- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Pub/shop < 1 mile
- Washing machine
- Sky TV
- Broadband / WiFi
“The property was very clean and tidy.”
It had everything we needed.The view was amazing and close to the local shops.I would recommend this property over and over again.
It had everything we needed.The view was amazing and close to the local shops.I would recommend this property over and over again.
“This property is filthy, smelly and falling apart - avoid !”
I've just had the displeasure of staying at Castle Bay for four days (October 2019), so if you're thinking of booking this property, I strongly recommend that you read this review prior to doing so. It's not a short review for justifiable reason. Despite this, to give praise where it's due, albeit not as a result of any effort from the owners, it's location affords spectacular views. The vistas are superb, with St. Michaels Mount and the surrounding seascape as prominent features. However, and it's an enormous 'however' with a heavy sigh, the photos of the condition of the property are unforgiveably misrepresentative of the truth. No doubt they were taken a number.of years ago. On arrival, we were struck by the obvious neglect this property has been subjected to. The once picturesque white walls surrounding the patio, were filthy with paint missing in many parts. Decorating an area of the patio border, a number of half and full house bricks strewn and weeds amongst the patio slabs that haven't seen a successful jet wash in an age. The bird bath that features on a lawn in one of the photos now broken and slung near to the strewn bricks on the edge of the patio, near the oil tank. Steps and a path through the garden would have been inviting, were it not for the large clumps of cut wet grass completely covering them. What a pity that whoever raced to cut the grass, thought it would be acceptable for paying guests. On the plus side, they were kind enough to leave a tired out old broom in the outside utility, where the door had been left wide open, with no provision of a key to lock it. What about security, you may well ask ? Well, fear not, the filthy washing machine and dryer, with paint missing in parts, the filthy floor, walls and windows and clutter, I'm sure would be enough to dampen the enthusiasm of even the most eager kleptomaniac. All this before you even reach the front door and it gets worse ! For the record, I'm happy to clear a drain, mix cement, paint and decorate, you name it, so this isn't an account given by someone who isn't used to manual work or afraid of getting their hands dirty. So, having brushed the grass off the steps and path, time now to enter the property, despite becoming less inclined to wish to do so with every passing moment. Perhaps, the plants growing out of the guttering on the canopy next to the front door, the enormous cobwebs stretching from the door to the canopy, the grubby barbecue, the filthy, once white, walls, the extensively peeling paint on the window frames, the condensation on the window panes, the Yale key plate fitted upside down, the cheapest of door handles with rusty screws, the rusty letter flap and the stiff, ill-fitting entrance door were all clear signals of what to continue to expect. We pressed on regardless, after all, we'd parted with over £700 and spent four hours to get there. Felt a touch guilty for disturbing half a dozen wood lice, who'd been enjoying loitering inside, underneath the entrance door but there was absolutely nothing I could do to save the many dead flies, festooned on the series of cobwebs in the porch area. Over the stained and dirty lino and on to, yet another ill-fitting internal door, with a cracked pane of glass above it, shoddily painted with clumps of unsanded, over-painted filler, a door frame which must have been cut in parts by a corrugated shaped saw, another cheap door handle, a missing blind for the small pane in the centre with it's fittings still evident, the remaining part of what was once a door chain and yes, that engrained dirt again as a consistent feature. The irony of the narrow laminated message fixed to the door asking guests to remove their shoes to, quote: "keep Castle Bay looking good" , didn't go unnoticed. Far, far too late to achieve that objective ! Trying to ignore the very heady scent of damp and dirt, we battled forward into the entrance hall. A fridge, well at least that, albeit not the only fridge in the property and a pine framed clock on the wall just above it which told us the correct time twice a day, being stuck at fourteen minutes to seven and how novel, a fridge as a shelf for an electric iron, pity about the cracked door shelf inside the fridge but at least the continuing theme of cobwebs and dead insect body parts outside the fridge was maintained. A few faded notices on a cork notice baord, the electricity baord on full display in a home made cupboard adjoining the celing and cupboard doors with many months worth, at the very least, of matted clumps of dust on the door fronts, all gave their customary welcome. I know this review is long winded but if you're considering parting with your hard earned cash to book this property, read on. Onward to the kitchen over yet more grubby lino, overlying the occasional loose floorboard. Featured here are black mould patches showing through the wallpaper and on other walls, peeling paint and more mold patches, mould and engrained filth on top of the skirting boards, peeling silicone between the lino and the kitchen units, a dirty and rusting radiator with matted cobwebs just below the top grill and a broken off radiator control valve left on the floor next to the radiator, a heating control panel not properly fixed to the wall, with faded lettering, a washing up bowl left upside down on the draining board with numerous globules of brown fat on the bottom of it, old wooden blinds that can't be properly closed, dirty kitchen units and drawers inside, a torn plastic table cloth, dirty light switches but hopefully you'll ignore all of that if you just focus on the scones and jar of jam they've left you, next to the vase full of dirty water and fading flowers. Yet more irony, an old dustpan and brush left next to the bin. A complete pack of your own anti-bacterial wipes later and the appetite for food preparation still doesn't improve. Worthy of separate mention, the heating system, which when active, bangs and clatters so loudly and repeatedly that the television has to have the volume doubled to allow any programme to remain audible. If in any doubt about the prevalence of damp inside the property, that will soon be dispelled when you notice a slug in your cup of tea that's been left on a side table in the lounge for a short while, next to the now browner sofas, featured in a lighter, whiter hue in another of the advertised photos. Dirty lopsided lampshades and more damp stains on ill-fitted and warping wall panels and an equally lopsided, rusting and dirty radiator all continue the theme here. The bathroom is no sanctuary either, mold, plastic wire ducting with parts missing, grubby, peeling paint off the bath panel, dripping taps, on and on and on. I'll stop the description there but the above is indicative of the remainder of the property. I'm not one for writing reviews, this is my first review about anything, ever. So why now ? Well, having been so blatantly misled by the owners about the condition of this property in the photos, coupled with the disgustingly filthy state throughout, regardless of the extent of latitude anyone could give, there is just no excuse whatsoever for treating paying guests with such contempt and a distinct and purposeful lack of respect. I read a previous review, which highlighted the dust and the offer by the owners to have rectified it while the guests were present, had they only been informed. We were there for only four days and it would require months of work, with an army of trades, cleaners, painters and decorators, plumbers, electricians, flooring specialists, damp specialists and more. Any offer to rectify the situation by the owners while a guest is present is utterly disingenuous and knowingly unachievable. They are already fully aware of the current condition of their property, which is disgusting, it wouldn't be possible not to be aware and while there isn't the option of attaching photographic evidence to this review, photographic evidence is being sent by me to Sykes Cottages. What an unacceptable and scandalous way to treat unsuspecting paying guests who supplement the owners income. Again, avoid this place at all costs. The owners don't deserve your money.
“Cottage is in a lovely location with fantastic views.”
Lovely cream tea met us when we arrived and that was a nice welcome. Plenty of room in the cottage to move around and plenty of cooking utensils for inside and outside. plenty of parking and a lovely patio area to sit out in the sun and admire the views over to St Michaels mount. Downside to the cottage is lack of cleaning by the cleaner, dust & cobwebs in all corners by the tables in the front room. Breakfast cheerio on kitchen floor under table. Dust in front entrance on old Arga stove and I could even write CLEAN ME in the dust. Windows need cleaning inside and out as they were filthy and need updating. Beds were so uncomfortable with a basic sponge mattress. No pin code for sky films so unable to watch Action films before the watershed. On all it was a lovely week in the cottage and we would stay again. There is a local newsagent 5 min up the road so you don't have to go into the centre of Marazion. The Fire Engine pub is great and staff are so friendly. nice drink and nice food as well.
***Owner Response*** Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you did not contact us during your stay as we would have been happy to pop round and sort out any issues. We look forward to seeing you again. Owner relations
“4 generations of our family have had a wonderful experience and we thank you so much for a lovely holiday”
“As usual a fabulous place to be in at Easter time with all the family.”
Our 7th time there and we all love it, the bungalow, the garden, view of St Michael’s Mount and Marazion Village itself. Fantastic garden for the Easter Egg Hunt as well.
“We spent a very enjoyable week in bay view.”
What a fantastic view to wake up to. Thank you for the welcoming cream tea! A lovely surprise. The cottage is in a good position for visiting St Ives, Lands end, Falmouth and Helston. Very well equipped kitchen, so you can easily self cater. We were a party of 7 and very mixed ages and we did find bathroom sharing tricky. If ten people took this bungalow I think two bathroom s would be a problem. But I would definitely come again.
“The cottage was really in nice location, great view from kitchen and specious sitting room, very clean but all sofa quality need to improve and some more big cooking bowl and washing machine facilities could add extra benefits for big team.”
“It is a super bungalow in a superb position warm and comfortable everything worked well it even had Sky TV in one of the bedrooms as well as the lounge.”
It is genuinely the sort of place we would like to live in.
It's hard to escape the spectacular sea views from Castle Bay.
In an elevated position overlooking the castle topped island of St Michaels Mount, the shimmering sea will form the backdrop whether you are relaxing on the sun terrace or curled up in front of the fire.
If ever you need the excuse to have breakfast in bed, then this view is it.
A bungalow with a difference, this spacious detached property is hidden away from the main thoroughfare within large gardens and with ample parking, a rare find in this seafront town.
The surprisingly rambling interior is individual in character and both the sitting room and kitchen dining room will cater for large groups to gather in comfort.
The five bedrooms comprise of two comfortable doubles with king size beds, two twins and a bunk room for little ones.
The sandy beach is just a short walk away as is the pretty town centre where there are galleries, gift shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs for all budgets.
A visit to the amazing island of St Michaels Mount is a must whilst staying in Marazion and at low tide it is possible to walk across the ancient causeway (at high tide you can hop on the small ferry).
The medieval castle is surrounded by subtropical gardens but be sure to check opening times as these can vary.
The nearby market town of Penzance can be reached in minutes by car but keen walkers may enjoy the level stretch of the coastal path from Marazion.
Considered as the capital of West Cornwall, this historic harbour town has an abundance of individual shops and art galleries including the contemporary gallery space the Exchange, the largest west of Bristol.
If the sun is shining, simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along the spectacular seafront promenade.
To the north is St Ives, the most famous of the Cornish holiday towns with its sandy beaches and azure blue waters.
The town is perhaps best reached by train from Penzance along the coastal branch line, arguably one of the most scenic routes in the country.
- All on one level with some internal steps
- Five bedrooms: 2 x king, 2 x twin, 1 x bunk
- Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, basin and WC
- Shower room with shower, basin and WC
- Cloakroom with WC
- Open plan kitchen and dining area
- Sitting area.
- Central heating, wood burning stove
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
- 2 x TV, Sky TV, DVD, iPod dock
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Cot and highchair available
- Off road parking for 3 cars
- Garden with seating
- Patio area
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 min
- Beach 5 min
- This property requires a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £175.
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About the location
Penzance 3.8 miles; Helston 9.6 miles.
Marazion is the gateway to the enchanting castle and island fortress of St Michael's Mount. The ideal location for family holidays with large sandy beaches and a popular destination for watersports including windsurfing, paddle-boarding, kite-surfing and sailing. Situated on the shore of Mount's Bay with stunning views towards the Lizard peninsula and Land's End the ancient market town of Marazion is a great place to visit at any time of year. Discover a variety of gift and craft shops along with art galleries as well as a selection of old pubs and excellent restaurants in this historic location.
Note: There are 22 stone steps in the garden. Note: Check in time for this property is 4pm.
This property offers the following short breaks:
- Last minute
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