Attractions

Attractions

Cape Cornwall:

Cape Cornwall is situated in the far west of the Penwith Peninsula and is the only Cape in England. Until the 18th Century it was thought that Cape Cornwall rather than Lands End was the most westerly point. The headland is owned by the National Trust. The area is rich in wild moorland, birdlife, ancient farmlands and spectacular Atlantic cliffs. The Cape is on the South West Coastal Path with walks towards St. Ives or Lands End. There are many sheltered valleys to explore within the area, in particular Cot Valley and Kenidjack Valley. Both valleys are famed for their rich birdlife, flora and fauna. A climb up the Cape headland to the stack offers panoramic views of Lands End, Sennen Cove, the Brisons rocks and the Isles of Scilly.

Priest's Cove

This is directly situated below the cottage. It is a sheltered rock beach with a jumble of fishermen's huts, rock pools and a tide-filled swimming pool for children. There are resident seals within the bay together with a school of dolphins. The cove is a favourite setting for local artists and was especially liked by Daphne du Maurier.

St. Just

Approximately 1 ½ miles from the cottage is St. Just. It is the most westerly town in England. Most of the town is within a conservation area. It caters for all needs having a bank, post office, numerous shops, and a handful of local inns together with a Co-op supermarket which is open until late each night and has a useful "cash back" facility. Traditionally an ancient tin mining town it is now the home of a thriving artistic community.

Sennen

The award winning sand and surfing beaches at Sennen are approximately a 10-minute drive away. The golden sands can be seen from the cottage. There is a small fishing cove, ancient net drying loft and lifeboat station together with a selection of shops and cafes as well as the ancient "Old Success Inn". The main features are the miles of gold sand and white surf.

St. Ives

An ever-popular destination with a world famous artists' colony and now the Tate Gallery. It is only a short drive from the cottage. The picturesque drive is across the magnificent cost road from the cottage to St. Ives which takes in the cliffs of Pendeen, the Penwith moors and the attractive villages of Morva and Zennor. St. Ives also boasts glorious beaches and good restaurants.

Penzance

The "capital" of the Penwith Peninsula, this elegant town is approximately 10 miles from the cottage. Chapel Street houses many antique shops including the quaint "Egyptian style" Customs House. Penzance has a full range of shops and is the terminus for the main line railway, with ferry services to the Isles of Scilly. The art deco swimming pool is worth a visit as are the tropical Morrab Gardens.

St. Michael's Mount

A magnificent castle situated on an island within Mounts Bay. Now owned by the National Trust but the ancestral seat of Lord St. Levan. Built by Benedictine monks and originally a monastery (its sister is the Mont St. Michel) is a truly magical location for all ages. Access is via a causeway from Marazion. If the sea is in, a ferry service takes you to the island.

Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are located approximately 15 miles from the cottage. They can be clearly seen from the Cape headland. A ferry service operates between Penzance and St. Mary's. There are also helicopter services from Penzance to both St. Mary's and Tresco. There are also flights from Lands End Aerodrome. An ideal sub-tropical destination!

Mynack Theatre

TThe world famous open air Mynack Theatre situate at Porthcurno which is approximately 7 miles from the cottage. The theatre produces productions for all tastes and is an amphitheatre carved out of the granite cliff overlooking the Atlantic.

Lands End

Last but not least is Lands End. Romantically remembered as the most westerly point in England. The cottage boasts stunning views of Lands End together with the Longships Lighthouse.

Archaeological and Industrial Sites

There are many fascinating archaeological and industrial sites within the area. Close to the cottage is the St. Helen's Oratory (and Ancient Monument) and the ancient burial grounds at Carn Gloose. The world famous Crown Mines and the Geevor Tin Mines are a short distance away. The Geevor Mine is now a working museum with underground tours of the tin mining levels which go out many miles into the Atlantic!