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The Watch House
Sennen

£393 - £966 per week
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Perfectly positioned above the harbour at Sennen Cove, The Watch House is a quirky traditional Cornish cottage steeped with nautical history. The Watch House is a comfortable retreat with wonderful sea views, and is perfect come rain or shine as the roaring open fire in the sitting room will keep you warm and cosy. Sleeping three, this cute cottage is a perfect place for a couple or small family to unwind and enjoy some quality down time.

The Watch House is just a short walk to Sennen beach which has been voted one of the best beaches in Britain, and is perfect for a stroll along, especially at dusk when you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets in Cornwall. Dated back to the early 19th century, this long established cottage is situated on the South West coast path and Land's End is a leisurely 20 minute walk. In the opposite direction you can explore Poldark's famous filming locations at Botallack.

Entrance

external granite steps up to shared porchway, front door on your immediate left.

Sitting room

two leather sofas, TV/DVD, open fire, sea views, stairs to first floor.

Kitchen

electric oven, hob, larder fridge with freezer compartment, table and seating for four, door to rear courtyard.

Family bathroom

bath with shower over, WC, basin.

Bedroom 1

king size bed, sea views.

Bedroom 2

single bed.

Outdoor area

bistro table and seating for three to the rear of the property. Please note this area is communal, and you may encounter people walking past.

Additional information

night storage heating throughout, there is a second staircase in the property leading to the attic, however this staircase has been blocked off and is not to be used. Please note there is NO WiFi at the property, up to two small dogs welcome, short breaks available.

 
 

Second stay at the Watch House.
Sat in the bedroom widow watching the sunsets and the dolphins.
Fantastic location and very well equipped cottage.

July 2021

A homely, comfortable listed cottage, set in the heart of Sennen harbour. Views to die for, a pub 10 minutes walk away that is welcoming and serves good food. The South West Coast Path on your doorstep, a real fire. So often rental cottages don't have comfortable sofas or make you feel that if it rains all day you would be happy to stay in. We found The Watch House to have good quality sofas that were very comfortable, the beds too. The shower is good and it has a bath, lovely when you have been walking all day. The kitchen is well thought out and it has everything you need. No WiFi but we all need a break from that, I'm sure. Parking is first come first served but at £4 for 24 hours and an easy to use app we were happy. £4 won't get you 3 hours in town, parking as a whole in the area was very reasonable. All in all, a nice holiday experience.

August 2020

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Holidays in Sennen

Sennen is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt areas of Cornwall, famous for its unique location and beauty. Sennen is one of Cornwall's most popular surf spots, and its rugged scenery and many coves provide the perfect place to explore on a self catering holiday.

Sennen is the most westerly parish in the UK, nestled between Cape Cornwall and Land's End. Part of the village; the mediaeval church of St. Sennen with its low granite tower, the school, and the First & Last Inn are at the top of the cliff; with some older cottages 300 feet below by the quay, along with the Old Success, a seventeenth-century inn. 

Sennen Cove is still a fishing village and home of Sennen Lifeboat. Established in 1853, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution`s Sennen Cove Station is situated just one mile northeast of Land’s End.

If you want to spot a bit of wildlife during your holiday in Sennen, basking sharks and dolphins are a common sight off the coast of Sennen. Join our friends in the water and head to Sennen Cove which is renowned for its great surf and friendly atmosphere. Or take a drive to Gwenver Beach, less than a mile from Sennen Cove and watch the sunset - a truly spectacular sight. Read more about Sennen holidays and Gwenver beach on our blog post about Sandy beaches in West Cornwall.

Top tip

Spend the festive season in Sennen and take part in the annual Christmas day swim!

Surfing in Sennen

Sennen is a prime location for surfing in Cornwall. With swell coming in from the Atlantic, the surf is good all year round and can be better than the more crowded surfing destinations such as Newquay. With two surf schools based at Sennen you'll be in good hands when it comes to learning the ropes.

Beach & coastal walks

Take a walk along the coast from Land's End to the beautiful and hidden Nanjizel beach; one of Cornwall's most spectacular beaches. Porthcurno is also only a short drive away with its beautiful beaches and the breathtaking Minack Theatre, showing regular outdoor performances throughout the summer months.

South from Sennen Cove you can walk the coastal path to Land’s End. Just over a mile as the chough flies, but all along the south-west coastal path you must allow for the uphill stretches and twisty bits of headland which make the walks longer. 

Whitesand Bay, white as the name suggests, stretches northwards from Sennen Cove to Gwynver beach. Gwynver is accessible from Whitesand at low tide; and down steep steps from Trevedra Cliff at high tide. On New Year’s Day it’s become a bit of a tradition for hardy folk to jump into the Whitesand waves for a swim. The south-west coastal footpath runs along Whitesand behind the dunes. No dogs are allowed on the beach between 15th May and the 30th September, between 10am and 6pm.

Although it feels tucked away in the far west, Sennen self catering holidays are perfect for exploring West Penwith. 

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Events

Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates local culture and community. This year's events have been toned down, however, elements of the festival will still go ahead to celebrate midsummer. 

18th - 27th June 2021

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St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Book your flight online and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

26th July - 7th August 2021

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St Ives Lifeboat Day

A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the HM Coastguard helicpoters!

TBC 2021

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

11th - 25th September 2021

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

17th - 19th September 2021

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St Ives Shanty Shout Weekend

Featuring more than 20 sea shanty groups and with sailor and pirate themed fancy dress, this year's event will be raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance and its New Heli Appeal. It'll take place in various pubs and venues in St Ives.

19th - 20th November 2021

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Mousehole Christmas Lights

Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year. Read More >

TBC December 2021

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Montol Festival

Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter solstace with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing through the streets. It's a truly womderful celebration. 

21st December 2021

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Tom Bawcock's Eve, Mousehole

Every year, the people of Mousehole celebrate the bravery of Tom Bawcock. Years ago, when the boats couldn't get out in the storms, the villages had no fish to eat. Tom dared to take his boat out and returned with enough fish to make a Star Gazey fish pie for the whole village.

23rd December 2021

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2021

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

TBC February 2022

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Porthleven Food & Music Festival

The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!

TBC 2021

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Camborne Trevithick Day

Join in the celebrations at this community led festival. The annual event celebrates the engineering and mining history of the Camborne area, and is dedicated to Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam power & inventor of Road and Railway Locomotives.

TBC 2022

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Penzance Literary Festival

Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.

6th - 9th July 2022

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Things to do near Sennen

Roundhouse & Capstan Gallery
A unique circular gallery and converted netloft. It was originally used for housing a winch to haul boats up from the beach. Visit www.round-house.co.uk for more info.

Longships Lighthouse
The iconic Longships Lighthouse sits on Carn Bras, the biggest in a ribbon of jagged rocks just offshore. It appears curiously tall when seen from the road approaching Land's End. Just for a moment Longships seems to have landed at the holiday complex but it's all an illusion of topography. The galleon and helicopter might be set in cement in Land’s End square but the lighthouse is exactly where it should be, a mile off shore.

Land’s End:
Sennen Church is about a mile from the Land’s End Visitor Centre, where you can find Land’s End Hotel & restaurant, First & Last House, shops, cafe, exhibitions. It is famed for the signpost, at which you can have your photograph taken as one arm says Land’ End and the other your home town. There are weekly firework displays, special events and family entertainment. The best approach to the complex is via the coastal path, the sea views are magnificent. On an overcast day the visitor centre has much to occupy children.

Apple Tree Cafe, Trevescan
When self catering in Sennen, a place not to be missed is The Apple Tree Cafe at Trevescan, a left turn just before Land’s End. Home of Nick’s delicious home-made bread. It’s family friendly, amazing cakes, tea garden. A perfect place to meet before walking or after walking or probably before and after. 

From the Apple Tree Cafe, you can walk into Land’s End; you can walk across the fields to the coastal path. All you need is the O/S Pathfinder or O/S Explorer 7 (Land’s End, Penzance and St Ives). If you can find one, get a copy of a book called ‘West of HayleRiver’ by Gerald and Sylvia Priestland. It is brim-full of walks, pictures and information about places and legends across the whole of West Penwith. Visit www.theappletreecafe.co.uk for more info.

Farmers' Market
Every Tuesday, Sennen holds its very own farmers' market, perfect for stocking up on local produce when staying in a self catering cottage. Find out more on our blog: The Best Farmers’ Markets in West Cornwall

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What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

Second stay at the Watch House.
Sat in the bedroom widow watching the sunsets and the dolphins.
Fantastic location and very well equipped cottage.

A homely, comfortable listed cottage, set in the heart of Sennen harbour. Views to die for, a pub 10 minutes walk away that is welcoming and serves good food. The South West Coast Path on your doorstep, a real fire. So often rental cottages don't have comfortable sofas or make you feel that if it rains all day you would be happy to stay in. We found The Watch House to have good quality sofas that were very comfortable, the beds too. The shower is good and it has a bath, lovely when you have been walking all day. The kitchen is well thought out and it has everything you need. No WiFi but we all need a break from that, I'm sure. Parking is first come first served but at £4 for 24 hours and an easy to use app we were happy. £4 won't get you 3 hours in town, parking as a whole in the area was very reasonable. All in all, a nice holiday experience.

The property ’The watch house’ is so quaint and in the absolute best location possible, the cottage has so much history which we loved reading about. We found it comfortable and homely with everything we needed. Aspect like every other time I've booked through them were fabulous and I couldn't recommend them enough! We loved it that much that we have already booked to go back for 2 weeks in October, cant wait!

Lovely views, lovely comfy house in a wonderful village, no parking at the property, however, able to unload outside then either park in the few spaces next to the car park or it was only £4 for 24 hours in the public car park below the cottage. Would definitely re-visit.

After a bit of a late booking of this break, the Watch House came up trumps! Was looking for somewhere I could go exploring Cornwall on bike & foot. Aspects Holidays sorted everything out including info pack in time before my stay & I had no problem finding the property etc thanks to instructions. I did a lot of walking along the cliff paths North & South which was stunning on both sunny & stormy days, cycled most of the western tip of Cornwall too which was amazing too, although reasonably hilly! Many thanks!

Sweet little cottage with stunning views of Sennen Cove. Right by the harbour and close to shops. Somewhat steep access slope. Good beds, good shower, comfy sofas and all the little extras (tea, coffee, loo roll and milk) that make arriving at your holiday cottage welcoming. Could be a little cleaner and use of environmentally friendly, cruelty free cleaning products would be appreciated.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed this property and its amazing views, but very sorry if any areas of cleaning had not been to the high levels that you would expect from the properties that we market. We would like to reassure you that your comments have been followed up, so thank you for making us aware. We hope that we will see you back here again soon. Tanya, Customer Services

Super sweet holiday cottage by the sea. Sennen is an unspoilt, magical place and the cottage was perfect for us (two adults and a teenager) Great access for a stroll to Land’s End. The real fire was lovely when the evenings got a little chilly.

Had excellent views and bathroom really nice cottage slightly old fashioned but it goes with the whole feel of Sennen. Lovely pub and nice little beach and the little shop has most things you need.

Great little cottage in a central location, ideal for couple or small family. not much outside space but you have Sennen Cove on your doorstep.

We enjoyed a really relaxing holiday at the watch house. It is in the perfect location for the beach, watching the sea and the sunset, and it is right on the doorstep of some fantastic walks along the beautiful Cornish coastline. We think it is a little treasure that we are sure to return to.

This was our third stay at the cottage .We love the open fire and the sound of the sea.Also the position of the cottage is an ideal base for walking.

We stayed in winter and it was a fabulous location. Warm, comfortable with great views.

Excellent location.

A beautiful, compact and comfortable cottage in a stunning location. Would love to visit at different times of the year to get the full experience of Sennen Cove.

We have enjoyed a really happy holiday at the quaint fisherman's cottage 'The Watch House. It is situated in a fab location near the Harbour at Sennen, with beautiful seaviews. It was just the place we needed to get away from it all and recharge our batteries. We will definitely be booking to come here again.

This is a lovely comfortable place for two people. So near the cove and the footpath to Lands End. Would go back

We were pleased with our choice of the Watch House, close to the coastal path & beach for walking, which we took full advantage of ! The house was in good order and had everything we needed to survive a couple of windy storms which blew through during our stay. The 4G mobile phone signal was an unexpected surprise and actually did come in handy just for staying in touch and looking up local info. We really appreciated the owner allowing us to book Sun-Sun since there were no other bookings at the time.

Very comfortable and the views were exceptional we had a lovely week

Bit grubby but quite cheep compared to other places in Sennen.

Warm, homely cottage for anyone looking to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery. Everything we needed was provided and the cottage was clean and comfortable. The views were absolutely stunning and would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing break.

Great location to enjoy and explore surrounding remote coastlines yet with plenty to do in evening like eat , drink and explore beach. Much better than staying inland.

Location is great. Views are great. Cottage is very cosy and a great bolt hole. Decor is a little dated but sort of adds to that holiday cottage charm! Washing machine would be a good addition.

Had a really happy stay here.