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

Tintagel, Cornwall, UK
  • House500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

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.

As Treknow is a small quiet hamlet just over a mile from Tintagel, with no shops, cars may easily be parked on the road outside the house where there are no restrictions.

From the house, it is an 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 (the 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 anything BUT wetsuits / swimsuits. They are too heavy for the drying line, but putting them on chairs, the fence, etc gives them an excellent place to dry in the bright sun the patio gets. 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 (over the age of 6 or 7 only), 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. They also do live music some nights. At the beach is The Port William Inn, 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 freshly made doughnuts.

The nearest shops are in Tintagel which is just over one mile away, and then Camelford and Wadebridge if you wish to do a larger shop. 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!

For hot water in the bathroom make sure the wall mounted unit next to the display is on, hit 'boost' 1x for about 1 hour hot water or 2x for about 2 hours. Hitting boost 3 times cancels the request. Ensure the power is on & we suggest hitting boost 1x at night so you have more hot water in the morning & it is cheaper to do it then.

**Saturday changeover. Usually, only one dog allowed, enquire if more than one dog.


Kristine Kirby or Simon Gray

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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 Treknow

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!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 twin/ single
      • 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).


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, power shower with waterfall showerhead

        Location Type

          • Beach
          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Fully kitted out with Blu-Ray player, DVDs, games, puzzles, wifi, radio/iPod docking, television with satellite stations.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                        Unlimited high speed broadband wifi
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Linens are included in the rental rate, and are of high quality.
                      • Heating
                        Two night storage heaters are in the property, one in the large main room, & one in the master bedroom. They also have instant convection available. Bed 2 has an electric radiator, & the hall does.
                      • Parking
                        On street just outside house, next to stairs that lead to terrace - no permit required in Treknow.
                      • Telephone
                        For emergency outgoing calls only, but number is provided so you can accept incoming calls.
                      • Towels Provided
                        **NOTE: Towels for beach must be provided by the visitors.**
                      • Washing Machine
                        We have a washing machine, and then a fold away Brabantia drying line on the patio / terrace that clothes can dry on.
                      • Wood Stove
                        Initial cord of wood and kindling provided in rental rate.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            French Press available
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Puffins is fully stocked with cooking pots & pans, baking pans, and other cooking utensils, knives, etc. There is a full set of serving dishes from John Lewis, including serving bowls and platters.
                          • Freezer
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                The dining table can expand to allow for lots of space while eating, but easily sits 4. The table expansion is great if you are playing games!
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 5 people


                                  • Books
                                    Lots of books and maps on the local area, as well as fiction and non-fiction books should you need a good holiday read.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Blu-Ray player
                                  • Games
                                    Many board games, packs of cards, and puzzles are available.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Satellite channels available
                                  • Stereo
                                    Radio/iPod docking station in main room and master bedoom
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library
                                    We keep a full array of films and TV box sets on hand, with everything from some children's films to many films and sets for adults.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        With seating for 6 and a chimenea to sit outside with a small fire on lovely cool Cornwall nights.
                                      • Golf
                                        There are many golf courses around us, so you are really spoilt for choice!
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        We recommend Cornish Coastal Holidays, they do several different types and lengths of trips.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        A lovely Weber grill awaits your catch of the day!


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            As there are steps from the road up to Puffins, the house isn't accessible for wheelchairs. The house is on one floor, with the exception of a step up from the large main room to the hallway that the bedrooms and bathroom are off of.


                                              • marina
                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • caves
                                              • churches
                                              • forests
                                              • library
                                              • bay/sound
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • waterfalls

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • sound/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.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:30 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                39 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Lovely quirky home from home

                                                                nikki S.

                                                                We are regular holiday home users - probably 4-5 times a year so are well seasoned. Great location in small village - we are villagers ourselves so fit right in - within very easy reach of the coastal path (approx 15 min walk). We were a party of 3 adults, 1 teenager and a Westie. We loved the house, very clean, very comfortable and cosy with the log burner on! Interesting, quirky architecture which was right up our street! Functional, well stocked kitchen, gorgeous bathroom and lovely decor. We read other reviews and noted the negative comments but must say we didn’t have any issues at all. Would definitely recommend and would love to return one day. Many thanks!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We have to admit to blushing! Thank you for writing a review that catches the house wonderfully. And we have new cleaners, so they’ll be chuffed too. Thanks, and we hope to host you again soon!

                                                                Nice house in gorgeous location

                                                                Claudia L.

                                                                Lovely property in good location . The house was well catered for a short stay and bedding / furnishings of a very good standard . Host was great and very responsive . Would recommend this property !

                                                                Last minute break

                                                                Lovely, well equipped cottage. Great walks. Parking is a bit of a problem but that’s anywhere in the village. Not just Puffins. Will be back.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you for reviewing, it helps others when deciding where to stay. While not large, we try to keep it well equipped. The parking is totally hit or miss, some days on end you have space right across from or next to the house, others are as you said, but it is a small price to pay (maybe a 2-minute walk to the house, depending where you go to?) to be so close to a beach that is one of the few that does allow dogs year round - we would love to have you back, email when you are ready!

                                                                We loved, loved, loved this place. Furnished with flair and great attention to detail. A true home.

                                                                Beverley W.Dunsfold

                                                                So refreshing to stay in a rental property where all the 'good stuff' isn't locked away just for the owners' enjoyment. We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay here, with the only regret that it couldn't be longer. Perfect location with just a five minute walk to the coast path. Great walk to Boscastle where we had the best fish and chips ever at Sheila's Plaice. Sheila booked us a taxi home with the marvellous David, who was more than happy to take the dog as well. Simon and Kristine sorted out a small hiccup for us quickly and efficiently- big thanks. Definitely plan to come back next year!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We are blushing & have no words as lovely as yours! Over the years - especially with me for work having to live weeks, or months, away from home, I always found renting ‘cold’; like you said, everything nice gets locked away. I (Simon doesn’t do decorating but does assembly) decorated as if it was our home; in the guest rules I say this is our home too. We are here now, so receiving such a nice review while in the house makes it even better.

                                                                I’m pleased you got to see a fair amount of the stunning beauty of North Cornwall; the walk to Boscastle isn’t short but well worth it. We’ll have to thank Shelia next time, although everyone in Cornwall is like that. We love it as much as for our house, our beach and the location as we do the people. Glad we were able to sort the small hiccup quickly & we’d love to have you back anytime! Kristine & Simon

                                                                Lovely home in a beautiful part of north Cornwall

                                                                Richard B.

                                                                Puffins is a lovely unique home to base yourself whilst visiting north Cornwall. The house is very unique and is decorated in lovely interior. The bedding was lovely and all the beds (we only used the 2 main rooms) were very comfortable. There were 2 adults, 1 child (11 yrs) and a very well behaved cocker spaniel and it was ample big enough.

                                                                The house had everything we needed.

                                                                It was a very busy time of the year as you would expect and it was very difficult to park outside the house (we rarely found space directly outside) but we always found space just a little up the road which was absolutely fine (we have a long estate car so it was probably easier ). It wasn't a problem at all and if we needed to load up we just brought the car down when it was needed). All the beaches we visited near the area were beautiful and dog friendly. The local cove was amazing especially at sun set and the Port Williams pub at Trebarwith strand was great for children and dogs and we ate there a lot as food was fresh and yummy. The views there were stunning over the bay.

                                                                Definitely recommend to others thinking of visiting the area.

                                                                A perfect family stay!

                                                                Johanna Menneer

                                                                We (2 adults and 2 kids aged 10 and 13) had a great stay at Puffins! It is a lovely quirky building with some interesting design elements along with everything we needed practically for our week. The children loved the bedrooms, being interconnected meant they could spend time together but have their own space too! We enjoyed being able to walk down through the wood to Trebarwith Strand for bodyboarding. Also the walk to Tintagel along the coastal path. Can thoroughly recommend the Port William pub for amazing sunsets - food great too. We never struggled to park outside the house (on the corner just in front of the white garage) - we checked with the neighbour so that we weren't in the way. Managed a few sunny breakfasts on the patio and felt nice and cosy inside when the weather was less than favourable. Loved the Loaf bedding and decor overall. A well deserved 5 star rating.


                                                                Tintagel, Cornwall, UK

                                                                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.


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