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Cotton Tree | Luxury Beach Cottage Retreat | Holywell Bay, Cubert

Organic fresh and cool, this luxury self-catering clapperboard cottage in Cubert is minutes to the rolling dunes of Holywell Bay and Porth Joke beach. Sway in the hammock, sink into the hot tub, or simply hunker down in front of the glowing woodburner; this is the perfect couples’ retreat near Cornwall's north coast.

Clapperboard cottage with hot tub Holywell Bay


Taking inspiration from the owner’s extensive time spent on Australia’s north coast, this luxury Queenslander style cottage in Cubert near Porth Joke (or Polly Joke to the locals) embodies the very essence of seaside living. Thick linens, salvaged sailing relics and exposed wood hold sway between The Cotton Tree’s walls, while a wraparound sun deck, beach grasses and comfortable outdoor living command the garden. Just a mile’s walk over undulating hills to the surf and sand, this Scandi-come-Cornish hideaway offers a blissful cottage escape.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Stretch out of the cloudlike king-size bed, throw open the French doors and slide into the hot tub for a rejuvenating soak before rustling up a breakfast of fresh fruit and Cornish buttered toast to eat under the pergola. After a day on the beach, wash off sandy toes in the monochrome porcelain tiled double shower, or spend long nights in the deep cast iron bath tub. 


Pack backpacks and tote bags with blankets and sweet treats and head to the shore for a good old fashioned day by the sea. For those with an active disposition, the South West Coast Path leads both north and south from Holywell Bay to the sweeping sands of Crantock and Perranporth respectively - don't miss the poppy fields of Porth Joke on your way. On return, fall into the garden sofas and sip red wine under indigo skies.

For Relaxation

With enviable surroundings and an idyllic location, The Cotton Tree is wonderfully placed for adventures in both adrenaline and leisure. Unleash your inner water baby with an afternoon learning to surf, salute the sun with sunset yoga on the decking or simply pop the kettle on the woodburner stove and cosy under thick blankets on crisp winter evenings. Of course, whatever the weather or season, any stay here just wouldn't be complete without a lengthy night or two in the hot tub.


There is gated private parking for two cars. The Cotton Tree is well equipped with an electric oven, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and a washer-dryer. A single bedroom can be utilised, on request, for an additional fee of £75; a rail can be attached to the side of the bed, perfect for toddlers. The cottage is warmed by renewable air source underfloor heating system and a log burner stove. The garden is fully enclosed and dog-friendly.


  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,250 per week, £950 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: One king-size bedroomSingles: One single bedroom on request, for an additional fee of £75
  • BathroomsBathroom with double shower and cast iron bath
  • FamilyChildren: Children and babies are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA barbecue is provided
  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping can be arranged
  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsTwo small well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsSmart TV, Nespresso coffee machine, NetflixInternet & Communications: Wi-Fi Internet is available (Please note: limited mobile reception)Mobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsRecommend to a friend

Style: Inspired by travels in Australia, this Queenslander cottage celebrates the natural world in its entirety with exposed wood, thick linens and stone tiles throughout.

Dinning area with exposed wood, thick linensClapperboard cottage open plan sitting room in CubertThe sand dunes at Holywell BayRomantic cottage bedroom Holywell Bay and Porth Joke

Our Take

Head of Operations Sarah says

I visited The Cotton Tree on a midsummer´s day, when the whitewashed clapperboard gleamed in the sun and dune grasses swayed in a gentle breeze. The tranquility, peace and birdsong make this one very special cottage hideaway on Cornwall´s north coast.

Relaxed cottage bedroom with french doors leading to the gardenRomantic hideaway cottage in north Cornwall

Unique Extras

From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Cubert, Cornwall to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Camel Valley Vineyard Enjoy a blissful afternoon at the Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall's largest vineyard. Situated on the banks above the River Camel, these award-winning, world-class wines have been produced in north Cornwall since 1989. Located in an idyllic setting on sun-drenched slopes, here is the perfect place to while away a whole day, or stop for an hour or two for lunch and wine tasting whilst cycling the famous Camel Trail.

Festival Fun In the summer, the area hosts some of Cornwall's most renowned festivals such as The Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze, Boardmasters Surf Festival and Leopallooza just an hour up the coast in Bude. For music lovers there is something for everyone, from a laid-back acoustic set on the beach to a big chart topper on the main stage.

Harbour Towns Head to the south coast for a taste of old fashioned Cornish living. Explore the quaint and picturesque fishing villages of Charlestown and Fowey which move to a slower, gentler pace to villages on the north, or take an afternoon drive hopping between Port Issac, Tintagel and Boscastle, famously featured in ITV series Doc Martin. Further afield, wander the higgledy piggledy roads of St Ives and Mousehole, flitting between sweet little cafes, art galleries and boutique shops.

Surf's Up! Don’t miss the opportunity to grab a board and hit the famous Cornish waves. Holywell Bay has an excellent surf school while Crantock offers some of the finest swell in the United Kingdom. After, hunker down in the Lewinnick Lodge on top of the cliffs and watch the local pros in their playground.

Nearest Beach 1.5 miles to Holywell Bay, 2.4 to Porth Joke and 5.4 to Fistral Beach.

Other Local Information

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With a cottage hideaway as gorgeous as this, you'll be forgiven for staying home of an evening rather than going out for tea. Head to Trevilley Farm Shop to stock up on home-reared beef and lamb, freshly picked vegetables (and a pasty for the next day's lunch on the coast path, of course!) and settle in for a night around the dining table, woodburner crackling away.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury cottage holiday indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

The coves and farms surrounding The Cotton Tree are positively bursting with exceptional eateries and hidden foodie delights. For a seafood supper, it must be The Fish House, just six miles down the road, where Paul Harwood rustles up the most delicious and fresh dishes. For a more informal (but no less tasty) affair a little closer to home, The Smugglers Den in Trebellan is just the ticket.

Self-catering near Holywell Bay and Polly JokeLet an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering mealExceptional eateries and hidden foodie delights close by


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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline so should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. The photographs show aspects of the property at the time they were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed. If there are points of particular importance that need clarifying before you book, please ask our team.

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