FURTHER AFIELD

Head out and explore the UK’s number one visitor destination.

Cornwall has it all. From Michelin-starred restaurants to the stark, rugged beauty of the North Coast. With so much to see and do you’ll never fit it all in. That’s why we’ve picked out some of our favourite things for you.

All of the below are within a 60 minute drive of our cottages and make for perfect day trips during your stay.

Falmouth

Falmouth harbour is the third largest natural harbour in the world. Immersed in maritime history and sculpted by the sea, Falmouth is one of Cornwall’s most popular towns and a great place to spend time.

It plays host to a wide range of cafes, shops, galleries and bars as well as being home to two of Cornwall’s top attractions; the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Pendennis Castle.

You’re never far away from a celebration in Falmouth and all year round there are a series of thrilling festivals which celebrate Cornish life.

There’s the Spring Garden Festival, Falmouth Food and Drink Week, Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week, Falmouth Oyster Festival, the Sea Shanty Festival and the Fal River Festival.

There’s also three great beaches, all offering something different.

You can drive there by catching the King Harry Ferry or you can hop on the passenger ferry from St Mawes. Both run 364 days of the year.

Truro

From history to shopping, for business and pleasure, it’s all here.

One day won’t be enough for you to discover all that Truro has to offer. You’ll find the magnificent cathedral, an eclectic shopping experience and vibrant cafe culture. There’s something for everyone in Truro – great open spaces, the Royal Cornwall Museum and one of the country’s leading theatres.

You can even take a brewery tour and sample some legendary Cornish ales. You’ll also find a wealth of quirky and quality eateries for lunch, dinner and even a spot of afternoon tea. Don’t miss exploring this gorgeous city with its compact centre complete with openways and secret alleys which will wind you along on a memorable journey.

The Lizard

The Lizard Peninsula is a secret back water – almost an island, with sea on two sides and the third by the meandering waters of the Helford river. Only a tiny land bridge connects The Lizard to the rest of Cornwall.

The Lizard has a selection of golden beaches and pebbly coves, dramatic cliff tops and still rivers and creeks full of bird life. There are freshwater lakes, open heathland, the world famous hued Serpentine rock outcrops and gardens full of sub-tropical plants warmed by the Gulf Stream.

The villages of Cadgwith, Coverack, Porthleven and Million are well worth a visit – not only do they provide you direct access onto the SW Coastal Path, but they are all charming as well.

Cadgwith in particular has a great reputation for locally caught crab! Helston is at the gateway to The Lizard and is recorded in the Doomsday Book.

The sleepy hollow of Helford Village is a pretty hamlet of quaint cottages nestled around the creek with The Shipwright’s Arms, a water-side pub. From this pub, you can take a foot ferry to the Trebah and Glendurgan gardens. You can also hire a motor or sailing boat and explore Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek and the birdlife of the river.

West Cornwall

It’s well worth spending a day down west to understand and experience its natural beauty.

West Cornwall has the key mining towns of Redruth and Camborne. For beach lovers, there’s Marazion, Penzance, Mousehole, Sennen, St Ives, Hayle and Portreath.

The scenery is simply stunning. Heathland covers the granite outcrops and the area is scattered with remnants of an incredibly ancient heritage. The coastal path here is stunning, if a little challenging in places.

Top places to visit are St Michaels Mount, The Minack Theatre, The Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno, Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives and The Mermaid Inn at Zennor.

North Cornwall

The Atlantic Coast stretches for over forty miles from Bude to Perranporth along a wildly beautiful landscape where towns and villages huddle in the cliffs for protection against the sea.

A renowned hub for thrill seekers who get active in and out of the water, the mile wide bays are popular with the not only the nation’s surfers but also those who enjoy this wonderful scenery.

The area magically combines the hip and trendy with absolutely stunning natural scenery.

It’s an outdoor playground full of surf spots, sensational beaches, dramatic cliffs, picturesque harbours, sandy bays and spectacular coastline.

Top places to visit are Padstow, Tintagel, Watergate Bay, Port Isaac and The Camel Trail with a quick stop at Camel Valley Vineyard!

South Cornwall

From the delights of Fowey to the stark beauty of the Rame Peninsula, you’ll find secret delights off the beaten path that will make your stay one to remember.

Cornwall’s south is lush and laid back in contrast to the dramatic, adrenaline-fuelled punch of the north. You’ll find rolling green landscapes blending into hidden creeks as they wind their way down to a sleepy sea. But don’t let this fool you, South Cornwall boasts some fantastic places to eat and plenty of great things to do.

Top places to visit are Fowey, Looe and Polperro, the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.