St Mawes, Cornwall

St Mawes, Cornwall

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The Buying Agent Insider Guide


What was once a quaint, quiet Cornish fishing village retains much of its historic charm but it is no longer a backwater…indeed St Mawes can justifiably lay claim to being one of the most popular property hotspots in Cornwall. Yes, many of the super properties in the village are second homes or holiday rentals (sometimes both) but many folk are now choosing to make this charming village their home.

A tight knit spot at the end of the sprawling Roseland peninsular, St Mawes’ appeal is easy to see. Historic, characterful, large properties jostle with pretty cottages in its pretty streets, all circling a beautiful Cornish fishing harbour, which still sees the occasional trawler leave its quayside but more often than not these days it will be cruisers and pleasure craft on the water, as well as the ferries plying their trade in and around the Carrick Roads waterways.


What a property buying agent can purchase

£1m buys: A five-bedroom detached house on the outskirts of the village.

£2m buys: A four-bedroom terraced house with direct access to the water.

£3m buys: A five-bedroom detached house with foreshore and mooring, with extensive views and private, mature garden.


Best hotels in St Mawes

The Idle Rocks Hotel ( is just about front and centre in the village, sitting as it does on the quayside with fabulous views of the harbour and over the water to Falmouth in the distance. Hotel Tresanton ( is simply wonderful – beautiful rooms, outstanding food and discreet yet efficient service. The Rising Sun ( is close to the centre of the village and offers luxury rooms and a fabulously varied pub menu.


Best restaurants in St Mawes

It’s hard to go beyond our hotel choices for dining out options in St Mawes, offering as they do, superb menus to go alongside their accommodation. However, other options might include The Watch House ( a bright, contemporary restaurant with harbourside views, or The Victory Inn ( a pub offering classics and seasonal delights.


Best schools in St Mawes

Truro High School ( is a mainstream independent school for girls aged 11 to 19 with a linked junior school. Truro School ( is a co-educational school for pupils aged 11 to 18 with a linked prep school.



Buying Agents St Mawes Fact

St Mawes Castle, now run by English Heritage, is a part of a series of forts built by Henry VIII to guard against invasion by the French. It was brought back into use in the Second World War when it was used by an anti-aircraft battery.


How to get to St Mawes from central London

Train: 4 hours 40 mins from Truro to London Paddington. Truro station is a 40-minute drive from St Mawes

Car: 5 hours to central London via M5 and M4

Helicopter: 1 hour 45 minutes from Battersea Heliport






James Nightingall