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The cottage retains a traditional charm whilst still being modernised and attractively furnished. Instructions for our arrival were all timely and correct and there was a 'welcome' basket on the dining table, which was a friendly touch. The temperature had dropped slightly in the previous day or so and we needed to phone the owners to ask about the central heating. They immediately came round to help and made sure we were going to be warm enough, which we were throughout the visit. The views from our bedroom windows over the harbour and out towards St. Michael's Mount were stunning, particularly in the morning with the sun on the water.
For food and drink in Newlyn there were various cafes, bistros, fish and chip shops, pubs and what looked to be an upmarket gastro pub, the Tolcarne Inn, which we did not go to but looked extremely popular. For self catering the CoOp stayed open late.
We came by car and the parking arrangement was well organised: a parking permit system for a nearby council carpark. We investigated the local bus, the Mousehole, between Mousehole itself and Penzance, although with fine weather we walked the promenade route to and from Penzance more than once.
I was interested in the plans to install heating in the open air swimming pool at Penzance. It's a lovely amenity with the benefit of a cafe overlooking the pool with the sea beyond it.
We took a day trip to the Isles of Scilly on the 'Scillonian' passenger ship, a 2 and three quarter hour journey time during which we saw dolphins and sharks, then we hopped onto a small boat to go to Tresco. The Abbey Gardens on Tresco were fantastic even if only for a couple of hours or so. My one regret was that we were unable to fit in the Fly and Sail option with Isles of Scilly Travel which would have enabled us to go by helicopter to the islands and to sail back, giving more time during a day trip. I recommend that anyone wanting to do this books early.
We visited the Eden Project on the one wet day of our holiday, but since we spent most of our time in the domed and indoor areas it made the best use of the day.
Surfing at St. Ives, a visit to the tin mine at Geevor and to the Iron Age village remains at Chysauster were all interesting and entertaining.
We had a very good week in Cornwall and I think September is a particularly pleasant time to go, still being warm but without the summer crowds.
Trevara Cottage was the perfect base for our family summer holiday exploring the beautiful SW coast. The cottage itself is extremely spacious with multiple social spaces including living area, sunroom, games room and dining area. The view, however, is what makes Trevara stand out and what made our stay so enjoyable. With stunning, unspoilt views of the majestic St Michael’s Mount from both the balcony and garden, it really is the perfect location.
The cottage is within very short walking distance of the town (less than 5 minutes) and the ferry ports to go over to the mount. It is also only a short drive away from large supermarkets! Something to note, if you are taking a car, is the narrow driveway that leads to the private parking. We only had a Corsa and Yaris and were having to guide each other out of the narrow lane. (There is affordable parking in town if you don’t fancy the squeeze though!).
The rooms are beautiful and the kitchen is well-equipped so we were able to make meals with ease! A word of warning for the taller folk about the low door frames! One of our party came away with a few bumps.
We would highly recommend Trevara to anyone who wants a homely base for a holiday in Marazion.
Three generations from Malmesbury (Wiltshire), Launceston (Cornwall) & Oxford