The Watch House
About the home
The Watch House was built about 150 years ago by the Coastguards to control smuggling. Located at the heart of the beach, no boat could enter the bay or person move on the beach or harbour wall without being seen from the bay window. Now, YOU can enjoy these stunning beach, harbour and cliff views whilst relaxing in the modernised first floor watch rooms in comfort unimagined by the Victorian Coastguards.
The Watch House has been carefully converted to protect the historical character and integrity of the building while comfortably sleeping two adults or a family of four. The bedroom has twin three-foot beds and the lounge has a folding double wall bed with spring interior mattress that folds away by day. Many of our returning guests prefer to use the folding wall bed so they can wake up to the sound of the waves on the beach and enjoy the unique views.
The Watch House is ideal for a traditional family beach holiday, walking the scenic South West coastal paths to Mevagissey or The Dodman and beyond or as a base for visiting Eden or the Lost Gardens of Heligan or the many other attractions that Cornwall has to offer.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Gorran Haven - at the bottom of the slipway|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||TV, Video player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
Further details indoors:
The lounge has built-in seats in the bay window to enjoy the views, easy chairs, a dining area, TV with Freeview channels, DVD player and VCR and an electric flame effect fire. By day, the double bed with spring interior matress folds away fully made behind folding doors.
The galley kitchen is fully equipped for four including an electric cooker with four rings, fridge with separate freezer section and microwave.
The bedroom has two 3 foot single beds.
The shower room has an electric shower, WC, washbasin and shaver point.
The cost of electricity is included in the rental. Night storage heaters in lounge, bedroom and bathroom for early and late lets.
Bed linen and towels are not provided. Duvets and pillows are provided but please bring your own covers.
No smoking in the apartment.
Further details outdoors:
A small boat can be kept on the private slipway in front of The Watch House.
Availability is kept up to date.
The West Country / Cornwall region
The internationally renowned Lost Gardens of Heligan are about 4 miles away and the Eden Project is about 15 miles away. Other notable Cornish Gardens including Caerhays Castle, Trelissick, Trewithen, Pine Lodge, the National Trust owned properties of Trelissick gardens and Lanhydrock house and gardens are in easy driving distance. The Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Camellias are at their most spectacular in March and April.
On the other side of The Dodman headland, Caerhays Castle holds a national collection of Magnolias and extensive collections of Camellias and Rhododendrons including some of the original introductions into the UK. The whole garden covers some sixty acres and even in March and April at the height of the Cornish spring flowering season it has a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.
Mevagissey with its famous double harbour has many fish restaurants and gift shops in its narrow streets. A seasonal ferry service operates to Fowey.
The valley from Pentewan to St. Austell has a footpath and cycle trail along the route of the old narrow gauge railway. Cycles can be hired at Pentewan. The Camel Trail from Bodmin to Padstow follows the route of the old railway can easily be reached. Cycles can be hired along the route.
The Watch House is ideally located for visiting Cornwall’s unique World Heritage Mining sites. The man made harbour of Charlestown is about 10 miles away near St Austell and the other designated areas are within easy driving distance. Just inland from St Austell is the China Clay Museum that records the history of the industry responsible for the white ‘Cornish Alps’ in the centre of the country and the 'hole in the ground' that is now Eden.
The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth can be reached by driving directly to Falmouth or by driving to St Mawes and catching the passenger ferry across one of the world’s deepest natural harbours. Another option is to drive to Truro and take one of the Enterprise passenger boats down the scenic River Fal estuary to Falmouth.
The Tate St Ives Gallery is another attraction that can easily be visited in a day.
Major supermarkets are located at St. Austell (ASDA and Tesco) or Truro (Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury and Tesco).
The Gorran Haven area
Gorran Haven’s major attraction is its golden yellow sand and small harbour. Children enjoy the timeless delights of building sandcastles, damming the small stream and playing in the sea. A modern sewage treatment works with UV treatment ensures the bathing waters meet European standards.
Fishermen can fish from the quay or cliffs and seasonal boat trips operate from the village or Mevagissey. Boat moorings can be rented from the local Fishermen’s Society who own the harbour. A small boat can be berthed on the private slipway at the front of The Watch House.
Gorran Haven has an award winning convenience shop with Post Office, newsagent and bakery where fresh bread and pasties are still baked on the premises. The Llawnroc public house serves real ales, bar food and has a family restaurant. A mix of seasonal tearooms, cafes, gift shops and a fish and chip shop compete for the summer visitors’ patronage. The village also has a hairdressing salon.
The South West Coastal Path passes through the village and the village is surrounded by some of the more spectacular cliffs on the Cornish South coast. The Coastal Path can be followed in one direction to Mevagissey and to the majestic National Trust owned Dodman head in the other direction. It is possible to walk to or from Mevagissey and use the bus in the other direction.
Gorran Haven has a Community Bus that runs regular services and special day trips which visitors are welcome to book seats on. There is also a scheduled weekday bus service to St. Austell via Mevagissey and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
How to get there
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To get travel directions from the AA or RAC route planners use destination post code PL26 6JG.
We supply detailed local travel directions for the final part of your journey before the start of your holiday.
Activities near Gorran Haven
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Beach or lakeside relaxation
10 Sep 2012
My grandparents lived in Gorran Haven for 40 years until their death 15 years ago, so I spent a great deal of my childhood here, and wanted to take my own young family back to the place that I have always loved so much.
My family spent many wet summer months looking forward to our holiday in "The Blue House", and we ended up having the most fantastic weather of the summer! Yes the stairs aren't the safest for young children, and agreed the furnishings could do with some updating, but this is a 17th century building - it is quirky and full of character. Everything you need is there and it all works. In summer at least it's a cosy "haven", a lovely retreat from the hot sun (or rain) and with probably the best view in Gorran Haven. You can almost sense all the history its solid walls have absorbed over the centuries, from coastguards and contraband, to happy children and winter walkers in more recent years - in fact writing this review is sending shivers down my spine!
We had such a fantastic week that we decided to stay a second week. Unfortunately The Watch House was booked but Steve, the owner, went out of his way to help us find another vacant cottage to move into for our second week, which whilst nice wasn't a patch on "our" Blue House.
Thank you Steve and thank you Gorran Haven for rekindling many happy childhood memories. We hope to make this an annual event.
25 Aug 2012
we alway wanted to stay at the watch house fantastic place
but what a let down the beds awfull not one good place to sit .
we left two days early, for shuch a top place it realy shoud have some... more
17 Jun 2012
We have just spent a great week at The Watch House, it won't be our last. You stay here for the location, yes there maybe more luxurious places to rent but they cannot beat The Watch House position.
Everything is functional and it's well equipped. We stayed on our own for 3 nights and then 2 friends came down, 4 adults are cosy, 2 adults is perfect.
The steps up to the first floor are quite steep so it's not really suitable for somebody that struggles with stairs but once you are up there what a view!
We took far too many clothes so pack light although with the British Summer you need to take into account the weather changing....
It's a fantastic spot and we highly recommend it.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|16 Mar 13||29 Mar 13||£ 280||£ 40||£ 40||1 Week|
|29 Mar 13||6 Apr 13||£ 400||£ 60||£ 60||1 Week|
|6 Apr 13||4 May 13||£ 280||£ 40||£ 40||1 Week|
|4 May 13||25 May 13||£ 320||£ 50||£ 50||1 Week|
|25 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 400||£ 60||£ 60||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||15 Jun 13||£ 360||£ 55||£ 55||1 Week|
|15 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 400||£ 60||£ 60||1 Week|
|6 Jul 13||20 Jul 13||£ 500||£ 75||£ 75||1 Week|
|20 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 620||£ 90||£ 90||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||7 Sep 13||£ 400||£ 60||£ 60||1 Week|
|7 Sep 13||14 Sep 13||£ 360||£ 55||£ 55||1 Week|
|14 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||£ 320||£ 50||£ 50||1 Week|
|28 Sep 13||16 Nov 13||£ 280||£ 40||£ 40||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Short breaks available outside of main holiday period. Please ask.
The Watch House is closed during December, January and February.Enquire now
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