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Charlestown Harbour Village Stay Quaint Period Cottage. Heritage listed area.



Updated: 20-Jul-2016
House in Charlestown, Nr. St. Austell, Cornwall, England - Within A Few Minutes Walk Of The Harbour the setting for the Poldark TV series and many others.

Spindrift Cottage sits opposite the entrance to the local 18th Century Charlestown Parish church of St Pauls.

It's a period terrace cottage true to its original design; very cute and with a warm feel to it.

It's cool in summer and warm in winter with Gas central heating and for extra heat there is a small enclosed log fire in the lounge.

The back garden is delightful and home to many local birds. A sheltered area offers a snug corner in most (dry)weather or picnic on the upper lawned area in the sun.

A few minutes walk from the cottage lies the heritage listed Charlestown harbour which is much used for film sets and TV series such as the Poldark TV series, Captain Sabretooth, Pirates of the Carribbian and many others. Around the harbour are 3 pubs and 5 restaurants all offering a wide variety of local and traditional cuisine.

As well the world famous Charlestown Maritime museum boasts many unique exhibits and well worth a stroll down the road for a visit.

A visit to The Eden Project is a must and can be made by bus or car (allow a full day), the same for Lanhydrock house.

Leave the car behind and take the little green bus which stops outside Spindrift cottage for a hassle free day trip to Fowey.

The same bus service also takes you to Mevagissey and St Austell where you can link up with other services and the train to explore the rest of Cornwall without the car, or just drive wherever you want via the excellent road links from this central position. The rest of Cornwall is easily accessible from here.

Shopping is very localised with Tescos only a 10 minute walk away and other major retailers within a few minutes drive.

And when you're back from your day out the Harbour area is a welcome retreat to watch the swimmers and divers in the harbour waters or the activity amongth the tall ships that regularly visit. The panoramic coastal views arn't bad either nor the beaches either side of the harbour entrance.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

About the Owner

Barbara & Bill, the owners, use Spindrift Cottage for their own holidays and have equipped it as comfortably as they can to suit their needs and hope it suits their guests as well.

We hope others will enjoy our Cornish home as much as we do.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a new holiday let property.
Mar 2013
  • 1 of 1

2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


Needs a little TLC

  • 3 of 5

This cottage could be so good! The location is excellent (near to Charlestown Harbour, the local park, St Austell (with good access to roads + rail), Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pinetum Park, Camel Valley, excellent beaches, pubs, restaurants, Tesco, local ice-creams and local cream-teas, ... ). The cottage itself is reasonably spacious for a building of its age. The kitchen and living facilities are also reasonable ... but it needs to be cleaner and fresher. There is a damp smell. The front windows don't seem to open. The air fresheners are standard supermarket ones with artificial scents which give some people headaches. There were numerous existing spills which I cleaned up. There does not seem to be an external bin. The gardens are beautiful but with plenty of weeds. The downstairs shower seems like it wants to flood. ... Despite all of this, we still had a wonderful week. This is a lovely cottage in need of some love. If the issues get resolved, rent this cottage now!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feed-back and the cleanliness issue is of most. Concern and has been addressed along with the weeds mentioned, however the windows are as old as the cottage so a little quirky. Cottages like ours some times have a little too much character for some but if you want everything's to be like a home from home then we are going to disappoint sometimes. Not to say we will not try to improve on the points raised. The owner
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Excellent location but poorly maintained

  • 2 of 5

This could be a great cottage if it was properly maintained. The outdoor areas front and back are full of weeds and overgrown. Inside is average but not cleaned to a high standard. We texted the cleaner about the en suite which had been left very dirty and also asked for a hoover as the rugs were dirty and the hoover did not work. She ignored our requests. The upstairs windows were difficult or impossible to open and the cottage was musty as it had been vacant for 2 weeks. Clearly nobody comes in to air it out etc.. Real shame as the town and harbour are lovely and within walking distance. Nice pubs and big Tescos all within walking distance. Also very convenient for Eden and Heligan. Beautiful beaches nearby.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The comments have been checked out and appear pretty fair, we thank the guest for the feedback. The issues have now been addressed.
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From the Owner

We have always loved Charlestown and its beautiful Harbour and village life. Often you can buy fish directly from the boats at the quay otherwise its a short trip to nearby Mevagissey where there is always fresh fish available. The local pubs and restuarants are all within walking distance whatever the weather which is also one of our main reasons for choosing Charlestown.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays: See where Poldalk series is filmed, even catch them filming at Charlestown Harbour.

If Cornwall is your special interest then Charlestown is an ideal starting point with access to the main trunk roads to all the major points of interest, including the beaches of Newquay, Polzeath, Perranporth and the Bodmin and Dartmoor National Parks. Fowey and Looe and Polperro are very close as is the Eden Project and the village of Luxulyan.


Cornish coastal walks are within walking distance or the local bus that passes the door of the cottage can be taken up and down the coast to Carlyon Bay or Looe. Other popular beaches such as Newquay or Perranporth are easily accessible from Charlestown.


Newquay airport is a 40 minute drive away.

Exeter Airport is approx 90 minutes away and Bristol Airport about 2.5 - 3 hours drive.

St Austell train station is a few minutes away by car and provides a direct link to London airports; 4 hours to Paddington and easy access to London Airport and St Pancras (Eurostar).


St Austell is the nearest town and within 10 minutes drive. Mevagissey is also close by and within 15 minutes drive.

Further Details:

St Austell is the nearest town with full facilities such as the major banks and supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, B & Q and many others.

Other major centres such as Truro and Plymouth are within 90 minutes drive of Charlestown.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking with the balance payable 2 weeks before occupancy when the key access details will be provided.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Available from 3pm, Departure time is Saturday before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Longer term letting can be arranged at better pricing subject to negotiation.

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Updated: 20-Jul-2016
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From the Owner

Spindrift cottage in Charlestown is away from the hustle and bustle and totally separate from the surrounding area, yet it is so close that you get the best of both worlds. After exploring the rest of Cornwall there is always the haven of Charlestown to return to.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • beach
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with toilet, shower and basin Main bathroom downstair with full sized bath, generous sized separate shower cubicle, vanity basin & toilet.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 1 double bed + ensuite - views to the Church Bedroom 2 with 3 single beds - Views to the Garden Bedroom 3 with 1 single bed -views to the Church


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Notes on accommodation: Spindrift Cottage is a cosy period cottage the second from the end with a flat surface drive in gravel driveway with parking for 2 cars. St Pauls 18th century parish church is directly opposite the front gate and the pubs and restaurants are within easy walking distance as also is the local Tesco supermarket and other speciality shop and post office. Outside: The garden area is on 3 levels with 2 al fresco eating area, one immediately outside the kitchen and the other at the top of the garden. In keeping with the rest of the property the garden is full of interesting local vegetation. The middle level is Astroturf (grass) and suitable for picnic and the like. Utility Room: No utility room Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are provided and the property is cleaned weekly with a fresh change of linen. A welcome pack of basic essential for tea and coffee awaits all guests and a fast top-up is readily available from the nearby Tesco Store. Other: The Dining room comprises a spacious 6 seat oak table setting and is adjacent to the kitchen and lounge and bathroom/toilet.

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