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Lizard Lighthouse Cottages
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We stayed in Godrevy cottage before and returned in October to stay in Round Island as dogs are allowed and we brought our two girls along. It is pricey to stay here and the cottage is way too big for us really as we didn't even use the upstairs!
We like that the entrance hall is stone floor so that after a nice long walk you haven't got to worry about being muddy especially if the weather is bitter!! Kitchen is lovely with a small 4 seater table at the bottom. It has all the modcons, dishwasher, washing m/c etc. they left fresh flowers and a cream tea for us in the kitchen!!! Nice touch!!
Living room hadn't been cleaned before our arrival but we found some cleaner in the kitchen and a Hoover so that wasn't a problem although would have been much nicer to have not needed to do it!!
We used the bedroom off the dining room. Bed very comfy!! Off the hall was a bathroom with bath and shower. Drains in the bathroom smelt awful on occasion.
The foghorn did go off plenty whilst we were there but hardly noticed it to be honest and neither did our dogs.
The one thing I didn't like was the bin was overflowing and was outside the yard to round island. Something often opened the rubbish bags and rubbish was everywhere which wasn't pleasant.
We are O2 and had zero signal but there is a pay phone in the livingroom should you need to make any calls.

Room Tip: The fog horn isn't as loud in Round Island!!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We stayed in Bishop's Rock cottage for a week in November and it was fantastic.

We arrived in the early evening when it was dark and seeing the view from the kitchen window the next morning was probably one of the highlights of the whole holiday.

The cottage was very spacious, clean and comfortable. The kitchen has a lovely big table which makes cooking a very sociable affair. It's also very well equipped with pots and pans etc. On arrival there was a bunch of fresh flowers and all the supplies for a cream tea which was a lovely touch.

The beds were a bit to soft for my liking but not bad.

As many have commented, he fog horn is loud and frequent when it goes off but then I think that's what you have to expect when you stay next to a working lighthouse. It didn't really bother me at all.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank wetravel12
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Stayed in seven stones cottage next to lighthouse first week in october. Weather mist and rain. Fog horn sounded every 30 secs for 4 days and nights disturbing sleep. Left early. Cornish cottages rental office very unsympathetic. Suggest choosing alternative accomodation if you want to visit the lizard.

Room Tip: Don't go! Choose another location.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Kay N
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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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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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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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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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