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The Captains House

Downderry, Cornwall (Ref. 976399)

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  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Amazing period house with several gorgeous views out over the sea. Deceptive in size! Property was very well equipped (especially in the Kitchen) and clean. Only a small front garden however and a shared yard out the back - situated on a deceptively busy road and only road parking so beware. Also some issues with the boiler but they were hopefully resolved.”

    Mrs Pugh, Stourbridge, November 2018

    • “This is our fifth year running using Sykes cottages! Every year gets better, and the captains house was a particularly great find. Not only was the house big enough to accommodate 8 adults it also had stunning views, is in a beautiful location and had all you would need to have a fabulous week in Cornwall . Even on a dull day the views were enough to keep us enchanted ! We are already making plans to return next year...”

    Mrs Armstrong, Altrincham, August 2018

    • “Boiler needs attention. Patio could do with a tidy up. But all in all a very well equipped and clean property. Pleasantly surprised when we entered the house as the row of houses looked a bit shabby but we soon found out that most of them are being refurbished.”

    Mr Thomas, CALDICOT, August 2018

    • “The house is beautiful and in a brilliant location. We've had a fabulous holiday and will be back!”

    Hill, LEICESTER, July 2018

    • “The views of the sea were stunning! A real gem.”

    Mrs Burford, Chippenham, June 2018

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The Property

Above the village road in Downderry, with fabulous sea views from most windows, a Victorian captain’s solidly built, mid-terrace house. From the road, 9 steps up to paved sun terrace (table/chairs, barbecue) and verandah (alternative access without steps to utility room from communal courtyard at the back). Inside, generously proportioned and renovated in traditional style with polished wood floors and muted colours: all very welcoming. The house is taller than it is wide and spread over four floors, with the living room on the second floor to take full advantage of the tremendous sea views. Hall, off which dining room (piano, iPod dock) with French windows to verandah and terrace. Hand-built kitchen (microwave, fridge-freezer, range-style electric cooker); scullery/utility room (dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, larder fridge) with step up to shower-room (suite) and plenty of space for sandy buckets, wetsuits and boots. Stairs up to first floor and three bedrooms - a double (5' sleigh bed), a twin, and a room with 3' bunks (no clothes-hanging space); bathroom (suite with separate shower). Further stairs up to second floor and large living room with open fire, TV/DVD and views. Snug with second TV/DVD and stairs up directly into a large double bedroom (6' bed) under the eaves on the third floor with the best views of all from a dormer window and en suite shower-room (suite). Arrival after 4pm. A grand base for coastal living, from days in the sun to storm-watching in the winter.

Downderry: seaside village (pub, good restaurant, PO/shop, churches) on a hillside 4 miles from Looe. Beach of rocks, sandy patches. At its end is Seaton. Monkey sanctuary, 2 miles; golf, 4; Plymouth (via car ferry), 9, or via bridge, 14. Buses to Plymouth and Looe.


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Kitchen Dining Room Terrace Shower Room Utility


Over four floors. Ground floor: Kitchen. Dining room with piano and glazed doors to terrace. Scullery/Utility. Shower room suite with shower, basin and WC. First Floor: 1 x double bedroom, 1 x twin bedroom and 1 x adult bunk room. Bathroom, bath, shower, basin and WC. Second Floor: Sitting room with open fire. Snug. Fourth Floor: 1 x super king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room.


  • Central heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Parking is usually available on a quiet road nearby
  • Barbecue
  • 3 well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property, Note: Check-in time 4pm.

Regional Information

DOWNDERRY Looe 6 miles; Liskeard 10 miles; Polperro 11 miles; Plymouth 18 miles. Downderry is a small quiet coastal village situated in south east Cornwall. Downderry has a sheltered beach, Post Office and shop, deli, and a cliff top pub and an excellent restaurant, serving quality local food. At low tide it is possible to walk along the beach from Downderry to Seaton, where you will find a family friendly south facing beach and the nearby Seaton Valley Countryside Park and Nature reserve is home to wildlife, including otters and kingfishers and also offers great cycling and walking opportunities. The picturesque working harbours at Looe and Polperro are within an easy driving distance away, and the wonderful stretches of the South West Coast Path in this part of Cornwall take you to rocky coves, dramatic headlands and tales of shipwrecks and smugglers. Further afield is Plymouth, where you will find plenty to see and do, including a marine aquarium, a theatre, large shopping centres and the historic Barbican waterside area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
  • Note: Arrival after 4pm.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.