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Butterfield House | Luxury Holiday Home | Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Butterfield House

St Mawgan, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, UK

Set amidst swaying wildflowers, a bountiful vegetable garden and orchards, this rectory-turned-luxury self-catering retreat in St Mawgan village close to Watergate Bay is the family holiday home of dreams. Gather the tribe and get ready to make the memories you’ll be sharing around the dinner table for years to come. And if you're not tempted enough, take a look at the heated outdoor swimming pool...


Only a gentle walk through the valley to Mawgan Porth, charming Butterfield House is wonderfully placed for salt-washed days on the beach followed by home-from-home luxuriating. Grand in both character and style, this former rectory offers something for the whole family, for the young in years and young at heart. See the children experience the rush of freedom from this glorious family holiday home and all it has to offer. Here is a place to disappear into the ether and return anew.


Browse the library for your next holiday read while Grandma plinks on the piano and the children flee to the snug to think-up new games. Leaving little ones to play, gather in front of the fire with a bottle of wine and let conversation flow into the evening. When thoughts eventually turn to bed, Butterfield House has sanctuary for all with three super king-size bedrooms, two twin bedrooms and one further bunk room, all tucked upstairs on the first floor.


Sat within 12 acres of gardens overlooking the north Cornwall village of St Mawgan, Butterfield House flaunts opportunities en masse for both leisure and play. Lie in the hammocks under the shade, while those with energy to spare can tear around the swings and zip wire. With oodles of seating for lounging and a large barbecue, the sheltered sun terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco dining. Gather fodder from the local farm shop, plate up and pour.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests from £4,995 per week
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsAll of the bedrooms are on the first floor. The master double bedroom with super king-size four poster bed has an adjoining door to another bedroom with king-size bed. There is a further double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite Jack and Jill bathroom with bath and overhead shower, two twin bedrooms, and one bunk bedroom. Also on the first floor is the large family bathroom with bath and expansive separate shower, and a shower room. There is also a WC on the ground floor.
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  • FeaturesPiano, fire pit, heated outdoor pool (June to August) and pool house
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs over 12 months are welcome on prior request. Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof.
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyChildren are very welcome. One travel cot is available (please bring your own linen) and one highchair.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for up to six cars. The house has a washing machine and tumble dryer, an outside shower for sandy toes, a boot room for storing wet gear, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, and American-style fridge with ice-maker and filtered water machine. The friendly house manager lives in the grounds.
  • Homestay includesHammock, swings, large garden pod, fire pit, home cinema, pool house, DVD player, two Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speakers, Rowlings electric piano, double and single Zoe chair, WiFi internet, a Big Green Egg barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Butterfield´s snug is complete with a fire
The well-equipped modern kitchen
Find comfortable sofas and a library of good books

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Watergate Bay

For a luxury self-catering family holiday you’ll be inspired to write home about, Watergate Bay on the North coast of Cornwall is loved for its vast stretch of golden sand, world-class eateries and one of the UK’s best surf breaks.

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Watergate Bay

Getting there

  • On the Map Located in the village of St Mawgan just five minutes from Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, the M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Air Just five minutes' drive from Newquay airport.
  • By Train Fast services run direct from London Paddington to Bodmin Parkway, approximately 20 minutes away.

From the owner

“For us, the location is the jewel in Butterfield´s crown; its enviable position overlooking pretty St Mawgan is idyllic. On a Sunday, there´s no better way to round off the weekend than a woodland walk through the valley to Mawgan Porth beach after a roast with all the family.”

From the owner

The picturesque village of St Mawgan lies in the wooded valley known locally as The Vale of Lanherne, and is dissected by the River Manahyl that flows towards Mawgan Porth beach. We love how much character the village has, with its old cottages, wooded slopes and the 16th century Falcon Inn clustered around the cricket green. 

The house itself was designed in 1858 by the distinguished architect William Butterfield, who used the local red-streaked Delabole slate. A major figure in Victorian architecture, Butterfield was responsible for landmark buildings from Keble College, Oxford to St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, as well as restoring the Church of St Mawgan and designing the village school!

The house was used as a rectory until the early 1970s and was listed Grade-II in 1988. Since then, it has undergone renovation but still remains wonderfully authentic and happily retains many original features. A real gem, we think our house is truly special and hope that you see it as we do.

Bertrand & Sarah

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Watergate Bay with an insider’s perspective.

Cornish Gardens
To See

Cornish Gardens

The world-renowned Eden Project is a short drive away and offers an educational day out for all ages. If gardens are your passion, why not also try the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan and explore the 200-acres of flora-filled creations.

The Falcon Inn, St Mawgan
To Eat

The Falcon Inn, St Mawgan

Right in the village you will find the Falconn Inn, a beautiful 16th century wisteria-covered pub. With roaring fires to enjoy in winter and an award-winning garden for summer, it proffers a wonderful spot to tuck into home-cooked fodder.

On The Beach
To Do

On The Beach

Head to the golden sands of the local Cornish beaches and enjoy a good old-fashioned day at the seaside. Other than Mawgan Porth, there are numerous beautiful beaches dotting the north coast, with nearby St Merryn offering ´seven bays for seven days´.

For Golfers
To Do

For Golfers

Want to practice your putt? Butterfield House is close to some of the finest golf courses in the South West of England. Merlin is the closest course, while Trevose and St Enodoc are around a thirty minute drive but well worth a try.

Guest Testimonials

Our stay was just perfect. We couldn´t have imagined it being any better. We were so grateful to the owner for making it so special, everyone had a wonderful time. We would buy the property if we could! We will definitely be recommending the property to all of our family and friends. I would also like to say a big thank you to the housekeeper who was extremely helpful during our stay.

Butterfield House sits in absolutely stunning grounds in a beautiful part of Cornwall, the gardens are a delight. The kitchen is well equipped and the library contains many excellent books and our eleven year old granddaughter spent many hours immersed in her reading. The housekeeper is thoroughly helpful and what a nice guy he was. Thank you all so much, we will love to come back!

Lovely weather. The house was beautiful and well equipped, we were well looked after and spent a lot of time hiding from tourists at the property. It was so peaceful. Would love to return.

We had a lovely week staying at Butterfield House and all the family enjoyed it very much, especially since the pool had been made ready for our arrival. It’s a gorgeous house in a beautiful setting, the gardens were stunning and the children also enjoyed the zip wire and swing. Will who met us on arrival was really kind and friendly too and looked after us very well. We would definitely recommend Unique Homestays to our friends.

Just returned from an absolutely fantastic stay in Butterfield House and wanted to thank you for providing such a wonderful home from home. The owners must be absolutely over the moon with such a property.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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