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Smart family home with parking in picturesque fishing village

Bedrooms 2
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 4

Before we go any further I want you to know something. I don't want you to pay the service fee that Homeaway charges. You see, unlike AirBnB, that also charges a service charge, Homeaway charges its hosts. I pay almost £500 per year to advertise on Homeaway. I also pay a fee for each payment processed. Homeaway then charges you a fee for its 24 hour service, but though I've been running my holiday home for 8 years now, I don't know what that is. I and many other owners were not consulted about the fee and we all object to it. The way Homeaway ensures you pay it is to make you afraid of "fraudulent" hosts that you can only protect yourself against if you stay within its walls (site). You can book direct with me. There is no benefit to me and in fact it will affect my search ratings but it saves you money you shouldn't have to pay. Please let me know if you are interested. If not, go ahead and book as you would normally. You are protected either way. Continue reading for the description.

Hillside is a spacious, contemporary and well equipped home from home, decorated to high standard, with stunning views of the village and surrounding countryside. Its location is ideal: above the village, in a quiet residential street, so that it provides an escape from the noise and the hustle and bustle, but conveniently close to all amenities; the village is but a short - but steep - 5 minute walk away. It also has parking for up to three cars and anyone who has visited Mevagissey before KNOWS this is a must. Properties further into the village have to use the public car parks, this often means walking up steep hills with your luggage, often causing chaos in the narrow busy streets. I cannot stress this enough.

It is spread over 3 floors and has a large, south-facing garden and decking area that gets sun all day long and into the evening. There are two large double bedrooms, with king-sized beds, a dining room that sits 6, a large kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, coffee machine and microwave. The sitting room comfortably seats 4 - 5 persons and has a large sofa bed, 37" wide screen, Smart TV and DVD player, with a large selection of DVDs. There is also an iPod dock for playing your own music on.

The bedrooms all have good quality beds and mattresses with memory foam toppers.

There is a family bathroom with wc, basin, bath and over the bath shower, and a wetroom with basin, wc and walk in shower.

Mevagissey is a working fishing village and as such there is always life there, though it does get quiet in the winter. On the harbour there is a stall selling fresh fish, caught that day, that you can purchase and cook yourself. Failing that, if like me, the last thing you want to do when away is cook, there are plenty of restaurants serving fantastic food, from above-par pub food, to little restaurants run by locals serving anything from Portuguese to French bistro food. A short drive away is the Polgooth Inn serving restaurant quality food; probably the best I've tasted.

More Details

Jane Clarke
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 December, 2017

About Jane Clarke

For some reason Homeaway keeps turning my pic upside down and I can't change it so that's how it will stay!. Now about me: I was a project manager in broadcast and digital living the fast-paced life - love food, red wine, walking, gin, art and design - in London and loved to get away to this house every so often just to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life, the wonderful scenery and fresh air. I have loved Cornwall for such a long time, from childhood when I remember being brought her by my mother. I really do think it's one of the least spoilt parts of the country. I love being by the coast and the quality of light is just wonderful and I bought this house as retreat some years ago. hope you enjoy my house as much as I do.

Jane Clarke purchased this house in 2006

Why Jane Clarke chose Mevagissey

I loved this house as soon as I saw it and it was in a much worse state than it is now. We lovingly refurbished it to look how it does now and I still love it after nearly 10 years. This is also my holiday home and I visit whenever I can. Sadly for me that's always out of season but I love it as much. There is nothing better than walking in the mist of Meva or in the cold crisp winter air and coming home and nestling. It is truly good for the soul and should be available on the NHS.

What makes this house unique

I would say the Hillside's unique benefits are its location and views, the garden, the layout and of course, the parking. It has a wonderful serene feel to it and is spacious whilst still feeling cosy. I love it and hope you will too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely house - lived up to and exceeded expectations. Really good level of home comforts. Parking was a real bonus and lovely touch of welcome pack of scones, jam and clotted cream. Booking process very straightforward and excellent communication as to directions, arrival etc. Totally hassle free and would absolutely recommend.
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mevagissey in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is a full sized family bathroom and a walk in shower room with basin and WC
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , The bed is king size.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size bed
  • Both bedrooms have king sized beds a double wardrobe and chests of drawers. The master bedroom is on the upper level and has fantastic view over the village. The Second bedroom is on the lower level (near to bathrooms) and is more secluded and quiet, overlooking the garden.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
All bed and bath linen are provided but use of towels outside of the property is strictly forbidden.


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Smart family home with parking in picturesque fishing village
average rating of 4.785714 based on 15 reviews

Fabulous view, perfect for a week away

  • 5 of 5

Jane was hugely helpful about arrangements and directions, and the house was easy to find. We also had a lovely box waiting for us with local produce from the farm shop a few miles away, which was very welcoming and helpful.

The bedrooms were beautifully set up and very comfortable, and the kitchen was clean and well laid out.

There was plenty of room for all of us and it was lovely to come back to the house at the end of the day. The village was nice to stay in and the local farm shop was awesome.

Although we did not have very warm weather, the deck space was great and the house was well suited to our needs.

Would absolutely come back and stay again. Thank you Jane!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments Susan. We do appreciate good reviews from our guests. We're glad you had a good time and you are welcome back any time.
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The perfect place for a comfortable relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I arrived in the afternoon after a long drive to a welcoming bottle of wine on the kitchen work top which was great!

The house was immaculately presented with every room spotless and well equipped as shown on the web site. The kitchen had everything we needed allowing us to cook and enjoy our first meal (and the wine!) with ease. The two bedrooms were both good sizes with plenty of storage for our kit.

The sitting room had large 'picture' windows which gave us a stunning view of the fishing village. We particularly enjoyed watching our favourites on the satellite HD TV as the sun went down over Mevagissey!

In addition to the great position above the village, we found some very nice pubs and restaurants in and around the village. Would certainly recommend the food at the Polgooth Inn and the Ship at Pentewan.

We were fortunate to get some good weather during our stay which enabled us make use of the garden deck for our morning coffee.

The owner Jane had left some pretty comprehensive guide notes which really helped us settle in straight away. She always responded to our queries by text very quickly with some good suggestions.

We would have no hesitation in coming back to Hillside for another holiday and would certainly recommend Mevagissey for a lovely taste of Cornwall!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rob. We try our best to make sure the house is comfortable and welcoming. You are welcome back any time. Jane
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Great house. Great location. Great location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited Hillside in September this year for 5 nights. It is a delightful and modern 2 bedroom house that has all possible amenities available. Built on a hill, looking across Mevagissey Harbour. It is decorated in modern, sympathetic colours. With fast broadband, a selection of good DVDs, Sky TV, when the rain came in, we had plenty to keep us occupied. Mevagissey is a bona fide fishing village with narrow lanes and steeped in history, which bustles all day long. Cafe No.5 was the standout for us along side the Fountain Inn where Bill, the landlord made us very welcome. However the really important point to note is how helpful and immediate the owner Jane was in assisting us on arrival and providing plenty of info in advance. She was immediately in contact when we had a couple of questions upon arrival and we also had a fresh milk, butter and local bread delivered to us courtesy of Jane. Thankyou! In addition ensure you follow Jane's directions to Hillside, not your satnavs! If you have a large car and not confident of driving in very narrow town lanes, then avoid the town centre, which satnav will invariably take you to. Overall 10/10.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A comfortable property, with a lovely view from the front rooms

  • 3 of 5

We had a comfortable stay in the house and there were many plus's. The location was ideal for seeing many parts of Cornwall and Mevagissey is a nice little coastal village.

Overall though we all felt disappointed at the finer details of the property that on the pictures were what made this property stand out for us. The biggest disappointment was the outside area. The path and garden to the front of the property were quite overgrown with moss on the pathway that made it very slippery in the wet. The rear of the property where the table and chairs were and views! again was quite overgrown an unkempt therefore no views! . The chairs on the photo (which looked quite comfy)were not the ones supplied having been replaced by the cheap plastic chairs. these were dirty and strewn around the decking. the decking itself was again not clean and therefore again quite slippery. All in all the outside experience was very disappointing one,and we did not sit out at all.

The lounge was a lovely room with comfy seating and was very welcoming. The kitchen was OK but again the cleanliness let it down, many utensils and cupboards were dirty and the oven and floor were also not as clean as they could be.

The property felt damp in areas which could be due to only having storage heaters which perhaps had not been on, but there were times in the week when we stayed that warranted the use of the heating and it didn't really hit the mark.

The water heating was a pain because unless you remembered to press the boost button in the morning, when you arrived back later in the day there would be no hot water for a couple of hours whilst it heated up. At one point however we thought there was a problem with the water heating and both the cleaner and the owner contacted us immediately to try and solve the issue which was very reassuring.

Bedrooms were a good size and beds comfortable, but again with attention to detail some of the pictures were on the floor due to broken picture hooks, a small detail I know but the overall impression is tarred.

Down stairs there are both the bathrooms one of which was far nicer than the other. the bathroom with the shower felt damp and cold and again looked tired and needed updating.

So overall an adequate stay but we all felt for the price and more importantly the portrait painted by the pictures left us all feeling a little deflated and mis- sold.

I do believe however that most of my points raised could be rectified quite easily.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Apologies for not responding sooner. I will respond to your points in turn. Garden, etc, I am very sorry that you thought it overgrown. Sadly, due to the location / size of the garden it is not always possible to have it looking neat as it might be. It is a big garden offering something that many other properties in the area do not, which is outdoor space and great views. At high season, & with the unpredictable weather, regular visits by the gardener can't be guaranteed since we also have to take into account the peace and quiet of our guests, but we always try to ensure that it is a welcoming space for you. I have had a change of gardener now though and will pass on the comments. With regard to the cheap plastic chairs; they are actually Philippe Starck replicas (I have the originals in my kitchen) and were significantly more expensive than the ones they replaced. Again, being exposed / coastal anything other than high quality plastic soon rots and deteriorates. This is my fourth set of chairs since starting letting out 8 years ago. I'm hoping these last longer. The last - in the pictures - looked great when new, but were prone to rotting, rust and discolouration. If you had mentioned this at the time I could have clarified for you. Decking: it is made clear in the notes that it is not always possible to make sure that it is totally clean and non-slip due to the local climate and there just isn't time and money to clean it between each visit, but I am very genuinely sorry that you felt you couldn't use the outside space. Why didn't you tell us? There is no gas in Meva so we have to rely on electric wall heaters. We have new ones arriving soon. Pictures, I am sorry this was missed by Rachael. I will take it up with her. Did you mention it to her at the time? I am not local to the property and rely heavily on her to deal with stuff on the ground. A bad review after the event is useful but doesn't allow me to rectify for you. W/r to dirty crockery/ utensils, it is not possible to check every item to ensure it is clean enough after the last guests have washed and put them away, but we will take it on board. Cleanliness: this surprises me the most as most reviews make a point of saying how clean the house is. Again, all I can do is apologise. Had you raised it at the time, I could have dealt with it appropriately. I sincerely regret that you felt the house wasn't up to scratch. I work hard to ensure that it is. Unusually we failed this time.
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

A delightful stay at a lovely, comfortable and welcoming home. The house had everything anyone could need. Thoroughly recommend and we will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

Hillside is very comfortably furnished and well equipped, with a lovely afternoon sunny view across Mevagissey. It is quiet and private, but not isolated. Comfy beds and nice bed linen. The ground is too steep for a real garden, but the decking makes up for that (we would have appreciated sun loungers). The TV is a decent size too!

Jane's notes are comprehensive and very helpful and list all the eateries, and the property was impeccably clean. The steep walk down to the quay is well worth it for the exercise.

The walk (rather than the drive) to the Lost Gardens of Heligan is absolutely lovely along a fine wooded valley with a very remote feel to it, and it sets you up for the wonderful experience of the gardens themselves which really need a whole day to take in. They are not just 'gardens' but include woodland, streams, ponds and more. (The walk home is downhill except for the last bit!)

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
St Austell
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Cornish locals will tell you that Cornwall has its own climate and that the weather always confounds and contradicts the weather reports. It rarely gets really cold but it can get stormy and wet. In the summer, if you get the weather, there really is no better place to visit. But Cornwall and particularly the South Coast is a great place to visit at any time of year and in any weather. It is steeped in history and has some stunning scenery. Personally, Meva to me means short days, long walks and autumnal weather and an excuse to snuggle up, as I only manage to get here out of season. I still love it.

Mevagissey, is on Cornwall's south coast - the Cornish Riviera - and the name refers to the town of St Meva and St Issey, first recorded as a hamlet in 1313. A picturesque, unique fishing village located at the end of a valley close to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.

Mevagissey and the still smaller haven of Gorran are the very essence of a Cornwall which has remained true to its roots and embraced change only slowly. Both names belong to 6th century Irish missionaries.

Meva is 'open' year round and unlike some other villages, still has a thriving local industry and community. There are little craft and art shops, which sit side by side min-markets, cafes and pubs, that suit all tastes. It is still a working fishing village and you will see the fishing boats in the harbour.

The nearby Parish of Gorran Haven is one of the gems of South Cornwall. There are two village beaches which are amongst the safest in the County making them ideal for the whole family.

Mevagissey's labyrinth of tiny streets twist and turn past ancient dwarf buildings of cob and slate but inexorably for the twin harbours which are its nerve centre, a place to watch the fisherman land their catch and mend their nets as they have since John Trewollas built the first pier in 1430.

There are a number of old and historic pubs in the town where traditional ales and good fresh dishes, especially fish-dishes (from the daily catch) are served. Alongside this there are also modern and more formal restaurants serving fine, modern European food. And for traditionalists, the fish and chips on the harbour can't be beaten.

Amenities-wise, there is a chemist, a doctor's surgery, a couple of cafes, a wealth of restaurants serving all types of cuisine, including Portuguese and Chinese, and of course the local, well cooked food and amazing fresh fish. Shopping-wise, there are a number of curiosity shops, a great local Jeweler - Marie Morrison (look her up online), a local green grocer selling local produce and the best free-range eggs I've tasted, a traditional sweet shop, artists galleries, the obligatory pasty shop and arts and crafts shops.

There are great walks along the coast path to Goran and Portmellon in one direction and Pentewan, Carlyon and Charlestown in the other. There is also cycle hire and water sports at Pentewan. In the summer the beach at Pentewan is a great sunbathing spot and there are beaches at Porthpean, Duporth and Portmellon.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mevagissey, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Pre Xmas
16 Dec 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Year 2017
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Usual changeover day is Saturday but out of season that can be flexible / negotiable. Bank Holidays are treated as weekend nights. All rates assume a full capacity of four persons staying.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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