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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
St Mawes, Roseland Peninsula, Truro District, Cornwall, England

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“Immaculate cottage with unbeatable views. Good for children”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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We stayed in Pier Cottage in October 2013 with our two young children (4 and 3). We have been coming to St Mawes for several years and know the village to be a very special place with so much for children and views to die for. We tend to come in spring or autumn to avoid the busy summer period but even so our usual cottage was booked this time however so Pier Cottage had a lot to live up to! We chose it primarily for it's proximity to the beach, harbour and bakery (opposite) and happily it did not disappoint. We booked through Helpful Holidays who were very efficient and, well, helpful!

The cottage has an "upside down" layout (which the girls loved) with the bedrooms on the ground floor to make the most of the incredible panoramic views from the living room. There is a twin room, family bathroom and double bedroom with ensuite wet room and access to the terraced courtyard area outside. Having the bathroom just feet away from the front door proved a useful facility when returning from the beach with wet sandy children - we just stripped them off on the doorstep and put them straight in the bath! Upstairs is a well equipped galley kitchen with views to the back of the property and a large open-plan living area with view to both front and back including over the pier, harbour and over to Falmouth. There was a TV with freeview and a DVD player, and a small DVD collection including a couple of children's ones which went down well. There is no wifi in the cottage but you can connect to the free Barclays wifi on that side of the property.

The cottage was immaculately clean, simply and freshly decorated and thoughtfully equipped. Heated towel rails were a bonus as was a washing machine. Knowing we had small children the caretaker had left out a stairgate, a puzzle game and some children's books which were much appreciated. There were also buckets and spades outside. We had to swiftly move a few ornaments out of reach of the 3 year old but generally it was pretty child friendly. The children particularly enjoyed stashing all the cushions in the under-stairs cupboard to create a den! The front door opens onto an alleyway with a (non lockable) gate separating it from the road, another child safety bonus compared to those which open straight onto the road. Probably the least child friendly aspect of the entire place was the white carpet upstairs including under the dining table. Parents of younger children might need to consider bringing a plastic mat for mealtimes! For smaller children I would also advise bringing a step as the beds and loo are quite high although we were able to improvise with the chair and a small table! Similarly there was no children's cutlery or plastic cups or tableware although I recognise that few rental properties provide these. We did not use the outside space much due to the weather but there is adequate space on the outside ground level for children to play a bit without needing to climb the steep steps to the upper terrace. Once up there it is well fenced and safe so the only hazard is the steps up.

Overall this was a superb cottage which we would definitely recommend. Although obviously not designed with small children in mind it nonetheless met our needs very well. There are a few things for parents of really young children to bear in mind but no more so than any other cottage in St Mawes. We would definitely book Pier Cottage again.

The village itself has two great beaches, crabbing off the pier, the English Heritage castle and plenty of walks. The St Mawes ferry takes just twenty minutes to get you to lovely Falmouth where there is loads more to do including the award winning beaches, pavillion, aquarium and National Maritime museum. The Place ferry takes you across to St Anthony Head where there are lovely walks including round to the lighthouse and other beaches. There are loads of other beaches and attractions nearby but we tend to just park the car for the week and stay in the village. Parking is in the main village car park at a cost of £4.50 per 24 hours or £25 for the week (which rather quaintly is payable in coins only - beware the shop doesn't always do change and the visitor centre is only open for five minutes on a Tuesday in August so bring your own change). Between November and April you can park on the harbour road but this is often busy.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: A few more concessions for small children
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
4 Nov 2013
Thank you very much indeed for your kind feedback, I am so glad that you and your family had such a good holiday. I hope we will see you again in the future.
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Reviewed 18 November 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Liked best: The location and the view
Liked least: The plumbing problem we encountered
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
9 Dec 2012
Thanks for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed St Mawes and Pier Cottage but very sorry to hear that you encountered an unusual plumbing issue on your last day. We'll pass your comments on to the owner and hope to welcome you back to the West Country again soon. Should you ever experience any problems at one of our holiday cottages in future, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately and we will gladly do all we can to rectify the situation straight away for you.
Best wishes
Helpful Holidays
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