very clean & welcoming. Highly recommend it & would most certainly stay again. Thank you Kristine & Simon, you have a stunning home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it helps us and other travellers when deciding where to stay! As for parking, we don't generally find it an issue, but as there are narrow lanes, if you aren't used to them, you may not be used to the 'tricks' to park - you can park on the side of the house on that tiny lane, there is enough room for a car, and you don't block the garage there. You can also park in front of the doors next to the stairs where the bins and wood are; the granite sign about advises people not to park there as when we first bought the house we found people did, but we had the sign put up and that put paid to that, so we've never parked there, but if friends do, we have them leave a note on their windscreen that they are staying in Puffins and therefore are blocking their own doors. People always comment on how comfy the beds are, and I have to say I forget until we go to stay, and then I remember how lovely they are! Thank you for saying our house is stunning, and we'd love to welcome you again!
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The cottage was exactly what we were hoping it would be and the dogs loved it too

  • 5 of 5

It was a great location for us, close to the SW coastal path and a stroll down the hill to the local pub.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love all of North Cornwall, but thought the location too ideal - so close to the the SouthWest Coastal Path, then the short walk (or take the handbrake off and roll less than a minute!) down the hill to the pub overlooking Trebarwith Strand - one of the few beaches that does allow dogs year round! Glad you found the location as perfect as we do.
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Comfortable accommodation in a good location

  • 4 of 5

The property is a nice as the description implies and we were very comfortable (family with teenage adults).

The location is great too.

Parking might be an issue on the narrow lanes but we were there on a busy bank holiday weekend and didn't really have a problem.

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, it is always appreciated as it helps other travellers, and us as well. The parking isn't normally an issue, as you can park on the side of the house, or block the doors to where the bins are and there is a sign, but on Bank Holiday someone local may have had a party! Thank you again.
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Great find

  • 5 of 5

It was Easter Sunday and I was looking online for short breaks when I came across Puffins. I enquired and was very pleased that Kristine answered any questions I had right away. We had a long journey to get there and it was much appreciated that Kristine gave us the option to leave later on the day we went home. The area was very picturesque with great local attractions, and after a long day of exploring there was nothing better than relaxing in the comfy beds! Would definitely visit again! Many thanks, Charlotte and family :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Charlotte, so glad to hear you had a lovely time. North Cornwall is stunning, as you now know, and no two days are alike there. Everyone always says how comfy the beds are, and I have to agree! We'd love to have you stay again, if you do, remind me of your stay, as we give a small discount to repeat guests. Best, Kristine
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Just what we needed...

  • 5 of 5

We needed a lovely quiet break where we could unwind, and Puffins did just that for us. The house was just as advertised, and when we had to contact Kristine for a question, she answered right away and was very helpful.

The beds were so comfortable, so much so we emailed to ask where they were from, and the bed linen was soft and lovely, a real treat after a day walking or at the beach. We slept like babies, and longer than we usually would. Must have been all that Cornish fresh air!

The kitchen was fully kitted, so some nights we brought things locally and cooked and watched Wimbledon highlights, or just sat and read and had some wine or local cider and enjoyed the view and the sounds.

The house is very nicely decorated, you can tell that it is someone's much loved home, and not just a holiday home decorated to the bare minimum. All the tips that they shared with us as well for things to go do, or restaurants to try out were spot on, and it felt a bit like we had a personal guide.

We will certainly be recommending Puffins, and are already looking at coming again in the autumn, as we want to try that lovely wood burning stove out!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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lovely location, accommodation comfortable but a bit worn and tired

  • 3 of 5

Lovely location - nearby dog friendly beach is beautiful, lovely coast walk to Tintagel etc. House clearly much loved holiday home but not particularly geared up for renting e.g. chairs and sofa upholstered in pale colours which are inevitably a bit grubby looking and stained. Did not appear to be very robust, and there were what felt like a lot of rules and warnings - to be careful about the taps in the kitchen, what you put on the washing line, not to lose the only key (for 5 people?) and so on. I was particularly irritated by the request to squeegee the shower after use - I don't even do that at home so I certainly don't expect to do it on holiday!

Beds comfortable, Nice crisp bedlinen, and plenty of soft towels. Fairly well equipped - washing machine very welcome.

Had not enjoyed a thorough clean for a while judging from the dust on the top of the cupboards and beginning to escape from the top of the feature wall in the sitting room. Good shower and plenty of hot water but bathroom tiling quite stained.

Lack of mobile signal was blissful! Good broadband service.

Was comfortable for two of us but not sure how it would be with 5 - I think the living area would be rather cramped.

In summary, had a very enjoyable stay and would be tempted to go back to the same area, but not the same property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, where do I begin really? We've never had a poor review, until now, but this was a difficult guest. We very very occasionally get a call from a guest; we write extensive information (which apparently feels rule-like, so I will review and rewrite) so they feel they have all they need at hand. However, we received 2 calls in 2 days from the party. One advising they couldn't use the TV, which Simon helpfully talked them through, even though instructions on how to use the TV & cable (you only need the 1 remote) are in the Mobile Hospitality Manager, & there is a printed sheet in the house that explains just that. As we are in the house this week for our summer break, I am aware of where all is. Unfortunately, this guest also broke the cafetiere, but didn't advise us until after departing, & to be fair told us to remove the cost for a replacement from the security deposit. When I emailed back to advise it would have been helpful if they had told me when they broke it, so I had one in the house for the next guests, who were coffee drinkers, the response I got from Caroline was "These people are getting on my nerves!". I was quite surprised, as the next guests were simply expecting the same amenities Caroline had. The sofa is in a duck egg blue, & I foolishly - as this house is very much used by us - didn't go to Ikea, or similar, to furnish it, but went to Loaf and the like, to make it as I would want it. It is getting a new sofa at the end of the season, and other furniture in the next few weeks (new area rug and replacement arm chair.) The "rules and warnings" have come over the years from things being broken by mis-use, so they are either a 'watch out' so a guest doesn't do something that might cause an issue, or simple advice on how things work, and trying to keep things as neat and tidy as possible. A new bathroom is going in at the end of this season, but the current one is quite fine, & not stained nor dirty. Our cleaners work v hard to turn the property in 4 hours for each guest. Also, we clearly state on the property page only 4 guests allowed, so not sure why Caroline mentions '5 people'. And it is a small glass Oxo squeegie; we use it & it helps the cleaners if others do, but if you don't use it (15 secs total) that is fine. It is something we ask, but not required. I do it at home as well as here. North Cornwall is wonderful, and everyone should come back, but we'd already made a note that we'd not let this guest stay again.
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Winter/Early Spring
4 Jan 2017 - 4 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
5 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter Holidays
1 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer Holidays
4 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer Holidays
15 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer Week
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late September
17 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early October
7 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October Half Term
15 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
17 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £25
cleaning fee contributio £50

***3 NIGHT RATES 70% of the weekly rate, 4 NIGHT RATES 80% of the weekly rate!***
Please note that a 3 or 4 night stay will incur an additional £50 cleaning fee.

Note: 50% deposit secures your booking, security deposit of £150 required, balance due 45 days prior to arrival, if arrival is less than that, 100% at time of booking. **Payment by Credit Card**

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Treknow in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 625 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , power shower with waterfall showerhead
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Please note the 3rd bedroom is a single. Therefore, 4 is the right number of guests for Puffins, and all we will allow. However, the 3rd bedroom makes for an excellent wardrobe / storage room. The 3rd bedroom is connected by a doorway to the 2nd double room, so if you have two children, it does work to have a child in each, so they are not sharing a bed, and if it is two couples, it is an excellent extension bedroom 2 as a wardrobe and seating space. However, please note the single bed is on a raised platform and not ideal for elderly or very young guests (under the age of 5).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The patio area is perfect to be enjoyed on beautiful sunny days or for grilling in the evenings. The beautiful modern architecture is bright with high ceilings and skylights, so you can see the lovely colours of the Cornish sky or all the stars at night. Puffins has won awards from the Royal Institute Of British Architects.

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