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Cartway Cottage
West Cornwall

£519 - £962 per week

Fold back the sitting room doors and allow the gentle morning breeze to flow through. With nothing but the sweet sound of birdsong and leaves gently rustling in the trees, there's no better way to start the day than sitting on Cartway Cottage's terrace, with an ocean view in the distance. Enjoy a Cornish Coffee and freshly toasted bread with lashings of melting butter and plan the day's adventures. Tear yourself away from the calming interiors of this charming home and take a refreshing shower before heading out for the day exploring. Tie up your trusted walking boots and head for the South West Coast Path, stopping for a picnic lunch of finger sandwiches and a cream tea on the way. Whether it's a coastal ramble, a day basking in the sunshine on warm, golden sand or an afternoon in the surf, your returning home to Cartway Cottage will bring welcome rest at the end of a busy day. Enjoy a lazy sunset supper of local Cornish cheese with a refreshing bottle of crisp white wine from the nearby Polgoon Vineyard. As the night draws in, cuddle up together in the spacious, alluring, sitting room for an evening of good conversation and spending quality time together. When it's time to retire to the comfort of the king size bed, with nothing to hear but the faint hoot of an owl in one of the nearby trees, you are sure to have a peaceful nights sleep.

Cartway Cottage is located in the pretty village of Gulval, ideally located for short drives into Penzance, Marazion, almost endless choices of beaches and the back roads leading to St Ives. Follow the sweeping drive that leads through the owners' beautiful garden, to find Cartway Cottage tucked in the corner. If you can tear yourself away from this peaceful haven, a short stroll from the cottage will take you into the heart of the idyllic village of Gulval. The Coldstreamer Inn offers dining out and evenings of entertainment. By day, the Agapanthus Tea Room in the village offers freshly made lunches and tempting homemade cakes. Tea and cake outside with a sea view, what a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon. The iconic St Michael's Mount and the old market town of Marazion are just a few minutes drive away. Neighbouring Penzance offers shops, galleries and several places to eat. Take a walk along the prom and a dip in the geothermally heated Jubilee Pool. With several tropical gardens scattered around the area too, there is something for everyone within minutes of leaving home. Cartway Cottage has been lovingly created to ensure lifelong memories of a very special holiday, which you will want to repeat year after year.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1



via bi-fold doors to:

Sitting/dining/kitchen area

sofa, chair, Smart TV, dining table and four chairs, gas hob, electric oven, fridge with ice box and dishwasher, sea views. Stairs rising to first floor and into:


king size bed, rural views and door to:

Shower room

rainfall shower, WC and basin.

Outside area

bistro table and two chairs, sea views.

Additional information

under floor oil heating, babes in arms welcome, the friendly owners live on the grounds, but will respect guests' upmost privacy, no children under 18, WiFi, short breaks available.


Delightful cottage. Owners very friendly and helpful.

May 2024

This is our second visit to Cartway Cottage, and again we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our last stay was at the beginning of Autumn, so it was lovely to return to see it in Springtime. The owners made us feel most welcome, as returning visitors. The cottage is very well maintained, and well appointed with good quality furnishings and equipment throughout, which makes it a pleasure to stay there. It looks out upon a beautiful garden with views of the sea in the distance. It is ideally situated to explore this part of Cornwall. We can thoroughly recommend this property, and have every intention of returning.

April 2024

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Holidays in West Cornwall

There is almost an embarrassment of riches for the visitor to choose from when looking at holiday cottages in West Cornwall. With its extraordinary variety of landscapes and coastline, as well as its proud history and cultural heritage, you won't be disappointed.

With many superb beaches to enjoy, including five with the coveted Blue Flag status, it is easy to see why so many people associate this part of the world with sun, sea, sand and, of course, surf. There is, however, so much more on offer when contemplating self catering holidays in West Cornwall.

West Cornwall is home to popular destinations such as MarazionPenzanceCarbis Bay and St Ives, which are all worth a visit. From the iconic St Michael's Mount to the breath taking Minack Theatre as featured in our blog, you wont be short of things to do while self catering in West Cornwall.

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Things to do in West Cornwall

Days out

With such an abundance of stunning sights in West Cornwall, you'll be spoilt for choice when choosing where to visit while holidaying here. St Michael's Mount, The Minack Theatre, and St Ives harbour are just a few of the enthralling places on offer. The many golden sandy beaches that West Cornwall boasts are perfect for topping up the tan. For something a little more energetic, boat trips, fishing excursions and water sports are available. Museums and art galleries provide an equally enjoyable day out, with world famous exhibitions at the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum within easy reach.

With the bustling coastal towns of St Ives, Mousehole and Marazion within close proximity of one another, you can be sure to find somewhere to provide everything you need to the perfect family day out. 


Cornwall's spectacular scenery provides the perfect backdrop for exploring. The coastal paths which hug the rugged cliffs offer breath taking sea views, while walking inland you can enjoy the many nature reserves, ancient stone circles and woodland, for which Cornwall is renowned.

Art & heritage

Famous for its quality of light, the area has long been a haven for artists and there are many galleries to be found wherever you go. There are also many gardens to enjoy; the mild climate will often let plants flourish here which you won’t find anywhere else in the country. For those wanting to dig a little deeper, there is also an amazing mining and maritime heritage which has done much to shape the county and its people as well as, it could be argued, the rest of the world.

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Tom Bawcock's Eve, Mousehole

Every year, the people of Mousehole celebrate the bravery of Tom Bawcock. Years ago, when the boats couldn't get out in the storms, the villages had no fish to eat. Tom dared to take his boat out and returned with enough fish to make a Star Gazey fish pie for the whole village.

23rd of December, 2024

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Montol Festival

Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter Solstice with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing through the streets. It's a truly wonderful celebration. 

21st December 2024

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Penzance Literary Festival

Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.

2nd - 6th July 2024

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2024

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

5th February 2024

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Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates local culture and community. This year the theme will be 'Back to the Future!

21st - 30th June 2024

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Mousehole Christmas Lights

Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year. Read More >

December 2024

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

TBC 2025

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Porthleven Food & Music Festival

The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!

26th - 28th April

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

14th - 28th September 2024

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Camborne Trevithick Day

Join in the celebrations at this community led festival. The annual event celebrates the engineering and mining history of the Camborne area, and is dedicated to Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam power & inventor of Road and Railway Locomotives.

27th April 2024

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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.

Delightful cottage. Owners very friendly and helpful.

This is our second visit to Cartway Cottage, and again we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our last stay was at the beginning of Autumn, so it was lovely to return to see it in Springtime. The owners made us feel most welcome, as returning visitors. The cottage is very well maintained, and well appointed with good quality furnishings and equipment throughout, which makes it a pleasure to stay there. It looks out upon a beautiful garden with views of the sea in the distance. It is ideally situated to explore this part of Cornwall. We can thoroughly recommend this property, and have every intention of returning.

We were made to feel most welcome by Ruth and Tim. The cottage is well appointed and had everything we needed. Just what the ‘dr ordered’ to ‘recharge our batteries’ - peaceful and cosy. We will definitely revisit .

A wonderful restful break over New Year. The property was very quiet and peaceful. There are pleasant walks nearby and great views over the bay. The host was very friendly and helpful. Thank you very much for everything.

What a lovely time we had at Cartway cottage! The property itself is very well appointed- everything was nearly new - all very comfortable. Good location - Gulval is within east walking of Penzance and Marazion - with the whole of West Cornwall in easy reach. There is also a good bus service in the area so you can avoid using the car all week if you wanted. Note that the local pub has closed but the kitchen is well-equipped for making your own meals. Ruth and Tim are extremely friendly - Ruth in particular is very attentive whilst being very careful to let you have your privacy. We would definitely recommend ??

Cartway Cottage is a delight. Wonderfully comfortable bed, perfect shower room and great kitchen. Everything has been thoughtfully provided to make a stay here perfect. From luxurious linens to top quality kitchen equipment and furniture. The location was perfect for us. There is a pub and tea room just 5 minutes walk away. The hosts were lovely and made us feel very welcome it was a joy to meet them. Nothing was too much trouble. Great value for money. We do intend to visit again. Barbara and Ian.

We can highly recommend this gem of a property. It is very well appointed, well equipped and spotlessly clean. The owners are most welcoming. It is also perfectly situated to explore both the north and south coasts of this part of Cornwall. All in all a very peaceful and relaxing break, just perfect for the two of us. We hope to return again soon.

Delightful cottage and an excellent base for touring Cornwall

Cartway Cottage is in a lovely quiet location but within easy walking distance to Penzance and the whole of Mount's Bay.

The owners of the property were very welcoming and offered advice on what is available in the area.

We enjoyed our short stay very much and intend to book again.

I would thoroughly recommend a stay in Cartway Cottage. The cottage is immaculately clean and beautifully presented. The owners (who live in the adjacent building) were very friendly and welcoming. The cottage is located close to Penzance with easy access to many beaches, and coastal walks.