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Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray

Member since: 2012
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Speaks English

A stunning dog friendly property in Treknow near Trebarwith Strand & Tintagel

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in North Cornwall - Puffins

2 doubles, 1 single, terrace, life guarded & dog friendly beach & SW Coast path

Just about 1/2 a mile on foot (or a minute by car) you find yourself at Trebarwith Strand beach, recognised as one of the best beaches in Cornwall, not just North Cornwall. In 2014 it received the 'Good Beach Guide' Recommendation for Excellent water quality! Additionally, it is one of the few beaches that is dog friendly year round.

**Please note that HomeAway doesn't show the correct rates for a 3 or 4 night rate** If you click on the 'Prices' tab on the top of the home page when you have found dates you are interested in, you can see the weekly rate, and as we note at the bottom of the rates page, for stays of 3 or 4 nights, please email to enquire what the rate is for the dates of your stay. There is also a £50 cleaning fee for stays under a week. If you have a pet, there is a £25 pet fee. If you enquire on dates, we will send you a full quote.

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.

The house has heaters in it, that we installed in 2014, as well as a wood burning fire (a new one we installed in 2015), so it is perfect for use year round.

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 8-10 minute walk down to the beach, via either the Coast Path, or just 1 minute down 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 / swimsuits too. This is a great place for the little ones as the floor from house to terrace has no steps. No expense has been spared -- the main two beds are from Loaf and Warren Evans, and all bed linens are from Loaf (www.loaf.com). The furniture throughout is from Loaf, Neptune, French Connection or a few local boutiques , and is to a high standard. After all, Puffins is our retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world too, so we want to feel pampered there as well.

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, please note we allow no more than 4 guests in Puffins Also, the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are connected by a door between them both, which allows for extra room for bed 2 if it is two couples, and bedroom three can be used more as a dressing room.) If you have 2 children, one in the single bed in room 3, and one in the double in room 2 works out well.

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 which are better than standard pub fare. 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, kayaking / coasteering / stand up paddling, cycling riding on the Camel Way, 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. Usually only one dog allowed, up to 'medium' size (such as a labrador), enquire if more than one dog.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray

Hi, we are Kristine & Simon, the rather lucky owners of Puffins. We are beach lovers (obviously) and love to come to Puffins to relax, explore and recharge. Even after many years of coming to Cornwall, we are still always finding new things to see and do. Whether it is winter or summer, Puffins is our perfect place. We hope you will find it as lovely and special as we do.

Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray purchased this house in 2013

Why Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray chose North Cornwall

Good question! We live in a lovely older property most of the time, but were taken with the amazing architecture of Puffins, and the location, which we think is the best in the world. After many years of coming to North Cornwall for our own holidays, we decided to buy a little place that not only we could enjoy, but hopefully others as much as us. The house is filled with everything you need to feel at home, from a fully stocked kitchen, to books, games, and lots of local information to help you make the most of your stay.

What makes this house unique

The architecture and light of Puffins is so unique to us, but mostly we love North Cornwall. And Treknow is a lovely little village with a small pub, the South West Coast Path, one of the best beaches in Cornwall a 1 minute drive, or 5 minute walk away at Trebarwith Strand, and that is it. But while stores are only a bit more than mile away in Tintagel (and the amazing castle, and some of the best pasties on earth), you truly are in a beautiful, quiet village at Puffins. It isn't as overrun as Polzeath or Rock or Padstow, but all are close by, and this beach is a true find - the locals like to keep it to themselves! Perfect for sitting & relaxing, or taking some surf lessons, Treknow is ideally located in North Cornwall. And the historic village of Port Issac is about 6 miles away, a beautiful drive the whole way there.

However, with everything so close, you can be as active as you want, or as lazy as you desire, but no matter what you wish to be you are no more than 20 minutes from everywhere delightful in North Cornwall!


based on 20 holidaymaker reviews

A stunning dog friendly property in Treknow near Trebarwith Strand & Tintagel
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Beautiful House, Lovely Owners

  • 5 of 5

The description is completely accurate, this is a small but very well thought out, characterful property with lots of modern touches. It's easy to walk to the two local pubs, the beach and at a push, Tintagel from it, perfect location for Trebarwith really.

The owners are full of helpful advice, including whilst we were there when we asked for it, above and beyond the call of duty in terms of recommending how to get the best out of the area.

Puffins is a delight, a great find, thank you

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share such helpful & kind words - we endeavour to ensure we are giving as much information up front, and accurate information, so that prospective guests have enough information when making a choice. We don't think of it as 'above and beyond' we just love the area, and want to ensure guests can see as much or as little as they like - but if that is above & beyond the call of duty, we'll take that compliment! So glad you found the house delightful, and the area - you can probably tell why we fell in love with the house & knew we could make it comfy & a great bolt hole. Thanks for taking the time to share this, both for us & future guests. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Puffins. Such a lovely place, exactly as described and very well equipped. Loved the decor, the little touches and the fact that is so bright and homey. There's books, games and DVDs one can use if the weather isn't to kind.

Great location to Tintagel castle, coastal path, beaches and pubs. The fact you can just walk and enjoy the view is amazing.

On our visit to Tintagel castle we stopped at the "Cornish Bakery" to have a pastie and who would have thought we would find "pastel de nata" (custard tart) which is a traditional Portuguese tart. What a great surprise since we are originally from Portugal and it's so hard to find them in England.

Kristine and Simon were most helpful, left lots of information about where to go for food and visits, ensuring everything we needed was provided and we were enjoying our visit. Thank you for everything!

There's so much to see and do in North Cornwall, we would love to stay again in summertime.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You've written everything we love to hear - we want everyone who stays at Puffins to enjoy not only the breathtaking scenery of North Cornwall, but feel they have a lovely place to return to at the end of their day. We are guilty of eating those custard tarts too, but mentally tell ourselves we deserve it for walking to get them :-). Thank you again for the kind words (having decorated it myself, I am always partial to those!) and we do hope to have you back in the summertime-it is glorious there! And we do offer a small discount for returning guests, so make sure to mention that. Thank you again, we are so glad you enjoyed your time at Puffins!
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Perfect post Christmas break at Puffins!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Puffins was amazing. From the quirkyness of the building to the exceptional interior design everything was as described.

The weather wasn't kind to us and was extremely blustery and wet at times but we were happy to just chill in the cosiness and comfort inside.

We enjoyed our time on Trebarwith Strand beach with our cocker spaniel, Monty, who had great fun chasing and playing with all the other dogs! Enjoyed a very wet and windy coastal walk to Tintagel Church - the views were stunning.

A great place to unwind after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and look forward to returning to hopefully enjoy some better weather!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! Our computer is blushing....it is really helpful for us to know that we are describing everything correctly, as there is nothing worse than arriving on holiday and to find out that what you think you are arriving at, and what you actually do, are totally different. So thank you for letting us know that all was as described. (And thank you for saying the interior design was exceptional - we use Puffins a great deal ourselves, so we didn't want it to feel utilitarian, we wanted it to feel cosy and like a retreat.) Glad Monty enjoyed all the dogs, and sadly, the weather can be glorious, or nasty - occasionally both in one day, but the storms we've had this year end seem to have gotten you with the tail of them. Do let us know if you ever wish to return, we do give a discount to returning guests, and thank you for taking the time to share this with us, and the wider Home Away / Owner's Direct community. Happy 2016!
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Ideal location

  • 5 of 5

A great find. Lovely holiday home with all the creature comforts you need to enjoy a restful week in North Cornwall. Loved the fact that you didn't need to drive every day. 5-10 mins to Trebarwith Strand on foot, now one of my favourite places in Cornwall. Would love to stay again in the Summer months. Fabulous food at the Mill House Inn too!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Trebarwith Strand is a bit of a hidden gem in North Cornwall - I (Kristine) have gone there since I was young and it hasn't changed loads, or become heaving like Polzeath, just a few miles south. It is stunning, no matter what the tide is doing, and you are right, being able to go days without using a car unless you want to is a bonus. So glad you liked it - you'll have to re-visit in summer!
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Peace & Quiet on the English Coast

  • 5 of 5

We loved both Tintagel and our stay at the Puffins! The cottage is unique in style, but very cozy & homey. Skylights make for brightness throughout and it's beautifully appointed. Kristine was most helpful before our stay making sure we had proper access. We found the meals best at the pubs in Tintagel. Be warned, Treknow is a very small village with access by way of steep narrow roads so the drives in and out were a bit stressful. Easy access from the cottage to multiple area attractions. It was a real highlight of our trip.

Chris, Elaine, Sinc & Kelly, Toronto, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Puffins is very unique - it has even won a RIBA award (Royal Institute of British Architects) - but we tried to decorate it so it was still beachy & in keeping with the houses' special features. The roads can be narrow - I think it does depend where you are from how stressful you can find them! :-). Most of the roads in Cornwall are like that unless you are on an A road. We are very used to them, and the lane we live on is as narrow as the one you can drive down to Trebarwith Strand on, but I've been to Toronto quite a few times, and compared to Toronto they would seem quite wee. So glad you loved your stay, we hope you come back one day, Cornwall is truly a special place.
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Relaxing holiday in a relaxing setting - beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay in Puffins. Location to the coastal path, beach, pubs, Tintagel Castle was brilliant - you felt very virtuous by being able to walk to all - rewarding yourself with an ice cream or a cheeky pint and lunch! Puffins was tastefully decorated and equipped with everything we needed. Communication with the owners was excellent. Would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share this. We do frequently use the excuse of being able to walk to so many places - either via the South West Coast Path, other trails, or along the rambling roads as an excuse for 'just one more' pint or a pudding!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Port William Inn
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Bowood Park
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Mill House Inn
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Trebarwith Strand
Car: necessary

Puffins is the perfect base from which you can explore all that North Cornwall has to offer quite easily, or the house that will be your holiday haven, filled with lots of luxurious little touches, and you can spend your days relaxing, going from the house to the stunning beach at Trebarwith Strand, and never needing anything more.

It is 2-minute walk to the beautiful South West Coast Path, which is 630 miles long and covering several counties in England. But you can choose to walk only a mile or two on it to see beautiful sunsets, amazing cliffs and natural fauna – and end your walk with a drink at a pub. Lonely Planet has voted it one of the best walks in the world, and it is on your doorstep. We have several books in the house that suggest walks of different lengths and levels of difficult that you are welcome to use during your time at Puffins. Or you could go inland and walk on Bodmin Moor, which has its own unique feel.

A 5-minute walk from the house down one of several paths will lead you to what is known to be one of the best beaches in Cornwall – Trebarwith Strand. (Or, if you are in your car and this is recommended if you have children and all their bits, it is a 1-minute drive!)

Standing majestically a few hundred yards out from Trebarwith Strand beach is Gull Rock, which has been photographed and painted thousands of times, but always looks different. The beach is one of the few that is Lifeguarded in Cornwall, and it is done by the RNLI from mid-May until the end of September. It is also dog-friendly year round, and known for its excellent surfing. If you are interested, you can even take surf lessons right on the beach! During high tide, the sea covers the rocks and gully you walk down to reach the beach, but when the tide is out there is a stunning mile of golden sand below.

At low tide you can explore the caves – known locally as the Port William Beach, and to the right you find Lil Cove, with rock pools and cool rock formations. You need a tide-table to know the right time to be there, and we keep one in the house for guests, as well as a tide-clock on the exterior wall of the house, just next to the door on the patio. You might be able to guess we love the beach from how much we have gone on about it, but it is a truly special, one of a kind beach.

If you want to explore the area a bit more, you have Boscastle a short drive away, which was infamously destroyed in 2004, but has come back better than ever, and wandering along there and seeing the fantastic architecture and out to the harbor is a great walk. We love the Boscastle Farm Shop, just up the hill from the town, for breakfast, and it has a stunning view over the Atlantic, and sells locally produced and grown food.

Port Issac is a short drive away, and known for being the setting for TV’s Doc Martin show, but it offers so much more. Unique galleries, centuries old pubs, and an active fishing village are what you will find. With its tight little lanes, it is perfect for an afternoon out, and finishing up with a drink in one of the fine establishments, or a meal.

You can also cycle the Camel Trail, and we can recommend several places that offer cycle hire. Or you can take the Black Tor ferry from Rock to Padstow, which is about 20 minutes to Rock, and enjoy all that Padstow has to offer, from small artisan shops like Jo Downs, to Rick Stein’s restaurants and patisserie. If golf is your thing, the course at St Endoc in Rock is award winning, and many places offer kite surfing, kayaking, coasteering, and more.

If you are a foodie, we are blessed with some of the best world-class restaurants, from Nathan Outlaw’s 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Rock, Paul Ainsworth Number Six Michelin Star restaurant, and many many more – and we have yet to find a bad restaurant in Cornwall, Michelin starred or not!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Tintagel Castle, rumoured to be where King Arthur ruled, or the beautiful and unspoilt St Nectan’s Glen, both under a 5-minute drive away. The Glen is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you can walk to the waterfall & hermitage through ancient woodland, which has also been appointed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the rate specimens of plants. After your walk, you can stop and have a spot of tea and a bit of cake at their café to prepare you for the (not very long) walk back out.

Treknow and the surrounding area have something for everyone, whether your idea of a holiday is total relaxation, or filled with activity, and Puffins is the perfect base! We look forward to welcoming you soon.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tintagel, North Cornwall

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 May 2016 - 27 May 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
28 May 2016 - 4 Jun 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer Holidays
5 Jun 2016 - 1 Jul 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays
2 Jul 2016 - 15 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer Holidays
17 Jul 2016 - 3 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Sep 2016 - 1 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2 Oct 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term
22 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Week
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Year's Holiday
30 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Under week cleaning fee £0

***3 NIGHT RATES 70% of the weekly rate, 4 NIGHT RATES 80% of the weekly rate!***
Please note that a 3 or 4 night stay will incur an additional £50 cleaning fee.

Note: 50% deposit secures your booking, security deposit of £150 required, balance due 45 days prior to arrival, if arrival is less than that, 100% at time of booking. **Payment by Credit Card**

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in North Cornwall in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 625 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , power shower with waterfall showerhead
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Please note the 3rd bedroom is a single. Therefore, 4 is the right number of guests for Puffins, and all we will allow. However, the 3rd bedroom makes for an excellent wardrobe / storage room. The 3rd bedroom is connected by a doorway to the 2nd double room, so if you have two children, it does work to have a child in each, so they are not sharing a bed, and if it is two couples, it is an excellent extension bedroom 2 as a wardrobe and seating space. However, please note the single bed is on a raised platform and not ideal for elderly or very young guests (under the age of 5).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The patio area is perfect to be enjoyed on beautiful sunny days or for grilling in the evenings. The beautiful modern architecture is bright with high ceilings and skylights, so you can see the lovely colours of the Cornish sky or all the stars at night. Puffins has won awards from the Royal Institute Of British Architects.

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