A Cornish coastal stay at the Sea Loft in Charlestown

The Sea Loft in Charlestown Cornwall reviewed

From Bude in the north to Porthcurno in the south, Cornwall has some of the UK’s most stunning coastal scenery. But you can’t really call it a hidden gem – the motorway queues in the school summer holidays are as legendary as its delicious pasties and cream teas. Which makes the off-season a great time to visit, when the prices are lower and the crowds have gone home. So when Stay in Cornwall invited me down to the region for a springtime long weekend, I jumped at the chance to explore more of the area’s coast, castles and gardens. Our base for the trip was the Sea Loft in Charlestown, on the south Cornish coast. Not your usual seaside cottage, the Sea Loft is a contemporary coastal escape in a loft-style apartment.

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Sea Loft lounge

The relaxing lounge

The location

The apartment is set in a small development on the outskirts of the picturesque coastal village of Charlestown, a mile outside St Austell on Cornwall’s south coast. Charlestown started life as a Georgian port, built to ship local China Clay out across the world. And with its original buildings and a harbour still full of tall ships it hasn’t changed much. It’s been used as a filming location for films and TV series like Poldark. The village has a few pubs and places to eat, with more shops and a train station in St Austell. It’s a great base to get out and explore Cornwall – the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan are only a few miles away. You’re also on the Southwest Coast Path with a beautiful (if slightly hilly) seven-mile walk along the coast from Charlestown to Mevagissy. Charlestown has a pebbly beach but if you’re looking for a stretch of sand then you can head to nearby Porthpean and Par Sands, both within a few miles.

Charlestown in Cornwall

Charlestown harbour

The rooms

The apartment is on the first floor, and you come into a big open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen. Large windows and pale colours make it feel light and airy. There’s a definite coastal theme – from the nautical cushions to the seagull sculptures and the tones of blue, white and sea green – but it’s all very stylishly done. The furniture mixes up classic oak pieces with some modern pieces like the dining chairs, and there are a few quirky touches like the feather-covered lampshade in the main bedroom. The lounge has a huge corner sofa as well as a reclining chair by the window so there’s plenty of room to spread out. The apartment has two bedrooms – one master bedroom with a king-sized bed and an en-suite shower room and one twin room. There’s also a separate bathroom which has a bath with a shower over it.

Sea Loft bedrooms

The master bedroom

The food

We arrived to find a bottle of fizz and fresh scones with jam and clotted cream to welcome us (that’s with jam before cream in proper Cornish style). The open-plan kitchen has everything you need to self-cater – hob, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer – and you’re left with washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets to get you started. Charlestown doesn’t have a supermarket but St Austell has a big Tesco, Asda and Lidl. Or if you’re eating out Charlestown has a few options, with Wrecker’s and Charlie’s Boathouse café/restaurants and the Pier House Hotel, Rashleigh Arms and Harbourside Inn pubs. Real ale fans can try some of the brews from St Austell Brewery (where you can do a brewery tour if you want to find out more) or if you prefer wine then Cornwall’s Camel Valley Vineyard is only 30 minutes away.

Dining room at the Sea Loft Cornwall

The dining area and fresh scones

The facilities

The apartment doesn’t have any outside space, but there is a big window in the lounge which has double doors and a Juliet balcony so you can let the sea air in. There are some grassy areas around the apartment building too or it’s only five minutes’ walk down to the harbour and beach. If the weather’s not so good, the apartment is really cosy and you can curl up on the reclining chair with a book and a fluffy blanket. It comes with wifi, a TV with DVD player and a pile of DVDs you can borrow, as well as books and local information, and a stack of board games. There’s also an iPod docking station and TVs in both bedrooms.

Sea Loft bedrooms

The second bedroom

My tips

  • Guests are… there’s plenty of space for four people and it would work well for two couples or a family.
  • Staff are… keys are left in a key box so you don’t need to worry about arranging a meeting, with an information pack on arrival and the owners’ contact details in case of any questions.
  • Don’t forget… to bring shampoo, shower gel and soap as you’re not supplied with any toiletries.
  • Useful to know… you can also bring your dog along for an extra cost of £20 a week.
Sea Loft lounge

The Sea Loft’s open-plan living area

The details

Stay in Cornwall have over 500 properties across Cornwall, ranging from manor houses to log cabins. A week’s stay at The Sea Loft ranges from £479–£1084, with short breaks available off-season.

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Coastal style meets contemporary loft apartment at the Sea Loft in the picturesque harbour village of Charlestown near St Austell, Cornwall. #Cornwall #accommodation

Many thanks to Stay in Cornwall for hosting me for my stay. All views and opinions are, as always, my own.

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  • Reply
    Suzanne Jones
    March 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I love a beach style abode – would suit me for a weekend that’s for sure 🙂

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      March 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Me too, and they got a really good balance between making it feel seasidey and not going too overboard (excuse dodgy nautical pun!).

  • Reply
    March 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    This would be a great place to write!! I love it.The scones are a nice touch.

    • Reply
      March 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      It would be a great spot for writing – very peaceful and serene but with some nice places to walk if you needed some inspiration!

  • Reply
    March 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve fancied seeing Charlestown for a while now, but I can’t persuade my wife to leave her native north Cornwall. Should we go – is there much there for a daytrip?

    • Reply
      March 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Charlestown’s quite tiny so not sure you’d need a whole day, but could combine it with the coast walk or a drive down to Mevagissey, and Fowey’s close by too in the other direction so you could definitely fill a day around there easily.

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    March 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    We move to Cornwall at the end of this month and are so excited at the prospect to fully explore the county. Only visited Charlestown once on a very cold and blustery day, but had a great meal at the Rashleigh Arms. Must go back! Any favourite eating place discovered Lucy?

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      March 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

      How exciting! Whereabouts are you moving to? We didn’t have long there to try out many of the eating places unfortunately, but we did love (up on the north coast) the Krab Pot in Port Isaac – amazing potted crab and homemade cakes.

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    March 22, 2016 at 6:12 am

    So cute! I want to get to Cornwall this year or the next!
    Also, I just discovered your blog and I’m in love! 🙂

    • Reply
      March 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Thanks so much! Cornwall is gorgeous, so many places to explore – hope you get to visit soon.

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