Beach in Cornwall

St Mawes

St Mawes is well known as one of the most idyllic towns in Cornwall, and it’s a town which, ‘Cornwall Life Magazine’ confidently states, many people would love to live in. On the south-western tip of the Roseland Peninsula, St Mawes lies opposite the larger town of Falmouth, across the River Fal, with Truro further inland.

The town may be smaller than some of its larger neighbours, but it has been noticed, and immortalised on its own monopoly board. It was once an important port dating back to medieval times, and today boasts a scenic harbour, with facilities for a small fishing fleet, and an active water- sports community.

As a popular tourist destination, St Mawes can become busy in the summer months, with  tourists flocking to enjoy the sailing, water-sports, and visits to St Mawes Castle, (which dominates the skyline and guards the town), and of course there are plenty of good walks around the peninsula. These include a well-trodden route from St Mawes Castle to Just-In-Roseland, which houses a 12th century church which is well worth a visit. Don’t be fooled into thinking the town is too quiet in the winter months though, as St Mawes has a community spirit all year round, and a self-sufficiency when it comes to entertainment, so there will always be something going on, and new residents are always welcomed into the St Mawes community.

If you choose this small town for your home by the sea, then you’ll find a town centre equipped with art galleries, gift shops, independent butchers and grocery stores, and other amenities such as hair salons, with food served in a number of pubs, cafes, and restaurants. If you fancy venturing further afield, some of the pleasant villages near St Mawes also have pubs serving good quality food. Try the Kings Head at Ruan, The Ship Inn at Portloe, or the New Inn at Veryan. Many of these are in ideal locations for explorers, so you can have a meal, then take in all the area has to offer.

Being a small town, means there will be journeys made for school and work, but you don’t have to travel far to find a selection of pre-school, primary, and secondary education, and many of the schools will have a Falmouth or Truro address.  In terms of work, tourism and associated service industries drive a lot of the job activity here, although you will also find marine and IT sectors, agriculture and fishing, and there has also been growth in the creative industries in the South Cornwall area. So you may find opportunities in one of these sectors.

Whether for work or play, you’ll have to get around the South Cornwall area and beyond, and there are a number of ways you can do this. National Express coach services can connect you with the rest of the UK, and run to/from larger towns such as St Austell and Falmouth, or you could commute by train. The mainline stations near to the South Cornwall area are St Austell and Penzance, while there are also local branch lines which can connect you with Truro, Falmouth, Looe, and Liskeard, with bus connections from Truro on to St Mawes. Mainline connections are also available from Cornwall to London, while Plymouth Airport and Newquay Airport are the nearest options if you are taking to the air for a business trip or holiday. If you are just travelling around the local area, then there are several ferries and water taxi’s available, with seasonal or year round services, so you will have no trouble getting around. Check out for more information.

Choose to have a home by the sea in St Mawes, then you will enjoy a different but fulfilling pace of life in an area that has lots to offer year round, and a history and heritage that has shaped it into one of the most popular and scenic parts of the Cornish coastline.