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Penare House

(Ref. 959840)

Mevagissey, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 9 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a great week at this lovely property."

    Loved the period features and there is so much room for a family to be together without treading on each others toes. The welcome pack was much appreciated and a thank you to Poppy too, the house was very welcoming.

    Thanks so much. Harry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0Mar 2024

  • "We all very much enjoyed our stay at ornate house and would be delighted to return in the future."

    Spotlessly clean. Great comms and assistance from the housekeeper.

    Thanks so much. Harry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely big, comfortable house with enclosed garden and parking for two cars."

    Really enjoyed our stay at Penare House and all those books!

    Thanks so much! Harry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely character home for our family reunion."

    But the house desperately in need of some TLC. Damp a problem. Access not great for elderly, disabled and toddlers. But big thanks to housekeeper Poppy. House was clean and showers hot and kitchen was well appointed. Sofas definitely needed replaced. We had brought our own stair gate for 22 month old toddler. But we had a wonderful holiday and saw a lot of Cornwall.

    Thank you for the feedback. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and I agree that Poppy does a fantastic job. As it’s a big, old house the staircase is rather grand and so not really suitable for a stair gate - though we do have a cot and a high chair. Some tiles fell off the roof during a storm. These have been replaced and we are replastering and redecorating. Also we have bought new cushions for the sofas. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen3.8Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Penare House."

    The house was well equipped and a perfect size for our family of six. Very close to the coast path and for walks to the nearby beach and into Mevagissey. So many books to read and board games were a great addition. Our only negatives were that a little TLC is needed, there is some patchy damp on a few of the internal exterior walls and the sofa as others have mentioned could do with updating, and pillows replacing but these didn't hamper our stay. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by David3.8Jun 2023

  • "The house was well equiped, clean and very comfortable and Poppy was very helpful."

    The holiday was made better by lovely weather and a bonus of seeing dolphins on our ferry trip to Fowey. We would love to go back there.

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0May 2023

  • "The house was beautiful, downstairs toilet seat wobbling and dangerous, wet ..."

    The house was beautiful, downstairs toilet seat wobbling and dangerous, wet walls in main bedroom and small bedroom a crack in window in little bedroom, but great location beds comfortable and all towels clean, use of all facilities, would definitely stay again the dogs had a great holiday mine are not allowed upstairs so I bought a gate with me, did think sofas uncomfortable but it was a lovely place, will book again as I have a daughter who lives in Truro and has a child who is limited life so nice to spend time with them so thank you again

    Thanks, Judith. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that you will be coming again. We are getting a new sofa and will fix the lavatory seat and investigate the other matters. Harry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith3.8May 2023

  • "We loved the house, full of character."

    Unfortunately character means rattly windows during a windy night. Sofas could do with updating along with a slightly larger TV. Other than that we had a great time exploring the local area and coming home to this great house. Andy

    Thanks, Andy. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the windows rattling when it got windy. Some of the rubber window wedges seem to have gone missing so we are getting replacements. The TV is a pretty modern "smart" TV - flat screen with an array of channels. I think it's a normal size screen. The sitting room in the property has a traditional beauty and I think a really big TV screen would be unsuitable there. But I take the point about the sofa being due to be replaced so we will look into that. Harry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew3.1Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely family Christmas at Penare House made even better by the character and charm of the house."

    Everything we needed was there, making it a real home from home. We love the area having been coming to Pentewan Sands and Mevagissy for many years on summer holidays but Christmas was very special with all the family and dogs with us. Our own children and grandchildren loved it and thought the house was very “Christmassy”, thanks to Poppy for the decorations and beautiful Christmas tree. A perfect Christmas, thank you from all of us!

    Reviewed by Barrie4.7Dec 2022

  • "Penare house couldn’t have been more perfect, Poppy was extremely accommodating and we very much enjoyed our stay - we will be back!"

    Reviewed by Euan5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Penare House in Mevagissey."

    The shower in the main bathroom was amazing, and the highlight of the house for us was the beautiful open log fire. We had the fire on every night, and with the lounge door shut, it made the room wonderful and cosy. The house was nice and clean, and well equipped for our needs. We really appreciated the secure enclosed garden for our 3 dogs, although it's worth noting that the fence at the end of the garden is quite low, so for any particularly 'springy' dogs, it's worth supervising them whilst outside. We also loved the sheer amount of books that the house has to offer - it felt really homely! The house is a short walk down into the town of Mevagissey, which is beautiful and has some lovely shops and places to eat. There are plenty of vegan food options which was wonderful too! Poppy was very helpful and welcoming, and was on standby should we have needed anything (which we didn't!). We hope to be back soon!

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great location for walking to the beach and into Mevagissey."

    The house is spacious and well equipped and a new load of wood arrived during our stay. It was very clean and Poppy was very quick to help with any of our questions. Sadly our only gripe is that for a large room and for the number of people it can accommodate, the TV is too small and is a struggle to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Sep 2022

  • "It’s a lovely property full of character with everything you need for a fantastic break"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a great time, house is lovely."

    Poppy is attentive and very helpful Many thanks

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great place to stay"

    Reviewed by Vytautas4.7Jun 2022

  • "Spacious & comfortable property, lovely garden."

    Beds comfortable. Helpful assistance from Poppy who was keen to make sure we had everything we needed. Would recommend. We will be returning.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2022

  • "Nice spacious property, well equipped."

    Just a short walk from the coastal path and stunning views. Well placed to visit lots of beautiful beaches and attractions. Just worth noting that if you fancy a walk into Mevagissey itself although it's not far it is quite steep coming back. Any issues we did have were dealt with quickly by Poppy who couldn't have been more helpful.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely week, house was easily big enough for the 7 of us (all adults) and two large dogs."

    reading some of the previous reviews, we took the kitchenware we thought we would need, but there was enough of everything. house was not so perfect that we felt uncomfortable, but perfect enough for us. I actually loved all the books, the whole place reminded me of holidays when I was younger - couldn't recommend enough. Shame about the weather, and that we had to leave early because of the upcoming storm

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Feb 2022

  • "The house has a relaxed feel to it which makes it enjoyable for large groups (there were 8 of us - 3 families and a dog) but the pictures are out of date as Sykes market the property as being modern inside and light and contemporary."

    This is not the case at all and the property now appears to be filled with contents from an elderly relatives deceased estate - being 1000s of very old and musty smelling books and dark book cases that are often falling apart. These books have been put everywhere - literally in every space possible - and that includes even in kitchen drawers, meaning that there is only 1 cupboard that can be used in the kitchen for a house that sleeps 9. The property has no drying rack or airer available for clothes, yet it offers a washing machine and tumble dryer. The towels given to guests are also very thin and old and there are no additional ones for the communal areas, like a hand towel in the bathroom. As with the other comments, the house keeper is very helpful and friendly and the property was left clean so in that regard it was good. The house itself would also be good if it was at a price that reflected the condition and the pictures told the true state. It was those two factors against the reality that has caused my disappointment. If the owner spent just a few pounds on a drying rail (as has been suggested by other guests several times) and left some storage (or even bought some more shelving) for the paying guests, then the house would be worth the rental, or possibly even more. There was also an large deep wooden chest full of someones dirty clothes left in the house, presumably the owners. I only opened it whilst looking for a dustpan and brush (also not provided) but I'd suggest to the owner that personal items like these are padlocked.

    Thank you for your feedback. As a result, we are getting new, thick towels. There are a lot of books in the house which some guests appreciate. But I agree we should update the photographs to show the bookcases. The dustpan and brush is under the sink. The drying rack is under the stairs. I'm sorry you had trouble finding them. We will add a note in the guide book for guests about this. Our housekeeper, Poppy, is always very happy to help guests with such queries. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.1Dec 2021

  • "Panare house had everything we would need."

    Very comfortable, warm, spacious and homely. The owner was so helpful and even decorated the house ready for us for Christmas which was lovely. Would definitely recommend, we would book again.

    Reviewed by Cassandra4.7Dec 2021

  • "We had a great time."

    Lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Nov 2021

  • "Excellent all round especially dealing with poppy"

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0Nov 2021

  • "Cottage has most everything you need for a home away from home stay, although I would recommend a larger indoor airer for those holidaying in the winter months when laundry items can't be tumble dried."

    Possibly some larger pots when cooking for a crowd. However all in all fabulous accommodation needs a bit of tlc here and there but with back to back bookings finding the time is proving difficult I suspect. It didn't detract from our stay and Poppy was extremely helpful would book again.

    Reviewed by Adele4.7Oct 2021

  • "A large property with all facilities that you need for a comfortable stay."

    The lady that hosts the property (Poppy) is lovely and cannot do enough to assist. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely house for big families"

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2021

  • "A great house for families."

    Large spaces and not too precious to enjoy it. A large, lived in, comfortable family house that we all enjoyed.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Jul 2021

  • "Linen and towels rather tired."

    Sofas totally flat so sitting in the lounge was uncomfortable. Otherwise a good location , lovely welcome pack and enjoyable stay.

    Thank you or your feedback. The linen and towels have now been replaced. We hope this did not impact on your stay too much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Jun 2021

  • "Fabulous house and Poppy was very helpful."

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "Very spacious and well located house."

    However, the furnishing is rather tired and the huge volumes of old and dusty books were a little excessive. During periods of wind and rain, the house is very draughty and the kitchen is particularly cold. The living room carpet in fact was levitating in response to the high winds which was a unique experience

    Thank you for the feedback. I know the wind was exceptionally strong during your visit. However, we are taking measures to improve the insulation - including providing curtains for the French windows in the kitchen. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher2.5May 2021

  • "Gorgeous large house which was ideal for the centre of Mevagissey ."

    Beds were comfortable and the house was very cosy. Loved everything about it.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2020

  • "A well situated house, with ample space for a large party of people ."

    Poppy the property support couldn’t have been more helpful . Enjoyed a lovely week in Mevagissey.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Sep 2020

  • "Amazing property with lots of character in an excellent location."

    Every part of the experience excelled our expectations and we can't wait to hopefully return soon.

    Reviewed by Georgia4.7Sep 2020

  • "The property was very nice, clean and provided a good sized living space."

    We were a party of 6 adults which worked well, more adults may struggle with the bathroom facilities. The house is an easy walk to the town with it’s numerous pubs and restaurants, but the return is up a very steep hill, which may cause problems for those less able. The welcome pack of basic essentials was very helpful. The Eden project is a short drive and the Lost Gardens if Heligan a 40 minute walk.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Dec 2019

  • "House may be much better in the summer but as a winter stay it needs some upgrading."

    As it was cold and windy the front door didn’t do much to keep the draught out. My son & partner have a 5 month old so had the master bedroom, the wind was blowing the window that rattled & the curtains were moving which kept the baby awake. It could be a lovely house but needs upgrading. The electric also cut off on the Saturday morning & after a few phone calls was sorted but overall the holiday was spoilt.

    Reviewed by Tracey3.8Nov 2019

  • "Penare house was as described, very spacious, comfortable and well equipped."

    However the house in general needs some maintenance,there is obviously a leak in the roof and as a consequence there are damp patches throughout. Also some of the cooking equipment needs renewing ie frying pans.

    Thank you for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Penare House. We will get a new frying pan and hope you would agree that the kitchen supplies are extensive and of good quality. There wasn't actually a leak in the roof but our builder has treated the damp patches. The climate in Cornwall does make this a perennial problem in period houses. We are pleased that despite the points raised you aenjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian4.7Sep 2019

  • "To be fair, we weren’t misled, but made assumptions about accessibility of bathrooms and that the house was suitable for nine adults."

    There was a huge disparity between the master suite and all of the other bedrooms. I’m sure it’s fine for families with small children but not for adults all of whom had paid the same rate. We had a problem with the boiler which was fixed immediately. We would have appreciated rinse aid and salt for dishwasher, more toilet rolls and washing powder but perhaps this is to be expected. All in all, if the welcome pack had included these items it would have been appreciated.

    Thank you for the feedback. While all the bedrooms are generously sized it is quite true that the bedroom with the four poster is the largest. We provide "all in one" tablets for the dishwasher and so salt and rinse aid are not required. While we do provide washing powder and lavatory paper - as well as dishwasher tables - guests will sometimes need top up on supplies during their stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela4.1Sep 2019

  • "We loved this house there was ten adults and had plenty of room we had everything we needed"

    Thank you so much for your comments regarding your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Penare House, lovely comfortable house with all facilities."

    We had some plumbing issues but these were quickly dealt with by the housekeeper and maintenance guy. Loved Mevigessy. Thank you for a great stay.

    Thank you for your kind comments regarding your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deanna4.7Apr 2019

  • "Maybe in the listing making people aware of the steep incline from the village back to the property."

    It wasn't too much of an issue but may be for others.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Mar 2019

  • "I wasn't too sure how I would find Penare and was delighted that it exceeded my expectations."

    I was very spacious and despite it being the end of November it was toasty warm. It is at the top of the hill so it is a very good work out to get home after going to Mevagissey if you are pushing a pram! It does have parking, which is a treat in Mevagissey. It was a fun house for a two and three year old who were confident on stairs. Poppy could not have been more helpful and welcoming. Really enjoyed it and would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.1Nov 2018

  • "Excellent recommendable lovely house and location, clean comfortable fantastic welcome pack , a great week enhanced by a delightful spacious comfy house , looking forward to booking again soon thank you."

    Reviewed by Finbar5.0Sep 2018

  • "The house was lovely and clean and comfortable, it had everything one could need."

    The welcome pack was a very nice touch and much appreciated. We and our 2 labs thoroughly enjoyed our stay there

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2018

  • "The house was great in general except the heating in the top three rooms didn't work, they were very cold ."

    And as the weather down in Cornwall was very cold and windy with lots of snow from Sunday the !8th which remained for two days, those three rooms couldn't be used, in fact we didn't bother to use them as they were so cold. bit of a waste really. The front bedroom with the four poster and the living room were so draftee from around the windows I had to go round all four windows stuffing the gaps with newspaper to cut the draft, once I had completed this the two front rooms warmed up nicely. Unfortunately there was nothing to be done to reduce the draft through the front door. The rest of the house was fine and the log fire was great, although we did get through some logs. We would return to Penare House but only during the summer months.

    Reviewed by Kim3.8Mar 2018

  • "Property was fantastic and exactly what we wanted."

    Will definitely be booking again!

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Feb 2018

  • "Great place in a great location, would recommend."

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Oct 2017

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  • Over three levels.  Five bedrooms: first floor - 1 x 5' four poster double with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x 5' double, 1 x single
  • Second floor 2 x twin
  • Family bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen / diner with wood burner stove, utility room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Second floor entertainment room with TV
  • Central heating, wood burning stove and real fire
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Smart TV, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Selection of games and DVD's
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture and barbecue
  • 4 well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub and shop 15 mins walk
  • Beach 5 mins walk
  • Note: The stairs to the second floor is steeper than a usual stairs, there is a fitted banister robe one side and a solid banister on the other.

The property

Penare House offers generous proportions and a hilltop position with sea views and convenient access to the beach and coastal footpath in the fishing village of Mevagissey on Cornwall's golden Riviera coastline.

It is a handsome property for large parties but equally great for couples looking to enjoy a romantic break.

Arranged over three levels the interior smoulders with an understated elegance.

Perhaps the most striking feature is the master en-suite bedroom with its ocean views, antique four poster bed and chaise longue or, if it is an atmosphere for entertaining, then the kitchen/diner which boasts a wood burner beside a farmhouse dining table, every conceivable appliance including a range cooker and doors to the enclosed rear garden equipped with a brick barbecue and patio furniture.

Adults can retire to the comfy sitting room and the warmth of an open fire in the cooler months and for children there is an entertainment room on the top floor equipped with a second TV, wireless broadband, hi-fi, games and a pair of tripod mounted binoculars.

The property is full of books, from new to very old, with a plethora of subjects, so put your feet up and get lost in a few.

Mevagissey village and harbour, which still operates a small fleet and pleasure boats, is a ten minute walk along narrow streets lined with fishermen cottages, old inns, restaurants and galleries.

Convenient for the beaches at Polstreath, Pentewan and Gorran Haven and within a 10 mile radius of the renowned Eden Project, the award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, the exclusive waterfront town of Fowey and harbourside village of St Mawes.

Penare House caters exceptionally well for families and offers bespoke pricing for couples during the low season.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas