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The Old Bank House

Mevagissey, Cornwall (Ref. 2881)



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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "It was a lovely house at a great location."

    The cleanliness of the house wasn’t good. Half the mattresses in the rooms were very uncomfortable. We had to fix the front door lock because it was so loose . Eventually one of the keys broke having to constantly mess about trying to open the door. The garden area looked like it hadn’t been touched for months. The furniture was very dirty.

    Reviewed by AlistairSep 2021

  • "Lovely house really convenient for everyone to just pop into Mevagissey."

    Spacious and light, nice garden area. We really enjoyed the holiday, and would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2021

  • "Lovely house in the centre of Mevagissey."

    Close to all shops and pubs. Would recommend

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2021

  • "Location of the house was perfect, but the house itself was a little tired."

    There is an overwhelming smell of damp when you enter the house and the ground floor bedrooms furniture is damaged by the damp. We found various pieces of underwear around the house that the cleaners hadn't found and the dining room smelt strongly of cat urine. The house was listed as having Sky TV, but when the weather is bad it doesn't work. On a good day you can get 2 or 3 channels. Over all, these things didn't ruin our holiday, we just expected a higher standard of cleanliness in the current climate and not to have the overwhelming smell of damp. This really needs looking into.

    Reviewed by AndtewJun 2021

  • "We used you after being let down at the last minute by another holiday company."

    You were very efficient with good communication.

    Reviewed by HalinaOct 2020

  • "A really comfortable house in a perfect setting."

    Could do with a handle on the wall outside the front door, to help getting up the steps. We all had a great time. Recommended.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2020

  • "This year was the third time we have been to the Old Bank House so obviously we love it."

    There is plenty of space and lots of character. Very welcoming feeling as soon as we arrive. It`s situation in the village is spot on. Important when you have a range of ages together. Everything within walking distance. Some people of course walking rather further than others! The one small change this year was the car parking arrangements but this was quickly sorted out with yourselves.

    Reviewed by NormaFeb 2020

  • "Mattress in one bedroom sub standard."

    Roof in toilet sagging. Slats in beds in two bedrooms damaged

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2019

  • "Superb location- only a few steps to the harbour with all the pasty shops, crabbing, fishing boats and ferry boats you’d associate with a Cornish seaside village."

    Such a great house with plenty of space. 11 of us age ranging from 7 months to 70 years fitted in well. 3 fridges, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher, good books and games all made the household run smoothly. A few minor niggles which naturally come with an older house. Door knob came off in my hand, a wobbly plug socket, some loo locks difficult to engage, but nothing to stop us having a lovely holiday. Parking at Sunny Corner is fine, but changeover days are a bit challenging when packing and unpacking. Highly recommend the house for a large gathering.

    Reviewed by JudithJul 2019

  • "Lovely house in a great location just a few yards from the Harbour."

    Would stay there again but could do with new sofas in the lounge as very uncomfortable. Garden furniture was very worn and broke whilst being sat on. However the owner did provide new chairs once reported to her. The table still needs replacing. Overall we had a lovely family holiday with 9 adults age range 27 to 87 and 2 dogs.

    Reviewed by SandraJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Everything on your doorstep. It was clean and tidy, garden though as described is reached by steap steps, so not advisable for young children. There were 10 of us, 5 children & 5 adults and the perfect size house for us all. My only negative comment was the room on the ground floor at the front of the property, as it’s single glazed and right on the street, you heard everything anyone was saying as they walked past, particularly late at night on route home from the local pubs. (Best put a heavy sleeper in that room) Would thoroughly recommend this property

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2019

  • "There was 10 of us and we never felt on top of each other."

    The pictures on the website don’t do the rooms justices. It felt really spacious. And going on early morning walks around the harbour was just lovely. This is the second time staying in mevagissey and the location of the old bank house was just brilliant!

    Reviewed by JackAug 2018

  • "Thankyou for letting stay at the bank house in mevergissey it is in a lovely location myself and my family had a great stay."

    The house was clean welcoming and a lovely size for 10 people there was 9 in our party and never felt on top of each other, we could all sit in the living room if we wanted to but mevergissey had so much to offer we all found lots to do!!! Unloading and loading the cars had to be an organised mission but we certainly didn’t see it as a negertive as your location was perfect but find it is only right to mension it. The garden has the sun on it late morning till later in the evening I know there was a few comments about the garden and the steps and that did concern me before my stay you needed to be careful as the garden is built on a hill and there are a few steps up to it, small children would need to be accompanied but the little secret garden was a welcome extra. The dining room was very light and a lovely size and it was lovely to use as a family, the rooms were comfortable and clean with clean towels provided, the kitchen had everything you needed. The coastal walks were lovely mevigessey beach was great but be aware of the steps down to the beach we had read up on this before going And is certainly worth it, when the tide is in there’s a lovely place to swim in the harbour the water is clean and very refreshing. We had a lovely stay and would recommend the old bank house

    Reviewed by RosalinJul 2018

  • "Great location, very close to harbour pubs, restaurants etc."

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2018

  • "A nice old house in good central location."

    It was very clean and spacious. We felt that the owners could do with investing in new mattresses for downstairs beds and a new sofa - one was comfortable but the other sagged. Overall a nice place to stay but some tlc needed over winter months to enhance the experience for holiday makers.

    Reviewed by SandyJun 2018

  • "Sykes were brilliant in changing my original booking from Penare House mevagissey, after we realised the unsuitability during an interim visit last September to mevagissey."

    The old bank house was the only real alternative having paid our non returnable deposit (this was again not a problem) and we were grateful of your understanding. However, The old bank house which was in a fabulous spot was definitely in need of a lot tlc. The garden :- when you could eventually get the doors open, you were greeted by a foul smelling set of steps that led to a small patio area ( definitely not worthy of being called a garden) decorated by at least 20 piles of dog poo ( how people can leave it amazes me) . We had two dogs with us and after the first visit we didn't bother letting them out there even though I had picked up and bagged most of what I could see. The kitchen was falling apart, all the crockery was old and worn, cutlery was the same, kettle was leaking and going everywhere when you poured the water. Bedrooms and bathrooms were great. I dare bet the owner hasn't spent a penny on the place in twenty years and it is purely a cash cow. Sykes should really go and look at the house before putting your name to it. It wasn't a patch on the beautiful 'carefree cottage' we stayed in last year, it was a credit to the owners and Sykes cottages Many thanks R Forrester ( stayed 16th to 23rd June 2018)

    Reviewed by RobJun 2018

  • "The Old Bank House, Mevagissey what an ideal spot to take our wonderful family of 9 plus milo the dog, so close to harbour and wonderful places to eat."

    The house itself beautiful , clean and beds all comfortable. Nice touch having biscuits, milk tea and coffee for us to have. Loads of space and games for children.the dining room was large for everyone to sit plus about another four super touch drinks cooler for wine and beer which was very handy. Thank you again thoroughly recommend .

    Reviewed by VivianMay 2018

  • "Wonderful house in a wonderful location right in the heart of Mevagissey we had a fantastic holiday"

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 2018

  • "The location of the property is excellent, about 70 yards from the front, though because of this it can be a bit noisy in the evenings."

    Internally the property is a delight, with all the living areas on the first floor and bedrooms on ground and second floor. It's not too pristine that you are worried about the children or dogs wrecking it, but also it is not scruffy, just lived in. Lots of games and books provided in case the weather is poor, only complaint is the fridge doesn't close properly all the time. Mevagissey is beautiful, wonderful harbour for strolling around, great walks over the cliffs, and really close to Eden and Heligan, also a great fish and chip shop and a great bakery. Would go again.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2016

  • "A great location, it was close to lots of things so it was easy to go out for a meal/pub."

    It was beautiful light and airy accommodation with good views. We were a party of 5 and enjoyed the great space and lovely garden area.

    Reviewed by KathrynJun 2015

  • "Perfect retreat to spend time with friends and nice to have privacy."

    We'll be back!

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2015

  • "The location of The Old bank House is excellent, being right in the heart of the town so no need to use a car once there."

    Great access to the harbour, shops, restaurants, pubs and all amenities. We were a large family party and the house gave us exactly what we were looking for - plenty of space and bedrooms (and bathrooms importantly) for everyone including a baby and good communal areas for eating and partying together. Good facilities in the kitchen such as three ovens, dishwasher, an island to sit around and loads of crockery, glassware and cooking utensils. We loved the walks around the harbour and around the coast path. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Old Bank House - it lived up to expectations and we will definitely consider it again for future family holidays.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2014

  • "Good position for harbour & shops."

    Roomy bedrooms. Nice big dining room. Plenty of oven space and utensils. Xmas cake and mince left out for us which was very kind.

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2014

  • "Our second visit to this property, it's perfect for a big family."

    Had a great dining area and was in a fabulous location. Feels like Home!

    Reviewed by KarenDec 2014

  • "The location was excellent, just a stones throw to the harbour."

    The bedrooms were excellently furnished and clean. Very very impressed with the kitchen utensils, pans and amount of crockery.

    Reviewed by StuartNov 2014

  • "The size of the house allowed a group of 8 adults to have adequate space and spend a relaxing long weekend together; much better than a hotel!"

    Reviewed by SuNov 2013

  • "Nice village and friendly people."

    Excellent location of property, close to shops etc. The Tea Gallery is something special, and should not be missed!

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2013

  • "The accommodation was excellent."

    The location was excellent right in the centre of the village with lots of shops. Mevagissey was a good central location for beaches and attractions like The Eden Project, Heligan Gardens and Fowey. The beach at Port Mellon was within easy walking distance and was lovely. We really enjoyed every day of our stay and would recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2013

  • "The accommodation was excellent for a group of 9."

    As we planned to travel quite a lot in Cornwall, the central location suited us brilliantly.

    Reviewed by AetJul 2013

  • "We liked the location and the general layout of the house."

    There were ten of us on holiday and we found the property to have plenty of room.

    Reviewed by CollinMay 2013

  • "Great location and a lovely spacious house with a great dining room."

    Reviewed by EricaApr 2013

  • "It was spacious, in a brilliant location, warm and comfortable."

    Reviewed by ClaireDec 2012

  • "We loved the location and facilities!"

    Reviewed by BelindaDec 2012

  • "All ten of us could stay in one property together, right in the heart of the village so we could walk to pubs and restaurants."

    Reviewed by JoanneDec 2012

  • "Loved the house, loved Mevagissey and loved the fact that it was such a short walk to harbour, shops and pubs."

    Reviewed by LucySep 2012

  • "The scenery and the friendliness of the local people."

    Everywhere was dog friendly.

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2012

  • "The house is in a great location."

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2012

  • "Driftwood House was in an excellent position, extremely spacious, comfortable and well proportioned."

    We would certainly return.

    Reviewed by SylviaJun 2012

  • "Good location, great for a large family or lots of friends."

    Reviewed by GrahamMar 2012

  • "A lovely warm house and we were welcomed with a bottle of bubbly - thank-you!"

    Shops, pubs & restaurants close by.

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2011

  • "Great location for touring."

    Loved the house and the history to it. It was so nice to just walk out the front door and walk round the corner to the harbour!

    Reviewed by KimApr 2011

  • "The house was large and pleasant, the owners very helpful."

    Each bedroom was comfortable and we enjoyed the en suite rooms. We appreciated all the good and large pans in the kitchen and all the thoughtful extras.

    Reviewed by SohaniDec 2010

  • "It was lovely to return to Driftwood House and Mevagissey."

    Revisited a couple of our favourite pubs and restaurants and tried a couple of new ones too - great to be able to support the local community after the floods.

    Mrs PridhamDec 2010

  • "Fantastic location in a fantastic village."

    Lounge was big enough for all of us to get in.

    Mrs WatsonNov 2010

  • "Our Christmas break was lovely."

    The house is beautiful and immaculately clean. The owners very kindly put up a Christmas tree and decorations for us. Mevagissey is a lovely place and we were made very welcome by the locals.

    Mrs LaingDec 2009

  • "The location was excellent and very central."

    The house was very nicely decorated and furnished.

    Reviewed by SaraDec 2009

  • "We were looking for a cottage to sleep 10 and we were thrilled that there was plenty of room for all of us and within such short walking distance from the harbour."

    The cottage is beautifully decorated and has so much character. We all loved it so much that the day after we arrived home we booked it again for this December.

    Mrs PridhamNov 2009

  • "The Cornish coast is beautiful."

    We could walk to the sea whenever we wanted, within 5 minutes.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2009

  • "Good Location, plenty of room."

    Light and airy throughout, and cosy in bad weather. Kids were happy and loved all the staircases and hiding places. Piano was a great touch and enjoyed by all of us.

    Reviewed by GraemeJul 2009

  • "Great harbour location."

    Cottage had everything and surpassed every expectation. Very high standard. Lots of shops and lots of really good pubs with great food.

    Reviewed by ValJun 2009

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The property

Once the home of Mevagissey's first bank, this imposing Grade II listed village-centre building has been renovated to a high standard, creating a Cornwall holiday cottage of comfort and character.

Set over three floors, 100 yards from the harbour, the property retains many original features.

The bedrooms are mainly over the ground and second floors, while the main, stylish living space occupies the first floor.

The exquisite dining room, with parquet flooring, panelled walls and glazed ceiling, is overlooked by a balcony from the second floor.

The harbour, pubs and restaurants of Mevagissey are all within a short stroll.

Wander to the water's edge to watch the fishermen unload their catch, stroll along the coastal path on the headland or walk to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Alternatively, explore the Eden Project, the cathedral city of Truro or the beauty of the Roseland Peninsula and its beaches.


  • Reverse level accommodation
  • Over three floors
  • Six bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 2 x ground floor doubles with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x second floor king-size double, 1 x single, 1 x second floor single
  • Second floor bathroom with corner bath, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen
  • Utility room/WC
  • First floor dining room
  • First floor sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric cooker, 2 electric ovens, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs (1 with Sky+), DVD, PlayStation, stereo/CD, WiFi, DVDs/books/games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen ad towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Parking available in public car park, nearest 2 mins walk (cost inc. in rent for 1 car), guests may stop briefly before 10am/after 4pm for loading/unloading outside property
  • Paved terraced garden with furniture & BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking, Two well behaved dogs welcome subject to £25 pet charge per dog
  • Shops/pubs/harbour 100 yards
  • Note: Balcony and sash windows on 2nd floor, young children to be supervised
  • Note: Due to large stone steps and a fenced drop, access to the garden may be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility, and children should be supervised at all times

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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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Region Information

Note: property is dog friendly as of 29th October 2021.

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