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  • Penolva

    Penolva occupies a truly world class setting between St Mawes Castle and Hotel Tresanton. The house is one of very few in St Mawes with water frontage and enjoying magnificent uninterrupted 180 degree sea views.

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    An unforgettable luxury holiday experience in Cornwall

    Penolva meaning “lookout on the headland” was built in the early 1960’s by Dick Wilkins, a personal friend of the Queen Mother and a great sportsman as well as a respected personality in the City of London. Yachting was one of his great hobbies and it is documented that the Queen Mother and other members of the Royal family often visited Wilkins and stayed at Penolva coming ashore from H.M.Y Brittania. via the slipway originally built for that purpose. Newly renovated and decorated with beautiful Modern British art the house and its large grounds and terraces are suffused with sparkling light whilst offering complete privacy and seclusion.

    Sleeps 8 guests


    • Internally fully and newly renovated within the last few months
    • Extensive frontage directly onto the sea
    • 4 large double bedrooms – sleeps 8
    • 4 luxury en-suite bathrooms
    • Dining room sitting 12-14
    • Large open drawing room
    • Separate secondary reception room
    • Kitchen with modern facilities as well as an Aga; separate modern pantry
    • Laundry room



    • Majestic views from all bedrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen of St Mawes Bay and harbour, the Carrick headlands, St Anthony’s lighthouse and out to sea
    • Direct waterfront access yet completely private and secluded
    • 2 large areas of terracing; by the house and right by the sea
    • Outdoor dining area with bbq
    • Terraced gardens with an exceptional Cornish garden
    • Large Private slipway from the lower terrace to the sea
    • Gated car parking area for up to 4 cars;
    • Double garage
    • Beautiful walks within metres
    • Stroll into the village centre

    Available for exclusive rentals.

    Please call Amanda on 0800 088 66 22 to discuss your holiday requirements.