St. Mawes is a small town located in the South West of England. The little town is on the South coast of the county of Cornwall. St. Mawes lies just opposite the larger town of Falmouth and you can actually hop on a ferry and cross the bay to reach the town. Although the town only has a population of a few thousand people it can often get much busier as this part of the country is very popular with tourists. People have been coming to this part of Cornwall for many years and will no doubt continue to do so in the future.
If you are looking for accommodation in St. Mawes then there is a decent choice. There are not really any large hotels in the town however there are plenty of nice bed and breakfasts to choose from, some of these include, Gwelesmor, Nearwater, The Rosevine and Trewithian Farm. These are all quite small but offer a good standard of rooms at and affordable price. If you are looking for larger hotels then you may be best heading for Falmouth. There are also plenty of privately owned holiday homes in this area, if you are looking for self catering accommodation then one of these is ideal. There are also a few nice little camp sites in this area which offer very good facilities at very good prices.
The town of St. Mawes has a few things of interest that people should enjoy visiting. There is a nice little harbour here and a well known sailing club, there are often lots of yachts and other boats in the harbour and there is usually plenty of activity down there. St. Mawes also has an unusual castle which is well worth a look, if you are into finding out about local history this will be something that appeals to you.
The town also has quite a few shops to browse round. Many of these are more practical ones aimed at locals but there are also ones aimed at tourists. Shops that sell local arts and crafts and interesting little souvenirs are well worth a look round. The town also has some nice little pubs that serve excellent home made food and always have a warm and friendly atmosphere.
St. Mawes can be a great place to use as a base as you explore Cornwall. There are plenty of larger towns to look round including Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance and St. Ives. From here it is not far to the famous Lands End which is the most South Westerly point on the British mainland. Cornwall has some stunning coastline and there are lots of excellent beaches, coves and spectacular cliffs to explore. There are also plenty of beautiful quaint little villages in the area where the pace of life just seems to be much slower.
Even though St. Mawes often gets overlooked by people visiting Cornwall, there is still plenty to see and do in the town and in the surrounding area. Next time you are heading South and visit Cornwall make sure that you give St. Mawes a visit.
St Mawes in Cornwall is set in the beautiful Roseland penisula, a former fishing village with old fashioned charm and sophistication. Although now a major centre for yachting, St Mawes still remains unspoilt but perhaps a little busier than when I first visited fifteen years ago.
A regular ferry service runs from St Mawes to Falmouth, the latter boasting big high street shops such as Marks and Spencer, Boots and Tesco. This means that you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of St Mawes and stock up on provisions as and when required. The ferry takes around half an hour and it's worthwhile simply for the pleasure of crossing ther Fal Estury, if not to shop.
Back at St Mawes, shops are at a minimum. There are a number of art galleries selling local paintings and sculptures and an excellent delicatessen. There are several hotels where you can also eat. The Ship and Castle and the Idle Rocks Hotel both have dining rooms with sea views.
The castle at St Mawes is owned by English Heritage and is therefore open to the public. This fortification was built by Henry VIII and has excellent vantage points. From here you can look out to Pendennis Castle across the river at Falmouth.
On the whole, St Mawes is an extremely pretty and laid back place with some excellent eateries. If you are looking for hustle and bustle, you won't find it here but you will just across the water.