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Unique modern detached 3-bed house, v nr town, beach, station!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

STUNNING House. Quiet PRIME LOCATION on tree-lined road, yet a few mins walk to town, harbour, station & 7 mins walk to beach

Lovely, lemon-coloured modern detached house, stylishly decorated and furnished. Drive for three cars and charming front & back gardens. The property has the advantage of windows on all sides, enjoying uplifting light all day.

The designer house is much admired for its contemporary décor, relaxed feel and superb location. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac dominated by trees and birdsong, it is, nevertheless, only a few minutes walk to: the train station; the harbour with its eateries including Rick Stein's restaurant & chippy; handy tescos; pretty yachts; the town centre with its attractive shops, art galleries, cafés, bars, restaurants and piers.

The lawned front garden boasts mature barked borders planted with a diverse selection of well known and tropical specimens, including a rare red yucca. Near the front door, a table and two chairs provide a pleasant spot for a morning coffee. The garden to the rear is similarly lawned with mature borders which include black bamboo. The lawn leads from a large patio directly behind the house, accessible via the back door. New extensive rattan furniture adorns the back patio with its luxury padded sofas, chaise end, and glass-topped coffee table - a perfect sun trap in which to lounge with a good book and some sun tan lotion or socialise with friends, snacks and a gin and tonic. At the back of the lawn is a sturdy table and two chairs to enjoy a cup of tea in the afternoon, out of the sun and sheltered by the back wall with its luscious camellia and bay tree. A new bench with table is ideally placed to the side of the garden against the garage wall, to catch the last rays of the evening. Please do make full use of the pretty well-stocked herb garden easily reached just beyond the kitchen door.

Leading from the newly decorated hallway are the front room with new leather furniture, funky comfy bright armchair, 42" HD Sky TV plus Netflix and Sonos sound system, the dining room with sofabed at the back of the house and the new white and chrome kitchen. Upstairs a central landing leads to a WC, one king sized bedroom with plentiful fitted storage and TV, one bedroom with double bed and a desk with Mac screen for attaching personal devices, and a third bedroom with triple bunk (double bed with single bunk bed above) and new white wardrobe/chest of drawers, and a bathroom.

More Details

Julia Johnston
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Julia Johnston

Number four of six children, I was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to a musical/teaching family, moving 'south' to study French and Drama at Manchester University. After living there for eight years, I spent two years in the US, pursuing a career in acting. I ended up in London, where I lived for thirteen years.

Though my professional background is mainly in French and teaching pupils with hearing impairment, I have been involved in acting and music all my life. I made the move into the writing world about ten years ago; having started with plays, I'm now an author of Young Adult/crossover novels. You're welcome to sample my writing which you'll find in the house...!

My husband works in telecommunications and is something of an inventor/entrepreneur.

We have two grown up daughters.

Julia Johnston purchased this house in 2007

Why Julia Johnston chose Truro & Falmouth

Working increasingly from home, my husband and I took the bold move of setting up home in the beautiful town of Falmouth, out of the swing of the sea (in one way anyway!).

I regularly visited friends over many years and my love for the seductive, friendly town grew stronger as time passed. Having only experienced city life, I was a tad apprehensive about moving to a small town, but it has been the best thing I've ever done! It truly feels like being on holiday all year round and is a flourishing, vibrant, peace-loving place.

The mix of people is surprisingly diverse: creative types (anything goes here especially dress-wise!), academics, highly skilled labourers/farmers, members of the yachting fraternity, students, those with a zest for life, the list goes on...

What makes this house unique

The house is in a much desired peaceful street, being very close to town yet in a secluded area, a tree-lined walk way running through centre of the cul-de-sac. Its position means the house looks onto trees instead of houses, a rare feature of falmouth dwellings, where space is at a premium. A driveway for three cars is an extraordinary perk, too, in a town where free parking is scarce.

It is the first place I've ever lived where you absolutely do not need a car; everything you could need or desire is so close by. From the property, you can easily walk to: town, art galleries, harbour, Events Square, train station, beach, docks. A Tesco Extra, a cinema, a theatre and a gym are also minutes away.

Colourful joyous festivals are never far off, regularly punctuating the calendar as they do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you so very much for letting us stay at your beautiful abode!" Mark Cocksedge, London

"What an amazing place your house is in and what an amazing house. We were worried that we would not manage without a car, but all the walking distances you explained were spot on. One day we went to the maritime museum, then continued to town where we had lunch at a restaurant looking over pretty boats in the harbour. After spending too much money in the gorgeous shops, we changed at the house for the beach and walked round the headland past the castle to Gilly beach then we spent a delightful time swimming and ice cream. We went back to the house to change again and we loved the Gilly restaurant so much we went back for dinner and sat in the sun at the side till 9 o'clock at night! It's hard to believe all that entertainment is minutes walk away and all that was in one day!" L and T Johnston, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

"I loved your house. Being able to escape and have quiet time with a good book and a gin and tonic so close to town was a miracle and something for which I am extremely grateful." Enid Richemont, London
May 2015
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Falmouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rubbish to be put out Monday evenings, thanks. Please use bin liners. Nothing put in the bins loose e.g. takeaway packaging, nappies, food.
  • Please only eat in dining room i.e. no food in living room or upstairs.
  • Summer 2018 - Friday changeover and 7 night minimum stay, please.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
  • Sea-themed bathroom with electric shower above p-shaped bath, and sink. Heated towel rail and brand new large storage unit. WC in separate room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Fitted wardrobes, mirror, dressing table, HD TV/SKY
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Triple bunk (small double bed with single bunk above)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , There is a desk with a Mac screen in this room.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is dble aspect w designer blinds & curtains, king size sleigh bed, fitted wardrobes, bedside tables, drawers & dressing table, 32" Sky HD TV, Sonos speaker. Bedroom 2 is dble aspect w double bed and a desk with Mac screen, chest of drawers. Bedroom 3 has brand new triple bunk (single bunk above small double bed) plus wardrobe and chest of drawers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: House benefits from 300Mbit/s BT Infinity 4 true fibre optic Internet. Superfast broadband. Property boasts a 7-room Sonos audio system (any number of rooms can be chosen) for which clear instructions are available. Sky HD TV in king size bedroom as well as living rm. At side of the house, an electric car charger with Type 2 connector has been fitted. High quality piano (Clavinova) Maps and up-to-date leaflets on local attractions available. All systems explained in easy-to-understand language in the house file. Outside: Professionally maintained front & back gardens. Front laid to lawn w path leading across front of house round the side of house to back. doFour borders, one of which runs behind this path & another which forms wall at very front, w both familiar & exotic plants, including stunning red yucca. Long driveway can accommodate three cars. Metal table & two chairs near front door. The back garden is also lawned, bordered by two mature beds, adorned w attractive planting including black bamboo, camellia, acer, & a very well-stocked and maintained herb garden (parsley, rosemary, oregano, mint, coriander, marjoram etc). Directly behind the house, lies a patio which leads onto the lawn. In addition to a new bench which catches the last of the evening sun to the side of the garden, there is a metal circular table & two chairs on the lawn. The patio benefits from a new and extensive high quality padded rattan set comprising long sofa, chaise end and glass table. Large gas bbq. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: House fully cleaned weekly and included in price. Fresh towels, four beach towels and bed linen provided. Professional gardener and easily contactable odd job man. Other: Dining rm-stylish dble aspect w extendable table, matching chairs, sideboard, tallboy, & drawers. Ash bookcase covers 1 wall. Hatch to kitchen. Prof made silk curtains & blind.Prof made armchair w small glass table overlooking back garden.Sonos speaker


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Unique modern detached 3-bed house, v nr town, beach, station!
average rating of 4.428571 based on 15 reviews

Everything we could have asked for

  • 5 of 5

If you ever need a lesson in how to stock your house, look no further than this lovely property. Being gadget-mad ourselves, the Sonos sound system, ipad in the kitchen and Macs in pretty much every room gave an air of walking into a chocolate factory with a golden ticket.

The kitchen has everything you could need - from kneedle and thread to washer/dryer, juicer and coffee-maker. The bedrooms are very comfortable and spacious, and the dining room is a feast for the eyes, with its wall of fascinating books, a few of which I have been inspired to go out and buy myself.

The gardens in front and back are peaceful and well-kept and the town is a pleasant five-minute walk away - easy to pop out to collect fish and chips from the amazing Harbour Lights.

We got married while we were there in August, and we couldn't have wished for a better environment to complement our stay. We shall hopefully return!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely to take the time to compose such a great and well-written review! I think it does reflect the efforts we've gone to to make the house a joy to stay in and I hope prospective guests will be excited by the kind of stay they too could have.
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Dirty and very untidy

  • 1 of 5

This is by far the worst property I have ever stayed at, the cleanliness was somewhat to be desired! Previous occupants rubbish was found overflowing from various points in the garden, bathroom disgusting with a bath that doesn't drain away as it is blocked, therefore leaving dirty standing water, not nice! The property is obviously used by the owners but did not appreciate one bit that in particular most if not all of the cupboard space in the main bedroom is marked private and either bolted shut or cable tied! I do not go on holiday to live out of my suitcase for the week! We have some shocking photos of the state of this place, truly unbelievable! The host was very communicative up until the point I sent her a text regarding the cleanliness of the property to which I heard nothing further.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So terribly sorry that this trip was riddled with disappointment. I apologise profusely. It upsets me as I like everything to be lovely for my guests. The most damning remarks reflect problems which were beyond my control. Using Flint Holiday Home Management was an experiment which has gone horribly wrong; they have let me down profoundly. I take on board all the complaints and assure others that those responsible for the poor state of the house no longer work for me.   I received, ‘…we have just arrived, all good, lovely house!’ so I hope that means some aspects of the house were okay. I wrote before arrival, ‘I'm particularly keen to know if the house is spick and span as I haven't got to check out the new cleaners’ so I appreciate this was done—just a pity it was too late. This review is the first I’d heard.   After being assured all was good on Saturday, I presumed that included the cleaning. One text asked about the TV, another the next day about the heating; I was happy to answer, though the info was in the welcome pack. I like communicating with my guests so this was not a problem; I only mention it because no problems were raised in these texts. It is, for sure, utterly unacceptable to have encountered these problems, but Flint Management and/or Bill, the handy man, could have dealt with it all immediately had I been aware.   I’d asked for feedback on the cleaning, but I totally accept that there was no obligation to do so. I did receive, on Wednesday evening, a photo message which I couldn’t open. I realise now, having been in touch with the guest who kindly emailed me the content, that this was a complaint, but I never saw it. Deepest apologies again. I hope it can be seen that since I asked specifically for feedback, it would have been a bit weird for me to have suddenly gone quiet when I got a response. I simply had not seen the photo message. I should have texted saying I couldn’t open it, but I thought it would be a photo of something pleasant like sitting in the garden and that it wasn’t urgent or I’d have been emailed or texted! My mistake and I’m sorry.   I apologise, too, that there was deemed to be too little space for clothes in the main bedroom. Regarding ‘most if not all of the cupboard space’ being locked—one cupboard and two wardrobes are locked, leaving one wardrobe, three chests of drawers and two bedside table drawers unlocked. I appreciate the comment, though, and will open up another wardrobe for the future.
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Fab Falmouth home from home

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our week in this welcoming, well-equipped and comfortable home. Ideally situated for walking into Falmouth to mooch round the shops, with lots of eateries close at hand. Lots of things to do close by, or within easy reach by car, train or boat. Julia and Martin ensure visitors feel welcome, with lots of nice little touches that make you quickly feel at home. Would gladly visit again and recommend highly to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Truly appreciate this positive feedback. I hope it's helpful for future guests. Thank you very much.
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Another good stay

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable house - convenient for town, beach and railway station. Well equipped, including state of the art TV plus music wherever you want it via the Sonos system.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cheers much for the feedback and kind comments. Always lovely to have repeat visits. I'm sure the review you've taken time to write will be helpful for future holiday guests.
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It means a great deal that our efforts have paid off and that you found the house, garden and Falmouth to your liking. Our aim is very much to maximise the comfort and enjoyment of our house guests. The review will give prospective guests a good idea of what to expect.
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So good my head exploded (Charlie - 5 yo)

  • 5 of 5

We had a really nice family break here in May/June 2016. Very nice house in a fantastic location across from Falmouth Town station. Sonos system was great. Town centre and Gyllingvase beach are both easily walkable. Falmouth is a wonderful place to visit and this was a great base. Our son Charlie certainly liked it!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Shed
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
St Mawes
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Falmouth Town Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Rick Stein's
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Car: not necessary


Position of house is absolutely ideal: 7 mins walk to the beautiful award-winning Gyllyngvase beach (known as Gylly beach) with views to Pendennis Castle, a great café/restaurant serving excellent food and access to a coastal path; you can follow this on foot, for 12 minutes from Gylly beach round to the right, taking you to Swan Pool beach with its outdoor café. In the other direction is Castle beach, also served by a café. Gylly and Swan Pool provide canoes and surf boards + lessons.


Since the house is ideally situated near town, station and beach, a car is not necessary.

Falmouth Town Railway Station is 2 minutes walk away.

Newquay airport is 50 minutes drive away.


Town is only 5 mins walk.

Train Station 2 mins walk.

3 mins walk to harbour/Events Sq w National Maritime Museum.

Pendennis Castle (English Heritage) 7 mins drive or a stunning 20 min walk up past the docks & around the point.

Popular trip for visitors is 20 min ferry across to St Mawes.

City of Truro 20 mins on the train/20 min drive.

Two lovely gardens w cafés & shops 10/15 min drive away - 'Trebah' which leads to private beach w café, and NT 'Glendurgan' w its maze.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $132.07

Booking Notes:
We ask for 25% deposit to secure the booking; the remainder is due 8 weeks before arrival. Bank transfer is preferred, but cheques also accepted. £100 security deposit, payable by bank transfer or personal cheque, is also required, payable 8 weeks before arrival and returned after the house has been checked for any damage.
Bank details are: Julia Johnston, account 31044257 code 40-31-30

Check in is from 3pm and departure at 10am.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday in high season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.