Making Memories


  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pets: welcome
  • Balcony
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden
  • Open fire
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • TV
  • Woodburner
  • Seaview


* New addition – for stays during July and August – launching 30.05.22 *

Faoi (from the Gaelic pronounced Fwee) is an attractive, Art Deco beach villa, built in the early 1930s, by the owner of the town’s steam laundry. Now the home of a local family who will be off on their own travels during the summer weeks, the doors of Faoi are open for you to come and enjoy the glorious position and the warmth of this fabulous, carefully crafted house and pretty garden.

The waves breaking on the soft, golden sands of Gyllyngvase beach, 300 metres down the hill, can be heard from two bedrooms. Join Falmouth’s dawn dippers for a sunrise swim, hire a paddleboard from WeSUP and explore nearby coves, or maybe take a run around Pendennis headland to get your day off to an energetic, soul-enriching start.

The house is airy, well-lit and beautifully proportioned, having been recently and lovingly modernised, (complete with retrofit insulation and passive air circulation).

The magical, rambling garden is a lush haven for wildlife with several sun-kissed glades, enchanting birdsong and bright blossom. Envisage yourself enjoying fresh croissants and a holiday read in the morning sunshine amongst the verdant greenery and as the day turns to dusk, with mackerel roasting on the barbeque and you and your favourite people, with sun-kissed skin and salty hair, all smiles fresh from the day’s jollities. This is the beauty of this house, just yards from the clear, sparkling waters of Gylly beach.

The town centre is an interesting fifteen-minute stroll away (via Fox Rosehill Gardens and Falmouth university) whereas the beach can be reached in three … perfect for days on the beach and then pootling back to Faoi for lunch al fresco in the garden. Ten minutes down through Swanpool nature reserve gets you on the coast path and the gateway to Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Beauty.

The house has been designed to be an easy-to-use family home but would be equally suitable for four couples with its generous bedrooms and spacious kitchen/dining room, with breakfast bar, Aga and two sitting rooms.


Sitting Room

Beautiful room with large bay windows, two sofas, coffee table, shelving, TV and wood burner.

Second Sitting/Play Room

Two sofas, keyboard, stool and masses of board games.


Bespoke, hand-built kitchen with gas AGA, large fridge/freezer, oodles of cooking equipment, Kitchenaid mixer, Vitamix blender, microwave, sink, breakfast bar, dining table and 8 chairs. Bi-fold doors opening onto patio and garden.

Ground Floor Shower Room

Large shower cubicle, rain shower, WC, basin and heated towel rail.

Bedroom Four

Super-king bed, bedside tables, lamps, chest of drawers and clothes hanging.

Hall & Household Cupboard

Whilst the house has a grand entrance at the front, you will most likely find yourself entering via the kitchen, where you can kick off your shoes and hang jackets. Here you will also find a capacious cupboard housing the vacuum cleaner, mop, bucket, iron/ironing board and clothes top drier for the AGA.

Utility Area (in the garage)

Washing machine and tumble dryer.

First Floor

Light and airy landing leading to the three first floor bedrooms, study, balcony and family bathroom.

Main Bedroom

Super-king bed, bedside tables, lamps, chest of drawers, armchair, and built-in clothes hanging space.

En-Suite WC

Wash basin and WC.

Study and Balcony

Desk, chair, lamp and shelving. Double doors onto bijou, sun-trap balcony, with sea views and facing south-east. Table and chairs for two.

Bedroom Two

King size bed, bedside tables, lamps, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk and chair.

Bedroom Three

Double bed, bedside tables, lamps, shelving, desk, chair and chest of drawers. Juliette balcony and entrancing view over the garden.

Family Bathroom

Oval, Ashton & Bentley bath with velux window above for stargazing, separate rain shower, washbasin, heated towel rail and WC.


The front garden is nestled behind seven silver birches that shroud the house from Spernen Wyn Road, that leads down to the Blue Flagged, Gyllyngvase beach. To the rear of the house is a large, slate, patio with table and chairs for eight, slightly lower fire pit seating area, an array of abundant flowerbeds and a raised lawn. (Please note that there is a wildflower area with a pond at the far reaches of the garden that is left for biodiversity to thrive. Please do not explore up there. There is an old rickety trampoline and treehouse that we also advise is not used for safety reasons).


For up to four cars, nose to tail, on the private driveway.

Location and Surrounding Area


Based minutes away from Falmouth’s Blue Blag beaches, Faoi promises visitors ample opportunity to indulge in days beside the ocean. With Gylly Beach on your doorstep, take to the water on standup paddleboards, explore treasure-trove rockpools full of Cornish marine life and slurp on sweet ice creams with white sand beneath your toes. 

For the foodies and the culture vultures, happiness will be found in Falmouth’s many stand-out eateries, art galleries, shops and museums. From talk-of-the-town Stones Bakery and fashionable Solksinn Coffee and Cocktail Haus, to The Cornwall Maritime Museum and creative Polytechnique Society, needless to say, there is never a dull moment in Falmouth.

For the adventurers and lovers of the outdoors, wander along the South West Coastal Path to nearby areas of outstanding beauty such as Maenporth Beach, where the gently sloping shore leads out to crystal clear waters. 

Explore Falmouth’s colourful lived-in streets and meander down to the harbour to sit on the pier and watch the comings and going of yachts and fishing boats. 

Further afield, the delights of the Helford River’s sparkling creeks, waterside pubs and ancient forests await. A short 20-minute drive from Falmouth will take you to the subtropical paradise of Trebah Garden, where you’ll discover exotic blooms and vibrant tunnels of colour which lead down to secluded beaches. 


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Arrival from 4pm.
Departure by 10am.
Bed linen included.
Tea towels included.
One bath and hand towel, per person provided, please bring your own beach towels.
Central heating inclusive.
There is no telephone at this property, but mobile signal is very good.
Complimentary Wi-Fi inclusive.
No smoking.
Security deposit £200.

One well-behaved, house trained, dog over the age of one is welcome @ £20 per week. Please do not leave your dog unattended in the house and ensure he/she does not sit on the furniture or jump up on beds. Muddy paws to be cleaned outside please and ensure all dog mess is picked up from the garden before departure.

One basket of logs provided from October to Easter. Wood and kindling can be purchased from Trago’s, or local garages, or often roadside on your travels around Cornwall.

AGA cooking

Cooking is solely on a gas AGA. Clear instructions are given, however, please bear in mind that AGA cooking does differ slightly to conventional oven cooking.

Pond/garden  – take care

Most of the year Faoi is a permanent family home and as such the garden facilities are not commercial grade. At the top end of the garden is a pond, rickety trampoline (with no net) and tree house. Please do not allow your children to enter this area of the garden for safety reasons. We do not accept children 5 and under for this reason. Please familiarise yourself with the layout with the garden on arrival and ensure children are aware of the hazards.

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