Mermaid Cottage

Church Street, Gorran Haven, PL26 6JJ, United Kingdom
  based on 13 reviews
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  • SQM 150


Mermaid Cottage is ideal for a beach based holiday - it is right next to the beach, almost on it. It is a large 3 bedroom cottage, sleeping 6, on three floors with spiral staircases joining them. It overlooks the beach with very good sea views from the top two floors.

The top floor has fantastic sea views (unsurprisingly, since the sea is usually within 30 feet of the room).  The living room with kitchen and dining table, plus separate games room, occupy the whole ground floor. In between on the first floor there is a twin bedroom, double bedroom & shower room. All floors are connected by two spiral staircases. The beach is just outside the front door.


The cottage is in the oldest part of the village, on a quiet, single-lane street, about 5 metres from the beach. The front door is up four steep steps and takes you onto the first floor. 

First Floor: 

The first floor has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. The double bedroom has a white sleigh bed with matching chest of draws and a wardrobe. The room has dual aspect windows looking out over the beach and sea while the other (with window seat) overlooks a quiet street. The twin room also has dual aspect windows, one of which also shares the sea view. 

There is a newly fitted family shower room with toilet connecting off of the main hallway on the first floor.

Ground Floor: 

The ground floor is accessed via an iron spiral staircase which takes you down into a very large open plan living area with kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Beyond this there is a utility and a games rom. The floor is terracotta tiled throughout with rugs. 

At the beachside end a large window looks onto the beach slipway entrance and sandy beach and quay beyond. The lounge area has two sofas and an armchair. There is a 36 inch flat screen TV with a DVD player. 

The centre of the room has a fireplace and mantle with a log burner. There is a dining table seating 8 in the central space and beyond this the kitchen, with a ceramic hob, fitted oven and a microwave, butlers sink and cabinets. 

Utility room

Beyond the kitchen, there is a utility room with sink and drainer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and fridge freezer. 

Games Room

Beyond the utility room, there is a games room with ping pong table and table football. A side window looks onto the platform above the beach known as 'the Plat'.

Top floor

Rached up a second steep spiral staircase from the entrance hallway, the

Master bedroom & en suite bathroom occupy the whole top floor of the house. With king size bed and a sitting area with sofa, armchair and coffee table. There is also TV & DVD player here. Windows  look straight out to sea over the beach. The floor is pine boards with rugs. 

The large en-suite bathroom has an original free-standing enamel bathtub, toilet with high level cistern and pedestal basin. A window overlooks the street below.

Unloading & Parking:

As with most fcottasges hte village ,there is no parking. However, bags can be unloaded by stopping outside the front door on arrival. The village car park about 200ms away and is payable separately (aprox £25 per week)


If required there is a single camp bed available (this is by arrangement & at extra charge of £30). 

The house has central-heating with old cast iron radiators.

Baby gates are fitted on all staircases. 

Outside space:

The area immediately outside the window of Mermaid cottage, belongs to the cottage and the window sill is a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the world passing by. The Mermaid Beach Cafe conveniently nextdoor, serves a variety of refreshments until early evening. 

A little more info: 

Mermaid Cottage is a historic building – it has a story and is very much in the heart of the village.

In the 18th century it was the village pub, ‘The Ship’ and from its windows Dickie Kingcup, the famous local smuggler looked out across the bay and organized drops of brandy casks off Dodman point, while the coastguard men sat in the Watchhouse further along the beach and wondered what the fishermen were doing. You’ve seen Poldark, think costumes and intrigue. 

The cottage has a really magical atmosphere, especially in the quieter autumn and winter seasons when the winter storms can come to lash against the windows. In all season you can hear the sound of the waves as you lie in bed. 

As with most of our cottages, its location lends itself to a great variety of activities, from rock-pooling and coast path hiking to visiting our impressive local attractions. Visit our Area and Activities pages to learn more. 


2 Bathroom, 3 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 1 Playroom, Shower Room

  • Beds
    1 Baby Cot, Bed linen, 1 Double bed, 1 Fold-away bed, 1 King bed, 2 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Oven, Fridge, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Central heating, Fireplace, Log Burner
  • Outside
    15m from the beach, Sea Views
  • Entertainment
    Wifi Internet, TV (Satellite)
  • Towels
    Bath Towels provided (please bring own beach towels)
  • Laundry
    Washing machine
  • 2 Bathroom, 3 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 1 Playroom, Shower Room
  • Spa & Gym
    Foosball, Ping-Pong-Table
Children very welcome, Unsuitable for elderly or infirm,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
4:00 PM
Check out:
10:00 AM

Church Street , Gorran Haven, PL26 6JJ, United Kingdom



Gorran Haven Property Letting & Management

Telephone: (01726) 843122 e-mail:




Church Street, Gorran Haven, St Austell, Cornwall, 

PL26 6JH

First, get to St Austell, then… From the A390 in St. Austell (A390 is main Truro-Liskeard road) take the B3273 to Mevagissey (at the ‘B&Q’ / Mac Donald’s roundabout).

After one mile is the small village of London Apprentice; a further mile, the village of Pentewan. 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).

You will pass Heligan (with excellent farm shop) after crossing a narrow bridge and negotiating a sharp left hand bend. Follow the road for about four 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) winding through the village to the sea. 

To reach Mermaid Cottage you must turn left at the grassy triangle (with red telephone box), along ‘Chute lane’, past the Llawnroc Hotel on left, continue on down hill, the road divides into Cliff Road (straight ahead) and sharp right, and downhill, onto Church Street. Mermaid Cottage is near the bottom of the hill on the left next to the beach entrance. There is no place to park, so you have to temporarily block the road while you unload.  This is normal practice for all properties on Church Street, and if anybody drives up behind you (Church St is one-way), they are prepared to wait for you.  

Parking is then in the village car-park (continue down hill, turn right past the shops and the car park is about 200m further along on the right).

From the turn on to the B3273 in St. Austell to Gorran Haven should take about 25 minutes.

Key Collection, arrival etc:

The cottage will be ready by 4pm and keys will be in the key-safe by the front door. Check out is 10am on the day of departure, please.

Contact: If you should need anything during your stay we will be happy to help, just ring us on 01726 843122. If you get the answer machine please leave a message because we are never far away and it is checked at frequent intervals. 

I hope you will have a lovely holiday,

Best wishes,

Sally Dyer

based on 13 reviews
The Rogers family (Bristol)
Best of Cornwall

The cottage exceeded our expectations. The beach was better than we remembered. The weather ensured we had a great time enjoying the best of Cornwall. Thanks

Family with older children  |  stayed in 7/2019

The Fiddlers (Worcestershire)
We'll be back

We've had a wonderful week in Mermaid cottage, which we've found to be comfortable and well equipped. The weather has been very kind and we've loved exploring the beautiful coves & gardens of Cornwall. We'll be back again - thank you!

Family with young children  |  stayed in 5/2019

Minns (uk)
Beautiful Cottage

Beautiful cottage. Lovely views to wake up to and so close to the beach! Very much enjoyed the squally seagulls in the morning! Will definately come back again.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 7/2018

Fraser (uk)
So handy for the beach

Lovely cottage. Great master bedroom - what a view! Very spacious, so handy to the beach. Would be a good idea to have a kettle in upstairs bedroom to make a cup of tea while admiring the view!

Family with young children  |  stayed in 7/2018

Mrs Cave (uk)
Birds Eye View

Words fail us, such a wonderful cottage, well equipped and spacious. Very relaxing waves breaking on the shore & a bird's eye view!

Group  |  stayed in 6/2018

Graham & Maureen (Liverpool)
3rd time here

3rd time here. You forgot the view is so good from the master bedrm. We will miss it very much!

Family with older children  |  stayed in 6/2018

Jessica & Erin (with Graham & Maureen) (Liverpool)
Loved games room

Jessica: Loved game toom lovely beach loved it no words don't want to go home. Jessica. Erin: Lovely view; beach was fun, I made a friend too! Bad wifi though! Jessica again: Erin who needs wifi? Fab glad we came back. Sally House by the Beach: wifi now all working well :) sorry Erin. :)

Other  |  stayed in 6/2018

Jessica & Erin (with Graham & Maureen) (Liverpool)
Loved games room

Jessica: Loved game toom lovely beach loved it no words don't want to go home. Jessica. Erin: Lovely view; beach was fun, I made a friend too! Bad wifi though! Jessica again: Erin who needs wifi? Fab glad we came back. Sally House by the Beach: wifi now all working well :) sorry Erin. :)

Other  |  stayed in 6/2017

Graham & Maureen (Liverpool)
Sunny week

Wonderful sunny week. Girls loved the beach and the ice cream nextdoor. Views from upstairs bedroom are fantastic. Great location. Don't want to go home!

Family with young children  |  stayed in 6/2017

Erin & Jessica (Liverpool)
Nice view

Erin: nice view, close to beach nice house bad wifi. Jessica: I like playing on the beach with Beatrice and also maKeing sand castles With Beatrice.

Other  |  stayed in 6/2017

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