A 1927 Bungalow with 4 bedrooms set in grounds of a quarter of an acre, with extensive Atlantic views over the Camel Estuary and Polzeath Beach.
The Hall with desk, night storage heater, Wi-fi router and cordless landline telephone, provides access to all rooms.
The Living Room (22’ x 13’ 6”max) features two picture windows, giving wide panoramas over the mouth of the Camel Estuary. The room is furnished with sofas, a day bed (full size single), armchairs, a partner’s desk, side tables, a large bookcase, bookshelves, telephone, Epson USB printer and a 32" flatscreen TV with freeview box and connections for tenants' Sky digiboxes. (The room is heated by fast-action convection heaters, which are available to heat any room in the house.)
The Dining Room (10’ 6” x 9’6”) features a full height upvc-framed sliding window to the Patio, giving good views of Stepper Point and Gulland Rock, and is furnished with an extendible dining table, chairs and Yamaha upright piano (which guests are invited to play).
The Patio immediately outside the Dining Room shares the same view and faces the prevailing wind, yet is remarkably sheltered and also catches the sun. It is furnished with three tables, chairs and a large parasol for summer use.
Annexed to the Dining Room is The Summer Bedroom (7’ 6” x 9’ 6”). The tiniest of twin bedrooms, this is furnished with bookshelves, 32" TV and freeview box. This room is prone to damp and we normally advise guests to avoid sleeping here in the winter, unless the room has be well warmed up with a convection heater. It can then become quite snug... NB This room is closed off by a curtain, but it leads from the Dining Room which is closed off by a door.
The Kitchen (20’ 7” x 10’ 4” max) is built round an oil-fired Rayburn stove (currently out of use). It is divided into two sections: the larger with the Rayburn, Bosch fridge & dishwasher, Panasonic microwave, hi-fi system, toaster, dresser, cupboards and airing cupboard; the smaller with double drainer sink, washing machine, Indesit combi gas hob and electric oven. There is also an immersion heater. The small table (by the east-facing window overlooking the garden) is for breakfast use, etc.. A walk-in Larder and the back door adjoin.
There are 3 other bedrooms:
The ‘Mid Ocean’ Bedroom (13’ 4” x 8’) is a west-facing double bedroom, with views over the garden to Stepper Point, furnished with a 5’ double bed, chest of drawers and built in wardrobe.
The ‘Marbella’ Bedroom (12’ x 11’) is an east-facing twin bedroom with views over the side garden, furnished with two twin beds (which may be put together as a double bed), full size double bunk bed, bedside drawer units, chest of drawers, wardrobe and bookcase.
The ‘Muirfield’ Bedroom (12’ 8” x 12’ 8”) is an east-facing twin bedroom, with views over the side garden, furnished with two twin beds (which may be put together as a double bed), built in cupboard and chest of drawers.
The TV Room/Living Room day bed allows for additional sleeping accommodation, if required by the size of the party staying.
There are 2 bathrooms: The Blue Bathroom contains a power shower, bath, WC and basin with shaver unit; The Yellow Bathroom comprises a bath with shower attachment (low pressure, just for wetsuit washing, etc) and basin; this bathroom is normally used for washing wetsuits. A separate WC adjoins.
The lawned Garden (which includes parking facilities for up to 4 cars) amounts to approx 1/3 acre. Across the lawns, carefully positioned trees and shrubs abound, through which paths lead to smaller outposts with widespread sea views. The layout of the garden creates the wind shelter effect experienced on the Patio. The owner stores furniture in two shipping containers placed within the trees and out of sight from any room in the house.
The Garage is used primarily for our personal storage, but also includes a second fridge-freezer and clothes dryer; the BBQ is stored here when not in use. The old external WC has been decommissioned.
Sleeps: 8 (+3) but please discuss with us if more than 8.
Changeover Day: Sunday for peak periods, flexibility at other times and for short breaks & special occasions.
Arrival & Departure: Arrival from 4:00pm, departure by 10:00am.
Bed Linen: only supplied by special arrangement (as is the norm for Cornish seaside holiday lets).
Towels: only supplied by special arrangement (ditto).
Pet Friendly: By arrangement. Additional charges may be made for all pets, certain dog breeds not permitted.
Security Deposit: normally 25% of the rent minimum £300.
Freeview TV, plus cables for tenants to connect their own Sky digibox, if required.
Hi-speed broadband wi-fi.
Rayburn oven/heater in kitchen (currently out of use, awaiting conversion to electric), night storage and portable convection heaters
Additional Services Available (£)
Daily housekeeping. (not Sundays)
Daily linen & towel change.
Private chef (subject to availability)
Babysitting & dog sitting services
Traditional British seaside holiday house, shabby and run down, but full of character, with spacious garden and stunning Atlantic views, in sought-after location. Self catering for 6-11; 2 baths; wi-fi. Golf, surf, cliff walks, sailing, waterskiing, fishing, gourmet Padstow.
The Camel Estuary on Cornwall's rugged and romantic Atlantic north coast is one of England’s most desirable, yet understated, up-market hideaways - for everyone, not just for the two princes, prime ministers (all regular visitors), etc.. Whether it is cliff-top hikes, fishing, surfing, sailing, visiting historic houses (Lanhydrock, etc), the Tate Gallery at St Ives, the Eden Project or just savouring the seafood and other tastes of Padstow (gourmet capital of the UK, made famous by TV chef Rick Stein) or Nathan Outlaw in Rock, King Arthur’s Castle (Knights of the Round Table legend) and lots more, there’s something here for you too. And there’s classic British links golf: within 10 minutes drive is St Enodoc, recently rated no 35 in the world outside the US. Indeed, the Atlantic coast is home to several other renowned links.
St Petroc sleeps 8-11 in a typical 1920s English seaside holiday house. It has a lot of charm, but is also run down and one often can sense the damp, especially out of summer. The description 'run down' also means that some parts of the house do not look clean, despite the fact that they have been cleaned: they are just showing their age!! If you are looking for a modern villa (and/or not a sense of adventure), this is not the place for you. But nearly everyone who stays there (in some cases, once over the initial reaction to the foregoing!) doesn't want to leave.
This house has been in our family for over 60 years: despite the 'run-down' label we have done some careful updating of the facilities, including a new bathroom and new storage heaters. We have also upgraded some of the furniture, and added broadband wi-fi and two flat screen TVs.
So why do we get more repeat tenants at this property than at any of our other properties? Perhaps you should come and see for yourself...
Not recommended for the elderly, pregnant nor families with young children. Highly recommended for weather-beaten surfers, golfers, sailors and cliff-walkers and, out of the peak summer season, groups seeking a bit more of a roof over their heads compared to tents at the local camp-site for not much more.
The whole house is accessible to guests, excepting a few cupboards for owners' possessions. We decommissioned the old external-access WC many years ago, having converted one bedroom into a second bathroom. We have also closed up the front door, enabling us to use the porch for storage, and the property is entered through the kitchen door; both doors access the main parking area, so this doesn't cause any particular inconvenience. The yellow bathroom is normally used for washing wetsuits and there is no pressure on the shower attachment; the owner still uses the bathtub, but most guests prefer to use the one in the second bathroom.
Our caretaker lives close by and is available to assist guests. In addition, our administrator is available on the phone. As is normal for Cornish holiday lets, we do not supply linen and towels. If guests require these, we can supply them (£12 per single, £15 for the one double bed; plus £15 for caretaker's travel & admin expenses; plus £2 to make up singles or £3 to make up the double, if requested).
The corner of our garden is the highest point between surfashionable Polzeath and desirable Trebetherick, 5 minutes from Rock and St Enodoc, and a short ferry ride from gourmet Padstow.
There is little in the way of public transport, so guests are advised to come by car.
We repeat: the house is in a run-down and shabby state (incl. not all wallpaper in its original place!), so if you are looking for an up-market villa, this is not the right place for you. Having said this, it has an olde-worlde charm that most of our guests love. Those who 'get' it, keep returning year after year. If this description is not your cup of tea, please don't reserve this property - we can recommend alternatives.
The entire property is accessible to guests, although a few cupboards containing the owner's personal possessions are locked.
The two storage containers hidden behind trees in the garden are not accessible by guests.
The old outside WC has been decommissioned, and guests will prefer not to use this room.
Interaction with guests
Our local team are available on-site (on request) and by phone to help you enjoy your stay.
Other things to note
As is normal for Cornish holiday lets, we do not supply linen and towels. If guests require these, we can supply them by special arrangement.
- Fabulous uninterrupted views of the sea
- Sleeps 8-11 in 4 bedrooms
- Good value older style property
- Dog friendly
- Lovely large Garden
- Hi-speed broadband wi-fi
- Car Not Required
- Child Friendly
- Dogs Welcome
- Hen Parties Accepted
- Non Smoking
- Stag Parties Accepted
- Suitable for Elderly / Infirm
- Wedding Receptions
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Board Games
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Internet Access
- Cooking Utensils
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Sports
- Water Sports
- Beach (short drive)
- Beach (walking)
- Bike Hire
- Farm Shop
- Medical Centre
- Balcony / Terrace
- Croquet Set
- Parking for several vehicles
- Parking Off Street
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"As described and just what we were after. Fantastic location with stunning views. The house is a little tired as mentioned but clean, warm and with plenty of character. We were a group of 10 and parking was a little tight but otherwise it served us well. Response from William: Richard Thanks for your kind review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. As for the parking, there is room for plenty of cars on the grass in the garden and prospective guests should not be put off: we have parked 6 cars before without any problem. Please do come again, Richard. All best. William October 2018 "