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The Engine House

£850 - £850 per week

Awaken from the comfort of the king size bed to the melodious call of birds, as the sun rises over the treetops and the scent of freshly brewed coffee glides up the spiral staircase from the kitchen below. Barefoot al fresco breakfasts on the sun drenched balcony are nothing short of mandatory. Cornish Heritage at its finest, The Engine House is bursting at the seams with character. Used as a mine from 1883 to 1902, the Tregurtha Downs Engine House was converted in the 1980s to eventually become the unique residence that it is today. Situated within a World Heritage Conservation Area, in over an acre of established garden, you will find it hard to tear yourself away. Whether it's a romantic getaway for two, or a much-needed solo retreat to rejuvenate; stop, stay for a while and just simply be. The Engine House sleeps two, has ample parking and is presented over two floors in the lower part of this fascinating building. Guests can freely wander around the owner's garden but have their own private areas for peace and tranquillity. The summerhouse is fronted by a large pond; enjoy the sound of the trickling water as you rest and soak up the glorious sunshine on the loungers, at this perfect retreat for two. With a drinks fridge and an honesty box in the summerhouse, the owner has thoughtfully designed a space where you can spend quality time together, immersed in this peaceful haven. Another area hosts a stone barbecue and has been specially created so you can catch the sky's kaleidoscope of colours as the sun sets, spending balmy summer evenings, drinking crisp white wine and dining underneath the starry nights sky.

The Engine House just keeps on giving. Nestled within countryside and neighbouring fields with horses gently grazing, the owner also provides two mountain bikes and helmets, so you can leave the car behind and set off for a two wheeled adventure. The Engine House is located in Plain An Gwarry, which is just a few minutes' drive away from the ancient town of Marazion, with its stretches of golden sand, shops, galleries, bars, restaurants and the incredible St Michaels's Mount. The country lanes beckon rambles along the many footpaths and you will stumble across the nearby village with a tearoom serving delicious homemade cakes and two pubs offering some welcome refreshment. A short car drive will take you into Penzance and the art deco, geothermally heated Jubilee Pool. With Perranuthnoe Beach, Praa Sands, Porthleven and St Ives easily accessible, you don't have to venture far to explore. A stay at this unique Engine House is something you will never forget and is somewhere you will always want to return to.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1



via twelve stone steps to:


sofa and two chairs, bistro table and two chairs, garden and countryside views. Front door to:

Sitting room

sofa, Smart TV, doors to:

Dressing room

sofabed, Smart TV, garden views.


king size bed, garden views.

Shower room

shower, WC and basin. Spiral staircase from sitting room to:

Kitchen/dining room

dining table and two chairs, electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with ice box, garden views.


large garden with pond, decked terrace, summerhouse, sofa and two chairs, two sun loungers. Additional decked terrace with sofa and stone barbecue.

Additional information

due to the external steps and internal spiral staircase, the property may not be suitable for those restricted mobility. Although the property is not suitable for young children due to the stairs and pond, for an additional supplement, the sofa bed in the dressing room can accommodate an older child by special arrangement; please contact the Sales team for more details. Babes in arms welcome, a cot will fit in the dressing room next door to the bedroom. Electric heating. The owner lives in the upper floors with a separate entrance and will respect guests upmost privacy. Sadly no pets allowed, but the owner's laid back, friendly dog Brutus, may slowly wander over to say hello if you pass him by in the garden. The use of the mountain bikes is at guests' own risk. WiFi, short breaks available.


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The Engine House is a unique and elegantly furnished property in a beautiful, private location. I wish I could have stayed longer.

June 2024

It was a lovely unusual place to stay with everything you would ever need inside and out ,grounds very beautiful and peaceful , recommend this place as it's very different Ray.

April 2024

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Holidays in Marazion

Marazion is perhaps best known for the famous St Michael's Mount that is perfectly silhouetted on a sunny day, however the town itself is worth a browse with some lovely shops and tea rooms. We recommend visiting in early Spring when the famous Cornish daffs are in full flower!

St Michael’s Mount sits majestically on an island out at sea and can be reached via a cobbled causeway at low tide or at other times by the 'St Michael' amphibious vehicle! Visit the sub-tropical gardens that surround the castle or step inside the castle walls to explore the myths and legends that surround this iconic landmark. Read more about St Michael's Mount or view our St Michael's Mount webcam.


Top tip

Be sure check the tide times when planning your visit to St Michael's Mount!

Marazion beach

Conveniently located a moment away from the world famous St Michael's Mount, Marazion beach is found in the heart of Mount's Bay, recently elected as one of the 'most beautiful bays in the world'. It’s the perfect beach for family holidays in Marazion, with cafés just above the sand, lifeguards on hand and clean and safe waters. Despite its beauty and convenience for holiday makers, it remains surprisingly quiet compared to other Cornish beaches. It’s perfect for beach and sea sports and you can even take your horse for a quick gallop across the sands! The long sandy beach that stretches towards Long Rock is a popular windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing spot amongst locals and holiday makers alike. Mount's Bay provides ideal conditions for watersports, and kite surfing and stand up paddleboarding lessons are available with Ocean High for those looking to make the most of the outdoors. Find out more things to do at Marazion Beach >

Venture Eastwards and you'll find Marazion Beach East, or Steps Beach. This dog-friendly beach is favoured by locals as it is quiet due to its limited access and rocky shore, but it is perfect for dog walking, and collecting driftwood after a storm. Children will enjoy the many rock pools when the tide is out. Accessible via Leys Lane or from Marazion beach if you don't mind climbing over the rocks!

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Things to do in Marazion

Marazion Town Centre

A wander around Marazion itself is a must for those who love exploring shops. Marazion is an ancient market town with a rich history of smuggling, sea commerce and pilgrimage. Nowadays, the town has numerous galleries, gift shops and cafes along the winding streets with plenty of traditional architecture to look at along the way. 

RSPB Nature Reserve - Marazion Marsh

Just a short walk from the town you will find Marazion Marsh, a freshwater habitat, which is home to Cornwall's largest reed bed. This nature reserve is extremely popular with bird watchers all year round and in winter, it's not uncommon to see thousands of starlings flocking here to roost on the marsh. Read more on our blog.

Marazion Museum

Located in the town hall, this fascinating museum features lots of local artifacts and interesting finds and information on this historic market town. 

Marazion in Bloom

Every summer, the residents of Marazion put on a spectaular floral display from hanging baskets, window boxes and planters. Prizes are awarded for the best displays and locals compete for the award of best presented home and business property. This alone is well worth a visit. 

Walks around Marazion

Located on the South West Coast Path, there are stunning walks across Mounts Bay to Penzance, and to Prussia Cove in the opposite direction. Walking inland, you have 'St Michael's Way'. Thought to be used by pilgrims wanting to avoid the treacherous waters around Land's End, this popular walk runs coast to coast from St Ives to Marazion. This 12 mile walk finishes at Marazion Marsh which can get quite muddy so be sure to bring appropriate footwear! Read more about walking in Marazion on our blog post: Walking in Cornwall: Marazion Walks.

Places to eat in Marazion

Marazion has a good selection of eateries to suit all tastes. Whether you're looking to dine out at a restaurant on a special occasion or simply grab a bite to eat to enjoy on the beach, you will find everything you need for a Marazion self catering holiday. From quaint delicatessen style cafes and up market fine dining, to traditional pubs, Marazion offers a wide selection of local Cornish cuisine, all within a short walk of one another. Enjoy a traditional Cornish pasty, stop off at the Godolphin Arms after a day at the beach and enjoy the spectacular views of St Michaels Mount, or visit 'The Copper Spoon' cafe for spot of lunch in a cozy atmosphere. Read our Guide to eating out in Marazion.

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What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

The Engine House is a unique and elegantly furnished property in a beautiful, private location. I wish I could have stayed longer.

It was a lovely unusual place to stay with everything you would ever need inside and out ,grounds very beautiful and peaceful , recommend this place as it's very different Ray.

Wow! The Engine House is a spectacular piece of Cornish history set in a rural location which has been renovated and maintained to the highest level. Set in tranquil beautiful, landscaped gardens that you have full use along with idyllic countryside views. It was an amazing experience to be able to stay in one of these stunning buildings. The engine house’s owner is more than happy to fill you in on the renovations and history of the property. Perfection at its best.