The Old Post Office Gorran Haven
- SQM 200
Sitting in the heart of the beautiful Cornish Village of Gorran Haven, sophisticated relaxation are the by words at the Old Post Office. A sixty second walk to the beach (no shoes required!) means you can truly take in the sea air whilst sipping your freshly ground morning coffee on your private deck. Furnished with mid century classics as well as modern iconic designs, unwind in its beautiful and stylish interiors.
Previously a gallery, a garage as well as a post office, the Old Post Office has been completely renovated to create the stylish holiday home that you can see today. After parking in your own off street parking space (actually spaces – enough for 3 family cars) step through the gate into your own sheltered private sun deck. Patio doors open from the kitchen and lounge directly onto the sun deck creating a real sense of flow between inside and outside living spaces.
The kitchen welcomes visitors with its vibrant colours and light and is the heart of the building. At your disposal is a bespoke kitchen with top of the range appliances including a dishwasher, larder fridge, induction hob and steamer making it the perfect place for sophisticated cooking – or you can go for the simple joy of the barbeque on the sun deck. Eames dining chairs provide fun colour around a vintage Ercol dining table with space for 8. Additional seating can be found at the breakfast bar – perfect for chatting with family and friends while you work your magic!
From the kitchen you walk into the lounge. With patio doors that open onto the sun deck, again there is a sense of outside space inside. A widescreen TV is mounted on the wall that can be pivoted to give you the best viewing angle no matter which of the comfortable seats you choose to occupy. A toilet, utility and shower room complete the ground floor layout.
Upstairs are the 4 bedrooms – each furnished with individual colour schemes and fabrics. Comprising a master bedroom with en suite (complete with walk in shower and free standing bath), second double (with a contemporary twist and St Ives school art), a twin (which can be converted to a double) and bunk bedroom, all are equipped with luxury mattresses and bedding. The bathrooms are beautifully appointed and most importantly are serviced by a hi flow boiler capable of supplying all 4 showers with hot water simultaneously.
Our favourite bit? It has to be the super warm and welcoming shower in the sun deck to greet beach comers on their return after a hard day by the sea! Happy holidays.
King size bed, bed side tables with reading lamps, sofa, lounge chair, chest of draws and storage chest.
King size bed, bed side tables with reading lamps, chest of draws, coffee table, lounge chair.
Divan beds (can be combined to make a king size double), bed side table with reading lamp, 2 chests of draws.
Full size single bunk beds, chest of draws, reading lamp, lounge chair, hanging hooks.
Tap free double ended bath with overhead drencher shower and hand shower head, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Master en suite bathroom
Free standing double ended bath, walking drencher shower with hand shower head, toilet, basin and heated towel rail.
Downstairs shower room
Walk in drencher shower with hand held shower head and heated towel rail.
Toilet, basin, and heated towel rail.
Washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer, high chair, vacuum cleaner, ironing board, iron, coat hanging space.
A spacious and light kitchen diner with direct access on the sun deck providing a relaxed, sun drenched space
Bespoke hand made kitchen with quartz work tops and double sink.
Iconic design table and dining chairs with seating for 8
Breakfast bar with 3 stools
Miele steamer oven with induction hob
Miele larder fridge
Miele full size dishwasher
Dualit 4 slice toaster
De Longhi bean to cup coffee maker (with milk steamer) – can make espresso, late and americano coffees
Deep filled comfortable corner sofa with seating for 4
2 iconic design comfortable lounge chairs
Large foot stool
Writing desk and Eames chair
Contemporary wall storage and media centre
Large flat screen TV with Netflix, Amazon Prime and digital broadcasting
Outdoor dining furniture with seating for 8
Weber Charcoal Barbeque
Heated outdoor shower (to warm you up and clean you off after the beach!)
Luxury linens and towels provided
2 steps up to sun deck
Spiral staircase (12 steps) to first floor
Please bring your own beach towels as ours are for home use only. Thank you
We are sorry but we do not have pets to stay here.
ABOUT THE AREA
Gorran Haven is one of Cornwall’s hidden secrets – 2 golden sandy beaches with clear water both within an easy walk of café’s and shops. A typical Cornish fishing village its main street runs downhill through Down along fisherman’s cottages. A tight fit for cars, with a 180 degree turn at the bottom traffic can only ever move slowly – meaning its safe for children to make their own way to the beach or shops!
The main beach is sheltered with a single way on or off. There is everything you could could want for a wonderful day at the seaside directly on hand – the Mermaid Café located on the slipway serves drinks, hot and cold food (a great bacon sandwich) as well as delicious ice cream. Opposite the slipway the Haven restaurant’s speciality is mouth watering fish and chips (with possibly the best batter you have ever tasted) but if you have forgotten anything you can nip into their beach shop (next door) and pick up sun cream, surf boards or even one their cool design items. Just up the road (think a long way – 30 yards) is Cakebreads, the general store, Post Office, bar and restaurant which sells practically everything you could need on a holiday as well as making fresh pizza in the evening and selling warm just risen croissants in the morning. You can even grab a drink at the bar outside and watch the beach goers stroll by.
The beach itself is gently sloping sand with a Victorian harbour wall marking the edge on the right hand side and a rocky outcrop on the left. The other side of the rocks (a swim at high tide or walk at low tide) is the second beach, Little Perhaver. Smaller, with its own way on and off up many steep steps (should you get cut off from Gorran Haven beach by the tide) Little Penhaver is bounded by cliff faces on 3 sides and like Gorran Haven beach is gently sloping sand but collects more swell than the main beach – so is great for body boarding for children when the tide is coming in (mid tide is best).
For the more adventurous (kids and adults!) there is the pastime of harbour wall jumping. Great fun for all, but probably best done wearing a wet suit, take the drop into the sea from the end of the walkway or for daredevils off of the top of the wall itself! In summer there is always an enthusiastic crowd to cheer you on! If you are looking for more activity from your day on the beach the relative shelter of the south coast and an easterly aspect means the sea is great for paddle boarding and sea swimming (we can say from experience that visibility is usually very good).
Staying firmly on dry land is the costal pathway that runs from nearby Mevagissey to the rather more distant St. Ives. Beautiful in either direction taking a hike (it’s a bit too much up and down to say a stroll) during your stay is a must if you want to encounter beauty of the wild Cornish coast line first hand!
Perfectly located for the beach and costal path way (access to both is within 150 metres) it is also well placed to explore nearby attractions that include the Lost Gardens of Helligan (a stunning day out walking through beautiful botanical surroundings), St. Mawes (with its famous restaurants, hotels and sailing) and Fowey - home to the Cornish Rowing Regatta in the summer.
3 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 3 Toilet
BedsBed linen, 2 King bed, 4 Single bed
CookingCoffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven, Fridge, Toaster
Heating/CoolingCentral heating, Heating available
OutsidePrivate Terrace (1)
EntertainmentWifi Internet, TV
TowelsEssentials, Shower, Bath Towels provided (please bring own beach towels)
LaundryClothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
MiscellaneousCarbon Monoxide Detector, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
OutsideCharcoal grill BBQ
2 Canton , Gorran Haven, PL26 6JG, United Kingdom
HOW TO FIND US
The Old Post Office
Canton, Gorran Haven, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6JG
From St Austell … From the A390 in St. Austell (A390 is main Truro-Liskeard road) take the B3273 to Mevagissey (at the ‘MacDonald's' Roundabout).
After one mile pass through the hamlet of London Apprentice; a further mile or so, the village of Pentewan (your last petrol station). At Pentewan the B3273 ascends a long winding hill overlooking the sea on the left. Turn right at the cross-roads at the apex of the hill, following signs to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Gorran Haven.
The alternative route to Gorran Haven, through Mevagissey is not recommended in Summer as there are often lengthy traffic queues in the narrow streets. If you have a Satellite Navigation System it will try to send you through Mevagissey, but this is madness except in quiet months.
Assuming you turn right, then: You will pass Heligan Gardens after crossing a narrow bridge and negotiating a sharp left hand bend. Follow the road for about five miles to Gorran Churchtown – church is on the left – down and up a dip and around another sharpish left hand turn. A couple of hundred yards along is the right hand turn to Gorran Haven (sign-posted).
The road into Gorran Haven descends a long hill (Bell Hill) past a triangle of green with a telephone box. Continue on downhill as road winds through the village towards the sea. The road gets narrower and narrower and squiggles a bit. Past the car park field on the left, continue a further 150 metres and The Old Post Office is the modern house on your left just before Trelawney House.
From the turn on to the B3273 in St. Austell to Gorran Haven should take about 25 minutes.
There is room for two cars to park in front of the house in a paved bay.
Key Collection etc:
The house is always ready by 4pm – but sometimes earlier in the day if you wish to drop things off - if you think this is likely please ring & arrange in advance if possible.
If you arrive after 4pm, we will put the key into the keysafe beside the front door.
Please remember to contact me before arrival to get the keycode.
There is a good bakery in the village selling their own pasties and bread etc. and an assortment of essential groceries, including wine. The nearest supermarkets are in St Austell (10 miles from Gorran Haven) – Various supermarkets will deliver (see our postcode above).
At Heligan Gardens there is Lobbs Farm Shop selling vegetables and meat from the adjacent farm, plus various other local produce . At the top of the hill between Gorran and Gorran Haven there is a stall selling fresh local fruit & veg with an honesty box (closes about 5pm).
If you should need anything during your stay do call or email me, I live in the village and am happy to help. Sally Dyer (01726) 843122 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also see www.housebythebeach.co.uk for details about The Old Post Office.
If you get the answer machine please leave a message because we are never far away and it is checked at frequent intervals.
I look forward to meeting you.
Kind regards, Sally Dyer