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Dog & Guest friendly! Between Mullion village & beach, Sea & Wooded Valley Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 721 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Mullion, Cornwall, England - Stunning Coastal Location, 5 Minutes Walk to the Beach, 10 Minutes Walk to the Village

Cwary Vean was built by Viscount Clifton, circa 1900. The single storey cottage has light, spacious rooms with high ceilings. A small conservatory with table and chairs is the perfect place to take in the sea view or to catch the winter sun. The garden patio area catches the Summer sun from rising to setting. There is a private gate from the garden onto the lane leading down through a grass meadow over a brook less than 10 minutes to Polurrian beach and the coastal path. Situated midway between village and beach, Cwary Vean is ideal for walkers or beach lovers, but conveniently placed as a centre from which to explore the peninsular's wide diversity of villages, beaches, estuaries, woods,moors and exotic gardens. The accommodation is spacious and airy in summer but, with central heating and a log burner cosy and warm in Winter. There is too much to see and visit in a single week on the peninsular-which means I frequently get returning visitors and have made many friends who come every year. Some guests come purely for the peace and quiet of our valley location-they park the car on arrival and do not use it again until it's time to leave. Others use the cottage as a convenient centre to range far and wide (or just to go to the beach every day). Do please telephone if you have any queries or would like any extra information at all.

Chris Morley
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Chris Morley

As a child growing up in the village, the beaches, woods, valleys and moors were all magical places that I explored and loved. Cwary Vean always had a faint air of mystery and quirkiness for me as a youngster. As an 'oldster', I was delighted to be able to buy it in 2000. It had a warm and welcoming feel but, a bit like an old dog in a rescue home, was much in need of TLC (and four years dedicated hard work, which became my perfect retirement project!)

I just love being here and making my holiday home available as a base for guests to have ‘proper Cornish’ holidays. Cwary Vean has been welcoming self catering holiday guests since 2004; I have met some lovely people (including Carole on the beach but that’s another story). I have made good friends whom I look forward to seeing every year & who still make new discoveries every visit.

I always wanted to return to Cornwall and Mullion and the friendly villagers and community of my childhood upbringing. Cwary Vean was the perfect location; snugly placed, in the small quarry from which it was built and named, the house is sheltered from severe weather but retains beautiful sea and valley views. About halfway between village shops, pubs, restaurants etc. & Polurrian beach, the location is the perfect balance between rural tranquillity and accessible village facilities. Here one can relax in peace without hearing much more than a few gulls or passing horses, or go for a pre breakfast swim before heading off to explore the hugely diverse Peninsular. There are so many interesting and exciting things to see and do in a relatively small area that I never want to be anywhere else.

Chris Morley purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Chris Morley chose Mullion

I always wanted to return to Cornwall and Mullion and the friendly villagers and community of my childhood upbringing. Cwary Vean was the perfect location; snugly placed, in the small quarry from which it was built and named, the house is sheltered from severe weather but retains beautiful sea and valley views. About halfway between village shops, pubs restaurants & Polurrian beach, the location is the perfect balance between rural tranquillity and accessible village facilities. Here one can relax in peace without hearing much more than a few gulls or passing horses, or go for a pre breakfast swim before heading off to explore the hugely diverse Peninsular. There are so many interesting and exciting things to see and do in a relatively small area that I never want to be anywhere else.

What makes this cottage unique

One guest said ‘this is the best holiday home ever’, maybe because:

•It feels like coming home even on first visit

•The rooms are large and comfortable even for a day indoors

•Mini conservatory & sea view are ideal for catching winter sun.

•It is within a few minutes of beach one way and village the other

•Close to spectacular walks views and beaches

•Picnic patio catches the sun from rising to setting

•Property & patio comfortably private

•House is dog friendly with off lead walks and play areas from the private gate

•Central heating & user friendly log burner

•Excellent location as exploration base

•Parking for 2 visitor cars


•2 colour TVs (+DVD players)

•Owner lives next door for help and advice if needed

•Delicious home grown grapes (sadly only a limited season)

Do please telephone for initial contact and to discuss price and date flexibility, and any further information you would like. My number is available via the phone symbol button, alternatively use the Enquiry button for contact (both are located near the highlighted 'Book Now' button.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our fourth stay here at Cwary Vean. the cottage is very clean and comfortable with everything you could possibly need"

Sue & Colin with Splash - Cheshire

"Chris made us very welcome and was so helpful with getting our car tyre repaired. An excellent place to come, there are so many walks 'straight from the door'. Local shops very good and easy walking distance. The Old Inn was very hospitable, food was good and they even had a section in the restaurant where we could take the dog".

Dave & Judy Robson with Riley - Oxfordshire

"Chris is very hospitable, kind and generous host. We recommend: coastal walks between here and Church Cove. Pub: Blue Anchor - excellent. Kelynack fish behind Medical Centre, Kynance crab at Lizard. Excellent holiday. Thank you".

Steve & Hilary + Hamish (Bearded Collie) - Coalville
Aug 2014
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Mullion Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 721 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Handbasin , shaver socket, CH radiator.
  • Bathroom: (off small hall next to bedroom 1) Bath with shower over, wc, hand basin with cabinet and shaver socket over
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: (off small hall from sitting room) King size bed (with mattress topper for extra comfort-removable if firmer preferred), wardrobe, ample cupboard space, dressing table and bedside tables Bedroom 2: (off 2nd small hall from sitting room) Twin beds, chest of drawers, wardrobe, hand basin, colour TV and DVD player
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Cwary Vean is approached off an unmade lane to the gravelled driveway and parking area. There is ample parking at the cottage for more than one guest car if needed.The entrance porch leads in to the open plan kitchen/diner and lounge areas. The cottage has central heating and the added bonus of a log burner plus Wi-fi. Well behaved pets are welcome by prior arrangement at £25 per pet per wk. The conservatory provides a comfortable area where dogs can be left, providing they are happy alone, for short periods while the owners are out. Please note all beaches allow dogs at all times between 1st. Oct and Easter Day, & between 19.00 & 07.00 the rest of the year. Kennack & Mullion Cove & Dollar (next to Gunwalloe) beaches allow dogs at any time all year round .There are also many walks & fields around Cwary Vean for dogs to run and play off the lead. The owner lives next door and is usually available if advice or help is needed. No smoking allowed at the cottage. Outside: Guests can catch the sun from sun rise to sunset in the private garden patio area which has table, chairs and sun-shade. There is a private gate to the lane leading down to the beach or up to the village. A barbecue is available if required. Utility Room: Utility Area: There is a washing machine, iron and ironing board and a deep freezer. There is overhead drying for clothes or wet suits and plenty of shelf space for beachwear or walkers' boots etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and tea towels and a hairdryer are provided. Bath and hand towels will also be provided. Please bring your own beach towels. Other: The small conservatory with sea view provides an ideal place to enjoy breakfast and view or just catch winter sun. The two small halls leading to the bedrooms both have book cases with a variety of books and games.


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Dog & Guest friendly! Between Mullion village & beach, Sea & Wooded Valley Views
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 23 reviews

Our stay at Cwary Vean

  • 5 of 5

It was great to get away & enjoy a cottage near the sea. The cottage was comfortable & had everything we needed. It was great to be close to the sea! Chris was an excellent host. A lovely part of the world to be (when the sun's out!). Lots to see & do.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Richard for your review. It is always good to know that our guests in the Cottage have enjoyed themselves-I am pleased too that you all had some good sunshine days and most of the rain came at night! (Rain on the windows in the evening with the log burner going makes everything that much more cozey-but you cant beat a few sunny days !). It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and we would love to see you again when you decide to do some more exploring !
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Great location, beautiful cottage, superfriendly host and dog next door

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I really had a good time at Cwary Vean at the beginning of October. The Cottage had everything it needs and was nice and cosy to stay in, it has a great location close to the beach, you can have a nice walk to Poldhu cove and Mullion cove closeby, and we felt safe and comfortable with Chris and Tilly next door to have a chat or to cuddle Tilly.

Driving down to the Cottage between the typical narrow walls was a challenge for me at first but after two days it was no problem at all - and we didn't have the smallest rental car with our Vauxhall Mokka X!

We explored a lot of Cornwall from here and drove to Lizard Point, Trebah Garden, Penzance, St. Ives, Polperro, The lost Gardens of Heligan and even as far as to the Eden Project and Fowley.

It was our first trip to Cornwall and it certainly won't be our last! If we come again we'd love to stay in charming Cwary Vean again!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to stay with us. We do try to make Cwary Vean somewhere that our guests feel at home-and it all seems worthwhile when we get happy people at the end of their stay and especially when they say they intend to return. As you said on the last day, there is so much to see and so many places to visit; even after all your trips and the lovely places you discovered there are still more awaiting you next time; you will both be very welcome whenever you want to come to stay again and we very much look forward to seeing you then!
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Very good property in excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

Nice welcome and lovely surroundings. Local walks excellent and good location to explore the Lizard and Lands End area.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alan for your review and for coming to stay at Cwary Vean-it was a pleasure to meet you and Janet and you will always be welcome to come again-there is still some exploring to do!
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Lovely place to stay to explore the area

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable cottage with all we needed. We loved walking to the beach and along the cliffs and there are plenty of interesting places to drive to within easy reach. Chris was very pleasant and helpful, which added to the enjoyment of the stay.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jacqueline-it was a pleasure to meet you and Jo. I am already planning to action your suggestion of lowering one of the hedges to enhance the view over the fields. We tend to pay more attention to the sea view, and the hills and valley get forgotten-so that was a good suggestion, thank you! We would love to see you both again and you will always be welcome. Chris
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A warm, homely holiday base

  • 4 of 5

I was attracted to this property because it is dog friendly, centrally heated and secluded, yet within walking distance of pubs, shops etc. It is tastefully decorated and furnished as per the website pictures. It is truly a haven for dogs with a gate onto a track leading to fields and a beautiful sheltered beach. The heating alone is efficient but the log burner just adds to the cosiness. There is hot water in abundance so it is no problem for four adults wanting showers and baths. The beds are comfortable and the natural silence aids sleep. The cottage is well equipped and the external conservatory area provides storage space for food and drink (it kept our wine cool), boots and coats. We cooked two roast dinners during our holiday and, although there is limited worktop space, we had sufficient pans and dishes and managed well. I was totally unimpressed with the local Asda's delivery service and would recommend Sainsbury instead. We explored the local area, walking the coast path to Mullion Cove where there is a dog friendly cafe, and in the opposite direction to Poldhu Cove where we enjoyed an impressive breakfast, sitting outside at the Cafe on the beach - in December!! This cafe, which deserves full marks for quality and value, also allows dogs Inside and is open all year, except for two days!! I would recommend visitors bring a powerful torch if planning to walk from the cottage to the village in the evening because the road to the cottage is very uneven. Further afield, we had a fantastic meal in the Cadgwith Cove Inn after a lovely walk over the coast path to Carleon Cove and The Poltesco Valley which has ancient industrial remains to explore. Porthleven, as beautiful as ever, provided retail therapy with its lovely galleries and gift shops. The walk down to Prussia Cove with its dramatic views of the sea, is well worth the effort, as is a stroll around the lovely Trebah Gardens where the gift shops and cafe are worth a visit! Wherever we ventured, it was always a pleasure to return to the comfortable Cwary Vean. Thank you to Chris and the lovely Tilly for the warm welcome and for being so easy going and helpful.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well that is really nice to read-Thank you! We do try hard to make our guests glad they came and we also try to contribute in any unintrusive way that we can to the enjoyment of their holiday; so it is very much appreciated when we get such nice feedback. It was lovely to meet you and your family (including Breeze and Reuben) and you will all be very welcome if you decide to come again sometime. Thank you too for the comment about the torch. I am going to look for one today to keep in the cottage for winter visitors to use on the dark evening walks. I think one of the new clockwork ones would be a good idea -no chance of the battery failing halfway home!
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A wonderful week in October

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in Cwary Vean at the beginning of October. The cottage is nestling in a sheltered area on the way down to the beach. The location is absolutely fantastic. The secluded private garden, totally dog safe, has a gate to the footpath that takes you down to the beach. You can either carry on the Coastal path in either direction, or choose to walk across fields and grasslands. You are walking distance to Mullion, a lovely little village where you can buy fish that has just been caught.

The scenery around The Lizard is absolutely stunning.

We were so welcomed by Chris and Tilly. Tilly is such a friendly and good natured dog. It is lovely to stay somewhere where you feel that your host will do almost anything to help you enjoy Cwary Vean and the area as much as he does. We will be back!

Eva & John

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Eva & John for coming to stay at Cwary Vean. Thank you too for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us. It was a pleasure to meet you both (& Elsa) and we would love to welcome you back for another holiday. We do try hard to make the holiday cottage a home from home and to ensure that guests know they are welcome, without intruding on their privacy. When we receive a review such as yours it does encourage us to believe we may have succeeded. As always during quiet weeks we are looking for upgrades and improvements where possible. So far this month we have enlarged the patio and put on a new, taller, entrance gate, I think you will approve. We shall look forward to your return- Thank you!
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Gunwallowe Church Cove- there is a lovely old church with centuries of history nestling in t...
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Old Inn & Mounts Bay pubs 10-15 mins walk
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mullion Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mullion Village
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Locations and settings for Poldark TV and numerous films both modern and Classic

Local fishermen will take small parties fishing for mackerel which make a wonderful supper on the barbecue. Polurrian is also favourite for rod and line and the sea bass is even better than the mackerel.

Dressed crab and lobster are available to order as is fresh fish (from named local boats).

Polurrian beach is a favourite with geologists, being divided by a fault line & carrying well marked breccia (geological survey map available on request).

Sailing, surfing and horse riding are all available in the vicinity.


The cottage is 300 metres from Polurrian Beach and the coastal path. 15 minutes to the west Poldhu Beach has a bustling cafe serving refreshments all day and they also rent wet-suits if needed to enjoy the excellent surfing at this beach. There is a Surf School where guests can book lessons to learn or improve their surfing skills. 10-15 minutes walk-(longer by car!) beyond Poldhu, Gunwalloe and Dollar beaches are also popular. Mullion Habour is about 20 mins walk to the south. It is aworking harbour and has a spectacular 'walk through' cave to an adjacent beach (low tide only, tide chart provided for guests). There are numerous other beaches and walks within 15 to 30 minutes drive away. Kennack Sands is popular with families and Kynance Cove is one of the most spectacular beaches in Cornwall.


Approximately 1 hours drive from Newquay Airport.

40 minutes drive from Redruth Station.

If you want a rest from driving, there is a bus stop at the end of the lane less than half a mile from the cottage, and of course both on and off road cycling. Some guests only use their car on arrival and departure, some go out exploring the peninsular every day.


Helston 8 miles

Falmouth 20 miles

Truro 25 miles

St. Ives 25 miles

Penzance 23 miles

Lands End 30 miles

Further Details:

Mullion village has a General Store and a Cost Cutter and an excellent Spar shop (open from early morning to late evening). The village also has a Health Centre,Boots Chemist, 2 hairdressers, a beauty salon, an excellent post office, Pasty and Pizza shop, a book shop and a good quality souvenir shop. Sainsbury and Tesco are in Helston about 8 miles away and both will take your order before you leave home and deliver to Cwary Vean for your arrival. There are two pubs (one allows dogs), both do good food. The Galleon serves great fish and chips and The Village Restaurant serves a good variety of dishes. Whilst the village has all you need for your stay without having to get into the car, the peninsular is scattered with great places to eat or visit.

There are many wonderful gardens to visit with Trebah, Glendurgan and The Lost Gardens of Heligan being firm favourites. The Eden project is now world famous and has an 'all weather' appeal.

Many of Cornwall's other attractions are within easy reach. The famous St. Michael's Mount in Marizion has a wonderful castle and gardens and the unique Minack theatre, Cornwall's theatre under the stars, is well worth visiting even if only to look at the Roman like theatre, the views and the exotic plants.

Lizard Peninsular has 5000 acres of nature reserve with a wide range of wild flowers-many of them rare and endangered, a popular venue for botanists and keen gardeners.

There is a wall map of the Lizard peninsular in the cottage and a pocket map of Mullion village to help new guests to get their bearings.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $138.49
Pet Fee $34.62

Booking Notes: All bookings can be made by email and payment electronically or by cheque or via this site whichever best suits the guest -I do like to have guest contact before bookings are made and accepted; over many years I have found this a sound way of ensuring that guests are happy on arrival and throughout their holiday. Direct contact details are only released by Owners Direct when a booking is made-if you make a booking to release contact info we can talk about date and price flexibility and you can modify or cancel your booking immediately afterwards with no liability if you wish; of course you can always find my contact number from the bt online phone book facility (under Chris Morley, Mullion) I will also advise you of cancellation refund policy-which Owners Direct cannot display accurately (you can view them in my Terms and Conditions which are available from this site).
Please note above dates relate to the nights you will be staying. You are not expected to leave the cottage until 11.00 am of the morning after your last night.
Well behaved and reliably house trained pets are welcome at £25-00 per pet per week.
A deposit of one third of total rental is payable on booking to secure your dates. For bookings of two weeks or more the deposit may be made in two stages on request.
The final balance is due 2 months before the start of your stay.
A security deposit of £100, in case of major damage , replacement or 'beyond normal' cleaning costs is due with the final balance. This will be returned within 14 days of departure if no deductions are incurred.
Changeover Day:Normal Changeover is Friday-this helps guests avoid summer holiday traffic which peaks on Saturdays (and gives a whole weekend at home post holiday to settle in again).
Changeover dates over Christmas and New Year have some flexibility as do some out of season dates. Please feel free to discuss your plans with us, if we can work around them we will do our best to be helpful.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.