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Family House, Large Garden, Sunny Terrace, 100 yards to beach.

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Porthoustock, Nr. Helston, Cornwall, England - Quiet Village, 5 Minutes Walk to the Beach

Fox Cottage is 1 of about 20 houses in the picturesque fishing cove of Porthoustock. It has a fine view of the sea, which is a 5 minute walk down a quiet road. There is a large sunny terrace at the back, and in front, across the unmade road, an acre of garden with a stream and ponds. The cove is full of interest. There is a quarry on one side of the cove and a boat comes in 3 times a week to load up the road stone - fishermen leave from the cove to catch mackerel, bass, crabs and lobsters, divers explore the wrecks off the Manacle rocks. There is a pier for fishiing or jumping and diving at high tide. The beach is stony, the water clean and the swimming lovely and there are beautiful cliff and country walks. The footpath to St Keverne is delightful. There is a newsagents, fresh bread, an excellent butcher, groceries, café, doctor, and 2 pubs. Although near some of finest sandy beaches in south Cornwall, Porthoustock itself is quiet with little traffic. Would suit 2 families perfectly.

Jenny Cogan
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 August, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Perfect traditional family seaside accommodation. Well-equipped, cosy, and excellent beds.

Exactly as described and pictured.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Helston in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom upstairs with washbasin, bath and wc. Changing mat and potty. Shower, basin and loo in downstairs utility room.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (5 Bedrooms + 1 Cot) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (15'.4'' x 10') kingsize bed from which you can see sun/moon rise over the sea! Door to terrace. Bed 2 (12' x 14') double bed. Bed 3 (11'.9" x 9'.7") twin beds, basin. Bed 4 (6' x 6') single bed. Bed 5 (6' x 6') 2 bunks. Child's cot.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Land line phone (your bill for that afterwards depending on how much you used it. £50 deposit before hand) Broadband. TV. DVD player.The electricity is metered. Pets subject to negotiation! The house is very suitable for children and there are some toys and games there for a wet day. Little children 1- 4 would need to be supervised in the garden because of the ponds and the stream. They would need to be watched on the terrace as three of the steps are steep. Sand pit. It is great to be able to walk down to the beach easily with hardly any traffic, and up the valley to the village by the beautiful footpath. Slightly older children can walk to the beach themselves, and in the garden will enjoy playing in the stream. Outside: The terrace at the back of the house is on two levels. There is a picnic table with benches, a 3'6" wooden table, and a round table with garden chairs and umbrella. Lavender and agapanthus and geraniums. The front garden is across an unmade road. It is large, grassy, and slopes down to a stream. There are willows, hydrangea, tamarisk, and two ponds. There is room for three cars to park next to the house. Further up the unmade road are three thatched cottages and then, over a style, the footpath up to St Keverne. Utility Room: The utility room (7'.7" x 7'.7") has a shower, wc, washbasin and washing machine, dryer, ironing board and iron, hairdryer. vacuum cleaner. Buckets and spades, fishing nets. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and tea towels are included in the price. They will be changed once a week. Please bring your own towels. Other: The dining room/playroom (15' ) runs between sitting-room and kitchen, with a view of the garden and fields. A 6' table (which can be joined to the kitchen table to make a square for a larger number). Porch to store coats, boots, buckets and spades, etc.


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Family House, Large Garden, Sunny Terrace, 100 yards to beach.
average rating of 3.8 based on 7 reviews

Absolutely disgusting

  • 1 of 5

Arrived at the property on Saturday 1/717.Wow,and thats not a good wow.The property is in.a state of disrepair,heating didnt work,TV didnt workand it gets worse,beds had evidence of bed bug infestation,blood stains,urine stains,carpets scruffy.Stayed the Saturday as hadno option,all sat in kichen all night.We left the Sunday morning.Terrible place.Avoid...Chris A

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clearly the Allen family took against our house as soon as they arrived - it was not what they expected or hoped for, and I'm sorry for that. So disappointing for them. As soon as I received their complaint I refunded their money. For some reason the heating had failed (but it was July, after all) but the hot water was working, the television was working (they just didn't know how to switch from dvd to TV), the carpets were clean and without stains. As for the beds, everything was clean and my changeover team are meticulous. The suggestion the there was an infestation of bedbugs is ridiculous! Read the reviews of the previous two guests who comment on cleanliness and how much they enjoyed the house. Fox Cottage is a family house with children's toys, games, excellent kitchen equipment, and hundreds of books. I think the Allen family with their three chihuahuas were hoping for something more like a Premier Inn. My changeover team were amazed and hurt by their reaction and I was upset for them.
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Fox Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Had a very good stay, cosy cottage with excellent facilities : washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, toaster etc. It felt like a home from home. Explored the area a bit, good walks on your doorstep. We were 3 adults and 2 children, all had a great time !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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perfect traditional family seaside accomodation. clean, well equipped, cosy and excellent beds

  • 5 of 5

All the above. Exactly as described and pictured

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we saw the pictures of Fox Cottage we knew it was exactly the place for our family of seven. A real home away from home (and one of the few holiday houses I've been to where the knives were sharp!).

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you liked Fox Cottage and found it homely!
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fox cottage

  • 4 of 5

Great family holiday, didn't have to go far for the beach.

The cottage was well equipped with everything you need for a family of 8

fishing good, sea blue, quiet and relaxing, what moor do you need!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5 3


Car: necessary


Porthoustock beach: 5 min walk. Lovely swimming, fishing boats, divers, quarry-boat twice a week loading roadstone.

Coverack: 15 min drive. Pretty harbour, cafes, sand at low tide. windsurfing, canoeing tuition.

Kynance: 20 min drive. Breathtaking. Sand, serpentine caves at low tide, natural pools.

Kennack Sands: 20 min drive. Sand, surf. Mullion too.

Cadgwith 20 min drive: pretty fishing cove, touristy.

Helford: 20 min drive. Beautiful estuary. Explore Frenchman's Creek by hire boat.


Newquay nearest airport an hour and a half hour drive. Truro, Redruth, Penzance nearest railway stations. Taxis available but expensive. Car hire available from Truro. Car necessary to reach Porthoustock and making day trips. There is enough to do locally without a car, but there are also such beautiful beaches beyond walking distance that a car would be a great asset. The roads are reasonably quiet on the Lizard.


1 mile walk to St Keverne. Driving: Helston 20 minutes. Truro 45 minutes. Redruth 40 minutes. Lizard 20 minutes. Helford 20 minutes. Gweek Seal Sanctuary 30 minutes.

Further Details:

St Keverne has a post office, newsagents, minimarket, excellent butchers, 2 pubs, a cafe. There is a doctor's surgery. Roskilly's Farm is a wonderful place to take children - they are invited watch the calves being fed and watch milking time. They have ponds and ducks and a nice restaurant serving organic food, inside, or out in the old farmyard. Their famous ice-cream and chutney are on sale. Trelowarren National Trust house (15 minutes) has a very good restaurant and a nursery (plants) and lovely woodland walks and there is a long walk from there down to the Helford River. Halzephron pub near Helston does excellent meals. The Shipwright's Arms right on the Helford estuary is a lovely place for a summer supper. Trebah, Trelissick, andd Glendurgan Gardens are 40 minutes away. Cross Common Nursery, between Kynance and the Lizard is full of interesting plants to buy. Tesco's and Sainsbury's are 20 minutes away just this side of Helston. Helston itself is a thriving market town with shops and banks and tea-rooms. Porthleven has a good fish shop and a picturesque harbour. But you may be able to buy fish or crabs in Porthoustock from a local fisherman. A neighbour keeps ducks and hens and you should be able to buy fresh eggs there.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Helston, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
School summer holidays
8 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early autumn
10 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £50

Booking Notes:
33% deposit is required on booking with full payment required 1 month prior to the start of the holiday. Bookings can be made by telephone or email but are not secure unless deposit has been accepted. Payment by cheque or bank transfer only.
Mobile phones are not reliable in our cove, so it would be most convenient for you to use the land line and leave a deposit to cover your calls. We could settle up when I get the itemised phone bill.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday, but open to negotiation. Please do not arrive before 4, and leave by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Long weekends or different changeover days negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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