Stay in Mevagissey

Hotels and B&Bs in Mevagissey

As you’d expect on a glorious stretch of the Cornish coast, with easy access to many of the county’s flagship attractions, Mevagissey and the surrounding villages offer accommodation options for all tastes and pockets, from stylish boutiques to family-run guesthouses and homely rooms above the pub. Some allow dogs on the premises, others bar children under 12, so no chance of tantrums during afternoon tea. You’ll need to book early in high season to make sure you get the property you want – and, as always, peak-week prices reflect the area’s popularity.

Most visitors will want to stay in Mevagissey itself, to enjoy its winding streets, busy fishing port and pubs, cafes and restaurants. The key choice here is whether you want a view of St Austell Bay or the bustling harbour – a peaceful panorama or a prime spot for people-watching. The more upmarket hotels here are often in the former category, with two of the best a 10-minute walk south of the village’s centre. 

Character cottages and self-catering in Mevagissey

If their walls could talk, the period homes in Mevagissey would have a wealth of fishing and smuggling yarns to reel off, and the chance to stay in a historic property is one of the village’s biggest draws. There are several charming rental cottages on the streets around the harbour. Expect beams, fireplaces, winsomely wonky facades and varying degrees of sensitive modernisation.

In Mevagissey, you’re sat right in the middle of a coastline of astonishing natural beauty. From the doorstep of your cottage, you can access the rugged coast path or the centre of the village within a few minutes.

Airbnbs in Mevagissey 

Airbnb prices are inflated by the hefty service charge that the company takes as its cut, so you could end up paying more for your stay than you would do if you booked directly with the holiday accommodation listed below.

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The Wheel House

Stay in a pub right on the waterfront in the heart of Mevagissey. Cozy and nestled within the town, you’ll have access to shops and restaurants within seconds. Find out more.

Oceans Edge

A wonderful apartment with exceptional views of the harbour and the surrounding coastline from both sides of the house. Great for nature lovers with excellent access to local walks. Polkirt hill is steep and you’ll need your wits about you to manage the narrow lanes but that applies everywhere in Mevagissey. Watch the fishing fleet come and go, there might even be a complimentary bottle of champagne according to some reviews. Find out more.

Penmeva House

With views over Mevagissey and easy access to town Penmva house makes for a convenient place to stay. Kids love the veranda apparently, and adults enjoy the views. Look out over the village with a glass of wine, and get to a from pubs in town in minutes.

Waterfront Court

Easy parking, harbour views and rumour has it the place comes with champagne and biscuits. That parking is a serious bonus point by the way, parking in Mevagissey can be quite the ordeal. It also saves you a walk after you park each time. Cozy spot, too.


Airbnb’s in Mevagissey will often cost more than booking through, because we help local places keep more of their money and don’t take a huge cut from local businesses like the larger letting sites. This is preferable as it means less of the money goes to the Airbnb HQ in California and more stays in Mevagissey!
Yes. There is a corner shop in the village and there are plenty of places to eat, but for a large weekly shop you will need to head towards St Austell, which is only 10 minutes away. You don’t even need to drive into St Austell to go to ASDA, it’s on the outskirts in the direction towards Mevagissey. You could also consider visiting Lobs shop, which is a really nice farm shop situated at the Lost Gardens of Heligan which is next to Mevagissey. It won’t be cheap but you’ll get top-quality local produce. There is parking there also. If you prefer, there is also a large Tesco slightly further away than the ASDA which is next to a very large ALDI. Of course, you could just eat in the village every day if you wanted and save yourself the shop.
The Tremarne hotel, The Cornwall Hotel, The Nare Hotel, The Carlyon Bay Hotel, Boscundle Manner, The Rosevine. Don’t forget the sea is right on your doorstep in Cornwall so a pool isn’t essential so long as you enjoy a refreshing dip. If the weather’s good especially I can’t see why you’d need a pool! Get down to the beach. The sea temperature in Cornwall is warmer than everywhere else in the UK bar the Sicily Islands, due to its exposure to the Gulf Stream. Just think of it… All that warm water pulled by currents from the boiling Gulf of Mexico right outside where you’re staying in Cornwall. That extra degree or two of warmth makes all the difference and we even get exotic species like Bluefin Tuna coming here in late summer. Also, some parts of Cornwall are technically sub-tropical rather than temperate like the rest of the UK, so just think of that.
Mevagissey has frequent buses all day to St Austell train station and bus station, which is the local transport hub. From there, you can reach out into the rest of Cornwall. A bus is a good way to see the local area without having to worry about driving, although of course it will be painfully slow if you’re in a rush to get to the beach on a hot day.
You can walk the coastal path to Polstreath beach just on the edge of the village or head further along to Pentewan. By car, it takes no time at all to get to all the beaches in St Austell Bay, like Carlyon Bay and Charlestown. Gorran Haven is also nearby. For a beach with privacy, head to Vault. If you’ve seen the film ‘About Time’, it’s the beach where they filmed.
Mevagissey is only 37 minutes from Newquay airport and Newquay airport is only a short flight from London (about enough time to eat a pasty and have a 30 minute nap). By car, the M4, M5 and M6 motorways make getting to Cornwall easy and once you cross the Tamar into Cornwall, you have two holiday routes, the A38 and A30, with speedy dual carriageways. I would recommend joining the M5 to Exeter then taking the A30 to St. Austell followed by the B3273 to Mevagissey. Cornish roads are hard to drive on in summer due to being both narrow and busy. The north coast especially is tricky in summertime as many of the roads remain from Bronze Age tracks and were not designed for cars. Mevagissey has mostly good roads leading to it from St Austell, but you’ll want to take it easy on Cornish roads. Once you get here though it will be well worth it and it’s significantly easier than going abroad. There is a bus service between Mevagissey and St Austell and a main bus station in St Austell next to the train station, which is also in St Austell.
Mevagissey has plenty of lively pubs but is a peaceful working village and does not have any full-time music venues – except of course during the Mevagissey Feast Week. Unsurprisingly, the village is more popular with couples and families than it is for lads holidays! If you’re after a night out, head to Truro or Falmouth. That said, the Feast Week is the place to be when it’s on, with music on the harbour front, dancing in the streets and pubs lively with people. The Ship Inn is known for a place with a good mix of locals and visitors, and is a decent old pub.
Pentewan beach has a Hubbox burger bar, which sells really good burgers made with local meat. For more options, head over to Charlestown, where the food offering has expanded dramatically since 2016. Charlestown has a cafe, steakhouse and multiple pubs. May I recommend the mussels for your meal… (they are from the mussel beds which you can see floating in the bay). Polkerris has a pub and Sam’s restaurant, which has exceptional pizzas. The places that offer food are also the places which are busiest, so if you’re after privacy you will need to pack a packed lunch and some walking boots to head along the coast to your own private cove. Unless it’s winter, of course.
You can walk the coastal path to Polstreath beach just on the edge of the village or head further along to Pentewan. By car, it takes no time at all to get to all the beaches in St Austell Bay, like Carlyon Bay and Charlestown. Gorran Haven is also nearby. For a beach with privacy, head to Vault. If you’ve seen the film ‘About Time’, it’s the beach where they filmed.
The Cornish Bakery is pricey and I will go for other brands for this reason, but they do a cracking pasty right in the center of Mevagissey. The best pasty is highly dependent on whether you like soft crusts or crispy crusts. Havana’s of par has the crispiest pasty I have tried and Rowes does a good in-between. The Cornish Bakery is a rather posh pasty mainly for visitors. They give 5p from each pasty to the Cornish Mining Heritage, so good on them! Mevagissey has particularly good fish and chips – both of them are excellent. Be sure to grab yourself a bag of those and watch out for hungry seagulls! The seagulls like Mevagissey pasties and fish and chips a lot.
She Sells is an ice cream shop right on the harbourfront just along from the fish and chip shop where you can buy quality ice cream. The Number 5 Cafe also has really delicious desserts and is better for a sit down with coffee. Mevagissey is birthplace of the Kelly’s ice cream company, which is now an iconic Cornish food, popular around the world. It was founded by an Italian immigrant that combined the Cornish clotted cream with Italian ice cream making technique to craft a rich, creamy ice cream that has been popular ever since. On the popular surf beaches of the North Coast, Kelly whip vans have a monopoly. Buy a whole tub of the stuff while you’re down and keep it in the freezer.
The Salamander is often considered the highest-end restaurant in Mevagissey, but is totally unpretentious and well priced. The food is beautifully cooked and simply presented and the atmosphere is often lively, with close together tables. Book a table in the Salamander if you’re after what is regarded by many as the best fish in town. However, Mevagissey has many other good restaurants too, so you won’t find it hard to get a good meal here.
The area surrounding Mevagissey is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is covered with little coves, open beaches and a welcoming coastline. Along the coast to the East you reach Pentewan Sands, which is a magnificent large beach formed by sand from the clay industry and owned by a large campsite. Further along, you’ll reach Black Head, which is a rugged outcrop with little inlets and small beaches which you will most likely have to yourself if you make the trek to reach them. Beyond that, you reach St Austell Bay, which has many beaches of various kinds and three harbours (though none like Meva). The end of St Austell Bay is marked by the Gribbon Head, which has a red and white lighthouse on top of it which is visible from Mevagissey harbour. Beyond that you reach Fowey, which is a very popular place to visit. To the West of Mevagissey, you will first encounter the tiny beachside village of Portmellon. Walk a little further and you’re at Chapel Point, with it’s uniquely designed property on the outcrop there. Further round the coast still you reach Gorran Haven, which is an utterly glorious spot with an ancient church, quaint harbour and decent beach at low tide. Further still, you’ll find yourself at the nudey beach (Vault). This is a really nice private beach. At this point, you’re not far from Caerhays Castle. The castle was built to be jaw-dropping and is surrounded by highly cultivated gardens, rolling green hills with highland cows on them and its own private beach. All are private but open to the public. The closest town to Mevagisey is St Austell. Famous for its brewery which makes some really cracking ales and its history of clay mining. The town has shops, an attractive church, a really good cinema and a range of pasty shops that you won’t find up North above the Tamar. If you’re after more of a shopping experience, go a little further to Truro or even Falmouth. These places have a lot more to offer the shopper and are also far more attractive.