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Puffin Cottage

(Ref. 1062934)

St Mawes, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was as described and was very well appointed."

    Reviewed by Garry4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a truly delightful stay in Puffin Cottage."

    The views are stunning, house was in excellent condition and we had everything we needed.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, I am delighted you had a lovely holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with wonderful views."

    Incredibly clean and well prepared. Really enjoyed being in the property, especially reading on the lovely window seats. The cottage is very much as described. My only negative (and its a very minor point) is the chunky wine glasses. They are unusable. Unfortunately the glasses that were purchased by a previous occupant appear to have been removed. I had a email exchange with the owner who responded very promptly and very favourably. Unlike an earlier comment I certainly didn't feel I was in someone else's house. Hope to return soon.

    Thank you for your glowing review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. The La Rochère bee stemmed wine glasses are used in a renown Gloucestershire stately home, but the owner will also now be providing other quality wine glasses for use which will be provided in the property shortly. We hope to see you return soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.4Jul 2022

  • "We loved Puffin Cottage and view was lovely."

    Comfortable bed in main upstairs bedroom with amazing views. Great for two people but felt it would not suit four. Crockery very limited and dining in the kitchen would be very cramped for four adults. Second bedroom has no windows and only gains light from shower room. Cottage next door has access across front of Puffin cottage which is very narrow if sitting out on front bench. One bath towel each for a week with no washing machine.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay at Puffin Cottage. We do encourage feedback, so we can make sure your stay with us at Puffin Cottage, a enjoyable one, had we known you were short on towels we could supplied more for you while you were there. Thank you once again and we hope to see you again soon. Regards Ms Renshaw Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iain3.1Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with amazing views."

    Already planning our next trip.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jun 2022

  • "The location of Puffin Cottage is perfect and the views are wonderful."

    It was lovely to sit on the window seat in the bedroom to watch the views over the harbour. It is a very steep walk up to the cottage but we were made aware of this and it did not pose too much of a problem. There is no available parking near to the cottage which is a challenge when offloading luggage. Again, we were made aware of this. Puffin Cottage is extremely clean and comfortable but we did experience a few minor issues. When we arrived, there were no keys in the key holder but after a phone call to housekeeper, she arrived with a key within 10 minutes. We had only one key to the outer porch door and nothing for the front door - this did not really pose a problem but, had I stayed at the cottage alone (without my husband), I would have felt vulnerable leaving the front door unlocked. There was a very long list of instructions which we were made aware of after booking. Shoes must be removed indoors, all surfaces are covered with protective fabric - the tables, the sofas, the window seats and the dressing table, which seems a little excessive. The main bedroom has a very large comfortable bed with beautiful white bed linen. However, the bed is a little too large for the room and there is only one bedside table. It is a real squeeze to get past the wardrobe as this is so close to the bed. Both bedrooms would be much more comfortable if the locked cupboards could be opened and used as storage which would clear more space. We stayed in the cottage from 28th December over the New Year period and were a little disappointed that there were no festive decorations and no welcome pack. The bathrooms are extremely clean and the fixtures high quality with powerful showers. The kitchen is very well kitted out but we were disappointed with the chunky heavy wine glasses so we purchased 4 wine glasses for our use and left them for the owner to keep. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Puffin Cottage but we did feel that we were staying in the owners home, with the locked cupboards and the protected surfaces, rather than being welcomed as paying guests.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete our feedback. Puffin Cottage is set in a traditional Cornish village with narrow lanes and parking outside the property is just not possible. There is a car park just a short walk away from the cottage. We do apologise over the issues you experienced with the keys at the property and were relieved to hear the housekeeper was able to resolve this so quickly. Thank you again for your kind comments about Puffin Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela4.1Dec 2021

  • "The cottage was first class however more should be made of the steep climb from the village as many less fit individuals might have severe difficulty."

    Thank you for your comments, we have now added note on the listing to make sure guests are fully informed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with amazing views."

    Very comfortable. Stunning place.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week's stay in Puffin Cottage."

    Although it states it is a compact cottage, there is everything you need for an enjoyable stay and there was ample space for 4 adults. The cottage was spotlessly clean and well appointed. It is at the top of a very steep hill, but well worth the climb for the magnificent views over the harbour. I would say that if you are not very fit or fully mobile, this is probably not an ideal location for you. The second bedroom on the ground floor which is a double, does not have much space around the bed, but is perfectly adequate and the comfort of the bed makes up for the lack of space. There is no wardrobe in the second bedroom, but it does have hanging space and 2 large drawers under the bed for storing clothes. We did not have a problem with this and my husband does tend to overpack!!! There is plenty of space and storage in the king sized room upstairs. The kitchen is well equipped and outside the kitchen is a lovely decked patio area with a table and 4 chairs for al fresco dining. There are lovely pubs/hotels in St Mawes where you can eat (we did have to book due to Covid19) but managed to get in. It is a lovely walk along the harbour front with beautiful views and plenty of space to sit on the beach. This is very pebbly in places, but so lovely. A small harbour town, relatively quiet but perfect. We would definitely return to St Mawes and Puffin Cottage. Excellent!!!!!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jul 2021

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Marion4.4Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was warm and very comfortable (ideal given the very changeable weather) - and the standard of all the fittings and furniture was excellent."

    Good to have outside space to relax - bench at the front has fabulous views of the harbour - rear enclosed garden perfect for eating al fresco (weather permitting!)

    Reviewed by Linda4.7May 2021

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  • Bedroom upstairs : 1 x super-king-size (zip/link), TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Bedroom downstairs : 1 x ground-floor double (4’6”)
  • Ensuite with Shower, basin and WC
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and Smart TV.
  • Underfloor heating throughout the property
  • Electric towel rails in bathrooms
  • First-floor kitchen/diner
  • Electric oven, microwave oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, slim dishwasher
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Public car-park parking
  • Enclosed rear decked garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking and no BBQs
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Adults only
  • Please note: there are steep steps & low ceilings
  • Please note: Friday changeovers only
  • Please note: the property is accessed by a steep incline and may not be suitable for people with mobility issues
  • Note: This property only accepts Friday to Friday bookings

The property

Puffin Cottage is a steep but short walk up from the heart of the idyllic Cornish village of St Mawes.

From the pier, go past the picturesque cottages or up steps beside the Victory Inn to Chapel Terrace.

The views from Puffin Cottage are spectacular: looking out over the estuary to the Roseland Peninsular, Place House, St Anthony’s Headland and as far out to sea as The Lizard.

This is a charming Cornish cob terraced cottage, ideal as a retreat: welcoming, comfortable, and peaceful, dating back to earlier times in history.

There is underfloor heating on both levels which is covered by Kähr’s Scandinavian Flooring.

Parking is available in the main St Mawes Car park which is a short walk from the property and off-loading close to the cottage is possible, bearing in mind the narrow roads and need for traffic to pass through.

Passing through a small porch you enter the warm, cosy sitting room with a three seater sofa, a two seater sofa, and a wood burning stove.

Ideal for relaxing or meditating while gazing at the beautiful views across the bay, or watching Smart TV, or ’cosying up’ with a good book.

At the rear of the lower level is a compact, cosy double bedroom which gains light from an en-suite shower room.

On the upper level, at the front of the cottage, is a large bedroom with a 6’ king size bed, a TV, storage, and blackout lined curtains.

There are magnificent views across the estuary and out to sea.

Adjacent to the bedroom is a bathroom with bath and over shower, white tiles and a nautical theme.

At the rear is a cosy modern kitchen/diner, ideal for enjoying a tasty breakfast, or why not head out onto the enclosed decked area to enjoy an alfresco meal while admiring the view of the nearby church with its celtic cross.

St Mawes has much to offer and explore: you could start the day with a coffee near the pier and watch the ferry and local sailing activity, then explore the local shops and admire the the work of local artists, followed by a visit to the local Deli or well stocked Co-op.

Then why not relax on one of the two beaches: which one first - Tavern or Somers?

Perhaps a picnic?

Enjoy a delicious local ice cream from the amazing Fudge shop as you walk up to St Mawes 16th Century Castle to learn about its history and connection with Henry the VIII.

Admire the views across to Falmouth and out to sea while taking refreshments or relaxing on a bench.

On your way climb up the hill to visit St Mawes Church for calm and contemplation.

The fishing village is known to be a foodie haven, with multiple pubs and restaurants serving the most delicious food with freshly caught seafood all year round.

Decide which you prefer: the atmospheric seafaring one or the larger nautical one?

Take a drink or book a meal at one of the village’s pubs, hotels or restaurant or buy fish and chips or a pasty to enjoy back at the cottage.

Explore the incredible Roseland Heritage coastline, discovering sandy beaches, rocky coves and lush countryside.

During the season, you can take the ferry across to Place to explore St-Anthony’s-Church, then head towards St Anthony’s Headland and the Lighthouse.

Don’t miss St Just-in-Roseland to view the peaceful Church and its renowned tropical gardens along with a visit to the nearby cafe serving delicious light lunches and cakes.

Take the bus or car to visit Portscatho to explore another fishing village and sample the selection of pubs, eateries and galleries.

Walk along the coast to the Look Out or to the famous Hiden Hut, take the car to Pendower Beach and Carne Beach.

Remember to take your binoculars to view the sea birds.

St Mawes is also popular for boating and yachting events.

One of the most enjoyable highlights is to take the St Mawes Ferry to Falmouth, a 20-25 minute trip across the Fal River.

Falmouth is famous for its stunning natural harbour, the third largest natural harbour in the world and the deepest in Europe.

Spend the day exploring this wonderful town, with plenty to see and do, charming harbourside pubs to visit for a refreshing drink, excellent shopping facilities, an art gallery, multiple picturesque beaches, the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle positioned opposite St Mawes Castle to protect the entrance to the river and commanding incredible sea views.

In season you can take a cuise down river to the beautiful Helford River, or take a Cruise up river to the stunning Trelissick Gardens.

Slightly further afield is Truro, Cornwall’s only city, a delightful driving via the King Harry Car Ferry.

There you can browse the shops and admire the Cathedral and you might be lucky enough to hear a recital on the Father Willis Organ or hear the angelic choir.

Exploring further there are the Trebah Gardens and Glen Durgan Gardens both on the edge of the Helford River.

In the other direction are the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, and Caerhays Castle where you can admire the beautiful colours of the azalias, camellias and rhododendrons in season.

You could also enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the Dutchy of Cornwall Nursery and Garden Centre near Lostwithiel.

The list goes on and on, but you might like to visit Camel Valley Winery to sample the excellent sparkling white wine or head to Padstow to enjoy Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.

Welcome, relax and unwind in Puffin Cottage!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Falmouth 16 miles via car ferry, 3 miles via passenger ferry; Truro 10.5 miles via car ferry, 18 miles by road.

St Mawes is a small fishing village situated on the Roseland Peninsula, part of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by rocky coves, sandy beaches and lush countryside and has a notable historic castle guarding the entrance to the River Fal. The village is a haven for boating and yachting with many events and functions taking place and of course the local produce is outstanding, with local pubs and restaurants serving delicious seafood dishes throughout the year. Nearby there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy including walks, watersports and boat trips. Across from the harbour is the town of Falmouth, with its magnificent natural harbour (the third largest in the world), winding streets and beaches, the amenities will keep you occupied for hours. The town's old harbour-side pubs, excellent shopping, art gallery and stunning National Maritime Museum simply complete the picture. Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII, is Falmouth's most popular attraction, sited on its own peninsula with superb panoramic sea views.

No children or infants allowed. Adults over 18 only.
Please note: there are steep steps & low ceilings.
Please note: the property is accessed by a steep incline and may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.
Note: This property only accepts Friday to Friday bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas