If you’re looking for a Cornish holiday without the fuss and bustle of Rock and Padstow then how about charming Mevagissey? A small, unspoilt fishing village on the southern coast of Cornwall, 5 miles from St Austell and the Eden Project. Mevagissey’s attractive houses are perched on the sides of the hills surrounding the two harbours, and there’s an oldy worldy atmosphere of narrow streets and quaint shops and cafes. Despite being a small village, the best places to stay in Mevagissey range from luxurious old country house charmers to smart clifftop B&Bs.
Built as a holiday house in the 1930s,Trevalsa Court has a spectacular location on the cliff top above Mevagissey bay. It has been sympathetically restored and Designers Guild wallpapers now blend beautifully with arts and crafts details, making it one of the most stylish, as well as best places to stay in Mevagissey. Bedrooms are spacious, warm and comfortable; perfect for returning to after a scramble back up the path from the private cove at the foot of the cliff.
One of the most romantic sports in Mevagissey has to be Pebble House, a modern, adults-only guesthouse on the cliffs above town with amazing views and just six bedrooms.
Sitting between the village and St Austell, and surrounded by 40 acres of parkland, the Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate offers guests a choice of the light, spacious rooms in the hotel or the self-catering Woodland Homes, which makes it ideal for families. The spot feels very green and rural, but there are four lovely beaches within five miles, two of which are walkable.
Mevagissey is still a fishing village, and visiting fisher-folk may leap at the opportunity to join a mackerel or shark fishing trip. Boat building is another traditional local industry which continues on a small scale, but these days the tourism industry is just as important, and there are as many pleasure vessels in the harbour as working fishing boats.
Overlooking Mevagissey, the award-winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, are the largest garden restoration project in Europe. In the northern gardens are two and a half miles of footpaths, an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, a fine set of bee-boles, a wishing well and a superb collection of walled gardens.
Contemporary adults only guesthouse with views to die for on the cliffs above Mevagissey. Spacious rooms and suites with contemporary interiors and luxury fittings as standard. A relaxed, grown up spot for a romantic seaside break with a home from home vibe accompanied by top notch service.
St Austell, Cornwall
Traditional meets woodland contemporary at The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate. Large bedrooms are tastefully designed and the spa is top notch. If you prefer to self-cater they can offer 5 star Woodland Homes with all the hotel benefits.
Elegance and understated style make up this romantic Arts and Crafts coastal boutique - a home away from home. Standing on the cliffs, the sea breeze makes for a blowy Cornish escape. Comfortable rooms decked with paintings and log fires. Enjoy locally sourced food at the wood paneled restaurant.