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Marshmallow House

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St Austell, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "It was absolutely lovely, spotlessly clean and very well apportioned."

    Very comfortable and quiet and very easy to relax. All the information provided was accurate and made the stay very easy. So nice being able to walk the short 10min down into Charlestown for all the restaurants and pubs, and the private beach and coastal path all within a ten minute walk. A lovely stay without any reservations.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. We are pleased we could offer you a comfortable and relaxing holiday. We hope you have the opportunity to visit again. The owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great holiday home that was spacious and clean and had everything we needed."

    It was an easy walk to Charlestown for beach, pubs / restaurants and ice cream. We loved being able to walk to Duporth Beach and it was always really quiet. There was another nearby beach that you could walk to with a cafe but this was busier. We had no problems with parking and the extra directions were helpful on the first day. A fabulous week, thank you

    Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Marshmallow. We are pleased to hear what a fabulous time you had and that the extra information we supplied was helpful to you. We are privileged to be able to have access to Duporth Beach so close to the property. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. The owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Aug 2023

  • "A lovely house, superbly cleaned."

    The beds are super comfy. The property is a 10 minute walk into Charlestown but it is downhill, so obviously you have to walk back up! The private beach is just stunning, but again down a steep hill. A good base to check out Cornwall. My only problem is with the arrival and departure times of 5pm and 9am. These times were extended due to covid where extra time was needed for fogging and extra care, but haven't gone back to the normal times of 3pm and 10am. We left the night before, with a teenager, that extra hour in the morning is needed!

    Thank you for your feedback it is very helpful. We will take into account your comments and discuss possibilities with our maintenance company which is responsible for the high standard of cleanliness of our property. Good to know you had a comfortable stay and made the most of the local area. The owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic"

    Many thanks for reviewing your recent stay at Marshmallow. What a lovely response. The owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable place to stay and in a great location."

    Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback, very much appreciated. Pleased to hear all was to your liking. Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2023

  • "A beutiful house, immaculately clean and well maintened."

    It was an absolute pleasure to stay in and it made our stay very enjoyable. We awoke each day fully refreshed and ready to enjoy the delights of Cornwall.

    Many thanks for taking the time to review our property, very much appreciated. Great to hear that your break was enjoyable.We take great pride in being able to provide clean and comfortable accommodation. Hopefully you will be able to visit again in the future. Kind regards the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Mar 2023

  • "Thank you for an absolutely wonderful stay."

    The house is perfect for a young family. The house had everything you could want it really was a 5 star holiday! Would not fault the house!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Very much appreciated . We look forward to you visiting again in the near future. Kind regards the owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cameron5.0Feb 2023

  • "Fabulous location for exploring, particularly the Eden project."

    Lots to do nearby. The friendly owner was really accommodating and very speedy with resolving a very minor issue with a faulty shower head. Would highly recommend for young families as the beach is so close by.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2022

  • "The bedside light in the 2nd bedroom does not work."

    Using one of the handily provided light bulbs did not solve the problem. We moved one of the bedside lights from the main bedroom to fix the problem. We had a very peaceful stay in lovely Marsh Mallow House. Perfect.

    Thank you for the information , we shall have the light checked out or replaced. Pleased to hear that otherwise your stay was peaceful and perfect. We hope to welcome you back to Marshmallow in the future. Kind regards the owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Jul 2022

  • "Another lovely stay at this property."

    It is very comfortable, cosy and in a lovely location and 10 minute walk to Charlestown, where there is a small harbour and restaurants. Easy assess to nearby National Trust properties, Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and beaches on south and north coast.

    Hi, very pleased to hear you had another enjoyable stay at our property. Thank you for taking the time to send the review, appreciated. We look forward to having you visit again. Many thanks the owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Marshmallow House, perfect home from home with a high standard of everything throughout."

    Lots of helpful advice and it was a pleasure to stay there. Handy for Charlestown, Eden Project, St Austell Brewery and general exploration of Cornwall. Awesome thank you.

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed your stay. You obviously made the most of the area where there is lots to see and do. We hope to welcome you back to Marshmallow in the future. Kind regards owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely stay."

    Great to stroll into Charlestown with a fantastic setting and good places to eat. Equally, nice to be able to walk down to the secluded private beach. The house itself was very well set up and welcoming for us as a family of four.

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experience staying at Marshmallow. You obviously took advantage of all that the property and local surrounding areas have to offer. We hope you may find time to visit again in the future. Kind regards the owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2022

  • "Firstly a really lovely house and we enjoyed our stay there ."

    Good location to go out and explore . The issue is with parking , on arrival couldn't get into the small space as the neighbour's car was parked at an angle ( there is a wall towards the house ) so little space to park . The next day he had moved it but then after that again not parked correctly . It is a tight space all around most of the estate to get in and out of , cars everywhere . Inside the house lovely , just a few issues with the cleaning of crockery etc , this isn't the cleaner's fault I'm sure , plates , knives , underneath the cutting board etc not washed properly food still stuck on . the beds are fine with lovely clean bedding and really lovely towels provided . All in all a great stay but wouldn't return due to parking which is a shame because a really lovely property .

    Dear Susan, Thank you for your constructive feedback. We will share with our housekeeper. We are pleased that overall you enjoyed your stay at Marshmallow House. Wishing you well Kind regards the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.1Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week in Cornwall, staying at Marshmallow House."

    Perfect location, great facilities and decor, comfy beds, spotless! Can highly recommend this holiday home. Thank you for the welcome package ☺️

    We are very pleased to hear that you had a wonderful stay .Many thanks for your feedback it is very much appreciated. Kind regards the owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Feb 2022

  • "The house was spotless lived the welcome pack very appreciated."

    Perfect spot to take a holiday close to all amenities and 10 mins walk your in Charlestown. Will recommend Marshmsllow House to friends

    I wish to thank you for the kind review you gave us. It means a lot when our customers take time out to write such lovely comments, it really is appreciated, thank you From Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gervais5.0Jan 2022

  • "Marshmallow House is a home from home and everything was as described on the website."

    It’s on a very well presented estate but you feel like you’re in the countryside and access to a private beach is a bonus. For walkers the coast road is only five minutes away as is the beach. We enjoyed some great walks. It’s worth mentioning that Charlestown in only a 10 minutes stroll away and has several excellent restaurants, bars and cafes and a lovely harbour. Be warned that you must book well in advance, don’t put it off as you will be disappointed. The rear garden is private and gets the afternoon sun. The parking was good but very tight and only for one car. If you have more than one car I’d check what options are available. We had a great week and felt at home in the property.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback for Marshmallow House. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our property as much as we do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2021

  • "This is a nice house and there are lots of good things to say about it."

    Upon arrival, it was spotlessly clean and spacious, with lots of storage. There were many helpful little notes left about how things in the house worked and the shower in the ensuite is one of the best showers I've ever had in a holiday let! The location of the house is only 5 minutes from Charlestown, which was really lovely and we ate out there several times and enjoyed the harbour. So there are lots of things to recommend Marshmallow house. However, there are a few things that were disappointing. The house is in a housing estate. It is a nice housing estate, with friendly neighbours, but some of the bedrooms overlooked the car parking area and the garden felt closed in by other houses. Some of the fixtures and fittings are getting worn - 2 of the towel rails are starting to fall out the wall and the beds all need new mattresses (and not merely mattress toppers). Access to the private beach was a real bonus, but it was a very hilly climb down to it and quite a way away from the house, meaning that it isn't really suitable for a family day (long walk back to the toilets). Generally I think the issues come down to pricing of Marshmallow house. At the price point we paid, I expected a house with top notch facilities and fixtures and fittings (including a dishwasher). This is a nice house in a nice location, but I felt that it was overpriced.

    Thank you for your lovely comments regarding Marshmallow House and the surrounding area. At the end of 2019, a lot of the furniture including the mattresses and appliances were updated during this time. Due to the restrictions over the last 18 months, the items have not been used much, therefore, are still in very good condition and are checked on every changeover. As mentioned in the description, there is access to a private Cornish Cove, which due to exclusivity does not have nearby toilets or cafe facilities. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed you had to go back up the house to use the facilities. Once again, we appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear that you overall enjoyed your stay at Marshmallow House. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona3.8Aug 2021

  • "Accommodation was located within a 10 min walk to shops and restaurants and the beach."

    It was spacious and well equipped. Lovely welcome pack on arrival which included tea milk and biscuits. It would be a perfect location for a family. I can highly recommend and would definitely book again

    Reviewed by Nick5.0May 2021

  • "We've just returned from a lovely 4 days at Marshmallow house and highly recommend both the property and the area."

    The beach in particular is beautiful and an added bonus it's residents only. The property felt spacious (2 adults, 2 teenagers) and was exceptionally clean. A nice touch to provide some essentials on arrival too. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a great time at marshmallow house and would definitely stay there again."

    The property is spacious, close to charlestown and the beach access is a big highlight. The only things I noticed were: - The oven smelt of bacon fat when we turned it on, it could do with a deep clean, there were some finger marks on fridge and crockery - There is only one plug socket in the smaller double bedroom room, which makes it tricky if you have two phones to charge in the evening and you want to keep the lamp on. It could do with a multiple USB adapter or guests could bring their own (or you could take it in turns but we are very impatient and tech addled!) - No coffee pot there that I could see, only a teapot. We’ve left one there in case future guests would want to use it - it was a spare from a family member - I know that we are in the midst of a pandemic so might not be doable right now but it might be nice to have one or two extra blankets or throws there for colder evenings That being said we really liked staying there and the location is fantastic - would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Jenna3.4Sep 2020

  • "A lovely place to stay and a good location."

    Within 5 minutes walking to Charlestown and Duporth Bay and access to a private beach. Could drive to Newquay withing 20 minutes & other places such as the Eden project etc. Attention to the small things such as toilet roll and tea, coffee etc was appreciated and very clean. It has off street parking, although very tight to turn into was great. All in all we were very happy to stay here and would definitely recommend and rebook.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Aug 2020

  • "The house was very clean & well presented."

    The kitchen was well equipped & the two double/king beds were very comfortable. Something that would have improved our stay a lot is if the bedrooms had blackout curtains/blinds & if the single beds had better mattresses. We didn’t find them very comfortable at all. The location was brilliant. Very convenient for shops & only a short walk to the beach & pretty Charlestown. We loved the private beach! So quiet & brilliant water for swimming, snorkelling or paddling. Really relaxing to be able to let the children explore & not loose them on a crowded beach or near a rough sea. Overall we really enjoyed our stay though & would recommend the location

    Reviewed by Ruth4.1Jul 2020

  • "The cottage met expectations, access to keys and directions to the property were good (had a look on Google maps, just to check out if I had understood correctly), found it first time."

    The passage through to the rear of the property is, as noted, obscured but we arrived just as another car had appeared through it. Maybe a simple plan could be provided in order to confirm the location, as anyone arriving in hours of darkness may have difficulty spotting it. We were lucky enough to see several tall ships in the harbour at Charlestown, having taken an early morning walk down to the harbour. It was good to be able to take photographs without the many visitors that arrive later in the day.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Feb 2020

  • "Great stay, lovely house in lovely area- new furniture is very comfortable!"

    Reviewed by Louisa4.4Feb 2020

  • "Easy enough to find first time."

    Lovely stay, very enjoyable. Central to north and south coast. Couldn’t fault anything in the cottage, would stay again.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2019

  • "The accommodation was as advertised and we were very comfortable."

    The slight issue was initially finding the parking space

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2019

  • "Spacious accommodation that can sleep six comfortably."

    The house was nicely decorated with ornaments in keeping with the costal location. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you could want for a week's holiday. Easy access to the costal path and Charlestown. Would definitely choose this house again.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Sep 2019

  • "The house was very clean and tidy, and a good size for our needs (3 adults, 1 child)."

    It is also really well situated. However, once inside it felt a little like corners were being cut. For example, the kitchen could have been better stocked with better cooking equipment (eg a decent frying pan); we could have done with a couple of fans as it was very hot; and the mattresses were not very comfortable. The biggest issue though, meaning that I have to say ‘failed to meet’ instead of met expectations, was that we had no hot water for the first half of the holiday. The owners though clearly felt very bad about it and tried their best to resolve it especially given the bank holiday, and agreed to a partial refund.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that the property didn't meet your expectations. We will certainly take your comments on board. However, we would like to point out that the property owner did her upmost to ensure the issues with the hot water were resolved as quickly as possible. This was a struggle due to being a bank holiday weekend but I do note that compensation has been provided for your inconvenience. Kind Regards, The Customer Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna3.4Aug 2019

  • "There was a problem with the boiler, a phone call to your office and the boiler man was there very quickly and sorted it out."

    Thank you. As in other reviews finding the property the first time was very difficult. (it's like a rabbit warren of little turn off roads and the archway through was very narrow and on it before you now and not expected to find it there!!) The property was in a lovely location, near to Charlestown. and easy assess to other local attractions, such as Eden Project, Lost gardens of Helligan, and many National Trust properties and the coast. We enjoyed our stay and also had good weather.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday."

    The facilities within the house were excellent. Easy walking distance into Charlestown. The only disappointment was the bus lane right beside the house which was noisy early in the morning. I read a review before our trip which said the back of the house was very difficult to find which is very true!

    Reviewed by Mary3.8Jul 2019

  • "Fantastic house, just my taste in decor ,everything was spotless, bit difficult to find the first time ,couldn't fault it otherwise!"

    ! Love to go back.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice, very easy to get anywhere from this location."

    The down side was the access to the parking for the property. We have a large vehicle and getting through the arch was very tight especially if vehicles had parked close by. Enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Marilyn4.7Nov 2018

  • "The house is great, very well decorated and located for exploring."

    Clean and well stocked and instructions left meant we didn't have to call for help from the owners at all. The twin room is very small though, we should have had 2 adults staying in it but luckily one couldn't make it, if they had it would not have been a comfortable stay for them. This room could do with some hooks for clothing etc and maybe a bedside lamp. Other than that, no complaints at all and will likely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Rachael4.4Oct 2018

  • "Quite tricky access to park at the property, a little map of the estate would help."

    Well worth the effort to get here it's in a great location

    Reviewed by Jim4.4Sep 2018

  • "House was better than expected, everything from booking to end of holiday was great"

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Aug 2018

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size doubles, (One with en-suite shower room, shower cubicle, basin and WC), 1 x twin; 2’6 beds
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room
  • Cloakroom with WC..
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with freeview, WiFi, telephone for emergency and incoming calls
  • Selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair provided
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed front and rear garden with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Coast, beach and shops 5 mins walk
  • Note: No BBQ’s or fires permitted on the property.Note Party size is up to 4 guests and 1 infant in a cot

The property

Marshmallow House is a well presented and spacious semi-detached retreat in St Austell, just 10 minutes’ walk from the coast at Duporth Bay, reached via private access along a path and half a mile from picturesque coastal Charlestown.

The contemporary accommodation boasts a well styled interior throughout, with three bedrooms offering flexibility for four guests.

The pretty enclosed front garden leads into the entrance hallway with WC, modern kitchen with high gloss units and dining area for social gatherings.

The separate sitting room is comfortable and airy with patio doors to the enclosed rear garden, with lawn area and paved patio with garden furniture for alfresco dining and evening drinks.

The first floor is host to three bedrooms that guarantee restful slumber; two with king-size beds and a twin bedroom.

There are two pristine bathrooms; family with bath and shower over plus the en-suite shower room with double cubicle.

At the rear is off road parking for one car and additional roadside parking is nearby.

Charismatic Charlestown is within half a mile, famed for TV’s Poldark and the stunning Tall Ships and historic harbour with inns, restaurants and art shops dotted around for refreshment and window shopping.

Porthpean beach is a few minutes’ drive away, as is Carlyon Bay – where you can tee off at the hotel golf course.

Shop in st Austell for provisions, walk the coastal footpath, go kayaking, discover the magical exhibitions of flora at the Eden Project and discover the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Marshmallow House is ideal for family, friends and couples looking to enjoy both rest and recreation along the Cornish Riviera coastline. This property received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor in 2017.

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About the location


Charlestown 1.4 miles; St Austell 2 miles.

Porthpean is a stretch of coastline between Charlestown and Black Head. Porthpean beach is ideal for families, windsurfers, swimmers, kayaking and sailors with an an easy walk into Charlestown along the coastal path. The harbour offers two small sand and shingle beaches and you will see why it is a popular filming location and is a key setting for the filming of BBC’s series Poldark. You can explore this beautiful region easily as you are 1.5 miles from A390 a fantastic base for your Cornish adventure and creating your holiday memories – enjoying walking amongst the most beautiful scenery in the world on the Cornish footpaths, visiting the quaint and picturesque Cornish villages meandering through the streets visiting art galleries, bars, restaurants. The adventurous enter the playing field of Watergate bay where you can experience wave ski, kitesurfing, kite buggying, surfing. Water sport enthusiasts on your “doorstep” you can sail, kayak, snorkel, deep sea diving.
Secluded, private, tranquil location boasting inspirational sea views with a secret garden feel.

Note Party size is up to 4 guests and 1 infant in a cot

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas