Sea Mew Cottage
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Sea Mew is a very nice, sunny and convenient holiday cottage, with excellent access to the beach and local shops. It was once a fisherman's cottage, but since my childhood it's always had cheery families with sandy feet popping in and out on holiday. Sympathetically and well maintained, it is a nice homely and traditional place to stay.
A floral topped low garden wall and gate enclose the small slate courtyard by the front door. This has a quiet, sunny outlook being tucked away to the side of the village street next to the high natural bank which borders Canton. The courtyard is a nice place to sit quietly and read, or perfect for sundowners before supper. There is a BBQ too.
The glazed porch has coat pegs and a place to leave buckets, spades, nets etc.
This opens onto a good sized dining room with galley kitchen off to the side through an archway. There's a large pine dining table seating six, dresser and original fitted cupboards containing crockery and glassware. There's also a good supply of games and books.
The kitchen will only take one cook but they are still part of the action just by the dining area. There's a dishwasher, electric ceramic-topped cooker with grill and oven, larder fridge and microwave. The washing machine and counter-top freezer are in a separate utility area also off the dining room.
Beyond the dining room at the seaward side of the cottage, there is the sitting room which has a window that looks straight down the main village street to the sea (although you can see down the street, the street can't see you as there's a net curtain). Here there is a slate fireplace with electric fire, two sofas, coffee and side tables and two lamps. It is also equipped with a 32 inch TV and DVD player, CD radio and selection of DVDs and CDs.
From the dining area, a short hallway (containing the washing machine and counter top freezer) leads to the bathroom.
The bathroom has very recently been completely refurbished with floor-to-ceiling sunny yellow tiles and a delightful yachty theme throughout. It has sparkling new fittings - bath, WC and hand basin. There is an electric shower over the bath. There is also an electric-heated towel rail and frosted glass window.
The stairs lead up from the rear of the dining room to the landing with a very handy second WC and hand basin.
The double bedroom has a double divan bed and also single bed. There's a pine wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with lamps and vanity unit with hand basin. The window looks quietly up the street inland and past leafy bank alongside.
Across the landing, the twin bedroom has a pair of single divan beds, a pine wardrobe, a chest of drawers and bedside tables with lamps. The window looks out over the side path behind the cottage, to the bank beyond. The airing cupboard with immersion heater and spare bedding is in the corner.
They are both nice comfy cottage bedrooms and both have space for a cot and there is a travel cot, high chair and stair gate in the cottage if required (please bring your own baby bedding).
The stairs, upper floor and the sitting room have carpet, vinyl flooring elsewhere. The heating is electric, with night storage heaters in all rooms except the bathroom which has an electric towel rail. Thick walls and double glazed windows keep it comfortably warm all year.
Outside at the rear, there is a secure shed (containing the BBQ) where you can keep your body boards, toys and inflatables.
Parking during May to September is in the nearby car park (currently payable locally at £22 a week. It is possible to pull up outside to unload and out of these Summer months, roadside parking is permitted.
Sea Mew cottage is on 'Canton' - the main street in Gorran Haven, which leads down to the beach.
Gorran Haven is a cheerful and friendly, small village halfway down the south coast of Cornwall. It is very much appreciated for its two sandy beaches and small harbour with quay. In summer the beaches teem with families enjoying the sea, fishing from the quay and exploring rock pools.
The other end of the spectrum is the quiet winter; it is never very cold as the sea raises the temperature here, but can get very wild and blowy. At this time, a lovely meditative calm pervades the place and our little village has a number of artists and writers who take their time here, perhaps drawing inspiration from the spirit of the place. There's also the Barley Sheaf pub with local ales and warm old fashioned comfort if and when needed.
Gorran Haven has a really good all round, all year village shop, called Cakebread's (the real name of its founder). It is the mainstay of the village, being the bakery, grocery, off-licence, newsagent and post office all overseen by the ever-smiling Barbara. They now have an outdoor seating area where you can enjoy a pint or a glass of wine with your meal. Great pasties and good cheer.
From Easter to October half term (the 'holiday season'), there are several other shops: fish-and-chips, a beach cafe, a rather smart Llawnroc Hotel with restaurant and bar. In Gorran Churchtown - a mile inland- the Barley Sheaf pub has a pleasant garden, comfy bar and home cooked meals as well as pasties and pints of good, local St Austell ales.
The SW Coast-path which goes alll along the coast of Cornwall, is particularly lovely here. There's the great Dodman headland to the west, an ancient cliff fort with great granite cross above the sea. Friendly small black Dexter cattle graze in clifftop fields, owned by my schoolfriend Lizzie. Vault and Hemmick beaches are lovely and quiet and slightly awkward to get to, making them all the better! Hemmick has wonderful rock pools with many strange things - starfish etc.
Eastwards along the cliffs you will eventually reach the relative (to Gorran Haven) Las Vegas of Mevagissey. A bright, busy working fishing village with shops, boutiques, four pubs, several restaurants, an aquarium and best of all a fresh fish caravan on the quay where you can buy local fish, scallops, Fowey mussels, crab. Slightly further afield, you have the Eden Project (30mins drive) and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (10mins drive). This is a really good location to base yourselves for discovering Cornwall.
- Parking - on-street
- Washing machine
- Ironing board
- Bed linen provided
- DVD player
- Towels provided
- Separate WC
- Beach view
- Zoo / wildlife park
- Water sports
- Mountain biking
- Wild life viewing
- Horseback riding
23 Feb - 6 Apr
1 Jun - 15 Jun
6 Apr - 27 Apr
15 Jun - 29 Jun
27 Apr - 11 May
29 Jun - 6 Jul
11 May - 25 May
6 Jul - 13 Jul
25 May - 1 Jun
13 Jul - 31 Aug