“We've just returned from a fabulous week in Cawsand staying in Balcony Cottage and you'd be hard-pushed to find a more idyllic property.”
We didn't use the car for a week. Literally a 3 min walk to the beach (uphill coming back). Amazing views of the sea from the cottage and lovely to hear the waves lapping the shore at night.
It's an extremely safe bay with swimmers at all times of the day. Really clear and clean sea and something for everyone, with the kayaks and paddleboards for hire on the beach and plenty of rock pools when the tide goes out.
Coastal paths run right beside the cottage in both directions and we took lovely walks on both of them, to Rame Head and to Mount Edgecumbe, where the gardens and cream teas are beautiful in equal measure!
A passenger ferry comes right into the beach every hour, running back into Plymouth Barbican. The sea trip itself is beautiful and very handy for a change of scenery if the laid back Cornish life leaves you wanting.
In the village itself you have The Bay Restaurant, right opposite the cottage, serving drinks and fresh seafood (plus other things if you have fussy teenagers like us). There is also the Cross-Keys Inn, where everything is hand-made by the Chef, and delicious (currently food finishes at 7). I wouldn't bother with Half-Way House - we had a very uninspiring yet expensive visit there. There is also a fish and chip shop in the village square and you must visit The Sourdough Bakery for their handmade pizzas (which you need to order in advance).
All places are Covid-safe but do require advance booking.
The cottage itself is delightful. Everything you could possibly need and a lovely welcoming bottle of wine on arrival. All linen was fresh and there wasn't a thing that we needed that we didn't have.
Just one look out - the low doorways. Hubbie and son banged their head a few times despite the warnings! I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with walking difficulties as, apart from the hill, there are several steps on the approach and two flights inside - although totally worth it for the amazing views.
The courtyard is beautifully maintained and was a riot of colourful flowers this week.
Made some wonderful memories at Balcony Cottage and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.