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Open House – Watergate in St Mabyn

Our Open House Interviews take you into some of the houses we are marketing to see how their current owners feel about living there. Here, we talk to Neil and Fay about their charming Grade II listed stone cottage in the sought-after village of St Mabyn.

Neil: “We had been visiting Cornwall for many years for family holidays and increasingly to meet old friends, so we decided it was the right time to buy a holiday home here and potentially a place to retire to.

We viewed three cottages in October 2007 and fell in love with Watergate immediately. Offering us real character and beauty in a quiet and rural setting, yet not far from the wonderful north Cornwall coast, it exceeded our expectations.”

We fell in love with Watergate immediately.

Fay: “The house was previously owned by a professional gardener and the grounds were beautifully maintained with some well-established and unusual shrubs. The cottage itself was well looked after, however was requiring some changes internally.”

Neil: “We moved in February 2008 after refurbishing the cottage to our taste, and began to enjoy regular holidays here with friends and family and have loved every minute of every stay. Our visits became more frequent and whenever possible, longer.

When searching for property our main criteria was to be near the coast, but in a quiet rural setting with a healthy village feel to the location and St Mabyn has proven to be even more than we hoped for.

There is a strong local spirit in a real farming community. The new Community Village Store has demonstrated that St Mabyn has the strength to not be put aside, together with the St Mabyn Inn public house and the Church, the village feel couldn’t be better.


There is a strong local spirit in a real farming community, the village feel couldn’t be better.

The nearest town of Wadebridge is just an 8 minute drive and Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Constantine Bay beaches are only 20 minutes away. The A30 is just 12 minutes in the car then you are straight on the dual carriageway roads all the way to Aberdeen, Scotland!”

Fay: “When we visit, we love to relax with family and friends and especially love waking to the sounds of sheep and cattle, and enjoying a morning coffee in the lovely warm and sunny conservatory. In the summer months the gardens are ideal for enjoying dinner or a barbecue and during the winter months the log fire is an absolute joy.”

Neil: “We enjoy regular trips to Wadebridge, Padstow and Port Isaac which are great for a spot of shopping and sightseeing. We also often enjoy Rick Stein’s chips by the harbour in Padstow! We really love the local food and hospitality, and regularly visit the Inn’s at St Kew, St Tudy and St Mabyn. For special occasions, such as birthdays, we venture to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen at Watergate Bay or Paul Ainsworth’s No 6 in Padstow.

Walking plays a large part in our visits too and our dog especially loves a walk around St Mabyn village, the Pencarrow House gardens, Lanhydrock, the Camel Trail, Pentire Point and all the wonderful beaches.”

Fay: “When we are at Watergate we feel the peace and tranquillity and an escape from everyday life. It’s warm and cosy, comfy and secure and we will miss everything! We have enjoyed 11 years here with many wonderful memories.”

When we are at Watergate we feel the peace and tranquillity and an escape from everyday life

Neil: “Watergate has taken care of us well, ready for the next owners to slot in. Making the decision to sell has been very hard, but life’s commitments mean the time has come.”

Fay: “It will be heartbreak for us to leave, but a little slice of heaven is being left for someone new to enjoy.”

It was great to get to know Neil and Fay a little better and find out what they love about their beautiful property in the lovely village of St Mabyn.

If this sounds like your dream home in your ideal location check out the full listing or give us a call us and we will happily arrange a viewing for you.

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