Charlton Lodge

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall (Ref. 976475)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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* Based on a combined average customer score

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23 Customer Review(s)

  • “Glorious setting and so quiet and peaceful and the grounds were amazing.”

    Cleanliness was adequate and the Lodge was well equipped (see note below) - ...

    Cleanliness was adequate and the Lodge was well equipped (see note below) - HOWEVER : * Second bedroom: Suitable only for 2 children and definitely NOT for 2 normal sized adults. * During our stay the front door threshold / step got very wet & dirty very quickly and as a consequence a lot of the mud and debris that collected there after rain quickly 'trod in' to the hallway.. * The kitchen cupboards and work surfaces were over endowed with the owner supplied equipment and utensils leaving very little room for the storage and preparation of guests food drinks etc. Remember this is a self catering establishment and we came with our own food and groceries etc. * Numerous little advisory notes left around the Lodge tended to be OTT * The drying room was deemed to be out of bounds. Why, when it is specifically mentioned in the property details ? We had occasion to want to use its facilities but couldn't * Hedge around the picnic table and benches at the bottom of the garden was too high to enjoy the fabulous view when seated.. * The 4 poster bedroom had a musty odour throughout our stay. * The bathroom would have also benefitted by the addition of an 'in-bath' shower attachment and screen * The shower room would have also benefitted by shelving to store bathing, toiletries, tooth brushes etc while not in use. As it was washbags had to be stored on the floor. Not very hygienic On balance our stay at Charlton Lodge was enjoyable but regrettably the second bedroom size and facilities would prevent our party of 4 adults revisiting. Such a shame !!!

    - Mr Moore, July 2021

    Thank you for your feedback. The weather was very wet for most of the week which accounts for some mud on the threshold . However, there are 2 external rubber mats and 3 internal door mats, immediately inside the door on the tiled surface of the entrance, which have always proved adequate, even in the winter. The website photo clearly shows the second room with two single beds both with bedside cabinets and a wardrobe. We were surprised to hear you felt it was too small as we regularly have four adults to visit and have not received negative feedback regarding the size of the bedroom before. We consider that a 6'6" tower larder unit, split into 3 cupboards together with a tall fridge and freezer unit, is more than sufficient food storage for 4 guests, There is a 4-tiered basket unit in the shower room for toiletries etc. Beyond the garden, at the edge of the property, is a picnic table. As this is in a very exposed position, (hence the wonderful views), we planted an olearia hedge to provide shelter from the strong winds and also privacy. However, the part of the hedge overlooking the cove and beyond, is deliberately kept low to frame the extensive views up the south Cornish coast, from a sitting position at the picnic table. The notes are a polite reminder to guests that we feel help during their stay. We do not advertise a drying room and this is, in fact, our own private garden room! During your stay we asked if everything was satisfactory and we received a very positive response, so we are absolutely bemused regarding your written comments. Owner relations

The property

About a mile from Mawnan Smith, along a pretty tree-lined lane in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a detached lodge to a splendid country house with fantastic uninterrupted sea views, surrounded by 6½ acres of level gardens and grounds with large wildlife pond (5' deep) and fountain pool (both unfenced).

You have your own sunny patio and lawn plus secluded decking area with furniture and sea views, and are welcome to enjoy some of the grounds (abundant wildlife), from the 'secret garden' sheltered by tall hedges, to the field leading to the Coast Path (unspoiled Prisk Cove, 1/3 mile) and picnic table with fabulous views over Falmouth Bay to St Mawes and up the south Cornish coast.

From the lane, sweeping drive up to the lodge; hall and living/dining room with long, lovely garden/sea views, woodburner, TV/DVD and French windows to garden; oak fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, fridge-freezer, microwave, electric cooker); two bedrooms - a double (5' four-poster bed) with sea view next to a smart bathroom (suite), and a twin (footboards) with en suite shower-room (suite).

No children under 10 due to pond.

A great chill-out place for peace and quiet at any time of year, and well placed for the Coast Path, boat trips and sub-tropical gardens. Mawnan Smith: village (good food pub, shops/PO) a mile from the sea at the mouth of the Helford River.

Falmouth, 3½ miles.

Wonderful walks; Trebah and Glendurgan gardens, about 1 mile.


Ground Floor

Kitchen Dining Area Lounge Bathroom Double Bedroom Drying Room Shower Room Twin Bedroom


  • All on one level
  • Two bedrooms: 1x king-size double with sea view, 1 x twin with en suite shower-room
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove, lovely sea views, dining area and French windows to garden
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone incoming calls only only, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property, Note: This property does not accept children under 10.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

About the location


Falmouth 6 miles ; Helford Passage 1.5 miles ; Helston 12.5 miles

Located near the mouth of the Helford River in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mawnan Smith is a pretty little village. It is home to a traditional pub overlooking the water, a restaurant, a church and a handful of shops. The surrounding area is perfect for ramblers, with an abundance of creekside and woodland walks, and subtropical gardens at Glendurgan and Trebah. The Helford River also offers opportunities for kayaking and sailing as well as fishing. The nearby maritime town of Falmouth is a popular resort, with a range of shops and restaurants, bowling alley and the National Maritime Museum…. Or why not catch the ferry from Helford Passage to Helford Village and explore the picturesque South Helford? Enterprise Boats offer trips up the River Fal from Falmouth to Truro, passing iconic maritime locations and landmarks as well as several ocean-going vessels which anchor in the river.

Note: This property does not accept children under 10.
Note: No stag or hen parties.

NOTE: Access to the shared part of the gardens has been restricted in 2020 due to the owners shielding for health concerns relating to the current pandemic. You will still have use of the front driveway, private decking area with seating and the paved terrace area with bench, over looking the gardens with views to the sea.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season