Church Cottage


The Lizard, Cornwall

A dreamy cottage for 6 on the Lizard; walk to Kynance Cove along the SW coastal path

3 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Close to a beach


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

*Brand new*
This is Cornwall’s wild and magical southernmost tip, a place of big skies, wind-whipped headlands and jewel-like waters, where fishing boats are still hauled up onto the pebbles with their daily catch. Perched behind a stone wall just moments from Church Cove, this 200-year-old cottage is a whitewashed beauty, complete with thatched roof and a rambling rose over the door. Inside, the scheme is effortlessly stylish, fresh and modern. Rooms are dressed from top to toe in white, and works by the owner’s favourite British artists brighten the walls. Rattan, wicker and jute add a rustic twist to restful rooms and there are splashes of colour from Liberty florals, Pooky lampshades and piles of vibrant cushions.

You can clamber from cottage to cove in a matter of minutes — low tide will reveal a slice of shingle beach, plus rock pools that will intrigue little ones. Mosey into Lizard village for breakfast at the cafe on the cliffs, walk along the SW coastal path — wild in winter, flower-filled in summer — to idyllic Kynance Cove, and scramble over rocks to secret white-sand beaches, where seals play in the surf. Return to board games in the walled garden before sliding into a sea-salty slumber in upstairs bedrooms (2 doubles and a twin).

Getting here: best to drive

“We’re a family of sailors, walkers, art collectors and small pirates. When this cottage popped up for sale, we were struck by the idea of creating a house that incorporates the things we love most on holiday: salty Cornish coves, sailing on the nearby Helford River, the drama of the South West Coast path and beautiful artworks. This 200-year-old thatched cottage is a uniquely placed slice of heaven because it is architecturally gorgeous and it’s a short step to the ocean – and we fell in love at first sight. We have been loving our multi-generational holidays filled with coastal picnics, sandy-toed beach walks and rock pool adventures and we hope our guests will love it too.” Owner, Emily

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Walking out of the front door past the ancient and beautiful Wynwallow Church, thatched cottages, lilies and periwinkles, directly down to the sea.”

We love
Emily has worked in art for 15 years and the cottage is filled with fabulous original works by British artists such as Lucy Auge, Sally McClaren and Lotta Teale.

You may not love
A 7-night min stay; see Specifics. Only 1 bathroom. Sorry, no dogs.

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  • Shell Cottage, Cornwall, Emily Iain Kemp Photography
  • Shell Cottage, Cornwall Alessandro Frati Photography
    Kynance Cove
  • Amble to Church Cove, and on down to Lizard Point, the UK’s southernmost tip. Keep your eyes peeled for seals basking on the rocks.
  • South West Coast path walks abound. The owner recommends the 2.5-mile route around the headland to Kynance Cove, a white-sand beauty. At low tide you can explore huge caves and fascinating rock pools.
  • Or spend a day on Poldhu beach. Start with a bacon roll from the cafe, follow with a surf lesson, then refuel with one their legendary hot chocolates.
  • There are 2 decent pubs in Lizard village – we like the traditional Top House Inn for a pint – but you can also walk to the Housel Bay Hotel, which has a terrace for sundowners and 2 restaurants overlooking the sea. Wander down to their private beach while you’re here, and dip your toes in crystal-clear waters.
  • Explore the nooks and crannies of the Lizard’s coastline by kayak, SUP or on a coasteering day with the friendly team at Lizard Adventure.
  • Head to Porthleven for early evening crab sandwiches on the beach or take a seat at The Mussel Shoal, a lively cafe-bar serving moules-frites and cider on long scrubbed tables that line the quay.
  • Day trip to Penzance for a dip in the geothermally heated Lido on the seafront, Falmouth for the fantastic Maritime Museum and Rick Stein’s Fish restaurant, or St Ives for beautiful beaches, excellent art galleries and an amble around the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture garden.


  • Terraced thatched cottage in Lizard village
  • Underfloor heating
  • 3 bedrooms: a king, double and twin
  • Travel cot and highchair to borrow
  • Shared bathroom with separate tub and shower and Bramley toiletries
  • Open-plan downstairs
  • Brilliantly equipped kitchen, including a Rangemaster and Nespresso; basic supplies
  • Dining table for 6
  • Living room with Smart TV, board games, books, maps, a bluetooth radio
  • Superfast broadband
  • Boot room with washing machine and dryer
  • Walled gardens front and back, the latter with an outdoor table and chairs
  • Private parking
  • Local caretaker
  • Walk to pubs, beach cafes, shops and restaurants
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Booking conditions: 7-night min stays, changeover on Fridays
  • Remember to pack: a torch; wellies in winter; beach towels, picnic rugs and wetsuits in summer

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