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Coth Bean

Mawnan Smith

Property Description

Coth Bean has been a much-loved family home for over twenty years, and the owners hope you will find it as cosy and relaxing as they do.

Derived from the Cornish language, the name Coth Bean means 'old and little'. Built in the 18th Century, the cottage is certainly old but not small as a sympathetic extension has added extra space. From the quite beautiful thatched roof down to the intricately carved brass dinner bell, you'll find the cottage bursting with charm and personality. Inside and out, you'll experience an atmosphere of warmth and tranquillity.

Walk along the original cobbled path, and open the front door into the spacious living room which is painted in a traditional bright white, and has an authentic beamed ceiling. One of the most charming features of this room is the arched window which gives a glimpse of the front garden area, and also shows off the wonderful thick cottage walls. There's a sofa in here, two armchairs and a beautiful, period mahogany carver chair. Close the curtains, pop on the electric candle wall-lights and cosy up in front of the fire for a restful hour of television after a busy day sightseeing or at the beach. You'll find a DVD player here too, so make sure to pack your favourite films. A flight of stairs on the right takes you to the first floor.

Through the doorway to the left, you'll discover a wonderful study, complete with rich wood-panelled walls and an antique writing bureau.

The downstairs shower room, painted in pale blue, has a large, fully tiled shower cubicle, toilet and hand basin.

Next, you'll come across the spacious kitchen painted in a light lime-green which accentuates the oak storage cupboards and beautiful dresser. There's a combination microwave oven in here, plus a dishwasher, washing machine and separate tumble drier. The pièce de résistance in the kitchen, however, is the stunning oil-fuelled Aga in claret, with matching tile work. There are three ovens, and a warming plate on top. Even cooking will be fun on this holiday, and there's plenty of space here for the whole family to help prepare the evening meal.

You'll find a formal dining room to the right of the kitchen, but separated by a tiled entrance hall where you'll have plenty of space for coats and outdoor gear. The dining room forms part of the extension but looks and feels as traditional and personality-packed as the rest of the cottage with its rich-wood, period furniture and vaulted, beamed ceiling. Perfect for family suppers or a boisterous game of Risk in the evening.

Once upstairs, you'll find a double room with a quaint, traditional cupboard for hanging your clothes. One single room is decorated in cottage-style pink with a rose-flower border. There's an old school desk here, too, perfect for your child's laptop or drawing station. The second twin room, painted in yellow, has colourful matching curtains and wall-border in shades of green and blue. You'll find a super-king bed in the master bedroom, and a breath-taking view of the back garden, and the fields beyond. There's plenty of hanging and drawer space in the built-in wardrobes, tastefully painted in mint green. You'll also love the period pieces in here, a wonderful corner chair, plus some antique chests of drawers in a rich mahogany veneer. The en-suite bathroom has a bath, bidet, toilet and hand basin. We provide each guest with one bath sheet and one hand towel, free of charge.

You'll adore the large, rambling garden; it has a tiled terrace, complete with new patio furniture, so you can enjoy an alfresco breakfast or afternoon cream-tea with the family, plus there's a barbecue here which is perfect for an evening meal. It's a cottage garden full of trees, established shrubs, and an assortment of flowers throughout spring and summer. There's a pond too, but with a metal grille cover to keep the little ones safe. A separate area provides ample parking for up to three cars.

Coth Bean is a minute's drive from Mawnan Smith or ten minutes from Falmouth. And if you'd like to give driving a miss for the day, catch the bus into Falmouth - the bus stop is right outside the cottage! Maenporth, with it's stunning, sandy beach, Life's a Beach cafe, and the award-winning Cove restaurant, is just a ten-minute walk through the woods.

For bookings of one week or over, we'll pop in a Cornish welcome pack for you. There is a refundable £200 deposit against damages on this property. Regrettably, we can't accept dogs in Coth Bean.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Bath
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds
  • Freezer
  • Garden
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • King Size Bed
  • Microwave
  • Parking Space
  • Single beds
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


Mawnan Smith takes its name from the smithy that was situated in the centre of the village where two old trackways met. One led to the ferry at Helford Passage, and the other wove its way up to the St Maunanus church, on the cliff overlooking the Helford River. The village is steeped in history; in June 1944, Mawnan Smith was sectioned off from the outside world, for a few days, as American military passed through to the beach at Trebah Garden, to embark for the Normandy beaches. And if you're fascinated by the paranormal, take a stroll through the woods and watch out for the Owlman of Mawnan, a mysterious half-man and half-owl creature, first spotted in 1926. This monstrous red-eyed creature, with sharp pincers, is fabled to hover over the church tower, watching for prey.

The village itself is set between Falmouth Bay and the Helford Estuary. In the village square, you'll find a Post Office within the Spar shop, plus a ladies' hairdresser and Casa Juan, a restaurant dedicated to Mediterranean cuisine. You'll find a doctor's surgery here, too, just in case you anyone is ill. You can visit the sub-tropical gardens of Trebah or Glendurgan – stunning all year round, or dine at the Red Lion in Mawnan Smith. Pop into the Cornish Maid for a homemade lunch and then have a wander down to Durgan Beach. Or hop onto the Blue Pointer and take to the river for a fishing trip.

Helford Passage is five minutes away, where you can sample locally caught seafood dishes and a pint of Proper Job Cornish ale in the Ferry Boat Inn. Spend the day on the beach here, or catch the foot ferry across to Helford Village, where you can wander along the coastline to Daphne Du Maurier’s atmospheric Frenchman’s Creek. The Helford River itself has often been described as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. Much of the surrounding region – lush valleys, sub-tropical gardens and sandy coves – is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a place of unspoilt, natural tranquillity.

If you’re feeling energetic, pack up a picnic and hike the coastal path, from Helford Passage to Maenporth, stop off for an ice-cream at the Life’s a Beach café, and stroll along the cliffs into Falmouth, reputedly the third largest natural harbour in the world. A great base for exploring this part of the Duchy.