6 miles W of Fowey


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Ropehawn has a natural harbour for wild swimming, kayaking and launching small boats, plus its own deep-water moorings so you can bring your own boat. It is perfectly placed to enjoy life on the water, exploring hidden beaches and clandestine coves. The house itself is a cherished family home which they are delighted to let guests experience and is laid back and vintage, with a pretty garden for outdoor living during sunny weather. Whether you meander down the woodland path or arrive by boat, Ropehawn is an idyllic homestay.

Larger parties

The Sea Room at Ropehawn can be rented out too should you have more than 8 guests in your party. It's tucked away to the left of the main garden, has a private entrance and a clearly marked gate for privacy. You can view the retreat here The Sea Room at Ropehawn


Welcoming and relaxed, the understated elegance of Ropehawn's interiors make way for the splendour of the breath-taking sea views from every window. Original artworks, gilded mirrors, faded nautical charts and bulging bookshelves of the old classics line the walls of the classically lovely living space, whilst linens and soft creamy cotton fabrics, sea grass rugs and stripped wooden floors add the finishing touch.


The bijoux kitchen has a walk-in larder and separate utility room where there's ample space for storage, whilst the views whilst washing up are just divine. The lovely dining room is perfectly sized for long lazy lunches or a dinner party - we just love the ornate original range cooker, kept as an integral part of Ropehawn's heritage but just for looking at, not cooking on!

We can happily help you arrange a private chef if you would rather not do a lot of cooking on holiday. Fresh fish can be delivered to the slipway with plenty of notice.


On the first floor there are three simple, peaceful double bedrooms, two of which are en suite. The décor is classic, paired back beauty to make the most of the gorgeous sea views. Additionally, there's a charming spacious bedroom in the attic, with two single beds.

Bedroom 1 with super-king size bed and en suite shower room. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and use of family bathroom. Bedroom 3 with double bed and en suite shower room. Bedroom 4 with twin beds and use of family bathroom.


The property has two en suite shower rooms whilst the family bathroom has a fabulous freestanding bath, made for long soaks after a busy day exploring the stunning South Cornish coastline. There is also a cloakroom on the ground floor.


There's something secret garden-esque about the picturesque enclosed grassy and cobbled courtyard. With a large dining table for al fresco feasting as well as a built-in barbeque for lazy summer evenings, this is an idyllic spot for entertaining on warm sunny days or cosying up in blankets on clear nights when a spot of star gazing is in order. At the bottom, a secret door leads out through a stone wall on to the slip way and the small natural harbour. It's not difficult to imagine this majestic house being the summer home for families back in the early 1900's, where summer soirees and boat trips were the norm.

On the water

Ropehawn lends itself to those who like to be on or in the water. Inside the sea wall there is a drying harbour and slipway for launching small boats. Outside the sea wall there are two deepwater moorings which are suitable in settled summer conditions for those who may wish to bring their own boat or hire one. (Please advise us in advance if you would like to use these moorings). The harbour fills on the tide with some of the cleanest sea water in Europe and as well as providing a haven for boats it doubles as a private swimming pool - wild swimming at its best.

Two one man Kayaks are available at the house and two-man kayaks and paddle boards can be hired and brought to the propery. Ocean Sports of Pentewan can provide two-man Kayaks, paddleboards, wetsuits and anything else that may be required to help you enjoy the sea. A Laser dinghy is kept at Ropehawn for adventurous sailors although the owners require details of sailing experience before making this available. Please note that all seaborne equipment at Ropehawn is used at your own risk.

Fishing is excellent of the rocks with sea bass being the most popular catch but if you would like to go sea fishing the boatman can organise it with his friends at Megavissey, with a little notice.


If you are arriving by car, Ropehawn has private parking for up to 4 cars, a walk from the property. The access lane is quite steep in places so is not suitable for low slung cars.

Please be aware that to reach Ropehawn from the parking space you will need to walk through Cornwall Wildlife Trust woodland. It's a steep, uneven and sometimes muddy 10-minute walk down a footpath which can make carrying luggage difficult and you may have to make a few trips with your belongings.

Alternatively, with plenty of notice, the boatman can transport your luggage by boat from nearby Charlestown Harbour or someone can meet and accompany you and your bags down to Ropehawn, but if you are arriving late please do be aware that sturdy footwear and torches are a must.


Ropehawn has high speed broadband so if you need to keep in touch with the outside world you can. A Smart TV is available which will give you to access Netflix on your account, Amazon Prime etc.


Two dogs are very welcome. We charge £35 per dog, per week or short break.

In the Area

There's plenty to do in this gorgeous part of the world if you can bear to drag yourself away from pretty Ropehawn. Aside from the various water borne options, Ropehawn is directly next to the South West Coastal Path and the walks from the property are just incredible.

Hop in the car and you're not far from pretty Fowey where you'll find plenty of great places to eat and pretty, narrow streets filled with artisanal shops. Make sure to take time to gaze out to sea and watch the boats slide by - just beautiful!

Alternatively, you're not far from historic Charlestown (as featured in BBC's Poldark), the lush Lost Gardens of Heligan, the iconic Eden Project and the incredible South Cornish coast down to the Roseland Peninsula and up towards Rame Head.

Set on the waters' edge, nestled amongst the trees this retreat is the ultimate exclusive getaway, accessible by boat or via a woodland walk. Simply stunning!

At a glance

From £2,236 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 8 + 2 cots | 4 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

A private slipway and naturally forming rock pool for swimming

Al Fresco eating

Big and Beautiful

Breathtaking sea views from every window

Can be accessed by boat

Family friendly

Off the beaten track

Stone's throw from the sea

Travel cot and highchair

Use of a kayak

Private mooring

Walled gardens to the water's edge

Workcation Retreat


Dog friendly

Sea views

Walking distance to the beach

Open Fires


check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Ropehawn:

Idyllic setting in perfect isolation.

We had high hopes for our stay at Ropehawn but the retreat exceeded our expectations. The views were spectacular and we loved the house. Every detail from the outdoor showers with warm running water to the massive fridge, had been catered for. Nothing was too much trouble for Tony the boatman and his son Jack. We loved kayaking out to see the seals and even met dolphins. The fresh crab and lobster were the best we’ve ever tasted. We would love to return

This is a magical place, its seclusion is the real value and that is due to its inaccessibility. It was exciting and a bit of an adventure. I definitely would go again because I love to be on the water. The best thing about it is the location without a shadow of a doubt. Very Daphne du Maurier!!

Amazing location, beautiful house, perfect stay for a relaxing holiday. I couldn't recommend it enough.

'Absolutely amazing place. Our best holiday ever. A wonderful relaxing holiday. Tony the boatman was fantastic and extremely helpful. He made our stay absolutely the best and was always there when we needed help and advice. Ken also super helpful and responsive. A truly magical place for the best holiday ever' - August 2020

'Amazing location, beautiful house, perfect stay for a relaxing holiday. I couldn't recommend it enough' - March 2020

'A beautiful property in a stunning location. A retreat in the true sense of the word. It was so good to experience Cornwall in August, away from the crowds!' - August 2019

'Ropehawn is a dream come true.' - July 2019

'A truly magical property. The walk in entrance is not for all but rewards those who do. The property exceeded our expectations and would love to return.' - October 2018

'It's a beautiful spot and a very tasteful house.' - August 2018

'Amazing house in a truly peaceful and remote locatation.' - July 2018

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