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Situated 50yds Off The Harbour, Views Over Sea & Near Coastline, Quality Finish

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Mona's Cottage in Charlestown, Cornwall - Grade 2 Listed, Prime Location Spacious, 2 Reception Rooms Luxury Bathroom Secluded Courtyard/Garden

Our aim is to make you feel comfortable and completely at home in our 1860's cottage, which has been extensively renovated throughout. The original slate front is one of only two which still exist in the village. Two separate good size living rooms and a generous size kitchen gives plenty of family living space whatever the weather. The location is just above the harbour, away from the crowds at peak times, offering privacy yet immediate access to the village, harbour and beaches, ideal for exploring the area on foot, by bus or car. Parking for yourselves and your guests is right outside. A Stable door opens onto the private, sheltered, granite/brick courtyard with elevated lawn area. Ideal to chill out at lunchtime or spend an hour whilst the rest of your party are having a stroll or on the beach. There is both sun and shade. Pop down in two minutes for lunch with them in the pub. Prior to booking please feel free to phone for an informal chat as we want you to be totally at ease about choosing to stay in Mona's cottage. If you stay here we can offer you free unlimited parking 100yds from St. Austell railway station for train days out. Alternatively, if you would like a car free holiday we can offer you complimentary transfers to and from the railway station at the beginning and end of your holiday. We can also arrange transfers to and from Newquay Airport at nominal cost.

If you are trying to find the property on Google Earth there is no Street View as the roads in and around the harbour are all private and have not been surveyed. On the satellite view the cottage can be found by going to the top end of the harbour, look to the right to see the Shipwreck Centre. There is a road which is at right angles to the harbour running up the right hand side of the Shipwreck Centre and at the end on the opposite side there is a row of cottages on the right and a pair of cottages on the left which on the satellite view looks like a large detached property but is actually a pair of semis. The cottage is the right hand one of these.

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Carole Cleave
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Carole Cleave

We live two miles away in St. Austell and have owned this cottage for 10 years. We rebuilt it with love and care over a long period and tried to retain all its traditional feel. One day we hope to move into it and so we did it up with that in mind rather than as a holiday let. You will find some quirky features which reflect the love we have for the cottage. Our three grown up children all live and work locally. We clean the cottage ourselves and are on hand should there be problems.

Carole Cleave purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Carole Cleave chose Saint Austell Bay

We own this pair of semi detached cottages. Originally we bought number 24, next door, on impulse after a chance viewing - we were not looking for something to buy. The quiet setting seemed just magical, even though the harbour was just a stone throw away. Guests seem to find it the same. We completely renovated the property over too many years for any economic sense. Many people return year on year. Mona Hurley lived next door in number 23 and we became great friends. She was in her late eighties and had no inside loo. In time we approached her and her landlords and managed to buy her house and on day one put a loo in the back bedroom which delighted her as she "would never need her whatnot again" Mona lived to 94 and we then started another long renovation journey. Enjoy them.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace and seclusion. Homely feeling.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in Charlestown many times before but loved this cottage most of all. Thankyou for all the personal touches.- Bill and Paulette.

The cottage is lovely and very cosy. The sea views are a real plus. Trevor and Jo.

Thankyou for your warm welcome, the cottage is home from home. Great Location. Rachael and Peter
Feb 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint Austell Bay in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • WC with white suite and illuminated mirror. Luxury bathroom with double ended bath, separate feature shower enclosure, handbasin with illuminated mirror over, and high level flush toilet. Natural slate floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 - double bed and sea views to greet you when you wake. Bed 2 - double bed and views over the courtyard towards the sea. Bed 3 - single bed with pull out second bed option. High quality mattresses. Sea views. All have built in wardrobes.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is finished traditionally with exposed beams and stained pine doors. Heating is by gas central heating and the period gas fire in the lounge. The Hurley family lived in the cottage for many many years. George Hurley was the founder of Hurley Marine which made the famous Hurley 22. Mona Hurley the last of the Hurleys lived all her life in numbers 23 and 24 Quay road until her death in 2002 at the age of 94. Homeliness is usually felt by guests here. The living accommodation is spacious but offers individual space as we have resisted the temptation to make it open plan. If some people are watching tv in the lounge quietness can be found in the dining room. The garden/courtyard offers pure tranquillity even on a dull, gusty day. The front has been re-slated using the original local slates, virtually the only property in the village to retain them. We have finished the cottage in traditional period neutral cream colours. We do not allow smoking or pets in the cottage. Outside: Lawn area at top of garden with open coastline views. Attractive original granite setts and old brick paving to other areas. Patio table with parasol and chairs Outbuilding with tumble drier. The harbour, beaches and a wealth of superb unspoilt coastline stretch along the coast for as far as you want to walk or ride. Except for one other in the village this is the only property to still have its original slate front - It was restored painstakingly. Utility Room: Tumble drier in store adjacent. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage will be cleaned and prepared to a high standard ready for your arrival. Fresh towels, tea towels and bed linen will be provided. We ask that guests look after the cottage during your stay and let us know if anything gets damaged. Other: Dining room - Oak table and six comfortable dining chairs, Oak sideboard containing selection of games and books. Built in cupboard with all you would expect and need. Entrance Hallway - Space for wet shoes, golf clubs etc. Coat hooks.


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Situated 50yds Off The Harbour, Views Over Sea & Near Coastline, Quality Finish
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

A Little Slice of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Mona's Cottage overlooks the beautiful harbour in Charlestown, St Austell. The sea views are amazing and can be seen from every bedroom, which is such a lovely way to start the day! Charlestown is a great place with some lovely restaurants and bars. It's a great base to travel around Cornwall, and I couldn't think of a better cottage to stay in than Mona's. Inside and out, it has been so beautifully restored and tastefully decorated by the owners Carole and Malcolm, who are so friendly, welcoming and helpful and can't do enough to make your stay so perfect.

The cottage is a real home from home, with everything you could ever want or need for a fantastic holiday. We had such a great time, and will definitely be visiting Cornwall and most definitely staying at Mona's again.

Thanks so much Carole & Malcolm for looking after us xx

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed the cottage and the area and it was our pleasure meeting you - even though you were from Oldham!!! Thank you for being helpful to us with our late arriving guests in the adjoining cottage. Our main aim with all our guests is to make them feel at home and to enjoy the cottage as much as we do. I suppose that as we live so close it makes it easier for us to achieve this as we are on hand to iron out any problems or answer any queries. Love to you all and thank you once again. xx
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Exceptional Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Superb position and cottage very comfortable. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage by the sea!!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage and grounds are immaculate and well appointed. Carol was very easy to work with and extremely responsive and attentive to making our holiday perfect. Highly recommend this listing to couples and families wishing to explore Cornwall from a central base located in the historic harbor town of Charlestown.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very positive review of our cottage. We were delighted to know that you liked the cottage as much as we do. I hope that the remainder of your time in the UK with your family was also enjoyable.
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Excellent base in unspoilt Cornwall

  • 5 of 5

Mona's cottage provides traditional charm combined with the covenience of a modern, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Not that we used the kitchen much with the handful of lovely pubs and restaurants a short stroll away in the lovely harbour with the tall ship moored up.

We had a lovely, sunny 4 days and therefore made full use of the sun trap courtyard even for breakfast.

This is an excellent base to see the likes of the Eden Project and the Gardens of Heligan. Lovely coastal walks too. There is everything you could want.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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best cornwall cottage

  • 5 of 5

from the moment you stepped inside monas cottage charlestown it wrapped its armes around you and made you feel wellcome every thing was there just bring your tooth brush.the place was loverly and clean with wine and cream tea on arrival.carol the owner made you feel you your self owned the cottage for your stay.all my family gave this cottage 10/10

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply superb

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this cottage in February with a family of five, and absolutely loved it. The sea views were lovely, the trip to the Eden project just minutes away, and morning strolls along the beaches at Charlestown were refreshing whatever the weather. Dare we say it, it is in fact much nicer than the pictures suggest! We look forward to staying again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Rashleigh Arms
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Carlyon Bay or Porthpean pay and play both nearby
Nearest Train
2 Miles
ST. Austell
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Bosuns Diner
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

If you wish to take day trips by train or coach we can offer unlimited secure free parking 100yds from St. Austell railway/bus station. St. Ives by train is a lovely day out on a branch line. Equally good days out by train on branch lines are Looe, Falmouth and Newquay. Gunnislake and Calstock is another brilliant branch line trip. Look out for special off peak prices for train travel in the county.


The beaches are at the end of the harbour, less than a 5 minute walk from the cottage and there are numerous other beaches including quiet remote ones all along this coast. Fishing off the harbour is popular. The Cornish coastal footpath goes through the village with numerous other footpaths traversing the area, both easy walking and challenging.


Newquay Airport 16 miles distant. St. Austell has a mainline railway station. National Express services go through St. Austell. Charlestown is served by a local bus service which connects regularly to local villages and St. Austell.

If you want a car free holiday this is an excellent spot as it is adjacent to the harbour and in the middle of the village. Coastal walks with bus return journeys are popular. If you come by train we offer free transfers to and from the railway station.


St Austell 2 miles. Eden Project 4 miles. Fowey 6 miles. Mevagissey 5 miles.

Truro 15 miles. Newquay 17 miles. Being in central Cornwall access to a wide area is within range. Simple planning can help avoid the busiest roads.

Further Details:

Tesco and Asda are within 1 mile. Polkyth Leisure Centre 2 miles away. Gym at Rugby Club - 1 mile away. Restaurants and Pubs within 2 minute walk. Take away with delivery service 1 mile away. Excellent fish and chip shop within 1 mile. St. Austell is a medium size town with a new shopping development. All the facilities one would hope to find are at hand. The owner will be happy to advise.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint Austell Bay, West Country

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
26 May 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 5
7 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We take cheques and bank transfers. £150 payable at time of booking. Balance on arrival. Please contact the owners. Short breaks - minimum 3 nights - are available at certain times of the year - please contact if interested.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. We would like guests to leave by 11 a.m. so that we can prepare the property for 4pm. Short stays might be possible by arrangement. Please contact the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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