Seraphina, a cosy Cornish Cottage in St Mawes. Minimooning in Cornwall Part Two | UK WEDDING BLOG

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After our stay in Mousehole, we moved up the coast a for a stay on the Roseland Peninsula. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long while, hearing great things about St Mawes and the pretty coastline surrounding it. Luckily for us there was a brand new Unique Home Stays property in that area, a chocolate box thatched cottage named Seraphina and wow she was a beauty.

We struck gold with this cosy cottage, the perfect place to spend a few January days. Very English and traditional looking from the outside but the teal coloured front door hints at something more artsy hiding behind it.

We arrived on a damp Friday afternoon to a roaring fire, a bunch of scented Cornish daffs and a homemade cake by Jane the owner. It was the perfect welcome and we instantly felt at home. The photos of the living area online were what sold the cottage to me and it looked even better in real life. I loved the white washed beams, the huge stack of logs and the deep navy and copper accents. You can tell that the owner’s must have had real fun putting this all together especially now it’s been featured in magazines. It was styled yet homely, cosy in the winter months and I’d imagine all bright and airy in the summer.

We spent our first afternoon and evening by the fire, barely leaving the squidgy sofas. The cottage had a smart TV with all the accounts you could imagine to watch things on, Amazon, Netflix etc. We chose Netflix and hunkered down to start a new series. Designated Survivor which pretty much became the general theme for our stay here!

Coming from the compact fisherman’s loft in Mousehole this cottage suddenly felt huge to us! And it was, a large living area, big separate kitchen next to it and bedroom upstairs. It even had a garden. It’s the kind of place you’d imagine staying in for a week or even longer as there is so much to explore nearby. We wish we’d have had longer there {and for it to have been summer to go from beach to beach}. It also allows up to two dogs if you’ve got four legged friends to bring away with you, they’d LOVE all the fields and beaches nearby.

The bedroom felt Moroccan inspired and staying in a super-king always feels like such a luxury. White washed walls and floors will always get my vote. The cottage is set on a rural lane and we were amazed at how quiet {and dark} it was at night, country living at it’s finest!

We were spoilt with little luxuries like fluffy hotel style robes and toiletries to use during our stay.

We made good use of the kitchen, again SO pleased to be away from our temporary kitchen building site! We cooked up a storm both nights. Just writing this I miss those cosy cottage days where we both could be as lazy as we liked and just take our time cooking yummy dinners together.

The kitchen backed onto rolling fields, and I took note when the owner’s said that in the Spring they’re full of lambs!! The dream.

 

Even the bathroom had views onto the fields.

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We were excited to discover a secret part of the garden we didn’t know was there and wished it was the weather to sit out. In the summer it would be a dream to have a BBQ, sit out and then walk to the beach for sunset.

Look at this summer scene. The dream.

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Images © Unique Home Stays www.uniquehomestays.com +44 (0) 1637 881183

On the Saturday we decided to go exploring and headed down the road to St Mawes to catch the ferry across to Falmouth. More on this in the next post but that whole area is so so gorgeous. We then shamelessly came back mid afternoon and got straight back into Designated Survivor, finishing the whole thing in the two days we were there! If January isn’t for snuggling up to watch back to back episodes of a new boxset then I don’t know what else it’s good for.

We truly loved our stay at Seraphina and I can’t wait to plan another trip back to Cornwall in the warmer months.

Around the area;

As I said before, in January Cornwall is beautiful but in summer, Cornwall is beautiful beyond what you could ever imagine. It’s like you’re in Australia or somewhere with insane beaches and little shacks on cliffs serving seafood at sunset. Even in the winter though there was enough for us to do, in fact we had to prioritise fitting as much in as we could over our short stay.
  • Charlestown, a characterful Georgian port with old ships we’ve always wanted to stop at. I’d also been tipped off about a new coffee shop called Short & Strong, which on a drizzly January Friday we couldn’t wait to hole up in for a while.
The coconut hot chocolate and scone we shared were SO so good and the cafe itself so lovely in decor.
  • As a side note if you’re self-catering like we were, we found a great Cornish food store within the Waitrose at Truro selling all locally caught fish, meat and it had a bakery etc. We were also recommended Tregairewoon Farm Shop which unfortunately was shut during January but looked amazing and likewise Da Bara Bakery {which I’m soo sad was shut during our stay}, they provide the bread to Jamie’s 15 at Watergate Bay restaurant as well as delicious looking pastries and cakes near the cottage.
  • We spent both afternoons and evenings in the cottage, one real bonus of when you stay somewhere beautiful in January is having a good excuse to stay ‘home’ and enjoy it all. But on Saturday morning we got up and headed to St Mawes, an old fishing port harbour town. It’s up market with two gorgeous looking hotels and even more gorgeous looking houses. To be honest I expected some more shops there but for that there was the ferry that took us across to Falmouth, home to allll the shops.
Pink thatched cottage of dreams. We loved walking the pretty streets of St Mawes.
  • The ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth runs everyday and it was so nice to be out on the water. It was mild during our stay and definitely didn’t feel like January zooming across outside on the back of a boat.
The way that the coastline runs around this part of Cornwall means that ferry crossings save you so much time instead of going by road. And of course it’s more fun. We bought our tickets on board. You can see more here at Fal River.
  • Falmouth itself was amazing. I’d heard the name a lot but never visited before and didn’t realise just how much there was to do over there. Along with all the high street shops there were great little independents and SO many eateries. It’s become known as a real foodie place in Cornwall and we were spoilt for choice. {Cornwall normally is fairly traditional with pubs/pasty shops and seafood so as Londonder’s used to lots of food options it was good to see burrito places and up market burger bars here as a bonus}. In the end, I was really craving a crab sandwich and saw a sign outside a trendy looking Caribbean restaurant of all places. It reminded us of Wahaca in style but with a Caribbean/seafood take! The crab sandwich was the best I’ve ever had. We shared it along with a mackerel salad and for an unassuming, not knowing where we should have gone for lunch kind of drop in place we loved it all.
We walked round to a couple of the Falmouth beaches after lunch before getting the ferry back across to St Mawes {and back to the cottage to finish Designated Survivor!}

  • Before heading home we’d been recommended the walk to the beach from our cottage just fifteen minutes away through the fields. The beach, and walk, were both beautiful and the sun came out for the first time all week just as we were about to get in the car to drive home!

Cornwall is SUCH a magical place and one of my favourite places in the UK to escape to.

A few other places we were recommended/have been to before/would have gone to if we’d had more time/it was summer;
The Eden Project
Jamie Oliver’s Watergate Bay restaurant
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach
Padstow
Fowey
The Minack Theatre
Where are your favourites?

You can find more on Seraphina at Unique Home Stays here.

R <3 xx

{I was a guest of Unique Home Stays but it’s a company I’ve loved for years. As ever all opinions are my own}.