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The Watch House

Location: St Mawes

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
The Watch House is an immaculately presented 3 bedroom luxury apartment set in the heart of the picturesque village of St Mawes with views of the Harbour and bay from every room. The apartment has been designed and refurbished in a contemporary style and includes a stunning lounge and dining area with open plan fully fitted kitchen. The living space has 2 large windows with uninterrupted views and is a wonderful place to relax and let the world pass you by!

The Watch House is superbly positioned overlooking St Mawes Harbour with its shops, pubs and hotels. You could literally throw a stone onto the beach from the apartment! From the harbour in St Mawes, you can take ferries to Falmouth, Truro, Place Manor and many other parts of the estuary. The harbour itself is a great place to watch the world. Take in a coffee, read the newspaper, watch the ferries come and go, take a stroll to the St Mawes Castle, have a cream tea at the famous Tresanton Hotel!

The Watch House apartment is set over two floors of this prominent historic building with the entrance hall and utility room on the first floor and the living areas on the second floor. The apartment is very well equipped has all the facilities one would expect in a luxury property. Superfast WiFi access and a large flat screen TV are included for you to use.

First Floor: Utility room and entrance hall.
Second Floor: Stairs up to the main corridor (please be careful of the low beams) leading to the bedrooms and living area. The main lounge has a large comfortable sofa and a huge adult bean bag. There is a glass dining table and an open plan fully equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces. Views from both windows. The main double bedroom has a king sized bed with chests of drawers and wardrobe with further views across the harbour. The single bedroom is ideal for an adult or 2 children as there is a further pull out single bed. There are views across the bay. The smaller double bedroom is really light with views across the bay and to the rear over the village square and the Rising Sun. There is a family bathroom with electric over bath shower & WC, separate shower room and separate WC.

Facilities & Services
The kitchen has an electric oven and hob, slimline dishwasher, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and granite worktops. CD player and large flat screen TV with DVD player. Superfast WiFi internet access throughout the apartment. The utility room has a washing machine and tumble dryer, small freezer and hanging space. The apartment has electrical central heating.

Electricity, heating & bed linen are included, but please bring your own towels. The apartment is in the middle of St Mawes and there are a number of shops and places to eat nearby. The Co-op local supermarket is 150 yards away. The Rising Sun with its fabulous terrace is across the road. There are 2 other pubs in the village plus the Idle Rocks and Tresanton Hotels with their fine restaurants. Regrettably this property does not accept pets.

General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is on a Saturday.
A security deposit of £200 pre-authorised to your debit or credit card is required.
Short breaks are available at certain times of the year.
Discounts available for couples staying for 7 nights outside the peak season, using one room only.
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


Watch House is a great flat for a holiday in St Mawes with wonderful views and right in the heart of the village. Parking was easy in the town car park just behind the flat, where you can buy a week ticket at £35 and come and go. The flat was very comfy and well stocked. It would have been nice to have towels provided (although it was highlighted in advance) - they take up a lot of space in a car and it made us feel a bit youth hostel! The flat is warm so it is good to open the windows early to keep a through draft.


Beautiful apartment in a fantastic location. We loved falling asleep listening to the waves lapping against the harbour walls each night, and made the most of the fantastic views from every window during the day. We were blessed with great weather so were able to get to the beach most days and even swam in the sea despite it being October ! Even though the apartment is above a restaurant we never heard a single noise or experienced any cooking smells. The apartment is well presented and has every amenity you could want. We had our 3 teenage boys with us and they were thrilled to find body boards, fishing lines and crab nets were available to use too ! All in all a great holiday. Thanks Cornwalls Cottages

Michael Lamprell

Great position and location beautiful views main bedroom comfortable bed comfortable place to stay Downsides front door lock can jam needs a modern flat screen tv bathroom needs a refurb Generally had a very pleasant stay and if the above were remind would be excellent

Elizabeth Williams

We really enjoyed our stay at The Watch House. It was very comfortable and in a perfect location. We particularly loved the beautiful views from nearly every window in the whole apartment, the main living area and being able to go straight out to the sea. It felt like we were in the heart of things and we didn't have to use our car for the whole week. The Watch House is a very nice place to stay. The bedrooms are a decent size and the shower is excellent. Just a couple of small points: The apartment is above a restaurant (absolutely excellent by the way) and a fish and chip takeaway (also excellent) so there is noise from the takeaway ventilation and customers at certain points of the day, and there is the smell of frying every day at lunchtime and in the evening. This didn't particularly bother us. We would have been grateful for a few more basic supplies: bin bags, kitchen roll and washing up liquid would be good to have in stock for all guests. But again, this is a small point. (Also, could you remove the decorative sea scene fish tank in the kitchen area and put it somewhere else? It is a fun feature but it was irritating not to have more preparation space in the kitchen!)

Nicholas Williamson

We have stayed in the watch house 3 times over the last 8 years. We like it because of its central location and beautiful views across the harbour. We stayed there this time for the first time in 5 years. We were suprised to find that it was exactly the same in every way, no new furniture or updates to the flats decor. My parents stayed in the 1st bedroom as you go up the stairs they said that the mattress was the hardest thing they had ever slept on and was very uncomfortable, neither of them slept very well the whole week due to this. Overall we use the watch house due to its location and views.

Jonathon Holdsworth

We were a family of 5 and it was our first visit to St Mawes. The accommodation at the Watch House (top floor) was perfect for us. Great views of the bay, ideal position in town, nothing is more than a stone's throw away. The facilities in The Watch House were all we needed. Great to have a utility to store beach things and also wash&dry clothes. The town itself is charming, good food and drink options and plenty to do around and about, will certainly visit again.

Charlotte Anayi

The watch house is in the best location right in the centre of the village with the most amazing views.

Paul Edwards

We adore St Mawes, and the Watch House is beautifully located providing stunning views of the harbour and beyond from every window. The accommodation suits us and the place is comfortable except ( as we have pointed out before) for the soft furniture in the living room, which is not easy to sit in comfortably. We prefer to use the window seats. This was our third visit to the Watch House and the first time we experienced a slight but significant lack of attention to detail. For instance, several light bulbs were blown. We had to replace the two for the light over the hob, which is there for a reason! Also there was a leak in the piping below the sink in the utility room, which was obviously known about as there was a small container placed to catch the water but which just kept overflowing if we didn't keep an eye on it. It's disappointing that these issues had not been addressed.

Susan Wilson

The Watch House is well situated in the heart of St Mawes over the Watch House restaurant and takeaway. There were no smells of frying fish from below and little noise. The accommodation suited us perfectly - my 86 year old father, my brother and I. My father loved sitting at the windows and watching the ferries and the world go by. The one slight draw back is that there is nowhere to sit outside but there is always the Rising Sun or the many benches nearby.

Anthony Bell

The Watch House apartment was fantastic, with everything and much more than you could wish for in a self catering apartment. It is a loft conversion that has been done to the highest standard, and was absolutely spotless on our arrival. There are low angled beams in the corridor to the stairs, but I am 6ft 1 in and it wasn`t a problem. I had read reviews before I booked, and some complained of the noise from the restaurant below. This was an issue for me, as I suffer from sleeping issues and am a VERY light sleeper. The noise from below was barely noticeable, and it did not effect me at all. A beautiful apartment with stunning views over the bay. If I were to be hyper critical, then I would suggest an upgrade of the TV and free view system, there are not as many channels as on my own free view, and with the bad weather that we experienced, a few more channels would have been great. Also a window cleaner would not go amiss, but as I said, that is being hyper critical, the apartment is fantastic, with lots of room. If it wasn`t for the horrendous 400 + miles drive, I wouldn`t hesitate to book it again. Many thanks to all involved in this wonderful place

Sarah Beats

Another wonderful stay at the Watch House. Just a stones throw from the beach which is perfect with the two young children. Lovely views onto the harbour and lovely modern apartment with everything you need. Can be a little noisy in the mornings due to being in the centre of the village but this didn't bother us and you expect that with the location. Only downside is the window in second bedroom still hasn't been fixed (broken when we went last year) and with the brilliant weather would have been useful to open to get some extra air in. We had a wonderful week and would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting St Mawes. Beautiful locatio and the house keeper, Katrina, was very friendly and helpful.

Paul Edwards

We chose a great time for our trip, off-peak but all shops cafes pubs and restaurants open. On the whole the weather was bright and sunny and we had the good fortune to experience a spectacular storm. The Watch House is a lovey, comfortable place to stay and is in the most perfect position to enjoy all that St Mawes has to offer.

David Frost

A repeat visit to the Watch House and just as good as we remembered. St Mawes is a great location if you want a quieter break and a great base for touring Cornwall.


There is a premium price attached to this property given its location but unfortunately the other factors one might expect with a premium property are lacking. We were disappointed to find, within minutes of arrival, that the main bathroom toilet had a leak. We were eventually able to speak to the caretaker who reassured us this was a known problem, the water leaking was clean and that the owners were trying to find a plumber. It was disappointing that we weren't made aware of this before/on arrival and secondly that despite being a known problem we heard nothing more over the week. There was a serious lack of hot water for a family of 5. None on our arrival and after each shower it would need a manual boost. There is a window that cannot be opened with only a post-it note attached to remind the user not to use. Needs maintenance. If this were brought up to standard then would happily recommend.

Lyn Marsden

The Watch House was very clean and a great location for the harbour. The local area was great for healthy food and water sports activities. Wifi went down but was quickly reinstated.


We had a wonderful stay in The Watch House. The facilities are all in excellent condition with good size bedrooms and fantastic living space with amazing view over the harbour. I would defiantly recommend this flat if you would like to be in the centre of St Mawes.

Sarah Beats

The Watch House was a lovely apartment with everything you need on a holiday in St Mawes including fabulous views of the harbour and a stones throw from the beach. It was a little noisy being above the restaurant and being in centre of village at times. Cost of parking on top and food meant it ended up quite pricey and it is a shame they have no outside space. We had a fantastic holiday and it suited the whole family, Grandparents, parents and two young children. Would consider booking again for next year.

Bill Siegertsz

We had a fab time, the apartment was lovely, great views, very clean, lovely little village, would definately go back! Fabulous fish and chips at restaurant below, co op very near as is ferry.


Stayed here before and always enjoyed it . Good number of places to go and the weather is nearly always good. The boat trips are great and the ferry to Falmouth is good value, coupled with lunch at the chain locker on Falmouth harbour.


All in all a great week however the noise from the restaurant below and their extractor fan was unacceptable and would prevent us from returning again.


We had a great time but there are two things that need/ed attention. 1.On our arrival we found that there was no soap at all in the property. After a 9 hour journey we needed at least to be able to wash our hands Even the Coop had no soap to buy on that day. 2. There was a problem with flies in the bathroom. There was no fly spray available to buy in St Mawes. We resorted to using the vacuum cleaner to suck up at least 10 flies every day. The housekeeper was away for our first week so she was not able to get some spray for us from elswhere. There was no contingency for her being absent. If we had a fly problem as bad as we experience in The Watch House we would call in pest control! Thanks again and best regards.

David Rankin

Had a wonderful stay at the Watch House, great location and the fish and chips from next door are to die for. The flat itself is very tastefully decorated, the photos do not do it justice.


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