Swanpool beach is a five minute walk away.
The dining-area.
The balcony outside the living-room.
Plenty of comfortable seating.
Cornish goodies when you arrive!
A big wall-mounted TV for family films and important sports events.
The kitchen leads off from the dining-area.
The light filled open plan living-room.
Doors open onto the balcony from the dining-area.
Lazy family meals can be enjoyed on holiday.
The kitchen has everything you could require.
Lovely local crafts throughout the house.
A wonderful Cornish welcome awaits.
Looking from the kitchen to the dining-area.
Looking down from the entrance area to the living-room a half flight of stairs below.
The master bedroom (Bedroom 2).
A wonderfully comfortable king-size bed.
Cushions and throws dress the beds.
The master bedroom has an en suite shower-room.
You can see Swanpool beach and the sea through the trees from the Juliet balcony in Bedroom 2.
Lovely lamps and artwork in all the rooms.
The en suite shower-room.
Toiletries are provided.
All the art and craftwork is by local Cornish artists.
A handmade driftwood mirror.
The study has a TV/DVD player and Playstation.
Looking from the landing outside Bedroom 1 to the entrance door.
A deckchair sits above the front door....hopefully a sign of how you will spend your holiday!
A bespoke oak staircase and solid oak furniture in all rooms shows the level of investment in the property.
The stairs down to the lower ground floor.
Bedroom 2 is on the second floor.
Bedroom 2 has a king-size bed.
More lovely bed linens and cushions.
All bedrooms are beautifully presented.
Shutters dress the triangular window in Bedroom 2.
Bedroom 1 is on the lower ground floor.
Bedroom 1 is a big room with space to spead out.
A study-area in Bedroom 1.
Bedroom 1 has zip-and-link (6' double or 3' twin) beds.
Local craftwork.
The family bathroom on the lower ground floor.
There's a power shower over the bath.
Spots of bright colour.
Lovely little touches....
Children will love the seaside coat pegs.
The spacious utility-room on the lower ground floor is fully equipped for outdoor eating with a wine fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
Plenty of beach equipment is available for use.
The outside dining-area.
You will receive an extremely warm welcome at Coastal Retreat.
Gyllyngvase beach is only a mile away and has a popular beach cafe/bistro, lifeguards throughout the season and water sports tuition.
Looking from Gyllyngvase beach across Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis headland.
Built into a hill, Coastal Retreat is twice as big as it looks on arrival!
Maenporth beach is less than two miles away and perfect for rock-pooling and swimming.

Coastal Retreat

2620

1.2 miles SW of Falmouth / Sleeps 6 + cot

20% off for parties of 4 + cot or less at certain times of the year, view offer...

7 Nights from £491 - £1344

Nearest pub

5 Degrees West (1 mile)

A large, modern bar and grill, 5 Degrees West is tucked in the heart of Falmouth. An open interior creates a spacious dining area, and menus are complemented by daily specials. There’s plenty to keep littles ones entertained and regular events take place throughout the year.

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

Mr Carpenter August 2011

We had a lovely lunch here, our 2 year old daughter loved the garden! There was a really nice atmosphere and the staff were very friendly.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2011

5 Degrees West

This pub has come a long way since the days when it was "The Laughing Pirate". Good pub grub in a contemporary setting with lots of leather sofas to lounge in. Good location too - not far from the National Maritime Museum. Can get quite busy at weekends.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Denness December 2008

Lovely food and an amazing atmosphere to relax in, a great place to eat and drink.

Nearest beach

Swanpool Beach (¼ mile)

Swanpool Beach is outside Falmouth between Gyllyngvase and Maenporth beaches. Spend a while on the sand and then meander up to enjoy the view and have a bite to eat on the terrace of Hooked on the Rocks restaurant (formerly the Three Mackerel).

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

Mrs Jones June 2017

Great beach - try the watersports

We visited Swanpool for a week at the end of May and we booked up Coasteering and Kayaking with Elementhal UK which was brilliant - mix of ages from 14 to 52 and we all managed to do it so was good. The instructor was very good and tailored the tour to take into account the age groups. We also did Kayaking which was a great laugh - you get to see a lot more out to sea and discover the bays that you can only get to by boat. Again instructor was very good.

The Beach Cafe at Swanpool is really good - food was amazing and can highly recommend the Quirky Ice Creams. We didn't feel that anything here was overpriced and was good value for money.

The beach is sandy/shingle with rocks - boys loved rock pooling, there is also a nice restaurant that overlooks the beach Hooked on the Rocks which was also great food. We went there in the evening. We didn't have good weather but it was still nice to sit on the beach and drink coffee at the cafe - try the Date and Pecan Flapjack it was yum!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Ashton September 2015

Beautiful setting

We spent a windy September morning on Swanpool Beach and loved it! Toddler amused himself putting stones in a bucket (it's not a particularly sandy beach) and the rest of us enjoyed relaxing by the rocks. We left our comfy spot only to get food from the great cafe on the beach.

Very large and efficient car park across the road from the beach - some entrepreneurial guys have even set up a hand car wash so you can have the car washed whilst enjoying the beach!

Will definitely return.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Nice beach and a short stroll uphill takes you to The Three Mackerel - definitely worth a visit!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2008

A good beach for families as it is normally good for swimming but with enough small waves for children to bodyboard. The rough sand can be a bit off putting and it's not for sandcastles but the beach cafe is good and there is also a crzy golf by the car park. A nice coffee at the 'Three Mackerel' overlooking the beach is very relaxing. We always have a day out here.

Nearest walk

Maenporth to Swanpool (1 ¼ miles)

Take the coastal path on this short walk of one and a half miles and enjoy two pretty beaches with clear, shallow water and some great rock pools. Take a picnic and don't forget your bucket and spade!

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

Mrs Jones June 2017

Lovely walk

We walked from Swanpool to Maenporth which is probably an hours walk at a plodding speed but quicker if you are on a mission. Lovely views out to sea and with the added bonus of a great beach cafe when you get to Maenporth - can highly recommend the ice creams! We didn't have lunch there but the other tables around us did and the food looked amazing. The beach is slightly larger at Maenporth so worth a visit. Oh and there were public toilets!

Nearest town

Falmouth (1 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 (3 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

Walking

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!

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.

Harbour Lights Traditional Fish and Chips (1 ¼ miles)

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 (1 ¼ miles)

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

Excellent

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

Wonderful

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

The Hidden Hut (5 ¾ miles)

A beach cafe in the most rustic sense - a beachside shed with some outdoor seating. It is a National Trust-owned hut, but run by a local couple who provide 'Feast Nights' - now made famous by their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'. You need to buy tickets, but the hut is generally open to everyone, except during the winter, so check times on their Web site.

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

August 2017

Being relatively local to the area, we felt it was time to see if this often-mentioned beach cafe lived up to it's reputation....and it did! On a sunny August Sunday, the beach was busy and so was the Hidden Hut. Be prepared to queue - for quite a while - but once you've selected which of the mouthwatering options to go for, you've plenty of choice of places to sit and enjoy the really well cooked food and the amazing location. No doubt this will be the first of many visits to come!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2016

Wonderful location

Perfect for coffee and cake, overlooking Porthcurnick beach.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Core November 2016

Stunning place for a delicious lunch! Pricey but great quality. Locally sourced and freshly made. Busy on Bank holidays but worth the queue. Soups are always fabulous as are the pasties, pulled pork baps and sausage rolls. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a feast night once and it was a most memorable and special event. Check out their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/thehiddenhut/

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