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Firefly | Luxury Cottage Hideaway | Mawgan Porth, Cornwall


Trebudannon, Newquay, Cornwall, UK

With an inimitable nomadic appeal, handcrafted-meets-upcycled at Firefly, creating an authentic woodcutter-inspired self-catering hideaway a short drive from the renowned sand and surf beaches of Mawgan Porth and Newquay. With a back-to-nature simple life aesthetic; there's a pared-back understated essence to this rustic cottage for two. From time spent beside the wildlife pond to eves immersed in the hot tub, Firefly affords a getting-away-from-it-all haven for solo travellers seeking a creative escape as much as couples looking to reconnect.


Clever craftsmanship meets woodcutter's lair at Firefly, a simple timber shack hidden away in the hamlet of Trebudannon, near to Newquay. Designed with connectivity in mind, age-worn wood-meets-concrete in this modern rustic creation. The open plan living space - complete with open fire and Aga - is the heart of the house, and has been a haven for artists, foragers and those seeking escape from the everyday. From the spacious veranda, to outside fire, hot tub and wildlife pond, if it's a fresh air retreat you crave, this dog-friendly self-catered hideaway in Cornwall has countryside walks from your doorstep, with breathtaking coastal walks within a 15-minute drive of the cottage. 



Rusticity reigns at Firefly; from the recycled corrugated roof to the rope lights and reclaimed walls and floors through this Cornish cabin. From pottery collections to the willow weave artwork and vintage books, there's a story behind each carefully chosen artifact that Firefly showcases. While there's a simple and understated essence to the design, no element of luxury has been compromised; from the spacious kingsize bed and velvet sofa to the rain shower and double ended bath. We encourage a simple life break, complete with board games, wildlife spotting and fire feasting, and our 'hidden' television is designed to help you embrace some me - or together time - distraction-free.


Immersed in its countryside setting, Firefly is as much a retreat at which you hunker down for the duration of your stay, as it is a base for exploring the coast and moors of Cornwall. If you've relaxation in mind, then you'll lose many an hour just 'being' on the veranda at Firefly. Whether you're wildlife watching vantage point overlooking the pond, to creating an over-fire alfresco feast, or enjoying yoga on the deck, the vast barn doors create a free-flowing indoor-outdoor living space. With a hot tub tucked away in a private nook leading from the bedroom, enjoy an end of day soak to ensure a restful slumber. 

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,495 per week, £1,150 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne bedroom with king-size bed, one en suite wet room with concrete bath and rainfall shower.
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  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available on prior request
  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms are welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThis well-equipped self-catering cottage has ample parking for two cars, plus an Aga, Belfast sink, Nespresso coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher, washer-dryer and toaster. There is a fully enclosed garden that´s perfect for dogs.
  • Homestay includesHot tub, smart TV with Freeview, Netflix, Sonos sound system, iPad, WiFi internet, an outside fire with grill, local produce, linen, hammam towels for the hot tub, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyAir source heat pump, recycled materials and furnishings
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Firefly promises to enchant all those who stay
Handcrafted and reclaimed finds create a unique interior
Firefly exudes rusticity

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Firefly is located in the tiny hamlet of Trebudannon between Newquay and Mawgan Porth on the north Cornish coast. Vast stretches of golden sands, world-class eateries and the UK’s best surf breaks are all within easy reach of the cottage.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Firefly is 10 minutes from Mawgan Porth, Newquay, Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze beaches in North Cornwall.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The nearest train station is in Newquay, less than a 10 minute drive away. There are more frequent services from London to Truro and Bodmin Parkway which are both approximately a 20 minute drive away.
  • By Air Newquay Airport is around 10 minutes drive away.

From the owner

“Creating Firefly was a real labour of love, with many an hour spend trawling reclamation yards and designing one-off features for the cabin. For me Firefly offers an idyllic haven from which to escape the everyday, it´s a truly immersive space.”

From the owner

I worked closely with a team of local craftsmen and a designer to create this traditional 'cabin in the woods'. Although we were working within the remits of the previous stable dimensions, it was a new build by design, and as our aim was to create the antithesis of 'new' it was an interesting challenge! We wanted to afford the impression of a previously undiscovered cabin that had been unearthed and brought back to life. 

The benefit of starting from scratch with Firefly was that we were able to introduce unique features, such as the huge barn style doors that completely open up the side of the building onto the veranda, a modern twist that doesn't detract from the traditional cabin essence. We used reclaimed items wherever possible, all the floor, walls and ceiling were re-purposed, and every single item that features within the cabin was chosen with the ethos of the whole in mind.

It has been wonderful to watch this 'wild dream' realised and to finally have my own woodcutter’s cottage. I love spending time here, it's genuinely a restorative place to be. I grew up in Trebudannon, so walking the familiar tracks long before the world is awake is second nature to me; I feel fortunate that I'm able to share Firefly with guests. 

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Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Newquay with an insider’s perspective.

Bedruthan Steps
To See

Bedruthan Steps

A 10-minute drive from Firefly loom the stately rock stacks of Bedruthan. These mighty granite pillars have been carved out by the relentless action of thousands of years of wind and waves, and now provide a stirring spot for a sunset stroll.

Camel Trail
To Do

Camel Trail

Why not hire a tandem on the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow? The popular Camel Trail is a great day out, especially when combined with fish and chips on the quay and a stop off at the fantastic Camel Valley Vineyard!

Dive Newquay
To Do

Dive Newquay

Ever wanted to try your hand at Scuba diving? You can explore Cornwall´s top wrecks and reefs, take a snorkelling tour, experience a wildlife sea safari and more at Dive Newquay, just a 15-minute drive from Firefly.

Rick Stein´s Restaurant, Padstow
To Eat

Rick Stein´s Restaurant, Padstow

Enjoy simple seafood dishes with classic flavours at Rick Stein´s Seafood Restaurant. There is a seafood bar right in the middle of the restaurant where you can watch chefs assembling platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi.

Guest Testimonials

Our second holiday with Unique Homestays. We flew down to Newquay and what a fabulous time we have had to recharge the batteries after what has been an awful 18 months. Firefly is an amazing cottage, we love all the quirky details, the well-equipped kitchen and beautiful garden. We found a wonderful local fishmonger and butchers and barbequed all but one night! The hot tub is fabulous and we loved the Champagne on arrival. We left feeling refreshed and energised. Thank you again so very much and we will be back!

Wow! What a fantastic way to get away after lockdown. A beautiful home in a fantastic location and we have returned home feeling refreshed and in our happy place. We love the design of Firefly, every little detail has been thought through. We can´t wait to come back!

We´ve had a wonderfully relaxing and lazy honeymoon at Firefly. What a romantic place full of charm, beautifully designed and incredible attention to detail. It was all we would have hoped for and more. Thank you.

Firefly proved to be the perfect shelter to ride out storm Ciara! Despite 80mph winds and hailstorms, I can honestly say, I have never felt more relaxed or more at home than here. We needed a proper escape, and this place delivered in spades. It has inspired us to build on at home, and the attention to detail here is inspirational. Thank you.

We recently became engaged and wanted to spend some much needed time together. We visited Fistral Beach and had a Cornish pasty, but other than that we spent the whole time sitting in front of the log fire and drinking wine. We didn’t even need the TV! We got so much wedding planning done and the hot tub is such a treat no matter what the weather! Thanks so much to the whole team, we had a fantastic stay at Firefly!

We have been to Cornwall many times, but Firefly has been by far one of the best places we have ever stayed! We have even discovered some new beaches! It has been the perfect location to explore and a true haven. Thank you for sharing this unique experience.

Our perfect minimoon. Thank you for creating and sharing such a peaceful paradise. We have enjoyed our stay very much and it has felt like home. All the personal touches added to a ‘wow’ arrival – and the beautiful design of Firefly was instantly appreciated. It has been a perfect place to unwind after our wedding day and it will always hold a special place in our hearts! Thank you.

We have had a great week at Firefly. This place is very special and like no other! We loved the hot tub, sitting out on the decking, the fabulous shower and very comfy bed. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack and for giving us the opportunity to stay in such a great place. We are sad to be leaving, but hope to be back again! Thank you.

What a beautiful retreat! We were able to relax just sat out on the porch in all weathers and let time just pass us by while enjoying this home. The music on the iPad, the well-appointed kitchen, the hot tub and fire were all fantastic. A great stay in a location that was within easy reach of everything we wanted. The Unique Homestays team could not have been more helpful and on hand within minutes! A great level of service which we very much appreciated.

The perfect place for us to recover from our wonderful but mad wedding weekend with our two miniature Dachshunds. They both thoroughly enjoyed running along the beaches every day! Thank you so much for creating this amazing hideaway, we hope to be back soon!

We had a lovely relaxing four nights at Firefly after an amazing (but hectic) wedding! It was a perfect retreat away from our busy lives in London and we loved every minute. Especially the outdoor cooking, cosy warm fires, exploring the local area, and the hut tub! We just wish we could stay another four days. Thank you so much.

We had an amazing stay at Firefly, it is such a magical place. Not only did we really enjoy our time there but it was wonderful meeting the owner. Thank you to everyone who made our time at Firefly so wonderful, we can´t wait to start planning our next Unique Homestay!

Thank you for this slice of peace and quiet and a beautiful space, in which the small details perfectly combine with the overall design; one day I hope to build something as amazing as Firefly! Such a perfect place to retreat to.

We had a brilliant time here, such a special place to celebrate my 30th birthday. Absolutely loved it and could not wait to head back each evening after exploring Cornwall. From the hamper, ambient music on arrival, hot tub and cosy fire, this property is perfect for a city escape in every way. Thank you.

Thank you so much for creating this beautiful place for us to escape the helter skelter of life. I was so caught up in the beauty and charm that I proposed to my girlfriend. She must have been caught up too, because she said YES! This amazing, unique property will forever hold a very special place in our hearts.

The two of us have had the loveliest time ever. Firefly is fabulous, thank you for making it so special. We will be returning soon I hope. We have never been so relaxed. The fire is wonderful, the bath incredible and waking up to those picturesque views has been dreamy. Thank you once again.

Thank you for sharing your little bit of paradise with us - a perfect way to celebrate our first year wedding anniversary. Rufus adored his bed (and thanks for giving us an idea for his Christmas present!). We even managed to cook outside on one of the nights. Thanks again.

We had the most amazing weekend. The place is absolutely gorgeous, it will be a minimoon we won´t forget. Thank you for the champagne. I love the card added, a very personal touch. Also enjoyed the scones and bacon, they went down a treat. We hope to be returning in the future. Thanks again.

We loved the interior styling and quirky touches - the freesias in the little recycled bottles on the wall deserve a special mention. The property is wonderfully cosy, blending rustic style with certain modern luxuries, and we loved it. The sofa was gorgeous - better than any we have found in a rental property - and a perfect contrast to its wooden surroundings!This was our first getaway with Unique Homestays and we are now looking forward to planning the next one!

What a beautiful place! Could not have asked for a nicer place to escape the business of London. Already dreaming of my next Unique Home stays break.

Thank you for having us at Firefly for the last few days, we have absolutely loved it! The hamper, card and dogs bed/treats were a beautiful personal touch and very much appreciated. The dogs (and us) have really enjoyed warming up by the fire after a long day out exploring the surrounding beaches. The place is idyllic and we hope to be back one day.

This was by far one of the best experiences that I have ever had. Makes your brain think about the simplistic splendour, and a wish for those lottery numbers. It was my 50th, and it couldn´t have been in a better place, definitely recommended. What a perfect trip!

We loved the welcome hamper and the interiors of the property, they were creative and exceptionally inspiring whilst also being welcoming and homely. Unique Homestays is now our favourite booking agent for great cottages!

We loved the cosiness of Firefly as we experienced many days of rain, but were happy to stay inside with the open fire. We enjoyed making wholesome dinners in the open-plan kitchen and our little dog also joined in the fun.

Thank you so much for a very special stay at Firefly! It is a magical place and the perfect escape from city life. You have really thought of everything here and created a cosy home from home. The fresh Cornish air and surrounding nature was wonderful. We hope to visit again soon.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Firefly, what a stunning property and full of so many interesting items. Teddy, our Jackahuahua, loved running into the waves at Watergate Bay and also running alongside our tandem on the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow as he could roam freely off the lead (and have half my pasty at the other end!). We spent the evenings relaxing on the deck and even cooked supper on the outside fire which was a fun challenge. Thank you so much for such a special stay.

Thank you for letting us stay at your truly special cottage. We genuinely felt as if we had stumbled across a woodcutters cabin, the interiors are authentic, rustic and certainly very unique! While the back-to-nature feel is evident in the use of materials through the property, the key comfort elements - from mattresses to sofas and linen are high quality and luxurious. We enjoyed a restful and romantic stay, and we´ll definitely head back for a winter break to make the most of the real fire!

Firefly is like no other self-catering holiday I have ever experienced, it´s completely unique. I loved the rustic interiors and pretty flower gardens, I only wish I could have stayed all summer.

Wow, what an inspiring break! Thank you so much for letting me enjoy your unique home, it was the perfect place for me to get some relaxing alone time far removed from my chaotic city life. I loved reading by the pond, painting seascapes on the Cornish cliffs and gathering some inspiration for my blog visiting the local hidden gem attractions. The interiors have certainly encouraged me to get creative with up-cycling myself. Next year I´ll be bringing the dogs along for their summer holiday! Thank you.

Unique extras

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