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Glendurgan Reach


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Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth, Cornwall
Grade 4 Star rating
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Ideal for a couples romantic retreat, this holiday property couldn’t be in a better location. Many amenities and attractions within walking distance.

Set in lovely gardens and just a short stroll to the Helford Passage and creeks, this single-storey, wing of the owner’s home, will appeal to garden lovers, walkers and guests looking for a peaceful, tranquil setting. It neighbours two of the south west’s leading gardens, the National Trust Glendurgan Gardens which is listed in the top 5 for the whole of the south west, and also lies just a few yards from the sub tropical gardens of Trebah and the banks of the Helford River. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has much to offer whatever the season. The Helford River, famous for Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ’Frenchmans Creek’, is a quiet unspoilt haven. The small waterfront hamlet of Durgan, owned by the National Trust, is like stepping back in time, where woodland meets the waters edge with a quiet small beach. Enjoy a meal and watch the marine activity nearby at the famous Ferry Boat Inn, a popular waterfront pub serving great food and local ales. A small ferry service takes passengers over to the village of Helford, with thatch cottages and a stream, a true Cornish post card setting. The small village of Mawnan Smith is within walking distance and offers a small square with a pub, tea rooms, restaurant and village store.

The lovely sandy beach at Maenporth is a great place to enjoy a cuppa at the cafe, or spend time swimming, snorkelling or walking the coastal path. There is also a restaurant with a renowned chef and stunning coastal views. Nearby is the busy port of Falmouth, with its prestigious marinas, sailing events and calendar of activities in Events Square under the watchful eye of the National Maritime Museum. Sea Shanty Week, Falmouth Week, The Oyster Festival, markets, carnivals and much more to delight everyone. Take one of the local ferry services over to St Mawes, Flushing or an evening pleasure cruise down the Helford River. Take the popular sea safari to watch marine wildlife including dolphins, basking sharks, seals and much more. Philleigh Way Cookery School offers Cornish cookery classes.

Pendennis Castle sits proudly on the headland opposite its sister castle at St Mawes. Both castles were built by Henry VI to protect the important Fal Estuary and Carrick Roads. They are run by English Heritage and host a number of events throughout the year including battle re-enactments and jousting. The area is popular for sailing, watersports, walking, golf at Budock Vean, and cycling with many trails and bike hire available locally. Miles of stunning coastal paths will lead you to quiet coves and unspoilt beaches. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
Living/dining room: With wood burner, 40" Sky TV (basic package), DVD player, French doors leading to patio, and French doors with step down to...
Conservatory: With slate floor.
Kitchen: With electric oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
Bedroom: With kingsize bed, French door leading to patio, and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Gas central heating (electric radiator in bedroom, underfloor heating in en-suite), electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Patio with garden furniture. Large enclosed garden (shared with owner). Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a locked, covered well on the patio.

Show amenities 


  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/08/2018
    The owners are very kind and helpful people. They live next door and can easily be reached if necessary. The location is excellent because you can both walk to Glendurgan Garden and Trebah Gardens, which are both worth visiting. You can also walk to the beach in about 20 minutes and Mawnan Smith and Helford Passage (where you can go to pubs and find a shop) are both in walking distance, too. There are plenty of footpaths, but at first they are a bit difficult to find. The cottage has just been renovated 3 years ago and really good materials were used. The kitchen contains everything one can possibly wish for in a holiday home, the bed is really comfortable and the living room and the winter garden are nicely fitted up. In addition to the TV set there is a DVD player with a nice selection of films available. The only drawback is that the sofas in the living room are very soft.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/06/2018
    Like general McArthur said: We shall return! We almost Didn't reply to to this reveiw site as we wanted to keep Glendurgans Reach our secret. We loved it. The owners of the property live on site and could not be more welcoming and helpful. First class.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    An ideal holiday cottage for two people in the wing of a larger house and sharing the garden views. For National Trust members you have very easy access to Glendurgan Garden of great botanic interest as well as providing a relaxing place to walk when open. This cottage enjoys a quiet, peaceful location, and we can not recommend it highly enough to anyone seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern daily life.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2018
    We had a lovely two weeks at this excellent property with friendly helpful hosts. Plenty to do in the area. We have had many cottage holidays over the years and this is the best we have had.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    this cottage is superb, the owners really nice, always willing to help, the garden was beautiful in may when we were there. the conservatory a delight in even the worst. a perfect haven of peace and tranquillity in our over stressed world. am already checking calendar for our next visit. thank you very much Tim and Alison for allowing us to share your little piece of heaven.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2017
    Lovely cottage and lovely owners. Everything has been well thought out for the visitors comfort.

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9.8 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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