Here’s Why You Need to Visit St Mawes in 2019

Breath-taking countryside, miles of coastal walks, beautiful architecture and a huge variety of incredible independent shops, restaurants and galleries. These are just some of the things you’ll hear many people shouting about our wonderful home of St Mawes, a place which has been deemed ‘fit for a Princess’, literally, after visits by the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret over the years.


A trip to Cornwall is likely to be on the agenda for the usual huge swathe of people wanting to luxuriate in the perfect, British break. But rather than opting for the bustling hubs of St Ives or Truro, why not opt for the slightly more laid back choice of St Mawes this year to make you home away from home?


A delight all year round, the pleasures of St Mawes do change with the seasons but enjoyment is not seasonal. Right now, in the quiet post-Christmas lull of January, you’ll find a sense of peace and tranquility unlike any other time of year (with buzzing hubs for January sales shopping just a short journey away). As spring unfolds, you will be met with an abundance of flora and fauna waking up from a long winter sleep. Summer brings some of the world’s best festivals and right up until early autumn, our coastal waters are warm enough to take a dip.


There’s something for everyone in St Mawes. And although a relatively quiet place, we’re not far from the main hubs of Cornwall, making this the ideal spot to choose as you base for a Cornish break.

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If Cornwall is on your mind, treat yourself and plan your trip, today.  Here why you need to pay a visit to St Mawes in 2019…

St Mawes named ‘One of the hippest places in the UK’


Dubbed ‘effortlessly classic and increasingly chic’ by The Telegraph in 2018, St Mawes has been garnering some serious attention over the last couple of years, and with good reason.


Until now, larger cities like St Ives and Padstow have been top of the list for people to visit when traveling to Cornwall but the hype does tend to pull in some serious crowds, particularly in summer months, meaning that these famed places are a little overwhelming for those hoping for a little relaxation.


St Mawes has an awful lot going for it. Still under the radar enough to retain some solitude, but with enough happening to be an exciting trip away for the whole family. We have the perfect blend of naturalism, history, charm and luxury and it’s official: St Mawes is one of the coolest towns in the UK, according to TravelSupermarket.

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St Mawes is the official home to one of the ‘sexiest hotels on the planet’


If you’re planning a romantic UK getaway, St Mawes is your perfect destination – home to what has been called one of the ‘sexiest hotels on the planet’, luxury boutique seaside hotel Idle Rocks. Perched on the rocks of St Mawes, this makes the most dreamy place to call your home away from home. Complete with individually designed bedrooms and winner of the ‘2018 Restaurant of the Year’ voted as ‘Best Restaurant’ in the Trenchermans Guide 2018.


Explore an amazing range of indie shops


For a small town, St Mawes has a fantastic array of shops, bars and restaurants to peruse. Many of which you won’t find anywhere else in the world. From inspiring art galleries (like our very own St Mawes Gallery), to award-winning eateries and totally unique gift shops, you’re spoiled for choice. But it doesn’t have to all be about shopping – there are many options for you to follow a range of creative pursuits too. The music scene is alive and kicking, there are fabulous cookery classes available (many featuring our world-famous seafood offerings), art classes held by some of the UK’s finest artists. Take your pick for tour holiday activities, you won’t be disappointed.