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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.
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 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 10 minute walk down to the beach, via either the Coast Path, or 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 wetsuits too. This is a great place for the little ones as the floor from house to terrace has no steps.
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, we allow no more than 4 guests in Puffins, a child is best as it is a single smallish room, and it is on a raised platform. Also, the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are connected by a door between them both.)
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. 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 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. We are sorry, but only one dog allowed, up to 'medium' size (such as a labrador).