Willy’s Cottage also known as Roberts’ Cottage was once lived in by the fisherman William Roberts. It sleeps six
One double and two twin bedrooms
Bathroom with bath and shower, kitchen, sitting and dining room
Heated by an open fire, night storage and portable electric appliances
Large garden one minute from the beach
Parking for two cars max.
A cosy old thatched cottage dating from the smuggling era and named after the fisherman William Roberts who lived here with his cat at the turn of the last century. It was finely restored by Bill Harbour who appeared one night in the 1960s. His symbol, a dovetail joint, can be found stamped on the salvaged Burmese teak driftwood which he used for the windows, front door, staircase and floors. It has a large sunny garden just beside The South West Coast Path above Boat Cove, looking towards the distant Lizard Peninsula.
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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 (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. Be careful not to lock yourself out as the door can swing shut
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 as it is difficult to find after dark if you are a first time visitor. N.B. the road to Willy’s Cottage has low growing trees and so recce the route if you have a roof rack with high luggage
Where do I park my car?
There is room for a maximum of two cars beside the cottage. Please don’t park on the grass lawn in front
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?
Not good sadly as it is impossible to avoid awkward steps to the bedrooms
How much should I budget for extras?
£20-50 depending on the time of year as this includes cooking, hot water, light and heating. £15 for two bags of logs and kindling
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 good. You might get lucky from the top floor east dormer window
Is there wifi?
No, not in the house 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 Willy’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 is the access drive like?
If you go slowly you should be fine. For heavily laden slow 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 extremely careful. Acquaint yourself with the location of extinguishers
How does the wood burner work?
It is straightforward and efficient. Please don’t overstoke it nor fill it up before leaving the cottage. We rely on you to be cautious when using the wood burning stove
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