The view over Falmouth harbour from the wide balcony that runs along the front of the cottage.
The sitting-room has doors out to the balcony.
The kitchen is fully fitted and very well-equipped.
The dining-area has doors out to the patio.
A path nearby leads right into the middle of town.
Comfortable sofas, a coal-effect gas fire and TV with Freesat...all perfect for family film nights.
Table lamps and cushions add to the comfort in the sitting-room.
A great view even on a winter's day!
The kitchen has a useful breakfast-bar.
The sitting-area just outside the kitchen/dining-room.
Looking down from the patio; the centre of town is a three minute walk away.
Bedroom 1 shares the wonderful sea views.
Bedroom 1 has a king-size (5') bed.
The view from Bedroom 1.
There is a separate dressing-area in Bedroom 1.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds.
The view from Bedroom 2.
Bedroom 3 has bunk-beds.
There is plenty of storage in all the bedrooms.
The Velux windows have blackout blinds.
The family bathroom.
There is a separate shower cubicle in the bathroom.
Looking down at the terrace from the parking-area.
Looking up at School Terrace from the road below.
Gyllyngvase beach is less than a mile away, patrolled by lifeguards from Easter to the end of September.
Swanpool beach.
Maenporth beach.
Gyllyngvase beach.

The Old School House


Falmouth / Sleeps 6 + cot

7 Nights from £500 - £1370

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Seaview Inn (150 yards)

Set back from the main drag up on the hill behind the town centre. Great panoramic views of the comings and goings in the marina and out across Falmouth estuary. Inside there's a cozy interior with open fire and a range of good beers.

Nearest beach

Gyllyngvase Beach (¾ mile)

Falmouth has many family-friendly beaches, Gyllyngvase being perhaps the most popular (and the most bizarrely named).

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe September 2015

Something for everyone

Gylly beach is a perfect base for a day out - you have a good-sized car park near by, you can walk into Falmouth if you get bored, there are tennis courts, bouncy castles, stand up paddleboard hire (fantastic fun!!), kayaks etc, as well as a kiosk selling ice creams and snacks, and the lovely Gylly Beach Café next door. You can be occupied from early morning to sundown without needing to go elsewhere.

Nearest walk

Trefusis Point, Flushing to Mylor Churchtown (¾ mile)

Running alongside the waters of the Carrick Roads, this short walk from the village of Flushing to the yacht harbour and waterside church at Mylor Churchtown has wonderful views.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Phelps September 2016

Lovely Walk (4 miles or 4.6 miles...)

This is a great way to spend the day; take 'Miranda' the little ferry, from the Prince of Wales Pier, to Flushing. The best route is around Trefusis Head, turn right along the road when you get off the ferry, this is 2.3 miles but mostly flat. There are two choices for eating in Mylor; we prefer the Cafe to the Wine Bar for lunch. Return by the same route or take the hilly option over the top of the hill 1.6 miles. Take the time to look around St Mylor Church and see the HMS Ganges Memorial. The flat route takes about 45 minutes but anticipate longer as you will stop frequently to look around and take photos. We have seen seals on the coastal route. The 'up and over' route although shorter is quite steep and if you have dodgy knees the last bit down into Flushing is a killer! The Seven Stars provides a warm welcome at Flushing if you have to wait for the return ferry or the Waterside Cafe, though opening hours seem a bit random. There is a small general store and there is sometimes coffee available at the methodist hall apparently. NB: If there has been prolonged heavy rain then leave this for another day as the fields can get very boggy but it drains pretty quickly and the paths are being improved all the time. I will award a 5th star when there are a few bench seats along the way!

Nearest town

Falmouth (¼ mile)

Historically one of Britain’s most vital ports, now home to the National Maritime Museum. Falmouth is a thriving resort (check out the flash yachts in the harbour), a rich centre for art, including one of the country’s best art schools, and a great collection of beaches.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Day March 2015

falmouth to st mawes

Would recommend the boat trip across to lovely St Mawes, pretty harbour town, great pub lunch in the Rising Sun conservatory....

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mitchell January 2015

Winter break

Falmouth is good to visit any time of year and we have been in all seasons. Our recent visit in January was excellent. We found plenty to do despite some very mixed weather. As oldies we went to Rick Stein of or a vintage lunch served on Tuesday's until March very busy and cheap. We also visited Pendennis Castle and the Maritime Museum for another oldies lunch (Wednesday's) which included admission to the museum. The view on the Fal is lovely and we visited Newquay and Perranporth which out of season have beautiful deserted beaches to walk on.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2013

Falmouth and surrounding area

Falmouth has something for everyone ~ great beaches, great boating, good choice of restaurants and great accommodation. Easy access to other villages and lots going on ~ one great high street with everything you can imagine. ~Would recommend Amanzi restaurant ~ great place to eat with a South African twist.
Try visiting Mylor Harbour just a couple of miles away, great for walking and eating too. Dogs are welcome at many places in the area which is a bonus......having just spent a few days there in February will be returning again in June.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Sharon July 2012

Something for Everyone

Falmouth really does have something for everyone. Having just spent a recent week of mixed weather we were never stuck for something to do, even if it was just wandering and enjoying the bustle of local life. Everyone working in the shops, cafes, restaurants and local attractions were friendly and clearly enjoyed their work, which in turn made us feel welcomed.

Trips to St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula via the chainlink ferry or by boat make for enjoyable days out.

We also enjoyed dinner and a concert at the Princess Pavillion, with its beautiful gardens that lead down to the seafront.

Hope to visit again soon.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Matthews July 2012

The National Maritime Museum is a superb informative way to spend best part of a wet day, as the number of families and school parties evidenced. As re-entry is free for a year after the initial entry fee we decided to browse the exhibitions for part of the morning, exited for lunch at nearby Rick Stein's Fish and Chip restaurant, which was delicious if a little expensive, then re-entered the Museum to finalize our tour. The Spring/Summer Search and Rescue exhibition was of particular interest as we support the RNLI.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2011

Best town in Cornwall

Falmouth is a very honest town, un-spoilt and un-commercialised, and as such I would rate it as one of the best towns in Cornwall. We have stayed here on holiday many times in various properties, and there is always plenty to do here, which is especially important with 3 young children in tow!

The maritime museum is definitely worth a visit if you are here, this is a high quality attraction which puts some of the other so-called landmark attractions in the county to shame (Land's End to name one). You could easily spend a whole week in the town itself without venturing further afield.

Avoid restaurants such as Stein's fish & chips, and venture into the heart of town for more authentic and better value food. Short ferry rides to St. Mawes and Flushing are great fun, you can even take a ferry to Truro on the high tides.

If beaches are your thing, then Gyllngvase beach is an un-spoilt beauty and is wonderful at any time of the year.

If you like pubs (and who doesn't) then go to the Chain Locker, this is one of my all-time favourite pubs and must surely be one of the best in the country. The quayside location, and the quite excellent beer, rate it very highly. The Boathouse at the top of the High Street at the entrance to the town is also excellent.

Also nearby

Trebah Garden (4 ¼ miles)

There's subtropical lushness around every corner at these stunning gardens on the banks of the Helford River. The views from the 18th Century house across the gardens to the river are not to be missed. Wend your way through camellia groves and chusan palms, woodlands and bamboo; meander alongside pools and streams, giant-leafed gunnera and hydrangeas, to emerge onto Trebah's private beach. Perfect for a swim and a picnic in summer. Not picnic weather? Head to the Planters Cafe (winner of the 2008 Cornwall Tourism Award for Popular Restaurant/Cafe of the Year) or have a browse in the gallery and plant shops. One of Cornwall's, if not England's, finest gardens.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs D September 2015

You won't be disappointed

What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs McCauley-Tinniswood July 2014

A mini paradise

This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Darvell July 2014

Nice family day out

We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Gibb June 2014

We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Haines May 2013

We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Chetwode December 2012

I love trebah

Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Bradford September 2012

Trebah Garden

A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.

The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.

Well worth a visit time and time again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Bowry June 2012

Gets better every time

We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Stewart May 2012

We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Trebah Garden

Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Wallwork August 2008

Suitable for young and old

I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Nicholas August 2008

A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs German August 2008

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008


Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!

Harbour Lights Traditional Fish and Chips (¼ mile)

This is a great place to enjoy traditional fish and chips and you can either eat in and enjoy the stunning views across the harbour or take away. This restaurant has a handful of awards for its food and environmental awareness.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Schmidt October 2013

The best Fish 'n Chips

Here I found the best Fish and Chips during my 2 weeks holiday in Cornwall. Friendly staff, very good service, a wonderful view of the harbour. Absolutely recommended.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

Excellent Fish & Chips

Really good fish & chips, excellent service & a great view of the harbour

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Hulme April 2012

Top nosh!

Perfect fish and chips, beautifully cooked. Friendly staff provide good service, with a wonderful harbourside location. Recommended.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Really excellent fish & chips. Good service

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Green July 2011

Follow the locals for the best fish and chips in town, not to mention a restaurant with breathtaking sea views.

Oliver's (350 yards)

A combination of great food and a friendly, unpretentious setting make Oliver's one of Falmouth's most popular restaurants; booking is recommended.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Cave June 2013


We eat here whenever we can. You need to book ahead as it is very popular.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Wilkinson June 2012

dinner at Olivers

Superb food, warm welcome, great atmosphere. Best book. Highly recommended.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Ellsley May 2011

Exceptional eating

I have eaten at Olivers in Falmouth many times. The food is just the best around and front of house Wendy is just the best too. An experience not to be missed

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Cramp March 2010


This is a wonderful little Cornish restaurant where the food is always of a very high standard.

Gylly Beach Cafe (¾ mile)

Overlooked by stately Pendennis castle, this attractive, award-winning family run cafe is relaxed and friendly, serving locally-sourced food. Get lost in the wonderful views from the deck looking out across the sea to the Lizard.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Ashton September 2015

Great food and views

We had a delicious lunch here after a morning spent on the beach. Lovely views, especially if sitting on the terrace, and a selection of different kinds of seating including sofas if you want to have just drinks rather than a meal. We all had fish finger sandwiches which were huge and very yummy - and definitely not frozen fish fingers! Would highly recommend.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Lisa May 2014

Delightful beachside cafe

I visited last week for lunch, fantastic range of freshly prepared food. Great location, with large decked area to sit overlooking the beach, all undercover if the weather is poor and they provide a basket of blankets to keep the chill off - so you can still sit and enjoy the stunning view! Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere - warming and welcoming for families.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walne April 2012

a lovely spot

We visited Gylly Beach cafe last September as we were staying just up the Road.
It was a lovely little spot to watch the world go by and the food was very tasty. and not too far from the town
Would recommend breakfast.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mafi January 2012

We had breakfast here over the New Year weekend.
The service was quite slow, but apart from that it was nice to sit and look at the beach and the food when it arrived was quite good.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2011

good food

A brilliant place to stop while out walking along coast, we had sausage and egg baps which were the best I have tasted,also the cooked breakfast was very good, would recommend.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2011

Relaxed atmosphere for evening dining

A lovely place on a cold winter's evening for a relaxed meal - not particularly intimate as the place is very open plan, but nice menu and friendly helpful staff.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Warren Family May 2011

Update on Gylly Beach Cafe

Excellent food and service as usual but note there is a new system of ordering food so that there is not now a large queue building up!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

April 2010

Relax by the beach

Great food and right on the beach. They have live music some evenings. Not renowned for their speed of service at the bar, but defiantly worth a visit.

Beside The Wave (250 yards)

Full of bright and zesty contemporary art.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Young May 2012

Stunning Location

This should be a must for anyone visiting Cornwall. The setting is stunning, set into the side of cliffs right next to the beautiful beach. There are a lot of steps so bear this in mind, but the parking was free and easy and the entrance fee of £4 was reasonable compared to other places we visited. There's a cafe on site but the location and stunning setting are the real highlights.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Art Gallery

Probably the best art gallery in Falmouth.

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