Hir Kemmyns

St Mawes, Cornwall
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1326 279103

From the moment you drive through the electric gates you get a sense of crisp modernity combined with the most inspiring sea views


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

This is an upside-down house with the two B&B bedrooms downstairs – each has its own entrance from the back garden, and you wake to views over the sailing waters of St Mawes and the sea beyond. Every day Lucy puts out a fresh cake for afternoon tea – guests absolutely love what’s become something of a daily ritual and tell her that they ‘rush home to see what’s under the magic cake dome’.  Orange and Chocolate and Summer Fruit Gateau are firm favourites.

Your continental breakfast is laid out on a long table in the dining room, opening onto a balcony overlooking the sea. Lucy leaves you freshly baked bread and croissants, homemade jams and compote, cereals and fruit salad, with special treats on Sundays.

Sit out on your sunny patio, delve into books and magazines – and take a stroll to the sea, the castle and Lamorran Gardens.

Hir Kemmyns - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Those stunning views over the water
  • The relaxed feel
  • Lucy's delicious continental breakfasts and Cornish coffee
Hir Kemmyns - Gallery

You should know

  • Showers are over the baths not separate
  • No children or pets
  • Bedrooms are next to each other so patios aren't totally private


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £110
Extra bed available for children, £20 per night. Cot available, £10 per night.
2 Doubles
From £110



We recently stayed at Hir Kemmyns for 5 nights. Outstanding! Lucy has worked hard to accommodate all the new restrictions and has truly succeeded. The breakfast was excellent with fresh and homemade produce. The daily cake didn’t disappoint and was enjoyed with a cup of tea on our patio at the end of the day. The room was spotless and very comfortable. Thank you Lucy, Nigel and Harris.

Sonia, Bristol

Really excellent stay in top accommodation with warm welcome, delicious breakfast, beautiful room and Lucy was full of useful local information

Nicholas and Isabel, Somerton Somerset

Wonderful place to stay with wonderful hosts.

Margaret & Gary, Near Portsmouth

Lovely place to stay for a relaxing weeks holiday. Lovely people.

Gary, Henley on Thames

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hir Kemmyns. Stunning views from our bedroom and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Lucy was the perfect host, warm, welcoming and pleased to help out with local information. Nothing was too much trouble. Delicious afternoon tea awaited each day following our explorations of this pretty area of Cornwall. Highly recommended.

Ann & Bill, Melbourne

We both work in property and we do appreciate the difference between a standard B&B and one that blows you away, and this house certainly does that. I only booked St. Mawes as I liked the look of this particular property from the Alistair Sawdays website and it certainly exceeded all of our expectations. I had not looked particularly for St. Mawes - it was the other way round. I just saw this place and thought wow - I want to stay there!! Purely by accident, we then found out that St. Mawes was voted No. 3 most beautiful village in the UK on the Daily Telegraph travel website. Win win

Philip, Sevenoaks

Of all the many wonderful stays at English B&Bs over many years, my holiday at Hir Kemmyns with Lucy and her lovely family stands out as the most enjoyable, happiest and unforgettable one! Their house is modern, bright, comfortable, "hyggelig" and the views absolutely breathtaking! The guests have their own private patios above the garden and the estuary! Breakfasts are beyond delicious and Lucy was so kind, gracious and helpful, it was very hard to say goodbye and leave the place! I would have loved to stay for ages! And I'm already planning my next holiday there!

Annette, Munich

Lucy is so welcoming you will feel very much at home, but its all about the view which is simply stunning from the house and gardens. Bedrooms are pristine yet calming with White Company linen and feel totally relaxing. Lay in bed and gaze at the sea then have one of Lucy's relaxed continental breakfasts to set you up for a day of discovery or just chilling in the gorgeous setting of St Mawes.

Valerie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

St Mawes is a small seaside village on the point of the Roseland Peninsular. The waterfront is a ten-minute walk from the house and has gift shops, Co-op, pubs, hotels, butcher and a great bakery. There are a couple of beaches, lots of boating activity and a little ferry that goes between St Mawes and Falmouth. Visit the magical creekside church in St Just in Roseland nearby and National Trust Trelissick Garden.

Local points of interest from Lucy Cullen

  • It's a 10 minute walk to the quayside in St Mawes. With its clear turquoise water, lush tropical planting, & elegant white cottages, you could be in the Mediterranean. Relax with coffee on a waterfront terrace, or ice cream on 1 of the 3 beaches.
  • Explore the Fal River by boat. Take a ferry to Falmouth. Speed up river on a RIB cruise. Charter your own motor boat. Enjoy a slower pace of life by kayak or stand-up paddle board. Or just watch the world sail by from terra firma.
  • There are miles of wonderful walks right from the door. A guest favourite is the St Anthony Head loop which starts & ends with a tiny foot ferry from the harbour. Don't forget your swimming stuff for a refreshing dip on secluded beaches.
  • We are spoilt with gorgeous gardens, from the Italianate inspired Lamorran Gardens next door, & the tropical church gardens of nearby St Just in Roseland, to impressive National Trust Trelissick, & the magical Lost Gardens of Heligan.
  • Visit local landmarks to unearth fascinating history, including Henry VIII's St Mawes Castle, & the banks of the Fal Estuary which were the launch point for thousands of American troops destined for Omaha Beach in the D-Day landings.
  • Our favourite family day out starts with a walk along Towan Beach followed by coffee & a browse in the galleries of Portscatho, a dig on beautiful Porthcurnick Beach, & then lunch at the famous Hidden Hut. Holiday heaven!


Lucy Cullen

The house is lived in by Lucy, Nigel and their son Harris – they moved here from Bristol in 2017. Lucy and Nigel are really welcoming hosts, and you're made to feel very much at home. They want guests to share this peaceful, special part of Cornwall.