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Rosslyn Cottage

Location: St Mawes

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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
Rosslyn is a charming period cottage with private gardens front and back, quietly located in the old centre of St Mawes. To reach the cottage from the bottom of the village, there is either a combination of 28 steps with some short inclines (all with hand rail) or a steep hill. Overlooking the village towards Summers Beach it is a comfortable modernised house, still full of old-world character and in an absolutely ideal central spot in St Mawes. Rosslyn also now benefits from an off-street parking space near the cottage.

If you are looking for a more traditional cottage in St Mawes then Rosslyn Cottage is definitely for you. The three bedrooms each have partial views of St Mawes Bay and there are pretty secluded gardens both front and rear with a south facing patio providing a superb place for barbecues.

St Mawes is simply an idyllic spot for a holiday. It is perfect for those who want to get out on the water or explore the stunning coastline of the Roseland Peninsula. There are two sand and shingle beaches in St Mawes or some lovely sandy beaches on the St Anthony headland. Staying in Rosslyn St Mawes you would not need your car all week. Everything is within walking distance and the passenger ferries provide regular services around the estuary from the delightful harbour.

Ground Floor: Pretty tiled entrance hall leading to the comfortable lounge with its beamed ceiling and ‘old-world’ electric fire for extra warmth. The kitchen is in a bright rear extension and is fully fitted with a range of units. The separate dining room leads off the kitchen with views over the front garden towards the water and has a beamed ceiling and large oak dining table. The bathroom is to the rear of the property and has a wall mounted shower over the bath & also a WC.
First Floor: A good sized double bedroom (4'6" bed) with sea views across the front garden. A twin bedded room with lovely views towards Summers Beach and with zip & link beds making a 6' double bed plus a pull out single bed (this bed is only available on request). The single room has a 3' bed (suitable for an adult).
Exterior: Enclosed patio area with picnic table, wooden chairs, BBQ and grassed lawn to front. The long and secluded rear garden is up steps to the rear of the property, mainly laid to lawn with a variety of trees and flowering bushes.

Facilities and Services
Heating is via storage heaters in the lounge & dining room with an additional ‘wood-burning effect’ old-world electric fire in the fireplace in the lounge and freestanding electric oil-filled radiators in the bedrooms. The kitchen has an electric cooker and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer and dishwasher. Extra children (or even adults) can be accommodated on two fold out beds with sprung mattresses if required. BT WiFi is available. There is a flatscreen Smart TV (with terrestrial and Freesat channels and also catch-up TV); a Bose music centre to play via audio link cable to your own smartphone or portable device (e.g. for Spotify and portable CD players); as well as a DVD player attached to the TV; and a CD player/radio in the dining room. There is a cot, highchair, iron & ironing board available at the property.

Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels are all included but you will need to provide your own beach towels & tea towels. A payphone is provided (BT payphone rates). We regret that dogs are not permitted and also no smoking. There is a cot & highchair available upon request. There are local shops, pubs and restaurants all within walking distance in St Mawes. There is a parking space for one small to medium car ONLY. Larger cars will need to be parked in the public car park which is about a five minute walk from the property. You can stop and unload your car outside the property but you must move it as soon as it is unloaded. The property is available for family bookings only.

General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is a Saturday. Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£200 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.
Parking available
Parking available
Sea views
Sea views
Beach within walking distance
Beach within walking distance
Shops within walking distance
Shops within walking distance
Pub within walking distance
Pub within walking distance

Pauline Keogh

We had a wonderful week recently staying at Rosslyn Cottage. The Cottage is quite traditional. It is comfortable and well proportioned with a sitting room, separate dining room and kitchen, two good sized double bedrooms and a small single room. It has a lovely garden with table and chairs for outside eating that also catches the sun for most of the day. The kitchen was well equipped and there were some nice touches throughout. It is about a five minute walk to the harbour though the road back is a steep climb. All in all a great place to stay for a very relaxing week away.

Craig Doyle

We stayed here in the summer, 4 adults and 2 children. We had a great time. The property has lovey views over the harbour, it was a great base and has everything you need. The walk into/back from town is steep, but was fine for us and the grandparents. It was well cleaned, and we were contacted prior to our stay to ensure that it was set up as we wished. We would go back again.


View slightly obscured by building opposite … but not seriously so. Back garden could be improved by seating area at the top. Otherwise lovely place, great location, lovely time.

Ed Newton-Rex

Rosslyn Cottage was the perfect spot for our holiday with our baby daughter. Just a couple of minutes' walk from the centre of St Mawes, it's a beautiful cottage, with everything you could need for a lovely stay. Our bedroom was very comfortable; the kitchen is well-stocked; the living room is a lovely place to relax; and all the rooms in the house, plus the large front garden, overlook the beautiful bay. We had a fantastic stay, and we couldn't recommend it more.

Richard Dixon

We can imagine that this cottage would be great in the summer but we do not recommend it in the winter. It was very damp and musty smelling. It was cold when we arrived, the heaters were not working properly. The heating is electric plug in heaters in the bedrooms and night storage heaters in the living and dining room. They didn't give out enough heat in the day when we needed it. In the morning condensation dripped down the windows. The windows were very difficult to open in order to air the property out as the frames are damaged by the damp and in places, as outside of the living room, rotten. The bathroom was basic and cold and the power shower had a difficult time adjusting to the correct temperature. The living room would have also benefitted from stronger light bulbs or another lamp as it was quite dark. Again this was a winter rental so very different I am sure from a summer one. I would recommend it in the summer as the location and view are very nice but not in the winter. I thus think that the question below should also refer to the rental season as my answer only pertains to a WINTER rental


Beautiful cottage in stunning position. Some fittings a bit dated but owners are looking at this over the winter.

Gareth Povey

Very enjoyable stay at Rosslyn,St Mawes is a fantastic find on the Roseland Peninsula.Rosslyn is in a fantastic position with far reaching sea views and great pubs and places to eat.There are a few minor points to point out,the first is the car park machines,on arrival at 3.30pm for a weekly stay it costs 30 pounds the first machine only accepts coins,not sure if many people carry all these coins in their pockets,no provision for notes or card at the top machine,so on to the next and a que of irate people wanting to pay by card,not straight forward to say the least,I paid by card got my ticket and placed it in the car,on the Tuesday I went to get the car to go out for the day only to find that I had a parkin ticket and 60 pound fine,on closer inspection of the ticket it states at the very bottom payment declined.Be Very carful.The bathroom was a little tired but ok,the back garden was very long but no where to relax,no sunloungers or seats,having stayed next door last year there was lots of loungers and deck chairs.there is however a table and chairs in the front garden.Overall very pleasant stay.

Kathy Page

What a wonderful 6 nights in Rosslyn Cottage at the end of March we had! A fantastic location with everything provided that we could need for our stay. Plenty of space for four people to relax after the exertions of whichever walk we took. These literally started from the door. The car stayed,safely, in the public car park only a few minutes walk from Rosslyn Cottage the whole time we were there. Be aware that you will be walking up a fairly steep hill to get from St Mawes Harbour to the cottage but oh my it is worth it. The views are just stunning! We cooked in the very well equipped kitchen on 3 evenings and out in the local pub the other 3 evenings (never further than the Victory Inn as there was so much choice and the food was delicious). The WiFi was speedy, the shower hot and the cottage very clean. Overall We thought it was a lovely cottage, very homely, in a perfect location and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The locals very friendly and no downside other than having to leave! Thoroughly recommend Rosslyn Cottage.

Sarah De Mornay De Mornay

Rosslyn cottage was set back on a hill with all front windows providing a view of the sea. A stunning g location set in St Mawes which is a beautiful little harbour with a small beach. The restaurants, hotels and shops all provided very friendly hospitable people. A perfect place to stay, we had a fabulous time with lots of great walks in the area.

Kersten Rice

Lovely cottage with great views. Ideal for a family holiday to get away from busy everyday life with plenty to do and see in the local area. The cottage is well appointed but slightly let down by the general cleanliness and the dated bathroom which is downstairs.


A wonderful, cosy, cottage, in an ideal location in St Mawes. It was very well-equipped and comfortable, and we were sent a fabulous guide to the Roseland Peninsula which enabled us to discover some lovely walks and restaurants. The cottage's steep stairs and lack of parking could be an issue for the very young or old, but those are the only two potential drawbacks. A very happy and successful stay...


We had a most enjoyable, relaxing stay and the cottage felt very much home from home. It was very well and thoughtfully equipped. Cornwalls cottages provided lots of useful information about the area and the owners also left a file of great information too. A charming homely cottage in a lovely place.


On the whole we had a lovely holiday in a beautiful location. The cottage was comfortable and well appointed very much a home from home! We only had a few very minor issues which prevented me from classing each category as excellent. The cottage was clean but not spotless particular attention to the bathroom especially around the floor and skirting boards which had a layer of dust on arrival,although not a major issue. The television was particularly small in the lounge and whilst I agree that a very large screen would be wrong and out of place in such a character cottage one larger than the existing one would be more appropriate . We struggled to work the heating system in the cottage and particularly the heated towel rail in the bathroom and the storage heater in the lounge. Fortunately the electric wood burner kept us warm on the evenings when it was chilly! These are all very small issues that would not stop me from booking the cottage again.

John Cooper

Rosslyn Cottage was all we wanted from a holiday cottage, it is very quaint and has been newly decorated and carpeted throughout. The cottage has a lovely restful relaxing lounge with new comfy sofa and easy chairs and modern cushions and an electric log fire in the hearth. The beds, linen and quilts were new and the beds were so comfortable we did not want to get out of them some mornings. The cottage has a lot of space with kitchen and dining area combined and has all the utensils you could possibly want plus new dishwasher and washing machine. There are lovely views over the sea and boats from all the front windows at Rosslyn Cottage, which was great to wake up to. We spent a very happy time there it has a very large back garden and the front garden, with the sea view, has a large pine table and chairs and a barbecue provided. It takes no time at all to get down to the sea front from the cottage and parking is free if you park in the street outside the nearby primary school. We found this lovely cottage to provide all we wanted in the way of facilities TV, internet connection, telephone (pay phone) peace and quiet and views. In fact we wish we were still there as it is very much a home from home cottage and we hope one day that we can return as we loved St Mawes. The ease of driving out to other "busier "places in Cornwall from St Mawes was good but to return to Rosslyn Cottage at night for peace and quiet and tranquility was heaven. Loved it.

John Muirhead

Cottage clean but in desparate need of redecoration. Cottage is situated in very narrow lane with parking 400 yards away down a very steep hill. Furniture generally poor but does have a nice diningroom. Would not recommend this cottage to families or older visitors.


St Mawes is a great destination for a family holiday. The Location of the cottage is very central, which is a huge plus. The size of the cottage was just right for a family of five, with one young one, as the third room is very small. However the cottage could do with some TLC, particularly for the price. Small niggles like no DVD handset and slight damp smell downstairs did not affect our holiday which was great. Probably 3/5.

Michael Freeman

A very nice cottage, very well-equipped and comfortable, with lovely views from some of the rooms. It was a little chilly on arrival because no heating had been left on, and as the heating is by storage radiators there was no heat until the day after we switched them on. The sitting room was particularly cold, and the fan-heater provided was too noisy for us to hear the television. Once we switched the heating on overnight, everything was fine from the next day on. This was our only complaint, and may have arisen because the weather had been so changeable before our arrival. The agent was particularly helpful in ringing us to warn us of the many steps and steep streets we needed to negotiate to get to the cottage. We had a very enjoyable week there.


Overall the cottage was very comfortable. But we were disappointed on first arriving to see that the area around the front door and front windows was dirty and the white outside chairs needed a good scrub. As we are in our 80's but in good shape the walk up from the harbour was somewhat challenging. We did not have a car so had to walk our luggage up to the cottage. Maybe the location could be more specific when people are inquiring about renting the cottage. When we arrived the place was very cold. It would have been a nice welcome if somebody had come in prior to our arrival and put the heat on. We had to figure out how to get the hot water tank working and to connect to the internet. Paula did call on us after we had settled in and gave us good advice on where to eat and shop. That was appreciated.


Stunning cottage and front garden. A bit dark inside and the some of the furniture and fittings were a bit cheap and tired. The small bedroom is really really small, and actually only really suitable for a child. The double bedroom is also definitely not the master bedroom. The bedroom with the best furniture and view is the one with twin beds.


The cottage is old and full of character. The kitchen/dining arrangement was excellent. The property is supplied with plenty of pots, pans and crocks making it easy to prepare and eat meals before loading the dishwasher. The outside was kept very tidy with well tended gardens front and rear although we only sat out at the front. The inside is decorated to a high standard and has uncovered floors in many rooms, in character with the property's age. The beds were comfortable and the linen to a high standard. We had planned for a relative to stay with us while we were there but she was unable to come in the end. I'm not sure how she would have coped with the single bed in the small bedroom as it's a "cabin" bed with storage underneath, but would be fine for a younger or agile person. The village itself was also full of character and characters. We used the car on one day but otherwise walked everywhere and used the ferry to Falmouth for one day as well. Parking was fine for the first couple of days until I moved the car from the road outside the school when we went to Truro for the day. After that, it was making use of the public car park in the village. My only beef with that is that the "24 hour" ticket lasts until 8am the next day (even if you buy it at 4pm in the afternoon). Consequently, you would have to be down at the car at 8am to put another ticket on. If the ticket actually did last 24 hours from when you bought it, or expired at even 9am, it would have been more conducive to a chilled holiday. We used the shops and pubs in the local village and found that we could get everything we wanted, and much more besides. We will definitely plan to visit St Mawes again and will book Rosslyn if available.


Rosslyn Cottage is a lovely house in a great location, right in St. Mawes village. We really enjoyed our stay here and had everything we needed in the house, including very good wifi (phone reception is minimal). The house is in great condition, with a fine kitchen, spacious living room and large dining table. Lovely views from the front garden where we had breakfast almost every day, the house is only minutes from shops, pubs, restaurants and the ferry. It's not cheap but we felt it was well worth the price - pity there is no toilet upstairs but can't have everything!


We spent a very pleasant week here over a blustery new year. Despite the weather we greatly enjoyed touring the local beaches and pubs, and managed to stay warm and dry in Rosslyn Cottage, which looks like an old fashioned fisherman's cottage but is modernised enough to be warm and comfortable. The only problem we had was manoeuvring our car up the street to unload and on the way back decided to take the bags one by one down to the carpark at the bottom of the hill. The Victory pub was our favourite, especially fish and chip night on Fridays.

Karen Murray

We had a fab week in St Mawes, Rosslyn cottage was an absolute gem, a real home from home with fantastic views. We will defiantly return and recommend to friends.


Short walk from main quay where you have a butcher, co-op, fish and chip shop, coffee shop etc. Lovely house with a sun trap front garden. Big sloping back garden. Good size cottage for a family with 2 or 3 young children. Would book again.


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