Captain Blake's Retreat is the ultimate get-away-from-it-all hideaway.
Wow, just look at this location!
The entrance leads straight into the sitting-area, with the kitchen and bedroom beyond.
Just imagine waking up to that view!
The perfect place to enjoy the sun rise and set over the glistening blue sea.
Perched high on the cliff, above stunning Whitsand Bay with no near neighbours and reached only by foot, this is second to none.
There are comfy sofas and a TV for cosy evenings in.
Sit back, relax and watch the comings and goings of coastal life - from sailing vessels to dolphins.
Located on Captain Blake's Point, named after a 17th Century Commander of the Commonwealth who took his last voyage past this coastline.
The panoramic views look towards the Rame Head Heritage Coast in one direction.
Dining al fresco is an absolute must here.
Enjoy lazy mornings and breakfast in bed.
The open plan living-room is both spacious and stylish.
Dive into the king-size bed after a day out and about exploring this 'forgotten corner of Cornwall'.
The bedroom has been beautifully decorated and styled.
Have a leisurely lunch in the great outdoors with the stunning view reaching out in front of you.
The incredible view can be enjoyed from the dining-table too.
The interior is just gorgeous.
The toasty wood-burner will keep you cosy out-of-season.
Very well-equipped, the kitchen includes an electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge (with freezer).
The shower-room is really spacious.
A hot shower awaits after a day exploring the coast path.
Every little detail has been carefully thought out and provided.
What will you spot with the binoculars?
Seeing as you are staying at Captain Blake's Retreat, why not try and learn some Royal Navy lingo?
A nod to the name and the location's past.
Will you spot any dolphins or porpoises?
The theme runs throughout.
Whether you're a captain or not, this is the place to escape from modern life.
Your four-legged friend is more than welcome to join you here.
You'll want to return here time and time again.
The outdoor shower is ideal for rinsing off sandy dogs and bodies.
At low tide, there is a 3 mile stretch of golden sand.
The coast path heads over to the Rame Head Heritage Coast in one direction (the Mount Edgcumbe Estate is well worth a visit).
Exploring the coast path is a must -  tracks lead from the path down to the beach below.
The beach never gets busy, so you can enjoy it as you wish.
Truly a one-of-a-kind location.
Wander along Wiggle Cliff to Captain Blakes's Point.
The perfect getaway.
Lose yourself in this landscape.
A stay here is worth every step from the parking-area.
The nearby pretty twinned villages of Kingsand and Cawsand.
The folly on the Mount Edgcumbe Estate with views across Plymouth Sound to the city of Plymouth.

Captain Blake's Retreat


2.2 miles SE of Whitsand Bay / Sleeps 2 (no children under 12)

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7 Nights from £764

This was one of the most relaxing holidays we've ever had. A beautiful setting that was so peaceful. The kitchen was well equipped and catered for all our needs. It is within walking distance to several pubs that provide great food. Remember to pack light as its a long walk for your car to the house.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for your lovely review. We're so glad that you had such a peaceful and relaxing time and we have no doubt that you were able to while away the hours taking in those amazing views! Donna, Customer Support

This property is perfect for getting away to reset and recharge and even though we experienced poor weather we still loved it and will definitely return to watch the sunsets and listen to the waves which was so relaxing.

The Retreat is a beautiful, peaceful and unique location - no traffic or people noise. We loved it so much, we have booked again for next year. We had idyllic weather and it was glorious to sit on the bench watching the bay. The walk down to the beach is tricky and you need to take care but it gets easier! Once on the beach we almost had it to ourselves most days, when the tide is out it is a beautiful sandy beach, our dog didn’t want to come away, let alone us!

We struggle to travel to light, even our dog does, the wheel barrow makes it easier and we’ve now got the experience to learn from for next year.

Beautiful place of Heaven. Location was fantastic. Perfekt place to relax. You only hear the waves crashing. Our two dogs loved ist very much. If you looking for a quiet place without any people around you, this is the spot for you! We enjoyed every minute of our two week vacation there. Kitchen was fully stocked with appliances and Kitchenware. It was well worth the long drive for us from Bavaria (over 20hrs). We sure hope to revisit soon again!

So glad we booked the retreat, it was a truly relaxing experience and you can’t stop looking at the ever changing views. The beach was almost empty most days & the dog loved it. The accommodation is very well equipped & comfortable too. We loved how remote it was but there are still plenty of places within driving distance if you feel the need to explore. We would definitely book this again.

Our third visit to Captain Blakes so as you can gather my sister and I love it . Whether it's walking around the coastline with its amazing views , wildflowers and birds or sitting reading and painting looking at the ever changing sea and beaches . Swimming is excellent on the secluded beaches but it is a steep climb down and back but I thought it was worth it . Plenty of other interesting places to visit nearby Kingsand and Cawsand and Looe is lovely out of season ! We will be back !!

A very pleasant stay in this coastal retreat, with gorgeous views of the sea and landscape. We woul highly recommend Captain Blake’s Retreat.

What a fab hideaway, from the minute you turn off the road down the steep track you know it's going to be special, made even more amusing by the fact that you have to abandon your car at the end of the track and continue on foot for about 10 minutes to the property pushing your belongings along in the supplied wheelbarrow. The property itself is well appointed, clean, warm and cosy with of course those fantastic views across the sea, especially at sunset. Quite a tricky path down to the beach but once you're there you're on your own, not a soul to be seen (early May). Lovely walks direct from the property using the coastal path (one morning we came out of the property to find 3 huge deer outside the gate) and just a short walk over the hill to Cawsand bay for a couple of good places to eat or catch the ferry to Plymouth. No internet in property but reasonable 4G, but tbh turn you're phone off and enjoy the peace. Wished we'd booked to stay longer......

One of the 'best' holidays we've had. We loved the remote location and overall standard of the property. The views are simply stunning, can't wait to return!

A wonderful place to relax and enjoy some quiet time. This was out third visit to Captain Blakes and it didn't disappoint, we love the sea views which are amazing and totally tranquil - we love it!

Stayed from 3rd to 10th March 2023 Retreat and location is amazing, really enjoyed our stay with lovely walks or driving further afield to explore more of the Cornish Coast. Pubs in the local villages are excellent.
The retreat is cosy with wood burner and adequately equipped for 2 people. We will return

What a place to sit and relax. It was quiet sitting in it's lovely location. We were blessed with good weather for the weekend. The bed was very comfortable and everything was well thought out. Even though I have a bad hip and a bad back I found the walk from the parking area alright especially as you have placed a couple of benches to rest along the way! We enjoyed our champers on the patio in the glasses provided! Except there was nobody to pour it for us. Thank you.

This is a beautiful place with spectacular views

Another gem from Classic Cottages. If you like your own space, and an uninterrupted view of the sea, you’ll love it.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're delighted to hear you liked the location of Captain Blake's Retreat. What a great spot for gazing out to sea! We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kelsey, Customer Support

Fantastic secluded location with amazing sea views and great walks from the doorstep. Captain Blake’s Retreat is a tastefully decorated cottage with everything you could need for a lovely relaxing holiday.

Lovely remote property - fabulous sea views.

A brilliant 3 days at Captain Blake’s retreat following our wedding. Amazing coastal and fort views. Highly equipped stay meant we could have the perfect independent bolt hole in the winter weather! Walks straight out to coastal path or coves below - perfect!

Reply from Classic Cottages

Congratulations! This breath-taking retreat really is the perfect honeymoon getaway. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the future. Julie, Customer Support

Cottage in idyllic position, far from Crowds and very quiet. Perfect for us and dogs, and very comfortable. The wheelbarrow where the car is left was very useful for transporting our small cases.

A fabulous location, the vehicular approach to the property is via quite a steep and long narrow concrete track which has a few nasty potholes. Classic Cottages say it isn’t suitable for low slung vehicles, and I think an SUV / small 4 x4 is ideal. Once parked there is a walk over a coastal path to the property, which makes it most suitable for physically mobile. The Retreat is well appointed, clean and comfortable. The remoteness, privacy and tranquility gave us the most relaxing week we have ever had, which combined with the stunning views has led us to book for a return trip next year.

Loved the secluded location of the property, beach was perfect for "skinny dipping" as nobody around! Fantastic coastal walks from accommodation to Rame Head Kingsand and Cawsand, Mount Edgcombe and Tregantle to Portwrinkle. Would recommend The Bay, Cawsand and Halfway House Inn for meals and the Cliff Top Cafe for lunch or breakfast. Captain Blakes is definitely the place to chill!

Blake's Retreat is in an amazing position . If you want peace and quiet to recharge your batteries this is the place for you . Loved staring out to sea and if you want you can swim at low tide , ( access down to beaches steep but possible ) and walk to your hearts content . Also relaxing , painting , reading is so comfortable in the lovely interior , which is modern and cosy . I will return . Thank you .

Great website but not so easy to access all of the photos of property. It’d be a good idea to include space for guests to post photos too. You’ve got a guest book so why not have somewhere new guests can see the location at different times of the year?

This has to be the best holiday we have ever had…Captain Blake’s Retreat was fabulous, the accommodation and the view were exceptional! Waking up to the noise of the sea was so special, sipping drinks and watching the sun go down with a view to die for! We particularly enjoyed ship spotting with the telescope and relaxing in front of the log burner…heavenly ! Thankyou to the owners and all the team at Classic Cottages for making our holiday such a special one!

Such a magical place, we felt like the only two people in the world! Sunsets were glorious and the walking in the area was superb. Comfortable and warm, pack light, it’s a long walk from your car!

Amazing views over the bay from a lovely, secluded property!

The views are amazing and what are sell this property, however you are provided with the bare minimum and end to take even the basics with you

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Captain Blake's Retreat. We're delighted that you enjoyed the amazing views. Sorry for any confusion regarding the inventory. You may find it helpful to find a full list of our cottage inventory listed under the " Staying With Us " tab on our website. Alternatively, our helpful sales team are also delighted to answer any questions. Julie, Customer Support

I’d much rather keep this place secret so that I can book whenever I want - but it is pure magic. Beautiful unspoilt Cornwall and a location to die for!

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for sharing your secret about this fabulous retreat. It sounds like you made the most of this unique location. We hope that we can welcome you back soon. Julie, Customer Support

Captain’s Blake’s Retreat is a very special place to escape with a well constructed cosy house that manages to protect against winds. We stayed here for a week in November-December and enjoyed a wonderful time exploring the coastline and taking long walks. We loved the location with its incredible views and it was also great to be part of the Mount Edgecumbe estate with Tamar the Ranger to greet and support us. We loved it.

Superb location, wonderful walking and swimming and the big surprise was the excellent public transport. We used our car only twice during our 10 day stay. What a bonus!

Stunning place to stay for views and quiet time.

Beautiful Cabin

Fantastic property, in a secluded position, overlooking the stunning coastline. Whatever the weather the view is beautiful. The property offers all you need for a very special place to stay.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful stay! Thanks so much for sharing. Georgia, Customer Support

We had an incredible week at Captain Blake’s retreat and would thoroughly recommend.

The only bad point was the incredibly creaky bed but nothing stops this place getting top marks! Absolutely incredible location, beautiful design inside and out.

We chose Cornwall for our honeymoon due to the pandemic, expecting to have ‘a proper’ honeymoon when we could - but Captain Blake’s was perfect. So happy that we found it! We looked at going back for our first anniversary but it’s already booked which isn’t a surprise.

Beautiful view and amazing Location. But be careful in the early summer months walking to the cottage and back as there were a lot of ticks that were attaching to us and our dog.

Layout of house excellent ,loved the seclusion , amazing bathroom and shower . Outside water shower for Sandy feet . Used the deckchairs a lot . Spectacular views . Short but steep walk to beach .swimming good at low tide .beautiful and flower strewn walks on the doorstep either way .We agreed that it was one of the nicest places we have stayed in the Uk and abroad .We ate outside most days on the picnic table which was really nice looking out to sea and watching kestrels , Dartmouth warblers and hang gliders overhead . Surrounded by beautiful flowers , foxgloves and oxtail daisies it was so peaceful . I did a few walks and swam and my sister painted there is something here for everyone .thank you Captain Blake's Retreat .

Fantastic location incredible view!!!!!

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this fantastic, unique accommodation in such a spectacular setting! Especially liked the remote coastal location and unrivalled experience of sitting outside watching the sun set above the ocean or stargazing with glass in hand.

Highly recommend this property to anyone seeking peace and quiet from the rest of the world - stunning location. We did however walk from the property to Kingsand and Cawsand as well as to Cremyll to catch the ferry in to Plymouth.

Thank you Classic Cottages for a wonderful stay at Captain Blake's Retreat. It's absolutely the idyllic location for a restful getaway situated on the cliff of Whitsand Bay, overlooking the ocean, and with no other houses close by. The interior is tastefully decorated creating a calm restful atmosphere, clean and modern. The kitchen is well equipped, and perfect for self catering. We really enjoyed watching the sunset over the ocean with a glass of wine, or having a morning cup of tea watching the waves roll in, or even a pod of dolphins playing in the sea. The location is perfect for walks, great coastal paths around Rame head, or across the fields to Cawsand and Kingsands. If you are returning after dark be sure to have a torch, and sturdy footwear, the path from the car park, can be a bit slippery and hard to see with the overgrown plants. Although it was in an isolated location, it was still close enough for day trips to Fowey, Dartmouth, and Plymouth. We can absolutely recommend the fabulous new Plymouth art gallery The Box, currently housing an amazing exhibition celebrating 400 years since the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth to the new world/America. And also its' permanent exhibits, galleries, collections and archives are fabulous, and well worth a visit for those alone. We also enjoyed visiting Mount Edgecumbe Estate, although the house is currently closed, the grounds are impressive with fabulous views across Plymouth Harbour, and a lovely Orangery serving the best Cream Tea. Although we visited in Winter, there was so much to enjoy in the area, or just have days hibernating with a good book by the fire. We loved the wild location, being surrounded by nature, and the sea, we will definitely be returning! Thank you!

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for your great review of Captain Blake's Retreat. Your lcoal recommendations are fantastic and we are sure will help future guests! We are so happy that you had a brilliant time and enjoyed watching the sunsets each evening - how idyllic! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Sarah, Customer Support

It was the perfect remote, socially distancing get-away.

Beautiful place amazing scenery so relaxing walking up to hear the ocean would highly recommend this retreat to all my family and friends

Amazing views & location... perfect little spot for a romantic getaway.

Great access to coastal walk, and can access the beach. Also close to other little villages if you want to explore the wider area.

We had a lovely stay, thank you!

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for reviewing Captain Blake's Retreat - it sounds like lovely coastal walks and strolls on the beach. We are thrilled that you had a lovely stay and hope to welcome you back in the future. Sarah, Customer Support

The property is in a stunning location with incredible views. If you like the outdoors, wildlife with peace and quiet then you will love it here. We could have happily stayed on longer than a week. Captain Blake’s is a lovely cozy, well equipped and comfortable place to stay. Thank you to Tamar who met us and even pushed our luggage on arrival. She was very helpful through out our stay. We will be back!

A really great place, better than described. Amazing location with amazing view, easy walk to the beach. Overall the best property for a nice holiday.

We had an absolutely amazing week. The property is simply excellent. The location is amazing. Waking up to the view was breathtaking. We will certainly be back.

Even though we were only at Captain Blake's for three nights we felt as though we'd had a much longer holiday. We absolutely love it, and we're already planning our next visit. The whole area is stunning, and Captain Blake's is the perfect place to stay and explore it. Being able to lie in bed and listen to the sea is bliss!

This property is superbly located by the sea. Hidden gem.

We had a really wonderful stay at Captain Blake’s Retreat. We loved the peaceful location and the amazing views - which were wonderful whatever the weather. It felt like only a short, easy walk from where you parked the car (even though the website says it’s half a mile.) There is also a wheelbarrow to push your bags in, which makes things easier. We were slightly worried that the cottage’s proximity to the Coastal Path, which runs directly past the front of the building, would make it feel a bit overlooked. But in fact, the path runs below the cottage & all the plants that have grown-up hide people’s heads from view & make it feel quite private when you are sitting outside. We thought the cottage was beautifully decorated, well equipped with a very comfortable bed and a fantastic shower. We can’t wait to return next year!

Wow, what a property! From booking, to communication with classic cottages to finally Captain Blake’s we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Beautifully located and became our slice of heaven over the New Years holidays. Everything we could have wanted was catered for and the lack of WiFi was welcomed. The surrounding landscape was spectacular and provided many lovely walks for us and our pooches. We truly were sad to leave and look forward to staying again at Captain Blake’s.

Reply from Classic Cottages

It's so lovely to hear that you managed to spend a wonderful few days at Captain Blake's Retreat over the New Year getting some well deserved rest and relaxation following the Christmas madness! That view and those surroundings truly are the perfect antidote to the normal everyday and we do hope to welcome you back again very soon! Bryony, Customer Support


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We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we'd have to agree! Jill, Customer Services

Captiain Blake's was a brilliant location for us as we were looking to walk with the dog and generally relax, it was very private and had amazing views, with a comfy (if very squeaky) bed, fantastic shower and equipped with the basics you would need. We had a fantastic week, just a few things that would help to improve things even more, some sort of water-tight box outside for dirty boots would be good and there was no vacuum cleaner or floor mop. We always like to leave things 'spick-and-span' but couldn't keep the place as well as we'd like. All the rubbish goes in to one bin, it would be nice to be able to sort out recycling separately. Tide timetable would be useful, it doesn't go out far and comes in really quickly as we found out when walking back along the beach one day!! Finally, having the keys for all windows and doors would be nice, one window was unlocked so we had to close the shutters every time we went out, we couldn't open the back door from outside, which would have helped with the dirty boots issue too. It's a newish place so I'm sure hope the feedback is useful, we will definitely be looking to return.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for reviewing Captain Blakes Retreat. We're so pleased that you liked this comfortable and well equipped property with amazing views. We know that the owners will take on board your useful suggestions for future improvements. Alison, Customer Support

Great location, comfortable well thought out accommodation. Great welcome from Mount Edgcombe staff. Well worth a visit if you like a bit of isolation, quiet, wildlife, sea and sand, whatever the weather. Will be back.

Brilliant location History all around

If you have the chance to stay here, take it! It is a stunning location and a fantastic opportunity to completely lose yourself in the Cornwall coast and all it has to offer.

We had a wonderful 4 night stay in Captain Blake's Retreat blessed by glorious weather. It would be fabulous in any weather as it is comfortably furnished and the view is so fantastic . Excellent shower room and comfortable bed. Great meal at The View. The beaches are lovely when the tide is out but reaching them is a bit hair-raising as the paths close to the house are very steep and narrow, with nothing to hold on to, so not great for those who don't like heights. Easier access (though still many steps) at Sharrow Beach.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for your wonderful review of Captain Blake's Retreat - you certainly had some truly amazing weather to really enjoy those spectacular views! The coastal footpath is located only a few steps from your front door but we do recommend taking extra care on the path to the beach below (we're sure you'd agree that the beautiful beach is worth the climb but we're glad you found an alternative way down at Sharrow Beach). Bryony, Customer Support

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