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The Captains House

Downderry, Cornwall (Ref. 976399)

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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Review(s)

  • Mr Hobson

    “Disappointed, Would Not Return, Will Not Recommend.”


    We are seasoned holiday home renters going back over 30 years. This is the first negative feedback I have had to write. The Captains House is in a lovely location, however upon arrival we found the kitchen, dining room and stairways to be very tired. The cleaning in the bedrooms, bathroom and the kitchen was patchy, (pots and pans sticky with grease and dust, surfaces not clean, toothpaste rings) There were lights not working in a bedroom and kitchen ceiling and main kitchen light over the kitchen island had no bulb (on a pullcord so you don’t know if it is live or not) . The kitchen has no direct daylight and is already a dark room, so we had to use a lamp from a bedroom placed on top of the kitchen cupboard to provide light. There was a hole in the floor between the dining room and kitchen which we covered with a mat to avoid little paws going down. We also put to one side a dining room chair that was unstable. The wooden patio furniture from the house details has been replaced but has been left behind the house rotting. On the Saturday night the door to the top bedroom en-suite would not open, the lock would not disengage from the door frame. After speaking to the owner he said I could open the door using something? which I did with a knife. The owner said there was nothing he could do on the Sunday and I said I would wait for him to get back with a solution. Unfortunately on the Sunday I went into the en-suite opened the Velux window and the door closed behind me. As this is 4 floors up I had to wait until somebody realised I was missing and arrived with a knife. From then on the door was wedged open for the rest of the stay and with the bed facing it became an unusable en-suite. On Tuesday we arrived back in the dark from a day out only for all the downstairs lights not to be working. I rang the owner again and he told me where the fuse box was, up by the high ceiling in the laundry room but I would need to climb up. I reset the fuses. In the visitors book a number had commented on the amount of building work going on in this block of 6 properties. When we arrived there was scaffolding next door going up to the roof with a platform just outside our bedroom window; in addition to other works in the block. Whilst this is beyond the owner and Sykes control, previous visitors also said it should be noted in the booking details. During my conversation with the owner I told him of my disappointment that he hadn’t returned my call from Sunday and at the state of the house. He said he couldn’t do anything about it as he lives over a 200 mile journey away. He told me that he had asked the people who do his changeovers 3 times to fix the lights, so that is certainly a known problem. He also said we could leave if we wanted or seek alternative accommodation from whoever we had booked through. This is not an inexpensive rental even going into November. We found it disappointing and whilst we would visit this area again, it would not be to the Captains House. We would also not recommend it to our family or friends. Mike Hobson and Family.

    - Mr Hobson, October 2021

    We are obviously very disappointed that Mr Hobson did not enjoy his time at the Captains House. It was unfortunate that the lock on the en suite bathroom failed during his stay although it was possible to get the door open and I did advise that something was used to prevent it from closing accidentally. The lock is now replaced. I have taken up the issue of the cleaning and missing bulbs with our change over staff. The light over the island in the kitchen is not an easily obtained bulb so this is why I believe it had not been fixed. It was unfortunate that the down stairs lighting RCD had tripped while they were out. The location of the consumer unit is explained in the house book and it was a simple matter of un tripping the RCD. It has not been an issue again thus far. Mr Hobson's comments that the house appears tired is also disappointing to us. It is an old Victorian house that has been carefully restored in period style trying to preserve as many original features as possible. We accept this maybe not to everyone's taste of course and maybe we need to make this clearer in the description. The garden furniture he refers to is not ours but is in the neighbours land and we have been assured that they are going to be disposing of it. As Mr Hobson acknowledged, the building work that goes on is out of our control . We are not always aware when work is scheduled on other properties. I did offer for Mr Hobson the option to leave with a full refund as he didn't seem to be enjoying the house and we apologise that his stay was not all he had hoped for. We appreciate that he has taken the time to point where we can improve and have addressed all of his comments as far as it is possible to do so. Garry and Amanda. Property Owner

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.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

About the location


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.

Note: Arrival after 4pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas