Smugglers Cottage is a peaceful rural retreat for two.
The cosy living-room with a crackling fire for those cooler evenings.
A lovely kitchen and dining-area for the two of you (a new kitchen has been installed and photographs to follow).
Breakfast in bed at Smugglers Cottage couldn't be much more perfect.
The stone terrace garden
Snuggle up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate.
Looking through to the kitchen from the living-room.
The living-room with comfy chairs and a cosy wood-burner to keep you toasty on those cooler days and evenings.
A well-equipped kitchen perfect for cooking up your favourite holiday dish.
Snuggle up in a blanket and get cosy on the armchair with a glass of something special in hand.
Smugglers Cottage is dog friendly!
The lovely and light bedroom with a double bed.
Let the morning light flood into the bedroom.
Breakfast in bed is such a treat.
The bathroom has a bath and electric overhead shower.
The bathroom is light and spacious.
Don't forget the walking boots and dog treats.
The cottage has a small stone terrace at the front, which captures the morning sun, and a sloping garden to the side of the cottage.
Watch the world go by from the garden in the sun.
The spectacular view from  the coastal path near Loe Pool, looking towards the Lizard.
Porthleven's picturesque harbour.
The Loe Bar en route to Porthleven via the coastal path.
The bluebells at Penrose are beautiful during spring

Smugglers Cottage


1.8 miles SE of Porthleven / Sleeps 2 (no children under 16)

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7 Nights from £392

We found Smugglers' Cottage to be a cosy and welcoming home from home in a really excellent location. It was quiet and relaxing, yet close to Porthleven, Helston and the Lizard. There are also fabulous walks from the door. Would highly recommend this beautiful home from home.

This cottage is what you expect from Classic Cottages. Gunwalloe Cove a lovely beech about 8 mins drive away. No traffic noise, just lovely country side. Not isolated.

Fabulous location. Lovely walks from the door. Excellent base for exploring the lizard.

Smugglers is a great cottage, really good condition. Lovely sitting area and well equiped kitchen. Ideal if you want walks from the door with a dog as there are often places you can't take dogs in this area. There is a lovely little garden which is secure for a small dog, and has pretty shrubs. Set down a long quiet lane, with just a few other cottages nearby. Easy access to Portleven, takes about 10 mins which suited us.

It was another lovely day at Smugglers which is a perfect retreat for those who love to explore this special part of the country and a great place to return to after another expedition into the heavenly surroundings of the Loe Pool and Bar.

This is a great little cottage, we visited in March and it was warm and cosy. Equipment wise it as everything you could need, we cooked in most evenings no problem. If you do eat out there’s a great choice of local pubs and restaurants, a must try is the Halzephron Inn which you can walk to in about 1hr or the Ship Inn in Porthleven. If you like a pint of real ale try the Blue Anchor Inn in Helston but this is also about 1hrs walk all of which are dog friendly, the only none dog friendly place we visited and will not be returning is Mousehole which is a pity because it’s a nice walk from Newlyn.

Great cottage ...good location for a base for the area. Loo pool excellent place and the walk around can be very muddy in winter. Best to use the car park and walk down. At night i am sure we heard the waves battering the Loo bar and owls :).

The upgrades that have been done are excellent the cottage was warm and cosy The flowers,biscuits and eggs were a lovely touch. Having the lights on when we got there was nice and welcoming

Reply from Classic Cottages

We loved your description of the welcoming lights and lovely treats for your arrival. We are delighted you like the upgrades, and we hope we can welcome you back again very soon. Sarah R, Customer Support

Love visiting this cottage. Have been numerous times. Already booked for next year.

Delightful cottage, lovely and welcoming. Quite remote but that is exactly what we wanted so we could enjoy the stunning countryside and wildlife. So pleased that we stumbled across Smugglers!

Smugglers Cottage is situated in the most perfect location for a quiet get away with a dog. The cottage is very close to all amenities and is also in a rural spot. It is a delightful cottage which is cosy, clean and comfortable. There are fabulous walks in all directions from the house.

Very beautiful cottage. Nice location. Very clean and cosy. Have already booked for next year. Would highly recommend for a quiet getaway.

Smugglers Cottage is an amazing cottage, situated in a prime location for visiting many beautiful places and walking the most scenic walks around. Dog friendly and immaculately equipped with everything you could possibly need for your holiday. We wanted to pick it up and take it home with us!! I can recommend anyone to come and stay here, it is absolutely beautiful.

This was a beautiful cottage, down a typical Cornish lane, in a quiet area , yet only 5 mins from shops etc. its part of an old farm complex, but no longer a farm. One of the other properties does bed and breakfast, and also have horses. The walking both from the cottage and nearby along that part of the coast was exceptional, we walked 5 miles every day with stunning scenery on each walk

Smugglers Cottage is a perfect place to spend a holiday exploring beautiful Cornwall. It’s great for a couple to stay with a dog. It’s very well equipped with everything you need, even washing tablets and dog bowls were provided. It was beautifully clean and very comfortable. Lovely walks to Looe Pool and Looe Bar on the door step

This was out second visit to Smugglers and we were delighted to return. The cottage is very comfortable and the weather was kind enough to allow us to make full use of the sunny garden. There is excellent walking from the door and we often walked down to the beach in the evening. It is a fabulous location - very peaceful, but not out of the way. Highly recommended!

Great break in a lovely location. Highly recommend a stay at Smugglers cottage all the comforts of home.

I had another great stay at Smugglers Cottage which is well-equipped, cosy and comfortable and also well equipped. Smugglers is in a fantastic location, with the Loe and Penrose Estate accessible on foot and Helston is a great base for exploring West Cornwall. Walkers and nature lovers in particular will love the cottage and the beauty and tranquility of the area.

Absolutely lovely cottage for two and four legged friends. Super comfy and cozy with the log burner. Wonderful walks directly from your front door. Walk to the spectacular Loe Bar and onwards to Porthleven for coffee or lunch. We loved it and so did Murphy, our cocker spaniel. We’ll definitely be back.

Perfect, well-equipped cottage in an excellent location for walks with the dog. It exceeded expectations and we had a great time exploring the area. Thanks for a great holiday!

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for letting us know what a wonderful holiday you had at Smugglers Cottage.It's great to hear that you enjoyed exploring the stunning coast path with your dog. We very much look forward to welcoming you back. Julie, Customer Support

The most wonderful of locations and so snug and warm in the cottage after our days out on Loe Bar and the coastal path. Such fantastic walking from your door step. Very well equipped cottage. We had a great week here and the Christmas decorations were a lovely touch. Thank you

Already rebooked for next year

A lovely, home from home, cottage. Really well equipped and clean. Walks straight from the cottage to The Loe, Loe Pool, Helston, Porthleven and beyond. Lovely sunny garden to relax in and parking available.

The main positive point is the position of the cottage and the rambling possibilities from the cottage. No car required to get to a walking spot. Amazing nature on the doorstep.


Absolutely perfect, accurate description and exceeded expectations. Hope to return!

This was the perfect location and cottage for the two of us and our dogs. So quiet and private down the long lane. Will definitely recommend to friends and we will certainly be back. Shame it’s over 400 miles away!

A perfect place to relax and enjoy this part of Cornwall.

Smugglers Cottage was truly a wonderful place for us to spend a week. It's in such a lovely location. Remote, yet close enough to a town that you can pop out to the shops. The walks on your doorstep are truly stunning and we spent most of our time outdoors. Whilst indoors though there is a lovely wood burner to keep cosy and one of the best equipped kitchens I've seen in a holiday cottage. Couldn't recommend the place enough and really happy we chose it. Directions on getting there were spot on as well.

Good for dogs

Recommend, particularly for visitors with dogs. However, there is very little hot water to be drawn at one time ie for a bath, and there is only one smallish table in the cottage to sit at, which is adequate for two to eat at, but certainly not big enough for more than one person to sit at with a laptop and papers, or a jigsaw etc. So this not a cottage big enough for two people to stay home and amuse themselves on a rainy day, unless one of them is going to read on the sofa.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for your review and recommendation, and for letting us know about the hot water - we'll certainly check this straight away. We're sorry that the dining-table was a little small for your needs - if you prefer a cottage with a larger table, why not give our friendly Sales Team a call on 01326 555555 and they can help you with your choice. Tressa, Customer Services

Update May 2021 The immersion heater has been updated in the property to avoid the possibility of hot water issues and the bathroom has been refurbished. The sofa, dining room table and chairs have all been replaced, thank you so much for your useful feedback for the owners to take into consideration for refurbishment.

Lovely peaceful cottage with excellent dog walks on your doorstep,

What a gem! Tucked out of the way close to the coast and excellent for dogwalking, but still within very easy reach of local facilities.

Very comfortable and clean cottage in beautiful location. Excellent for dog walks from the door off-lead. Only down-side is low wall at side and front of house which can be easily scaled by a fit dog.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for taking the time to send us your review. We're so pleased that you were comfortable at Smugglers Cottage. We always let our guests know when a garden is enclosed but we can never guarantee escape proof for the most determined of dogs! Our Sales team are very knowledgeable about our properties and are always on hand should you need any extra information. Tressa, Customer Support

Excellent dog friendly cottage with an enclosed garden & good walks from the door, including a pleasant 30 minutes stroll through the woods to Loe Bar. The location is close enough to Helston to make exploring the area very easy. Be aware that you will get some noise from RNAS Culdrose as helicopters fly over, but this really isn't a problem and didn't cause us any disruption.

We had a wonderful holiday staying at Smugglers cottage which is ideally located for exploring the Lizard Peninsula and the far south west of Cornwall. The cottage itself is cosy and well equipped and although it is located down the end of a long country lane there are shops and pubs within a very short drive. We did lots of walking around the coastal paths and the weather was fabulous for the whole of our stay.

I have stayed at Higher Pentire (Carminowe View) a good few times going back to 1998 and was at Carminowe View last year and I know and love the place and that part of Cornwall. Smugglers Cottage was very much in keeping with my previous experiences and a worthy part of Higher Pentire. The cottage had everything required for a very relaxing and enjoyable stay, being attractive and rustic and well equipped and comfortable. The tranquillity was a major feature. The cottage is in a farmyard facing a barn and the Culdrose air base is nearby near Helston, but it was very peaceful as the airbase was not active very often (it's not an issue even when helicopters are about) and the farmyard (not an active farm) is very quiet: I just saw residents and horses moving about a few times. This was just the ticket for a great walking holiday in Cornwall as the amazing Loe Pool and Penrose Estate is an easy walk away and you can also access the coast without taking the car out; further, loads of great walks are a short drive away; it's also a blissful place to simply relax undisturbed. The situation is very romantic and beautiful. The kitchen and bathroom are well-equipped and the lounge is characterful and cosy and a great place to spend time. The bedroom is very quiet and relaxing (I felt like time stood still in there!). I was a little concerned about parking in the adjacent field it in the event it was OK for me. The internet was great and there was a smart TV - unexpected bonuses in self catering! I really enjoyed Smugglers and it's definitely a candidate for next year! I would say Smugglers is great for one or two seeking a peaceful haven and is ideal for walkers.

Smuggler's Cottage is a relaxing home from home. If you want a comfortable base for long, off lead dog walks this is the place. Great location..we didn't use the car!

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're so glad you enjoyed your time at Smugglers Cottage. This is our local stomping ground, and we'd highly recommend a walk along the shores of Loe Pool before heading along to the clifftop Halzephron Inn at Gunwalloe - great food, amazing views and dog friendly too. Tanya, Customer Support

We loved our stay in this cozy cottage, it was perfect for our few days away. Ideal location for woodland walks, wildlife and discovering the beaches and coves in and around the Lizzard. We enjoyed relaxing in front of the wood burner after our days spent exploring.

Great location for walking with dog straight from cottage. Quiet rural location but easy to explore the area such as the lizard and falmouth. Small but very comfortable cottage.

Lovely Cottage in a great location for beautiful walks direct from the door.

Had a great week here, even the weather was good. If you have dogs and need a easy place to stay this is the place Penrose is a great place to walk each day no two walks the same. we enjoyed it so much we have re booked for next year. Cottage is very cosy with everthing you need, even milk and cookies on arrival >

Comfortable, well equipped cottage in quiet location (although at times planes & helicoptors were passing over from nearby base) good for exploring The Lizard area.

The cottage was a lovely and cosy peaceful area nice walks with Molly our dog will be returning later this year

A lovely cottage in a fantastic location.

best ever holiday in cornwall ever.

A pretty cottage in a wonderful location, just perfect for walkers and dog owners. All of west Cornwall very accessible. Lots to see and do.

Wonderful little house, with (almost!) everything we needed for a great Christmas week. Fantastic location, we did some great walking, without even having to get in the car first. Kitchen really well stocked - we cooked our Christmas dinner & had every utensil we required, which I wouldn't naturally have expected from a holiday cottage!

Excellent location,charming cottage in rural location but close to all attractions

This cottage is all about the location. It's a great place to set yourselves up for a walking holiday, exploring all that the Lizard, South West coast path and Loe Bar have to offer. There's so much to see and many beautiful walks either close by or even straight from the front door. Really lovely area to be in.

The cottage itself is OK. It's cosy and easy to keep warm. It's quite well equipped and the TV / Wifi work well.

Unfortunately we found there were a lot of wasps around the outside of the cottage and think there might be a nest in the roof space. The immersion / hot water tank was either not working properly or doesn't provide enough hot water for a soak in the tub. There is an electric shower which is OK, but sometimes a soak after a days walking is what you need! And the noise for us was noticeable. We had helicopters flying around and over the cottage for almost the entire week, on a few nights going on til very late (11:15pm on one night!). They were not just passing by either, but were circling the area at times as well. Would have been nice to have had some indication that this might happen, even if it is rare.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for your review, we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay - the location is certainly fantastic if you want to walk in the area. The naval airbase at Culdrose is situated a couple of miles away at Helston, and occasionally they practice flying over sea, and sometimes night flying. Obviously we're not able to say when this will happen and what route the pilots choose to take, as a lot will be dependent on weather conditions, but it is not a regular feature. We've let the Owner know about the wasps - thanks for making us aware. Tanya, Customer Support

Very cosy cottage in a tranquil location. Ideal spot for walkers, as there are miles of public paths in the area leading to the Loe, the beach etc. right on the doorstep. We enjoyed the comfortable living room, perfect after a day exploring the local area.

lovely cottage with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. a perfect location for us, peaceful with really good walking, back to nature.

Fantastic cottage in a great location, like home from home

The cottage is well equipped and comfortable. It is ideally placed for walks along the South West Coast Path and visiting all parts of The Lizard.

Lovely cottage and would definitely recommend it as a base for exploring the rest of Cornwall. The owners seem to have thought of everything. Really dog friendly with private garden and great walks from the doorstep. The seaside theme throughout was really charming.

Lovely cottage, beautifully kept and well funished and equipped.

Lovely clean cottage in an ideal location for dog owners looking for a restful break in Cornwall.

An excellent cottage in an excellent location. Thoroughly reccomend.

Very well situated, good for dog walking and for sightseeing. The local fresh fish and crab in Porthleven is excellent. The lake in Helston is in walking distance, is well worth a visit and the café facilities are first class. Also if you enjoy feeding ducks, geese and swans visitors can buy for a small price maize for feeding.

The location really is superb, for peace and quite, long and varied walks, very dog friendly. Smugglers, though quite small in apprerence has an very decent size double bedroom with plenty of space and room. The hanging space for clothes is exceptionaly spacious and generous ( more so than many modern new holiday lets.) Having stayed in many cottages and "apartments" in South west Cornwall, Smugglers is for two people and a wuff very good value and private, small grassed garden area for BBQ's, sitting and readingno cars or people walking past all day. Or get out and explore Cornwall and come home to a snug cottage, log burner, good size bath, with telly and wi fi should you get the urge!!

Location fantastic, especially when needing rest / relaxation, also great for dogs of all sizes - beautiful landscape and walks possible directly from the cottage; We love the location and the cottage is beautiful! :-) Lots of things to see / places to visit within 30 min drive only All people we've met in Cornwall were absolutely friendly - also to dogs!

A perfect base for seeing some of Cornwall's most beautiful scenery. The peace and tranquillity was fabulous and we are very happy that we had all of this with some amazing weather.

Our second visit to Smugglers- we haven't returned to a holiday cottage before but this one ticks all our boxes. Perfect!

Tiny but gorgeous cottage. Very well-equipped and comfortable. Lots of fab walks nearby in very special countryside, supermarket a few minutes away by car. There was sometimes a background hum from Culdrose (not audible inside the cottage) but this no doubt depends on the wind direction.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at Smugglers, and were able to take advantage of the fabulous walks around Loe Pool. RNAS Culdrose is a naval air station on the outskirts of Helston, and occasionally their exercises take them towards the coast at Porthleven. It's very limited and usually just the odd helicopter or plane passing in the area, but as you say it may have been the wind direction which meant you noticed it in the garden. We're delighted that you had a fantastic stay. Tanya, Customer Support

Everything anyone could need was provided.

We would recommend this to any couple that want an away break with dogs in a beautiful part of Cornwall.

Nice cottage in an ldeal location for walkers

Lovely and cosy cottage in the middle of a beautiful landscape; 100 metres from nice bridleways down/around Loe Bar and pool. Walks from 45 min to 2.5 hours possible without using the car. Fantastic for people with dogs (no lead required!).

Nice little cottage in a beautiful part of the world!

We had a lovely stay and would come back again, also would use Classic Cottages again

Lovely location, we and our dog loved the walks that were literally on your doorstep. The property is generally comfortable and really well-stocked with lots of little extra things. However, in the end we found the lack of a shower and the immersion hot water a bit of an issue. Shame, because otherwise we loved it

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks for taking the time to review Smugglers Cottage - we're glad you enjoyed the location and made the most of the beautiful walks. The Owner has investigated the possiblity of fitting a shower, and hopes to do this later in 2014. When it's been fitted, we'll update the accommodation details, so we'd recommend that you keep checking back to see when it's in situ. Tanya, Customer Support

Smuggers Cottage is a delightful place from which to explore the walks to Loe Bar and beyond. The 2 of us and our dog were very warm and comfortable during our stay over New Year; there was even a pretty little Christmas tree, complete with lights! The cottage had everything that we needed, although no shower, but its charm more than compensated for that! We would certainly recommend this property to others.

Lovely little cottage that is well equipped and clean. You definately need a car at this propoerty as nothing is in walking distance. Ideal if you like horses! Garden not enclosed enough for large dogs that like to jump small walls.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for taking the time to review Smugglers Cottage. The garden is enclosed by a wall, but as you say, most dogs can find a way to freedom if they're so inclined! We hope that you and your dog enjoyed the property and particularly the lovely walks around Degibna and Loe Bar. Tanya, Customer Support

Clean cottage in rural location. You will need a car to get here and about. Close to Helston for shops. Landlocked so views are of land not sea.

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