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Summer has finally arrived in Cornwall and to celebrate we really do have some fabulous extra special gifts to offer our guests staying in our quirky little harbourside cottage. For our guests who book any 3 nights in June or July we are offering a complimentary relaxing facial at the wonderful Holistic Mermaid Therapy Rooms in Mevagissey and whats more...a free ice cream for everyone staying! Take a look at The SeaHoss on our Cornish Escapes website and drop us a line for more information and the great special travel deals we have at the moment. Make sure you quote G+deal to get the best offer. There's so much to do in Mevagissey, from chilling on the beach or taking the Fowey to Mevagissey ferry for a day trip to the trendy yachting haven, a clifftop walk to The Lost Gardens of Heligan or simply enjoying the best fish and chips in Cornwall and an ice cream on the harbour side. All of our guests receive a welcome hamper and crabbing bucket and rock for any younger members. Breathtaking harbour views from EVERY window. Contact us via the website for latest travel deals and offers. #Cornwall   #traveltuesday   #holidays2016   #holidayrental   #lastminute  
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The SeaHoss, on Mevagissey Harbour, is obtaining some exceptional reviews from our guests in it's first year of holiday letting. Considering that 12 months ago this iconic old house was still inhabitable after it's major renovation and rescue from slipping into the sea, we are delighted with the way guests have fallen in love with the house and with the beautiful village of Mevagissey.
We feel that its important to say that this is not a second home used for holiday rentals. This is my main and only home in the UK but I work overseas for a holiday company and so am able to let out The SeaHoss while I am away. It's a great way to pay for the renovations and to keep the house loved and occupied, it also brings revenue into the village.
Although the major renovations and luxury refurbishment is complete, the finishing touches are still ongoing. During the renovations, it was revealed that the house was originally built as a pilchard palace. Taking up the concrete floors revealed the original oak barrel to collect the oil from the press and a wooden shute, in perfect condition, leading out into the street. There is a gentle curve in the wall in the galley where the hogshead barrel holding the pilchards would have stood, above it, in the slate walls, exposed holes used to house the long wooden beams used to press the fish.
The barrel beneath the floor was carefully removed and the floor tanked beneath it. Over this winter we will be installing a glass floor so that the barrel can be showcased to our guests.
We managed to spend last weekend at the house in between bookings. It was a good chance to catch up on a few little jobs before the summer.The SeaHoss was built from the timbers of an ancient shipwreck washed up on a Cornish beach in the late 1600s. The house was named after the ship and is locally and affectionately known as "The 'Oss". A major job last year was to remove years of paint from the ancient wooden paneling of the house. The paint had been applied for the last 100 years or so and was preventing the wood from breathing, causing it to rot. Removing the paint without damaging the wood was painstakingly hard work, but my goodness, what was revealed took us and the village by surprise. Hundreds of etchings of working boats dating back to 1700. The etchings were dated and initialed and revealed that the wooden front of this harbour fronting house was used as a log to record the boats entering or leaving Mevagissey Harbour. We have now protected the paneling with oil and so the etchings are there for everyone to see for years to come..
Mevagissey was one of the main villages for Cornwall's pilchard fishing industry and it is still very much a working fishing village. It is truly wonderful to watch the boats go out early morning and return with their catch, which is available to but fresh on the quayside. Mevagissey is said to be one of the first places in the country to have oil street lighting from the pilchard oil which probably came from the SeaHoss amongst the many other fish cellars in the village.

We can honestly say we are very proud of the transformation. The views from every window of the harbour, ocean and the lighthouse are superb and every room hold a small piece of nautical history, from the antique ships compass to the wall lights salvaged from a famous ocean liner which once held parties in the 1930s for the Hollywood movie stars of the time. Of course, we still have so much to do as we only purchased the house, as a complete wreck, in 2014 and we were only able to move in in June 2015 but it is an ongoing project which holds a dear place in our hearts and one which we thoroughly enjoy working on. The SeaHoss is available to book for short breaks and holidays from Cornish Escapes Holiday Cottages
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Just imagine arriving at your romantic short break in Cornwall with the campfire already lit and a glass of wine awaiting you! We would all love to spend a couple of days reconnecting with someone special in our lives, to spend time  star gazing together or to chat late into the evening over a bottle of wine snuggled up by a riverside camp fire and now we have the perfect opportunity!
 Cornish Escapes are delighted to welcome a very special addition to our boutique collection, in the form of a wonderfully romantic Shepherd's hut for 2, a traditional way of glamping but with some lovely modern twists such as underfloor heating and your own private toilet and shower block just a few meters away, so there's no excuse not to take a few days away in the Autumn. What about a little piece of your own secluded paradise for a couple of days where you can light the log burner, snuggle down in a comfy double bed with crisp linen and enjoy breakfast brought to you in a wheelbarrow?
The owners live in a very pretty cottage close by so are there to greet guests and be on hand to help with ideas of places to visit. Previous guests have commented on how welcoming and helpful Julie and Richard are, but also commented that they are then left alone to enjoy their privacy.
Although in a quiet and secluded location,  the Shepherd's hut is central for exploring Cornwall. St Ives, with its beautiful beaches, Tate Art Gallery and waterfront bars and bistros is just a short drive away and Rick Steins bistro is around a 25 minute drive. In reality, there really is no need to venture out in the evenings if it's just a short stay, why not cook some local produce over the fire pit by the river and enjoy a bottle of local Cornish wine, cooled by a bucket of stream water, kick back, relax and just spend time talking to each other!
A continental breakfast, homemade and delicious, is included in the cost of the stay which is brought to your accommodation in an unusual way.....try to the breakfast in a jar!
This property is awaiting inspection, which I am personally looking forward to, but there are so many lovely reviews that we couldn't wait to add it to our collection. If you would like to book or discuss the property, please visit or website or email Carrie directly on carrie@cornishescapes.net. There is a minimum 2 nights stay and prices are from £70 per night. 
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Attention all Cornish Holiday Property Owners - Are you looking for additional help in letting your property next year? We are a small family run letting agency based on the Cornish Riviera, with properties around Fowey, Mevagissey, Looe and Pentwan, and are now in the position to be able to take on a few more high quality Cornish properties for 2016. There are no up front fees and our rates start from just 5% commission.
We wish to stay small and exclusive so that we can offer a personal service to our guests and get to know the property and owners and do not wish to have more than 10 Cornish Properties on our books.
Property owners are able to let out as many weeks as they wish themselves or use other agents as we are non exclusive. We offer a page on a high ranking letting site as well as a page with availability calendar and up to 10 photographs on our own website.
It is so important that we respond to our enquiries as fast as possible, and certainly within 6 hours, when a guest makes an enquiry, we send a booking request to our clients which they accept or decline as they wish, clients are under no obligation to accept our bookings. Our 14% commission rate includes all correspondence with guests right up to arrival and also liaising with the housekeepers if required. It also includes all bank and card fees. We are able to accept credit and debit cards and can take instant online booking for clients who give us first priority, indeed we offer a lower commission rate of just 12% for clients who allow us to take instant bookings.
We also have an active social media account with many followers and will advertise your property on a daily basis.
We are able to recommend very responsible, quality housekeepers and property managers over Cornwall if clients do not already have their own in place. One of our new clients last year received over 50% more bookings through using us then they had over the last 3 years. We personally inspect all properties and are able to offer advice on letting, furnishing and advertising if required, as we have been in the holiday letting business for over 25 years.
We are flexible and work for the both the guests and property owner equally. Give one of team a call to discuss your requirements or email carrie@cornishescapes.net for full details.
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Would just like to share a review of the newly renovated SeaHoss in Mevagissey. The renovations of this gorgeous old lady who was slowly slipping into the harbour took much longer than anticipated and was both an emotional and financial strain, but a review like this makes it all worth while.
TripAdvisor - The SeaHoss
TripAdvisor - The SeaHoss
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Our guests have been treated to sightings of Clet, the bottlenose dolphin, in the waters around the coast of Fowey over the last couple of weeks. Dolphins, porpoises & whales can all be spotted, if you are lucky, from the Cornish Coast and dolphins can often be seen feeding and playing close to the seashore all year round. Sometimes Minke whales also come in close to the shore, particularly in deep water harbours.
 Clet has been seen in France between 2008-10, before inhabiting areas around the south coast of England until being spotted in Fishguard last year. He was then spotted in Penzance and Ireland and even the Isle of Mull. 
He has swam remarkable distances in search of a family and a pod to join. 
 There have been many sightings of Clet, named by the French fisherman who's boat he used to follow, in Cornwall recently. He is easily recognised by his damaged dorsal fin and a great way for guests to see him, or a pod of dolphins, is to book with one of the businesses offering wildlife cruises or river trips in the area. Clet interacts with boats but despite his playful nature, members of the public should take great care not to disturb him.
Local businesses offering wildlife cruises and river picnics around Fowey and mevagissey can be found on our website.
www.cornishescapes.net


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One of Britain's premier sailing events, The Fowey Royal Regatta takes place between the 16th to 22nd August 2015. Over the years, this spectacular event has been visited by Queen Victoria & Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth ll. Now thousands of visitors not only gather to watch the sailing, racing and gig racing but to also enjoy the daily events, such as the Carnival, live music on the Quay, the amazing display by the Red Arrows, who have been visiting the event for over 30 years, and the spectacular fireworks over the harbour on the final evening. Although this picturesque little town is very busy during the Regatta, there is always a wonderful atmosphere and so much to do. 
Accommodation gets booked up quickly for this week and Cornish Escapes Cottages are fully booked this year during the Regatta but can assist in helping to find accommodation if required.
We can, however, offer discounts for 2016 Regatta bookings made up to August 31st 2015. Please email Carrie for details.




 www.foweyroyalregatta.co.uk 
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There's a fabulous front row view of the harbour from the little terrace of the old SeaHoss. A perfect viewpoint to watch all of the activities of Feast Week in Mevagissey this week, or to  just while away the hours with a glass of wine at any time. The house is over 400 years old and the front of the house is of special interest as it was used as a log to record the boats in and out of the harbour with etchings.The SeaHoss has last minute availability in July and special offers are available by contacting us on the website
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The light over the harbour yesterday evening was simply breathtaking. After a relaxing walk along the coast path it was the perfect end to an evening to relax in the SeaHoss with a glass of locally produced Cornish sparking cider from Fowey Valley and take in this extraordinary view from the Sitting room in this historic house. The SeaHoss is a two bedroom Grade 2 listed cottage, perched on the harbour wall in Mevagissey and is now available to book for short breaks and holidays.
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The wonderful "Shipwreck"cottage the SeaHoss in Mevagissey is now available for 2015 booking. It is over 300 years old and built from the timbers of a ship wrecked on a nearby beach.
Originally a pilchard palace and fish cellars, we have tried to showcase all of the history. Probably not suitable for perfectionists, the floors are uneven, the walls are wonky and the ships timbers are rough but it has been fully renovated over the past year and is now a wonderful coastal home from home. It is one of the closest houses to the harbour in the village and has sea views from every window. A great alternative to a hotel, the house is available for short breaks of just 2 nights and there are many restaurants and bitros within a short walk. Our followers on G+ are eligible for free ice cream and a bottle of local Cornish sparkling cider from Fowey Valley.
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