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Lovely family cottage in Treknow close to Trebarwith Strand beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (bath & walk in shower), sleeps 6 (plus baby)

Pollywinky Cottage has been tastefully decorated and updated, ideal for family beach holiday or cosy short break. With a pretty enclosed front lawn and back yard, it is suitable for families of all ages. Situated on a quiet no-through lane with lovely views across fields. An idyllic 10 min walk down through fields and by a stream leads to Trebarwith Strand beach with golden sands and excellent surfing in summer, rolling waves and rocks in winter. The Coastal Path is only 5 mins walk and Pollywinky's location makes exploring North Cornwall easy. Legendary Tintagel is 1 mile away and the Camel Estuary and its many surrounding beaches 30 mins drive. The popular Port William pub overlooking the sea, and the gourmet Mill House Inn serving great food, are both within easy walking distance. The cottage has gas central heating, a wood burning stove and wireless broadband. High quality linen and towels are provided. There is parking outside for 1 car. We have stayed in many rental properties ourselves and have created a comfortable, family-friendly cottage with an attractive interior. Information on the local area and maps supplied.

Short breaks: Pollywinky is ideal for a short relaxing break during the quieter periods of the year:

- full central heating for a cosy autumn/spring break included in the cost;

- large wood-burning stove in sitting room with a basket of logs provided;

- continuous supply of hot water for after a surf of winter walk;

- 5 minutes' walk from the North Cornwall coastal path and stunning cliff top views;

- walking distance from 2 great inns - the Port William, overlooking the sea at Trebarwith Strand and the Mill House Inn, recently acclaimed by Rick Stein;

- close to coffee bars and cafes of Tintagel;

- 30 minutes to picturesque Padstow and its great food and restaurants;

- ideal base to discover Cornwall with its seaside villages, wild beaches, moorland and coastal walks, historic houses, beautiful gardens and all the well-known attractions such as the Eden Project;

- full information on the local area and wider Cornwall provided;

- free wireless broadband access/ipod speakers/dvds/games/books

- welcome pack

More Details

James or Anna Stevens
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About James or Anna Stevens

We are a family of five living in Bristol and bought Pollywinky when the children were only 6, 4 and 0. James publishes stationery and Anna teaches environmental education to school children. We love North Cornwall and have got to know it well over the years. We all enjoy surfing, being on the beach, walking, riding and cycling when we are down at Pollywinky and visit the Port William pub at least once during our visit to enjoy the view of the waves and surfers, the coffee and food!

James or Anna Stevens purchased this cottage in 2006

Why James or Anna Stevens chose North Cornwall

Pollywinky is a great place to get a way from it all. It is located in a sweet Cornish lane with other houses on either side overlooking several fields where children can play, on the edge of the village. It is an attractive cottage with a pretty garden and back yard. It is a ten minute walk to the local beach where there is a popular pub and cafe, and is only minutes from the South West Costal Path for walking or running. We can access plenty of beaches for swimming, surfing and rock-pooling from here as well as get to places of interest. It ticked all the boxes for us.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace and quiet, beautiful countryside and beaches.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful week in this lovely and comfortable cottage. Thank you very much! (Only one day rain!!).
May 2013
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Lovely family cottage in Treknow close to Trebarwith Strand beach
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 28 reviews

A lovely old cosy cottage in a very quiet village within beautiful surroundings.

  • 4 of 5

A gorgeous cottage down a tiny lane, which we found easier reversing the car up to as there was no room to turn around and drive back out. The cottage was very clean, cosy and welcoming. There were a few areas that needed a little attention, but these details were by no means detrimental to the enjoyment we experienced staying at Pollywinky. We had some biscuits and saffron cake waiting for us when we arrived which was a nice touch. The cottage is FULLY furnished, with just about everything you'd need for a self catering holiday. A short walk to either pub, but not necessarily easy due to the hilly terrain, but still worthwhile though. Food and service is good in the Port William, we didn't eat in the Mill House but steak night was fully booked so food must be good there too. The location of the cottage is such that you can walk to Tintagel and back, either along the coastal path or by the lanes. I recommend the coastal path as the Cornish coast is stunningly beautiful. Either way is pretty easy as Tintagel is only about a mile or so away and the hills are quite forgiving. Trebarwith Strand is a great little beach to explore and climb rocks, just watch out for the tide. All in all it's a great base to explore North Cornwall and all of our party were sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Place

  • 5 of 5

We've been coming here every year for six years now. Lovely little cottage in a quiet and scenic location. The living room is comfy and has games and DVDs. The kitchen is well-stocked and they leave fresh bread and milk in there. The beds are cosy and the main room has a great view over the valley. Only a short walk in one direction to Trebarwith Strand or one of the two excellent pubs nearby.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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It did not disappoint 😀

  • 5 of 5

We were expecting some changes, especially as our last stay was 40 years ago!! But there were enough familiar original features to remind us of some lovely memories.My family and I took a wonderful trip down memory lane to stay in the charming Pollywinky Cottage, the venue for several regular adventures for us in the 1970's. This little cottage has lost none of its magic and is still the perfect base for pirating or pixie hunting adventures. Thankyou James for being so accommodating and helping to remind us how special North Cornwall is. I was informed it was the ' best 50th birthday present ever!!'

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We made wonderful memories at this perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect place, located near Port Issac and Tintagel and not far from St Ives. Clean, roomy and so cozy! We arrived to fresh milk, tea and scones. I would highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The cottage is lovely and very well equipped

  • 4 of 5

Although Treknow has no shops we liked being in a 'real' Cornish vilage. The cottage is lovely and the room sizes are good. We were 6 adults with 8 month old twins and we found everything we needed in the cottage - especially the kitchen which is very well equippped. However having only one bathroom and no separate loo meant we had to be very organised with showers and using the toilet! If only 4 people were staying there one obviously would not have the same problem. The shower was very good and always hot despite the number of people using it.

Like many previous reviewers we did find the parking( we had 3 cars between us) very awkward. Even the space outside the cottage can be difficult to manoeuvre in and out of as people park in the layby opposite. My son used the car park space outside the cottage so he could load the twins in and out and we had to park up the road where we could find a space. This did make it difficult at times as we had to cart things up and down the road especially on the day we moved out.

We loved the location. The walk down to Trebarwith Sands is lovely and also being so close to the coastal path. We walked to Tintangel and found the cottage a good base to visit Boscastle, Polzeath and Nectan's Waterfall.

We had mixed weather but it was warm so we had no need to use the log burner but did put on the heating as the cottage did feel quite damp especially in the kitchen and food items put in the cupboard got damp.

The settees are very 'sticky'! We found that when we sat down in them our clothes stuck and we had to peel ourselves off! We ended up putting the rugs/ throws on them which was much better but they stuck to the leather/plastic? when we took them off. The two double beds were very comfy but one of the single beds in the smaller room was uncomfy - one of the slats is broken and the mattress dips in the centre. This is probably never a problem as children presumably sleep in that room whereas in our instance it was our grown up daughter and son- in- law!

We found the listing description very accurate, the property is well maintained and feels like a family home. It was clean and well maintained and the cleaner on the day of our departure was very punctual but kindly gave us an extra 30 minutes to vacate the property. The owners provided excellent service and details for us. We all ate at The Port William Inn one evening - lovely position with beautiful views. However not a great choice if you are vegetarian.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We will be replacing the leather sofas and mattresses in the back bedroom this winter as we agree that they have seen better days. We only have enough space for one large car. Two small cars can fit in the space but at a bit of a push. I'm glad you had a good time.
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Excellent property, ideal quiet location

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Pollywinky (first in Summer 2012) and it's just as we remember. The house is well situated in a quiet location - only 10 minutes walk from Trebarwith Strand (the beach) and also a very nice pub (Port William). Pollywinky is well equipped with everything you might need for a week or two stay.

I'm sure we'll return again...

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
The Port Willam
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
The Mill House
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Trebarwith Strand
Car: necessary

Pollywinky is located in the quiet hamlet of Treknow 10 mins idyllic walk from Trebarwith Strand. In summer the beach is wide and sandy and available for 6 hours over the low tide period, with some of the best surfing in Cornwall. It is ideal for families and lifeguards are on duty from May till Sept. The Coastal Path with its outstanding walking and spectacular views is 500 yards from the cottage. Other nearby beaches are at Polzeath, a surfer's paradise and Daymer Bay, home of John Betjemen and St Enodoc Church. Mystical Tintagel, with King Arthur's castle ruins and the Round Table is 1 mile away. The sweet harbour village of Port Isaac is within easy reach as is Padstow, via the ferry at Rock or 30 mins by car. Nearby places of interest are the grand houses of Pencarrow and Lanhydrock and the Eden Project - 45 mins drive. There is golf at Trethorne Golf Club, sailing and water sports at Rock, cycling and nature on the Camel Trail, fishing in Padstow and riding nearby. Info supplied.


Rates & Availability

Treknow Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 18 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter holidays
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer half term
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer holidays 1
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer holidays 2
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late summer
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early autumn
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a booking. Rental charges include cleaning, car parking, electricity, central heating, linen and towels and initial fuel for the wood burning stove.
Short breaks are available over quieter periods with a minimum booking of 3 nights required. We normally let Saturday to Saturday for full week breaks, but are nearly always able to accommodate other start days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Treknow Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 24 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Electric towel rail
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Views over fields
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Or two singles. Views over fields
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Travel cot available
  • The cottage will sleep 6 and a baby. Bedroom 1 contains a large double and has a built-in cupboard, bedside table and lamp, chest of drawers, bedroom chair and a wash-hand basin. Bedroom 2 has a wardrobe, bedside table and lamp, chest of drawers and a bedroom chair. It can be either a double or a twin. Bedroom 3 contains 2 single beds and has a chest of drawers, bedside table and lamp. Duvets, pillows, blankets and high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen are included as well as bath and hand towels, bathmats and tea towels. There is a double and 2 single electric blankets. Please bring your own beach towels and cot bed linen. There is a travel cot available with extra cot blankets and a cot duvet.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The hallway leads into the living room which is semi open plan. The floors in the living room and dining room are wooden and in the hallway and kitchen are slate. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and the sofas are leather. There is a hatch between the kitchen and dining room. The garden is completely enclosed. There is a garden table, two garden benches, and two loungers. For children there is a travel cot, high-chair, booster seat, step, baby bouncy chair, baby mat available. We have a trustworthy babysitter (our cleaner) available - please email for further details. The cottage has free wireless broadband access. There is a DVD player with DVDs and there is a speaker system for i pods. There is a video player with a selection of children's videos. There are games and books at the cottage. There is plenty of information on the surrounding local and more widespread areas, as well as maps and local walks booklets.

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