The Look Out House

The Look Out House, as it’s name suggests, was built to warn of enemy ships in World War I. It sleeps four.

The View from The Look Out House

Double/sitting room and bunk twin
Internal shower, bath outside, kitchen/diner
Entirely off-grid, heated by two solid fuel log burners
Large garden
Parking for two cars max

NB unless you are familiar with the terrain you must arrive before dark. This is even more important in wet and muddy conditions.

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Built by the Government as a wartime coastal observation station between 1914-1918, the house stands alone in a commanding position at the head of Great Cudden Point. The view, overlooking the whole of Mount’s Bay with views of St Michael’s Mount, the Lizard and Land’s End Peninsulas, must be one of the best in the country.

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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).


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

Check in is currently 4pm and departure 9.30am. This may be flexible so ask the office. Depending on your ETA, the front door will be left unlocked for your arrival, the keys hanging up on the staircase newel inside.  Depending on the conditions, you will need to arrange for help with your luggage on arrival and departure as it is not always possible to reach the house unless you have a four wheel drive car. N.B. if you are new to The Look Out House, you must arrive with time to spare before sunset

Can I arrive late at night?

No, not unless you have been before and know the ropes. We won’t be able to assist you after 4.30pm and won’t be able to tow you if you get stuck until the following day

Where do I park my car?

Depending on the ground conditions and the type of car you have, parking is safer in the public car park (5-10 minutes walk across the fields) until you know the lie of the land. In good weather you can park close to the house, closing any gates you find closed as there are sheep involved!

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, especially if near farm animals

What is access like for limited mobility?

Sadly, because of the steep stairs up to the bedroom, not very easy

How much should I budget for extras?

Gas for hot water, cooking and the fridge is included in the basic rent but about £15 for two bags of logs and kindling if used

Can I pay for my logs and any coal 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?

Good 4G

Is there wifi?

Not in the house, but available in a room near the office

Is there a place to charge my car?

Being off grid, this is not possible

Will satnav help find the Look Out House?

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 extremely careful. Acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers

Are the woodburning stoves easy to control and can we use coal?

Yes, they are easy and efficient with tips in the arrival handbook. Use only our logs or other properly seasoned logs of the right size and empty the grate of ash when cold. 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?

This is not possible being off grid.

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, there is insufficient electricity and none of the houses has one, by popular request