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The Spyglass | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Gorran Haven, Cornwall

The Spyglass

Gorran Haven, Cornwall, UK

Surrender to the call of the sea and embrace your adventurous side as The Spyglass seduces you into the enchanting world of maritime Cornwall. With interiors to die for and just a stone’s throw from the sea with access to the beach, this luxury self-catering beach cottage is one of Gorran Haven’s best kept secrets. Drop anchor and make yourself at home.



Full of history, The Spyglass was part of the original fort built to defend Gorran Haven during Napoleonic times. Whilst retaining much of its authentic charm, these days, The Spyglass offers a much more luxurious purpose. With crystal clear waters lapping at the wall beneath and intriguing interior touches, this utterly unique homestay is an idyllic self-catering retreat for families. Break routine with long lie-ins and early evenings, and spend hours and days exploring the surroundings. Gorran Haven lies on the fringes of the Roseland Peninsula AONB, commanding unsurpassed sea views and extensive cliff top walks.


Behind the strong stone walls of this luxury beach cottage, a vintage maritime theme weaves its way through every room, fusing the owner’s sense of adventure with tales of the property’s roots. Enjoy exquisite sea views and um-and-ah over which is your favourite spot; perhaps by the crackling fire in the lounge or around the dining table with a Cornish wine and lobster. Maybe it’s nestled in the window-side armchair with views of boats drifting gently in the breeze, or in the master bedroom’s gorgeous super king-size bed wrapped in the thick duvet on a winter morning. Maybe it's all of them.


One of the best features of the Spyglass is the access down to Gorran Haven beach below, affording access to sandy toes and salty swims throughout the day. To get your legs marching and heart pumping, walk the coast paths and discover a labyrinth of tiny hamlets, lush woodland and secret coves. Upon return, set flame-grilled feasts on the barbecue, pick a blanket to snuggle up in and watch the sea change from silver to pink and squid-ink blue. A roaring fire and rum on the rocks will be the perfect complement to clear, crisp nights, with glittering seas and twinkling stars all around.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,595 per week, £1,150 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne first floor double bedroom with super king-size bed, one first floor twin bedroom, one first floor family bathroom with shower.
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  • PetsTwo medium well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per stay
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesDue to the bijou nature of the village, luggage can be dropped outside but cars must park in the car park a five-minute walk away. The car park is manned in the summer months and operated via an honesty box system in the winter. The kitchen has an electric oven, washer dryer, microwave and fridge-freezer. The garden is not enclosed and the property is accessed via a steep, uneven path.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, beach towels, Sonos multi-room sound system, Smart TV, DVD player, Dualit Nespresso machine, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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Cosy down by the fire at The Spyglass
The perfect place to drop anchor and make yourself at home

Prices & Availability

Gorran Haven

Nestled to the north of Cornwall´s Roseland Peninsula, this sleepy fisherman´s bay really is a haven for those seeking peace and tranquillity, with tiny streets, picturesque cottages and two sandy beaches perfect for picnics.

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Gorran Haven
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Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury self-catering beach cottage is set in the pretty village of Gorran Haven in South Cornwall.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, the M5 South and the A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property. The journey time is around four and a half hours.
  • By Train The nearest train station is St Austell. Travel Cornwall service number 471 runs three journeys between St Austell Trinity Street (approx. 10 minutes' walk from the railway station) to Gorran Churchtown.
  • By Plane Newquay airport is 23 miles away, with a journey time of around 45 minutes.

From the owner

“The constantly changing view of the bay from the cottage is stunning, mesmerising and magical. Having the ability to relax and enjoy the proximity to the sea, while in your own garden is what makes this cottage so special. Listening to the waves while you fall asleep will guarantee sweet dreams too.”

From the owner

Located on the site of the original fort that was built to defend the small hamlet of Gorran Haven, the cottage itself is shown on the 1841 Ordnance Survey map. You will see pictures of the cottage wherever you see pictures of the village, from any decade. It's part and parcel of the unchanged nature of Gorran Haven; a quintessential reminder of times gone by.

With its distinctive Cornish chimney, The Spyglass is one of the oldest properties on Little Perhaver Point and enjoys uninterrupted sea views. Each room is designed with comfort in mind so you can while away the hours watching the changing tides, listening to the waves lapping at the wall below or simply breathing in the intoxicating sea air.

Several original features remain, including the fireplace, which houses the welcoming wood burner in the lounge. The cottage has an enchanting timeless feel, and with mesmerising views and private steps to the beach below, it is the perfect hideaway in which to relax and enjoy nature and the seascape.

 The Cooper Family

Owner recommendations

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

The Cornish Riviera

To See

The Cornish Riviera

Cornwall´s south coast has long been dubbed the ´Cornish Riviera´, a tribute to the verdant landscape, sheltered coves and crystal-clear waters that make it so unique. With a little savvy, you can discover quieter, lesser-known areas within.

Mevagissey Feast Week

To Do

Mevagissey Feast Week

This wonderful village festival has been celebrated since 1754. Look forward to treasure hunts, boat building presentations on the harbour, Bhangra dance, Dhol drumming, street food stalls and, of course, the finale carnival procession.


To Do


If gardens are your passion then you must visit the world renowned Eden Project, less than 15 miles away, and the wonderfully mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan, only 5 miles away, with its 200 acres of magnificent flora-filled creations.

Cakebreads, Gorran Haven

To Eat

Cakebreads, Gorran Haven

In the summer, the dog-friendly Cakebreads offers a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as relaxed al fresco dining next to the bakery on Friday evenings. In winter, the patio heater is a particularly welcome treat.

Guest Testimonials

All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Spyglass. The cottage was extremely comfortable and we were very impressed with the interior design detail. The highlight of our stay was a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Our son visited last summer and had a fantastic time. I thought it looked wonderful and immediately booked for 2022, the property did not disappoint! We loved spending time swimming at the beach.

We had such a great time that we did not want to leave! It was fantastic, absolutely loved it. We could not fault our time here, it was perfect! We already can´t wait to visit again- thank you!

Our family fell in love with Gorran Haven and The Spyglass. We will have memories of this place for a long time to come. We enjoyed the views over the sea, invigorating morning swims, and the scenery on the coastal paths. The home was very tastefully decorated and we all had the best sleeps of our month-long holiday there (probably a combination of the wonderfully comfy beds and sounds of the sea). When the tide comes in it almost makes a giant tidal pool in front of the house and when it goes out a lovely big sandy beach that the boys could run around on. Skimming rocks became a favourite past time!

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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