The location of Mermaid Cottage is the best thing about it. Very close to the sea and a small pebble to sand beach. Newlyn has numerous eateries, a few small shops, lots of pubs and an easy walk to both Penzance and Mousehole and also served by a couple of bus routes.
The cottage is in bad condition, poorly maintained, damp and generally scruffy. Beds are not comfortable, kitchen barely usable.
The best way to describe it would be a grandparents house stuck in the 1970's. All mod cons then but nothing has been improved or maintained. Shower good but mouldy shower curtain hung from a precarious contraption. Net curtain in bathroom torn. Sticky note in windowsill with faded writing, obviously been there a long time and cleaned around.
One bed was extremely soft, the other rockhard. Bed lined cheap and very well used, tiny towels with no body to them. Every cupboard opened smelled of damp and long forgotten dusty something indescribable.
Stairs felt rickety and the edging strip sharp and hard on bare feet. The carpets are frayed at the threshold. Flimsy, grubby hand made curtains finish the delightful ambience.
Not Cornwall's finest. Good job the sun shone and we can have a good time and not be bothered by material things. Beware and book only if you need somewhere convenient and you can cope with a lot less than perfect.