LLG Travels: Dreamcatchers. A Self-Catering Rental House in St Mawes, Cornwall

by Sasha Wilkins on August 16, 2012 · 16 comments

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

When you get a call from a travel PR friend saying that she’s just met someone with a last minute cancellation in their four bedroom, newly renovated, looks-like-an-interiors-mag property with incredible sea views in Cornwall, and would you be interested in checking it out rather than it just standing empty, what would you say?

HELL YEAH?

Yup, that’s exactly what I said.

Because I was booked to go to France a week ago on Monday to stay with M to prepare for her father’s memorial service, I only had three days free, but, as I said before, I thought sod it, booked myself in on the sleeper on Thursday night, and headed off to three fabulous days in St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. (That’s the joy of the sleeper – It meant that I had three full days there, with no hideous five hour car journey on tiny roads from London.) My friends Hannah & Mark came overnight on Friday to join me and I picked them up from Truro first thing on Saturday morning in my little rental car.

And this is the view that greeted me as I sprinted through the house on arrival and flung open the terrace doors. I LONG to throw a dinner party on that upper terrace.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

The house couldn’t be more spectacularly situated, in the centre of St Mawes, a short walk from all the important places: the harbour, fish and chip shop, the Hotel Tresanton for ice cream, St Mawes Castle, the pub…and a short ferry ride from the beautiful St Anthony’s Headland opposite.

But it took quite an effort to leave because this is truly a wonderful house for just lolling, eating, chatting, writing, thinking and just being.

The house is built on the slope down to the harbour, with the living area and balcony on the first floor to make the most of the view over the sea. The front door is at the back of the house on the first floor so opens straight into the open plan living area, which comprises the sitting area, dining table and kitchen. There’s also a second sitting room, with a giant TV, multi-media centre and a Wii, along with a wetroom cloakroom and a playroom/study. It’s the perfect house for eight people, because there is so much space, both indoor and outdoor.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

The. oh the absolute JOY of the kitchen

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

It’s as well stocked as any private kitchen, with absolutely everything a cook could possibly need, plus everything for entertaining from Champagne flutes to a host of serving dishes. There’s an integrated espresso machine, two huge fridges & freezers, two ovens, a dishwasher…AND sharp knives, which is a miracle for a self-catering property.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

I took this photo of the living room part of the open plan floor from the wrong angle. Trust me: it feels much bigger than this. (Those sofas are illegally comfortable. It was quite an effort to leave the Olympics on the telly for our supper at Hotel Tresanton on the Saturday night. Thank goodness for 930pm reservations.)

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

But it’s the views that really sell this house. All the rooms which face the sea have fold back windows, including the bedrooms so you can have complete access to all that light and air.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

All the side windows have been specially angled to make sure there is a sea view from where ever you sit. This is the view from the second sitting room.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

This was my bedroom, the second master room, with more of those wonderful fold back doors. Being able to see the sea from bed is a luxury I’d like more of.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

Both master bedrooms, of course, have their own roll top baths.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

When I woke up on Saturday morning, I flung open my bedroom windows so I could breathe in the sea air:

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

This is the first master bedroom, which I selflessly gave to Hannah & Mark.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

The second terrace – yes there are two, runs the length of the house giving three of the four bedrooms access straight to the garden.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

Next time I am taking a petanque set. That lawn is perfect for games.

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

And on my last evening, there was a rainbow over St Mawes. Really, could it have been any better?

Dreamcatchers self catering house St Mawes Cornwall

I had to be extracted from the house by force on Sunday night. Never had a train journey been less appealing. Still, I made it on time, got back home in London by midnight, unpacked, stuck a load on, re-packed, and was on a train to Poitiers via Paris by 7am the next morning.

www.stmawesretreats.co.uk

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Georgina August 17, 2012 at 04:48

Looks amazing! Do they allow doggies, do you know? x

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Anna August 17, 2012 at 06:37

that’s it! St Mawes is on my list next year, this is AMAZING. I want to go, I want to go now! Thank you for posting this, I have taken a vow to get to know more of the UK as I don’t really know what’s on my doorstep so this is perfect!

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Linda Tsai August 17, 2012 at 07:00

Simply stunning! I love all your articles, especially for this piece talking about one of the adorable Cornwall islands, in which I stayed for a few days just week ago and found out that’s probably my ideal place to retire after a few decades.

L

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Catherine August 17, 2012 at 08:13

Looks sublime. I can see why you didn’t want to leave. Would love to know where they got the leather sofas and footstools.

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anne hartigan August 17, 2012 at 20:09

Love your blogs and your mother’s blogs — which I have been missing. She started writing again July 25th and I tried to comment – but I noticed on that blog it shows as no comments – so I’m wondering if they are just not getting through – or do I have to have a website? Please respond – on either blog or e-mail if a problem. I do so enjoy both of your writings.

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atthtetable August 18, 2012 at 17:13

My husband and I are visiting Cornwall next month- we’re from the U.S.- so your tales of travels there couldn’t have come at a better time for me. We had already rented a car from Jo at Black Bird when I read your glowing praise!

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Kate August 22, 2012 at 06:11

This place looks amazing – and I LIVE in Cornwall! St Mawes is one of my favourite places and I think you hit the weather just right.

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Stay In Britain September 3, 2012 at 04:33

I really love the place, the bed and the scene outside the beach!

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