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Stunning Sea Views, Large Private Garden and 2 Mins Walk From SW Coast Path

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 45 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Sleeps 8, rural country cottage with stylish rustic charm, can walk to beach and historic town of Tintagel

Merlin's Cottage, which was fully refurbished in 2014 with a brand new open-plan kitchen-dining-sun room, is situated down a private farm track, has panoramic sea views and is just a two min walk from the SW Coast Path. Local amenities include: Trebarwith Strand surfing beach - just a 15 min walk along the SW coast path. The historic town of Tintagel - a 5 min walk across farmland and Bodmin Moor - 6 miles away.

Nicky Lankester
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 March, 2018

About Nicky Lankester

We are originally from the UK but currently live in Tanzania. Felix is a wildlife vet and Nicky a freelance documentary film-maker. We have three kids….all boys with lots of energy so Cornwall is the ideal place for them! We try to come back to the UK every summer to see friends and family so Merlins Cottage is our base when we are there.

Nicky Lankester purchased this house in 2013

Why Nicky Lankester chose Tintagel

Merlins Cottage is an ideal home for us when we are in the UK. For a family there is always stuff to do nearby from surfing at Trebarwith Strand, sailing in Rock, cycling on Bodmin Moor to strolling along the SW Coast Path. But even on days when none of us feel like moving, relaxing at home while the kids play in the garden is our idea of a perfect summer!

Cornwall offers us something so incredibly different from Africa and yet in ways it is also quite similar. In both places our children are permanently active and outdoors…I think the only thing that changes is maybe the clothing!

What makes this house unique

There is nothing quite like waking up and being able to see the sea from your bed! With lovely views across National Trust farmland, you can happily spend the morning sipping tea, watching the sheep grazing while gently planning what fun you are going to get up to in the day. The house, which was fully renovated in 2014, is situated along a very quiet, private farm track so you can very quickly feel wonderfully alone in the world and completely at peace.

If someone is feeling energetic they can stroll over the fields to Tintagel to pick up fresh bread or have a coffee whilst others laze around the open plan house, enjoying the views from the sun room and the large garden.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tintagel in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 45 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 has en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and bath. Bedroom 2 and 3 share a shower room that has a sink and toilet and looks out over farmland. Bedroom 4 has en-suite shower / toilet room; there is also a separate downstairs loo.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 is en-suite with king size double bed and sea views. Bed 2 has king size double bed and sea views. Bed 3, with lovely rural view, and Bed 4, downstairs with new en-suite, both have 3' zip-link beds which can be made into a twin or v large double.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The kids den area has a sofa bed so it is possible, with the owners permission, to sleep two more people in this room. Outside: We have a large garden, BBQ, outside table, and chairs Utility Room: The utility room has a tumble dryer, racks for hanging coats and space for dirty boots and a separate loo. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Merlins employs a local house-keeper who keeps the house in immaculate condition and ensures the linen, which are provided, are in spotless condition. We also provide bath towels on request.


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Stunning Sea Views, Large Private Garden and 2 Mins Walk From SW Coast Path
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

Perfect Cornwall holiday

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house located, just outside Tintagel. The house is very well appointed, having everything you'll need, and is a great base to visit the north Cornwall coast. The conservatory across the back of the house providers great views of sunsets, whatever the weather! We had a slight problem gaining access due to a hand over, which was solved very quickly, the owner even rang me from Kenya to assist. Some highlights for us were Tintagel Castle, cycling the camel ride from Wadebridge to Padstow and back, picking mussels at low tide from Harlyn Beach, exploring rock pools on Constantine Beach, the walk down to Bossiney Cove,and watching some filming of Doc Martin in Port Isaac. Some of our favorite eateries were the Port William pub at Trebarwith Sands, the Chapel Café in Port Isaac and the Cherry Tree Café in Padstow. We hope to be back again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time and thank you so much for sharing all of your favourite places...even some new ideas for us! Hope to see you again soon. Nicky and Felix
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A lovely house in a fabulous location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Having booked it for a winter weekend break, I was not disappointed. The location was fabulous with wonderful sea views and easy access to the coast path. The house was beautifully presented and very clean, but it also provided all the comforts of home. We had relaxing evenings in front of the fire after blustery walks on the coast.

The kitchen was well equipped for self catering and there was enough space in the house for everyone to find their place to relax.

The bedrooms were all of a good size and three had wonderful sea views. We all had comfortable beds and lovely clean sheets.

I would not hesitate to recommend this place and will be very keen to come back myself. It would be an ideal summer holiday property, but, for us, provided a deeply comfortable and memorable winter stay.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely location

  • 4 of 5

We really loved our stay at Merlins Cottage. It's a beautiful location and very clean and cosy.

On the downside there were no tea clothes, toilet roll, washing up liquid or hand towels. Also we felt that what we paid to stay here was over priced as we could not get in before 4pm and had to leave by10am.

A lovely part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review and I am so pleased that you liked the cottage and the location. I am so sorry you felt the check in times were restrictive but it is a large house that needs a full clean between guests and we need that much time to make it up to scratch. You should have had toilet rolls, hand towels, oven gloves and washing up liquid. This was an oversight and we will ensure these items are always there going forward and thank you for alerting us about this. Hope to see you again soon Nicky
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Friendly and comfortable cottage with lovely views

  • 5 of 5

Had a great week with glorious weather. The cottage was very comfortable and warm, with beautiful sunsets from the conservatory. We enjoyed walks direct onto the coastal path and into Tintagel. Saw dolphins and seals on boat trip from Padstow. Good meal in the Port William pub, lovely cosy atmosphere there. The whole area is very dog friendly, made for a great trip for four and two legged family members alike! Hope to be back...

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful position, perfect for 8 people.

  • 4 of 5

Perfect accommodation for 8 people with 3 bathrooms and downstairs cloakroom, stunning position. Shame property was rather damp, which made it feel cold when sun wasn't out. Could do with heated towel rails upstairs as nowhere to dry bath towels. Living room furniture, floors and carpets bit dirty in places. Well kitted out, everything you could want in the kitchen, plenty of storage space. Overall it suited us very well, not too far to Tintagel and beach and we loved the area.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely and comfortable cottage. Beautiful location looking over the north Cornwall coastline. Just a short walk into Tintagel. This is a very spacious and well equipped place to stay with your family. We had a great time here even though the weather wasn't the best. Sitting in the sunroom at the back playing games and watching the sunset was just awesome.

The 4 large bedrooms are very comfortable and the whole setting very peaceful. Would definitely stay here again when we next visit this part of Cornwall. Thanks to Nicky the owner for her help and for providing such great accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Bodmin Parkway
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Trebarwith Strand


You can walk to Trebarwith Strand surfing beach in 20mins along the SW coast path. For those wishing to get there by car it is a five minute drive. The beach is dog-friendly and at low tide is great for rock pooling.

Tintagel is just a short walk away across the fields. From there you visit the famous castle, a place inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur. While you are at the castle you can explore Merlins Cave, an extraordinary 330ft long cave passing completely through Tintagel island. Tintagel is bursting with life and there are plenty of shops, bars and cafes to choose from.

For those wishing to go sailing / water skiing then Rock is ideal and only 25mins by car.


The nearest airport is Newquay, about 30mins drive.


Trebarwith Strand - 1 mile, Tintagel - 0.5 mile, Polzeath / Rock - 15miles / Wadebridge 20 miles.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is on a Saturday during peak season but we are flexible during the off peak season. Arrival time is 4pm and departure by 10am

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.