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Swallowtails | Luxury Self-Catering | Mawnan Smith, Helford River

Swallowtails is an enchanting luxury self-catering barn of peace and serenity in Cornwall, idyllically situated close to the sheltered waters of the Helford River just half a mile from the coast in Mawnan Smith. Watch the sun set over the fields as the swallows dip and rise over the natural swimming pool signalling the close of another perfect day.

Swallowtails luxury self-catering in Mawnan Smith


Set in 54 acres of exquisite countryside in Cornwall and bursting with characterful features, this luxury self-catering barn in Mawnan Smith exudes an ethereal spirit and charm all its own. Swallowtails is a unique retreat close to Falmouth boasting a garden room with undulating grass roof and underfloor heating giving it an all-seasons appeal, whilst the natural swimming pond will be the jewel in the crown for those longing for some blissful rejuvenation.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Past the study on the far side of the house and up the private oak staircase, is the master bedroom with king-size bed swathed in Egyptian linens and a sumptous feather duvet. The master room has double doors leading out to a private patio area, as well as an en suite bathroom with spa bath and large wet room-style walk-in shower. There are two ground-floor twin bedrooms with beamed ceilings, natural stone walls and access to the gardens and pond. Each twin bedroom is stylishly furnished with luxury linens, flat screen televisions, and share a spacious bathroom with roll top bath tub and walk-in shower. 


The lure of the natural swimming pond with its mini waterfall and paddle area will prove too much of a temptation in summer months, but should you be able to pull yourselves away to venture further afield, then the closest beach is Maenporth with golden sand, shallow waters and rock pools making it perfect for families. 

For Relaxation

Spend long hot summer days alongside the pond under the shade of a floppy hat; there will be nothing to disturb your peace other than the occasional butterfly fluttering past and a distant 'moo' from the neighbouring fields. This stunning property benefits from two cosy woodburners so take your pick and snuggle up with a good book and a glass of red in winter months, taking full advantage of the luxurious and peaceful ambience.


There is parking for up to three cars, and a washing machine with separate tumble dryer. The natural eco-friendly swimming pond is kept clean via planted filtration beds meaning it is free of any chemicals. It is heated naturally by the sun, and so may prove to be extra invigorating during less clement weather! 


  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,195 per week, £895 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 2 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels, and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: One double bedroomTwins: Two twin bedrooms
  • BathroomsTwo bathrooms
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, children are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQYes, a charcoal BBQ is provided
  • FeaturesNatural swimming pond with waterfall
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsSmart TV, Blu-ray player, Sonos music systemInternet & Communications: Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsRecommend to a friend

Style: Stylish country chic best describes the effortless grace of Swallowtails. Original features and characterful touches combine to create this luxurious restful sanctuary in a stunning corner of Cornwall´s South coast.

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Our Take

Property Consultant Clare says

Watching the swallows swooping over the natural pond whilst eating breakfast al fresco is quite simply a blissful way to begin the day. This stunning property exudes a certain harmony and serenity I´ve not encountered before - I long to return!

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Unique Extras

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Mawnan Smith, Cornwall to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Green Fingers The village of Mawnan Smith - a mile from Swallowtails - is home to three famous gardens. The National Trust garden, Glendurgan is famous for the cherry laurel maze and walkway which leads down to the quaint hamlet of Durgan on the River Helford. Trebah is a uniquely beautiful 25 acre tropical ravine garden with its own beach. At Carwinion you will find the National Collection of Bamboos and a magical valley walk full of tree ferns.

Historical Trails Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tin miners on an atmospheric tour of Poldark Mine. Situated in the picturesque Wendron Valley, now a World Heritage Site, once the scene of intense industrial activity; the site's attractive surroundings and gardens belie its industrial past. 

The Cornish Coastline Don't forget your walking boots- the rugged and wild Cornish coastal path is a rambler's delight. There are numerous stunning beaches and beautiful coves to explore- plenty of opportunity for surfing, watersports and dolphin spotting!

For Little Ones Visit the famous Cornish theme park 'Flambards'- a day out kids of all ages will love. Test your nerves on the rollercoasters, or go back in time and dress up in period costume to make for a unique portrait for the family album!



The bespoke solid oak kitchen with granite worktops and six burner electric range oven, Gaggenau steamer and large fridge freezer makes for a pleasurable self-catering experience. The country-style dining room has a wood burning stove for cosy winter dining and a door leading out to the courtyard garden to welcome the outside in during summer months.

In-House Catering

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).  

Eating Out 

There is an Italian restaurant and welcoming thatched pub just a mile from Swallowtails, whilst the thriving harbour town of Falmouth with its vast choice of cuisine and delis is ten minutes by car. The New Yard Restaurant (20 minutes away) serves locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients cooked simply in a welcoming atmosphere.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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