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Harbour Retreat

(Ref. 971360)

Mevagissey, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely time in Mevagissey, a cosy cottage with a great attic hideaway and bunk room for kids and a comfortable double for us!"

    The wood fire was a superb and very easy to use, making it a lovely welcoming winter cottage. There is a selection of good pubs, cafés and shops and the harbour is beautiful at Christmas time.

    Reviewed by Jemima5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely quaint and cosy cottage."

    Excellent location! Had all the facilities we needed and the owner was very responsive. Other reviews mention it could have been cleaner but it’s an old house so you can’t expect it to be spotless. Could do with a door mat for the front door, other than that we couldn’t fault it!

    Reviewed by Megan4.4Oct 2023

  • "The property was not as advertised it has no outside furniture this was poor."

    The cupboards were a mess could not find pots and pans or jug etc. Had to hunt through cupboards . The outside is uneven outside the back door. All door knobs hanging off . There is no window lock in kids bedroom found this to be dangerous. The cottage is not really clean underneath beds furniture etc we were cleaning up sweet wraps and hair . The neighbours were fantastic really polite and friendly and helpful.

    Miss H, I am dismayed to read your comments. I have addressed the missing patio furniture. This was removed for cleaning and a re paint but since my accident, I have been unable to get this issue rectified. I have never had complaints about the other issues you mentioned. I have looked through previous remarks and people's general opinion is the kitchen is well appointed. You pointed out no lock on the bunkbed window and considered this dangerous. If you try and open the window fully you will find it will only open a small way. Interestingly, you didn't have any children booked in on your stay. I worked very hard to renovate this property with my life savings. I hope you find peace and happiness. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michele1.6Sep 2023

  • "It would have been lovely to have a table and chairs in the courtyard, having dogs it would have been nice to site outside , given the lovely weather last week and space is a premium in the area."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2023

  • "This cottage was in an amazing location and beautifully presented."

    It had everything you could need and the beds were some of the most comfortable we have ever stayed in. Our terrier was completely at home too and we would certainly stay here next time we head to Cornwall. The top floor bedroom did have quite steep steps (as stated in the description) but the climb was worth it!!! 10/10 from us!

    Hi Becky. Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I would love to hear from you again if you wish to stay at Harbour Retreat. Hope you had a fabulous time attending Fest week. Keep in touch and give Barnaby a pat from me. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Becky5.0Jun 2023

  • "We spent a very enjoyable week at the Harbour Retreat…Mevagissey served well as a base from which to explore much of Cornwall and for a small, charming, fishing port Mevagissey has a surprisingly good selection of restaurants & historic pubs."

    We used Willow Car Park and were very happy with it….Harbour Retreat is small but perfectly formed. It is charming, generally well equipped (a hair dryer in every room) and clean. It’s location within the village couldn’t be better. A 79 year old and an 82 year old were both happy with the first set of stairs. I, as a spritely 54 year old, had no problem with the loft stairs.…Thank you.

    Thank you Ivan for choosing Harbour Retreat. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ivan4.7May 2023

  • "Harbour View is a lovely cottage, very well situated in Mevagissey."

    No doubt about that. And it was beautifully clean. Now the buts... 1. The Welcome Book in the cottage states very clearly that the second bedroom is up a very, very steep set of steps (almost a ladder) and should not be used by the very young or old without supervision. This statement is NOT in the Sykes advertisement. I could get up (am I 74) but my friend is not so agile. But no way was I risking getting my luggage up or trying to come down in the dark. Luckily we were just two, so I jack-knifed myself for the lower bunk in the third room. Peeving as top room is an absolute delight whereas bunk room is basic. 2. This inaccessibility was pertinent because the bulb to the stairs/landing light was blown when we arrived, The light is over the stairs, rather than the landing, and probably hard to change. When did it go, I wonder? Certainly it was not checked before our arrival. We had to use torches to go to bed. (See final point to learn why we didn't bother to contact owner) 3. Night two the Fire Alarm started in the middle of the night. The battery was flat. Clearly, not regularly checked. Illegal? 4. A previous guest had written in the Guest Book how surprised and disappointed she was that there was no hairdryer. We were grateful to her else we, too, would have been stuck with wet hair and a table booked. A hairdryer is, surely, as basic as a kettle? But what stunned us was the owner's stinging reply that she had stopped supplying them as guests stole them. No excuse! If it is that common, bulk buy and add cost to Overheads... Goodness they are cheap enough. Or emphasise in Sykes Overview. 5. On journey down we got a chirpy text saying the Master Bedroom had been prepared for us. Minor panic as we are friends, not partners. I replied saying I hoped second room was also set up. No reply. We now suspect text was automatic and any reply unread. This and hairdryer affair decided us contact was probably best avoided. Afterall, We had our torches... which was double useful as wires to bedside reading lamps aren't long enough!

    I am very sorry to hear your review. Regarding the Buts... If you look at the description on the Sykes website under the heading of 'The Property' it clearly states the 2nd floor is accessed via STEEP stairs. 2. the light is on the landing at the top of the stairs and lights the landing beautifully. To use the light there are several switches. One above your head as you climb the stairs and the other at the top of the stairs. The light bulb had not blown so I am unsure why you were unable to get it to work. No one else seems to have had an issue. 3. I change my smoke alarms every 6 months, not the batteries but the whole unit, also the carbon monoxide detector is changed every 12 months. (Family connected to the fire service so this is well managed). It can take as little as a small bug to get into the appliance to set it off. Apologises this happened to you. I dont supply a hair dryer and suggest perhaps you should have clearly read what I DO supply in the property details. This may save you any disappointment going forward. With the issues with the environment I am not prepared to bulk buy items that people have at home. We need to be more environmentally friendly. This brings me to your next point regarding the making up of beds. Again I try to save money, the enviroment and time so send out a chirpy message letting guests know what rooms have been made up depending on the number of guests staying. I have in the past made the cottage up for 6 persons with only 2 staying. Those 2 guests have been known to use all the bath sheets and hand towels for 6 people in their weeks stay. I of course endeavour to make up what beds are needed and as you pointed out, the twin room was made up for you. I am not sure what you regard as basic with regard the twin room. There are 2 chest of drawers, lamps, mirror, rug and handing space. The same as the other rooms. The one bedside lamp is plugged into an extention lead, the other has 2 double sockets next to the bed. I am glad you found Harbour Retreat well situated and beautifully clean. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila3.1Oct 2022

  • "Had an amazing week in Mevagissey ( family of 5 and two dogs ) , Harbour Retreat is a comfortable very well equipped cottage located just by the harbour with restaurants , pubs and shops close by ."

    Lovely beaches just a short walk away and you can also get a ferry to Fowey from the harbour . We had a great stay

    Hi Lana. Thank you very much for your kind review. So glad you had a lovely time at Harbour Retreat. Would love to see you again in the future. Cheers Jo x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lana5.0Aug 2022

  • "We are a family of 6 and had a wonderful week in this lovely cottage just moments from the harbour."

    Mevagissey is a great spot with so much to offer nearby - Eden project, lost gardens , ferry to Fowey ( lucky enough to see dolphins ) . We would definitely recommend harbour retreat

    Thank you for your lovely feed back. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Harbour Retreat. I usually go out early in the morning's, take a coffee and walk to the outer harbour. I am usually lucky enough to spot the seal looking for tasty snacks or like yourselves a pod of dolphins. That time of the morning it is truely peaceful. Thank you again for choosing Harbour Retreat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay in the very nautical Harbour Retreat."

    It's a superbly located cottage for enjoying the harbour and shops of Mevagissy while being only a short drive from several great beaches. If the pigeons can be rehoused at the right time, the courtyard could be a real asset!

    Hi Vicky. Thank you for the feedback. The baby pigeons have now grown and flown away. Thank you for staying at Harbour Retreat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vicky3.8Jun 2022

  • "No patio furniture as advertised no instruction to use cooker hob"

    Hi Melanie. Thank you for your feedback. I will up date the details on the website regarding the patio furnture. The cooker hob instructions were left in the folder for the cottage so I will investigate further as to their whereabouts. I had some feedback about guests locking themselves out of the cottage, if this was yourselves then I am glad Maria my lovely house keeper was able to help you out late at night. I do hope you enjoyed the village of Mevagissey and again sorry there were no instruction on how to use the cooker hob. Thank you for choosing Harbour Retreat x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie4.1May 2022

  • "This is our second visit to the cottage and we absolutely love Harbour Retreat."

    Meva is our happy place and we feel we have found our happy cottage to stay on our annual visits. The cottage is very homely and has everything you could want and more for your stay. It is located just by the harbour which is perfect for exploring Meva and enjoying time in the local pubs and restaurants. Thank you for another amazing stay we will be back next year.

    Reviewed by Elle5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at Harbour Retreat."

    The cottage was extremely clean, well equipped and right in heart of the beautiful village of Mevagissey where locals greeted us warmly, particularly in The Fountain Inn! Mevagissey is quaint with a good range of places to eat, have coffee and enjoy the sights of the harbour and wider afar. We look forward to planning a return, it really was a lovely autumnal break in a fabulous location.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2021

  • "A really cosy cottage with a great wood burner and very comfy beds and sofas."

    Excellent central location just seconds from the harbour, shops and places to eat. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Kristina4.7Oct 2021

  • "Cottage wasnt very clean, We had a full bin of the previous visitors rubbish to get rid of when we arrived."

    the pictures on sykes website make the cottage look in alot better condition than it actually is. we had a lovely time but we have been spoiled by the level of property we have stayed in via sykes in the past and unfortunately this property wasnt at those levels. thanks

    Reviewed by Nick2.8Aug 2021

  • "Cottage itself is beautiful and very well equipped."

    Should let people know about car park issues - i.e there is no parking Also about third bedroom being up steep, narrow staircase and wont be accessible for some people

    Thank you for your kind words regarding your stay at Harbour Retreat. I do note your comments regarding parking issues. It does state in the cottage details on the website that parking is 5 minutes away from the property. There is space to unload/load luggage at the bottom of Cliff Street. Mevagissey is a small fishing village and as such does not have parking facilities in any of the holiday lets within the village. Properties even with courtyards are rare. There are several parking facilities around the village and you will see the huge car park on the left as you enter the village which is a few minutes stroll from the cottage passed the charming gift shops. I also note your remarks regarding the steep stairs to the top floor bedroom which gives you glimpses of the harbour from the bedroom window. It does clearly indicate on the website about the steep stairs to the top floor so I am very sorry you failed to pick on this detail. Thank you for choosing Harbour Retreat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne3.8Jul 2021

  • "Lovely quaint modern cottage with character, very close to harbour and centre of Mevagissey."

    The cottage is small but it will be as its an old fisherman's cottage with bags of character, and the space has been made good use of. Cottage was clean, with fresh clean bed linen and towels. It had all the amenities we needed for a weeks stay and plaenty of crockery and cutlery. The only reason for not giving 5 stars is lack of free parking facilities. You can park at Willow long stay car park (5mins walk) and ask the attendant in the parking hut who will agree a price for the week rather than paying by machine or on the app which is more expensive. The only other nice to have would have been a yard that suitable to sit out in rather than just for for letting the dog out (we didn't let ours use that space) or drying off towels and wetsuits after being on the beach. However, we were hardly in so not a priority for us.

    Reviewed by Megan4.7May 2021

  • "This is a lovely, comfortable cottage right in the heart of the village."

    A great place to relax after a days exploring.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage within a stones throw of the harbour we will definitely be back in the spring"

    Reviewed by Adam4.4Oct 2020

  • "Cottage is well situated, very central."

    Furnishings are comfortable and the cottage was well equipped. Unfortunately the shower was broken on our arrival and took four days to repair, not ideal when there is only one bathroom! Shame the court yard is never in the sun, however plenty of places to sit around the harbour.

    Thank you for your recent comments on my cottage Harbour Retreat. I have spoken to my housekeeper regarding the shower and she informed me it was working when she cleaned the property. We run checks after each guest has vacated and photograph all rooms pre and post clean. As soon as you reported the fault Saturday evening, I was informed and a new shower was ordered on Sunday morning. We did have to wait for the part to arrive which it did on the Tuesday afternoon and then Paul arrived to fit Wednesday morning. We are unable to predict when parts will fail and unfortunately this happened while you were staying at the cottage. I am sure you can identify with this if you have had something breakdown in your own home. Every effort was taken to sort the problem out asap. I can only apologise for this inconvenience. Having access to a courtyard in Meva is a rarity but I am unfortunately unable to do anything about the position of the courtyard. I'm so glad you enjoyed the area around the harbour. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kristie3.4Sep 2020

  • "Louise the property cleaner went above and beyond to help us when we had problems at the start of our holiday."

    Reviewed by Amanda2.5Aug 2020

  • "Had a wonderful week at this really lovely cottage, situated right in the centre of Mevagissey."

    Everything is literally on the doorstep! The cottage has everything you need for a relaxed and cosy stay. The beds are all so comfortable and the shower is great. Will definietly stay again if and when we visit this beautiful part of the world.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2020

  • "I spoke to customer relations about issues with cottage and have never been contacted since!"

    Terrible customer service!!

    Reviewed by Louise2.5Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is absolutely lovely with comfy beds in a perfect location that is very close to everything."

    Only a few minor issues, there was no hairdryer so make sure to take one. Secondly some courtyard furniture and bbq would have been nice. Overall a lovely place to stay and yes I would stay in the accommodation again.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.1Aug 2020

  • "Great holiday great accommodation"

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jul 2020

  • "Great Cottage close to the Harbour, no parking but not a problem as a weeks permit at Sunny Corner is an easy option and the cost is fair if you pre book."

    Kids loved being close to the Harbour with the easy access to the pastie shop and the ice cream parlours! Would happily stay here again!

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Oct 2019

  • "The cottage itself was in a lovely location and very convenient."

    It had been done up beautifully however lacking a few final touches. Firstly the cottage advertises a courtyard which really is not somewhere you would sit an enjoy it absolutely stinks of wee from dogs and needs a good jet wash! Our dog wouldn’t even wee out there I can only assume this was down to the stench! The owner could do with making the court are more user friendly and putting a proper fence in as advertised as dog friendly but dogs could easily get out if they wanted! Secondly as soon as you walk in the cottage your greeted with the damp smell I appreciate it’s an old building etc but it wouldn’t hurt to buy a couple of diffusers to take that instant stench away. Thirdly the lounge rug is filthy and needs a very good wash! Fourth point to note absolutely no cleaning equipment left, other than a broken hoover which was no good for hoovering up the spiders that were there on arrival and remove webs which for future note I think the cleaners should remove. Fifth and last point a welcome pack would be nice a pint of milk and teabags is just a nice little touch maybe even a couple of scones always goes down well. Overall the cottage was comfortable and the location was perfect just a few points to note to make it a 10/10 as it’s not far away. The harbour is said it’s wonderful a lovely Dog friendly welcoming place.

    Thank you for your comments which I have noted and wish to respond to. Sorry to hear you felt the newly installed fence was not sufficient for your pet’s needs, I have had many pets staying in the cottage with their owners and you are the first to make comment regarding the fence. I have now made adjustments to the fence. The courtyard is being pressure washed within the week, Thank you for bringing this to my attention as with all the bookings and quick change over finding time to do this before now has been difficult. We ask guests not to allow their pets to urinate on the courtyard, there is an outside tap for any accidents. As you walk out of the front door of the cottage you are on the start of the coastal walk with lots of places to explore and walk your pets. As for the broken vacuum I will investigate, my cleaner does not use this vacuum and to be honest it shouldn't be there. I wanted Harbour Retreat to be a place for people to bring their pets and not having carpets makes it easier to clean, all the floors are either wood or tiled and I designed it this way for hygiene reasons. There are brooms and dustpans within the cottage. I have provided welcome packs before and even gave Fortnum & Mason hampers to several peak season bookings but not 1 person made a kind remark or thank you. I am glad you found the cottage comfortable and you thought it was renovated to a good standard and I do agree, it is a great location. I do have plans to upgrade the courtyard for next season with a covered area with seating, soft furnishings and some fun outside lighting. Thanks Again and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Danielle3.1Oct 2019

  • "A really lovely cottage in a perfect location."

    Just a shame the courtyard wasn’t nicer.

    Reviewed by Kate3.8Aug 2019

  • "A very lovely little cottage that has been beautifully kitted out with all you could need (except perhaps a hairdryer!"


    Reviewed by Katie4.1Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is amazing, beautifully renovated and very well equipped."

    It's so nice to stay somewhere that has nice wine glasses and champagne flutes! Also the beds and bedding were so comfortable. There wasn't any parking but we paid 45 for the nearest car park for the week which was very convenient. There is space to pull up 20m from the cottage to unload the car. We had a great time exploring Mevagissy and surrounding area and we would highly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Gareth4.7Mar 2019

  • "Absolutely loved staying at Harbour Retreat."

    The Cottage is very well equipped and beautifully decorated. It was the perfect spot for us to explore Cornwall. Mevagissey is a beautiful, quaint Harbour town with lots of lovely places to dine, drink and shop. Harbour Retreat is only a very short stroll away from the Harbour. Most of the restaurants, Pubs and Cafes are super dog friendly. Eden Project and The Lost Garden of Heligan are very close by and many beautiful coastal walks. We had a wonderful time and would definately highly recommend Harbour Retreat and Mevagissey.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Feb 2019

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  • Over 3 floors
  • Three bedrooms: second floor; 1 x king-size double, first floor; 1 x double, 1 x bunk
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting areas with two log burners
  • Utility room.
  • 2 x log burners and electric panel heaters
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter pack provided for woodburner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking 5 minutes walk or public car park in the village
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • Two small well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mins walk
  • Please note: No stag/ hen or similar allowed at the property.

The property

Set in the heart of Mevagissey where the harbour, beach, shops, pubs and restaurants are all only a few minutes easy walk away this beautifully renovated charming old cottage is ideally placed to enjoy all this magical village and thriving fishing port has to offer.

Set over three floors the cottage exudes character throughout.

Enter into the cosy yet contemporary open-plan living room with a log burner at each end, ideal for the cooler winter nights after a long walk along the adjacent coastal path or a stroll on the beach.The utility room then leads out to the enclosed courtyard.On the first floor are two of the bedrooms, a king-size and a adult bunk bedroom as well as the family shower room.

On the second floor a flight of steep stairs lead to the beautifully decorated master double bedroom to complete the accommodation.

Dogs are so very welcome here with baskets, bowls and blankets provided along with an outside tap in the courtyard for washing down after coming back from the beach.

With a such a wide choice of things to do here for all the family, virtually on the doorstep you will very rarely need a car but close by are the Lost Gardens of Heligan voted one of the finest tourist attractions in the Country and well worth a visit.

Boat trips from the harbour itself are also strongly recommended.

Just one of the many pubs and restaurants close by is the oldest pub in Mevagissey, the Fountain Inn located just 25 yards away where apart from good food and fine local ales every Monday is the home to the famous Mevagissey male voice choir.

Come and listen to sea shanties and local songs for a night to remember.

With so much to do and see in the immediate vicinity this character cottage offers really comfortable accommodation in a wonderful seaside location.

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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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