As international holiday costs continue to skyrocket, more Brits than ever before are planning to holiday at home. And in the age of the ‘staycation’, it’s hardly surprising that one particular county is attracting the most attention of all: The county of Cornwall. [Source]
Away from the busy beaches of Newquay packed promenades of Penzance can be found a world of hidden treasures that often escape the tourist crowds. One prime example being St. Mawes – a truly gorgeous little fishing village at the heart of the Roseland Peninsula, which was recently dubbed ‘The New St. Tropez’ by the Daily Mail newspaper.
Rest assured, just a day into your trip to this magical corner of the country, you’ll know exactly why.
Warm and Welcoming
One of the biggest charms of all with St. Mawes is the way in which the whole place feels so warm and welcoming. While much of Cornwall and its resorts have clearly been built from the ground up with tourists in mind, St. Mawes holds onto its quiet, restful and old-fashioned ambience. It’s ideally suited to those looking to get away from the crowds and noise usually associated with mainstream tourist hotspots. But at the same time, it has more than enough on offer to satisfy adults and kids of all ages for short breaks and extended stays alike.
Boasting a perfectly prime location, St. Mawes has two gorgeous little beaches situated to its left and right, which even in peak season don’t get nearly as congested as those of neighbouring villages. In addition, its position on the southern coast of the county puts it in prime position to benefit from Gulf Stream currents, making St. Mawes a comparatively mild place throughout the year. The winters can be rather on the cool side, but from mid-spring until autumn is well and truly underway, it almost has a climate more reminiscent of the Mediterranean.
As a popular summer holiday destination, St. Mawes is bursting at the seams with high-quality accommodation options. However, there are none that truly encapsulate the real Cornish holiday experience quite like your own luxurious holiday cottage. Along with all the comforts of home and privileged locations across the village, St. Mawes holiday cottages also represent outstanding value for money. We talked with Andrew from www.portscathoholidays.co.uk who gave us a great example:
“For example, our stunning Castle Cottage boasts a prime plot with stunning water views, right at the heart of this wonderful village. A fabulous four-star property with ample room for four guests, modern conveniences combine with classic simplicity to deliver the total package of comfort and enjoyment. Also boasting beautiful water views and an outstanding location, Charlie’s Cottage is pet friendly, sleeps up to 6, has its own outdoor living spaces and a roaring open fire. On a per-person basis, this gorgeous Cornish property offers truly unrivalled value for money.”
Perhaps the most iconic of all local attraction is St. Mawes castle, which sits imposingly right on the seafront. Built in the 16th century to protect the south coast from invaders, the castle is now watched over by The National Trust and is open to visitors throughout the year. Needless to say, the views over the village and across to Falmouth are nothing short of spectacular. Coastal strolls in general are simply incredible in St. Mawes, as are the famed Lamorran Gardens, Trebah Gardens, Glendurgan Garden and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Unsurprisingly, the sea plays a highly important role in most of the things that go off in St. Mawes. Its location on the Fal Estuary means there’s plenty of nautical activities on the go throughout the year – everything from kayaking to yachting. The Roseland Peninsula as a whole is extremely popular among sunseekers, not to mention those looking to catch some of the best waves in the country.
Along with fun and games for the whole family, the seaside location of St. Mawes also means truly outstanding restaurants and local cuisine. Seafood is of course a way of life in St. Mawes, with many of the best eateries also boasting unbroken views of the bay beyond. From simple snacks to the finest of fine dining, you’ll never be more than a stone’s throw from something truly incredible in St. Mawes.
A Year-Round Treasure
While most will always focus on the summer, there’s so much enjoyment to be had from St. Mawes the whole year-round. Both springtime and autumn in particular are nothing short or breathtaking, where the weather remains mild and the streets so much quieter. And of course, there’s really nothing like a Cornish Christmas when it comes to the most captivating festive season you’re ever likely to experience!