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The Captain's Quarter

Truro, Cornwall

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When the National Trust bought St Anthony Head in 1959, some of the more unsightly military installations were removed, but it kept the substantial stone-built officer's quarters, in a spectacular position on top of the headland with far-reaching views, and converted them into holiday accommodation. Two of the three cottages (the Major's Quarter and the Captain's Quarter) have been adapted in some way for wheelchair users. The villages of Gerrans and Portscatho, and the summer ferry to St Mawes from Place, are not far away, but with views like these, you may never want to leave.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request, bathroom with shower (with folding seat).
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Garden: There is an open garden with lovely views shared with the other two cottages. There is wooden bench outside the cottage on the veranda under cover from which to enjoy the scenery.

Parking: There is parking for all three cottages at either end of the row of cottages. The parking area is level and reasonably firm.

Accessibility: This cottage has been adapted for guests with additional needs. Modifications include a ramped access to the front door, accessible plugs and light switches, sliding internal doors, lever taps, grab rails in bathroom, adjustable height shower with folding seat and a bath.

Offers: For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 night starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Logs/ Charcoal: Environmentally friendly briquettes can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

From 14 April 2014 the open fire in the sitting room is replaced with a multi-fuel stove

Cottage details
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Let starts
Wednesday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
011062
Acorn rating What's this?
3
Features
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
Facilities
  • Freezer
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
Accessibility

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

South Cornwall
A beautiful view along the cliff at St Anthony Head from above Great Molunan beach, near Falmouth. Grassland and trees cover the cliff top. © Joe Cornish

In places rugged and remote, in others tranquil and picturesque, much of the south Cornwall coast is still surprisingly unspoilt, as many parts can only be reached along narrow lanes winding through lush farmland and woodland towards the sea. Either climbing down on foot or drifting along in a small boat, visitors can explore and enjoy the cliffs, coves, beaches and quaint fishing villages that are Daphne du Maurier Country. The Trust has a host of holiday cottages in this area that are wonderful away-from-it-all hideaways for families and friends. For instance, there is Bosloe; an imposing country house set in extensive grounds above the Helford River, divided into three spacious holiday homes and with a former gardener’s cottage, The Bothy, hidden in the gardens. Further on around the coast is the glorious Trelissick Garden with five delightful holiday homes on the estate and former officers’ quarters on St Anthony Head now converted for holiday use.

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Attractions
Activities
  • Fishing
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Lizard Point and Kynance Cove Dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast
Godolphin
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Lena Feindt
    • November 2013
    • London
    We loved everything

    We loved everything about it - will definitely come back, thank you!

  • Bill & Lesley Coyne
    A gem of a property

    First site visit 1969, first visit to the property itself for 4 days in Feb 2007 and we were hooked. Just booking our third visit; a gem of a property in a fantastic situation, well done nature, aided by the NT.

  • Chris Llewellyn
    Fantastic Cottage

    Fantastic Cottage. Wonderful views and very peaceful. Generally well equipped for wheelchair access. Slight quibble with the shower seat which is extremely small. NT have done a great job adapting one of the near clifftop paths for easy wheelchair access.

  • R Currie & J Armstrong
    Lovely weekend away

    Lovely weekend away, beautiful weather. Great biking, running and lovely deserted beaches.

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  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

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  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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