My wife and I, both in our sixties, stayed in Seagull Cottage from Friday 25 May 2018 to Thursday 31 May 2018. (We came home a day early). The cottage had been booked on our behalf in 2017 by our daughter. The significance of this is that there was no mention of the stairs being unsuitable for those with limited mobility at the time of booking. My wife is recovering from a knee replacement and was only able to access the bedrooms and living accommodations by using the flight on all fours. To say that they do not comply with current building regulations is a triumph of understatement. I am amazed that the cottage still says that the stairs are suitable for children of all ages.
I could write pages on the inconveniences of this property that are in no way balanced by its age and character. It’s probably easier to provide bullet points
- parking is a long distance away
- whilst it’s theoretically possible to park outside Myrtle Court to unload and load luggage it’s a nightmare because of the narrow road and opposing traffic. It took me the best part of an hour on our day of departure to get in position and umpteen times of reversing backwards up the hill
- the next obstacle is the ‘Courtyard’, an area of rough pebble and concrete paving leading steeply uphill to the cottage. It’s uneven and very slippery when wet.
- there is no private outside space at all. A nightmare with a nervous small dog. We drew the kitchen curtains most of the time because our neighbour likes to sit less than a metre from the windows. There is no privacy.
- there is no comfortable seating in the kitchen which is dark, low ceilinged and lacking cupboard space for food storage. So, day or night, the stairs have to be navigated to use the loo.
- stairs to the second floor bedroom are much safer but beware the strange single beds (hand made?). For some reason the legs are located about a foot in from each edge. Stray near the edge of the bed and you are dumped on the floor in the middle of the night. I decided the sofa was a more comfortable option after the first time it happened.
It’s not all bad. The first floor bedroom and lounge are comfortable once you have negotiated the ladder-like stairs. The location is good, close to the harbour and pubs and restaurants and if you’re a fan of olde worlde you might find the inconveniences are worth it. We didn’t and finished our holiday early to retreat to some home comforts.
Our daughter stayed in another cottage in Mevagissey at the same time with her partner and child. The difference between the properties, for the same price, was hard to bear. Where we suffered dark, cramped, poorly planned accommodation, there’s was spacious light and comfortable.