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Pat Parry

Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, French, German, Welsh, Cornish
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights

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Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Portreath - Kittiwake Cottage

Three-bedroom traditional Cornish cottage, sleeping five plus baby

**We now have superfast broadband and a 24/7 landline phone free to landline numbers. **

Kittiwake Cottage is a traditional Cornish stone cottage a short level walk from Portreath’s harbour and safe, sandy, family beach. We've recently had a conservatory built across the front of the house to give you more room to relax in. Kittiwake's long (180 foot!) garden is full of ‘Cornish’ plants – gunnera, palm trees, euphorbia - and has three outdoor seating areas so you can follow the sun as it sets behind Western Hill. A large lockable shed provides ample space for wetsuits, surfboards and bikes. Directly along the back of the garden runs the historic Portreath mineral tramway, which linked the port with inland tin and copper mining areas in the early 19th Century and is now a beautiful coast-to-coast route for cyclists, riders and walkers. A private parking space is tucked in at the top of the garden, with additional unrestricted parking on Greenfield Terrace, at the front of the house. The cottage has central heating, wooden double-glazed windows and a wood burner in an inglenook fireplace in the lounge for cooler evenings and autumn and winter days.

Portreath is situated on Cornwall’s North Coast which is more rugged than the gentler South Coast. In both directions spectacular views can be had from high, rocky cliffs across the Atlantic Ocean. Many seabirds can be seen on ledges in the cliffs and in the air, skimming the surface of the sea in search of their next meal. Seals are resident all along the coast, with visiting dolphins often seen playing in groups of six or eight some way from the shore.

When family and friends visit us, our favourite trip is to Godrevy Head, where a group of seals can be seen on an inaccessible beach. There are sometimes as many as sixty of them. Take a pair of binoculars to get a better look and stand well back. It’s a long way down!

Between Godrevy and Portreath are many attractive coves, although some are inaccessible. Follow one of the tracks from the road down to the cliff edge and take your sandwiches (or a pasty from the Portreath Bakery), or walk from Portreath along the coastal path.

Godrevy has a lovely, sandy, family beach, with views around the bay to St. Ives. Try Gwithian too – a couple of miles further along the coast. Both were favourite destinations at weekends when I was young. If you have young children, look out for Sheep’s Pool at Gwithian – deep enough to be fun but small enough to be safe.

A few more miles take you to the Hayle Estuary, where as many as 18,000 birds have been seen taking refuge in cold winters. In spring and autumn you can see migrant wading birds, gulls and terns.

At the end of the ‘three miles of golden sand’ of St. Ives Bay you’ll find St. Ives itself (or – in Cornish – Porthya). It’s impossible to describe the charm and beauty of this amazing little town – just go and visit it yourselves! St. Ives is full of galleries and workshops and still attracts artists of all kinds because of the quality of the light. Visit Barbara Hepworth’s house or Tate St. Ives. The best way to St. Ives, especially in summer, is to park at Lelant Saltings and take the little train into the heart of the town. The views across the bay are quite breathtaking.

Heading ‘up country’ from Portreath you find a stunning selection of beaches and coves. First comes Porthtowan – amazing surfing and safe swimming. Chapel Porth is tucked away but well worth a visit. Walk to the edge of the sea when the tide is out and you’ll be able to see for miles in both directions. In winter this is the place to come to experience the true fury of the Atlantic Ocean. If you're feeling a bit more energetic, walk the mile and a half back to Porthtowan along the cliffs - a nice level walk once you've puffed up the first incline and good coffee!

Trevaunance Cove comes next. Like Chapel Porth it's calm and welcoming in the summer, spectacular in the winter. Parking can be tricky, though. Inland is the pretty village of St. Agnes, with its cafes, craft shops and museum – and a free car park (at the time of writing)!

Of course, Cornwall is more than its coastline. Truro has shops, galleries, the County Museum and an imposing cathedral. It also has the largest theatre in Cornwall – the Hall for Cornwall - with an impressive programme of concerts, plays and musicals.

Everyone who comes to Cornwall wants to visit the Eden Project (which is amazing). If you have the time and the energy, try to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well. The gardens were discovered and recovered by Tim Smit, creator of Eden and have an amazing history.

Closer to Portreath is Redruth, centre of Cornwall’s mining history and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 2006. Visit the Cornwall Centre and spend time looking through the archives and viewing the fifty-eight Tregella tapestry panels, which depict the story of Cornwall in modern embroideries. Redruth is surrounded by old stacks and engine houses from its industrial past and a number of walks and cycle trails have been created in recent years.

If you'd like a trip further afield, think about a day trip to the Isles of Scillies. We spend a few days there at least twice a year and the islands are just magical. Go by sea on the Scillonian or fly direct to the Islands.

On a really sunny day, though, walk the few hundred yards down to the beach at Portreath and sit against the harbour wall and relax. It really is the best place in the world.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pat Parry (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, French, German, Welsh, Cornish
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Calendar last updated:
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About Pat Parry

Find out more about us on our blog (see the link to 'owners' website').

Pat Parry purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Pat Parry chose Portreath

Portreath was my childhood beach and I really can't imagine a better place. All our family visit the cottage from time to time and love it. For us it represents an escape from the stresses of everyday life. Have a look at our reviews!

What makes this cottage unique

Our lovely (if somewhat wild) long garden. Pick your own vegetables if you come at the right time. A few hundred (level) yards to the beach. Good local pubs and restaurants. Lovely neighbours.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cottage near to beach and we found everything we needed in Cottage. We love Cornwall in general. Welcome pack was very good and enjoyed by all. They would recommend to others.
May 2014
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Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
average rating of 4.857143 based on 29 reviews

fantastic location

  • 4 of 5

Portreath is a great location. Easy walk to the beach and local shops. Easy access to the old tramway cycle path. Lots to do around the area. Property itself could do with a little work but no issues that affected our enjoyment. Parking was sometimes problematic as the front road could be full and our car wouldn't fit the space at the rear (and access was a little tricky with 2 small children and beach bags etc).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you had a good time. September can be lovely in Cornwall. Parking - the space at the back of the garden is small (best approached from the beach side) and Greenfield Terrace is often busy during the summer with visitors parking there. At some stage we'd like to extend the parking at the back (but not until our new porch is finished in November). Thanks again for leaving the cottage spotless.

Really lovely cottage, perfect for the beach.

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd visit to Kittiwake and another great week in Cornwall despite the mixed weather. The cottage is perfect for a day at the beach, walking, cycling, trips to the Eden Project etc. The welcome pack is just what you need after a long trip in holiday traffic. Thanks again to Pat & Gareth of or their lovely holiday home. Hope to return. The Simmons Family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always very pleased when our 'returners' have a good time. Delighted you enjoyed the cottage and Cornwall. Come again!

Well equipped cottage, great base and nice village

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped and comfortable cottage. Plenty of good visits in the area and excellent beaches, ideal for boarding and relaxing, including Portreath and Godrevy.

Service from Pat and Gareth is top-notch with a tasty welcome pack to help you settle in.

Local shop, bakery and choice of takeaways, cafes or restaurants.

A good base for visits to Eden Project, St Michael's Mount, St Ives and other smaller attractions.

Although weather could have been a bit better, there was still plenty of sun and we greatly enjoyed our week at Kittiwake Cottage. We would consider returning and happily recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed - and for leaving Kittiwake so tidy. We did try pre-booking the weather, but it doesn't always work! Come again.

What a find!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a traditional Cornish cottage in a traditional Cornish village - this is it! A lovely place to stay and Pat, the owner, has thought of absolutely everything - from the comprehensive note waiting for us on the kitchen table detailing everything we needed to know - to the generous 'Welcome Pack' - we were hugely impressed. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's what we like to hear! Thanks for the great review, Brenda C. And for leaving the cottage in pristine condition. We have such lovely visitors.

Sehr schöne Unterkunft.

  • 4 of 5

Alles war so wie in der Beschreibung. Neben einem gemütlichen kleinen Wohnzimmer mi Kaminofen war unten eine voll ausgestatte Wohnküche. Oben befanden sich drei Schlafzimmer für 5 Personen und ein Bad. Für die Kinder waren viele Spielsachen verfügbar und im Wohnzimmer eine DVD-Sammlung, teils auch mit deutscher Tonspur. In einem kleinen Schuppen im Garten befanden sich noch ein kleiner Billardtisch und eine kleine Tischtennisplatte. Wenn man das Grundstück nach hinten verlässt, und links abbiegt, kommt nach ca. 150m ein Spielplatz. Zum Strand sind es etwa 300m.

Der Kaminofen war schon befüllt und zum anzünden bereit. Da wir im Oktober dort waren nutzten wir diesen auch. Eine Zentralheizung ist auch vorhanden und kann bei Bedarf eingeschaltet werden. Das Internet funktionierte auch über WLAN sehr schnell. Zur Begrüßung hatte uns die Vermieterin ein Willkommenspaket bereit gestellt mit Lebensmitteln. Das Cottage war sauber.

Portreath hat eher einen spröden Charme. Schön ist aber die kleine Strandpromenade. Dort konnten wir abends sitzen und den Wellenreitern zusehen. Portreath bietet sich aufgrund seiner zentralen Lage sehr gut für Erkundungen in die Umgebung an. Wir unternahmen unter anderem Ausflüge nach Padstow, St Ives, Landsend, St ives-Bucht, Fallmouth (Festung), Lizard Point usw.

Einkaufen kann man in einem kleinen Laden (200m) mit einem übersichtlichen Angebot und Postamt. Direkt daneben findet man eine Bäckerei.

Zum Essen waren wir zweimal im Basset Arms Pub/Restaurant und waren zufrieden mit dem Preisleistungsverhältnis. Außerdem nutzen wir einmal den China-Imbis. Das Essen muss aber mitgenommen werden und darf nicht im Laden verzehrt werden.

Das Cottage können wir uneingeschränkt empfehlen. Die Vermieter sind sehr nett und die Vermieterin spricht deutsch.Einen Stern ziehen wir aber ab, da der Ort nicht ganz so idyllisch ist, wie man sich Cornwall vorstellt.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to the S. family for their kind review. An approximate translation follows for non-German speakers. I struggled with the word 'sproede', understanding it as perhaps tacky. In the end I decided it was the quality of ordinariness that Portreath has (compared with better-known places such as Falmouth or St. Ives) - which is why we enjoy it there so much. ************************************************* Everything was just like in the description. Downstairs next to a cosy little living room with a wood burner there was a fully equipped kitchen-diner. Upstairs there were three bedrooms for 5 people and a bathroom. There were lots of toys available for the children and - in the living room - a collection of DVDs, partly with German soundtracks. In a little outhouse in the garden there were also a small pool table and a little table tennis table. If you left the garden at the back and turned left, there was a playground after about 150 metres. It was about 300 metres to the beach. The woodburner was already set and ready to be lit. Since we were there in October we made use of this. There is also central heating which can be switched on when needed. The Internet functioned very quickly via WLAN. As a welcome the landlady had left a welcome pack with food. The cottage was clean. Portreath has rather a shabby charm. The small beach promenade is attractive however. There we could sit in the evenings and watch the surfers. Portreath is a good base for excursions. We went amongst others to Padstow, St. Ives, Land's End, St. Ives Bay, Falmouth (the castle), the Lizard Point etc. We ate twice in the Basset Arms and were content with price and quality. We also used the Chinese restaurant once. However the food is takeaway and can't be eaten on the premises. We can recommend the cottage without reservation. The owners are very nice and the landlady speaks German. We gave it a four star rating however since the place itself is not as idyllic as we imagined Cornwall to be.

Lovely cottage, ideal place to stay for the beach.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week staying at Kittiwake, our second visit to this comfortable cottage. Everything you need is there and it is an easy walk to Portreath beach for body boarding etc. Stayed here with 2 children aged 15 and 12 who enjoyed the books and DVD's. Thank you Pat and Gareth.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Caroline. We love to welcome people back to Kittiwake.


Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Car: not necessary

Portreath is a small coastal village which welcomes visitors warmly but also has its own community spirit. Its pubs and restaurants offer plenty of choice minutes from Kittiwake Cottage. Everyday needs are supplied by the supermarket/post office and a bakery.

The village is situated about half way between well-known Cornish resorts Newquay and St. Ives and within a short drive of the beautiful Atlantic coast beaches in either direction – Porthtowan, St. Agnes, Perranporth and Godrevy, Gwithian, Hayle and Carbis Bay. Clifftop walks provide spectacular views in all seasons and a glimpse of Cornwall’s fascinating flora and fauna.

The cove itself encloses a safe, sandy beach for swimmers and surfers, with life-guard cover during the season and stretches of low rocks, with a myriad of rock pools, populated by mini-communities of sea creatures and plants.

Truro and Falmouth are just fourteen miles away. The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Michael’s Mount, Padstow an

Other Activities: Wildlife, photography, cycle paths and hire, cliff-top walks, parachute surfing, BMX track, bouncy castles

Golf: Tehidy Park Golf Club (TR14 0HH) is about a mile out of Portreath. 01209 842208 Ext 5



Prices & Availability

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Prices for this holiday cottage in Portreath, Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 12
4 Apr 2015 - 22 May 2015
3 night minimum stay
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Rate 13
23 May 2015 - 24 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
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Rate 14
25 Jul 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Rate 15
5 Sep 2015 - 2 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 16
3 Oct 2015 - 3 Apr 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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Notes * A non-returnable deposit of 25% of the total price is required to secure a property. The balance is due 10 weeks before arrival. Please contact the owner to find out about payment methods.
* For bookings within 10 weeks or arrival, payment must be made in full.
* Short breaks (min. 3 nights) are accepted at the times stated.
* Kittiwake Cottage is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Portreath in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom in Kittiwake Cottage - which is upstairs - has a bath and modern, wide-head shower. There is also a 'garden WC' at the back of the cottage..
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Personal towels, tea towels and bed linen included in the cost. Comfortable duvets and pillows.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Wood Decking
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Kittiwake is well-equipped with superfast-broadband and phone (24/7 free landline national calls), washing machine, dryer, oven, gas hob, extractor fan, fridge, freezer etc. and there is a large selection of books, DVDs, CDs, games and toys. The cottage has three good-sized bedrooms, a comfortable, beamed lounge with leather sofas, a TV and DVD/CD player, a large kitchen with farmhouse pine table and chairs. Modern, wooden double glazing, central heating and a wood-burner keep the cottage snug in Winter. There are no steps to the front or the back doors, but the stairs to the bedrooms are steep with restricted headroom. Please mind your head! Your welcome pack includes a Cornish cream tea, wine, bread, juice, milk, butter, tea bags and coffee. There is a large shed for bikes, boards and wetsuits with table football/mini snooker and a box of outdoor toys.

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