Maister’s & Vida’s Cottages

Maister’s is a typical Cornish cottage of the 18th/19th century, two up, two down with a lean-to extension at the back. It is semi-detached with Vida’s Cottage and sleeps five.
Vida’s is semi-detached with Maister’s Cottage, it was rebuilt in the 1960s in a modern style which sleeps four.

Maister’s
Double and triple bedrooms, kitchen/diner, sitting room, bathroom on ground floor with bath, additional loo beside the double upstairs
Heated by wall-mounted electric convector heaters, open fire and portable electric appliances
Parking for one car, sunny garden, sea views from upstairs
Seven minutes walk to the beach

Vida’s
Double and small twin upstairs
Shower only
Heated by night storage, portable appliances and open fire
Large sitting room/diner, kitchen
Parking for one car, sunny garden, sea views from upstairs
Seven minutes walk to the beach


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The layout and proportions of Maister’s Cottage are typical of Cornish cottages of the late 18th early 19th Century. It is named after Maister Richards, factor to Lord Falmouth, who lived here before he died aged 93, in 1904. His portrait by L.W.F. Behrens, circa 1905 depicts him looking somewhat surly in a bowler hat sitting in the sunny front garden.
Attached to Maister’s Cottage, Vida’s was rebuilt on the site of ‘Aunt Fanny’s Cottage’ in a very contrasting style during the 1960s by Bert Body for his London born wife Davida. It enjoys a very sunny aspect with sea views from the first floor and fine sunsets.
N.B. Having been built so recently, Vida’s is of a different flavour to the other houses at Porth-en-Alls, feeling relatively modern and very much ‘of the period’ of the 1960s.

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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
5£24Maister's Cottage1804202985624427885136561140594558402558192224186426617
4£24Vida's Cottage1663992855444027284966311033484460373537180210173371591

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).

MAISTER’S COTTAGE

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 keys hanging up inside 

Can I arrive late at night?

Yes, any time after 4pm. We will leave the door unlocked, but you need to know where you are going and how to get there especially if you are a first time visitor.

Where do I park my car?

There is room for one car beside the cottage

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 double-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 but there are steps up to the bedrooms, so other cottages might be a better choice

How much should I budget for extras?

£20-45 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?

OK

Is there wifi?

Not in the cottage but available in a room very nearby

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 Maister’s 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 cottage 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 extremely 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

VIDA’S COTTAGE

 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 door unlocked, but you need to know where you are going and how to get there especially if you are a first time visitor.  

Where do I park my car?

There is room for one car beside the cottage

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 double-check your garden on departure and always be aware of your pet’s whereabouts

What is access like for limited mobility?

The loo and shower are on the first floor as are both bedrooms, so other cottages might be a better choice

How much should I budget for extras?

£20-45 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?

OK

Is there wifi?

Not in the cottage but available in a room very nearby

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 Vida’s 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 cottage 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 extremely 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

Between April and September the adjoining field to the south is used for a limited amount of camping. It is a quiet site and rather an asset as a vastly extended area for children to play with other children.