Captain Blake's Retreat
2.2 miles SE of Whitsand Bay
Sleeps 2 | dog friendly
Clifftop retreat in Cornwall: Pause and hit reset. With breath-taking views and blissful quiet, there's nothing to make you feel more like yourself again than a stay in this luxurious coastal cabin.
Looking for the ultimate seaside escape? Somewhere where you can breathe in fresh, salty sea air and watch the seagulls wheeling above the waves, with nothing - absolutely nothing - to distract you? Well, you can't get much more away from it all than this: an isolated cliffside cabin with incredible views over miles of golden beach and azure seas, and a spacious, luxurious interior that's designed for comfort, rest and relaxation. Set on Captain Blake's Point (it's named after a 17th Century Commander of the Commonwealth who took his last voyage around this stretch of the coast) high above Whitsand Bay, this incredible getaway is ideal for a romantic break or a solo adventure, with four-legged friends welcome to come along and keep you company.
Proving just how far from the madding crowd the cabin is, you can't reach it by car (and low-slung vehicles may find it tricky to access the lane to the parking area) - so travel light and pack up your minimal gear in a rucksack, ready for the 700 steps along the coastal path that take you to your heavenly retreat. Everything you'll need is on-hand once you arrive. The living/dining area is stylishly designed, with a comfy sofa, leather club chair and vintage chest-cum-coffee table gathered around a cosy wood-burner. It leads to a well-equipped kitchen with fashionable blue-painted Shaker-style cupboards, loads of work-top space, an electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and even a dishwasher. The bedroom boasts a king-sized bed with beautiful linens, and the high-quality shower-room (with hot and cold running water whenever you desire) completes the picture, with WC, wash-basin and huge walk-in shower. Pale timber floors and white-painted walls run throughout, while deep windows draw you to the glorious views - whether you're snuggling on the sofa, enjoying a hearty meal at the dining-table or simply having a well-earned lie-in, we dare you to take your eyes off them!
Switch off completely here, because there's no WiFi - though the 4G signal is good. Instead, why not try to identify a peregrine falcon or a passing boat with the telescope provided? Or simply relax at the picnic-table on the gravelled area outside, drinking in the panoramic views and watching the sunlight twinkle on the rolling waves. Heaven on earth.
Out and About
Captain Blake's Retreat is set in a part of Cornwall that's yet to be discovered by hordes of tourists, and exploring this beautiful area is a delight. Right on your doorstep, of course, is the coastal path, with tracks that lead down to the beach below. Even in the height of the holidays the three-mile stretch of golden sands doesn't become busy, and during the summer season you can hire equipment for surfing, body boarding and kayaking at the Eddystone Cafe, or book a lesson in surfing or coasteering. If watersports aren't your thing, then why not stroll the historic houses and gardens of nearby Mount Edgcumbe and Antony, or wind your way through the charming villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, with their pretty houses, narrow streets and good choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants? Also not to be missed is the eight-minute ferry trip across the Tamar that takes you from Cremyll across to Plymouth, with the spectacular backdrop of Royal William Yard and Plymouth Sound. From here you can visit the historic Barbican, Plymouth Hoe or the National Marine Aquarium, or take a bus into the heart of the city and dive into the busy shopping centre before returning to the contrasting peace and tranquillity of your clifftop haven.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge (with small freezer), kettle, toaster, TV and wood-burner.
Bedroom with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin.
Due to the incredible location being reached only by foot, we would recommend packing light (no need to take the kitchen sink - Captain Blake's is so well-equipped it comes with its own!). The lane to the parking area may not be suitable for low-slung cars.
Availability, reservations and pricing : £649 to £1225 per week
All prices are £ per week per cottage. Where applicable the prices are inclusive of VAT. The prices are specified for Saturday changeover dates.
For weekly holidays or short breaks beginning on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the price for the following Saturday applies. For those beginning on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday the price for the previous week applies.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price. In addition, many cottages also include electricity and central heating within the price and this should be taken into consideration when comparing prices. There are no extra charges for cots or high chairs where they are listed in the property description on the Web site.
There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break.
A non-refundable booking fee of £38 is payable per booking.
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