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Little Acres

Large holiday home with spectacular views of St Michael's Mount

Sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms (+ cot) Saturday arrival Two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

This much-loved family holiday home sleeps up to 12 and has breath-taking views over St Michael’s Mount and across Mount’s Bay. Little Acres is very spacious, private and dog friendly, and is just moments away from the stunning sandy beach at Marazion, making it the ideal coastal accommodation choice for a larger family or group.

Perched in an elevated location in a hamlet just outside the pretty beach-side village of Marazion, you will find Little Acres. The property overlooks its own large and rambling garden, with uninterrupted views that take in the whole of Mount’s Bay and beyond. From the moment you arrive you’ll be looking towards the Mount and the Atlantic horizon, enjoying the changing light and colour of sea and sky. The main living areas of the property are reverse level, making the most of the view — and you have several living areas which give you both shared and private spaces. Little Acres is welcoming, relaxed and well equipped.

Inside Little Acres

You will approach Little Acres down a short private drive, with ample parking, and step into the upper level. Here you will find all of the living accommodation as well as the master en-suite bedroom, all with balconies facing south-west to the sea. On the ground floor are all of the other bathrooms and bedrooms, facing in the same direction, but overlooking the garden. The property is furnished comfortably in blues, greys and neutrals with original prints and paintings of the local area, and has multiple patios and French doors, giving it a relaxed, light and fresh holiday vibe.

There are two main rooms for entertainment and relaxation. The large living room is a real showstopper with one fully glazed aspect, with its own full-length balcony, giving you uninterrupted sea views. You’ll find it hard to tear yourself away, whether it’s basking in the summer sun on the balcony or watching the storms roll in during the winter. These views are unbeatable whatever the weather, whatever the time of year! Here you have two sofas and additional seating for making conversation and memories. The second living room is geared to entertainment with a 50 inch smart TV and two more sofas, as well as a library and office area — and more great views of course. At the heart of the house and connecting the two living areas is the kitchen and dining room — making the spaces flow in a very sociable way. On this floor you’ll also find the master bedroom complete with superking-sized bed, en suite (with bath), built-in wardrobe, dressing table, and your own private balcony,

Downstairs you will find; bedroom two with a king-sized bed and a lovely garden view, bedroom three which can be used as either a single or twin, bedroom four which is a huge child-friendly room with two bunk-beds and a ping-pong table, and bedroom five which also has a king-sized bed with en suite shower room and access to the garden through its own patio door. Please note that this last bedroom is accessed through bedroom four.

Outside the property

Little Acres benefits from a large and sunny garden. It has paved areas and generous lawns sloping away towards the coast, with some small mature trees and tucked away corners — great for games, adventures, or quiet moments. The garden is planted with agapanthus and hydrangea, and the farmer’s field beyond is a popular haunt for fauna including buzzards, kestrels, rabbits, and sometimes foxes. At your disposal is an al fresco dining area with enough seating for the whole family, a charcoal barbeque, outdoor Portuguese oven, hammock and garden lounge chairs.

Marazion village is just 500 metres away down a country lane — so you have privacy but also great amenities – it really is the best of both worlds! The iconic beach here is over a mile long (and considerably longer if you include Longrock beach). Marazion beach is mostly made up of lovely clean sand with a few pebbly patches. There are some areas of interesting rock-pools towards the village end as well as some small sand dunes, a ‘green’ and a public play area. Marazion is the heart of Mount’s Bay and the village is blessed with excellent pubs, restaurants, cafés, galleries and small independent shops. It’s also your access point to the famous St Michael’s Mount and a range of sports activities (including kite-surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, snorkelling and spear-fishing). Along the coast eastwards you can explore the picturesque coves of Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove and Rinsey, the surf beach of Praa Sands and the foodie haven of Porthleven. Heading west, you will find the historic town of Penzance, the fishing port of Newlyn, legendary Mousehole, Lamorna, Porthcurno and Land’s End.

What we love

Staying at Little Acres will make you feel completely immersed in Cornish life. Whether it’s watching the fishing boats return to Newlyn and Mousehole while sipping on your morning coffee, or trying your hand at stand-up paddle boarding in the bay, Marazion will have you feeling completely at home away from home.

We love wandering down the hill to Philps tiny pasty shop (a must do for anyone visiting here with locally made tea towels, fudge and biscuits as well as the award-winning pasties). You have to go to the Mount of course. We recommend walking out over the cobbled causeway just as the tide uncovers it — it’s the closest you can get to walking on water, and then back ‘home’ for a barbeque and watching the sun slowly set in the west with the sea changing to fiery orange reflecting the light — then settling down to an evening of board games. We love that everyone in the party can find their ‘corner’ of Little Acres, whether the private master bedroom’s balcony, or the kids room to play ping-pong. There really is something for everyone.

The best view in the world
A great week in a fantastic house with the best view in the world. We have booked for next year already. The house and area are ideal for old and young alike. The house is well equipped and tastefully decorated — lovely pictures and furniture. We all voted it our best holiday home in Cornwall yet.
The Meaghers, Jenkins & Careys — May 2023

Retreat Features

  • Spectacular sea views
  • Perfect for large families
  • Vaulted living room
  • Large garden
  • Close to Marazion
  • Full-length balcony
Principal bedroom: superking bed
Bedroom two: king bed
Bedroom three: single bed with trundle
Bedroom four: two sets of bunk beds
Bedroom five: king bed
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Under counter fridge
Additional fridge/freezer
Nespresso coffee machine
Dining table and chairs for 12
One vaulted living room with full length balcony and patio windows
A second living room with smart TV, office and library area
One en-suite bathroom with bath
Another en-suite with shower
One family bathroom
Access to large, sunny garden with al fresco dining area
Allocated parking for 4 cars
Travel cot and highchair on request (cot linen not provided)
Two well behaved dogs allowed
Washing machine
Central heating throughout
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Exterior steps without handrail
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access into house - level with no steps, with exception of small threshold at front door
Access to bedroom on groundfloor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information


This beautiful expanse of coast sweeps in a gigantic horseshoe shape from Porthleven to Mousehole on Cornwall’s south coast. It’s our largest bay and boasts panoramic ocean views from dramatic cliff tops, pristine sandy beaches and unspoilt fishing villages – plus of course many miles of the south west coast path waiting to be explored right on your doorstep. There is simply no better place to be.

Travel times

  • Marazion is about 5 miles from the nearest mainline station at Penzance. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Marazion is 3 miles from the A30, with a driving time from London approximately 6 hours with good traffic, and Exeter is roughly 2 hours away. Full details to plan your route will be available on booking.

Things we love

  • 20-minute stroll to the nearest restaurants and pubs
  • 1 mile to Long Rock beach
  • 20 minutes to the South West Coast Path
  • 3 miles to the nearest supermarket

The marazion guide

A mosey around Marazion

For a small village, Marazion has an impressive collection of places to eat, things to do and places to visit, not forgetting its beautiful beach, which stretches for three sandy miles east towards Penzance. Hidden amongst the tangle of streets and lanes are some of Mount Bay’s loveliest art galleries, showcasing works by local Cornish artists. The Marazion Gallery, in the centre of the village, is run and manned by the artists themselves, whilst the Out of the Blue gallery exhibits the striking work of mixed media artist Glyn Macey. Another place worth popping into is Avalon Art, which is chocca with beautiful paintings, ceramics, jewellery and homewares, all by local artists, craftspeople and artisans.

If it’s retail therapy you’re after, Marazion has a number of lovely boutiques and gift shops, such as the little Morva boutique which houses a collection of beautiful gifts from local makers, from homewares and prints by local artists to texties, beauty and lifestyle products.


At the heart of Mount's Bay

The little village of Marazion makes a great base for exploring Mount’s Bay — the 12-mile sweep of coast between Porthleven in the east and Penzance in the west, with dramatic clifftops, beautiful sandy beaches, fantastic places to eat, unspoilt fishing villages, iconic engine houses, and, at its heart, the small village of Marazion, opposite Cornwall’s most famous landmark — the dramatic St Michael’s Mount.

To the east, a string of beautiful beaches dot the coastline, such as Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove, Rinsey Cove and Praa Sands. In Porthleven, you’ll find a vibrant food scene with award-winning restaurants, cool cafes on the harbour and lots of places to pick up local produce. Head west to Penzance (it’s an easy drive or a lovely hour’s walk along the seafront) for art galleries, independent shopping and top notch places to eat, as well as the town’s art deco lido.

Gateway to the Mount

The village of Marazion lines the huge expanse of sand and causeway that leads to the dramatic St Michael’s Mount. Pitched into the sea just a few hundred metres from the shore, Cornwall’s most iconic landmark is an unmissable place of history and legends, sub-tropical gardens and wonder. The big tides here mean that when the cobbled pathway across the bay to the Mount is exposed, so are golden sands, rock pools and gentle waves.

Stroll over the causeway at low tide (or take the ferry at high tide) and discover subtropical gardens and steep terraces, the tale of Cormoran the Giant and the history of the castle, as well as the village on the Mount that a few families call home. Now owned by the National Trust, it makes an incredible day trip. There’s an art gallery to browse and several places to food, including a light lunch at the Island Cafe on the eastern side of the island and an afternoon tea at the Harbour Loft at the top of the Mount.


Marazion and Long Rock

Together Marazion and Long Rock form the coastline spanning from St Michael’s Mount all the way to Penzance, a stretch of about three miles. When the tide recedes, the shallow waters are perfect for paddling; when the wind picks up, it becomes a popular spot for kitesurfers — head into the cafe above the beach to watch them perform tricks out at sea. There’s kitesurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and yoga on offer at the brilliant Hoxton Special cafe. Lifeguards keep watch from mid-July to early September and dogs are allowed on the beach all year except July and August (10am-6pm).

Perranuthnoe beach in West Cornwall


This large sandy beach in disappears completely at high tide. It’s a popular spot with locals as it manages to stay under the radar, but has some great surf in the right conditions. It’s close to the unspoilt village of Perranuthnoe, which has lots of places to eat, and you also get excellent views of St Michael’s Mount from the beach. Perched just above the sea is The Cabin Beach Cafe, an amazing little gem of a cafe, which is open all year round and serves up lots of tasty food, from delicious brunches to cream teas.

Forever Cornwall Praa Sands Beach Blue Sea.jpg

Praa Sands

Praa Sands is a brilliant family-friendly beach with amazing waves, pristine white sands and plenty of facilities, such as the Boatshed Activity Centre, which provides various watersports, including coasteering, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding, and Global Boarders, which offers surf lessons and board hire. Access is easy thanks to the the large carpark just off the beach, and there are several good places to eat, too. Lifeguard services are provided from May to September, and dogs are welcome on the beach from September through June.

Food & drink

Cafes in and around Marazion 

Right on the beach with amazing views of the Mount, the Hoxton Special cafe serves great coffee in china cups (Marazion is plastic-free) as well as delicious iced teas, cakes and ice creams. Check out their burger nights in summer. The Copper Spoon, just off the highstreet, is a friendly place with delicious baked goods — grab a coffee and one of their legendary cinnamon rolls to eat on the harbour wall. Within the grounds of the beautiful sculpture gardens, Tremenheere Kitchen serves light lunches using homegrown produce. Slightly out of town in neighbouring Perrenuthnoe, The Cabin Beach Cafe is a delight, selling stone-baked pizzas, delicious puds and great cream teas — it makes a great refuelling stop for walkers treading the coast path.

Godolphin Portrait

Pubs, bars and restaurants in and around Marazion

For sweeping views across Mount’s Bay, the Godophin Hotel and Restaurant is hard to beat. There’s a daily-changing menu, with seafood coming straight from local dayboats. If you’re hankering after a lunchtime pint, a cosy fireside glass of wine or a nightcap, head up the hill to the Fire Engine Inn, an authentic pub with cobbled floors and beautiful views of the Mount. We also love Craby’s Beach Bar & Terrace (walk-ins only) tucked behind the seawall for its barbecue feasts and zingy cocktails. In Perranuthnoe, less than two miles away, the Victoria Inn is a 12th-century pub with a beautiful terrace for sunny days and roaring fires for winter, serving award-winning food and plenty of Cornish ales.

St Mount’s Bay Local Food Guide

With some of the county’s most vibrant, independent communities, Mount’s Bay is a great place to get your hands on local Cornish Produce, The town of Penzance is chock-full of places to stock up on local food, from delis and bakeries to farm shops and weekly markets, whilst neighbouring Newlyn, one of the UK’s largest fishing ports and home to the Newlyn fish market, is the place to go for fresh fish and seafood.

Take a look at our handy Cornish Food Guide to find out where you can buy local produce in the Marazion area.

Things to do

St Michael’s Mount

A trip to Marazion wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the epic St Michael’s Mount, a medieval castle with terraced gardens and church set on a tidal island pitched into the sea just off Marazion beach. During low tide, you can get across the island on foot via a causeway (take the ferry at high tide). Discover the legend of Cormoran the giant and delve into the castle’s rich history, explore the subtropical and terraced gardens surrounding the castle (seasonal opening times apply), wander through the harbour and art gallery, or enjoy an afternoon tea at the charming Harbour Loft located at the top.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

If subtropical gardens are your bag, make sure you make the two-mile trip to the gorgeous Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, halfway between Marazion and Penzance. With stunning exotic planting, intriguing instalments, such as the Sky Space, which allows you to view the sky and passing clouds from an elliptical dome, and sculptures dotted around the sprawling grounds, the 22 acres of gardens are a must-see if you’re visiting the area. There’s also an impressive art gallery, which runs a exciting programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year, and shop, plant nursery and restaurant and takeaway hut.


Starling Murmuration Over Marazion Marsh RSPB At Sunset, Cornwall, England, UK.

RSPB Marazion Marsh

This large reed bed, set back behind Longrock Beach, is a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to a wide variety of animal, bird and plant life, many native to the area but some, such as the mink, more recent additions. There are guided walks of the marsh available from the nearby car park. The RSPB Reserve here is popular with birdwatchers; twice a year thousands of starlings roost there and their arrival, as the sun goes down, is pretty spectacular. It’s also an important site for wintering bitterns.

Guests Say
  • Exceptional!

    What an amazing family holiday we've had in this beautiful home in the most beautiful location! Our whole stay has been beyond pleasant and we will definitely be returning. The efforts put into making this feel like a home from home are exceptional! This home will definitely be missed and our memories made here will be cherished forever. Thank you so much to the owners and housekeeper. See you again next year!

    The Porters & The Marshalls — May 2023
  • The best view in the world

    A great week in a fantastic house with the best view in the world. We have booked for next year already. The house and area are ideal for old and young alike. The house is well equipped and tastefully decorated — lovely pictures and furniture. We all voted it our best holiday home in Cornwall yet.

    The Meaghers, Jenkins & Careys — May 2023
  • Stunning location

    Beautiful house in a stunning location. Well quipped. We had a ferocious storm for two days so stayed in and played games as the wind and rain crashed onto the glass windows! Sad to be leaving but taking some amazing memories with us!

    The Tant, Sack & Mays families — April 2023
  • Gorgeous

    Gorgeous house and amazing views. Very lucky with the weather and location is ideal. Fantastic week spent with family. Thank you.

    The Budd family — November 2021
  • Wonderful

    What a wonderful way to spend this Autumn half term with all the family. The house is so well equipped and clearly a lot of thought has been put into making sure your guests are going to be happy. Thank you.

    The Thompsons — October 2021
  • A fabulous week

    Had a fabulous week here at Little Acres. Beautiful house, fantastic views. Very well equipped. Special thanks to Harvey for his fountain of knowledge and recommendations of places to visit and the best ways to get there. Thank you for all our little treats. We would love to return again very soon.

    The Chambers, Chamberlains & Thomas families — September 2021
  • Magical

    What splendid views from Little Acres — quite magical, especially St Michael's Mount. The weather was good and we had a great time on the water paddle-boarding, surfing and kite surfing. The Minack Theatre is stunning when you find it! We enjoyed the garden too and were regaled by Harvey the gardener.

    The Duncan family — August 2021
  • Very well equipped

    Absolutely stunning and very well equipped. Being a family with five children, it is quite challenging finding accommodation that caters for all, but this beautiful house fits the bill! Very friendly housekeeper and Harvey the gardener. We hope everybody that is lucky enough to have booked Little Acres enjoys their time here as much as we have.

    The Stanleys & family — August 2021
  • Breathtaking

    A lovely relaxing holiday with my family. This beautiful house and location was just what we needed. The view is breathtaking and I will always remember it. Some of the highlights for us include surfing at Gwithian (Global Boarders are brilliant), and the walk to St Michael's Mount was spectacular. I hope future guests enjoy their holiday as much as we did.

    The Niklassons & family — August 2021
  • Spectacular views

    We had a lovely week here, the house has been amazing. We have enjoyed having drinks on the balcony and looking at the spectacular views. It was great having quick access to Marazion, restaurants, the beach and of course the famous St Michael's Mount. We had an action-packed week including ebiking to Land's End and back, stand up paddle-boarding and coasteering.

    The Platts & Hubbards — July 2021
  • Well stocked for a large family

    A lovely holiday. The house is clean and bright (thank you Claire!) and really well stocked for a large family — rooms are well designed and laid out.

    The Saunders family — July 2021
  • Beautiful house

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful house with us. We never tired of looking at the stunning view! We were very blessed with the weather all week. Sunshine every day! Had a fun packed week visiting: Flambards, Land's End, St Michael's Mount and St Ives! Enjoyed coming back every day to enjoy such a well equipped house. Would love to visit again soon.

    The Webb family — June 2021
  • An amazing holiday

    Thank you for an amazing holiday. We've been visiting Cornwall for 15 years and this is by far the best accommodation we've had. And the view is pretty special too! St Michael's Mount was a must, of course! Really hope we can visit again.

    The Parker & Shackleton families — June 2021
  • Wow

    Wow — what a house and wow, what a view. Lovely stay. Everything spotless when we arrived — thank you Claire the housekeeper. Garden is beautiful and Harvey the gardener very pleasant and polite. Thank you so much.

    The Cunliffe family — June 2021
  • The views are amazing!

    What an amazing house to come to after the long awaited restrictions of Covid have been lifted enough for us to enjoy this place. The views are amazing! Already hoping to return next year.

    The Woodman family — May 2021
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