Looking for somewhere a bit different to spend your holiday this year - like a "mermaid" cottage that was once a smuggler's local pub? 

Mermaid Cottage, in Gorran Haven, has a beach right on the doorstep, and in the 18th century was a pub named 'The Ship'.

From the windows of The Ship, famous local smuggler Dickie Kingcup looked across the bay and organised drops of brandy casks off Dodman Point. 

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The windows look directly over the beach. (holidaycottages.co.uk)

Inside, the nautical aesthetic continues, with natural light and “stunning” sea views from the two ground floor bedrooms. 

A spiral staircase leads upstairs to the first floor, where a king-size bedroom offers far-reaching beach views and an en-suite bathroom. 

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The cottage used to be a pub. (holidaycottages.co.uk)

On the lower ground floor is the open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen, with a window overlooking the beach and a cosy log-burner, and there is also a games room on this level. 

Commenting on the popularity of quirky cottages, Sarah Pring, Digital PR Manager at holidaycottages.co.uk, commented: “With lots of demand for quirky properties from Brits over the summer staycation period, many holiday goers are searching for properties with interiors that reflect their own personal style. 

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One of the bedrooms in the cottage. (holidaycottages.co.uk)

“Mermaidcore is another new fun and exciting interior trend on the rise; however, no matter your style, taking that extra time to search for a property that really reflects your own personal tastes can make all the difference in your overall experience.”