Many Cornwall purists think of St Mawes as the ne plus ultra village in a county that is stuffed with pretty seaside spots. The writer, Adam Edwards, has described lovely unspoilt St Mawes as '...St Ives without the charabancs, Padstow without Rick Stein, Rock without the Hoorays.' The setting for popular 70s TV drama series, Poldark, it has two good beaches on either side of its harbour. There are plenty of options when it comes to St. Mawes accommodation, but some of the best places to stay in St. Mawes are very special indeed.
St. Mawes Castle is one of the most notable local landmarks. Built during the reign of Henry VII as a defence against a potential French invasion which never came, it includes three circular bastions in a clover leaf shape with gun ports covering every possible angle of approach, and is considered a fine example of Tudor military architecture. During the Second World War American troops camped along the Fal in readiness for D-Day and were visited by Eisenhower.
As well as enjoying the postcard-perfect scenery, the best places to stay in St. Mawes offer a range of fairly relaxed ways to pass your visit. Take a boat trip on the regular harbour ferry across to Falmouth, or across the Percuil River to Anthony's Head. Or you could stroll the beautiful (but here relatively gentle) coastal path to Portscatho and beyond towards Dodman Point. Or go the other way through the meadows and along the river Fal to St Just in Roseland, a glorious 14th Century church at the water’s edge, surrounded by palm trees.
St Mawes (South Cornwall)
Luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation in St Mawes, a stone's throw from the beach. Three gorgeous bedrooms with a nautical feel and a cosy lounge area with fireplace. Plus an inviting flower filled garden for sitting out. You can even book a day's sailing with the owner!
St Mawes, Cornwall
Seaside boutique hotel, attracting the younger crowd, with a perfect position right on the harbour wall in St Mawes. Up to the moment design and wonderful restaurant with the freshest fishy ingredients.
Near Portscatho, Cornwall
Sitting in privates acres, this chic and intimate hotel overlooks stunning Gerrans Bay. Light, marine inspired rooms are the perfect example of comfort meets plush. A Michelin Star at the restaurant makes dining a spoiling yet casual affair, matched by a fine wine list. A dream Cornish location.
St Mawes, Cornwall
Stylish, laid back coastal hotel resting over St Mawes with views of the great blue. Marine inspired rooms are cosy, comfortable and plush. Seafood and local produce make up the innovative menu. Ideal for a romantic weekend, a family getaway and adventure enthusiasts with sailing, walks and more.