Falmouth holiday cottage rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and balcony/terrace and walking

Harbour Cottage

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Stunning views across the Carrick Roads to Flushing from the private, fully enclosed garden

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 238875

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Harbour Cottage is a delightful and quirky property with stunning sea views, nestled right in the heart of Falmouth Town.

This lovely little traditional cottage enjoys a breathtaking outlook over the River Fal towards Flushing. The spectacular view over the dining table from the kitchen window is utterly engrossing and beautiful. Often peaceful, sometimes busy, the view is ever changing. You can watch the comings and goings of the yachts, ferries, fishing boats - almost every type of watercraft you could care to imagine, or just let your eyes rest on the verdant greenery at the other side of the river. If you come at the right time of year, you could be lucky enough to enjoy 'ringside seats' at the spectacular Tall Ship's Festival or the exhilarating Red Arrow's display from the end of the private garden! Whatever the time of year, it's very easy to sit and lose hours as you relax, watching the world sail by to the backdrop of nature's changing moods.

The main bedroom boasts a comfortable double bed as well as another spectacular view! The kitchen and separate cosy living room contain everything you require for a very enjoyable holiday. There is also the huge added bonus of a private, enclosed garden with an outdoor dining table and space to BBQ; 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 literally 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 also very versatile. It is ideally suited for a couple to enjoy a romantic retreat in Falmouth, Cornwall's premier maritime centre, but can also comfortably accommodate up to two children in the second double bedroom. We are also quite often booked as an economical option for four adults. We're very happy to accommodate this, so long as everyone understands that it is a small cottage for four fully grown bodies :)) We've had no complaints so far, but for me, it's all about meeting expectations to keep everybody happy.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Castle Beach 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, 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

Features and Facilities

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
Furniture 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Beds, Cots available (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users
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 and dressing table.

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 it 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 growing number 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 'do-able' - particularly for a short break - but a little 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 necessarily be comfortable ove rthe course of an evening. I don't feel that the cottage is truly big enough to comfortably accommodate four adults for a full 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 aware!!

The kitchen/diner is modern and well 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. You will need to bring your own dog bed, and we request that dogs remain in the downstairs rooms.

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 through 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!!).

The Cornwall region

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.

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Review 1-10 of 20

20 Jan 2014



A beautiful quaint cottage with everything you need provide. It is small however that adds to the character of the place. Amazing views from the main bedroom and the kitchen. The owners was more than helpful and at tentative. Would definitely would visit again :)

14 Aug 2013



You are really paying for the views with this house. Our hearts sank when we opened the door and saw just how small the house and garden were. It's functional but basic. There is an analogue tv with a signal booster but it still gave a poor reception with channel losses. The pub next door is really noisy even with the windows shut. Parking was ok until we came back one afternoon and all spaces had gone. No bbq or welcome pack. On the plus side, it's not too far to walk into town. The tiny bathroom is well decorated and the bedrooms are nice.

Hi, thank you very much for leaving a review, and I am so sorry that it's taken me so long to respond; I'm ashamed to admit that I've only just realised that it's possible! I was extremely sad to hear that you were disappointed with the cottage, particularly as it's happily not a reaction that we're used to. The cottage is indeed small, but I do try to make this abundantly clear in the description so that people know what to expect. For the same reason, I also include a large number of photographs so that people can see exactly where they will be staying. As for the poor TV signal, I'm really sorry about this experience. In response to your experience, we have now installed digital TV so that this problem - common in Falmouth - is no longer an issue. Obviously this does not help you with the poor TV viewing experience you had, but please rest assured that we listened and then acted to solve the problem as soon as possible. As for the pub, this is again HIGHLY unusual, I can only think that perhaps there was some significant local event on (which may also explain the extremely unusual parking issues) because the Boathouse is a highly regarded but quiet pub in a well thought of residential area, and the landlord goes to great lengths to ensure that they operate in harmony with the local community. The double glazing in the cottage is usually more than sufficient to cancel out any noise, I'm extremely sorry to hear that this was not your experience. I am delighted to hear though that you appreciated the views and the location being literally just a couple of minutes walk from town. Thanks once again for taking the time to leave a review :))

18 May 2013


"Cute cottage great location"

Harbour Cottage is located in Falmouth, a short walk from the center of town. The cottage is well equipped and very comfortable. The only problem we had was parking our car. Aside from this the location could not have been better for exploring Cornwall.

14 Jan 2013


"Location, views, charm and character"

Harbour Cottage is lovely. My husband and I, along with our 13 year old daughter and two dogs, stayed here over Christmas and had a wonderful stay. The location is fantastic, and the view from the kitchen, garden, and main bedroom is stunning. The best view was when I opened the bedroom curtains on Christmas morning to see a beautiful rainbow right outside over the water and boats. There is plenty to do, with many shops, restaurants, pubs and a cinema just a short walk from the cottage. The pub next door is lovely, and does a fantastic Bloody Mary - I wish it was my local! It could be a little noisy some evenings, but it was the festive season, and the owners do make prospective renters aware of the possibility of noise anyway. The owners made us feel very welcome, having provided a small Christmas tree, a box of Christmas crackers and a Christmas card for us. There was also a pint of milk in the fridge upon arrival so we could have a cuppa after our long journey from Hertfordshire. The owners seem keen to meet the needs of people renting the cottage as they have a file in which guests are not only encouraged to make comments but also suggestions of items that might usefully be provided, and recommendations of places to eat, visit, etc. Some previous guests had commented on finding the shower temperamental, however we did not really experience much of a problem with this. The cottage is not new, which adds to its character and charm, but which does also mean that certain aspects such as plumbing are not as modern as perhaps some people are used to. If you are looking for immaculate facilities then this is possibly not the rental for you. The same is true if you are a 'telly addict' as the reception is poor. We don't really watch TV much so this was not an issue for us (and our daughter could watch DVDs or go off to the cinema), and there is so much to do in and around Falmouth that I doubt this would matter to many people. The bedding was lovely, with Egyptian cotton sheets, although my husband found the bed slightly short (he is 6'3"). Our daughter found her bed very comfortable. As I was going to be cooking Christmas dinner I did take some extra roasting pans and carving utensils with me as I expected that these are not things that ordinarily would be required by many guests. However, everything else was provided that I needed for the meals I cooked during our stay. Although there is no designated parking for the property, there is on-street parking in the surrounding area, and we were always able to find a space within a minute's walk. On the whole, the cottage is nicely presented, wonderfully located, and I would recommend it. My only reservation about doing so is that I would like to return and don't want to find that it is booked up!

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