Flushing • Sleeps 8
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At A Glance

Saturday Changeover
Sleeping 8
River Views
3 Double Bedrooms
1 Twin Bedroom
3 Bathrooms, two separate cloakrooms
Private study/office
Electric radiator heating system
Wood Burning Stove
Off-road Parking for 4 Cars
Electric Car Charging Point
Large Gas Barbecue
Linen & Towels and adult dressing gowns supplied
No Smoking permitted in the house
No dogs
Not suitable for toddlers; no stair-gates possible given architecture



Rockside is a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian residence that has recently benefited from a full restoration, resulting in a very special waterside home with a fascinating heritage.

Flushing became the base for the Packet Ships (the postal service to Spain and beyond) at the turn of the 18th century and at that point was a more important port than Falmouth.  Dutch engineers had been instrumental in the design and build of the quay, and even responsible for the village name, a derivative of ‘Vlissingen’.

Rockside has everything and more than you could possibly wish for.  A perfect retreat for guests wanting a taste of the classic Cornish life – memorable and relaxing just watching the boats go by or strolling to the local beach.  For the more adventurous, plenty of sailing in the estuary is possible with Flushing Sailing Club close by. There are coastal walks in all directions.

Flushing is the picture-perfect Cornish village. With welcoming streets lined with characterful fishing cottages, one gastro pub and an excellent seafood restaurant on the quay: guests who want a peaceful and relaxing break can certainly find it here. There is a well-stocked local shop open daily and an exceptional farmer’s market held every Saturday morning on a site at the edge of the village.

A regular passenger ferry can take you across the water and over to the harbour town of Falmouth, where an array of boutique shops and restaurants await. Guests can explore numerous art galleries or take the time to visit the famous Maritime Museum.

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Detailed Description

On entering through the pillared front door, the entrance hall provides a lovely welcome and gives a sense of the history of the house, of which there is a ground floor sitting room with large comfy sofas, a wood burning stove along with a large wall hung television. Also on the ground floor is a large bedroom with a king-size double bed, with an en-suite shower room with toilet and wash hand basin.  There is a separate cloakroom and a covered store for sailing gear/paddle boards and an outside hot/cold shower.  A side door leads to a small courtyard with steps leading up to the terrace.

On the first floor, there is an open plan Neptune kitchen with views over the river, this is equipped with a large Range master electric stove/induction hob, fridge/freezer, two dishwashers, microwave, DeLonghi coffee machine, and separate cupboard for crockery with additional fridge and wine cooler. The large circular dining table comfortably seats 8 and an expansive corner sofa with a wall-hung television.

Across the landing from the family room/kitchen, and a few steps up, is an external door and bridge to a large south-facing sun terrace with table with chairs for 10, and two sun loungers.  There is a large gas barbecue.

On the first floor, there is also a utility room, with a Miele washing machine and tumble dryer, and a separate cloakroom.  On the upper mezzanine floor, there is a spacious and private study with views towards Falmouth port entrance for those who need to work on holiday!!

At the top of the house are three more bedrooms with views over the river to Falmouth: a large bedroom with a king-size double bed, an en-suite shower room with toilet and wash hand basin; another large bedroom, with vaulted ceiling, with super-king size double bed; a twin bedroom; a family bathroom with roll top bath, toilet and wash hand basin.

Please note the door thresholds on the top floor are lower than normal – please mind your head.

At the front of the house, you will find private off-road parking for up to 4 cars and an electric car charging point.  There are four chairs at this private quayside so that you can enjoy your morning coffee or evening drinks as the world passes you by on the water.

A Brief History of Rockside

The house’s most famous resident was Adoniah Schuyler, a Packet Ship captain in the late 1700s.  Adoniah reputedly fell in love with the house when he first sailed into the harbour from New York, aged 16, in 1765, as a young mid-shipman; records suggest he took a lease on the house from 1795.

A plaque on the wall in St Peter’s church commemorates a purported gift of £1000 (more than 200 years ago) to fund its building following Adoniah’s survival in a fierce storm and his resultant conversion to faith.  New research suggests that one of his daughters, and her husband Capt. Robert Sutton, were the ones who were truely influential in the establishment of St Peter’s and the funding of its own priest, but the story and credit to Adoniah has stuck!


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Rockside Review

We had the pleasure of staying at Rockside over the Easter holidays. Having not been to Flushing before, we weren’t sure what to expect and fell in love with the beautiful little fishing village as we drove through.

When we arrived at the house, we parked up at the waterfront location and soaked up the stunning views over the estuary. On entering, the first thing we noted was how spacious it was. The beautiful sitting room on the ground floor was the perfect place to settle in the evening, in front of the fire. There was also a huge, en-suite bedroom which was perfect for my parents.

Climbing the wide, sweeping staircase, we found a wonderful kitchen, diner and lounge room. This ran the full length of the front of the house, making the most of the glorious sea views from every window. The owners have created a cosy haven with window seats, cushions and blankets where you could spend the whole day watching the boats coming and going.

The kitchen (in fact, the whole house) was well equipped with everything you would need for a holiday, whether you wanted to dine in or eat out. The sun trap terrace at the back of the house, complete with BBQ and garden furniture, will be perfect in the summer months.

All 4 bedrooms had very comfortable beds and clean, crisp bed linen, complete with beautifully chosen finishing touches. More importantly, you could see the sea from the comfort of your bed and hear the seagulls and the rigging of the boats in the estuary. My idea of heaven!

The bathrooms were all lovely too and there was plenty of hot water and clean towels for our party of 6. There was also an outdoor shower and storage area, perfect for cleaning off after a swim and for storing beach equipment.

Every attention to detail had been thought of and this was one of the best, most comfortable weeks we’ve ever had in a UK holiday home. We’d love to go back one day.

The Simmonds/Winter family - April 2023

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