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Charlton Lodge

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall (Ref. 976475)


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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage in a truly beautiful area."

    The sea views from the patio and the grounds were amazing. Walking to the end of the garden and enjoying the sea views from the picnic bench was very relaxing. Graham and Jeanette were very friendly and it was nice to meet them. All in all, an excellent cottage in a fantastic part of the world.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2022

  • "Perfect in every way ."

    . we enjoyed the garden the views and the Lodge. Very much like a National Trust property with stunning gardens & views.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2022

  • "A very comfortable and warm cottage with everything we needed for a memorable visit: freshly decorated, well equipped, high-quality bedlinen and towels, lots of bedroom storage space, an excellently equipped and well-lit kitchen with fridge-freezer, ceramic hob with single oven underneath, dishwasher, washer-dryer, and an abundance of tableware, glassware and cookware."

    The power shower was really good, and my husband and I enjoyed the luxury of having two bath/shower rooms. The living-room, which has lots of windows and great views, is furnished with two large sofas together with a dining-table and four chairs, a modern television, multifuel stove (which we didn’t use as the cottage was amply warm enough) and other small pieces of furniture, plus lots of information about nearby attractions etc. The lighting in this room is from two ceiling chandeliers, which are dimmable, and two small table lights, and there are lots of electrical wall sockets in all the rooms. The cottage (actually a single-storey lodge) is situated in the grounds of a beautiful large house with ample parking for two cars near the front door, and the owner greeted us warmly on arrival. There are plenty of walks in the vicinity, the coast is a few minutes' away, and the village of Mawnan Smith is nearby. As we were visiting in early March the weather was changeable (wet and very windy most days) so we were unable to enjoy time in the garden of the cottage, nor were we sure which part of the large gardens surrounding the main house was accessible to us. On our departure morning the cottage owner and her daughter came to say goodbye, and my husband and I were able to thank them for a memorably comfortable stay in the cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and fully intend to book another holiday in it.

    Reviewed by PamelaMar 2022

  • "The lodge is perfect, everything is provided for, lovely and warm and comfortable."

    Jeanette and Graham are very hospitable.

    Reviewed by YvonneNov 2021

  • "The property is in a lovely location and the views are great."

    The hosts were lovely as they left us alone but were very friendly when we met. The property was very well equipped and the beds very comfortable. However, the sofas in the lounge have had better days and have lost all support and were uncomfortable. Also, the property decor is far too dated and cluttered with ornaments, and huge vases of artificial flowers. That, coupled with dozens of handwritten notes everywhere telling us what not to do, made us feel as if we were staying in someone's house, rather than a holiday let. We didn't feel able to relax as there were so many strict instructions everywhere!

    Thank you for your feedback We try to make Charlton Lodge homely and the photo clear convey this . We are sorry this did not match your personal taste on this occasion. Many guests have enjoyed the individual character of the property. We leave five notes in the property, because we no longer greet guests on arrival due to Covid. All sofa cushions, covers were replaced 3 years ago and consider to be whole and comfortable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JuliOct 2021

  • "Very cosy lodge."

    Immaculately clean. Excellently equipped kitchen. Wonderful view from living room windows. Garden looked very inviting but weather not suitable for walking on wet grass. Highly recommended. Would be even better if an EV charging point could be installed .

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2021

  • "The comfort and amenities were above expectations and the lodge was ideally situated for days out and some great beach coves nearby."

    All furnishings were of high quality

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2021

  • "We went there for peace and quiet but from Monday to Thursday the owners had tree surgeons in the garden with constant noise from chainsaws and machinery which ruined our peace and we felt we had to go out even though the weather was often not good and we sometimes just wanted to chill out in the cottage."

    We felt it was completely wrong to have this going on when we’d rented a holiday property specifically in a quiet secluded situation with a large garden and it became more annoying as the week progressed. Consideration of our needs as holiday renters were entirely ignored and we would not recommend this property. We were also told to leave the property clean and tidy but we had to wash crockery and glassware at the start as it was filthy so we ended up pre washing everything we used as we then had no confidence anything was left clean.

    Thank you for your feedback. We always endeavour to afford our guests as much privacy and peace as possible. However, it is necessary to undertake essential maintenance to trees and hedges in and bordering our 6.5-acre grounds. This is the only way we can present the gardens in an attractive and safe manner this can only be done after the main breeding season for nesting birds,which runs throughout March to end of August each year. This is weather dependent, and some birds may nest outside of this period. Work was largely at a distance from the cottage, and we ensured that it did not commence until 9.30 am and finished at 3.30 pm, in order to cause minimum impact to you. Any work around the cottage was undertaken when you were off site. We were on the property all week and certainly did not find the work intrusive. If you did find some poorly washed crockery or glassware, I would have been more than happy to have rectified the problem for you if you had contacted us. We are sorry that the weather was poor during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DaveSep 2021

  • "We were amazed at how good the accommodation was."

    Very well equipped in every way. Surroundings were beautiful and peaceful. Jeanette and Graham were very welcoming and helpful. Had a wonderful holiday with home from home accommodation. Would love to go back there in the future.

    Reviewed by YvonneAug 2021

  • "This is not an impersonal holiday let; it is an opportunity to share a wonderful location made available by a couple who have spent lots of time and love on their home and Charlton Lodge."

    The Lodge would be comfortable in any weather at any time of the year. We spent the 2 week heatwave there and the sea breezes and the sheltering trees made it a very pleasant experience. Jeanette and Graham could not have been kinder, whilst also giving us the space to enjoy their wonderful gardens and the views of the coastline.

    Reviewed by VivienneJul 2021

  • "Glorious setting and so quiet and peaceful and the grounds were amazing."

    Cleanliness was adequate and the Lodge was well equipped (see note below) - HOWEVER : * Second bedroom: Suitable only for 2 children and definitely NOT for 2 normal sized adults. * During our stay the front door threshold / step got very wet & dirty very quickly and as a consequence a lot of the mud and debris that collected there after rain quickly 'trod in' to the hallway.. * The kitchen cupboards and work surfaces were over endowed with the owner supplied equipment and utensils leaving very little room for the storage and preparation of guests food drinks etc. Remember this is a self catering establishment and we came with our own food and groceries etc. * Numerous little advisory notes left around the Lodge tended to be OTT * The drying room was deemed to be out of bounds. Why, when it is specifically mentioned in the property details ? We had occasion to want to use its facilities but couldn't * Hedge around the picnic table and benches at the bottom of the garden was too high to enjoy the fabulous view when seated.. * The 4 poster bedroom had a musty odour throughout our stay. * The bathroom would have also benefitted by the addition of an 'in-bath' shower attachment and screen * The shower room would have also benefitted by shelving to store bathing, toiletries, tooth brushes etc while not in use. As it was washbags had to be stored on the floor. Not very hygienic On balance our stay at Charlton Lodge was enjoyable but regrettably the second bedroom size and facilities would prevent our party of 4 adults revisiting. Such a shame !!!

    Thank you for your feedback. The weather was very wet for most of the week which accounts for some mud on the threshold . However, there are 2 external rubber mats and 3 internal door mats, immediately inside the door on the tiled surface of the entrance, which have always proved adequate, even in the winter. The website photo clearly shows the second room with two single beds both with bedside cabinets and a wardrobe. We were surprised to hear you felt it was too small as we regularly have four adults to visit and have not received negative feedback regarding the size of the bedroom before. We consider that a 6'6" tower larder unit, split into 3 cupboards together with a tall fridge and freezer unit, is more than sufficient food storage for 4 guests, There is a 4-tiered basket unit in the shower room for toiletries etc. Beyond the garden, at the edge of the property, is a picnic table. As this is in a very exposed position, (hence the wonderful views), we planted an olearia hedge to provide shelter from the strong winds and also privacy. However, the part of the hedge overlooking the cove and beyond, is deliberately kept low to frame the extensive views up the south Cornish coast, from a sitting position at the picnic table. The notes are a polite reminder to guests that we feel help during their stay. We do not advertise a drying room and this is, in fact, our own private garden room! During your stay we asked if everything was satisfactory and we received a very positive response, so we are absolutely bemused regarding your written comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Charlton Lodge."

    It was bright and pristine, and decorated in very flowery English style. Parking was extremely easy. It was fabulous to be able to walk so easily to the coastal path and on to Trebah and Glendurgan gardens as well as to the Helford Passage ferry. We felt a little inhibited to start with as it felt there were so many rules, signs and hand-written instructions to worry about, but we relaxed after a couple of days. Due to Covid we were not greeted on arrival but the owners were contactable by phone. We had no mobile signal on either of our phones but the WiFi was good. We particularly liked the light and spacious living room with views to the sea, and having 2 bathrooms, one with a good shower, and having such a good supply of cutlery and crockery. We thought Charlton Lodge was a great base for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Marian JillMay 2021

  • "The cottage was so comfortable and well equipped with quality linen and furnishings."

    It is in a wonderful location, picturesque and quiet. The little patio is a sun trap so even on colder days we could sit outside when the sun came out and be out of the wind. We had a wonderful stay and visited two local gardens as well as exploring the coastline. Would thoroughly recommend

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2021

  • "A cosy comfortable holiday cottage in a beautiful quiet location."

    A great place within easy reach of most of the fabulous gardens of Cornwall - and the coast path. The owners are friendly and so helpful and we'll definitely return. Have already recommended to others.

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2021

  • "Had a fab relaxing time."

    The property’s was lovely and comfortable with a very welcoming feel. The location allowed us to do lots of exploring and although we only walked once, it was a great location for much more

    Reviewed by ClaireDec 2019

  • "Beautiful estate, beautiful Lodge, beautiful location!"

    ! And the owners were the perfect hosts!! Just one little disappointment - the weather was awful!!! But some things are out of your control!!! But we made the most of it and had a lovely holiday - as we always do when going on a Sykes Cottages holiday!!

    Reviewed by KimSep 2019

  • "The cottage was generally very well equipped, and comfortable."

    The spacious garden and grounds were most enjoyable. There were, for us, only two draw backs. We were two married couples so a choice had to be made about which couple had which bedroom. The larger bedroom had a double bed, and a separate bath/hand basin/toilet room. The smaller bedroom had two single beds and an on-suite shower/hand basin/toilet room. The shower setup was excellent. However, for the couple in the larger bedroom there was no shower, so they had to use the shower in the other room, which could well cause privacy problems; virtually everyone we know showers every day and only takes the occasional soak in the bath. It would be very easy and economical indeed to install a shower rail and curtain over the bath, and this would solve this problem; there would be savings in energy costs as well. The second draw back related to the television. The reception was fine but only terrestrial channels were available - at a time when, for example, an Ashes Test Match and the US Tennis Open were taking place. I feel very strongly that in superior accommodation of this sort Sky tv access should be available; if guests are happy to pay £1000 per week or more, then an extra £25 or £30 for better tv services would be acceptable. After all, the vast majority of guests here would have Sky tv in their own homes and if the weather is inclement then they would expect the same on holiday.

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2019

  • "Really pleased with cottage."

    Well equipped. Friendly helpful owners.

    Reviewed by KaterinaJul 2019

  • "Felt a bit oppressed with endless instructions around the property, and it is rather too cluttered with old fashioned furniture."

    No barbecues was a shock, considering we were on holiday. And the various air fresheners were so overpowering we had to hide them away due to them triggering my asthma. Lovely quiet surroundings, though, with excellent restaurants and beaches within a few minutes' drive. Lots of wildlife in the gardens, no traffic noise at all, and easy access to the coastal path.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2019

  • "The most comfortable cottage."

    Marvelous views from the cottage and great walk to see even more views and glorious gardens all on the property. The hosts are such nice people they really made us feel home from home.

    Reviewed by LeslieJun 2019

  • "The lodge, literally, provided everything that you could possibly need and then some."

    It was extremely comfortable and the surroundings (garden etc) were amazing!

    Reviewed by BarryMay 2019

  • "The accommodation, facilities and position of Charlton Lodge is exceptional."

    Thank you to Mr & Mrs Smitheram

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2019

  • "Superb location, very quiet."

    The cottage was really well equipped, and appointed to the highest standards. The owners were really helpful and very friendly. Ideal for walking the SWC path.

    Reviewed by MikeOct 2018

  • "This is the 3rd time we have stayed at this cottage and it won't be the last."

    In my opinion it has it all. Superb cottage , excellent location, peace and quite and great hosts.

    Reviewed by IanAug 2018

  • "Helpful Holidays lived up to their name as usual."

    The cottage was all that we expected and a bit more - very comfortable, exceedingly well equipped and a view to die for, plus the location was ideal from which to explore our favourite part of Cornwall. The owners gave us a very warm welcome and provided good advice on places to visit. We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by ChristopherJun 2018

  • "Highly recommended accommadation in a beautiful area."

    Reviewed by ArthurMay 2018

  • "The holiday property was very comfortable and well equipped."

    The Lodge had stunning views of the sea and the gardens surrounded the property were delightful - it is also very well situated for the coastal walks and other gardens in the area. The owners were very helpful and we would certainly make a return visit there. We had a lovely holiday!

    Reviewed by RitaApr 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday in this well-appointed lodge."

    Friendly owners and lots to do in the immediate area.

    Reviewed by RobinApr 2018

  • "The entry gave the impression of access to a large garden."

    In fact the owners handbook gave the impression that guests were only allowed in a small and ill-defined area. Otherwise the property was warm and clean and the area exceptional.

    Reviewed by CatherineMar 2018

  • "There were far too many "instructions" in the property - don't do this, don't do that, etc."

    I also had to make an important business call during the stay and strayed onto the owners patio to get a good signal and was immediately and rudely instructed to "get off". I would not recommend this property to anyone.

    Reviewed by RobMar 2014

  • "A lovely holiday property spoilt somewhat by the over-fussy owners placing messages everywhere indicating that holidaymakers couldn't be trusted to respect the contents of the property, e."

    G. "Don't open the patio doors as they may slam and the lock may get stuck!" "The Teddy bears live here and don't want to be taken away." Surely the defective lock should have been remedied by the owners? One of the bathrooms lacked any shelving to accommodate toiletries but in general the bungalow was comfortable and well equipped. On the positive side there were delightful walks from the property.

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2013

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  • All on one level
  • Two bedrooms: 1x king-size double with sea view, 1 x twin with en suite shower-room
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove, lovely sea views, dining area and French windows to garden
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone incoming calls only only, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property, Note: This property does not accept children under 10.

The property

About a mile from Mawnan Smith, along a pretty tree-lined lane in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a detached lodge all on one level to a splendid country house with fantastic uninterrupted sea views.

A sweeping drive takes you up to Charlton Lodge.

The living-dining room has long, lovely garden and sea views, a cosy wood-burning stove for snuggling up to on cooler evenings, and French windows to the gorgeous garden.

It is just a step through to the oak fitted kitchen.

There are two bedrooms: a king-size four-poster double with sea view, next to a smart bathroom, and a twin with en suite shower-room.

You are surrounded by 6½ acres of level gardens and grounds with a large wildlife pond which is 5 feet deep and fountain pool (both unfenced).

You have your own sunny patio and lawn plus secluded decked area with rattan furniture Easter to October and sea views, and you're welcome to enjoy some of the grounds which is abundant in wildlife.

There is a 'secret garden' sheltered by tall hedges and a mown pathway through our field to a picnic table with fabulous views over Falmouth Bay to St Mawes and up the south Cornish coast.

A leafy lane immediately adjacent to the property leads down to the beach and southwest walkway (unspoiled Prisk Cove is five minutes walk).

A great chill-out place for peace and quiet at any time of year, and well placed for the Coast Path, boat trips and sub-tropical gardens.


Ground Floor

Kitchen Dining Area Lounge Bathroom Double Bedroom Drying Room Shower Room Twin Bedroom

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Falmouth 6 miles ; Helford Passage 1.5 miles ; Helston 12.5 miles

Located near the mouth of the Helford River in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mawnan Smith is a pretty little village. It is home to a traditional pub, a restaurant, a church and a handful of shops. The surrounding area is perfect for ramblers, with an abundance of creekside and woodland walks, and subtropical gardens at Glendurgan and Trebah. The Helford River also offers opportunities for kayaking and sailing as well as fishing. The nearby maritime town of Falmouth is a popular resort, with a range of shops and restaurants, bowling alley and the National Maritime Museum…. Or why not catch the ferry from Helford Passage to Helford Village and explore the picturesque South Helford? Enterprise Boats offer trips up the River Fal from Falmouth to Truro, passing iconic maritime locations and landmarks as well as several ocean-going vessels which anchor in the river.

Region Information

Note: This property does not accept children under 10.
Note: No stag or hen parties.
Note: Owner is only able to accept a 2-week booking commencing 01/10/22.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
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