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Lizard Lighthouse Cottages
Reviewed 26 July 2013

We stayed in the Wolf Rock Cottage at the end of June. It is located in the complex of lighthouse buildings at Lizard Point so follow the signs to the lighthouse from Lizard Town to find it. The last bit is though a gate and up a drive as if you are going to the Lighthouse Heritage Centre there. There is allocated parking for each cottage in the complex. When we arrived, it wasn't clearly marked, but they put up new signs while we were there. For Wolf Rock, you park next to the building and if you have two cars, you park one behind the other. When you drive out, you go through the National Trust Car Park as it is part of a one way system. If the car park attendant is on duty and you are not an NT member, just tell him you are staying at the lighthouse. He is very friendly and was interesting to talk to.

When we arrived, it was a howling gale. You need a combination number to release the door key from the outside key safe so make sure you've got it with you. We had left ours behind so we had to ring Cornish Cottages. Note there is no mobile phone signal in the cottages or outside them. I managed to find a spot nearby where there was just enough signal so I got through and got the number.

Once inside it all looked very good and clean. There was a welcome pack in the fridge of tea, coffee, milk, scones, cream and jam. Note this is not a cosy cottage with low beams. It is former lighthouse keeper accommodation and is quite austere with high ceilings and bare floors. You enter through the front door into a long main corridor. Off to one side is the main bathroom and a bedroom with twin beds and an en-suite. On the other side of the corridor is a room with the boiler and the kitchen/diner. You go through the kitchen to the lounge.

At one of the corridor is a broom cupboard. At the other end is the entrance to the main dining room which is in the base of the tower of the disused lighthouse which forms part of the property. There is spiral staircase up the tower to a small lounge room with tables and chairs at the top of the tower.

Also off the main corridor is a long, steep staircase up to the first floor where there is a double bedroom and a twin single bedroom. Note there is no bathroom, toilet or running water upstairs so it can be a long trek down to the bathroom in the middle of the night. This cottage is not suitable for people of limited mobility. I think one of the other cottages here is though.

As mentioned above, when we arrived it was cold and blowing a gale. The heating in the cottage was every efficient though and soon warmed it up. Don’t use the boiler room as a drying room though as it will make your clothes smell. The only room that isn't heated is the tower room, but there is a portable heater you can take up there.

Whilst I enjoyed the stay here, there were some problems. The extractor fan in the main bathroom did not appear to be working., We wasn't sure if it was being overwhelmed by the gale, but it did not seem right and there was a horrible smell of drains coming from the sink. By Monday the wind had died down, but it still didn't work and the sink smelt worse. We had to leave the plug in. You aren't encouraged to put bleach down as they have a bio digestion system for the sewage.

There is a also a heater in the lounge which gives a fire effect and should give off heat. We switched this one, but nothing happened.

We weren't sure who to ring as the property is owned by Trinity House, but managed by Cornish Cottages. We rang Cornish Cottages on the Sunday and left a message. We used the payphone in the cottage as they will ring you back and there is no mobile signal. We found the instruction book on Monday which said that all faults should be reported while you are there, otherwise they will just be treated as constructive criticism. It said to ring the Kernow Cleaning Fairies (I kid you not) who service the cottages. We did this and they told us that the sink was a known fault that had been reported. They also said they would send out someone for the fan and heater.

We were out on Tuesday, but when we came back we think someone had been in and the drain has stopped smelling. During dinner the electrician arrived and fixed the fan, but couldn’t sort out the heater. After he left, by lying on the floor, we found some hidden buttons underneath it which turned it on.

The smell came back the next day so we rang Cornish Cottages. They were most unhelpful. They wanted us to stay out the cottage for the whole of Thursday so they could mend it. We asked for a refund for doing that which they refused. It also came up in the conversation about the lack of mobile signal there. We feel they should mention it in the brochure. The manager said that he lived at the Lizard and the signal is fine. We agree in Lizard Town it is, but it stops just where the 30 mile limit ends at the top of the lane to the lighthouse. In the end we decided to live with it. The manager needs to work on his attitude as he seemed to have “the customer is a nuisance and always wrong” approach and we did not think we were being unreasonable.

Other niggles where the washer/dryer is not very good and even though there are superb views from the property, they are difficult to see from inside. The living room has all its furniture facing the wrong way and the tower room only has three small windows which you can only look through standing up or sitting in one of the high chairs in the room. They are also very dirty although I imagine they would be quite hard to clean.

The cottage is advertised as four star accommodation. I think I’d give it two and a half.
We had fog on the last night, but the fog horn on the active lighthouse on the other end of the complex was not intrusive. I have very good hearing, but it wasn't a problem. The light beam isn’t either.

People do tend to wander in thinking the cottage is the public toilets for the heritage centre (these are opposite) so have an eye to security and don’t leave the front door or the side door open.

Despite the niggled, this is a stunning place to stay with lovely coastal walks and views. There is Sammy the seagull who keeps all the other gulls away and comes visiting looking for food. The heritage centre is well worth a visit and you get a discount as a resident. The man who runs it set up the cottages as for holiday use before handing them to Cornish Cottage and he was very interesting to talk to. I also fore filled a childhood ambition of living in a lighthouse. I don’t think I would stay in this cottage again, but I’m glad I did despite the problems

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

We stayed in Godrevy for 2 weeks in October 2012, great place to stay and even though we had 5 days of the fog horn, it didn't bother us really. And we slept though just fine. Lisa who looked after the cottages was great and fixed a problem with had with the washing machine straight away. The place is stunning and easy for the coast path. Our only criticism ( and being picky now) was that even though we had a sea view the way the cottage was laid out meant we couldn't just sit and watch the sea. Also slightly disappointing not to be ale to sit outside at the front of an evening to make the most of the glorious sea view. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend, and will return when we can.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank FinMcDin
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful week at "The Longships" Cottage at the Lizard Lighthouse. The Cottages themselves are very spacious, clean and with everything you could need for your stay - including washer/dryer, dishwasher, hairdryer - even a dog bowl for those with a dog (I couldn't tell any animals had stayed at all) The setting is very pretty and all the cottages overlook the sea and when the tide is low the waves can be seen crashing over the rocks too!
The welcome basket contained sachets of coffee & sugar (plenty) as well as tea bags and a pack of nice biscuits, there was milk in the fridge too! As it was Easter there was also a dish full of assorted mini chocolate eggs - they didn't last long!
The Polpeor Cafe at the bottom of the road serves better food and more variety than many a good restaurant - (tasted good too) and the view over the sea and cliff at sunset was stunning!
There are plenty coastal walks and Lizard village is only 20 mins walk - Ann's Pasties is a must - their Cornish pasties are amazing!! The Witchball Pub is also a good place to eat!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Pamela H
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

We have just returned from a week’s stay at the Lizard Lighthouse Cottage and we’re already planning our next visit to this marvellous, unique accommodation.
We stayed in Seven Stones which was perfect for our party made up of 4 adults, 2 children and an excitable Basset Hound. The converted building feels very modern and yet at the same time never loses any of its original charm. The cottage is made up of an entrance hall, kitchen to the right containing everything you could possibly need, ground floor twin bedroom with bath and shower, separate shower room, dining room with cupboards full of games and books and a living room with TV and DVD player. Upstairs had a double room and an adjacent twin room.
The cottage itself is located right on the cliff edge with a nearby cafe and gift shop although the village is only a 5/10min walk and has a nice pub (Top House) and a great fish and chips shop (Smugglers).
The biggest attraction for us was the stunning coastal views right outside our cottage along with the peace and quiet at the end of each busy day of visiting various places in Cornwall.
Ok, onto the foghorn... We had it all night on the first night and one morning during our stay. It’s very loud and goes off every 30 seconds however, we didn’t find it too much of a problem. You get earplugs for night-time and because it’s so frequent, you soon find that you have forgot it’s even there.
Finally, we want to say a big thank you to Lisa who looks after the cottages and makes sure everything is so special... We’ll be back soon!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank Gazmanchester
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

The idea of staying at a lighthouse sold us on these cottages as soon as we saw them. The fact that there was an option for a bedroom with ensuite on the ground floor was a real bonus with the elderly parents travelling with us, and provided a degree of separation and privacy from us on the top floor.

The last half mile is down a tiny lane you think might just be as wide as your car (until you see the bin lorry hareing down at 30mph on tuesday!) and the final approach in to the immaculate white walled compound is a strangely exciting moment. The cottages are flanked by the two 70m towers although you cant see much from the rear as each cottage has a high walled yard which provides some privacy.

Once inside, the cottages are lovely.. you have a real sense of utility from the stine flagged halls and the plain decor, but the sanded wood floors and comfy furnishings make it feel equally homely. The lounge is not huge but perfectly adequate with the usual TV DVD CD Radio etc though for avid telly addicts the tv is small!

Kitchen Diner is modern and a decent size, table easily big enough for 6. Again all mod cons Oven, Hob, Fridge, Freezer, microwave, Dishwasher, Washer/dryer. There is the usual crockery and glassware and the eclectic mix of other utensils pots pans and dishes.. Only thing we really missed was smaller baking ware/roasting tins - there is an ENORMOUSE aluminium roasting tray (catering type) and the fitted trays that come with the oven. With 4 adults pottering, it becomes apparent the L shaped layout of units is not the best planned, but a bit of discipline worked and we turned out good meals on the days we cooked.

Our Cottage (Godrevy) has a twin with en suite shower room on the ground floor overlooking the yard. The family bathroom is next to it. On the top floor is a spacious double and a second twin both have ample storage, comfy beds and pleasantly furnished. The main rooms all have stunning sea views - the cliff is about 50 metres away.. these must be the most southerly houses on mainland Britain..

The location is exposed of course, so it can be windy but the yard is sunny and sheltered, and the cottage is well heated. For walkers the coast path is on the doorstep, even pedestrians rather than ramblers will find pleasant strolls to the nearby coves and beaches and to lizard village itself, and the abundance of wildlife and flowers was incredible.

Lizard village is not much to write home about, 2 pubs and a smattering of cliche gift type shops and a cafe etc, far better is Mullion a couple of miles away. Although the location feels remote, there is a frequent bus service to Helston for supermarkets etc and I think even non drivers might manage despite the seeming remoteness of lizard.

As with all of cornwall there are attractions and places of interest at every turn so the lighthouse is a perfect base for day trips and short excursions.

We were not troubled by the light beam at nights though some of our neighbours commented on the reflected light. We admit to hoping to hear a booming sonorous mournful foghorn.. and so were not too bothered at the arrival of a sea mist one evening.. sadly modern fog horns are higher pitched. and not quite so romantic!..

On arrival we found individual towel stacks on all the beds with guest soaps.. only to realise the soaps were packets of industrial ear plugs!! Although some previous guests had commented how the noise was disruptive, we acclimatised to it really quickly and all 4 slept the night with it sounding off without resorting to the plugs (a nice souvenir to keep though!)

Another factor in choosing the cottage was the ability to take 1 dog with us.. though given the space and huge hallway, I really cant see why it is limited. Given the hard flooring throughout, there seems little justification in the standard £25 surcharge for the dog..

Lisa the housekeepr is often on site as the changeover days are staggered. across friday saturday and sunday. she is chatty and friendly and full of helpful advice on places to go, and places to eat and drink.

Given the walls, fences and gates, the cottages are safe for kids and pets alike despite the location. Views are exemplary, and even though you have a cottage, you feel like you live at the lighthouse - fantastic!!!

My 2 tips would be avoid the middle cottages if possible as the visitor centre is between them and the cliff, and "may" obscure the sea views from the ground floor.

Wolf Rock cottage has the disused second tower and the description is a bit lyrical about having use of the tower which has a dining area at its foot, and a room above. the view from here is limited to 2 tiny windows and you need to sit on high stools to appreciate it.. the 2 armchairs are so low you cant see a thing! Admittedly the amazing canvas hanging (20 ft long?) with a picture of a lighthouse is stunning,as are the printed blinds which I think are unique to wolf rock, but I am not sure I would pay the £100+ premium for these facilities if other cottages were free.

Price wise, we thought Godrevy was excellent value - even without a view it would be worth it.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank sparkysdad2010
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Reviewed 13 October 2010

We stayed in the "Wolf Rock" at the beginning of September for 1 week. The accommodation is fantastic, "rustic" yet with all the normal modern additions. Trinity House includes so many things as standard that we hardly needed to bring anything. When we arrived there was milk in the fridge, tea / coffee and biscuits on the table, washing up liquid, tablets for the washing machine & dishwasher, kitchen towel and T-Towels, etc. The views from the cottage were amazing and it is only a 10 minute walk from there into the village itself. The "Wolf Rock" has 3 double / twin rooms, 1 on the ground floor and 2 on the 1st floor. The only point to note is that the bedroom downstairs has the on-suite and the main bathroom is also on the ground floor. This means there is no bathroom upstairs so you do have to walk down in the night if you need the toilet...it wasn't an issue for us but worth considering if you have very young children or someone disabled. There is allocated parking for two cars and lots of room for storage inside. The cottages are located next to the visitors centre so during the day you do get a few people walking past to visit this, don' t let this put you off as you really don't notice them. The cottage was also very clean and warm and we were lucky that the fog horn only went off for 1 hour one evening....and as others have said it’s not as bad as you would expect. Each cottage has a lovely visitor’s book where everyone that has stayed there writes a few lines on the places to visit, a nice touch and we enjoyed reading some of the stories. Over all we would certainly recommend these cottages to anyone. We only graded it 4 stars as it is very expensive during the peak periods, but if you avoid the school holidays (which we did) it is only slightly more than renting a normal "in land" cottage....and the views are worth the little bit extra! The only other thing to be aware of is that we couldn't get any phone signal on the main networks unless we walked into the village. However there is pay phone in each cottage and this also takes incoming calls free of charge.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

These cottages have been beautifully restored and yet retain the charm of the "old government buildings" feel. Very spacious and exceptionally well equipped. Ideal for Dogs ( where allowed ) as the floors are wooden and tiled. We didn't take our dog because we were concerned about the fog horn noise but modern fog horns aren't much to write home about . If you've ever heard the old compressed air ones then the new ones are pathetic in comparison ! Slept through it easily. The coast path is right outside the door and some lovely walks to be done. A bit pricey in high season but I suppose you are paying for the stunning location. Would return again definitley !!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank onkly
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Address: | Lizard Lighthouse, The Lizard TR12 7NT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > The Lizard
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Ranked #4 of 7 Speciality Lodging in The Lizard
Number of rooms: 6
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