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May Cottage

Pentewan, Cornwall (Ref. 959309)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "A brilliant stay at May Cottage."

    Its equipped with everything you could need. The welcoming cream tea and milk in the fridge was a really lovely touch. Close enough to the beach but far away enough to be beautifully quiet. Would definitely recommend and would certainly consider booking again.

    Reviewed by RowenaMay 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage and great location."

    We had a great week in Pentewan and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by JoyApr 2022

  • "The property was not clean in places the side of the bath was dirty the mirror in the front bedroom hadnt been cleaned the back bedroom smelled of damp and must ."

    The facilities were exceptional you didnt need anything at all it was all there . The lounge chairs were very uncomfortable and this was disappointing as we have stayed in sykes cottages before and had no need to complain .In my opinion it could have been cleaned to a better standard. However the treats that were left for us was a lovely gesture.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your feedback. Comments of this nature are very rare but have been passed on. Thanks again for your thoughts. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ConstanceOct 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage in a brilliant location."

    Everything you might need was provided and it was sparkling clean!

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "May cottage was lovely."

    2 minute walk to the beach lovely little village. The garden was lovely just missing some outside lights for summer evenings

    Reviewed by LyndseyJul 2021

  • "We enjoyed a lovely stay at May Cottage it provided us with everything we needed and was an excellent base for exploring the area."

    The only thing that disappointed us was the garden, unfortunately it was overgrown with weeds and obviously hadn’t been cared for in some time, however this didn’t spoil our holiday as we spent most evenings on Pentewan beach.

    Thank you for your feedback. There is a regular gardener that visits the property. They were away for a couple of weeks, but there was a replacement arranged. We are glad to hear this did not impact too much on your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2021

  • "Obviously paying a premium for the half-term period, however in hindsight this property was expensive, compared to others locally, especially for one so small."

    Had a very nice week.

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2021

  • "Lovely stay in May Cottage."

    It was perfectly located to walk to the beach and village. It was very well equipped and had a lovely cream tea awaiting our arrival. It was generally clean, although could do with a good dust as there were some build ups in places such as around the window seats and head boards on the beds which was a shame. Everything was in working order and the information for the cottage was all easily available. We loved the little garden and the chairs at the front were perfectly positioned to catch the afternoon sun. We will definitely be back and would recommend it for a couple or small family!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed May Cottage, its sunny garden and the local area. The cleaners have been made aware of your comments and are working hard to ensure standards are improved and upheld. The mattress in the master bedroom has also been replaced, ready for the 2021 holiday guests. We do hope you'll choose May Cottage again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AliceSep 2020

  • "The only disappointment was the fridge I think it's on the blink."

    We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your holiday at May Cottage and are pleased to report that the fridge has now been replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2020

  • "On arrival into may cottage we had a lovely welcome pack left, scones, jam, tea and coffee."

    May cottage is beautiful, clean and cosy there is lots of space for families. May cottage is in an ideal location not far to travel around and the beautiful beach is only a 5 mins walk.

    Reviewed by NicholaOct 2019

  • "This is our third holiday at May Cottage (2015 & 2016) and unfortunately we were disappointed as we didn’t find it up to it’s usual standard."

    On arrival the kitchen sink plug hole was blocked with food waste, used teabags and spoon was left on a worktop, mugs in cupboard were not clean and the pedal bin lid was dirty. The toilet bowl was stained and the heated towel rail was disconnected and taped up, We’re not saying the bedding wasn’t clean but there were marks on the sheet which didn’t give a very good appearance. The cottage seemed to have had a quick going over before we arrived and the flowers that were left were half dead, not fresh at all - not that this bothered us but we were expecting it to be like our previous visits. We would like to think that this was just a blip as we do like the cottage and the area. We don’t like to grumble for the the sake of it but think that the owners need to be made aware of these points.

    Reviewed by SallyOct 2019

  • "Absolutely perfect - third time staying in this lovely cottage and is unlikely to be the last."

    Reviewed by FionaJun 2019

  • "The cottage was very homely - perfect for a cosy getaway or a romantic break."

    The garden was lovely too and looked like it had been professionally landscaped and planted. As a place to stay May Cottage suited us very well. It's close to St. Austell and so benefits from all the amenities that a sizeable town affords, yet is tucked away in a quiet village.

    Reviewed by CurtisJun 2019

  • "This was our third visit to May Cottage and it didn't disappoint."

    It was everything we could wish for and we hope to return.

    Reviewed by RonaldMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet location."

    The garden with its layers of decking opposite got a lot of use. The owner was very welcoming by leaving all ingredients for a cream tea, which was very much appreciated after a long drive. Lots of places to visit within easy reach.

    Reviewed by JocelynMay 2019

  • "The cottage was the best we have stayed in, we have stayed in many over the years."

    The welcome scones with cream and jam was a lovely touch just what we needed after a long drive. We loved everything, the garden is amazing, we spent many hours relaxing on the sun terrace. A perfect setting. We have already booked for next year. A brilliant holiday in a very comfortable, well maintained cottage, that is so cute. Looking forward to our next stay at May cottage.

    Reviewed by JoMar 2019

  • "Excellent little cottage in a quiet village."

    Ample parking and everything in the cottage you could ask for. Lovely arrival pack. Friendly neighbours and beautiful garden. 5 minute walk from the beach. Just fantastic all round

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2018

  • "Great cottage with good location, all the facilities required and spotlessly clean."

    Exactly as shown on the website. Easy to book and very clear instructions aling the way.

    Reviewed by VikkiOct 2018

  • "A comfortable cottage in a pleasant location."

    However, cobwebs and dirty windows lost a point or two on the cleanliness mark.

    Reviewed by NigelSep 2018

  • "The cottage (May Cottage) was perfect."

    It was simply idyllic in its location and appearance. The welcoming scones, jam and cream were a lovely touch and it immediately made us feel welcome. The neighbours too (presumably local residents) were all very pleasant and welcoming. A perfect setting, a perfect cottage and a perfect time was had. We shall definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2018

  • "A lovely, clean cottage suitable for 4 people."

    Of especial note was the lovely garden overlooking a wooded hillside. We sat there in the evenings in peace and tranquility. The garden too was beautifully laid out. The cottage is quite small but very well equipped and quiet. Pentewan is a great centre for exploring this part of Cornwall. Good pub in the village, close to the South West Coastal Path, walking distance to Heligan and short drive to Eden and lots of lovely coastal villages. We also had a great fishing trip from Mevagissey and caught enough mackerel for us to have for our evening meal. We would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJun 2018

  • "Fabulous location and accomodation was beautiful."

    Only small point , shower head holder was broken so showers were a bit tricky, but apart from one small point everything was first class

    Reviewed by BarbsMay 2018

  • "The cottage was divine, this is the second time we have booked through Sykes ..."

    The cottage was divine, this is the second time we have booked through Sykes cottages and can’t wait to book again, First Class both times Thank you The Mardon’s

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2018

  • "A lovely welcoming cottage with everything we needed."

    The beds were comfortable and the fire kept us cosy on the snowy nights. Easy parking with walks from the door, everything we wanted. Thankyou May cottage!

    Reviewed by JennyFeb 2018

  • "Unfortunately there was a leak in the property which couldn't be helped."

    First contact from Sykes re this fine. Helpful and visit with apologies and chocolates and flowers appreciated. After that too many operators, no one coordinating and till this day we don't know who connected the mains smoke alarm that was faulty.

    Reviewed by IrmaNov 2017

  • "No issues at all with Sykes or the cottage."

    There is a roof leak noted on the morning of our departure leaking via smoke detector and into laminate flooring in upstairs hallway. No way to contact owner direct so reporting to you to pass on.

    Reviewed by CassandraNov 2017

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  • Over two levels
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double and 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Living room with wood burning stove and window seat
  • Electric panel heating, wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • TV, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games, DVDs
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Designated parking for 2 cars
  • Two decking areas with garden furniture and large garden with enchanting views
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Beach, shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Max 4 adults.

The property

May Cottage is a terraced stone cottage in the pretty hamlet of Pentewan.

Stunning garden and a wood burning stove are a couple of the highlights of this cottage suitable for family or friends to enjoy.

Entry is through a stable door into the comfortable living room with lots of books, games and DVDs for those wet days or cosy evenings.

The kitchen is well equipped and includes a breakfast table.

There are three bedrooms on the first floor with a family bathroom.

Separated from the cottage by a quiet lane are two decking areas equipped with garden furniture and a large garden with enchanting views across the valley.

There is ample parking for two cars.

A 5 minute walk takes you to Pentewan beach, an adventure playground among bathers and water sport enthusiasts and a firm favourite among locals since it is so large it rarely gets crowded.

For walkers and cyclists, there is the Pentewan Valley Trail, a 4 km inland road-free path through beautiful woodland, and the scenic coastal footpath which stretches in either direction over rugged cliff tops, and hidden coves.

Unspoilt and uncommercialised, the village itself provides a convenience store, pub and well-reputed bar/restaurant.

The picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey, which still boasts a working harbour and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are within 5 miles (both linked to Pentewan via a cycle path) and the world famous Eden Project is less than 20 minutes by car.

Nestled in a sheltered valley along a quiet row of traditional cottages and away from the main thoroughfare, May Cottage is truly a cosy haven by the sea and an excellent choice for breaks at anytime of year

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About the location


St Austell 4 miles; Mevagissey 2 miles.

Pentewan is a delightful coastal village set back from the sandy expanse of Pentewan Beach. The village shop and pub draw visitors from far and wide, while the beach is good for children. The coastal path passes through the village and as it climbs up the cliffside towards Mevagissey, the views across the bay toward Devon in the far distance are breathtaking. Good cycle paths pass close by the village, there is a great river close by for fishing enthusiasts, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are just a short walk away, and the historic and scenic Charlestown harbour is also close by. The nearby fishing village of Mevagissey offers many restaurants and fresh harbour fish, while the Eden Project is within easy reach and well worth a visit.

Region Information

Note: Maximum occupancy four adults.
Note: A traditional Cornish cottage with a narrow open tread staircase with slightly reduced headroom
Note: Check in time for this property is 4pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas