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Large self catering holiday home, Mevagissey, Cornwall

Broom Park

Stunning large holiday home ideal for exploring Cornwall

Sleeps up to 10 in 5 bedrooms (+cot) Saturday arrival Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Broom Park is a large holiday home full of character, and is perfect for exploring Cornwall. This beautiful house is nearby the Eden Project, epic beaches at Polkerris and Pentewan, picturesque Mevagissey, and the beautiful Roseland Peninsula

Delightfully set in pristine countryside and surrounded by beautiful gardens where little ones can let off steam, you’ll fall in love with this slice of heaven. Broom Park is a large country house near Mevagissey with five bedrooms, a plethora of places to relax and four bathrooms also means you can host ten guests with ease. This captivating home is a Grade II listed and dates back to 1780.

Inside Broom Park

The kitchen inside of Broom Park.

Broom Park will feel like home the moment you walk in, because until now that’s exactly what it has been. Starting at the kitchen, it is tastefully decorated, light, bright, modern and user-friendly with all you could need. Facilities include a hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and dishwasher. You also have a lovely dining/family room with a large stylish table, long enough to easily seat ten people. French windows open out onto your breakfast area.

Moving on to the sitting room, comfortable sofas and contemporary artwork create a relaxing feel. You also have a TV with Netflix, Amazon Prime and a DVD player, offering a less strenuous holiday activity. There’s a round table that seats six, perfect for afternoon tea, playing games or even (dare we say it?) doing some work if you need to. Maybe you will write that novel here, it’s certainly an inspirational setting. Window seats dotted around the house will also add to the home’s cosy ambience and atmosphere. You can also enjoy the extensive library of books in the reception room.

Next to the kitchen is charming Bedroom 5, with a double bed, an en suite shower room and its own door opening onto the courtyard. It’s perfect for anyone who likes a little ‘me’ time, such as an older relative, teenager or even an au pair. There are four bedrooms upstairs in the home; the Principal Bedroom with a king-sized bed and an ensuite (bath, shower and toilet), Bedroom 2 with a super king, Bedroom 3 is a twin that’s ideal for children and Bedroom 4 is another double.

Completing your accommodation is a family bathroom with a bath and shower, and a shower room on the top floor — convenient for guests staying in Bedroom 2.

The garden and surrounding area

Broom Park is a large country house with extensive grounds.

The gardens at Broom Park are, to say the least, magnificent. This includes a large south-facing garden, east-facing walled garden and west-facing courtyard. Furthermore, you have a spectacular south-facing terrace with a covered area and dining table and chairs.

The house is just a few miles from many of the south coast’s most beautiful beaches at Hemmick, Vault, Caerhays and Carne/Pendower. The picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey and the historic harbour at Charlestown are just a 15-minute drive from the house. Meanwhile, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project are virtually on the doorstep. Fowey, famous for its Du Maurier festival is 10 miles east and the historic harbour of Charlestown with its tall ships, familiar from Poldark, is a short drive from the house.

The house is at the head of The Roseland Peninsula which leads down to St Mawes, passing Portloe and Pendower en route where there are endless stunning coastal walks. You can also take the scenic King Harry car and passenger ferry over to the outskirts of Truro or the passenger ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth, a vibrant port and home to the National Maritime Museum.

Things we love

The outside dining area of Broom Park.

Where do we start? Broom Park is perfectly located for those wanting to experience the best of Cornwall’s beautiful south coast. Everything you could want from a holiday is a convenient drive away. The nearby Mevagissey is your classic Cornish fishing village, the Eden Project is your iconic day out, the Roseland Peninsula is a rural paradise to escape the world, and numerous south coast beaches are your connections to the ocean.

And when you return after a day out, you discover the true charm of this cosy homestead. Broom Park’s historic character and size will make you feel like the lord or lady of the manor. Everyone is catered for, and you can choose from the plethora of indoor and outdoor spaces to suit your mood — with lots of opportunities to bring everyone together, or escape to a nook with a book. Whoever you bring, whatever you want to do, Broom Park will be your home from home, your house in the country.

Fantastic location
Perfect for families and/or a group of friends who are looking for a break away in the Countryside. I’d very happily recommend it to anyone. It’s also a fantastic location for exploring Cornwall.
Richard — June 2021
Features

Retreat Features

  • A short drive from beautiful beaches
  • Ample parking
  • Close to the Eden Project and Charlestown
  • Two acres of stunning garden
  • Two reception rooms
  • Grade II listed building
SLEEPING
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: super king bed
Bedroom three: twin beds
Bedroom four: double bed
Bedroom 5: A double with an en suite (groundfloor)
All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Well-equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and dishwasher
Dining table for ten
LIVING & RELAXING
Living room with TV with Netflix, Amazon prime and a DVD player
BOSE Bluetooth portable speaker
BATHROOM
Family bathroom with toilet, bath and shower
Top floor bathroom with shower and toilet
Ensuite in Bedroom 1 with bath, shower and toilet
Ensuite in Bedroom 3 with shower and toilet
Downstairs WC
OUTDOORS
Large south facing garden, east facing walled garden and west facing courtyard
South facing terrace with covered area and dining table and chairs
Weber barbecue
BABIES & TODDLERS
Travel cot and two highchairs on request (cot linen on request)
PETS
Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome
Please note, the large front garden is not dog-secure, and neighbouring properties may also have dogs.
HEATING
Central heating
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
PARKING
Ample parking
Location

MEVAGISSEY AND AROUND

Tucked into a craggy hillside on Cornwall’s undulating south coast, the fishing village of Mevagissey is a bustling tangle of narrow streets, shops and cafes. With some parts of the village dating back to the 1700s, the pilchard fishing trade supported life here for generations – and the harbour is still active today. Mevagissey – “Meva” to the locals – is also home to an abundance of art galleries, with the picturesque harbour and the surrounding sea cliffs providing inspiration to artists from all over the UK.

Travel times

  • Broom Park is just five miles from the nearest mainline station at St Austell. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Broom Park is roughly 12 miles off the A30. Driving time from London is just over five hours in normal traffic, while Exeter is around one and half hours away.

Things we love

  • Very close to the Eden Project and the historic maritime harbour of Charlestown
  • The stunning Roseland Peninsula is also a short drive away
  • The fishing village of Mevagissey and surrounding the coastline is also at your doorstep!

The Mevagissey guide

Mevagissey harbour, boats, Forever Cornwall

Cafes and craft shops

Wandering amongst the winding streets of Mevagissey is one of the most rewarding ways to spend an afternoon in this little village. If a cream tea is on the agenda, the wonderful Teacup Room whips up the best in the area, whilst Cubs Coffee is a speciality coffee shop serving Origin coffee, from Porthleven.

There are countless quirky shops to browse too, and antique and second hand stores tucked in amongst the meandering streets for finding hidden treasures and gifts to take home. If you’re an art lover or appreciate artisan crafts such as felting, stained glass or sculpture, there’s plenty to appreciate with Mevagissey’s bustling arts scene. And after all that retail therapy, you’re never more than a few yards from a pasty, a refreshing G&T, or a cafe stop.

Vault beach, Roseland, Forever Cornwall

Coastal walks and hidden bays

The coastal footpaths which lead directly from Mevagissey will take you on a meandering journey above the sea towards some stunning beaches. With plenty of wildlife around, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for coastal plants and birds such as kites and peregrines. In the early summer, the air is scented with coconut from the flowering yellow gorse that lines the paths.

You can tackle as much or as little of the well maintained paths as you like – plan a long hike, or simply wander up the cliffs with a book for the afternoon. There are some wonderful circular walks from Mevagissey, such as the 3.5-mile hike to the village of Portmellon — a mile south — with its sheltered cove, before looping back to Mevagissey. There’s also a fabulous circular route which passes through the Lost Gardens of Heligan (grab something to eat at Heligan Kitchen) and Pentewan beach, before descending back towards Mevagissey.

Dolphin Cornwall

Sea safaris, rib rides, fishing trips and ferry rides

If you’re up for adventure out on the water, Mevagissey’s rib rides could be for you — you’ll be whisked away at 38 knots to search for dolphins and porpoises, seals and seabirds. Or opt for a thrilling sea safari and explore hidden coves, learn about the sealife, spot dolphins and seals in their natural habitat. Another option is to book a sea charter onboard Aquila for an all-day mackerel fishing trip, where you’ll get to cook and eat your catch aboard afterwards. They also do wreck fishing (Mevagissey is one of the best places in Cornwall to do this) and reef fishing. 

For something slightly more leisurely, Mevagissey Ferries run trips to Fowey, taking you along coast and up the river Fowey to the town, taking 40 minutes each way. Fowey is packed with interesting shops, museums and places to eat, so it’s easy to while away a day here before boarding the ferry back to Mevagissey in the evening. 

Beaches

Portmellon

Just over the hill from Mevagissey (a 15-minute walk around the headland) is the charming village of Portmellon. Its sandy beach nestles between craggy rocks which rise up on either side — if you’re staying in Mevagissey, this is your closest swimming and sandcastle-building spot. It’s a nice little stretch of sand, which disappears almost entirely when the tide rolls in. Facing east, it makes a sheltered swimming spot, although there’s a fair amount of seaweed when the tide goes out. Still, it makes a great spot for a dip if you’re staying locally. And the fabulous Shack at Portmellon has fresh, local and organic goodies and coffee for sale.

Pentewan

Two miles north of Mevagissey you’ll find this beauty of a beach in Cornwall’s sheltered south coast — an expanse of pristine white sand and calm waters set against a backdrop of rolling green hills. Visit at low tide and kids will love exploring the rockpools and, given its sheltered spot, it’s perfect for swimming too. There’s watersports hire right on the beach — choose from paddleboards, windsurfers, kayaks, surfboards or a self-drive boat and explore the coastline with a fishing rod. They also have free wooden bellyboards for hire (first come, first served).

Porthpean Mevagissey Forever Cornwall

Porthpean

Porthpean is a narrow golden beach 15 minutes away by car from Mevagissey. It’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling due to the clear waters and abundance of sea life around the rocky perimeters. Although Porthpean is popular with local sailing clubs and the nearby outdoor centre, it’s perhaps the least busy of the beaches in the area. With the carpark a short walk away rather than being right on the beachfront, it’s a lovely spot to sit and read. In the summer months, there’s a cafe and loo available too. 

Gorran Haven Mevagissey Forever Cornwall

Gorran Haven

This beach is a thick crescent of sand right in front of the village of Gorran Haven, just around the corner from Mevagissey. The fishing trade here has mostly been relocated, meaning the safe waters of the harbour are great for swimming without the fear of commercial vessels. The pier is a popular spot for local kids to jump off at high tide, and you’ll catch a few people fishing there too. Being right in front of the village, there are lots of options for refreshments including pub grub and pasties, not to mention stacks of local ice cream. If you’re a keen artist, bring your easel as the colours of the little boats reflected in the water really are something else on a bright day. 

Vault beach

Slightly off the beaten track, just a 15-minute drive from Mevagissey, this kilometre-long stretch of sand and shale beach has yet to be discovered by the masses — access can be quite tricky from the carpark, but it’s well worth the scramble, and only adds to the sense of blissful isolation. Stick to the north end of the beach unless you want to bare all — the other side is frequented by naturists (unless you were looking for a skinny dip, of course). With no facilities to speak of, you’ll need to bring supplies with you. It’s a great spot for swimming and snorkelling, especially towards Penveor Point where you’ll find lots of rookpools.

Food & Drink

Fish and seafood in Mevagissey

If you’re in the mood for seafood The Sharksfin is a great family-friendly option, with a ‘Land & Sea’ menu and delicious fish tacos, as well as lots of other crowd pleasers, with amazing harbour views. On the quayside, Fish Grill & More may look like your regular fish and chip place but its offering is anything but. Expect the freshest sardines, grilled mackerel, juicy scallops and the lightest battered haddock (with chips, of course). Rumour has it that the fishermen themselves come here for their dinner — enough said! Further along the quay, the Harbour Catch is Mevagissey’s newest stop for takeaway seafood. 

Cafes in and around Mevagissey 

For the best cream teas in the area, head to the Teacup Tearoom — their moorish scones and locally grown Cornish tea have won them many awards. On Fore Street in the heart of the village, Cubs Coffee combines artisan coffee and delicious cakes with a Cornish clothing brand, Cubs. The cafe is a warm and inviting place, with plenty of rattan, low lighting and lots of foliage. A 15-minute walk south to Portmellon, you’ll find the Shack at Portmellon for coffee, cake, sourdough sandwiches and deli goods. At the nearby Lost Garden of Heligan, a couple of miles away, the Heligan Kitchen cafe is a good bet for a tasty lunch.

Harbour Tavern Mevagissey Cornwall

Pubs and restaurants in Mevagissey

You can’t miss the historic Harbour Tavern, right on the quay — a classic-looking pub serving not-so-classic pub food. Among the usual fare of fish and chips, the pub has an extensive Cornish-inspired tapas menu, making use of the freshest, locally caught fish that comes in each day. Slightly out of town in nearby St Ewe, the bustling, family-run The Crown serves award-winning ales, brilliant Sunday roasts and fresh fish and seafood, with the likes of Cornish sole, local mussels and lobster gracing the large menu. Inside, it’s traditional and cosy, with comfortable oak settles by open fires and friendly staff. 

Things to do

Mevagissey aquarium and museum

The charity-run Mevagissey Aquarium sits at one end of the harbour, housed in the old lifeboat station. It’s free to enter (donations welcome) and gives a wonderful glimpse into sealife found in local waters. If you’re looking for cheap, rainy day activities, this is a good shout. Another little hidden gem is the Mevagissey Museum, tucked away behind the quay in an old boatbuilder’s yard and stuffed with interesting artefacts and exhibits, like the perfectly detailed Cornish kitchen and photos depicting village life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its staffed by a knowledgable band of volunteers and, with a £2 admission fee (free for kids), it’s a brilliant place to while away an hour or two. Younger children will love the ‘find the teddy’ trail set up around the museum.

 

 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The story of the Lost Gardens of Heligan is a magical one, right out of a fairytale. For decades, the garden was in a state of disrepair, lost under a blanket of brambles.  Then, in the 1990s, a door in a mossy wall was discovered. The next few years saw one of the largest restoration projects in horticultural history, with the 200 acres of grounds and gardens being brought back to life. Today, the gardens are a vale of tranquility, with plenty of well-kept paths and woodland to explore, both in the garden and grounds. It’s a great place for kids to run around too, with all sorts of hidden tree trunks to clamber over, and plenty of clearings to play in. Facilities include a shop, cafe and loos.

Forever Cornwall Charlestown

Charlestown

This eighteenth-century harbour is well worth a visit if you’re staying in nearby Mevagissey. There are still beautiful old sailing ships in the harbour, giving you taste of life during Charlestown’s heyday. It’s hardly surprising this is a popular filming location — you might recognise this from the BBC’s Poldark. While you’re there, we recommend you visit the Shipwreck Treasure Museum — they have a number of exhibitions throughout the year so it’s worth checking what’s on. 

The Eden Project

Arguably Cornwall’s most loved attraction, this former clay mine is now an award-winning destination with the world’s largest indoor rainforest — inside the enormous greenhouses, visitors can discover thousands of plant species, a rainforest canopy walkway and rope bridge, a cascading waterfall; in the Mediterranean biome, you’ll find ancient olive trees, vines, and aromatic herbs. Beyond the greenhouses, there are 30 acres of outdoor space to explore with sculptures and art installations dotted about. The education centre hosts demonstrations, workshops, and courses focused on sustainability. Over the summer, this site transforms into a cultural hub, hosting music concerts, known as the Eden Sessions.

Guests Say
  • Wonderful house in perfect location

    The White family had a fabulous stay at Broom Park. The house itself is wonderful: large, full of character, furnished and finished with impeccable taste. Garden is big, sun-filled, pristine and irresistible for the kids while the sun shone. The location is ideal if you're keen to explore different spots around the county and coastline. We drove as far as Land's End and easily to Marazion, St Ives, Newquay, Padstow, the Camel Trail, and of course all the local towns and beaches on the Roseland peninsula. I can't recommend the house, hosts and location highly enough.

    The White Family — August 2021
  • Fantastic week

    House and gardens are spacious, peaceful and full of character. House was well equipped and clean. Owners very friendly and helpful. Great location with easy access to both north and south coast. High recommend.

    Catherine — July 2021
  • A beautiful house

    We had a brilliant time at Broom Park, it's a beautiful house with lovely gardens in a perfect location to explore the local area. The house had plenty of space for our group and is very nicely decorated. We really enjoyed cooking in the well equipped kitchen and outside on the BBQ. The terraced area outside was great for alfresco dining in the evenings.

    Alex — June 20221
  • Lots of character

    The house is everything we hoped for - tastefully decorated with lots of character, comfortable and cosy and more than enough space for the family (and in-laws). Loved the views and the sound of the sheep and birds every morning. Our kids enjoyed playing on the big lawn and roaming around the grounds. Great hosts and highly recommended all round.

    David — June 2021
  • Fantastic location

    Perfect for families and/or a group of friends who are looking for a break away in the countryside. I’d very happily recommend it to anyone. It’s also a fantastic location for exploring Cornwall.

    Richard — June 2021
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