Manor Cottage is a delightful harbour side cottage, situated right in the heart of St Mawes, one of the most beautiful villages in Cornwall. Nestled in at the bottom of the Victory steps, the property boasts many character features. The view over the busy harbour with ferries and yachts bustling in and out is always changing and you will feel you can watch the world passing by from the privacy of your own front terrace.
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Manor Cottage is right in the centre of St Mawes and has retained some beautiful character features and clever design touches. From the kitchen diner at the back of the property, views are maintained of the harbour through a cleverly designed glass screen. The house is just twenty metres away from the harbour and quay area with its shops, pubs and waterfront and within easy reach of the beaches. It is ideally placed for those who want to be in the centre of St Mawes. There are great views over the harbour and across the bay from the living room and master bedroom.
The cottage provides accommodation for up to four people. There is a lounge to the front with a kitchen diner behind it and on the first floor there are two double bedrooms each made up with two single beds positioned together. There is a victorian cast iron bath with a shower over.
Ground floor: Lounge with harbour / sea views, kitchen / diner.
First Floor: Two double bedrooms each with two single beds which, on request, can either be made up as single beds or as double beds. Bathroom with handheld shower and over bath shower & WC.
Exterior: Small terrace to the front of the property with a bench and table; this is a real sun-trap in the summer!
Facilities & Services
Heating is via electric and night storage heating radiators throughout. There is a flatscreen freeview TV with DVD player in the lounge. The fully fitted kitchen includes an electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. There is a combined washing machine and tumble dryer.
Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels are all included, but you will need to bring your own beach towels. There is no parking at the property, although you can stop in the road close by to unload and load your car. Car parking is available in the safe, nearby main car park which is only about a 2 minute walk away. Alternative car parking is also available on the quay and on the sea front during the winter months. Children are very welcome and a travel cot & high chair are provided. We regret that dogs are not permitted and no smoking is allowed. Please note that, as is usual in a cottage of this period, the stairs to the first floor are quite steep.
General Booking Information
Arrival/departure is on a Saturday.
Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£150 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.
St Mawes is one of the finest waterside villages in Cornwall. Situated overlooking an idyllic bay on the eastern side of the famous Falmouth Estuary, St Mawes has one of the mildest climates in Britain due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream. The sea is at the heart of the village and has helped to shape St Mawes from the little fishing village to the fashionable holiday destination that is so popular with visitors. A mecca for boating enthusiasts, St Mawes is a particularly popular sailing centre. Weekly club racing, village regattas and larger events are commonplace on the superb waters of the bay all through the summer.
St Mawes has so much to offer the visitor. St Mawes Castle was built by Henry VIII and is a splendid place to take in the views of the Carrick Roads. There are miles of coastal and countryside walks to take in and some idyllic beaches on which to relax and watch the world go by. The little Place ferry takes visitors to explore St Anthony's Head or there are regular ferries to Falmouth. Being situated on the seafront, the village is also known for the restaurants and pubs that serve superb fish and shellfish dishes all year round. There is a selection of pubs & hotels with restaurants (including the renowned Tresanton Hotel) all within easy walking distance. There is a range of shops all within a few minutes’ walk including a Cooperative store, Post Office, chemist, butcher, baker and art & clothes shops. The village also has a doctor’s surgery and a dentist’s surgery.
Guest from Maidenhead stayed for 6 nights.
We arrived late at night and it was a lovely surprise to turn up to a warm cosy cottage. The Christmas wreath,tree,flowers and mince pies were such a lovely touch. We would highly recommend Manor Cottage and would without a doubt book again.
Guest from Craven Arms stayed for 7 nights.
A couple of days were windy and the front window was draughtyThis cottage was comfortable and in an excellent position Well equiped ,a toaster would have been helpful Lovely large towels A memory lane of childhood holidays
Guest from Petersfield stayed for 7 nights.
My stay at Manor Cottage was everything I wanted it to be. It is in a superb position, it overlooks the sea and is close to shops should you need them, there are many places to eat and drink as well. Despite being quite late in the year I was able to walk for miles in the most beautiful countryside visiting Lots of interesting places. The ferry from St Mawes is just across the road and so easy to use it to get to Falmouth and Place where there are good places to see, eat and relax in. This was my first visit to Cornwall and Manor Cottage but it will not be my last, I loved it.
Guest from Ellesmere Port stayed for 7 nights.
Dad & I stayed here for a lovely week reliving family holiday memories and touring beautiful Cornwall making new memories. Manor Cottage is just perfect, homely and exactly what you imagine a cottage in St Mawes should be - very inviting and situated in the centre of the village where you can watch the sleepy world of a seaside village go past your window.
Guest from Ashford stayed for 7 nights.
We had a very pleasant week in Manor Cottage. Angela the housekeeper was great and very helpfully texted us to say the cottage was ready a couple of hours before 4pm which was a great relief after a long drive. The welcome card from the owners and the bottle of prosecco were also nice touches and were greatly appreciated, as were the supplies of hand soap, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets. The cottage was very clean and well equipped. It is tastefully decorated and has the feel of a family residence. Despite being so close to the pubs etc on the front it was not too noisy at night and it is great to be so close to the sea, literally a stone's throw! Everything is within easy reach: the Co-Op is 3 doors away and there are several pub/hotel/restaurants of varying price/quality also extremely close. There are several good beaches in St Mawes but it is not your typical 'kiss me quick' type of resort - it is like walking into Boden catalogue - no arcades or candyfloss, just lots of people with their boats and plenty of kids. One of the best things about our stay was that we only used the car twice for trips on days when the beach wasn't feasible - there are several ferry services to Falmouth and the walk around St Anthony's Head from Place was stunning. The main downsides to Manor Cottage have already been mentioned by other reviewers, namely it doesn't have Wi-Fi (although this may appeal to those in search of a digital detox) and the mattresses on the beds are at the very hard end of 'firm' which may not be to everyone's tastes. I would add that the bench outside of the property is in need of repair and the downstairs does smell very damp, but being an old property on the seafront this is not surprising and I'm sure the owners will already be taking steps to remedy these issues as the cottage is clearly well loved and maintained. We would not hesitate to return and recommend it to anyone in search of a peaceful seaside retreat in a pleasant property with plenty of character.
Guest from Zurich stayed for 7 nights.
We've had a wonderful week in Manor Cottage which is beautifully decorated, there's lovely art hanging on all of the walls. Although it is a small place it is all laid out well. The Double bed is very comfortable and the view is amazing (the other beds we didn't test). Everything was clean and well prepared when we arrived, beds made up nicely and large soft towels for everyone, there were even fresh flowers and a bottle of prosecco waiting for us. We didn't do much cooking as there are plenty of places to eat in the village, our favourite was The Watch House. But there is everything in the kitchen to do your own cooking. The coop is just 3 doors down and open from 7 to 10 every day. It's a great location for exploring the Roseland peninsula and the river Fal. We did not have a car and we got around very well with the 6 day Muscle Card on ferries, bus and train. The ferry and bus only runs till aruond 6 but there is a water taxi service (not quite cheap though) to get you back from a dinner in Falmouth, Flushing or at the Pandora Inn. Booking and communication with booking agency and housekeeper was very easy and good.
Guest from Leicester stayed for 7 nights.
Lovely cottage in a great position. A lot bigger than it appears from the outside .bathroom small but perfectly serviceable. Only fault we could find if anything was the condition of the mugs, which really do need replacing,we bought some to use otherwise we cant wait to return.
Guest from Buxton stayed for 7 nights.
The cottage was clean,comfortable and perfectly placed to explore the area. Local amenities and services were nearby . The bedrooms were both surprisingly large .
Guest from Northwich stayed for 7 nights.
Met all our expectations, exceeding many, from Angela the housekeepers call to ask if she could supply any items ready for our arrival to the text telling us we could access the cottage early as the change over was completed. Being right on the harbour front we were ideally placed to witness the drama of the 'Gale at High Spring Tide' in complete comfort and safety.
Guest from Wimborne stayed for 3 nights.
LOVED our stay. Ideal location in the heart of such a beautiful village- so simple to pop to the bakers, post office, butchers etc. Great to watch the activity in the harbour, yet tucked back so you still feel private. Enjoyed some glimpses of sunshine sitting on the front patio bench. Cosy sitting room and ideal kitchen set up to feed the family whilst still enjoying the view. Bedrooms are spacious and absorbed small children and tired parents easily. Especially love the views from the front bedroom. Good sized towels, and nice bedding. We can't wait to stay again - summer or winter.
Guest from London stayed for 7 nights.
We spent a wk in the cottage. It is a lovely pretty cottage.rooms quite big.plenty of room and storage. Location and views are amazing. Would love to stay again.
Guest from Redditch stayed for 7 nights.
We have just returned from our stay at Manor Cottage and we were thoroughly impressed with the whole package. The cottage was beautiful and special thanks to Angela the housekeeper who went the extra mile to make sure our holiday was perfect! Nothing was ever too much trouble for her and she made sure that the cottage was immaculate upon our arrival. We will definitely be returning.
Guest from Ryde stayed for 7 nights.
We booked this cottage after seeing photos online, when we arrived we were some what shocked, this cottage is very grotty and dirty and not at all like the pictures, the whole place needs to be renovated. The bathroom is very grotty and dirty and really needs a complete make over with new toilet, bath and sink and new flooring. The kitchen is again very grubby and in need of decorating and updating. The carpets throughout smell awful and need a good clean, the sofas in the living room and very dirty and smelly. the beds need new mattresses as all four of us ended up having bad backs because they were so hard.the whole place needs to be painted and have a little bit of time and love spent on it. The location is amazing as its right on the harbor, and St Mawes is a very beautiful place. we felt that the cost of renting out Manor Cottage was very very high when you see the condition of it, and we were grateful that we spent all day out of the cottage, we would visit St Mawes again but would certainly not stay at Manor Cottage.
We apologise for the disappointment that you experienced during your stay at Manor Cottage. We welcome constructive comments from our visitors and always try to respond immediately. Previous reviews make useful comments which have been acted on promptly, but none are so condemnatory as yours; indeed most are positive. It is a very ancient Cornish Cottage, but our family loves it and we work on it every year to keep it nice, and hope that all who stay there will be happy. So we trust that we can fix the issues you raised so that people will be able to continue to enjoy Manor Cottage's unique charm and amazing location on the beautiful St Mawes harbourside. However earlier this Summer our previous caretaker was taken ill and struggled to keep the Cottage at its best. We then appointed a very good new caretaker. Angela Bishop and her team of four take great pride in their deep cleaning and attention to detail, and are upset by this review as they clean the cottage thoroughly before each guest. We wish you had called her so that she could have gone through any problems with you immediately. She always takes time to chat to visitors when she meets them on site. We were puzzled that you said that the carpets "smell awful" - the caretakers deal with many cottages and are sensitive to any issue of this nature. Carpets get steam cleaned by the team, who take great pride in keeping the cottage spotless. We have had no other mention of this and found no residual smell after your departure. We appreciate that you stayed at the end of the season before the full Spring clean when sofa covers and curtains are washed. We have instituted a mid-season wash as well, as we hadnt appreciated that the sofa was "very dirty and smelly. In view of your comments about the mattresses we will change these for softer versions as soon as possible. Of course that may not suit everyone, as we had chosen relatively firm mattresses because I have a bad back...... We do however fit mattress toppers to provide a softer surface. Your comment about the bathroom being "very grotty and dirty" we feel is unfair. True, it is original and needs updating but we had it re-floored this Spring, and it gets painted periodically, and cleaned thoroughly before each guest. We are considering modernising to a fitted shower unit, but families often say they prefer the bath for the children. The kitchen also has older units, but to describe it as "very grubby" seems really unfair. We fitted new flooring and a brand new cooker and microwave this year, and updated the over-stove lighting and Xpelair. It is always cleaned thoroughly before our guests arrive. Finally I appreciate that you felt the cost of renting out Manor Cottage was very very high. St Mawes is certainly expensive, but Manor Cottage is rented out at significantly less than local bed and breakfast rates (typically £55 - £70 per person per night with continental breakfast in the village) and is on a par with other rented properties managed by Cornwalls Cottages. We apologise for the poor experience that you had, and hope that you will find somewhere more suitable to your needs next time. Meanwhile we trust that other people who read your review will keep an open mind and come and enjoy St Mawes in this lovely cottage :-)
Guest from Sydney stayed for 7 nights.
Should have Internet double bed needs comforter to join the two singles into a comfy bed. Duvets a little light and quite dark with lights on. Great position though
Guest from Ashtead stayed for 4 nights.
We couldn't get in ...key was not in the key safe as advised. No mobile phone network meant difficulty in contacting you. Desiption 'small patio' is overgenerous! A tired planter small bench rubbish bin and small table which was filthy very unsatisfactory for 4 people. Extremely small bathroom and hazardous step arrangement to access first floor. Curtains and blinds inadequate to block daylight. Kitchen could do with some large glasses. No tea towel or kitchen hand towel.we were unaware that we needed to take any. On the p!us side the cottage was comfortable, prettily decorated, and well situated. We would recommend guardedly to some people but not generally ...reasons as above
Guest from Leicester stayed for 7 nights.
We loved this little cottage. The position was central for everything St. Mawes had to offer, and it was quieter than we had expected given its location. The little patio, with the bench at the front, is lovely for people watching, and almost everyone who passes by stops to have a chat. It doesn't get the sun for long, but when it does it is the perfect spot for relaxing. Unfortunately, when we arrived it was to find a 10" nail, screws and other rubbish under the bench, and the cottage was not as clean as it could have been; the toilet seat in particular was old, cracked, and disgusting. The ancient green cooker had three knobs that just fell off, so only one hotplate could be switched on. The microwave was unusable due to the excessive rusting underneath the glass plate, and the badly blistered and cracking inside roof wall. The washing machine dispenser drawer was black and grungy, and the 'fridge needed a thorough cleaning and defrosting. Fortunately there is a Co-Op a few doors away from which we bought anti-bacterial cleaner and rubber gloves and spent nearly two hours cleaning and vacuuming. Not quite what we had expected after a long 8 hour drive! We also did not have any hot water, and after two 'phone calls and a text message to the housekeeper, a plumber finally arrived (unannounced) on Tuesday evening, to see what the problem was. And so, after four days without any hot water at all, (fortunately the shower is electric) the water thereafter was only warm. All of the above problems were reported to the housekeeper, who due to a family problem had apparently had to employ another cleaner to get the cottage ready for our arrival. I also spoke to the owner, who said that the toilet seat, cooker and microwave would be replaced. Apart from the bathroom, the upstairs was clean, though we did have a problem with lots of little moths in the back bedroom. Would I return to this lovely little cottage?....Yes, without a doubt....because once all the appliances are replaced, and the cottage given a thorough deep clean it is a little gem.
Guest from Beaconsfield stayed for 6 nights.
We booked Manor Cottage on the Friday, and arrived on the Sunday at about 5.30pm. We could have got there for Saturday, but thought it might be too rushed as it was so last minute. What a delightful surprise, a cute little cottage right by the harbour. We both fell in love with it. We have only stayed in Falmouth before, and visited St Mawes by the ferry. It was comfortable, and so quiet in the evenings, we were a little worried that it wouldn't be. We ate out mostly, The Watch House ( recommended ) The Victory, and the Quarterdeck at St Veryan, wonderful. We also found the Hidden Hut near Portscatho and had a delicious lunch. We visited Lanhydrock House, the gardens and house at Trelissick, and the beautiful church at St Just. Everything was perfect. Sitting on the bench in front of the cottage in the morning with coffee, and in the evening with a glass of wine, just watching the world go by was the best !! A well needed rest for us both, and we can't wait to return. Thank you.
Guest from Lyonshall stayed for 7 nights.
Lovely cottage in a beautiful village. Location couldn't be better. Well equipped & comfortable, we will most certainly visit st mawes again in the future
Guest from Walton-on-thames stayed for 7 nights.
This is a lovely cottage, in a great location. There are a couple of points which ned to be addressed to refresh it. - The much needed new bench is too tall and you cannot now open the windows in the main room. - The cottage would benefit from a deep clean to include the tiles behind the sink, upholstery in front room and the bath. - Window catches are loose in a few areas. Many Thanks Matthew
Guest from Derbyshire stayed for 7 nights.
The cottage is in an excellent location this is our second visit in 3 years. Cottage itself is very basic interior needs updating yo reflect price which has gone up considerably since last stay. Lots of dust And cobwebs. 30 percent of bulbs working during our visit. It has an area outside the cottage where it's delightfully to sit, one of the selling points for the cottage. The seating outside is perished and dangerous it needs replacing or removing. It's a shame as when we visited it was hot it would have been fantastic to be able to sit out in the evenings comfortably especially with having a young child. For this cottage you pay for location we would stay again for that reason.
Guest from Gloucester stayed for 7 nights.
Manor Cottage was delightful and provided a warm and cosy space for Christmas. The Cornish Stove warmed the entire cottage and provided a wonderful focus during the long winter evenings. Obviously a fantastic location, both in Winter and Summer, with original features and comfy furnishings.
Guest from stayed for 5 nights.
A charming, tiny, well appointed quayside cottage in the delightful fishing village of St Mawes provided exactly the right welcome for our little holiday. It had everything we wanted, except parking right outside, but that in the end was an advantage too! Choice of pubs and restaurants in easy walking distance, and the ferry to Falmouth too. Highly recommend it.
Guest from Annan stayed for 7 nights.
Lovely cottage with veiws to match. Needs work done to the ageing cooker,sooner than later. Couldn't figure out how to operate the washer/drier machine, even with the instruction manual, and i'm no fool. Watch the steps at the top of the stairs, and watch your head on the way down at the bottom. Even with its minor faults its still a terrific little cottage at a reasonable price and i would heartly reccomend it to anyone. I am hoping to book it again next year with the sun still shinning.
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