Firstly the village of Mawnan Smith, we loved this village with all the facilities you need to hand with a spar shop, mobile fish and chips and Pizza once a week and a brilliant holiday local in the form of the thatched Red Lion (good food, dog friendly and great staff). There are numerous walks from the cottage which include a selection of beaches. The locals are very welcoming too. The cottage is a great base for exploring Cornwall with plenty to do if you don't wish to travel far. Trebah Gardens is a must and you can re-visit as many times as you like for a week. The beach at Trebah is dog friendly and as the weather was good we returned for the beach. The ferry to St Mawes is also a must do from the excellent Falmouth. From the photo the cottage looks small but don't be fooled as all the rooms are a good size and it feels spacious. Everything spick and span on arrival. As the weather was very good we used the small seating area outside, a shame the neighbours had their windows open and the TV blasting out very loud, who wants to hear screaming and shouting on EastEnders whilst on holiday! Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this cottage, this village and the area to vacation. We only saw rain on our day of departure so were fortunate in that respect.
Holman is perfect, Trebah is a few minutes away and a lovely place to visit for the day. Beaches at Falmouth close by and excellent restaurants, what more could you want.
For me, as a walker, it was in an ideal spot. I prefer quietist locations like this rather than the hustle & bustle of Falmouth. However, Falmouth with a ferry to St. Mawes and Place where the coastal path continues east of The Fal River is only 4 miles away and easily accessed by car, bus ..or on foot. It also has a Lidl and Sainsbury's for all your grocery needs. 20 mins walk down the road SW of the Mawnan Smith is Helford Passage where you catch a ferry to continue the SW coastal path west.
The property itself was spacious and had everything as advertised, being 2 mins from the Red Lion pub, outside which is the bus stop giving access to Falmouth in one direction and Helston in the other both of which places give additional access further afield. I always buy a weekly bus pass (£26), which apart from additional ferry fares and a train journey back from St Austell, got me out every day to different sections of the coastal path. I managed the full stretch between Mevagissey and Porthleven in the 6 full days that I was there.
Close to famous gardens in the area, plentiful walks, and within easy strike of beaches. Shops, pub and doctors surgery a close walk away. Accommodation ideal for any length of stay, with washing machine and all kitchen appliances that you would expect at home.