The Coastguard Cottages

The Coastguards are a terrace of seven cottages finished in 1826 to suppress smuggling in the area. Nos. 1-3 sleep six; 4-7 sleep four

No. 1

Two doubles and one twin
Bathroom on ground floor with bath only, shower in an outhouse behind, kitchen, sitting room and dining room with piano
Heated by a wood burner, open fire, night storage and convector heaters
Large garden sloping down to the beach
Parking for three cars max.

No. 2

One double and two interconnecting twin bedrooms
Bathroom with bath and shower on ground floor, sitting room and kitchen
Heated by an open fire, night storage and portable electric heaters
Large shared garden one minute from the beach
Parking for two cars max.

No. 3

One double and two twins all interconnecting
Bathroom with bath and shower, kitchen/diner, sitting room
Heated by an open fire, night storage and portable electric appliances
Large shared garden one minute from the beach
Parking for two cars max.

Nos. 4-6

One double interconnecting with a twin
Loo and shower opposite back door, bath in kitchen, sitting room
Heated by an open fire, night storage and portable electric appliances
Large shared garden one minute from the beach
Parking for two cars max.

No. 7

One double and one twin bedroom
Loo and shower opposite back door, bath in kitchen, sitting room
Heated by an open fire, night storage and portable electric appliances
Large shared garden one minute from the beach
Parking for two cars max.


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A listed terrace of seven cottages built by the government in 1826 in an attempt to suppress smuggling in the area. They lie beside The South West Coast Path on a sheltered and slightly sloping sunny site facing due south and directly overlooking the sea, so that all front rooms have sea views. A broad and social sitting area gives onto a large lawn, partially divided by hedges and surrounded by a perimeter wall helping to contain younger children. Within it is a swing and sometimes a sandpit. Along the back of the terrace is the original service building, separated from the house by a narrow continuous alley containing showers and WCs for Nos. 4-7, as well as a small fuel shed for each cottage. There is a laundry room with washing machines and driers though each cottage has its own clothes line. There is an indoor table tennis table. Cars are parked 50 meters to the east in an old quarry, avoiding any disturbance. Coule’s Cove is about 100 paces away and the nearest large sandy beach, Kenneggy (above), some 300 across the rocks at low tide.

Please scroll to the right on the table to see the full year's charges
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SleepsEnd of Stay Cleaning (optional) 4th January - 10th February10th February - 25th February25th February - 31st March31st March - 21st April21st April - 26th May26th May - 3rd June3rd June - 9th June [6 nights]9th June - 14th July14th July - 25th August 25th August - 1st September1st September - 29th September29th September - 13th October13th October - 28th October28th October - 3rd November [6 nights]3rd November - 17th November17th November - 21st December21st December - 28th December28th December - 4th January
6£251 Coastguards3116704431275611114076810051760994932564825319372263710876
6£252 & 3 Coastguards29050638810785349476558231424727721505716279326237599742
4£244 - 6 Coastguards1694032908754077885136281114577541386545205239176351614
4£257 Coastguards1804102988944428095266311116659618413558212247186358619

Charging and Extras

The standard rent at Porth-en-alls Prussia Cove is lower than comparable places to stay. However, you should be aware of what is included and not included in this.

Unlike most other places, electricity, oil, logs, gas, bath and bed linen are extras. This keeps the rent down so you only pay for what you actually use while saving wasted power and unnecessary/unneeded laundry.

We read your electricity meter the day you arrive, record this on a brown envelope provided and you read it again and settle up on departure according to consumption (multiplying the difference by the unit price and leaving payment in the brown envelope with a cheque or cash or by bank transfer).

Oil, where central heating applies, is also metered in this way. Logs and kindling paid per bag used and use of laundry facilities (where shared with other cottages) per cycle used.

Similarly, unless you bring your own, bathroom and bed linen/beds made up, is ordered in advance on your booking form. Dogs, cots, high chairs are extras, as is cleaning at the end (optional).

COASTGUARDS NUMBER 1

What time is check in and where do I pick up the keys?

Check in is currently 4pm (go straight to the cottage) and departure 9.30am. This may be flexible so ask the office. The front door will be left unlocked for your arrival, the key hanging up inside

Can I arrive late at night?

Yes, any time after 4pm. We will leave the cottage unlocked, but you need to know where you are going and how to get there as it can be difficult to find after dark if you are a first time visitor

Where do I park my car?

Parking for No.1 only is at the bottom of the sloping garden just outside the garden wall. On your approach, after crossing the stream, look to the left and there is a large grassy area with room for up to three cars. Go through the door and up the steps. For heavy luggage it is possible to get nearer by car but not advisable after dark

Can I bring a pet?

Yes, but dogs and cats must be declared in advance and paid for and dogs must be kept off all furniture. You should bring a blanket/bed for them and a dog bowl and be very considerate to your neighbours. Please check your garden on departure and always be aware of your pet’s whereabouts

What is access like for limited mobility?

The bathroom is on the ground floor and it is not possible to park a car within 10 meters of the cottage. Routine access is on foot up a steep set of steps from the parking area. So not the best choice of cottage for limited mobility

How much should I budget for extras?

£30-80 depending on the time of year as this includes, cooking, hot water, light and heating. £15 for two bags of logs and kindling if used

Can I pay for my electricity and other fuel by BACS on departure?

We would prefer this to be settled by cash or cheque and left in the envelope provided before you leave but as long as you settle it on or soon after departure, BACS is OK. Bank details are on the brown envelope, please add the booking code as a ref. After adding your calculations, please leave the envelope on the table, don’t take it with you

What is the phone signal like?

Not very good although hit and miss from the first floor front windows

Is there wifi?

Not in the cottage but available in a room near the office

Is there a place to charge my car?

Only Trewartha has a dedicated charge point so far. We are working on this. 

Will satnav help find No.1?

Probably not much if using only the postcode as most of the houses have the same one. Try ‘What Three Words’ and the printed map

What is the access drive like?

If you go slowly you should be fine. For heavily laden low chassis cars it might be advisable for passengers to disembark until luggage is unloaded. Be prepared to reverse as there are very few passing places 

What are the bedding arrangements?

Unless you bring your own duvet, pillow cases (two per person) and bottom sheet, you must order these from us or you will have to sleep on a mattress protector under a thin bedspread -which is not allowed!

How is the house heated?

Please refer to the overview

Are candles permitted?

Yes, but only in proper candlesticks. Tealights are not permitted. The responsible person in your party must make sure that candles are safely placed and extinguished at bed time. We trust you to be very careful and acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers

Can we light an open fire?

Yes but you must make sure the guard is in place when the room is not occupied. Use only our logs or other properly seasoned logs of the right size. Don’t stoke up before leaving the building. Again, we trust you to be extremely careful and acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers

How far is the nearest pub/restaurant?

The Falmouth Packet (1.5 miles, 20 mins on foot) is more of a restaurant than a pub these days but it is still fine to go there for a drink only. The food is good and so is the beer

How far is the nearest good surfing?

Prah Sands, but it depends on the weather. Kenneggy can be very good when conditions are right. Conditions on the North coast (30 minutes away) are usually the opposite to the South coast

Are picnic blankets provided?

No and please don’t be tempted to use the bedspreads nor cushions outside

Is there a microwave?

Not as standard but we have one or two if required. Ask in advance

Is it OK to smoke?

No, I’m afraid not inside. If you smoke outside, please pick up and dispose of your butts as we don’t have time to do this for you

Is there a TV?

No, none of the houses has one, by popular request

COASTGUARDS 2 & 3

What time is check in and where do I pick up the keys?

Check in is currently 4pm (go straight to the cottage) and departure 9.30am. This may be flexible so ask the office. The house will be left unlocked for your arrival, the key hanging up inside

Can I arrive late at night?

Yes, any time after 4pm. We will leave the cottage unlocked, but you need to know where you are going and how to get there as it can be difficult to find your house after dark if you are a first time visitor. No. 2 has panes of frosted glass in the front door, No. 3 doesn’t

Where do I park my car?

Parking is in the small quarry 50 yards to the east. Luggage can be offloaded just inside the entrance gate but then park in the quarry throughout your stay please

Can I bring a pet?

Yes, but dogs and cats must be declared in advance and paid for and dogs must be kept off all furniture. You should bring a blanket/bed for them and a dog bowl and be very considerate to your neighbours. Please check your garden on departure and always be aware of your pet’s whereabouts

What is access like for limited mobility?

The bathroom is on the ground floor and it’s not possible to park a car within 10 meters of the cottage. So not the best choice for limited mobility

How much should I budget for extras?

£30-80 depending on the time of year as this includes, cooking, hot water, light and heating

£15 for two bags of logs and kindling if used

Can I pay for my electricity and other fuel by BACS on departure?

We would prefer this to be settled by cash or cheque and left in the envelope provided before you leave but as long as you settle it on or soon after departure, BACS is OK. Bank details are on the brown envelope, please add the booking code as a ref. After adding your calculations, please leave the envelope on the table, don’t take it with you

What is the phone signal like?

Quite good just inside the front windows, better outside by the swing

Is there wifi?

Not in the cottage but available in a room near the office

Is there a place to charge my car?

Only Trewartha has a dedicated charge point so far. We are working on this 

What is the access drive like?

If you go slowly you should be fine. For heavily laden low chassis cars it might be advisable for passengers to disembark until luggage is unloaded. Be prepared to reverse as there are very few passing places  

Will satnav help find the cottage?

Probably not much if using only the postcode as most of the houses have the same one. Try ‘What Three Words’ and the printed map

What are the bedding arrangements?

Unless you bring your own duvet, pillow cases (two per person) and bottom sheet, you must order these from us or you will have to sleep on a mattress protector under a thin bedspread -which is not allowed!

How is the house heated?

Please refer to the overview

Are candles permitted?

Yes, but only in proper candlesticks. Tealights are not permitted. The responsible person in your party must make sure that candles are safely placed and extinguished at bed time. We trust you to be very careful and acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers

Can we light an open fire?

Yes but you must make sure the guard is in place when the room is not occupied. Use only our logs or other properly seasoned logs. Don’t stoke up before leaving the building. Again, we trust you to be extremely careful and acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers

How far is the nearest pub/restaurant?

The Falmouth Packet (1.5 miles, 20 mins on foot) is more of a restaurant than a pub these days but it is still fine to go there for a drink only. The food is good and so is the beer

How far is the nearest good surfing?

Prah Sands but it depends on the weather. Kenneggy can be very good when conditions are right. Conditions on the North coast (30 minutes away) are usually the opposite to the South coast

Are picnic blankets provided?

No and please don’t be tempted to use the bedspreads nor cushions outside

Is there a microwave?

Not as standard but we have one or two if required. Ask in advance

Is it OK to smoke?

No, I’m afraid not inside. If you smoke outside, please pick up and dispose of your butts as we don’t have time to do this for you

Is there a TV?

No, none of the houses has one by popular request

COASTGUARDS 4-7

What time is check in and where do I pick up the keys?

Check in is currently 4pm (go straight to the cottage) and departure 9.30am. This may be flexible so ask the office. The house will be left unlocked for your arrival, the keys hanging up inside

Can I arrive late at night?

Yes, any time after 4pm. We will leave the cottage unlocked, but you need to know where you are going and how to get there as it can be difficult to find the cottage and offload your luggage after dark if you are a first time visitor

Where do I park my car?

Parking is in the small quarry 50 yards to the east. Luggage can be offloaded just inside the entrance gate but your car should then be parked in the quarry throughout your stay please  

Can I bring a pet?

Yes, but dogs and cats must be declared in advance and paid for and dogs must be kept off all furniture. You should bring a blanket/bed for them and a dog bowl and be very considerate to your neighbours. Please check your garden on departure and always be aware of your pet’s whereabouts

What is access like for limited mobility?

The bathroom is on the ground floor with the loo outside across an alley. It’s not possible to park a car within 10 meters of the cottage. So not the best choice of cottage for limited mobility

How much should I budget for extras?

£20-80 depending on the time of year as this includes, cooking, hot water, light and heating

£15 for two bags of logs and kindling if used

Can I pay for my electricity and other fuel by BACS on departure?

We would prefer this to be settled by cash or cheque and left in the envelope provided before you leave but as long as you settle it on or soon after departure, BACS is OK. Bank details are on the brown envelope, please add the booking code as a ref. After adding your calculations, please leave the envelope on the table, don’t take it with you

What is the phone signal like?

Quite good just inside the front windows, better outside by the swing

Is there wifi?

Not in the cottage but available in a room near the office

Is there a place to charge my car?

Only Trewartha has a dedicated charge point so far. We are working on this

Will satnav help find the cottage?

Probably not much if using only the postcode as most of the houses have the same postcode. Try ‘What Three Words’ and the printed map

What is the access drive like?

If you go slowly you should be fine. For heavily laden low chassis cars it might be advisable for passengers to disembark until luggage is unloaded. Be prepared to reverse as there are very few passing places  

What are the bedding arrangements?

Unless you bring your own duvet, pillow cases (two per person) and bottom sheet, you must order these from us or you will have to sleep on a mattress protector under a thin bedspread -which is not allowed!

How is the house heated?

Please refer to the overview

Are candles permitted?

Yes, but only in proper candlesticks. Tealights are not permitted. The responsible person in your party must make sure that candles are safely placed and extinguished at bed time. We trust you to be very careful and acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers

Can we light an open fire?

Yes but you must make sure the guard is in place when the room is not occupied. Use only our logs or other properly seasoned logs. Don’t stoke up before leaving the building. Again, we trust you to be extremely careful and acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers

How far is the nearest pub/restaurant?

The Falmouth Packet (1.5 miles, 20 mins on foot) is more of a restaurant than a pub these days but it is still fine to go there for a drink only. The food is good and so is the beer

How far is the nearest good surfing?

Prah Sands but it depends on the weather. Kenneggy can be very good when conditions are right. North and South coast conditions are usually opposite

Are picnic blankets provided?

No and please don’t be tempted to use the bedspreads nor cushions outside

Is there a microwave?

Not as standard but we have one or two if required. Ask in advance

Is it OK to smoke?

No, I’m afraid not inside. If you smoke outside, please pick up and dispose of your butts as we don’t have time to do this for you

Is there a TV?

No, none of the houses has one by popular request