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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!

Beach Side Cottage

Sleeps 8
Direct Beach access, only a 25m short walk
800 sq m Patio
Prices from £1495- £5295

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

cheryl m
cheryl m
Beautiful accommodation Stayed at the Beach house for our 32 wedding anniversary, with my family and grandchildren, lovely place and would recommend it to other people, it was a week before Christmas but the weather was kind to us, the views are to die for and direct beach access. We had a lovely meal at gwel n mor ( the terrace)
Belated 60th Birthday! At long last our family of 8 (and Carys the Frenchie) got to spend a week at Beachside Cottage during half-term to celebrate my wife’s belated 60th Birthday after 2 years being postponed due to COVID. Thank you for helping to organise the balloons which were sent. On arrival we were given the grand tour by Hannah and to say how impressed we were with the property is an understatement... everything about Beachside surpassed our expectations. The location of the property was absolutely perfect with safe direct access to the beach which our Grandchildren played on everyday... and the warm outside shower after a day on the beach was very welcome. All communications with David were excellent and we were sorry to have missed him on our departure. The welcome pack was very well received and we were able to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a cream tea... thank you. We have stayed in Cornwall as a couple and family on lots of occasions and this property is now the one to beat and we would all love to return. Best wishes to David and his family. p.s. Best days out included St Ives by train and bike ride to Padstow along the Camel Trail.
Just the place for an extended family holiday Perfect First of all communication with the owner David from start to finally meeting him at Beachside was 100%. Having booked for Sept 2020 and it being cancelled because of Covid we rebooked at the same price for 2021. Beachside for small children and dogs was the best of the two properties, the welcome pack of Cornish goodies a lovely touch. Everything was provided and all was high end. The patio suited us older ones and direct access to the beach just metres away proved a hit with the youngsters. All in all a great holiday with our two children, all the grandchildren, their in-laws and the dogs, a manic time but one to be remembered. Great memories that Beachside made happen. Best wishes to David and family for making it such a happy week. I cannot recommend this highly enough foF any extended family stay . Cheers Steve M
Great location and house. Very happy family holiday. An excellent location over looking the beach and easy access within a few steps. Well equipped and spacious house with attentive and welcoming owners. Perfect for the family and dog.
Fabulous stay We had a delightful stay in smugglers cottage. We were soothed by the sound of the sea overnight, and it was amazing to open the curtains to the sea every morning. We had tea and breakfast on the beach-facing terrace. The house couldn’t be more modern or well-equipped, with Gagenau appliances and a surround shower! Feather top mattresses. Lovely big larder. Hot outside shower (water temperature 11 degrees at time of visiting so this was much appreciated!) Very comfortable. Lots of careful attention to detail, like the provision of wet suits. The only difficulty was the narrowness of the approaching road, it was good training for developing nerves of steel! Having said that, we were able to drive our VW campervan down there - albeit with both wing-mirrors touching the sides! David was very welcoming and accommodating - even helping us find a babysitter so we could have a night out. Thank you for such a wonderful stay- it made my mother’s 70th really special.
paradise location and real quality home Spent a week here in this fantastic home. The position is unbeatable, right on the superb beach and a few minutes walk to town and drinks etc. We could even watch the daily surfers, canooers and seals from the master bath, let alone 2 of the beds, the lounge, kitchen and massive patio! The house really is home from home, I can't think of anything missing or not great quality. I'm sure there are still some rooms we didn't explore! David is immensely helpful and answered our every query immediately. We walked along the cliffs straight from the house to great (well earned) beachbars both north and south. A great position to visit the lovely local area - St Ives, Porthleven, Mousehole, Landsend and Padstow. Portreath has every facility you could want and is a bit quiter than some more touristy neighbours, which is great. We can thoroughly recommend and will be back soon.
Lucas V
Lucas V
Smugglers Cove, 5 star Excellence There really are no words to explain how incredible Smugglers Cove Beachside Cottage is. My family and I stayed in Cliff Top last summer and we didn't think that property could be surpassed...oh how wrong we were. Beachside is at such a luxurious standard that it is honestly rather breathtaking. Property aside the location couldn't get better, quite literally right by Portreath beach, it's a short walk away from all the local amenities, including the local bakery and some cracking pubs. Another point that I'd like to mention is how welcoming, accommodating and friendly David and Victoria are. They answered all of my questions before we came to stay and could not have been more helpful, even checking to make sure we got home safely! If anyone is reading this not sure whether to book or not, save yourself the time and book either with these people now! You will not regret it! Thank you so so much to the both of you. We will be back I promise :)
Juliette P
Juliette P
Perfect and magical large pet-friendly house on the beach I can hardly stand to write a review for this perfect house and location as I know once people know about it, we will find it difficult to get a slot to rent it again. It was beyond my expectations in every way. As I walked in and saw the view from the master bedroom directly out to sea and listened to the waves from virtually everywhere in the house, I knew we were going to have a magical two weeks. We did. ,The house was so well appointed that we didn’t venture away from the house much other than to the beach directly below the house or to the village a 5 minute walk across the beach. The dog loved his walks in the evening as he could go on the beach after 7pm. The children loved the surfing and building sand castles on the beach. David and Vikki could not have been more helpful in sorting out anything we needed during our stay. It is a magical place where you totally relax and which you will talk about for years to come. I actually wondered after the two weeks if I could ever go back to normal life!

Just WoW!! I wanted somewhere with a sea views to celebrate my 60th birthday with my family
and boy this place exceeded our expectations! This house gave us everything we wanted and needed! The welcome pack of Fresh flowers, cream teas, beers&cider and cookies was such a lovely touch. Everything is thought about to make your stay home from home! The views, incredible! The house, impeccable! We didn’t want to leave, and will be coming back!! Thank you to David & Team, you really did give my family and i amazing memories x

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Spectacular house in a truly amazing location

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Our second time and still an amazing place to visit
The views of the beach will keep you entertained for days, and the very well appointed and equipped property is a pleasure to stay in. Completely wheelchair friendly to boot. Thank you!

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A wonderful week was had by all
Even the weather couldn’t spoil it as the property was comfortable and well equipped to keep us content even on the wettest of days. A return visit is already being mentioned

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We enjoyed a fantastic week in the Clifftop Cottage
The interior of the cottage is very clean, modern and well equipped. The kitchen includes everything you need and all sleeping rooms have really good beds and each a modern and not small bathroom. The terrace is a fantastic place to enjoy the sea and the perfect view. It offers a huge space and several seated areas. When walking on the beach of Portreath you will very soon recognise that the Clifftop Cottage is really the unique one in this area! We have been staying with 5 persons and are very much thankful for the wonderful time. Thank you !

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This was our fourth visit to Clifftop, fabulous house & location
We park the car & just chill out. The team are always very welcoming & helpful, all you need for a brilliant beach stay, moments to the sea & warm outdoor shower to rinse the sand away before a drink on the extensive terrace which overlooks the bay. We have freshly caught lobster & crab delivered to the door, it’s a hard life. Already booked for next year!

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We had the most amazing time at Beachside
The location is stunning and the house itself perfect. Has everything you need and ‘the’ most comfortable beds. We never got tired of the view and sat outside on the terrace each morning and evening just watching the world go by. Mesmerising. David and colleagues were super informative and helpful and nothing was to much trouble. Easy from start to finish. We’d happily stay again.

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