Pat Parry

Speaks french, german, english, Welsh, Cornish
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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights

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Three-bedroom traditional Cornish cottage, sleeping five plus baby

June late availability offer. Book now and get a 10% reduction.

New! 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. Its 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 Portowan 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. 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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  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
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 but not come again because of the steep stairs.
May 2014
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Pat Parry

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Speaks french, german, english, Welsh, Cornish
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Pat Parry purchased this cottage in 2008

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!

Our lovely (if somewhat wild) long garden. A few hundred (level) yards to the beach. Good local pubs and restaurants. Lovely neighbours.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights

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Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
+44 (0)1209215917
Portreath Camborne, Redruth & Hayle


  • 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.
  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Stayed: 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.
Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
+44 (0)1209215917
Portreath Camborne, Redruth & Hayle


  • 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.
  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: 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.
Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
+44 (0)1209215917
Portreath Camborne, Redruth & Hayle


  • 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.
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Caroline. We love to welcome people back to Kittiwake.
Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
+44 (0)1209215917
Portreath Camborne, Redruth & Hayle


  • 5 of 5
Another fantastic 2 week holiday in Kittiwake. We stayed here last year with mixed weather and this year weather was perfect. Spent far more time on the beach away from the cottage, but the shower is fantastic on return from a day boarding and we managed to get 4 showered with a constant supply of hot water. Addition of broadband really useful for keeping a check on weather and surf predictions!!! Also the table tennis was a huge hit with us all on the one rainy day we had. The single bedroom is a lot larger than the photos make out and my elderly Father found it comfortable. Pat and Gareth are really helpful and take on board any suggestions for improvement. We made more use of the Garden this year and 3 different seating areas enables you to sit in or shelter from the sun as needed. Very close to the shops (bakery is fantastic and baking sour dough bread) and there are excellent pubs with good beer and food in the village. Just love Portreath as a location and will definitely return if the cottage is free next time we return.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
+44 (0)1209215917
Portreath Camborne, Redruth & Hayle


  • 5 of 5
This was our second time at Kittiwake and we had a great week , cottage is very comfortable with every thing you need and now has broadband which got a big thumbs up from our teenage daughter !!
The welcome pack is superb the best we have ever had anywhere , we were very lucky to have a week of blue skies and sunshine and no rain !!! It was a cold wind but put the heating on and the cottage is warm and cosy in no time , we did not need the wood burner but it was all laid ready on our arrival. The garden is a great space with plenty of seating etc .Pat and Gareth are very friendly and helpful if you need them. Portreath is a lovely area with plenty to do and see ,Happy to recommend Kittiwake cottage Thank you Pat and Gareth for another lovely holiday.
  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Kittiwake Cottage - minutes from the sea
+44 (0)1209215917
Portreath Camborne, Redruth & Hayle


  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic fortnight in Kittiwake. The house is very cosy and clean. Everything you need is there including Pint glasses!!! The scones and cream left by the owners were delicious! The children loved the games room down the garden and the house had loads of games and books for when the weather wasn't quite right for the beach! The garden was lovely with plenty chairs for relaxing out there. Being able to pick fresh veg from the garden was a real bonus! We were a little concerned about the size of the single room as my 80yr old Father was going to be sleeping in there, but it was a lot larger than the photos implied and plenty of space for him to get around. We have stayed in and around Portreath many times and the location of this cottage was just perfect. Easy to walk down to the beach with all the gear and within easy distance of the Portreath Arms pub in an evening!!! Having access to the back of the house was a bonus when returning from the beach covered in sand, with a short hosepipe available for rinsing everything down. We will definitely consider staying in this cottage again and would recommend to friends and relatives.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 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


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Availability & Rates


Portreath Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 5
May 31 2014 - Jul 25 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 6
Jul 26 2014 - Aug 8 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
Rate 7
Aug 9 2014 - Aug 15 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 8
Aug 16 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
Rate 9
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 5 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 3 2014
3 night minimum stay
Rate 11
Oct 4 2014 - Apr 3 2015
3 night minimum stay
Rate 12
Apr 4 2015 - May 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
Rate 13
May 23 2015 - Jul 24 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 14
Jul 25 2015 - Sep 4 2015
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Portreath Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking On Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/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 , 1 baby crib , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Personal towels, tea towels and bed linen included in the cost. Comfortable duvets and pillows.
  • Television ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • Books ...
  • Game Room
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Video Library
  • Radio
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • caves
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • bay/sound
  • museums
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • cinemas
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sound/bay fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • hiking
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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