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

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage with amazing views."

    Already planning our next trip.

    Reviewed by BeverleyJun 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 PamelaDec 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 BrianSep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with amazing views."

    Very comfortable. Stunning place.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 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 ClaireJul 2021

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

    Reviewed by MarionJun 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 LindaMay 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 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
  • Please note: the property is accessed by a steep incline and may not be suitable for people with mobility issues

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:...

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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

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter