From your “top deck” vantage point amidst the Falmouth skyline, Riviera offers an uplifting but tranquil place to watch the busy harbour with its yachts, ferries and paddle boarders, dancing gulls, and dots of meandering walkers strolling the coast path on the opposite banks.
This spacious self-catering waterside retreat in Falmouth exudes a clean, coastal charm and is decorated throughout with nautical palettes and local art. The bright and breezy atmosphere is amplified by the abundance of windows that fill the space with light, and sea-view glimpses from every angle.
Guests can look forward to sharing their home-cooked dishes around the 6 / 8 seater dining table, cooked in the stylish kitchen, before taking a seat at the picture window and unwinding together on the comfortable sofas. Concluding the day with a steamy soak in the bath before sinking into the generous, plush beds.
A romantic wake-up is guaranteed to a distant soundtrack of waves and the clinking harbour, and a day of adventure is on the cards with vibrant Falmouth town on Riviera’s doorstep.
Riviera sits high amidst the prestigious waterside development of Packet Quays. An exclusive waterfront development, originally built in the 17th century as home to the famous Falmouth Packet ships, carrying mail from Europe and the Caribbean. The Packet Quays is a stylish maritime location conveniently just three minutes’ walk from Falmouth town centre, the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and ferries to St Mawes and Flushing. It boasts a private quay if you want to swim or paddleboard almost from your front door.
Wander up the steps or sloping path to reach Falmouth’s Old High Street and be welcomed by an eclectic mix of boutiques, independent shops, hidden courtyards and steep opeways that give glimpses of the sea. Be drawn in by the sweet smell of freshly baked goods at Stones Bakery, barista prepared Beacon coffee and distracted by the curated collection of clothes at Parade and tempted by the promise of a rustic meal at the Boathouse or sample local ingredients at the gastropub The Star and Garter.
Walking further into town you’ll discover an array of artisan coffee shops and eateries. From the Prince of Wales Pier, regular ferry services provide the opportunity to venture over the water to explore the picturesque village of Flushing or St Mawes, or up the Fal River to Cornwall’s capital, Truro. An array of boat tours will take you to find marine life, go fishing and all kinds of water sports or even hire your own boat.
If you’re looking to soak up some of Cornwall’s cultural heritage, use the guest binoculars to spot two castles from the arched lounge window – the 16th century St Mawes Castle an artillery fortress and the historic Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII – a visit will transport you back to wartime Cornwall. The acclaimed National Maritime Museum, just 15 minutes walk, will immerse you in the colourful history of Falmouth and beyond.
Falmouth’s famous Blue Flag beach Gyllyngvase is a 25-minute walking distance from Riviera, as is Castle Beach – so be sure to pack your swimming attire to make the most of the clear waters of South Cornwall.