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WOODGATE - BEAUTIFUL HOUSE ON COAST. (Close to beaches and excellent walks)

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

1mile from beach; 0.5 mile from coast path. Excellent wildlife viewing

Ideal for family groups.

There are 2 sitting rooms each with its own television and a large range of books.

(A warm sanctuary during the Autumn and winter months.)

Please note large discounts are available for late availability and small numbers/low occupancy using the house; please e'mail for more information.

During peak season (i.e. school holidays) Woodgate is normally a Friday Changeover. This can often be varied during quieter times of the year.

Regarding discounts, please enquire directly with myself and I will be more than happy to provide you with a personalized quote.

A spacious and characterful farmhouse, built in the 1920’s ; adjacent to 10 acres of ancient woodland.

Each room overlooks staggering views of a woodland valley and beyond this, far reaching hills and farmland – a spectacular position, very near to the South West Coastpath.

There is a large, sloping garden

A huge patio area outside this large house has garden furniture & a barbecue

The stairs from the hallway lead up to the four bedrooms, one bathroom with bath and shower and a separate W.C. Two of the rooms (doubles) have en-suite shower and W.C. The other two rooms are twins.

There is full central heating for the cooler months and mornings/evenings.

This house has been completely refurbished and landscaped in recent years and is a very luxurious holiday home. Owls can be heard hooting at night, whilst Roe Deer and Badgers can be seen from the comfort of the house looking out onto neighbouring National Trust land.

Free Wifi access is available.

The front porch leads into a hallway, to the left a large comfortable sitting room with a colour T.V., and to the right a second sitting room with a colour T.V. and open Victorian fire.

Leading on is a dining room with a large window overlooking the magnificent views. An open doorway reveals a spacious kitchen with an electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine etc.

Trevigue has been described as a wildlife haven on many occasions by different eminent naturalists who frequently visit the farm.

The vast range of plants and animals to be found on the farm is largely a result of the contrasting environments of which Trevigue consists.

A large part of the farm is made up of coastal heathland, situated on the rugged and exposed cliffs, which rise to almost 750 feet at “High Cliff” (the highest in Cornwall).

Wild thyme and betony grow on the cliffs in abundance during the summer months – all helped by the reintroduction of stock grazing.

However the inland farm falls steeply to a sheltered, wooded valley inhabited by roe deer, badgers, and dormice. Many different species of butterfly (including Silver Washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood) are also to be found.

The distinctive call/song of small birds such as stone chats, linnets and skylarks are often heard from the cliffs where food is available in abundance in the form of heathland insects.

Much of the farm is owned by the National Trust, and is managed in a highly sensitive manner in order to encourage the greatest biodiversity possible. Two private Nature Reserves are found containing many species of rare and common flora and fauna.

Three hundred and fifty acres of the 800 acre farm is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the high wildlife value and unique geology (known as the Crackington Formation) and a number of spectacular faults – none more significant than the Rusey fault.

Heritage on the farm includes the 16th Century farmstead, the site of a Roman Signal Station.

Join a small group of like minded people on a spectacular North Cornish coastal farm to observe an array of wildlife and learn about the sensitive conservation management taking place on this special farm and have guided access into 2 large reserves.

Take part in an exciting nocturnal nature trail where we regularly have close encounters with badgers.

Much wildlife may be seen including birds of prey, seals, badgers and dormice, basking sharks and dolphins.

Wild flora and fauna at Trevigue is abundant throughout the year – here is a brief guide to what you might be most likely to see:

During the winter months i.e. mid September to late March, spectacular wildlife is to be seen.

White coated seal pups can be seen on the beaches, suckling their mothers during the Autumn months.

Badgers are easily observed right up until the end of the year. (May to November is the best time)

Spring/late winter and early summer is a fantastic time to see the hedges, verges and ancient woodland around the farm alive with flowers. From late January (snow drops), February (daffodils), March (primroses), April (bluebells)

Swallows seem to return earlier each year and are numerous by mid/late April.

Great fun is also to be had looking for young badger cubs who are venturing above ground and are more bold than their wary older relatives.

Mid-summer is my favourite time of year with badger cubs at their most confident and curious; together with the remarkable spectacle of the numerous fluorescent green lights of glow worms.

In recent years Francis and his guests have observed more basking sharks than ever before from the cliff tops – another sign of Global Warming, as they follow plankton further north. (May – September is the best time to see sharks).

During early Summer many wonderful sea birds, including guillemotts, razorbills and puffins are to be found in the immediate area.

Another spectacle of summer is the sight of roe deer bucks chasing does during the rutting season.

A secluded beach – “The Strangles” is located below the farm and a walk to see the unique geology of the area including spectacular sea stacks and wave cut arches, plus the strong possibility of grey seals and dolphins is recommended. A chance to experience this mysterious beach. A fascinating walk down the path to this beautiful and unspoilt beach. Spectacular geological formations, caves and archways. Learn of shipwrecks and smuggling both in ancient and recent times.

More Details

Francis Crocker
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Francis Crocker

Francis has lived at Trevigue since the age of eight. After gaining an HND in “Rural Resources and Their Management” at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon, he studied for a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management” at Harper Adams Agricultural College in Shropshire.

Work has included spells with the National Trust both as an assistant Warden and in the Land Agency department. His main love and interest is the farm at Trevigue and the varied wildlife that lives there.

Today he is involved with the practical farming and land management that takes place on this unique farm.

Francis has been awarded the South West NFU certificates for conserving farmland biodiversity, in addition to the national award from the President of the NFU (Ben Gill) for his outstanding contribution to agriculture and wildlife.

onservation work has included cutting back on encroaching bracken and gorse creating conditions suitable for reintroducing the large blue butterfly and the black-plumed, orange-billed Cornish chough – often dubbed as the national symbol of Cornwall.

He has also re-introduced environmentally-friendly working practices on the farm to encourage dormice, badgers, deer and owls. Tourists can visit the wildlife information centre, which raises money to improve wildlife habits.

Trevigue was the first farm in country to become a venue for civil weddings.

Francis Crocker purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Francis Crocker chose Saint Gennys

This spacious, yet cosy house is less than half a mile from the coast and overlooks ancient woodland in a sheltered valley full of wildlife. Badgers, Roe Deer, Tawny Owls are just some of the a animals and birds to be seen/heard during a typical stay.

There is plenty of room to relax; two lawn areas, and two comfortable sitting rooms.

What makes this cottage unique

Having lived and grown up in Crackington Haven since the mid 1970's I am able to take guests on wildlife and natural history walks. I pride myself on my knowledge on the local area so am able to enhance guests experience whils staying in Woodgate.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint Gennys in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • One bathroom with bath and shower and a separate W.C. Two of the rooms (doubles) have en-suite shower and W.C. The other two rooms are twins.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Four bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services


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WOODGATE - BEAUTIFUL HOUSE ON COAST. (Close to beaches and excellent walks)
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Great house in a beautiful position

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The house was perfect for a large family. It was warm, comfortable and spacious. My children loved being able to go down the footpath at the side of the house to explore the woods below. The property is in a peaceful position but well placed to explore the area. We did a (hilly) cycle to Bude and around, bodyboarded at Polzeath and walked to Crackington Haven and Strangles Beach. We would definitely stay in this property again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place for exploring North Cornwall

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week, with my Sister and her family and my Dad. The house is spacious, the two front rooms meant the kids could have a noisy room and us adults (Especially my older Dad!) could have a quiet space. Crackington Haven is a relatively short walk away, I walked back briskly in 20-30 mins along the wooded path to grab the car and pick up tired 83-yr old who decided to do the coastal walk with us. Can recommend that, although it isn't very easy going if older or unfit, especially as it was very muddy when we did it.

The woods down from the house are lovely, although again very muddy when we went I would imagine it would be great for kids in the summer playing in the stream. Another highlight near the house is The Strangles, amazing views and beach and when we were there on a lovely sunny day no one else was there. Didn't take my Dad to that one and a good job as there is a rope to help you get down and up from the beach so definitely not for anyone with mobility issues.

All in all a great holiday can recommend the house. Google maps does show a cow shed next to the house which we were concerned about. But apart from the odd loud moo and a waft of "country smell" when outside, we didn't really notice it. Francis is a good host and a useful source of local information!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous week at Woodgate

  • 4 of 5

Woodgate is a lovely old house with fantastic views over the countryside. Myself, my husband, our daughter and three grandchildren aged 4,2 and 1, had a lovely week at "Woodgate".

The house is comfortable and the kitchen well equipped with washer, dryer, two fridges, freezer and dishwasher etc, everything you need. The two reception rooms were really handy as the children could enjoy their DVD's or television programmes without interfering with our TV viewing.

There are four comfortable bedrooms, again with lovely views over the countryside.

Don't expect ultra modern, it isn't but with three young children we would prefer furniture that we are not afraid for them to sit/play on.

Outside there is a fabulous terrace, lovely for morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. Fantastic for the children to play hide and seek.

At the side of the house you can walk down to a lovely wood, the children thought it was a great adventure, we took torches for them, which they found very exciting.

Crackington Haven is just over a mile away down a very narrow lane, but there are passing places for the cars, so the narrow lanes are not a problem, over the week you get used to it and in the whole week, we only passed three cars.

We ate out at the Coombe Barton Inn, in Crackington Haven, this I can recommend and only 10 minutes or so, from the house.

Widemouth Bay is a fabulous beach, costs £5.00 to park all day and is just outside Bude, on a fantastic coastal road. In Bude you will find a Sainsburys and a Co-op to stock up on your shopping.

We had a lovely week at "Woodgate" and we were sorry to leave this lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful cottage in a beautiful, peaceful surrounding

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this cottage, as it is well-equipped, clean and well cared for. The owner just couldn't do enough to make sure we had a pleasant stay and the cottage was very spacious, yet cosy. The location was perfect for amazing walks, with stunning views, especially along the cliffs. I would most definitely recommend this cottage to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Crackington Haven (1 mile)
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Exeter (St Davids) and Bodmin (Bodmin Parkway)
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
M5 Exeter (60 miles)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Crackington Haven
Car: recommended

It is advisable to hire a car, which you can organise to collect from these airports/stations however it may be possible to organise collection of guests from airports/stations.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint Gennys, West Country

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2018 Rate 7
1 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 8
22 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 9
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 10
6 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Summer Holiday
20 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 Rate 11
1 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 12
7 Sep 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 13
14 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 14
29 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 15
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
2018 Rate 16
26 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 17
2 Nov 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Rate 18
24 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2019 Rate 1
4 Jan 2019 - 7 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

For enquiries regarding dates that are less that 7 days minimum stay, please enquiry directly with myself and I will be more than happy to provide you with a personalized quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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