The Watch House - sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Lovely week in St Mawes!
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!)
Beautiful views from a spacious flat
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.
Thank you so much for taking the trouble to provide feedback. That's very much appreciated - especially from guests who've stayed with us so many times! And we're delighted you came back again to enjoy the really spectacular views. As you say, it's a glorious location! The apartment is actually redecorated on average every two years - although we do retain the neutral colour palette each time. The Axminster carpet in the living room has also recently been replaced. We haven't felt the need to replace furniture as it's pristine and always treated so considerately by all of the guests. And of course, it's only really used for a few months during the summer. Ironically the mattress you mention is also a replacement - following feedback from other guests that the previous one was too soft. Individual preferences for level of support are quite personal I suppose and naturally dependant upon individual circumstances. But we hope the firmness of support didn't detract from the enjoyment of their stay too much. Thanks again and we really hope you stay with us again soon. Best wishes Lynn & Steve
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.
The watch house is in the best location right in the centre of the village with the most amazing views.
Sarah and Paul's review
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.
Hello Paul, We're delighted you enjoyed your stay in St Mawes - and of course very pleased you chose to stay with us at the Watch House for a third time! We're always grateful for your comments and feedback - that's very much appreciated. Both of the items you mentioned were attended to promptly: the drip under the sink in the utility room (from a weeping stop valve for the washing machine) has been replaced; and the light bulbs you mentioned also changed. Our apologies for these small oversights. We're also glad you enjoyed the window seats - the views across the harbour really are fantastic aren't they! Hope you stay again soon Best wishes Stephen
Heart of St Mawes
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.
St Mawes is one of the finest waterside villages in Cornwall. Situated overlooking an idyllic bay on the eastern side of the famous Falmouth Estuary, St Mawes has one of the mildest climates in Britain due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream. The sea is at the heart of the village and has helped to shape St Mawes from the little fishing village to the fashionable holiday destination that is so popular with visitors. A mecca for boating enthusiasts, St Mawes is a particularly popular sailing centre. Weekly club racing, village regattas and larger events are commonplace on the superb waters of the bay all through the summer.
St Mawes has so much to offer the visitor. St Mawes Castle was built by Henry VIII and is a splendid place to take in the views of the Carrick Roads. There are miles of coastal and countryside walks to take in and some idyllic beaches on which to relax and watch the world go by. The little Place Ferry takes visitors to explore St Anthony's Head or there are regular ferries to Falmouth. Being situated on the seafront, the village is also known for the restaurants and pubs that serve superb fish and shellfish dishes all year round.