Private island, with suspension footbridge

Private island, with suspension footbridge

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home

We let out the Island when we are not staying there ourselves. More details and photos are here: www.theislandcornwall.uk.

The Island sits just off the surfing town of Newquay on the beautiful North coast of Cornwall, South-West England. The only way on to the Island is by suspension footbridge, which leads to our three-bedroom house. At high tide the Island is surrounded by water. At low tide it is surrounded by sand, and you can be on the beach below the Island in 60 seconds.

The house takes up to 6 guests. The master bedroom (four poster double) is upstairs, together with dressing room and shower room. All other rooms are downstairs, including a second bedroom (double or twin) with small ensuite shower room, and a third bedroom (double or single) which uses the communal bathroom/WC with bath. The other downstairs rooms are a kitchen/breakfast room, living room/dining room, games room/bar, and conservatory. There is also a utility room with washing facilities, accessed from outside.

Our lovely housekeeper prepares the house for guests and is usually on-hand for any queries. We welcome dogs but please keep them off the furniture. The beach below the Island is dog-friendly all year round.

Wheelchair access is sadly very difficult: from the road, there is a short public path then around 20 steps down a public stairway (which continues on down to the beach). There are two or three steps down from the bridge onto the Island. The master bedroom is up one flight of stairs.

To get to Newquay you can drive (we have a garage), take the train (we are a few minutes' walk from the station), or fly (then just 15 minutes by taxi from Newquay airport). You do not need a car to explore Newquay, but if you would like to explore more of Cornwall then car hire is easily available.

We have the house professionally cleaned and managed, so we ask LHS guests to pay the £130 cleaning/preparation fee charged by our very friendly and helpful housekeeper.

We are open to either direct swaps or points swaps on the following dates, which are outside our high season, provided these are not already booked:

2020
3 Jan to 13 Feb
20 Feb to 26 March
16 April to 30 April
7 May to 21 May
29 Oct to 17 Dec

For live information as to whether the Island is already booked on any of those dates, please check our website: www.theislandcornwall.uk.

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More about us

  1. We are a UK couple, who have been lucky to live and work around the world for the last few decades. For now we are based back in our home country. We have a home in London so not looking to swap there, sorry.

  2. We fell in love with the Island when we stayed there for a weekend in 2010, so when we saw it up for sale a couple of years later we couldn't resist. We are still working part time, and cannot spend as much time there as we would like, so we gave the Island a major renovation to make it suitable for guests and now let it out when we are not there.

  3. We met nearly 30 years ago on travels in Australia, so we were destined to go on exploring together. The urge to see more of this amazing world has never gone away.

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

North Cornwall is a beautiful part of the world, with dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches. It can be sunny and stormy, often in the same day. The Atlantic waves can be dramatic. For example, walking distance from the Island is Fistral beach which attracts world class surfers: https://www.boardmasters.com/explore/fistral

Newquay is a lively holiday and surfing town. In the peak summer season it is busy with holidaymakers, with the downside that it can be noisy at night especially at weekends. Out of peak season it is much less busy and quieter. The Island is completely separate and private.

There are plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, entertainment places etc within a few minutes' walk. You can travel to Newquay by car (we have a two car garage), train (the station is walking distance), airplane (Newquay airport is 15-20 minutes by cab, check flybe.com for flights) or coach. You do not need a car to get anywhere in Newquay as everywhere is in walking distance, or taxi if you prefer. If you wanted to explore the rest of the wonderful county of Cornwall you would be advised to rent a car.

Buzzy restaurants
Plenty of good restaurants. For excellent quality food and venue, look at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen at Watergate Bay: https://www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/
Cool bars
3 minutes walk from the Island, great cocktails at Tom Thumb: https://www.tom-thumb.co.uk/
Cozy cafés
At low tide walk directly along the beaches to Lusty Glaze Beach Bar & Restaurant for drinks, food, live music and the best hot chocolate: https://www.lustyglaze.co.uk/
Retail therapy
For high fashion look elsewhere. For surf shops, and everything you would expect in a busy seaside town, Newquay has lots of shops a few minutes' walk from the Island..
Bit of culture
You come to Newquay for the coast rather than the culture, but there are plenty of attractions to keep adults and children amused within walking distance. For more traditional culture you may have to get in the car and explore elsewhere in Cornwall - one of our favourites is the Minack Theatre, dramatically cut into a cliff top amphitheatre: https://www.minack.com. Artists should visit St Ives for the Tate and Hepworth museums.
Walks in the park
At low tide there is a large expanse of sandy beaches. At high tide there are cliff top walks further than you could reasonably go in a month, as we are on the 630 mile South West Coast path: https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk:
Spot of exercise
Down the steps and in 60 seconds you are in the sea! There are also lots of sporting facilities on our doorstep. In the water: surfing, kayaks, SUPs, coasteering etc. On land: walking, some cycle paths (check out the Camel Trail), go-karting, jungle gyms, actual gyms. Newquay atttracts stag and hen parties in the summer so has a wide variety of group adventure activities.
Day tripping
Cornwall is a beautiful county, with lots of great places to visit, best explored by car as public transport round the county is poor. Just a few of our favourites are The Lost Gardens of Heligan (https://www.heligan.com), the Isles of Scilly (a short flight from nearby Newquay airport: https://www.cornwallairportnewquay.com/where-can-i-fly/isles-of-scilly), tiny seaside villages like Polperro, King Arthur country at Tintagel, the Eden Project as an example of transforming a former quarry into a space-age jungle, St Michael's Mount (though we do have our own Island that is surrounded by the sea twice a day, and which you might enjoy so much you don't want to leave...).

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