A Little Bit of History About Kinbrae House

Kinbrae means “Family Home” and was the name originally given to the property when it was built as a private house in 1904.

In about 1914 Kinbrae was converted into an hotel and in the early part of last century into a guest house. The guest house interior was remodelled into self catering holiday apartments in the mid 1980’s by the previous owners who ran Kinbrae as guest accommodation for more than 40 years.

The interior and exterior had become tired and dated and the whole property was desperately in need of a complete refurbishment when husband and wife team David, a builder of swimming pools, and Tamara, an interior architect, bought Kinbrae in Spring 2016.

From September 2016 David and Tamara spent over 18 months painstakingly renovating and refurbishing this wonderful old Edwardian house to exacting standards.  The original apartments were remodelled and refurbished in a contemporary Cornish style, including new fitted kitchens and luxurious modern shower rooms, into 5 luxury self catering apartments.

The results are gorgeous and their hard work has been rewarded every year since opening with a prestigious 5 star rating from Visit Falmouth, making Kinbrae House one of the best self catering properties for couples to stay at when visiting Cornwall.



Kinbrae House comprises four boutique style one bedroom apartments and a superb open plan studio for couples wishing to stay in luxury self catering accommodation in this prime location in Falmouth.

Each apartment and the studio are private and accessed through the fabulous entrance hall which is adorned with commissioned stained glass, tastefully decorated and beautifully accessorised with local and international art and artefacts. Curlew and Cornish Chough are the largest self catering apartments and are located on the ground floor, Oyster Catcher and Sanderling Apartments and Puffin Studio are located on the first floor.  The renovated original Edwardian staircase leads guests to the first floor apartments and studio.

The property has been beautifully appointed throughout with first class attention to detail, gorgeous art work and accessories, making Kinbrae House a delightful place to stay and one that guests will wish to return to again and again, year after year for their self catering holidays.

The guest accommodation and entrance hall are gently beached themed decorated in an exquisite colour palette and adorned with lovely artwork and artefacts, many of which are by artists from the South West and the earthquake stricken island of Haiti. The bespoke glazed ceramic and drift wood bird door signs have been handmade by Jane James, a renowned ceramic artist based in Jersey, and the brilliantly executed stained glass commissions throughout the property have been created by Kath Wilson from One Off Glass in Looe.

Each of the apartments and the studio have a fabulous modern fully tiled shower or bathroom fitted out with lovely accessories, a heated towel rail, rain showers and limitless piping hot water. Complimentary luxury toiletries, warm fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers (not available during the pandemic) complete the pampering experience.

Paint finished Shaker style fitted kitchens with superb quality appliances and cookware have been selected to ensure that guests, whilst staying at Kinbrae House, have all that they require to bring out their inner Master Chef. Guests have the freedom to choose when they want to make their breakfast and other meals during their stay. Unlike an hotel or guest house there are no meal time constraints to follow when staying in self catering accommodation, making Kinbrae House the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.

At Kinbrae House each apartment and the studio have been furnished with bespoke handmade full length blackout curtains, enabling guests to sleep until they naturally awaken. Guests can relax and unwind in the superbly comfortable luxury beds with light as a feather White Company duvet, pillows and 300 count Egyptian Cotton bedding and drift off into the deepest slumber to awake the next morning feeling totally revitalised and refreshed ready to enjoy another adventure packed day exploring Cornwall.

The lightly nautically themed décor and lovely touches throughout Kinbrae House ensure that the luxury “close to the beach” self-catering apartments and studio are the best and only place for couples of any age to stay while visiting Falmouth and Cornwall beyond.

Kinbrae House and grounds is a non smoking, non vaping establishment.

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

Kinbrae House is located in the best area of Falmouth as it benefits from being close to the lovely blue flagged beaches of Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Castle and is only a few minutes walk to Falmouth train station, Falmouth town centre, the harbour and Events Square.

There are distant sea views from Cornish Chough and Puffin Studio whilst, Oyster Catcher and Curlew enjoy coastal and distant beach views, so, with the blue flagged beach of Gyllyngvase literally a  minutes walk from Kinbrae House, an early morning swim, paddle board or a walk on the golden beach are highly recommended. There is always something going on at Gylly Beach, it’s a veritable hive of activity – all year round. Swimmers, surfers, stand-up paddle boarders and kayakers all frequent Gylly Beach. There are outdoor gym and aqua aerobics sessions held on the beach most days of the week. Gylly Beach has an RNLI life guard post manned throughout the summer and shoulder months.

Gylly Cafe, opens early for breakfast and is a great place to stop for refreshments and to people watch from their fabulous terrace at any time of day into the evening. Their menu is wonderful and there are gorgeous daily specials created by head chef Dale Macintosh, their celebrity chef, and his brigade. Most mornings the unmistakable aroma of freshly baked bread, pastries and cakes wafts across the beach from the Bakery on the Beach, part of Gylly Cafe.

The Bay of Falmouth is postcard picturesque with views of the Lizard Peninsular to the West and the unmistakable silhouette of Pendennis Castle perched high on the point to the East. Cargo ships  anchored off the bay and colourful sailing boats can be seen along the coast towards the Lizard Peninsula. Closer to shore a seal or two may be glimpsed basking off the rocks towards Swanpool and if you are lucky a basking shark or pod of dolphin may pass through the bay, their antics and playful splashes easily spotted from the beach. The skies over the bay are a playground for a variety of seabirds, a never ending ballet being performed by Terns, Gulls, Oyster Catchers, Cormorants and migrating Swans.

The lovely Queen Mary Garden, which backs on to Gylly Beach, is planted out with incredible sub tropical flora and fauna specimens and is a beautiful peaceful place for a walk before heading off to explore the famous South West Coastal Path. The Coastal Path can be accessed from Gylly Beach to head either East towards Pendennis Castle or West for a wild stomp along the rugged coastline towards Swanpool and the beaches of Maenporth and the Helford Passage beyond. There are lovely watering holes along the way. Heading East Castle Beach Café is a good place to stop for a much needed cuppa and Pendennis Castle Café offers a grand array of cakes and daily specials for visitors to this English Heritage Site. To the West Swanpool Beach Café has lots of lovely tasty treats including ice cream and Hooked on the Rocks has a wonderful seafood menu with daily specials. Venturing further West, Maenporth Beach Café can be found where they serve the most delicious crab sandwiches and lots of tasty treats. The Cove, owned by Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines, is a favourite restaurant amongst locals and visitors offering diners something more luxurious than a beach café menu. Booking is advised. The Coastal Path just keeps going from Maenporth.  Thankfully there are bus services returning to Falmouth from all of the beaches and Helford Passage areas for those who do not fancy the return walk. There are several gardens enroute to the Helford Passage, Glendurgan NT and Trebah Gardens. Both have cafes and shops. If you make it as far as the Ferry Boat Inn its worth stopping for a sublime lunch or coffee and Cake. You may even have time to take the water taxi over to Helford and grab a pint and handmade woodfire pizza for lunch whilst gazing at the spectacular views from the the Shipwright Inn waterside deck.


David Lee and Tamara Nance
Kinbrae House Luxury Self Catering Suites
Gyllyngvase Road
TR11 4DJ

Tel: 01326 315529
Mob: 07399 275339 - David
Mob: 07960 742889 – Tamara

Email: hello@kinbraehouse.co.uk

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