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Hillside Cottage

Location: Portscatho

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
Hillside is a traditional cottage right in the heart of the harbour village of Portscatho on Cornwall's beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Full of character this cottage benefits from a gorgeous little sunny back garden and is only a few steps from the village beach or the dramatic coastal footpath. The cottage has a dedicated parking space which is essential in this small village. Positioned only a few steps from the beach, pub and local shop, the cottage is perfect for those looking for a relaxed holiday without the car! The cottage has had a new kitchen extension added for the summer of 2011 which has made the ground floor considerably larger and bring the facilities up to date. The living area is heavily beamed and there is a range of comfortable chairs around the large Cornish stone fireplace with woodburning stove. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one a small twin with 2'6 beds and the other with one double bed and an additional single bed. There are glimpses of the sea from the first floor window.

Fully redecorated for 2017 season, both inside and out.

Ground Floor: Open Plan lounge & dining area with woodburning stove, newly fitted kitchen & stairs to the first floor.
First Floor: One bedroom with a 4'6" double bed & a separate 3' single bed with an en-suite shower room & WC. Twin bedroom with 2'6" zip and link beds which can be made up as a 5' double bed on request, family bathroom with handheld shower & WC.
Exterior: A small grassed garden which is a real little sun trap and benefits from sunshine for much of the day.

Facilities & Services
Heating is via night storage heating and the woodburning stove. The kitchen has a range of modern equipment. There is an electric oven and hob, a microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, large fridge and freezer. There is also a washing machine. The sitting room area has a TV & DVD player. There is Superfast WiFi available at the property (approx 20-30mbps). There is an iron & ironing board. There is a stair gate at the top of the stairs.

Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels are provided but you will need to bring your own beach towels. An initial supply of wood is supplied for the woodburner. Regrettably no smoking or dogs are allowed. There is a dedicated off the road car parking space at the rear of the property for a medium sized car. Please be aware that access might be difficult for some makes of car. There is a high chair available (but no cot).

General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is normally a Friday.
Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£200 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.
Open fire / woodburner
Open fire / woodburner
Parking available
Parking available
Beach within walking distance
Beach within walking distance
Shops within walking distance
Shops within walking distance
Pub within walking distance
Pub within walking distance

Marie Martin

Beautiful cottage. Ideally situated. Parking at rear of cottage essential as village gets busy although space is a little tight and lane very narrow. I have a nissan qashqai probably wouldn't get anything larger in it. Beds very comfortable as was lounge. 30 secs walk to shop, pub and cafes. 2 mins walk to beach.


This house was a good base to experience the Roseland peninsular however it was very cold and was rather dirty....bathroom was a bit grubby and there were cobwebs in the front bedroom. The bed in the second bedroom was not made up as required and the mattresses were uncomfortable. Well equipped kitchen.


A great spot for a short break with the family - within walking distance of great beaches, cafes and coastline

Vivienne Dawson

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Hillside, but it would have been even better if bath towels were provided! We were also asked to strip the bed on the morning we were leaving, which I wasn’t really happy about. We visit the Roseland twice a year and no other cottage rental has requested this.

Michael Cornish

Nice location and the property is a bit dated but OK very small TV. Cleanliness could be better I had to clear the hairs in the sink plughole yuk.


Hillside is a very comfortable holiday cottage situated in a beautiful fishing quay what is of to like . Bonus - hidden hut and TAtums pizza's. Certainlybook again .

Martin Smith

Very nice holiday - wonderful village which has everything. The cottage it self was nice with all that is needed. There were a few minor bugbears: The BBQ was rusted solid. Some of the appliances did not have the handbook. The TV remote did not work and the handbook seemed to be for a different model. Other than that we loved it!

Roger Grafton

I have stayed in Hillside Cottage before and will hopefully do so again. It is not a warm cottage but the lounge becomes pleasant enough with the log burner doing its thing. Only one problem with water leaking into the dining room through the ceiling light socket... Otherwise a great location opposite The Plume of Feathers, next door to the butchers and 2 doors away from the best equipped village stores in England.

Ruth Carpenter

We enjoyed three nights in this comfortable cottage in the heart of Portscatho over a lovely early November weekend. The kitchen is very well equipped and a decent size with a table and chairs included. The living room has a table for dining as well and is a comfortable space. There is a good selection of books and games to enjoy on a longer stay. The bedroom spaces would be ideal for families with the on suite shower a useful addition to the family bathroom. We experienced a bit of noise from the pub over the road but that is balanced out by the proximity to the beach, harbour and coast path. The house was clean and well prepared for our visit however it would have been nice to have had the night storage heater put on for the night before our stay to warm the house. There were however some electric heaters to take the chill off.

Robin Nixon

We have stayed in a number of properties in Portscatho over the years. This one is very well located, has great parking, and a nice downstairs layout with wood burner and excellent wifi. That said, it was cold without central heating during the day, somewhat basic compared to other properties in the village and the upstairs bedroom ensuite did not smell good which we think is something to do with the foul water system.

Malcolm Stockley

Had a wonderful 2 week stay here at Hillside cottage. We usually stay in St Mawes but decided to try Portscatho for a change. We loved it. It was comfortable and clean and conveniently placed for the butcher and Ralfs store for our shopping. The pub was just acoss the road too, but the bonus was, unlike St Mawes it was blissfully quiet. The walks around the area were great , easy to get to Porthcurnick and the Hidden Hut or Towan beaches. The only criticism that we would recommend is that the mattresses on the beds could do with replacing as they are a tad lumpy and one of the duvets was very thin as the nights are getting cooler, pillows too. However this didn't spoil our delight in this lovely cottage. Would we book again, like a shot, we had a very restful holiday.

Maggie Hudson

Had a great time in this semi-detached cottage in Portscatho. Ideal location for us opposite the very nice and friendly pub Plume of Feathers and a few minutes walk away from the coastal path. Super beach at Porthcurnick a short walk away. Very clean, comfy & well equipped cottage would return for another holiday here and would recommend to friends. My only criticism would be that we had to take our recycling away ourselves,I really think that this should be organised by the people managing the property as there is a fortnightly recycling collection in the village.


Really well equipped kitchen, powerful shower, cosy cottage with pretty garden, looked like place had just been painted and new kitchen, great holiday.

Colin Williams

It would have been helpful to have been told to unload at the front of the cottage to avoid carrying luggage etc up and down the stepped garden.The Key Safe was not working, after a while we tried the back door which was unlocked and found the keys hanging in lounge. The front door seemed to be unused, the lock was jammed, we were concerned about having only one exit. Eventually we found a can of lubricating oil which, when applied, freed up the lock. One evening we had a storm and thought we were about to lose power, there were no candles/night lights and the only torch was not working. The TV remote did not function and was leaking acid. No towel rails in either bathroom for drying. Masses of Tourist Information, some going back ten years, definitely needs a clear out. Scratching heard in the loft at night.


FIrstly on a positive, position was good, very central. The kitchen was modern and bright, it was well equipped and appliances were clean and modern, sofas were comfortable. The bathrooms were modern.However, the cottage was quite shabby and poorly furnished. We had to call the caretaker out straight away to replace 3 light bulbs, remove a table lamp that had a burning smell, and replace batteries in the remote that had leaked acid, and remove the rubbish from the front of the cottage. The smell from the bin was so offensive, we had to move it away from the back door.The table lamp was replaced with a supermarket "Basics" model. The plastic cloths covering the tables left the cloth used to clean them filthy. The kitchen bowl was dirty and old, as was the plastic sink dish drainer, which was pitted and worn. OVer head lamps on landing and dining area covered in greasy dust. Shower door seal was mildewed. Drawer front in bedroom came off in hand. Bedroom paint marked, e.g swatted insect stains and had been touched up in places. Mattresses were all coil sprung and very uncomfortable, three without head boards. Despite us being warned in pre arrival information to remove all food stuffs upon departure, the cupboards contained out of date basic supplies. Most surfaces were covered in dusty collections of shells, and a family photograph on the fire place, had the word "dust" written on the reverse. The shower enclosure contained a rusty metal container. The bathroom towel storage rack was rusted and grubby. One of the wardrobes contained old off cuts of dirty carpets. Such a shame that the owners do not take basic action to remedy these minor points, that collectively made the cottage feel dirty and uncared for. I realise many of these cottages are cherished family holiday homes, and therefore expect to take account of out dated furnishings, but Hillside left a lot to be desired.

Eve Corrin

We were really delighted with Hillside and loved our stay there! - apart from the fact that I was laid very low by a horrible chest infection for the last 3 and a half days which rather put a dent in my happy state.(Portscatho surgery happily were very helpful and put me on a course of antibiotics which I'm sure made the train journey back to London more bearable) The surgery and its proximity and accessiblity is yet another of the many plusses of Portscatho which we -- my son and I- found ravishing. The cottage and its charming little garden where we breakfasted sometimes was lovely and very comfortable and homely and its location was more than ideal. In spite of being in the heart of the tiny village and 3 mins from the coastal path and beach, it seemed amazingly calm and unbustly and we felt very uncrowded and private there - just strolling out of the house to the benches beyond the old fashioned phone box and we felt bathed in peace and beauty- I had had some misgivings about feeling crowded in there as the price to pay for the convenience and proximity of all the above amenities but no such things The kitchen was fine and well equipped. (Just two wee things would have made it even better for me : a hand held (or other) electric blender for making soups and a "last lick") Last but by no means least we really appreciated the wide range of very interesting books to read and browse and all the local travel and walking booklets and pamphlets. Many thanks to the owners!


Great position in a beautiful part of the world . Well situated for local shops ,pub ,cafes etc as well ,of course coastal walks . Comfortable accommodation.

David Tuck

This cottage has so much potential. It's location and size is amazing and it's fully equipped with everything you need. The views of the sea from the bedroom are lovely. However, it's really quite grubby and could do with a lick of paint, a really good clean and update as it's very tired looking. The ensuite has rusty furniture and the shower needs unblocking as the water doesn't drain away ( you have to turn it of half way through showering then turn it on again). Lampshades have holes and cracks them and the front of the drawers in the bedroom kept coming of in my hand. The walls are grubby and the pictures and books are dusty. There are also huge weeds coming out the window ledges. We stayed in Spring time and did put the extra heaters on at night to take the edge of but I can imagine in the winter it would've freezing, even with a fire on. The curtains move even with the windows shut. Overall, we enjoyed our stay as we totally love Cornwall, in fact getting married there next year. This cottage could be so lovely with just a little bit of TLC :-)

Ron Oldale

An inadequately heated property particularly for this time of year which meant that we were cold Night storage heaters give out very little heat during the day when one is out. Consequently there is nothing left for the evening so hopeless for a holiday cottage. Extra blow heaters and a halogen heater were not the answer. We were informed that logs could be purchased for the open fire but we had no wish to take the responsibility for lighting these. the fire looked unsafe. We arrived to half the living/dining room lights not working and, additionally grubby windows and kitchen walls. The caretaker replaced light bulbs but two still did not work. Moreover, the dining room lights flickered when used. The general appearance of the property is tired and not what we expect.

Emma Large

We had a very enjoyable stay in Hillside Cottage. It's location in the heart of Portscatho is very convenient and a designated car parking space is a real advantage as parking can be tricky in this little village. The property was very well equipped especially the kitchen. We like to cook and there were plenty of pots, pans, etc. The kitchen and bathrooms are quite modern, the shower worked well. The rest of the house is starting to look a little tired, but was perfectly clean and comfortable. The fire was lovely in the evenings. We really enjoyed our visits to Tatams, (one minute walk) for wonderful coffees in the morning and amazing takeaway pizzas and kebabs in the evening. I am sure that the garden at the cottage would be lovely during the summer months. I would definitely visit again.

Jörg Markewitz

Great place, only thing to mention, on behalf of my female travelmate, are the spiderweb in front of almost every window, also on the inside... Cleanliness in the important places like kitchen and bathrooms was perfect. We would come again ;-) Oh, by the way, there were 3 !!! already important looking letters from the cornwall council or such.


A well equipped,cosy cottage with a pleasant garden and parking. Perfect location in Portscatho, next to butcher's, opposite pub, a few doors from shop and an easy walk to sandy beaches. Clean bedding and towels and comfortable double bed.


On the whole we were pleased with Hillside Cottage. There were one or two minor irritants. The first being that it took about ten minutes to get the key out of the key safe, mainly because of our age and eyesight and the angle and height of the safe. Some of the furniture (bedside cabinets) need a bit of attention, e.g. drawer fronts come apart. We did have a problem with the shower leaking but this was very promptly dealt with by the agent. We also found the agent helpful and efficient when we contacted her. She dealt with the problem of the broken toilet seat from the previous visitors quickly and was helpful in repairing a dining room chair with loose screws and checked the other chairs to make sure they were safe. Very good service from her. Otherwise we were comfortable and found everything satisfactory. The kitchen is very well equipped.


We had a lovely stay at Hillside cottage. We loved the location in the centre of Portcatho with a deli and butcher on either side and pub/ restaurant across the road. The beach was less than a minute walk and our boys age 8 and 10 were running up and down to the beach constantly. There are beautiful beaches all around the area. The house was 2 bedroom and had a lovely bright kitchen with all facilities you would need for a family holiday. We also used the barbecue there which made the most delicious burgers. We would definitely come back to Hillside cottage again.


We stayed for a few days in Hillside Cottage. Its in a fantastic location next to butchers and grocers and opposite the pub whilst being a stone's throw from the beach! . Great for hikes also, as minutes from the coastal path. It is a cosy, warm and welcoming cottage which is extremely well equipped, apart from a lack of broom! A sweet little garden at the back too. It was lovely to come back to after a day at the beach and light the fire, it was very toasty in there. Its not supersmart, but spotless and relaxed, which is what we like on holiday. We would definitely recommend a stay there. The shop is an aladdins den, pasties and everything else you could want, we didn't have to get into our car once, great! The pub looked lovely, but didn't manage to get there. Fantastic stone baked pizzas by the harbour a few nights a week and a very cool, retro fish and chip van "Atlantic Fryer" made up for not going to the pub.


Excellent location for South West Coast Path walkers. Village is pleasant with shops and pub close by. Open air pizzas on the quay are new and very very good.


Everything like polished clockwork. Clean, comfortable, convenient. Will definitely use again.


The cottage was, for us, almost perfect. It is in the very centre of a very friendly village, opposite the pub, next door to an excellent butcher and next door but one to the village shop (which for once is not a Spar!), and literally 90 seconds walk from the little beach (There is a better bathing beach half-a-mile along the Coast Path.). It is a lovely, light and surprisingly spacious house and although there were only the two of us we don't think it would feel overcrowed even with five people staying. It was very clean and tidy, with all domestic essentials supplied but a half-pint of fresh milk in the fridge would have been nice after more than five hours travelling down, rather than the UHT catering pots supplied. Downstairs the kitchen is roomy, light and well equipped and the living space uncramped with a comfortable suite. The bedrooms and bathroom are a decent size and the bed comfortable. The ensuite is on the small side but perfectly adequate. Our only real gripe was the soft, unsupportive pillows but that is a personal preference. There is a small, sunny back garden overlooking the cottage. The parking space could best be described as a challenge but worth it for being able to park in the middle of a Cornish fishing village - not for anything much bigger than a Ford Focus though. One omission we found surprising was a visitor's book. It is really useful to have previous guests' impressions and tips of what is on offer locally, especially for eating and drinking, and the information provided, which is quite comprehensive, is rather out of date. Something for next year perhaps? We'd never been to the Roseland before and its a beautiful area, less spoilt than much of Cornwall, with some lovely coast and the Fal River estuary. It has the added bonus of having several petrol stations selling fuel cheaper than almost anwhere else in the country - a pleasant surprise! We will definitely be back here again. All in all, Hillside Cottage is highly recommended.


Delightful cosy cottage situated close to the beach and harbour, and right next door to the minimarket with fresh bread at 7am each morning! Extremely well equipped kitchen. Appreciated the Wi-Fi and off-street parking. Would have used the garden too if the sun had shone! Right on the coast path for stunning views from the cliffs either side of the village.


I found the cottage excellent in all aspects. Location, comfort, so well equiped and value for money, The small garden was useful as a relaxation point after a good walk along the cliffs, as did the comfy beds! I have stayed in several cottages and can honestly say it was the best for the above without having to spend a fortune. I will certainly be looking for it's equivelant again.

Matt Harman

Portscatho is a fantastic place for walkers and young families alike. Plenty to do and see. The cottage is a stones throw from the sea and dangerously close to the local pub and shops. Great week had by all.


Cottage was well equipped and the bathrooms and kitchen were fine. The bed, quilt and pillows were uncomfortable and could have been better quality. The living room and bedrooms were a little tired from the furnishing point of view and looked dated. But a good position and the parking was appreciated.


We really enjoyed our stay - great village location with pub shop butchers all on the doorstep and lovely to be able to walk to the beach (fishing beach tho) and drive to numerous others all within a couple of miles/minutes. Garden lovely but I recommend it more for slightly older kids so they can come and go as our youngest (aged 10 months) had to be supervised due to steps and no gate at top.


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