CLIFF COTTAGE sleeps twelve people in a double, a twin and a single bedroom on the top floor and three doubles on the middle floor. The last bed is an optional put-you-up. All rooms have sea views. The middle floor also has two bathrooms, a shower room and a small second sitting room with a piano and fireplace. The ground floor has a large kitchen/diner extending from front to back and to the East a larger sitting room, each with open fire.
A truly fascinating and historic listed house that has presided over a good deal of smuggling, drinking and the eating of limpets, standing alone at the top of the cliff among its secret gardens overlooking the sea below The South West Coast Path. A private path leads down to Bessy’s Cove but half a minute below, with a sand and shingle beach and good rockpooling, bathing and diving at all tides. There are several sheltered gardens with apple trees and secluded lawns including one large enough for badminton or croquet. The lower part of the back wall overhangs inside and out, indicating that the house started life as a prosperous fish cellar manufacturing oil and pressed pilchards, which formed an important industry in days gone by. Its sheer size –more of a house than a cottage- and other archaeological clues, suggest that the house owes quite a debt to a successful smuggling operation. It was once an unofficial tavern with its own distillery, and brass numbers fixed to the doors remain from its years as a guest house in the 1900s. In 2001, Charles Dance chose the house and gardens to shoot his film Ladies in Lavender starring Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Miriam Margoles, Natascha Macelhone, Daniel Bruhle, David Warner and others. In January 2012 it was used again as Joey and Flora Carter-Wood’s house in Chris Menaul’s Summer in February, starring Dan Stevens, Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning.
Charges per week