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Mona's Cottage Charlestown

Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall

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Malcolm and Carole Cleave



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  • Under 50yds to the harbour. Ample parking.
  • Secluded/quiet/sheltered courtyard/garden
  • Spacious lounge. Open gas fire. Sunny aspect.
  • Large dining/living room. Space away from the tv
  • Fully equipped cottage style kitchen
  • Luxury bathroom with separate shower
  • Inviting bedrooms. Views from your pillow

Description of Mona's Cottage Charlestown

Mona's Cottage can be found just to the left after walking up a short slope at the top end of the harbour. We are literally a stone's throw from where the picture of the harbour was taken and are tucked away from the summer hustle and bustle.
Parking is right outside.

Our aim is to make you feel comfortable and completely at home in our 1840's cottage, which has been extensively renovated throughout. The original slate front is one of only two which still exist in the village.

Two separate good size living rooms and a generous size kitchen gives plenty of family living space whatever the weather.

The location is just above the harbour, away from the crowds at peak times, offering privacy yet immediate access to the village, harbour and beaches, ideal for exploring the area on foot, by bus or car.

Parking for yourselves and your guests is right outside. A Stable door opens onto the private, sheltered, granite/brick courtyard with elevated lawn area. Ideal to chill out at lunchtime or spend an hour whilst the rest of your party are having a stroll or on the beach. There is both sun and shade. Pop down in two minutes for lunch with them in the pub.

Prior to booking please feel free to phone for an informal chat as we want you to be totally at ease about choosing to stay in Mona's cottage.

If you stay here we can offer you free unlimited parking 100yds from St. Austell railway station for train days out. Alternatively, if you would like a car free holiday we can offer you complimentary transfers to and from the railway station at the beginning and end of your holiday. We can also arrange transfers to and from Newquay Airport at nominal cost.

Features of Mona's Cottage Charlestown

  • General
  • Bed linen & towels inc
  • Bed linen included
  • Garden
  • Car parking (2 cars)
  • Washing machine
  • Cot available
  • Non Smoking
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • Open fire
  • High chair
  • Central heating
  • Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Colour TV
  • Additional Facilities
  • Bathroom and cloakroom
  • Cloakroom - Toilet WC with white suite and illuminated mirror.
  • Luxury bathroom with double ended bath, separate feature shower enclosure, handbasin with illuminated mirror over, and high level flush toilet. Natural slate floor.
  • Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)
  • Notes on bedrooms:
  • Bed 1 - double bed and sea views to greet you when you wake.
  • Bed 2 - double bed and views over the courtyard towards the sea.
  • Bed 3 - single bed with pull out second bed option. High quality mattresses. Sea views. All have built in wardrobes.
  • A cot is available for use free of charge but guests would need to bring their own cot bedding.

Local Information

Notes on accommodation:

The cottage is finished traditionally with exposed beams and stained pine doors. Heating is by gas central heating and the period gas fire in the lounge.

The Hurley family lived in the cottage for many many years. George Hurley was the founder of Hurley Marine which made the famous Hurley 22. Mona Hurley the last of the Hurleys lived all her life in numbers 23 and 24 Quay road until her death in 2002 at the age of 94.

Homeliness is usually felt by guests here. The living accommodation is spacious and offers individual space as we have resisted the temptation to make it open plan. If some people are watching tv in the lounge quietness can be found in the dining room. The garden/courtyard offers pure tranquillity even on a dull, gusty day.

The front has been re-slated using the original local slates, virtually the only property in the village to retain them. We have finished the cottage in traditional period neutral cream colours.

We do not allow smoking or pets in the cottage.


Lawn area at top of garden with open coastline views. The courtyard has original granite setts and old brick paving. Patio table with parasol and chairs

Secure outbuilding with tumble drier and freezer. Bikes can be kept safe here.

The harbour, beaches and a wealth of superb unspoilt coastline stretch along the coast for as far as you want to walk or ride.

Except for one other in the village this is the only property to still have its original slate front - It was restored painstakingly.

The cottage will be cleaned and prepared to a high standard ready for your arrival. Fresh towels, tea towels and bed linen will be provided.

We ask that guests look after the cottage during their stay and let us know if anything gets damaged.

The dining room has on oak sideboard containing selection of games and books. Built in cupboard with all you would expect and need.

The entrance hallway has space for wet shoes, coats,golf clubs etc.

Accessibility Details

The property is not suitable for wheelchair users.


Shortbreaks of 4 or 5 nights are available outside of the main summer holiday period. Please enquire.


During July, August and September the changeover day is a Saturday although sometimes there may be a little flexibility in this. Please ask.

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Location details for Mona's Cottage Charlestown

  • Distance from:
  • 27 minutes drive from Bodmin (12 miles)
  • 38 minutes drive from Newquay (17 miles)

  • Nearest Beaches:
  • 13 minutes walking from Duporth Beach (1 mile)
  • 22 minutes walking from Porthpean (1 mile)
  • 9 minutes drive from Crinnis Beach - Leisure Centre (2 miles)
  • 8 minutes drive from Crinnis Beach - Golf Links (3 miles)
  • 14 minutes drive from Par (5 miles)

(All distances and times are approximations)

Getting Here

Activity and Interests
Nearest Airport : Newquay at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : Rashleigh Arms at 150 Metres Nearest Golf : Carlyon Bay or Porthpean pay and play both nearby at 2 Miles Nearest Train : ST. Austell at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Bosuns Diner at 50 Metres Nearest Beach : Charlestown at 150 Metres Car: not necessary
Special interest holidays:

If you wish to take day trips by train or coach we can offer unlimited secure free parking 100yds from St. Austell railway/bus station. St. Ives by train is a lovely day out on a branch line. Equally good days out by train on branch lines are Looe, Falmouth and Newquay. Gunnislake and Calstock is another brilliant branch line trip. Look out for special off peak prices for train travel in the county.


The beaches are at the end of the harbour, less than a 5 minute walk from the cottage and there are numerous other beaches including quiet remote ones all along this coast. Fishing off the harbour is popular. The Cornish coastal footpath goes through the village with numerous other footpaths traversing the area, both easy walking and challenging.


Newquay Airport 16 miles distant. St. Austell has a mainline railway station. National Express services go through St. Austell. Charlestown is served by a local bus service which connects regularly to local villages and St. Austell.

If you want a car free holiday this is an excellent spot as it is adjacent to the harbour and in the middle of the village. Coastal walks with bus return journeys are popular. If you come by train we offer free transfers to and from the railway station.


St Austell 2 miles. Eden Project 4 miles. Fowey 6 miles. Mevagissey 5 miles.

Truro 15 miles. Newquay 17 miles. Being in central Cornwall access to a wide area is within range. Simple planning can help avoid the busiest roads.

Further Details:

Tesco and Asda are within 1 mile. Polkyth Leisure Centre 2 miles away. Gym at Rugby Club - 1 mile away. Restaurants and Pubs within 2 minute walk. Take away with delivery service 1 mile away. Excellent fish and chip shop within 1 mile. St. Austell is a medium size town with a new shopping development. All the facilities one would hope to find are at hand. The owner will be happy to advise.