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Nanparra Cottage

(Ref. 960053)

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely clean, well equipped cottage in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2024

  • "It was lovely to meet you briefly."

    Thank you: such a lovely cottage , in a lovely place.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2024

  • "On the plus side the cottage was very clean and comfortable on the downside no greeting pack no milk teabags coffee sachets sugar every where I’ve been there’s always been something."

    There was two toilets one toilet roll in each really it had central heating but locked out at 21c so no adjustment plus front door needs changing let cold air in through the cracks

    Reviewed by George4.1Apr 2024

  • "Very comfortable and clean cottage in a very pretty setting 15 minutes from the beach."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2024

  • "Really homely cottage, plenty of information provided about the local area and even some discount codes available along with games and jigsaws."

    We found a lovely theme park only 30 mins away (flambars) 7 days of fun for the price of one, plenty of beaches locally and fun for all of our family Stunning cottage really clean and fresh, all essentials appliances provided. I would definitely recommend great for family fun.

    Reviewed by Demi5.0Mar 2024

  • "The house really smelled musty, dead bugs in the cutlery draw, squashed fly stuck to roller blind, bedding cupboard locked open (couldn't close) spare bedding looked like it had been thrown in, didn't look clean."

    Lovely area, the house was warm and dry, just out-dated decor.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. Had we been made aware of these issues during at the time of your stay, we would have done all we could to rectify things for you during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim2.8Feb 2024

  • "The cottage is probably one of the best we have stayed in, the cooking equipement is well stocked and of a decent standard, the towels and bedding were all of excellent quality."

    Our only suggestion is that the owner maybe provide at least some information regarding the local area. We could have done with a map of the local foot paths, the bus timetables and shop opening hours.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2023

  • "Firstly couldn't get tv to work."

    Owner not helpful on phone so we sorted ourselves. Clean, comfortable and well furnished but no salt, pepper, oil, milk, coffee, tea or any other welcome pack. Also no folder with info about area and no visitor book. These are things we have, maybe wrongly, have come to expect. Also garden furniture in storage so we had to assemble outside. Made visit seem very impersonal and not what we have experienced before.

    We are sorry to hear that you had a problem with the television. The TV has been checked and no problems have been raised since. We will look to arrange for an information folder to be provided. The outdoor furniture is kept under a cover to protect it from the rain, and can be assembled as required. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine2.8Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was clean and tidy when we got there."

    The only 2 things that let it down was the musty smell inside the cottage, you could smell it as soon as you opened the cottage door. The other thing that let it down was there wasn't a welcome package (bottle of milk,teabags,biscutes etc) which we have received in all other cottages that we have stayed and would have been gratefully received after travelling for 6 hrs. Good location for exploring the different places around Cornwall and lots of happy memories made.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was fabulous - comfortable, clean, well stocked."

    There was just one problem. When we arrived only 3 of the 4 beds were made up. We booked this cottage particularly because it had 4 beds for the 4 people in our party, but the owner assumed that 2 of our party would be happy to bunk up together and was rather grumpy when we rang to enquire about extra bedding. He suggested we should have told him in advance that we needed all 4 beds. He may even have been after extra money - which was surprising as the cottage was expensive and the beds were photographed as being made up and available. Luckily the cleaner, who lives next door, was friendly and made up the 4th bed in no time.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We are sorry if it was not clear on the website that if you should require the single bed in the double bedroom to be made up that this has to be by request and is at a charge of £50. The wording on the website has been amended in the hope that this makes it clearer and easier to understand what is required. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and we hope that we might welcome you back at a future date. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona4.4Jul 2023

  • "The cottage is in a lovely location."

    It was very well equipped, comfortable and spotlessly clean. We have no reservation about recommending it as a base for touring the area.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was in lovely peaceful hamlet, ten minutes walk to Maenporth beach."

    There was a patio set which you coukd take out and sit in front of the house and although it fronted the road there wasn much traffic and the sunsets were fantastic. Would have been nice to have a pint of milk and some tea bags after a long drive and with the local shop closed. This is the first property that hasn't done that. Also, if being picky a welcome booklet rather than pinning laminated sheets on the toilet door.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Jun 2023

  • "Excellent property in a very quiet and peaceful location."

    The property had everything that you would need for a nice quiet holiday, and it is very well equipped. Both my wife and I found the bed extremely comfortable and we had some good days out away from the cottage, even in the biblical rain that we had on two of the days!!! Thanks, we will look to return in the future. Jane and Simon

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2023

  • "Our third visit to Nanparra which says volumes."

    We always find new things to do and thoroughly enjoy visiting a lovely part of Cornwall even if wet . This time it was very wet but didn't stop our enjoyment at all. Very comfortable as well equipped cottage. DVD player not mentioned in listing details so do take your favourites for nights in. Word of caution about the pub in Mawnan Smith. We decided to wander up one evening arriving by eight to find it had already closed ! Seems if they are quiet they close at whatever time suits them as had driven past returning to Nanparra after days out at similar times to also find lights out . Very likely to return to the cottage again.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We are sorry to hear about the pub and it's reduced opening hours and hope this did not effect your stay too much. We hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Apr 2023

  • "A lovely stay at nanparra cottage beds comfortable and a kitchen that was well equipped with everything you need."

    Big bath sheets provided and hand towels. I would highly recommend this cottage if you are looking for a quite location not far away from Falmouth. There is a pub and a shop in the village Asda is not far away. I would stay at this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Mar 2023

  • "The beds were pretty firm but otherwise we found the property to be an ideal location and comfort for what we were looking for."

    It was beautifully warm on every evening when we returned from cold endeavours. The initial directions were somewhat confusing and it took us a while to find the cottage along the road. An approximate distance from the village shop would have been most helpful! Otherwise we had a fantastic time and would recommend a stay in Nanparra. We’d also recommend a fantastic eaterie in Falmouth: The Wilder Kitchen at 48 Church St and also, Dark Pony Coffee outside the bus station. Superb Flat Whites!

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Mar 2023

  • "Another lovely holiday at Nanparra with great walks and some excellent restaurants within easy reach."

    It is a wonderful 15 minute walk down to Maenporth Beach via a quiet path very close to the cottage and the breakfast rolls at the cafe are superb. These set you up perfectly for continuing to walk along the coastal path to Falmouth and back again (if you are energetic enough ) . Alternatively catch the bus back to Mawnan Smith from Falmouth town centre. This passes the cottage and if you ask the driver nicely it will stop within yards of the front door.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Sep 2022

  • "Nanparra is a lovely comfortable cottage in a quiet location, and a short (uphill) walk to the village store - and more importantly the Red Lion pub!"

    - in Mawnan Smith. There are a myriad of footpaths close to the cottage. One of which takes you to Maenporth beach - a 15 minute stroll away. It is a pity that there is not an information book available in the property as it would be useful for those not as familiar with the area as we are. We were lucky to have experienced gorgeous weather during our stay at Nanparra, and much appreciated the outside seating on the terrace. Not sure why no mention is made in the property description of the downstairs loo... a very useful addition!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.We have added the downstair toilet to the property summary. So pleased the weather was kind for you,we hope to be able to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2022

  • "The setting was really nice, but you definitely need a car to travel to nearest pub / shop etc."

    The roads are very winding and are not lit at night and you need to know which direction to take. The cottage we felt needed double electrical sockets and better lighting in the bedrooms and maybe updating in the kitchen area. Downstairs toilet was a bonus, but a very roomy cottage and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.1Jun 2022

  • "Cottage really comfortable Mattress really uncomfortable extremely hard on ..."

    Cottage really comfortable Mattress really uncomfortable extremely hard on double bèd feel this needs replacing Thank you

    Thank your feedback. We haven't received any previous comments regarding the mattress being uncomfortable. As beds are a matter of preference, it maybe that the mattress was slightly firmer than you might be used to in your own home. We will however, ensure that the mattress is checked over. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with beautiful walks to both coast and countryside."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Friendly owner."

    Very clean. It is a lovely quiet location, only 15 minutes walk from the beach and coastal path. It's also on a bus route between Falmouth and Helston, which we found very useful. You can walk the coastal path in either direction and get the bus back. It would have been nice to have more outside space, but the little patio (at the front) does get the evening sun. On the downside, the decor and carpets looked rather tired and dated. It is a very pretty and cosy little cottage, that would really benefit from updating the kitchen, bathroom, carpets and decoration. Having said that, we still really enjoyed our time at the cottage.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.1Oct 2021

  • "It's a really nice place to stay and lots of beaches around no far if you drive."

    Reviewed by Stefan5.0Aug 2021

  • "Very well equipped cottage, very quiet area."

    Nice short walk to a lovely beach but the local shop is expensive. You need a car to get to a decent pub/ restaurant, wouldn’t recommend the local.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2021

  • "Brilliant location , so peaceful and quiet , yet close enough to all main attractions , extremely well equipped home with more kitchen utensils then we probably own ourselves haha so plenty of facilities to cook for yourselves."

    Extremely clean on arrival , nice layout , no complaints at all one of the best equipt staycations we’ve been to so far. ONLY suggestion would be for a long mirror to be located within bedrooms as a young person you sometimes want to check your outfit before heading out etc, there were mirrors in the rooms but a full length would be a great finish touch, thanks for letting us stay we shall certainly be back

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very nice cottage in small hamlet less than 10 minutes walk from local village."

    Hourly, and extremely timely, bus service to Falmouth. Great for quiet break and close enough to get around the area if looking for things to do . Nice restuarant and pub about 10 minutes by car/ cab. Would definitely go back if staying in same area again.

    Reviewed by Richard4.1Jun 2021

  • "Nanparra Cottage was very comfortable,clean and well presented,it provided a good base from which to visit many areas."

    Still disappointed that the original cottage we had booked was suddenly removed after we had paid in full and at such short notice,cannot understand how this is allowed to happen

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Jun 2021

  • "A warm cosy clean and well equipped cottage."

    Location beautiful but do need car.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0May 2021

  • "Would've been better if we had been able to adjust the heating ourselves as the evenings were quite chilly."

    All other aspects were good.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. The heating can be adjusted from the property by using the temperature dial on the system and I will speak with the housekeeper to make sure the instructions for this are more prominently displayed. I am glad you enjoyed your stay at Nanparra Cottage and would look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stella4.7Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was comfy, clean and well eqipped, with good quality appliances."

    A bonus was the fact despite its relatively quiet location it lies on an excellent bus route between Falmouth and Helford Passage. You could actually holiday there without a car. Why the owners and Sykes Cottages don't advertise this facility I don't know. What I didn't like was the fact that the heating system can't be controlled from within the cottage, but only by the owners. In other words, every time you want to alter the temperature you have to contact them.

    Thank you for taking the time for leaving your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Nanparra Cottage and the local area. While the heating can be controlled externally, it can also be adjusted easily using the dial inside the cottage, so no need to request this with the owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor4.4Oct 2019

  • "One of the pictures of sea view in description is not correct."

    That view is 15 mins walk through a path to sea. Cottage was comfortable, quiet and just right.

    Reviewed by Sandip4.1Sep 2019

  • "We weren't sure if the area at the back of the house was part of this property and therefore accessible?"

    Also the property sadly had a strong damp smell, especially on walking in downstairs. Otherwise it was well equipped (though lacked a full length mirror), tastefully decorated and generally cosy. Had off road parking which was welcomed and essential. A short walk from Mawnan Smith and the red lion pub. Also 20 min walk from Maenporth beach. Not too much else nearby we found.

    The rear of the property isn't detailed on the listing and is not accessible for guests. The owner will consider adding a full length mirror for 2020. There was a leak in the boiler housed in the garage during the season which was fixed but left a smell which has now dissipated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean, it had everything we could possibly need for our stay."

    The beds were the comfiest I have every slept in!! The area was lovely and peaceful. Highly recommend the village pud -The Red Lion. Service and food were outstanding. We'll definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Keela5.0Jul 2019

  • "Fantastic little cottage with everything you need."

    Comfortable beds and good hot shower.

    Reviewed by Frankie5.0Jul 2019

  • "Absolutely smashing cottage, all facilities within walking distance, very happy with the experience"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage equipped with high quality appliances, we felt we had come home to our own home."

    Will definitely be back again.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0May 2019

  • "This was our second stay at Nanparra Cottage."

    Great location for exploring the coastline in this area. Cottage very clean and comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2019

  • "Nanparra cottage is a little gem it is in a lovely peaceful location but not too far from places to visit National Trust properties Glendurgan and Trellissick not far away and a local shop and public house just a short walk away in Mawnan Smith the cottage itself is clean and comfortable linen and towels very good quality also very well equipped with everything you need and plenty of space we had an enjoyable week and would recommend this cottage ."

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Sep 2018

  • "This cottage failed too meet expectations."

    as we had a eight mile diversion to find the place due to the road closure only 50 yards from the cottage. there was no garden just a small patio at the front door. parking was very awkward. drying facilities a 2ft 6 in wide gap at the back of the cottage with rock faced wall and a clothes line . lack of information for services and history of the cottage

    Thank you for your feedback, we are very sorry to hear you were disappointed on this occasion. The emergency roadworks nearby were clearly an inconvenience and we apologise this wasn't communicated to you. We'd like to reassure future guests that this work has now been completed and we will endeavour in future to keep guests updated should there ever be a future recurrence. We hope that despite this, you managed to enjoy your time in Cornwall and hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James1.9Sep 2018

  • "Cottage is comfortable, quiet and very clean."

    A great base for exploring this area of Cornwall. Plenty of walks and a beach near by. So good we have booked it again for next year !!!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2018

  • "A heads-up about the road works 50 yards away would have been nice - our shortest access to Falmouth was cut off due to the diversion."

    Don't be so cheap with the toilet paper - a spare roll would have been useful.

    Thank you very much for your comments, we're very pleased to hear you had a good holiday and enjoyed your stay. We're sorry you weren't advised about the emergency roadworks, which began at short notice. We apologise for this oversight and hope it didn't present a large inconvenience to you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2018

  • "We did have an enjoyable week in spite of a very disappointing first impression, but it took some determination and positive thinking."

    There were roadworks 100 metres awsy, a bit of a sell( turned out from the oil central heating,) , and the beds were very very hard.One of the single beds was slightly softer than the double so I used that. Keeping windows open and the door to the boiler room shut dealt with the smell, but allowed in the noise! So the workmen turned up at 7.30 am Monday to Friday, starting the diggers or other machinery just before 8am. The roadside front sitting area was the only outside space, but imposible to use in the day. It was nice at the weekend and after 5pm, so we just had to get out during the day. We did like some attractions nearby, especially Trebah Gardens and Helford Pasdage and luckily the weather was ok. The roadworks are due to finish by the end of September, so that will probably be ok but I think it was wrong not to warn us or give a discount.

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. Overall we're very pleased that you had an enjoyable week but so sorry that you were disturbed by the nearby roadworks. These sprung up unexpectedly at extremely short notice in order to repair a collapsed duct. We apologise for the inconvenience this caused you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maggie3.4Aug 2018

  • "Cottage was wonderful."

    Did not get no correspondance after booking holiday apart from once with address and where to get key. Would of been nice to have had bit more reassurance week before we left. Plenty of sale bumf though.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2018

  • "It was too far to walk to the village for me as I can't do hills but otherwise a ..."

    It was too far to walk to the village for me as I can't do hills but otherwise a lovely cottage with everything we needed even salt and pepper very thoughtful would use you again Regards Sandra Anderson

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Jun 2018

  • "We have stayed in many holiday cottages over the years, but nanparra cottage is the best we have seen."

    The cottage was immaculate. Set in a lovely peaceful location, yet close to all the local amenities. The kitchen was wonderful. Equipped with everything you could possibly need. Including a very good knife block with SHARP cooking knives! Halilieuah! Wonderful, cozy accommodation with all the convenience of home and more. An absolute credit to the owners, whom I hope get to read this review. We will undoubtedly be booking again, (as my sister in law lives in Falmouth), and look forward very much to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2018

  • "Good location lovely to come home to after a busy day"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2018

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Everything was high quality. Beautifully situated. Sykes admin was excellent for a last minute booking but bad that the contact mobile number for the owner was wrong. Look forward to working with you again.

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Apr 2018

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with 1 x single (The single bed in the double bedroom can be made up on request at a charge of £50 extra per week) 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Downstairs toilet
  • Utility
  • Open plan living room with dining and sitting area.
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed patio, furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 15 mins walk
  • Coast 1 mile.

The property

This traditional cottage is less than a mile from the coast close to the seaside town of Falmouth.

In a rural village setting near the Helford Estuary, this character property is ideal for families, friends and couples seeking a homely retreat.

The front door opens directly into the living room with exposed beams, a generous stone hearth with a mock stove and dining area.

Just two steps into the kitchen that has all you need to rustle up a bite to eat and the two bedrooms are country casual.

The master with double bed and additional single bed (fifth guest welcome on request) and the twin is ideal for both adults and children.

At the front is a pretty paved, slightly elevated enclosed patio, a sunspot with countryside views for dining in the Cornish air.

The village offers walk-to amenities to include a shop for provisions, village pub and restaurant.

Fabulous Falmouth with deep water harbour, National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle and quirky gift shops, art galleries and eateries is four miles away.

From the harbour, enjoy Rick Stein's Fish & Chips before boarding the ferry to picturesque Flushing, St Mawes or Truro, or take a fishing excursion or seal safari.

The sandy beaches of Swanpool and Gyllyngvase boast good cafes for waterside refreshment.The florally scenic National Trust Gardens at Glendurgan, Trebah and Carwinion are within easy reach of Nanparra Cottage.

Or enjoy a round of golf or don walking boots and ramble the coast path through ancient woodland.

Hire a kayak or boat and discover secret creeks and tiny coves on the banks of the River Helford, with a picnic basket or pasty.

Reward your efforts with a pub lunch in one of the waterside inns at Helford Passage or Helford Village, linked via the passenger ferry.

A superb spot for discovering the delights around Falmouth, Nanparra Cottage makes a comfy haven.

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About the location


Mabe 3 miles; Penryn 2 miles; Truro 11 miles.

Falmouth, with its magnificent natural harbour (the third largest in the world), winding streets and beaches, will keep you occupied for hours. The town's old harbour-side pubs, excellent shopping, art gallery and stunning National Maritime Museum simply complete the picture. Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII, is Falmouth's most popular attraction, sited on its own peninsula with superb panoramic sea views. Across from Falmouth harbour is the beautiful town of St Mawes, surrounded by the rocky coves, sandy beaches and lush green countryside of the Roseland Peninsula. Go there by car (15 miles) or take the passenger ferry from Falmouth (15 minutes). For nature lovers there is the Swanpool Nature Reserve, a lagoon and site of special scientific interest teeming with a variety of wildlife. There is also a golf course. Falmouth offers such a rich variety of landscape and attractions for people of all ages, it is sure to tempt you back time and again.

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