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Nestled amongst the trees and perched right on the waters' edge, this away-from-it-all historic retreat is the ultimate exclusive getaway, only accessible by boat or via a woodland walk. Simply stunning!. A lower occupancy rate applies out of season, call us to enquire.

At a Glance

From £1,595 for a long weekend or mid week break.
Big and Beautiful Breathtaking sea views from every window Family friendly For Larger Parties Immaculate luxury in Farrow and Ball glory In-house catering available Off the beaten track A private slipway and naturally forming rock pool for swimming Private Catering Walled gardens to the water's edge Coastal Dog friendly Sea views Walking distance to the beach Bathtub for two Open Fires Parking
Whether you arrive by boat or meander down the woodland path, Ropehawn is like stepping back in time. 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. Uniquely located right on the water's edge of St Austell Bay, Ropehawn has its own deep-water moorings so you can bring your own boat. There is a natural harbour for launching and keeping small boats and wild swimming. Kayaks are available at the house for guests' use. The house itself is a laid back family home which the owners are delighted for you to share with them, plus a pretty walled garden makes for outdoor living during sunny weather. Additionally, The Sea Room at Ropehawn, a smaller property for two next door, can be rented out too should you have more than 8 guests in your party.
Special lower occupancy rate

A special lower occupancy rate applies outside of school holidays, peak weeks, bank holidays, Christmas and New Year. At Ropehawn the Just for Two couples rate is 40% discount, for four guests and under the discount is 20%. Call the office on 01872 553491 to book.


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 24 hours' 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 Victoriana inspired attic bedroom, perfect for children with two single beds.


The property has three bathrooms, two of which are en suite shower rooms whilst the third family bathroom has a fabulous slipper bath, made for long soaks after a busy day exploring the stunning South Cornish coastline.


There's something secret garden-esque about the picturesque enclosed grassy walled garden. 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 slipway and the small natural harbour and sea beyond.

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.

There are kayaks available to guests for exploring the nearby coast. 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 Tony the boatman can organise it with his friends at Megavissey, with a few days' notice.


Arriving by boat is by far the nicest way to approach Ropehawn. However, if you are arriving by car, Ropehawn has private parking for up to 4 cars above the property.

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, we can arrange for Tony the boatman to 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 BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Netflix on your account, Amazon Prime video etc.


Two dogs are very welcome. We charge £30 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.

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  • 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 & £30 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £30 per pet per week or short break
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