1 The Old Signal House

Torpoint, Cornwall
+44 (0)7929 406142

Comfortable cottage steeped in history and surrounded by nature, a stroll from seaside villages, family-friendly beaches and good pubs


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

This striking white building stands alone on a rocky headland; three holiday cottages in a row with spectacular views of Plymouth Sound and the open sea beyond. It was built in the 1900s to house the families of the lighthouse keepers at Eddystone, 13 miles out to sea.

Thick walls and smaller front-facing windows give a cosy feel on a stormy day, and there are plenty of books and board games; the kitchen opens out onto a patio area and beyond it, a lawn running the length of the building. A spiral staircase at the back takes you to the large shared roof terrace, the perfect place for a drink at sunset.

There are wonderful walks from the house, with open cliffs in one direction and the wooded Mount Edgcumbe estate in the other. Not far from the house is a nature reserve that’s home to rare orchids and butterflies, and just a five-minute walk away is a sandy cove for a bracing swim.

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We think you'll love

  • The breathtaking view of Plymouth Sound
  • Having a secluded sandy cove, pretty seaside villages and coast path a short walk away
  • Spending evenings on the rooftop terrace
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You should know

  • There are over 80 steps down to the house
  • The lawn isn’t fenced and there's a drop down to the sea


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights, 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £910
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £1303 bedrooms


A wonderfully relaxing retreat set between the woods and the sea, with uninterrupted views out across Plymouth Sound. Park the car and enjoy exploring on foot, by bus and by boat before returning to the rooftop terrace and neighbouring secluded cove.

Claire, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Picturesque Cawsand and Kingsand villages are a 20-minute walk through woods, and have grocery shops, restaurants and pubs – owner Michael recommends The Halfway House Inn and the Devonport Inn. The coast path passes by at the top of the steps down to the house and in the summer months a foot passenger ferry runs between Cawsand and the Barbican in Plymouth.

Local points of interest from Michael Harman

  • We're at the tip of the headland at Penlee Point and down 70 steps until you are just above the rocks with the most amazing sea views - spectacular in a storm!
  • The house sits on the seaward side of the SW Coastal Path. Walk from the house to the ancient chapel at Rame Head or to the charming seaside village Cawsand.
  • Cawsand has four pubs and a bistro all within walking distance from the house. Take the summer ferry from the beach to the Barbican in Plymouth.
  • At Plymouth Sound, watch yachts, warships, freighters and the Brittany Ferry pass close by; even submarines and the Plymouth Life boat! Binoculars supplied!
  • Take the ferry from Cawsand to the Barbican, explore Plymouth Hoe then take the ferry to Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park and have lunch in the Orangery.
  • Penlee Point is a great place for spotting migrating birds and the Penlee Battery Nature Reserve is famous for its butterflies, orchids - and of course the coastal views!


Michael Harman

Property manager Steve is the main contact for guests during their stay. Owner Michael grew up visiting Plymouth for family holidays, staying across the water where he loved to watch the ships coming and going in Plymouth Sound. Drawn by its beautiful approach road and unique vantage point of the Sound, Michael bought the house a couple of years ago and loves to share it with guests.