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Old School House

Location: Gerrans near Portscatho

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
Old School House is on the edge of the quiet village of Gerrans adjacent to the village green and has great views over the bay to Nare Head & Gull Rock. The cottage, though recently built, has been traditionally designed with beams, box frame windows and has loads of character including a really cosy open fireplace in the sitting room. It is a very comfortable place to stay with the benefit of a great, west facing secure courtyard garden to the rear.

It is just a short walk to the villages of Gerrans and neighbouring Portscatho. The Royal Standard pub is just a few steps away and is an excellent little village pub. A short walk down the hill in Portscatho, you can find great sandy beaches, clear waters and loads of rock pools for the kids to explore. Portscatho is well known for its art and there are galleries to browse. The Plume of Feathers is another excellent pub, plus there is a good local store, post office and the Boathouse restaurant.

Ground Floor: Sitting room with sea views, french windows opening onto the lovely garden & open fireplace, dining room with sea views & extending table seating up to 8 people. Fully fitted modern kitchen with utility room to the rear with freezer & tumble drier. WC with shower room.
First Floor: Main double bedroom with large wardrobes & sea views, second double bedroom with wardrobes & sea views, small bunk room with standard bunk beds. Family bathroom with over bath shower & WC.
Exterior: Lovely west facing enclosed courtyard garden to the rear with a small patio, exterior furniture. A BBQ is provided.

Facilities & Services
Heating is via night storage heaters, additional electric heaters plus the open fireplace in the sitting room. The windows are double-glazed. The kitchen is very well equipped with a range of cupboards, kettle, toaster, electric double oven & hob, microwave, dishwasher & fridge. There is a washing machine in the utility room and a tumble dryer & small freezer in the separate garage. In the sitting room there is a TV & DVD Player, music system, CDs, tapes & records. There is an iron and ironing board available. A cot, high chair & stair gate are available. WiFi is available at the property.

Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels are included. However, please note that you must bring your own beach towels.
Coal and logs are available locally. Up to 2 well behaved dogs are permitted at a small extra cost of £30 per week. We regret no smoking is permitted. There is a single parking space to the rear of the property. There is also free car parking in the village car park opposite the property.

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

Harriet Banks

We have a wonderful stay at the cottage. We had 2 small children and it was great for them. There were lots of books and toys for them to play with as well as children cutlery. The kitchen was the best stocked holiday home we had ever stayed in. It had everything you could need and more! The beds were all really comfortable and the house was spotless, we would highly recommend this cottage and will most definitely be back.

Jacqui Lovell

The Old School House is in a very good location with easy access to local amenities and a great beach for dogs. Good size rooms and accommodation to suit our needs and those of our three dogs. A garden is a necessity for us with our dogs and the courtyard garden was ideal. The cottage really had everything we needed. The storage heaters took a bit of getting to grips with and there were no instructions. Equally there was not an instruction manual at all which is unusual for holiday cottages therefore no local information (although we know the area), no info regarding rubbish, what was required upon departure etc. That would be the only negative regarding this cottage but even that was not really a huge issue for us.

Alan Pankhurst

We know Gerrans/Portscatho very well, having stayed at the campsite just down the lane many times. We walked past the Old School House most days and always liked the look of it. So when the sun finally came out for my wife’s birthday weekend, we made a last minute booking for a short break. Nicola at Cornwalls Cottages couldn’t have been more friendly, helpful and efficient. The cottage was everything we expected, and gave us everything we wanted, especially the nice enclosed garden for our dog. The only negative is that we would have hoped for a discount for just two people, for a last minute booking in January. We hope to return.

Anne-Marie Holland

Great cottage, very impressed with it being quite a new house but built with such character. I would definitely recommend this house. I thought it was a bit expensive even for August, but I guess most holiday homes are. It was a great house to relax in. Gerrans/Porthscatto was a great place to stay and so good to have some sea views. As is common for holiday homes there wasn't really anywhere to store your own food, the fridge was a bit small, and only a small size dishwasher. We were 2 adults and 2 teens and the cottage was fine for us. I would say it wouldn't suit all older people - the sofas were a little low and deep, the dining table had just 2 benches, very nice but not comfortable and difficult to move. All the beds were on the soft side which my back didn't like (I have sciatica at the moment, I expect they would be OK for people without sciatica), It was nice there was still a selection of games, and some leaflets about places to visit. I would have liked a guide on where you could walk from the house. It was nice there was 2 pints of semi, a bottle of wine and some cornish biscuits there for us when we arrived. Our teens would have preferred to stay somewhere a bit more lively, but it suited the adults very well.

Graeme Verney

Great house in a good location with all facillities needed for a comfortable holiday. Only small critiscm is that some of the cooking utensils were not as clean as they should have been and had to be washed before use.

Linda Allen

We had a lovely holiday the house was very comfortable and in an excellent position for walking .I would recommend the house and the Area it made it perfect as we had glorious weather we had a great holiday thanks

Kevin Comley

When we first walked in to the Old School House we felt immediate happy and at home! The house is bright, so clean and tastefully furnished. A short 5 min downhill to the Plume pub for drinks and a friendly welcome, and a 10 min walk back uphill to burn off calories! Food excellent as we ordered a takeaway to collect. Loved the views from upstairs out to sea and views downstairs over the green with church steeple in background - and so quiet, no noise even at night so ideal for light sleepers. Gorgeous walks along SW Coast path to stunning beaches dog friendly too at Porthcurnick and visit to Lost Gardens of Heligan (a must do!). We had a very enjoyable holiday in this cottage and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. The free car park opposite an added bonus for the last check out day to do a final walk to the beach. Lasting happy memories from the Old School House!


This is a lovely cottage in a great location. However, a visit to anywhere in Cornwall is expensive and we felt things should have been perfect for the amount we paid for the cottage; especially as we weren't able to get into the cottage until 5 on the first day and had to be out by 10 on the last one (after getting up early to make sure we left everything clean and tidy). Although there are three bedrooms there is not a huge amount of space in any of the rooms, not really enough to accommodate the six that the cottage has bed space for. The kitchen and the dining room are relatively small, which made us feel rather squashed in and all the cupboards etc. were full so we struggled to find space to put away all the food and supplies we had been advised to bring with us. The dishwasher was tiny as was the fridge which added to the challenge of cooking etc. for the 5 of us. So a lovely cottage for up to 4 people but not really big enough for any more in our opinion.


Just perfect for us. Quiet, clean and secluded enough. Easy access for dog walks on the cliff paths.


A comfortable and well maintained holiday property . Everything from the excellent kitchen equipment to the pristine bed linen made my short stay, at the Old School House , really enjoyable. I would definitely book the house again . Thank you

Diana Edwin

Our cottage did us proud in the sunshine and the wind/rain, the kitchen was superbly equipped and the selection of cookbooks showed the owners have a keen interest in food. The village location is perfect, our dog could be exercised on the green opposite the cottage and it was just a short walk down to restaurants, the quay for crabbing and village shop. There wouldn't have been any need to use the car if we had managed to get all our beach clobber down to the Porthcurnick beach car park by ourselves! Highly recommend the Boathouse restaurant, Taverna wood-fired pizzas and the village shop in Portscatho for all your essentials.

Roland Wagstaff

Super place to stay. Quiet, very clean, everything there you could need. Ample free car parking. Very convenient for walk down to Portscatho. Will be going there again!

Mary Pye

The Old School house was everything that we required for our break. We were very impressed with the facilities. It appeared to have recently been refurbished. I would recommend it to any of my friends looking for a property in that area.

Sarah Malik

We have stayed in the Old School House on four occasions now and it never disappointed us. From the moment we enter the front door, our spirits lift and we relax. Such a peaceful location and great access onto the numerous coastal paths and walks.The accommodation is warm, cozy and very well equipped. Easy travelling distance to Falmouth, Truro and other popular locations for sightseeing and shopping. We will be back again to breathe in the fresh Cornwall sea-air and enjoy our family down-time at the relaxing Old School House.

Anthony Bennett

Very pleasant cottage with outstanding views and convenient location. Website photos did not really do it justice. Would come again

Wendy Avent

Lack of items in the kitchen ie washup sponges kitchen roll washup liquid etc. Also I think a couple of extra toilet rolls? A poorly fitted child gate that had to be stepped over at the top of the stairs was dangerous. Also my grandson stubbed his toe on the base. Small items but annoying. We did have an enjoyable stay as this is my favourite part of Cornwall. As a post script: a few better quality cooking utensils as opposed to cupboards full of unnessary items.

Tim Henning

We really enjoyed our Stay in Gerrans. The House is perfect and very comfortable. We had a great holiday.

Juliet Moger

We spent a lovely few days at The Old School House, it was just the right size for us and our daughter, if not a little long for the bunk bed! The house was lovely and only a short walk from Portscatho Harbour. Our family have been coming to the area for generations as we have family connections here and this was one of the best views of the sea from the house that we've had. It was a nice quiet area and perfect for our cockapoo too. It was windy and cold whilst we were there and we weren't left any logs, kindling or coal for the fire like it had said we would have just for one so we ended up having to turn the heaters up slightly as we were cold. The kitchen tap also leaked the whole time we were there so fixing that would be good as my husband was trying to study whilst listening to it, just small things though that can easily be rectified. Other than that it was perfect. Thank you.

Louise Wood

House suited our group of adults well. Enough space for the five of us and good selection of kitchen equipment although think a few new saucepans wouldn't go amiss. Very clean and comfortable. Lots of hot water. Lovely location with sea view across to Dodman point. Garden gets evening sun.

Christine Angwin

This cottage had everything we needed for an excellent holiday. Very clean and comfortable with lots of character and with helpful caretakers just down the road. With 2 dogs, we were perfectly situated for walks from the door - along a quiet lane, the coast path or to quiet, dog friendly beaches. We were fortunate to have a hot, sunny week though this did mean the dogs could never be left in the car. However it is a very "dog friendly" area in terms of pubs and gardens etc so not too much of a problem. Portscatho and surrounding villages are full of character but relatively quiet and unspoilt so this cottage is ideally situated to explore the surrounding area.

Trevor Foote

Entirely pleasant property, well equipped. Good value for money for our time of stay (May). Only a 5/10 minute walk to Portscatho and the sea and a well stocked shop

Lucy Hampton

A lovely cottage big enough to sleep 4 - 6 people very comfortably. Good location for walking into the village. South facing garden which got the sun from morning to early evening. Ideal.


Wev being going to Cornwall from Newcastle for 10 years now and stayed in many cottages . This was our first experience of Roseland Peinsula and in February . The cottage was perfect ,beautiful sea views , spotless clean , well equipped except for the lack of a freezer in the house , trotting out to the garage every time you wanted an ice cube is not ideal or storing meat for the week . Perfect place to relax on an evening in front of the fire , loved the touch of finding the old record player and records gave us a great nights entertainment ,after the beautiful walks right on the door step and the shower room down stairs is ideal for wet sandy doggies to get showered. All in all a wonderful week .

Geraldine Stemp

The cottage was brilliant; warm, astonishingly well equipped with plenty of hot water, and with the dog, excellent to come straight into the utility room from walks. The location of the cottage meant there was great access to long walks and easy access to the village and pubs/shops. Very friendly village and local pub.

Mary Adkins

The Old School House was spotlessly clean and very pretty. We took our 2 dogs and therefore especially appreciated the utility room and charming garden. We were just 2 people in a cottage for 6 so there was plenty of space. We would suggest that the hot water supply is inadequate for 2 baths, although the shower provided plenty of hot water. A colander would be a useful addition to the kitchen equipment.


Excellent Cottage in great position and very clean. Very good for families, could do with larger double bed and new dryer as the one they have is quite old.

Emily Smith

This is a lovely cottage and we enjoyed our stay very much. The location was at the top of a steep hill but that was the only downside to the location. House was beautiful


Lovely cottage, for a quiet holiday. 2 pubs and local shops within easy walk plus lots of good walks. Cottage is nicely decorated/furnished and the wall garden is completely enclosed. Had a really relaxing holiday in a quiet location that was still within easy reach of attractions and retail therapy. Will definitely be back.

Ian D Watts

We love this cottage and have stayed here a few times before. The recent refurbishment is fantastic and the property is welcoming, cosy, practical and comfortable. The location is easy to get to and in a good position for visiting Cornwall's many attractions.


I recently booked a long weekend at Old School House for my grown up family. The cottage is very well laid out with an extensively equipped kitchen and spacious utility room for all your outdoor gear. The cosy sitting room was complete with an open fire and a selection of board games so it is perfect for a night in! Two double bedrooms and a single room with bunk beds enables 6 people to sleep, but more suited to a family with small children. The cottage is minutes way from the centre of the village with shops, pubs and a restaurant. Coastal walks and a beach on your doorstep provide plenty of outdoor pursuits for all the family. I would recommend Old School House to anyone looking for a quiet family break away.


The Old School House is kept to a very high standard and has everything you could possibly need. The Royal Standard, just down the road serves an excellent Sunday Roast and was very dog friendly. Good walks all around and some beautiful views.


My husband, daughter and I thought that the Old School House was a perfect place to stay. It was spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and comprehensively equipped. I used to let a cottage for some years through 'English Country Cottages' and this is way up at the top end of the market. The owners have used good quality fittings and equipment and have put a lot of detailed thought into this stylish house; it is pretty and everything is easy, comfortable and it works well. The Royal Standard pub just down the road by the church provides very good home cooked Sunday lunches. The surrounding coves are unspoilt and are magical places to sit and watch the evening sun go down. The boat trips from St Mawes are well organised and interesting - there is also a water taxi available in case of need or for trips. We had a wonderful week in the School House. Thank you.


Had an excellent stay hear, great for walking to the beach, pub n village. Plenty of variations for dog walks too. :-)


We had a brilliant week - thanks! The house is really lovely: warm, comfortable, well-equipped and more like staying in someone's home than a holiday cottage. The maps and walking books were particularly welcome. It is also in a fabulous location, with sea views and easy parking. Everything we needed was in walking distance: the coastal path; beautiful beaches, including dog-friendly ones; a choice of pubs with good food and drink; the village shop. The Roseland is a real hidden gem - even the weather was kind despite the forecasts that said otherwise.


The Old School House is a very nice property. Everything one needs is there. The caretakers are very nice and helpful. We would stay there again and can recommend it.

Jo Morrey

Lovely cottage in a great location with everything you could possibly wish for in a holiday cottage! We also had a week of sunshine which was perfect for all the family - We'll be back!


The most comfortable, clean and warm house we have stayed in. The back garden and tiled utility room fabulous for the dog and coastal path walks amazing. The weather was gorgeous but house so nice we would have been happy just to sit by the open fire and read. Will definitely be back.


Very very clean and tidy with everything that you could possibly want for a holiday. Sadly we didn't manage to find any wine glasses until half an hour before our departure as they were in a cupboard hidden behind the always-kept-open dining room to kitchen door, but that was our fault. Well-equipped cottage, lovely garden in good condition.

Elaine Armstrong

Lovely property with beautiful coastal walks. Two good dog friendly pubs serving excellent food. Steep hill down to Portscatho but kept us fit. Would visit again.


We loved it real home from home everything you could possibly need was provided really comfortable clean and just 5 mins away from the best coffee in St, Mawes , We will return as soon as we can,


Delightful house in a quiet location, adjacent to village green where children could play. Good off street parking with more free parking over road. Detached from very busy Porthscatho but convenient for all its holiday amenities with lots of good beaches nearby.


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