Visit St Mawes and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
St Mawes, Cornwall, is beautifully situated, but is among the least tourist industrialized of the Cornish south coast's small towns. The quality of its shops suggests local affluence; so does the smartness of the old houses along its waterfront. Several are thatched as they are sheltered from the west, looking East to a bay splendid for sailing. Behind the quay the hill rises exceptionally steeply with narrow streets. Beside the road just up from the Victory Inn is an ancient Holy Well restored and re-dedicated in 1939, its waters formerly of repute for curing worms. Apparently St Mawe, a Welsh saint and hermit of the Dark Ages, used to spend a good deal of time sitting beside it contemplating the sun.
But the main thing to see is the fortress known as St Mawes Castle, built by Henry VIII in the early 1540s at roughly the same time as Falmouth's Pendennis Castle. Together they were to guard the mouth of the Fal estuary. In fact neither saw action except in the Civil War when St Mawes's Royalist commander, claiming the fortress was indefensible to land attack, surrendered to the Roundheads as soon as confronted, whereas Pendennis was besieged for about five months. Both are excellently preserved. The St Mawes one is considered a particularly fine example of military architecture. It is also a grand place for young children, exciting and not, comparatively, dangerous.
During the Middle Ages, the town had some importance as a port and, in the 16th century, two M.P.s.
Nearby towns: Falmouth, Penryn, St Austell, Truro
Nearby villages: Budock Water, Carnbrea, Chacewater, Constantine, Coverack, Creed, Feock, Flushing, Gerrans, Grampound, Gweek, Gwennap, Helford, Kea, Kenwyn, Manaccan, Mawgan, Mawnan, Mylor, Perranwell, Philleigh, Porkellis, Porthscatho, Probus, Redruth, Ruan Lanihorne, Scorrier, St. Allen, St. Anthony, St. Clement, St. Day, St. Erme, St. Ewe, St. Keverne, St. Martin, Stithians, Tregoney, Veryan
Have you decided to visit St Mawes or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a St Mawes bed and breakfast (a St Mawes B&B or St Mawes b and b)
- a St Mawes guesthouse
- a St Mawes hotel (or motel)
- a St Mawes self-catering establishment, or
- other St Mawes accommodation