S213 - Pier Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
' in St Mawes, just a few yards from the beach, an 'upside down' terraced cottage with gorgeous sea views. Behind the cottage, a lovely little terraced patio garden (table/chairs) with flowers, perfect for alfresco meals or just relaxing with a good book.
Inside, beautifully renovated and comfortable. Upstairs, living/dining room with pebble-effect 'living flame' fire, TV/DVD and uninterrupted views of the bay as if looking from the bow of a ship; well-equipped kitchen (slimline dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer, microwave). Downstairs, two bedrooms ' a double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite), TV and doors opening to the patio, and a room with two singles; bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Parking outside October to Easter and on summer nights; public car park (extra), a few yards away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 3.5 star.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking is in a public car park.
The West Country region
Cornwall's 'Med': here is Cornwall at its warmest, most sheltered; of creeks and tidal waters penetrating deep inland, deep in woods, silent except for birdsong; of wonderful gardens growing things that live nowhere else outdoors in England (marvellous in rhododendron, camellia, magnolia time, from March to end of May especially); of sailing boats everywhere decorating the sea; of harbour villages where the light is Mediterranean - dazzling in the sunshine. And really very little that is ugly has been allowed to be built.
Here is Truro, Cornwall's (small) capital, with its 20th century cathedral; Falmouth, resort town and cargo/cruise ship/yacht port, superbly sited; and the glorious Helford River. Trewithen, Trelissick, Glendurgan, Trebah, Heligan (Lost Gardens of) and Caerhays are among the finest gardens. In the very middle of Cornwall, Lanhydrock house is very special, so is its garden. Not the greatest area for beaches, but good sandy ones near Veryan and Portscatho, in St Mawes, and around Falmouth and the Helford River's mouth. Not to be missed is St Just-in-Roseland's churchyard; nor - within easy reach - is The Eden Project (see South Cornwall).
St Mawes: beautiful village (shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries) with harbour, two beaches and Henry VIII castle, at the end of the lovely Roseland Peninsula, looking across to St Anthony Head (summer pedestrian ferry), and to Falmouth and the Helford River. Pedestrian ferry to Falmouth and cruises on Carrick Roads. Sailing school; canoeing; fishing trips; regattas. St Just in Roseland, 2 miles.
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3 Nov 2013
"Immaculate cottage with unbeatable views. Good for children"
We stayed in Pier Cottage in October 2013 with our two young children (4 and 3). We have been coming to St Mawes for several years and know the village to be a very special place with so much for chil… More
Thank you very much indeed for your kind feedback, I am so glad that you and your family had such a good holiday. I hope we will see you again in the future.
18 Nov 2012
"Ringside seat at ever fascinating spectacle"
My husband and I, along with friends, came to St. Mawes for the week just before the intense summer holidays began. We chose this village as a base from which to explore Cornwall, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. The village is very charming, with a surprising number of good restaurants for its size, and with interesting houses and gardens, as well as the atmospheric castle fortress at the end of the street, to be seen on strolls around town. We understand that the village, and Cornwall, get pretty crowded in the last part of July and August, but we felt we timed our stay just right between the sleepiness of the off season and the too busy holiday time. Of course the weather was, as the locals said, "rubbish," for several days. However, that's just the normal part of visiting England, where it can be any weather any day. There are great hikes close by--we enjoyed hiking around the peninsula across the water from us.
The village is dominated by its beautiful harbor, and Pier Cottage boasts a panoramic view of it all. We spent considerable time in the cottage sitting transfixed before the wall of windows watching the boats come and go--one of the treats was watching a regatta with much discussion about our favorite sail boats.
Pier Cottage is very comfortable for 2 couples, with a nicely equipped kitchen for cooking light meals. We loved the bakery just across the street where somebody in our group popped over each morning to get something fresh and delicious for breakfast. The small grocery just a short walk away seems to have about everything one needs for a short stay. The lounge is very comfortable with leather furniture, and the dining area is spacious--we never felt cramped. Parking is tight in the village, and the spaces in front of the cottage seemed to be filled full time by the same cars that didn't move, but we didn't have any serious problem finding a place in one of the two parking lots nearby.
We did encounter a significant plumbing problem on our last two days as both toilets in our two bathrooms backed up and overflowed (even when not used!) This apparently was related to a major break in the water or sewer mains way north of us in Cornwall, which caused problems over much of the peninsula and which of course would not be a usual problem one would encounter. However, the local young woman who looks after the cottage, although quite pleasant, was not up to dealing with this problem very well--either in providing information or any ready solution. Luckily we are experienced and handy home owners (though we were a bit stumped by the British toilet anatomy, quite different from American), and we limped along with temporary measures, but we were happy to leave that inconvenience behind. This occurrence was likely a one time crisis, but some further training for the young caretaker and a close relationship with a local plumber would be a good thing.
The other drawback in the house was the absence of wifi, which of course we knew beforehand. However, public wifi in the village is nearly non-existent. The cafe in the nearby hotel advertises wifi but it is open only for lunch. This lack may not be important to other travelers; however, we find, in our frequent rentals in Europe, that it is becoming unusual. These are minor quibbles, provided only to give full information, and we would highly recommend Pier Cottage and St. Mawes.
Thanks for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed St Mawes and Pier Cottage but very sorry to hear that you encountered an unusual plumbing issue on your last day. We'll pass your comments on to the owner and hope to welcome you back to the West Country again soon. Should you ever experience any problems at one of our holiday cottages in future, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately and we will gladly do all we can to rectify the situation straight away for you.
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