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Seaside House With Views Over Mounts Bay And St Michaels Mount

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Seaside House in Gulval Churchtown, near Penzance, Cornwall - Peaceful location, with fantastic pub five minute walk

A large detached house that is beautifully warm and sunny. It is a house you feel very quickly at home in and won't want to leave. There is lots of space inside and out so no one gets under each others feet but its not big enough to get lost in. The accommodation is very light with exposed wooden floors and tiles downstairs.There are four very good double bedrooms whilst downstairs the kitchen and dining area is open plan and a large wet room. The sitting room also has a real fire.

Sarah Shaw
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
7 April, 2018

About Sarah Shaw

I have a very lovely son who is seven and two completely mad Jack Russells called Otis and Alfie. I have The Cornish Hen Deli in Penzance which I bought about two years ago. We have a very hectic and full life with lots of fun and laughter. The shop keeps us very busy and my son can make a mean expresso and his pasties aren't too bad either, I'm still working on mine!

Sarah Shaw purchased this house in 1998

Why Sarah Shaw chose Penzance

I have been coming to Penzance for all my life and it holds a special place in my heart. I was very excited to actually move here about 12 years ago and to buy my house. It is a house that is very light and warm and it is impossible not to know what the weather is like outside. It is also in the sun all day long.

The house is in a very pretty old village with a beautiful church and excellent pub. It is a very convenient location, about 1 1/2 miles from the south coast and about 5 miles from St Ives and Sennen.

Our location, just outside of Penzance, is perfect for exploring Western Cornwall. As well as St. Michaels Mount, St. Ives, The Minack Theatre and Land’s End the Cornish coast offers plenty of hidden beaches and stunning walks.

What makes this house unique

We are sun, food and bathroom obsessed.

Your first coffee of the day is in the front garden and then you move gradually around the house finishing with your sundowner in the back garden.

We designed the house for beach living so it has a very seaside feel to it. The kitchen is a very sociable room, the cook certainly doesn't get left out of anything. Enough space for everyone to chat whilst dinner preparations are under way, without anyone getting under anyone's feet. It's a hard room to leave even after you have eaten. The island is great for chasing children round (or each other come to that).

Downstairs there is an amazing wet room, so you can come in straight from the beach and go straight into the shower. In fact there are two bathrooms and a shower room so no queuing.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Penzance in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Beautiful large wet room with bath, open shower, loo and hand basin. Shower room with large shower, loo and hand basin. Second bathroom with bath, shower spray, loo and hand basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All of the bedrooms are very light and sunny with plenty of room. Two of the rooms have double beds and the other two have twin ones. There is also a truckle bed under one of the twins.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: A well behaved dog is welcome. Outside: The sun rises in the front garden, where there is a bench which is a complete suntrap, then moves gradually round the house to the back garden until it sets in the evening. The back garden is walled and is big enough for everyone. There is also a drive way to the rear of the property. Utility Room: Freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned once a week. Linen and towels can be provided for £10 per person.


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Seaside House With Views Over Mounts Bay And St Michaels Mount
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Spacious and well equipped home; full of natural light

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to stay! It was great to have such a spacious house with plenty of room for all 7 of us and our thousands of possessions! The wealth of natural light meant that we were happy to stay in and have a few hours of relaxation. We loved the huge kitchen-diner; full of light and more than enough space for us to eat together. The children decamped to the comfortable sitting room,( where the WiFi was much appreciated after a day on the beach..phew!) whereas the adults fought over the amazing window seats to relax and read books from. This is surely the best equipped house we've stayed in; with every conceivable gadget and more besides! The Aga was great for drying clothes as well as cooking on and the abundance of crockery meant it was easy to cook in the evenings. We also loved having the wet room (much easier to tidy up after mucky children!) as well as the other two bathrooms.

The house is also perfectly placed to visit many attractions: St Ives (The Tate and Barabara Hepworth Gardens always a favourite); a lovely walk to Mousehole from Penzance; the Lido in Penzance; our favourite beaches - Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands and Prussia Cove.

All in all an excellent house in a perfect location. We'd love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Large house, wonderful position.

  • 4 of 5

Has been said previously but shabby chic describes this house. We were a little bit disappointed when we arrived with our first impressions (group of 7 adults)

There are no carpets anywhere, most of the paintwork has seen better days and the bathrooms are not welcoming.

The house did grow on us. It is warm, well equipped and very, very spacious. It would be wonderful for families with children.

There are large supermarkets a five minute drive away, the beach can be reached in five minutes and there is a great pub just up the hill. The views from the house are magnificent and there are many great walks around. Penzance can be reached in 25 minutes along the coastal path. We would certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise in Penzance!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 2 week stay in this lovely and spacious house.

It was ideal for our large family - plenty of space, 3 bathrooms and of course wifi!

Lovely views out the front and a nice enclosed garden.

Great location to explore that end of Cornwall and even the sun made several appearances :)

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very suitable for young and old..great location for reaching the best places in Penwith.

  • 5 of 5

No need to add to the above...

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, spacious and well-situated

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely house and we had a great week there. My abiding memory of the house is the space and light. The house is stylishly decorated in bright colours. There are four large, comfortable bedrooms and three bath/shower rooms, one of which is a huge wet-room. The cavernous kitchen/dining room is very well equipped, with an Aga cooker and lots of utensils. So it's a great place to stay and easily accommodates 8 people without feeling at all crowded.

The location is just outside Penzance in the first village beyond the suburbs, so you have the benefit of being in the countryside while being only 20 minutes walk from downtown Penzance. It's easily accessible by car (just half a mile off the A30) and a short taxi ride from Penzance station. The sea is even closer, just 10 minutes walk to the nearest beach.

There is quite a lot to do in the immediate area. Gulval church is directly opposite the house with a dark, mysterious churchyard where palm trees and bamboo grow alongside ancient yew trees. The long distance 'St Michael's Way' footpath goes right past the house. There is a pub/restaurant just up the road in the village but it was temporarily closed when we were there. St Michael's Mount is a slightly longer walk or a short car ride away.

We used our cars quite a lot for day trips. We walked some of the costal paths and moorlands, we visited some of the many galleries in St Ives, and we had a very memorable evening at the Minack Theatre. We visited abandoned tin mines and mining museums, and prehistoric stones, and an iron age village. We even squeezed in a visit to one of the many great gardens in Cornwall. We loved the church at Paul. The Tate St Ives was a disappointment but the many smaller galleries in the town made up for that.

We found some great places to eat out. We particularly liked the Mexico Inn in Long Rock, which is just down the road.

I can entirely recommend this as a place to stay. It's not the cheapest of houses to rent but is good value for what it provides - a very comfortable, spacious and well-situated base for a large group of people.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lots of room and all the amenities needed

  • 5 of 5

A lovely property within walking distance of Penzance and St. Michael's Mount. The property is huge with 4 double bedrooms and a fabulous kitchen diner. We were blessed with great weather and after long walks and days out it was great to come back to a house where you did not want for anything. We were looking forward to visiting the pub which was about 100 metres away 'The Coldstreamer' but it is closed and up for sale so that was a slight disappointment. All in all this property is great and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


The South coast is about 1 1/2 miles away, the North is about 5 miles away and beaches in between such as Porthcurno and Sennen are about 6 to 8 miles.


Newquay airport is about a 45 minute run. There are car hire offices in both Penzance and the airport.


About 2 miles from Penzance, close to delightful beaches, cliffs and countryside dotted with places of interest.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Bookings run from Saturday to Saturday, with arrivals being after 4pm and departures before 10am. A 50% deposit is payable on booking with the the remainder due 10 weeks before departure. There is also a deposit of £250 to be paid against damages and excess leaning requirements.
We also charge an additional £25 per dog coming to stay.
The cheque for £250 will also be retained if it is found that anyone is staying in the house has not been listed in the booking form. This is non negotiable.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is change over day. Arrival after 4 although you may drop off bags before if you would like. Departure before 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.