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Luxury beach front holiday self-catering cottages in Portreath, West Cornwall on the North Cornish Coast.

Midway between St Ives and Newquay, the evocatively named Smugglers Cove Cottages are the sort of places you dream of finding when considering renting a holiday cottage in Cornwall – two properties, one sleeping a maximum of 8 people in comfort, perched just above the waves at the southern end of Portreath’s fabulous beach.

The lower of the two, Beachside Cottage, is a revamp of an original cottage on this site, with four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large kitchen, lounge and dining room, wifi and Sky Sports/movies. Plus a uniquely spacious outside terrace overlooking the beach, equipped with a warm outdoor shower, sun loungers and a large dining table for al fresco evening meals. Read more…

The second property, Clifftop Cottage, is built into the cliff above, which makes the most of the stunning views over the sea, beach and surrounding coastline.  It’s equally well equipped, with wifi, Sky Sports/Movies, plus the same high-end kitchen appliances. There are three double bedrooms, each enjoying gorgeous sea views. A 100m balcony runs right around the property, sunbeds and sunshades, plus there is again a warm outside shower for rinsing off after the beach. Read more…

It would be hard to imagine two more perfect properties if you’re looking for a beachside holiday in Cornwall – or a much better location:  Lovely Portreath is only 3 miles from the A30, and far enough off the main tourist route to be relatively peaceful, even in high season, yet within easy reach of lots of west Cornwall highlights, including St Ives, Falmouth and the Lizard peninsula. Not that we recommend you stray too far. With this level of comfort and an idyllic position by one of Cornwall’s best beaches, there’s really no reason to go anywhere.  Just park your car in the designated spaces, toss your keys in a drawer… and relax!

Cliff Top Cottage at Smugglers Cove, Portreath Cornwall

Cliff Top Cottage

Sleeps 6+1
Direct beach access
100m balcony overlooking the beach
Prices from £1495- £5295

Beach Side Cottage

Sleeps 8
20 steps to the beach
800 sq m Patio
Prices from £1495- £5295

Luxurious beachside patio terrace at Smugglers Cove Cottages, Portreath

Great house and wonderful views!
Amazing to walk on the cliffs each day.

Luxury cottage directly on the beach, with extensive private patio. Parking
I reviewed this property before I’d even visited – in early 2020 Covid meant that we had to postpone our booking, but I was so impressed with the owner David’s cooperative and helpful attitude that I felt compelled to leave a strongly positive review. Now I have actually visited the house the review is even better. We stayed in Cliff Top for a week just before Easter. The house is wonderful, comfortable, very well equipped, all mod cons. But the position is to die for – I could (and for the most part did) spend all my time just sitting on the (huge) terrace looking at the waves and beach just below. I’m not sure I have ever stayed anywhere that feels so close to the elements while being able to stay warm at the same time. Better still, Portreath is pretty quiet, or at least was when we were there, certainly compared to larger towns like St Ives just down the road. David the owner and housekeeper Sharon were incredibly helpful in dealing with the booking and throughout our stay, including when I left my wetsuit behind. I can’t recommend highly enough

Vrbo booking review

This is our third holiday in either one of the houses…
and we can see why we keep coming back. THANK YOU! Also, a shout out to the Portreath Hotel – great food and friendly atmosphere.

Alison Fairley & Family

The property is very spacious with great outdoor space and right on the beach
it was very clean and well appointed. We had a great family holiday and would highly recommend it.The property is very spacious with great outdoor space and right on the beach, it was very clean and well appointed. We had a great family holiday and would highly recommend it.

Truly magical
You could be nothing but overwhelmed by this wonderful property from the minute of arrival.


Had a wonderful holiday
Cottage is fabulous, I’d call it a villa! Spotlessly clean

Kitty and Linda

An outstanding cottage in the most beautiful of locations
Smuggler’s Cove cottage must hold one of the most beautiful locations of any self-catering accommodation in the world. It is nestled into the cliffs on one side of Portreath Beach, and whether in the property or on the spacious veranda, it feels as if you are floating above waves, as they roll in and out beneath you.

18 December 2016
Rating: 5

A beautiful holidayhome with all you need. Spacious rooms with incredible views.


The perfect setting
And well placed to reach anywhere in Cornwall within an hour. Thank you for the treats upon arrival!

George and Lynn
Seattle, USA

Cliff top cottage is a stunning building
It is an extremely well fitted out with top of the range fittings and furnishing. The views are outstanding and the location idyllic. The design and layout is very flexible for parties up to eight people. We loved it!

Everything about it was perfect
Location was idyllic. Amenities was very accessible. Plenty of local places to eat. And amazing views. The property was spacious with fabulous views over the beach.


Beautiful house with everything we could possibly need!
Amazing location, the kids have loved the easy access to the beach. A perfect holiday – we don’t want to leave!

Family of 5 and 2 grandparents
Beautiful house and stunning views. For Feb, great weather, we went in the sea most days! Lovely.

Lovely house facilities and view excellent!
Weather beautiful and Cornwall fab!

In the words of Mary Poppins; practically perfect in every way!
Thank you very much for your wonderful holiday home, we very much hope to return.

Where to start! The most perfect house in every way
We were very Warmly greated by David who showed us round the most idyllic holiday home we’ve ever stayed in.


Great house and wonderful views
Amazing to walk on the cliffs each day.

Heaven on earth
We loved our stay and it was the highlight of our tour of Cornwall. The house is lovely, well appointed and well stocked. Very comfortable with all our needs anticipated.


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