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Puffin Cottage

St Mawes, Cornwall (Ref. 1062934)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Shop less than 1 mile
  • Pub less than 1 mile

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!


  • 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 bbq's
  • 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

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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.

Region Information

Note - Adult's only

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter

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