Harbour Cottage is a delightful and quirky property with stunning sea views nestled right in the heart of Falmouth.
This lovely little cottage has incredible views looking over the River Fal towards Flushing. The view from the kitchen window shows a stunning vista of boats and it is very easy to sit and watch the world sail by. The view from the main bedroom is spectacular and there is a comfortable double bed. The kitchen and cosy sitting room have everything you require for a very enjoyable holiday. There is also the huge added bonus of a private, enclosed garden with BBQ and outdoor dining table; perfect for having a relaxing drink in the evening sun.
We all know the importance of "location, location, location," and it would be difficult to better this cottage in that respect. The vibrant centre of Falmouth is just a 2 minute stroll away. This historic port has a plethora of bars, restaurants, galleries, museums and shops. There are numerous sandy beaches nearby and regular ferries run to St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsular.
Harbour Cottage provides fantastically located accommodation for exploring this wonderfully diverse waterfront town and the surrounding area.
This cosy and welcoming cottage is ideally suited for a couple to enjoy a romantic retreat in Falmouth, Cornwall's premier maritime centre. The cottage would also comfortably accommodate a child and an infant.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Castle Beach 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 43 km, Nearest railway: Falmouth 1.6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
The centrally-heated accommodation is spread over two floors (please note that the stairs are narrow and steep so will probably only suit the fully mobile).
It consists of the first floor good-sized double bedroom with double bed (bed-linen provided), enjoying stunning panoramic sea views. It is also equipped with a double wardrobe.
There is a second smaller double bedroom that doubles as storage (for the travel cot, high chair, clothes airer, ironing board, extra bedding etc), but is also prettily furnished with a single bed and wardrobe, and would comfortably accommodate a third adult or a child. Underneath the bed there is a second, full size pull-out single bed. We have placed this in the property in response to many requests, particularly from returning guests, that we accommodate 2 adults and 2 children, or even on a couple of occasions 4 adults. Please note that while I am happy to accommodate this, I would not necessarily recommend it. What I would hate most of all is for one of our guests to have expectations that we can not meet. The cottage is small, and I do think it would be tight for 4 adults. There are 4 dining chairs available, but the living room has only a 2 seater sofa and an armchair. There is a matching comfortable leather footstool, so there is somewhere to sit, but it wouldn't be comfortable ove rthe course of an evening. I don't feel that the cottage is truly big enough to comfortable accommodate four for a holiday. As an occasional bed, or a place to stay on a short break if you're not planning on spending much time in the cottage, it would work, but please be warned, the cottage is small. I don't want anyone to feel like they're in a sardine tin, so for four, be welcome but be warned!!
The kitchen/diner is modern and fully equipped, with gas oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, microwave, kettle and toaster, as well as all the pots/pans/utensils you'll need to cook up a hearty breakfast to sustain you through a day of sightseeing and long walks by the sea. What's more, the dining table is situated right by the kitchen window so that you can take advantage of the incredible views whilst enjoying a meal and a drink. (Please note though, to use the dining table for more than 3 people, it would need to be pulled away from the window.)
The compact bathroom was fully refurbished in Easter 2013. Small but perfectly formed, it boasts a white bath with thermostatic mixer shower over, a white ceramic basin mounted on a bespoke oak shelf, a close coupled WC, and it is finished with beautiful natural stone flooring and thickly glazed Laura Ashley Artisan tiles in calming Eau de Nil. It includes White Company towels (for the bath but not for the beach - please bring your own beach towels).
Externally, there is a fully enclosed grassed garden with stunning views and a stand for a disposable BBQ. The table and chairs allow you to enjoy dinner overlooking the water, while a patio at the top of the garden allows you to relax on the bench as you browse the Sunday papers...
We do accept dogs (and the fully enclosed garden is perfect for them!) but please note that we do make a small charge of £25 per dog to cover extra cleaning costs.
For those with small children, a travel cot and high chair are available.
This cosy and tasteful cottage contains everything you'll need for a memorable and enjoyable holiday, and with its fantastic views, perfect location, and the incredible benefit in a position so close to town of an enclosed garden enjoying those sensational views, it won't disappoint.
If there's anything you feel I haven't covered here, please ask. I'm always delighted to receive a phone call if you want to talk things over (I'm a bit old fashioned like that) and I want you to be sure that Harbour Cottage is exactly right for you before you commit. We love it though, as do the many guests that we are fortunate enough to have return time after time. We sincerely hope that you will love it too :))
|Further details outdoors|
The fully enclosed private rear garden with stunning sea views is equipped with an outdoor dining table and chairs, a stand for a disposable charcoal barbecue, and provides a wonderful spot to soak up the sun, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the world sail by.
Fully enclosed and accessed only from the rear of the property, it is also a safe place for children and dogs to play.
Parking is on-street, but it is free and safe, with the cottage situated in a well thought of residential area. Because the cottage is so centrally situated and in a conservation area full of lovely old housing built far before the advent of cars, this situation is common to many of the properties in this area. On the plus side though, we've never had any trouble finding parking within 100 yards, (and once you're parked up, you could happily do without your car for at least a week if you so desired - and that way there's no argument over who's driving if you fancy staggering back from one of the many fantastic walking-distance restaurants instead!!). As for loading and unloading, there is an off-road space directly in front of the cottage where you can park while you load or unload your suitcase, shopping bags, etc, but this is only available short term.
(Please note that the cottage is next door but one from a lovely public house/gastro pub (who offer our guests 10% off food in their fab restaurant) , so on a sunny weekend afternoon, there will be some level of noise from the pub's nearby outdoor seating area. No-one who's stayed with us has had a problem with noise, and with the pub being in a residential area, it is closely regulated, but I'd rather you knew all the facts before making the decision to stay with us. (I also know this fact has swayed a few people TOWARDS staying - many people have been absolutely delighted to have the pub so close and a few have written "I wish it was my local" in the guest book!!).
It’s hard not to fall in love with beautiful Cornwall...
Located in the far west of Great Britain on a peninsula tumbling into the vast Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is the only county in England bordered by just one other county, its neighbour Devon. So being almost surrounded by the sea, a magnificent coastline wraps around the county for almost 300 miles. Cornwall is also the location of Great Britain's most southerly promontory, The Lizard, and mainland UK’s most westerly point, Land's End, while a few miles off shore and even further west is an archipelago of tiny islands that make up the Isles of Scilly.
Cornwall is well loved for lots of things; the dramatic coastline with its captivating fishing harbours, the spectacular beaches and the pounding surf that provide a natural playground for a variety of water sports, and then of course who can forget famous Cornish pasties and luscious cream teas?
But there are also lots of things about Cornwall that may surprise you. For instance, the wilderness of captivating Bodmin Moor with its panorama of big skies, fascinating prehistoric remains, great walking trails and more than its fair share of local legends.
There's also the dynamic art scene, inspired by the naturally stunning landscape; and more recently a food scene to rival London and beyond; Cornwall now has a multitude of award-winning local food producers and stellar chefs putting the region well and truly on the gourmet map.
And that's not all... Take a trip around Cornwall and you’ll discover a hugely diverse landscape. In the far west where the sea turns turquoise in the sun, the sand is white and the natural light is sometimes blindingly bright, the land is adorned with a Celtic legacy of standing stones, huge granite chambers and holy wells. In the county’s old industrial heartland, the landscape, recently awarded World Heritage Site status, is dotted with the fascinating remnants of a triumphant mining past illustrating the county’s enormous contribution to the Industrial Revolution with engine houses, museums and miles of recreational trails.
Around the coastline Cornwall’s maritime legacy is never far away where local fishermen land their daily catch of fresh seafood and tall ships, luggers and ketches unfurl their sails in the Cornish breeze. The natural environment, recognised nationally across twelve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is crisscrossed by the spectacular South West coastal footpath providing walkers with miles of gentle strolls and challenging hikes. To the north, a sweep of enormous golden sand bays stretches along the coastline often pummelled by giant Atlantic rollers. Long famed for its perfect surfing conditions, the coastline here is a hub for all kinds of extreme sports from coasteering to zapcat racing and scuba diving to rock climbing. And in the south of Cornwall, fed by rivers from the high moorlands, leafy estuaries empty into the sea surrounded by beautiful gardens that flourish in Cornwall’s mild climate. And if the weather doesn't oblige, we even have the incredible, world famous Eden Project. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.
Falmouth, Cornwall's premier maritime centre is steeped in the history of the Royal Mail’s packet boat service and the community of the sea. The ‘sailing capital of Cornwall’ is renowned for being the third deepest natural port in the world, a haven for both cruisers and racers offering the sailor the last major port before the long crossing to the Isles of Scilly.
Visitors to the Port will find the town teeming with coastal treasures, ranging from fish restaurants to galleries to boat trips and much more besides. Notable attractions include The National Maritime Museum, Cornwall and Port Pendennis. Pendennis Castle, built in the 16th Century sits high above the harbour with truly magical panoramic views across the bay. You can also ride one of the Fal River Link Ferries to the beautiful St Mawes and visit Henry VIII’s sister castle or take a delightful trip around the estuary, stopping off at either Trelissick Gardens or Smugglers Cottage for a Cornish cream tea.
Falmouth Regatta Week in August is the town's major event both on and off the water. Fireworks and the recent addition of the Red Arrows provide a spectacular back drop for some high-class racing. Later in the year the Oyster Festival shows off the rivers heritage to the full.
There are plenty of fantastic places to eat & drink in Falmouth and recently Rick Stein brought his Fish & Chip Restaurant & Oyster Bar to Discovery Quay, adding to the superb mix across the town.
Falmouth also boasts 4 beautiful beaches; Castle Beach, the most northerly of Falmouth’s beaches situated alongside Pendennis point; Gyllyngvase, a Blue Flag status beach a 10 minute walk from town, but one of the most popular with its wide arc of golden sand and inviting sea; the stunning Swanpool beach adjoining a nature reserve, also home to an excellent watersport centre offering sailing, kayaking and windsurfing; and finally the lovely sandy cove about 2 miles from town at Maenporth, the perfect spot for fishing, sunbathing, rock-pooling, and boating.
The list of fantastic things to do and places to see could go on, but essentially, if your thing is walking, golfing, fishing, sightseeing, eating, drinking, surfing, swimming, sailing, kayaking, culture, museums, shopping, art, or just watching the world go by with a glass of wine in hand, then Falmouth has something for you.