Beach House

2 Canton, Gorran Haven, PL26 6JR, United Kingdom
  based on 3 reviews
  •   8
  •   4
  •   3
  • SQM 200
  •  wifi
  •  Parking


Sitting in the heart of the beautiful Cornish Village of Gorran Haven, sophisticated relaxation are the by words at the Beach House (aka 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 Beach House 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.

Master bedroom

King size bed, bed side tables with reading lamps, sofa, lounge chair, chest of draws and storage chest.

Bedroom 2

King size bed, bed side tables with reading lamps, chest of draws, coffee table, lounge chair.

Bedroom 3

Divan beds (can be combined to make a king size double), bed side table with reading lamp, 2 chests of draws.

Bedroom 4

Full size single bunk beds, chest of draws, reading lamp, lounge chair, hanging hooks.

Family bathroom

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.

Downstairs toilet

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 kettle

Dualit 4 slice toaster

De Longhi bean to cup coffee maker (with milk steamer) – can make espresso, late and americano coffees


Living Room

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

Broadband WiFi

Sun Deck

Outdoor dining furniture with seating for 8

Weber Charcoal Barbeque

Heated outdoor shower (to warm you up and clean you off after the beach!)

Other features:

Central heating 


Luxury linens and towels provided

Baby cot

High chair


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.


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

  • Beds
    Bed linen, 2 King bed, 4 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven, Fridge, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Central heating, Heating available
  • Outside
    Private Terrace (1)
  • Entertainment
    Wifi Internet, TV
  • Towels
    Essentials, Shower, Bath Towels provided (please bring own beach towels)
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Carbon Monoxide Detector, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
  • 3 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 3 Toilet
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Outside
    Charcoal grill BBQ
Children very welcome, Smoking not allowed,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
4:00 PM
Check out:
10:00 AM

2 Canton , Gorran Haven, PL26 6JR, United Kingdom


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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.

Shopping etc.

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:

Also see 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

based on 3 reviews
Helen & family (Wales)
Fantastic Location

“Modern newly refurbished house in a fantastic location. High quality fixtures and fittings with a very well equipped kitchen. WiFi was good with a small desk if you need to work. Great being able to pop to the beach so easily and the hot shower outside is such a good addition when you get back - we loved it. The local shop is less than a minutes walk away and sold lovely pasties and pizzas. Sally left us to enjoy our holiday but was available at the end of the phone if needed and lives in the village. We had a perfect relaxing week and wouldn’t hesitate to book this house again.”

Family with older children  |  stayed in 9/2020

Alice Wilson (London)
The best holiday

We were SO lucky. This house has only just been made ready and we got in there first! It is lovely. The weather was bliss. We so recommend staying here. Fantastic. Thank you

Thank you so much for coming - we loved having you. Great you tested out the deck shower and BBQ! We love that house - so much more fun than when it was a post office - hard to believe this transformation. Come agin. All best wishes, Sally

replied by the owner (8/18/2020 3:32:44 PM)

Young couple  |  stayed in 8/2020

Holmes family (Glastonbury)

Excellent communication with Sally. Fantastic parking spot right out the front of the property and a great shop in the village with the most friendly locals and fellow holiday makers. The kitchen is state of the art with a great oven and large fridge, really functional for families. The beach is less than a minute walk and so much fun for all - we loved it. The master suite felt so spacious and has a gorgeous bath. The number of showers is a real bonus, water never ran cold and the outdoor shower in particular was amazing after the sea and sand. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 8/2020

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