The Watch House was built about 180 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 refitted shower room for Summer 2015. This follows on from the new kitchen with dishwasher and folding double wall bed in the lounge which were ready for Summer 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|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 shower room|
|Check in time:||14:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Gorran Haven - at the bottom of the slipway|
|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||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Video player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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'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.