An interesting place to stay on the Southern Cornish Coast

St Mawes in southern Cornwall is an unusual little village with a unique character that locals believe is only to be found in this part of England.  The village is right at the end of the Roseland peninsula which itself boasts several small waterside villages like Portloe and Portholland which offer a private, pleasant stay in this stunning part of the UK.

Where to stay

One of the beautiful things about these little waterside villages is the quaint places to stay. As well as smaller family-run hotels, it is possible to find some delightful traditional holiday cottages in South Cornwall located right in St Mawes making it easy to get around and see the local sights.

Often the cottages are self catering which makes is possible to eat out or to buy some fresh produce and prepare a meal for the family in the new holiday home. This flexibility is nice to have because you never know as you walk around St Mawes what little discoveries you will make which suddenly change your plans. That quaint little shop with locally-made items or the freshest shellfish that looks too good to pass up.


This weather is pleasingly mild throughout the year due to being fortunately located right on the Gulf Stream, but benefits from a Mediterranean warmth in the summer months which pulls in tourists.

Village of many faces

St Mawes has filled different roles over the years. Historically, King Henry VIII believed smaller coastal villages including ones in this part of Cornwall were worth protecting. He ordered the construction over several years of a line of Henrician Castles which acted as a chain of fortresses against foreign aggression and possible invasion. Two of those Tudor castles still stand in St Mawes today.


More recently, the boating fraternity has taken a liking to the location with many boats and yachts moored here, and many others coming into port in order to spend a few leisurely hours enjoying what this coastal location has to offer.

There are now three boatyards to cater to all the boats and larger yachts that wish to anchor or moor here for a period of time, with no sign of slowing down. Anyone who loves boats will enjoy spotting the different vessels as they come and go.

Local Sailing

There are several sailing clubs in St Mawes, but also at the other waterside villages nearby such as Portloe and Portscatho. These clubs are very busy with conducting racing events which pull in many boating enthusiasts on racing day.

There are also quite a few evening get-togethers where new arrivals can mix successfully with the locals, talk sailing and perhaps get invited on a trip the next morning.

Excellent Restaurants & GastroPubs

Given that St Mawes is still a fishing village to its core; the restaurant choice is excellent with the freshest catches on the menu and “catch of the day” offerings.

Pubs are also popular for a slightly less refined, but nonetheless pleasant, Gastropub eating experience with many type of fish and shellfish dishes filling the local menus, as well as other meaty classics. Certainly, no one will go hungry in this part of Cornwall.

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