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Very Good 4/5 7 reviews

The Watch House from the quay

House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0km

The Watch House was built about 170 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. 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 a new kitchen with dishwasher and folding wall bed for 2014. The bedroom has twin three-foot beds and the lounge has a new folding double wall bed with spring interior mattress that folds away by day. Many of our returning couples 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 sea 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 bedrooms
Nearest beach Gorran Haven - at the bottom of the slipway
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newquay 40 km, Nearest railway: St Austell 15 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General TV, Video player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
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. A new improved wall bed has been fitted for Summer 2014.

The galley kitchen was refitted for Summer 2014 and is fully equipped for four including an electric cooker with four rings, dishwasher, 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.

The West Country region

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are about 4 Cornish 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).

Gorran Haven

Gorran Haven's major attraction is its golden yellow sand that featured on the BBC program Coast 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 with out charge 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 hotel 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 Barley Sheaf pub in the inland village of Gorran Churchtown has been refurbished and serves a wide range of food.

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 headland 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.

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Review 1-7 of 7

19 Jun 2014



The perfect place to stay and you couldn't ask for a better location just beautiful. Simple/no fuss interior to the flat but you don't really need anything else. Fully equipped kitchen lots … More

12 May 2014


"A little bit of heaven in Gorran Haven"

We've been holidaying at the Watch House for a number of years now, so what is it that keeps us coming back for more? LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION... The Watch House is in a fantastic setting rig… More

10 Sep 2012


"The most idyllic place to stay in Gorran Haven!"

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


"nice vews"

we alway wanted to stay at the watch house fantastic placebut 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 reinvest… More

17 Jun 2012


"Location, location, location!"

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.

20 May 2012


"Upgrade needed"

Unique building,with wonderful setting,the big let down is the interior.All the furnishings are very tired,bordering on tatty.Heating very ineffecient,the heat from the electric fire turned off after 2 minutes.There must have been 40 years of dust behind the pull down bed,the bedsprings are so noisy,just turn over & the clange wakes you up.No smoke alarm. The step up to the shower was some14 inches,a grab rail inside the shower cabinet would make stepping down safe.I would also question the access suitability for anyone with restricted mobility due to the the high risers on the internal stairs & the stone slip ways outside.Some T.L.C. would make the property fabulous!

6 Jun 2011


"beautiful views"

This flat has beautiful views and you could not get any closer to the beach. The flat was spotless clean and has everything you could possibly need. My children cried when we left. They loved being a… More

Review 1-7 of 7

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