For children, St Mawes provides the perfect ‘buckets and spades’ holiday, with two lovely beaches, both within a minute or two’s walk of the Summer House. Tavern Beach, just down the steps from our cottage, has fantastic rock pools and even a swimming platform and Summer Beach is great for sand castles and barbecues on the beach (tremendous sunsets if you’re lucky!)
Crabbing from the harbour walls is a must and will keep children of all ages amused for hours and exploring St Mawes Castle (a perfect historic gem) is a treat in store: full of armour and real cannons! A trip on the little ferry over the bay to ‘Place’ (A Disneyland concoction of turrets and pleasure gardens under private ownership) is a great adventure for children and the best place ever for crab races down the slipway!
The relaxed atmosphere in the village makes it easy to allow children a little more independence than they may be used to at home. It’s wonderful to be able to send the children down to pick up the papers and to buy fresh bread and saffron buns for breakfast from the harbour-side bakery, whilst you relax on the front terrace watching the boats go by.