The Old Bank House

Mevagissey, Cornwall (Ref. 2881)

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Cottage features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Once the home of Mevagissey's first bank, this imposing Grade II listed village-centre building has been renovated to a high standard, creating a Cornwall holiday cottage of comfort and character. Set over three floors, 100 yards from the harbour, the property retains many original features. The bedrooms are mainly over the ground and second floors, while the main, stylish living space occupies the first floor. The exquisite dining room, with parquet flooring, panelled walls and glazed ceiling, is overlooked by a balcony from the second floor. The harbour, pubs and restaurants of Mevagissey are all within a short stroll. Wander to the water's edge to watch the fishermen unload their catch, stroll along the coastal path on the headland or walk to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Alternatively, explore the Eden Project, the cathedral city of Truro or the beauty of the Roseland Peninsula and its beaches.


Over three floors. Six bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with TV & shower, basin, WC, 2 x ground floor doubles with TV & shower, basin, WC, 1 x 2nd floor king-size double, 1 x 1st floor single, 1 x 2nd floor single (with cot). 2nd floor corner bath, basin, WC. 1st floor kitchen with island. Utility room/WC. 1st floor dining room. 1st floor sitting room with open fire.


Oil central heating with open fire. Electric cooker, 2 electric ovens, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs (1 with Sky+), DVD, PlayStation, stereo/CD, WiFi, DVDs/books/games. Fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Cot, highchair, stairgate. Parking for 1 car in public car park 2 mins walk (cost inc. in rent), guests may stop briefly before 10am/after 4pm for loading/unloading outside property. Paved terraced garden with furniture & BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops/pubs/harbour 100 yds. Note: Balcony & sash windows on 2nd floor, young children to be supervised. Note: Due to large stone steps and a fenced drop, access to the garden may be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility, and children should be supervised at all times.

Guest Reviews


    • “Home from home”
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    • “one minute stroll to the harbour and pubs, restaraunt and fish and chip shops. House clean, confortable and bed rooms very spacious. The living room would be a little cramped if more than 6 people (there was only three when we stayed). The house was very well equipped with utensils, pans, crockery etc. lovely touch from the landlady giving us milk, tea, sugar etc there was even a delicious carrot cake for us! All sheets and bedding was very clean and fresh. On the whole,thoughly enjoyed our stay here & would come back!”

    Stuart T, November 2014

    • “Love at first sight”
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    • “We traveled here for a pre-Christmas break with teenagers and a five year old as well as two dogs and a fabulous time was had by all! We loved the space, the open fire, the kitchen, the large number of bathrooms and the location. Also the style, almost our perfect home to be honest. Mevagissey itself was wonderful too, friendly, festive and wonderful. We didn't feel the need to venture inland at all for our whole stay. Yes the house has foibles, there was a definite knack to getting the toaster to work for example, but it was so homely and welcoming we really couldn't fault it. We are already looking at booking for next year.”

    Nellieneptune, Dorset, December 2013

    • “Interesting and spacious”
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    • “Six of us shared this house which sleeps 10 so we had plenty of space. The kitchen was well equipped and the living room was good for 6 (though probably cramped for 10). The dining room was spacious and airy. The rooms varied from excellent to rather gloomy and cramped so choose well! The downstairs from room could be noisy in high season. The living, kitchen, dining rooms were on the middle floor of this 3 storey town house which meant considerable stair climbing. Get used to it! Location in the centre of Mevagissey was excellent but meant 100 yard walk to the car park (which could get busy in the high season). One vehicle car parking included, after that it is £35 a week per car.”

    Howarew, Driffield, United Kingdom, June 2013

    • “Spacious but cosy Cottage in fantastic location”
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    • “10 days after the Mevagissey flood, we had a fantastic time in this great holiday let. Definately recommended”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Melksham, January 2011

    • “Outstanding Holiday Cottage Experience at Driftwood House, Cornw”
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    • “From my initial phone call to Sykes Holiday Cottages, to enquire about a winter break at Driftwood House in Mevagissey, to our final day at the cottage, everything went smoothly. Sykes staff were extremely helpful and friendly on the phone. The caretakers of Driftwood House were also very friendly. We had booked the three storey cottage, which accommodated 10, for 6 adults and 4 children, and there was more than enough room for everyone. The owners had decorated the cottage beautifully and there were some lovely little touches. There was also a piano, which the older children enjoyed playing. The lounge had an open fire and plenty of comfortable seating. This led on to a well equipped kitchen. The dining room was a fantastic space too and we all sat in there for a wonderful fry up on the Sunday morning. The three double bedrooms downstairs had ensuite facilities and the upstairs double bedroom and two singles shared a bathroom on the top floor. The cottage was just a few minutes walk from the harbour, which had several lovely pubs and some nice shops. There was a fabulous Portuguese restaurant just a few doors away from Driftwood House too. We visited Charlestown and St Austell while we were there. We loved the location and the cottage so much that we have booked to go back again in December 2010!”

    Pridz, England, February 2010

    • “Fab Christmas House!”
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    • “We had a fantastic time over the Christmas period and the owners decorated the house beautifully! We are a family of 9 and the size was ideal for us. Mevagissey itself is lovely too - the only slight grumble I would have is that the showers are not as good as they could be...”

    Faye L, Hampshire, February 2010

    • “Good location.”
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    • “I liked that the house was in the centre of Mevagissey - it was easy for my parents to wander around and go for coffees etc, and easy for the younger members of the party to walk to a suitable beach. I loved the kitchen, dining room, and the sitting room, all suitable for a large party, and there was plenty of cutlery and crockery for 10 people. Even with the slight issues below, it was in a lovely location, is really suitable for large parties and we did enjoy our time there. Lots of light bulbs were not working, this is my husband's pet hate - and the only spare bulbs we could find did not fit! The furnishings were very tired, the sofas in the sitting room were quite uncomfortable to sit on, especially for older people with back or mobility problems but lovely to lie on. The bedrooms downstairs smelt musty and damp, and although warm weather outside they did also feel damp. The middle bedroom (2), seemed to get all the noise from flushing of loos, showers etc and the back bedroom (3), did seem to smell musty and damp the worse. Although the business about parking etc was not easy for arrival and departing the property, we were warned about it, and therefore accepted this - so we did pack in boxes/cool boxes/suitcases etc.”

    MaralynJR, Bristol, United Kingdom, August 2014

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    • “A great location, it was close to lots of things so it was easy to go out for a meal/pub. It was beautiful light and airy accommodation with good views. We were a party of 5 and enjoyed the great space and lovely garden area.”

    Ms Mcleod, Bristol, June 2015

    • “Perfect retreat to spend time with friends and nice to have privacy. We'll be back!”

    Mrs Thornthwaite, Bedford, March 2015

    • “The location of The Old bank House is excellent, being right in the heart of the town so no need to use a car once there. Great access to the harbour, shops, restaurants, pubs and all amenities. We were a large family party and the house gave us exactly what we were looking for - plenty of space and bedrooms (and bathrooms importantly) for everyone including a baby and good communal areas for eating and partying together. Good facilities in the kitchen such as three ovens, dishwasher, an island to sit around and loads of crockery, glassware and cooking utensils. We loved the walks around the harbour and around the coast path. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Old Bank House - it lived up to expectations and we will definitely consider it again for future family holidays.”

    Mrs Curtis, Swansea, December 2014

    • “Good position for harbour & shops. Roomy bedrooms. Nice big dining room. Plenty of oven space and utensils. Xmas cake and mince left out for us which was very kind.”

    Mrs Bridges, Daventry, December 2014

    • “Our second visit to this property, it's perfect for a big family. Had a great dining area and was in a fabulous location. Feels like Home!”

    Mrs Smith, Fordingbridge, December 2014

    • “The location was excellent, just a stones throw to the harbour. The bedrooms were excellently furnished and clean. Very very impressed with the kitchen utensils, pans and amount of crockery.”

    Mr Thurston, Swindon, November 2014

    • “The size of the house allowed a group of 8 adults to have adequate space and spend a relaxing long weekend together; much better than a hotel!”

    Miss Bowes, Dartford, November 2013

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About the location


St. Austell 5.5 miles; Truro 16 miles.

The perfect Cornish fishing village, with winding cobbled streets and a picturesque harbour full of boats. Stunning walks lead along the coast in both directions, with sandy beaches, high cliffs and hidden coves to explore. The village has an excellent selection of pubs and restaurants, whilst just up the road are the Lost Gardens of Heligan. A ferry from Mevagissey to Fowey also runs daily between Easter and September. Spend some time at the Tall Ships harbour at Charlestown (7 miles) with its shipwreck museum, or among the tropical biomes of the world-famous Eden Project (11 miles). The stunning coastline, fabulous beaches and renowned gardens of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula are a short drive down the coast while Truro, with its shops, restaurants, theatre and cathedral can be reached by car in half an hour.

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