Hidden Gems in Cornwall: Tregothnan Tea

August 25th, 2023

Wanting to explore a hidden gem in Cornwall? At The Valley, we’re always seeking the best Cornwall has to offer – with stunning grounds and an opportunity to learn about all things tea, this spot definitely provides a great day out!

Tregothnan Tea is known for being the only tea plantation in the United Kingdom and is renowned for producing high-quality, locally grown tea.

Tregothnan has a very rich history, with botanical firsts happening here since 1334. In 2005, the site sold Britain’s first homegrown tea – safe to say, if you’re a lover of tea or wandering around beautiful gardens, this is the place for you. Here’s all you need to know about visiting this Cornish gem.

Where is Tregothnan Tea Located?

Tregothnan is situated near Truro in Cornwall, just a 30 minute drive from The Valley. The unique microclimate of the region, created by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, provides an ideal environment for growing tea.

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History of Tregothnan Tea

Tregothnan has a long history dating back to the 1330s when it was acquired by the Boscawen family. Tea cultivation began on the estate in the 1990s, and since then, Tregothnan has become a pioneer in British tea production.

Tea Cultivation at Tregothnan

The estate currently grows a variety of tea plants, including Camellia sinensis (the tea plant). The mild climate of Cornwall allows for year-round cultivation, and the tea plants thrive in the rich, acidic soils of the region.

Tea Varieties

Tregothnan produces a range of teas, including black tea, green tea, herbal infusions, and unique blends. They also experiment with growing different tea cultivars to produce distinct flavours.


Tregothnan is committed to sustainable and ethical tea production. The estate employs traditional and modern techniques to ensure the highest quality tea while minimising its environmental impact.

Visiting Tregothnan Tea

While Tregothnan is primarily a working estate, they do offer limited guided tours of their tea plantation and gardens. This provides visitors with a chance to learn about the tea-growing process, explore the beautiful surroundings, and taste some of the estate’s teas.

With its connection to Cornwall’s landscape and history, Tregothnan Tea offers a piece of British tea culture that is quite different from traditional tea sources.

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Online Shop

If you can’t make it to Tregothnan while on your Cornish adventure but are still interested in trying some British tea, Tregothnan’s teas and other products are available for purchase through their online shop.

This allows tea enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy the unique flavours of locally grown British tea.

Visiting Tregothnan Tea is a wonderful way to learn about the art and science of tea cultivation in an unexpected location. It’s a testament to how dedication, innovation, and a bit of favourable climate can create something truly special. If you’re a tea lover or simply interested in unique agricultural experiences, Tregothnan Tea should definitely be on your radar.

If you’re seeking a base for your Cornish adventures, look no further than our luxury holiday cottages here at The Valley! Enjoy a prime location just a short drive away from Tregothnan and an array of other heritage sites and activities.

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Location Guide: Charlestown

August 21st, 2023

Imagine an unspoilt seaside village with an undisturbed Georgian harbour full of tall, historic ships, pretty cobbled pathways, endless views and cosy sea-front cottages that overlook turquoise Cornish water that touches a calm, tranquil beach. It sounds like a coastal dream, doesn’t it?

Well, this place does exist. Welcome to Charlestown! Charlestown is one of Cornwall’s gems known for being the set of many major Hollywood productions and full of welcoming and homey eateries.

Where is Charlestown?

Charlestown is an idyllic, picturesque village on Cornwall’s south coast. Only a 40-minute drive from our luxury cornish cottages, this peaceful village hosts a small shingle beach on either side of its Grade 2 listed harbour that overlooks St Austell Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the perfect place for couples and families to relax and take in the beauty Cornwall has to offer.

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How Far is Charlestown From St Austell?

Charlestown is approximately 2 miles from St Austell’s town centre, so quite close! If you’re keen to stretch those legs and walk from St Austell to Charlestown at a relaxed pace, it’ll take roughly 25-30 minutes. Or, if you’d prefer to jump in the car, it’s only a 5-10 minute drive (depending on traffic).

Just a heads up, don’t be surprised if you struggle to find parking during the summertime (as this is a small village). You will most likely need to pay for parking, too, so our advice would be to arrive as early as possible during the summer holidays to make the most out of your day!

What to do in Charlestown, Cornwall?

If you want to visit a film or TV set, simply walk around Charlestown Harbour! Initially known for being a thriving fishing port of West Polmear exporting china clay, Charlestown is now famous for being the set of many major Hollywood productions such as Pirates of The Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, Doctor Who, and was recently the primary set of major BBC’s hit TV series, Poldark. In our previous blog, we go into more detail about movies and shows filmed in Charlestown. You may be able to recognise some parts of the village that have been on the big screen!

Charlestown is also home to Europe’s biggest shipwreck museum, the ‘Shipwreck Treasure Museum’, where you can see thousands of shipwreck artefacts recovered from over 150 wrecks.

Looking for a bite to eat? Charlestown has a range of traditional pubs, restaurants and tasty cafes, and you won’t be disappointed with the food or drinks. Indulge as much as you’d like (guilt-free) on the Cornish quayside!

How does a breathtaking coastal walk sound? Enjoy the beautiful views on offer by walking the circular route from the port of Charlestown to the sheltered cove of Porthpean. Charlestown is also on the South-West coastal path, so stop off here and look around if you’re passing through. It’ll be worth it.

The Eden Project

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If you’re in the Charlestown area, another must-see attraction you should visit is The Eden Project. Hosting the world’s largest indoor rainforest biome and a huge Mediterranean biome, immersing yourself in this architectural and biological engineering paradise will feel other-worldly.

Are Dogs Allowed on Charlestown Beach?

If you’re travelling with a furry friend, you won’t be able to take your beloved dog onto Charlestown Beach. Charlestown’s shingle beach is relatively small, so it’s understandable that there is an all-year-round dog ban, making it perfect for those looking for a dog-free beach to relax. However, you can bring your pet along the harbour and enjoy the rest of this stunning village, so don’t let that put you off from visiting! Our previous blog recommends the best dog-friendly beaches when making a trip to Cornwall.

Charlestown Beach

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Is Charleston Harbour Open?

Exploring Charlestown Harbour is free of charge, and the inner harbour is open from April to October to the public all year round. The harbour may only be closed to the public if there’s exceptionally stormy weather. If so, check out our blog on rainy days in Cornwall. There’s still a lot of fun to be had.

If you’re looking for a place to relax and explore while enjoying good food and refreshments by the untouched blue Cornish coast, then adding Charlestown to your adventure is the perfect choice.

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Islands Around Cornwall to Visit

June 27th, 2023


Luxury doesn’t come much more indulgent than our holiday cottages in Cornwall, and with so much to see in the beautiful county, venturing away from your holiday accommodation for the day is a must


Cornwall has plenty to explore, especially along its breath-taking coastline. Scattered with captivating little islands, we have selected our top locations for those who are eager for a mini adventure! Discover how to get to them and why you should visit.


St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount


Where: St Michael’s Mount is situated just 500 metres away from Marazion.


Now part of the National Trust, St Michael’s Mount is one of the classic hotspots of Cornwall. The history of the island is vast, and the site greets visitors with captivating mediaeval architecture and fascinating sub-tropical terraced gardens to explore. It is believed to have origins as a monastery in the 8th and 11th century, though this is not confirmed.


The island can be accessed via a human-made causeway which is revealed during low tide, making St Michael’s Mount an exciting location to travel to by foot.


On high tides, the mount can be accessed or exited by boat.


Godrevy Lighthouse in a storm

Godrevy Lighthouse


Where: Godrevy is situated on the East side of St Ives Bay.


From the Cornish coastline, viewers can gaze upon the charming lighthouse which sits upon the island. The lighthouse is believed to have been the source of inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse.


The small 12-acre island is renowned for its rockiness and has been the unfortunate setting for many tragic shipwrecks due to the Stones Reef just off the island, until the lighthouse was created in-between 1858 and 1859.


The best way to view Godrevy island and lighthouse is to organise a walk on the South West Coast Path. The hike will take you across Godrevy Head which reveals incredible views of St Ives and Trevose Head, with Godrevy Lighthouse stealing the show.


The area is also known for inhabiting grey seals from autumn to January, so keep your eyes peeled when travelling past private beaches and coves.


A Shetland pony

Looe Island / St George’s Island


Where: Looe Island is one mile away from the Cornish town of Looe.


Part of the Whitsand and Looe Bay Marine Conservation Zone, Looe Island is the home of many unique species of animals and birds including Shetland ponies, Hebridean sheep and grey seals. It also boasts the largest breeding colony of the great black-backed gulls in the county.


You can visit Looe Island through the organisation of official guided trips. The boat leaves from RNLI station on East Looe, and the boat trips last around two hours in length.


St Clement’s Isle

Where: St Clement’s Isle can be spied just off the coast from Mousehole.


This small but fascinating rocky islet is full of wonder and charm and is said to have once belonged to an ancient hermit who resided there. It is about 500m from the harbour, and it is best viewed from the shoreline where you can see the energetic activity of wild birds. Some days it is also a vantage point to spot grey seals on its tiny beach.


Wild swimmers have been known to swim there, though this is not recommended!


If you walk from the village, you can find a huge cave which is rumoured to be how Mousehole got its name (Mouse Hole).


The Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly

Where: The Isles of Scilly are 25 miles off the tip of Cornwall.


One of Cornwall’s most unique features is the Isles of Scilly. Its beautiful collection of pretty islands draws visitors in search of its unique and unspoilt landscape. You may be pleased to know that hopping over to the Isles of Scilly is possible on a day trip!


The largest of the Isles is St Mary’s, which also happens to be the best choice for a one day visit. Find a secluded spot on one of its gleaming, white sand beaches or make your way to energetic Hugh Town.


The Scillonian III is a direct boat to the Isles and is acclaimed for its unforgettable views of the Cornish coastline in two hours and 40-minutes.


Which of the islands featured are you eager to visit? Why not let us know on our social media channels; we would love to know!


Location Guide: Kynance Cove

September 30th, 2022

Kynance cove is one of the best beaches to visit on the Lizard Peninsula and is known worldwide for being one of the most beautiful beaches. With its famous beautiful white sand to squidge your toes in, a fascinating mixture of red and green jagged rocks and luscious turquoise waters, this place is a remarkable sight. 

In this guide, we will be discovering Kynance Cove and all its wonders!

Camper van in car park

How Do I Get To Kynance Cove?

If you are driving, go South on the A3083 towards the Lizard Peninsula. When you are approximately half a mile from the village of Lizard, keep an eye out for a brown sign that says Kynance. You will then follow the road to Kynance, and the beach car park will be signposted. Watch out for the speed bumps down to the car park!

If you have a SatNav or use maps on your phone, you can make it easier using the postcode: TR12 7PJ. This postcode will take you straight to Kynance Cove. 

The 37 bus runs to Lizard is the closest stop to Kynance Cove. From the bus stop, it is a mile walk to Kynance Cove.

Kynance cove view

Is There Parking At Kynance Cove?

Yes! Parking is situated at the top of the cliff. During the summer, this is a staffed car park and a pay and display system is provided by the national trust throughout the year. Be aware that Kynance Cove can be super busy during the summer season, and the car park can fill up quickly! It is best to arrive before 11 am to guarantee a car parking space.

Can You Walk Down to Kynance Cove?

Once you have parked your car in the car park and grabbed your beach gear, it is roughly a fifteen-minute walk down to the beach! Along the way, there are some sensational spots to stop and take in the beautiful scenery.

Cornwall provides some of the best beaches for walks. If you stroll along the South West coastal path, you will stumble upon Kynance Cove. The beach is a two-and-a-half-mile walk from Lizard Point; this walk is the perfect opportunity to take in Cornish nature.

man stood on beach at kynance cove

What is Kynance Cove Famous For?

The sheer beauty of Kynance Cove alone is enough reason to visit. Famous for its stunning white sandy beach and turquoise waters, it seems you are abroad! At low tide, it is the perfect opportunity to explore the rocks and caves. You could easily spend hours discovering the area with many fascinating formations and mysterious coves.

A person swimming in the sea

Can You Swim at Kynance Cove? 

A fascinating part of the beach is the sea, and you can take a dip in the crystal clear waters.

The sea uncovers secret coves to explore, but keep an eye out for the tide to ensure you don’t get caught! The last thing you want is to be standing on a rock, to find the sea has gone in and your only way back to shore is to swim.

Kynance on a sunny day

What is at Kynance Cove?

Suppose you haven’t packed a picnic, do not worry! There is a brilliant eco-friendly cafe located just above the beach. The Kynance Cove Cafe sells an array of delicious food, from iconic Cornish pasties and fresh sandwiches to homemade cakes and cream teas. The cafe also sells beach goods if you forget to bring some beachy essentials. 

The cafe also comes equipped with toilets! There is also a toilet located in the car park.

A black dog running in the sea at the beach

Is Kynance Cove Dog Friendly?

Yes! During the winter months, you can take your four-legged friends down to Kynance Cove for a furry adventure. Splashing around in the water, running around different coves and playing fetch on the beach will be so much fun for any pup who puts its paws onto the sand. 

However, in the high season, between 1st July – 31st August, there is a seasonal dog ban. This dog ban is daily from 10 am – 6 pm. But do not worry, though! There are plenty of things to do in Cornwall with dogs not too far from Kynance Cove that will provide endless fun for you and your pup.

footprints in the sand

How Safe is Kynance Cove?

There are so many rocks and coves to explore once the sea leaves the sand, so there is a chance of injury. Please keep yourself safe by staying on the main beach areas, and do not put yourself in harm’s way.

As mentioned earlier, you must keep an eye on the tide to ensure you are not caught. Additionally, please be aware that lifeguards do not man Kynance Cove, so enter the sea at your own risk. If you are looking for beaches with lifeguards, check out our guide to family friendly beaches in Cornwall for more information.

Our beautiful range of holiday cottages in Cornwall is available to book now! These stunning cottages are the perfect companion for exploring the fantastic place of Kynance Cove. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 01872 862194 or book online for reservations or inquiries.

Dog-Friendly Attractions in Cornwall

September 17th, 2021

Everyone needs to get away from time to time – even our four-legged friends! That’s why we at The Valley are proud to offer amazing dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall so you can have a fantastic time away with the whole family!


But, there’s more to a holiday than where you stay. Check out our guide to Cornish attractions that are open to you and your furry friend. From beaches to pubs, there’s truly something for everyone!


Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall

It wouldn’t be a trip to Cornwall without walking along the sand or taking a tip in the sea. Unfortunately, despite there being over 300 beaches in Cornwall, many of them have restrictions on dogs or ban them entirely.


Here are some of our top picks for beaches in Cornwall where dogs are allowed all year long!

A man throwing a ball in the sea with two dogs at Perranporth beach

Perranporth Beach

With miles of golden sand and giant dunes, this beach is the perfect spot for a family day out! The beach is easy to access and is within walking distance of the village of Perranporth and all the local amenities.


While dogs are allowed on the beach, they are asked to be kept on a lead between July and August from 9 am – 5 pm, when the beach is at its busiest.

A dog running on Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach

Known for being one of Cornwall’s top surfing locations, Fistral Beach in Newquay is also dog-friendly all year round.


With plenty of local cafes and shops nearby, Fistral Beach is the perfect spot to sit and spend the day. Or, you could bring your dog’s favourite toys for a play-day in the sand.


As this is a popular surfing spot, make sure the water is safe before taking your dog for a dip.


Pedn Vounder Beach

If you’d rather take your dog somewhere a bit more secluded, then there’s nowhere better than Pedn Vounder Beach.


Set just a ten-minute walk from the nearest car park, this beach is the perfect spot for a seaside walk. At low tide, you can even walk across the golden sands to the neighbouring beach, Porthcurno.


If you’d rather not be brushing sand from your dog’s coat, then why not enjoy the stunning views and crystal waters from atop the cliffs of Treryn Dinas.


If you’d like more information on dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall, why not check out our blog below?

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Dog-Friendly Pubs in Cornwall

There’s no better way to spend your evening than relaxing in a local pub, and with these dog-friendly options, you can take the whole family along!


Driftwood Spars, St Agnes

This traditional pub is set in the lovely seaside town of St. Agnes on the north coast of Cornwall.


With three bars complete with wood-burning stoves and a brilliant variety of beverages (including their home-brewed beer), this dog-friendly pub is the perfect spot for a relaxing evening.


The Punchbowl and Ladle, Truro

This lovely cosy pub is open to everyone, including dogs.


Nestled in the woodlands of Feock just outside of Truro, this pub is the perfect place to stop off for a drink or a light lunch. You can even bring the whole family to enjoy one of their smashing Sunday roasts!


Dog-Friendly Gardens in Cornwall

Take a step into nature with one of these great dog-friendly gardens in Cornwall.


The Eden Project

While they’re not allowed to go inside of the famed Biomes, dogs are permitted at the Eden Project.


Our four-legged friends are allowed to explore the miles of footpaths through the old china quarry pit and are also welcome inside of the visitor centre. There’s also plenty of designated outdoor dining areas where you can sit and relax with your pooch.


Please note that while dogs are allowed on-site, they do need to be kept on a lead at all times.

A couple sat on a bench at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

With over 200 acres, dogs and their well-behaved owners are welcome to explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan all year round!


With plenty of woodlands, farm animals, and a tearoom serving Cornish cream teas, this St, Austell attraction is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy.

Trebah Gardens in Falmouth

Trebah Gardens, Falmouth

If your pups like getting a little mucky, then Trebah Gardens near Falmouth is the perfect place!


This subtropical garden has over four miles worth of footpaths, one of which leads right down to a private beach along the Helford River. You can even stop to refuel in the dog-friendly garden terrace and picnic areas.


If you love Falmouth as much as we do, why not check out our guide to enjoy Falmouth with your furry friends?

A dog friendly guide to Falmouth

Dog-Friendly Attractions in Cornwall

There’s so much history and culture across Cornwall to see and enjoy. From Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to art galleries, here are some of our favourite attractions in Cornwall that allow dogs.


The Lizard Peninsula

With fantastic views and magnificent cliff-side walks, the Lizard Peninsula is a must-visit for anyone visiting Cornwall. And what’s better, there are plenty of dog-friendly attractions around for you and your pet to enjoy!


Why not take a stroll through the pretty harbour village of Coverack and along Coverack bay? Or, stop for a quick coffee in the dog-friendly Coast Coffee Bar and Bistro?


Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange

These two galleries house some of the most beautiful art that Cornwall has to offer. And what’s better, both of these venues have since opened their doors to our furry friends!


Both galleries offer a variety of the very best in contemporary art as well as showcasing some of the best artists from the local area.


Please note, while the gallery allows dogs at both venues they may not be allowed into the main gallery spaces for certain exhibitions. Make sure you check ahead of time if the exhibition is pooch-friendly.


Holidays aren’t just for humans. Make sure your pup is getting the most out of their time away as well by visiting some of these great dog-friendly attractions.


If you’re looking to book your next Cornish holiday, why not check out our range of both child and dog-friendly cottages available to book today.

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5 Best Canoeing and Kayaking Spots in Cornwall

August 20th, 2021

Cornwall has miles and miles of gorgeous coastline and various waterways to explore, and there are so many ways to do it. You can trek along the coast paths, lounge on golden sands, swim in the crystalline waters, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, then why not take to the seas and rivers with a canoe or kayak?

If you fancy the adventure and excitement of trying canoeing or kayaking, there are some fantastic spots across Cornwall for both beginners and seasoned pros.

Fal-Ruan Upper Creeks, Truro

Situated in the Roseland Peninsula and Fal-Ruan nature reserve, this spot is shielded by woodland, adding to the total tranquillity of being out on the water.

This remote part of the tidal river Fal offers a peaceful, leisurely canoe or kayak experience that’s brilliant for all skill levels.

The Fal River is also connected to a network of waterways stretching from Truro to Falmouth, so there are plenty of other great spots to paddle down for those that want a longer journey.

Carbis Bay, St Ives

The scenic beaches at St Ives offer more than just picturesque views; there are also some lovely water sports spots to check out.

Carbis Bay is just one of the stunning canoeing and kayaking areas along the St Ives coast. With calm, gentle waters at low tide and great breaks at high tide, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

A group of kayakers in the sea

Porthcurno Beach, Penzance

Another top beauty spot in Cornwall, Porthcurno Beach offers gorgeous views with the white-gold sand, aquamarine waves and dramatic cliffs. A paddle along this stretch of coast showcases Cornwall’s beautiful countryside in the best way!

The nearby Minack Theatre is another must-visit attraction, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax with an open-air play or show after an active day in the sea.

Cotehele Quay, Saltash

A paddle along the Tamar via Cotehele Quay has a lot to offer in the way of interesting sights to see and places to stop off at along your journey.

The Cotehele Quay is located on the National Trust estate of the same name, which makes a picture-perfect backdrop for your leisurely paddle along the river. You’ll pass the historic property, canopied by woodland banks. If you’re lucky, you may see deer, kingfishers and falcons on your watery journey.

Activities for thrill seekers in Cornwall

Mullion Cove Beach, The Lizard Peninsula

Take to the glorious shores of the Lizard Peninsula and explore Mullion Cove. The cove is well protected thanks to an off-shore island, meaning you shouldn’t fall victim to the stronger ocean currents.

A guided tour from Mullion Cove to Kynance Cove lets you enjoy the dramatic cliffs from a new angle and provides a more lively swell. If you paddle further out, you may also get the chance to see dolphins gliding past!

If you’re new to canoeing or kayaking, there are countless watersports centres around Cornwall where you can hire equipment and learn from professionals!

After a tiring day out on the water, you’ll want somewhere comfortable to put your feet up. Our luxury Cornish cottages make a great base for your adventures – discover more about accommodation at The Valley.

5 Best Picnic Spots in Cornwall

August 16th, 2021

If you’re planning on spending your holiday at one of our holiday cottages in Truro, then why not make the most of the stunning countryside with a lovely al-fresco lunch?

We’ve picked some of the best picnic spots in Cornwall for you to enjoy, so, pack up your favourite finger foods and let’s get going!

The view of Godrevy Lighthouse from the dunes

1. Gwithian Beach

Whether you want to sit among the wild grass atop the dunes or set yourself up on the golden sands to watch the windsurfers go by, Gwithian Beach makes the perfect spot for a seaside picnic.

Tuck into your favourite sandwiches with a fantastic view of the Godrevy Lighthouse, looking out over St. Ives Bay.

A large tree in a clearing at Tehidy Woods

2. Tehidy Woods

With over 250 acres of peaceful woodland, Tehidy Woods offers some fantastic picnic spots no matter your preference. With over 9 miles worth of walking trails, you can even make a day of it!

Be it lakeside, in the woods or in a meadow clearing with space for the dogs to run free; you’ll find your perfect picnic spot in Tehidy Woods.

3. Carn Marth

Southeast of the town of Redruth, you’ll find Carn Marth, one of the highest points in Cornwall.

At 771 ft tall, it’s not Cornwall’s highest point (that honour goes to the Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor), but it still delivers spectacular views of the surrounding area, including St Agnes beacon, the St Austell area, Falmouth and Stithians lake on a clear day.

St Mawes Castle on a clear day

4. Castle Cove, St. Mawes

Castle Cove is the perfect secluded spot to hide away for an hour or two with some of your favourite goodies!

Whether you drive or hop on the ferry from Falmouth, you’ll find this beach just a stone’s throw from the astounding St. Mawes Castle. And if you haven’t brought a picnic with you, don’t worry. You’ll be close enough to all the amenities that St Mawes has to offer, including local shops and the castle’s car park.

5. Trelissick Gardens

With astounding panoramic views over the Fal estuary, the National Trust owned Trelissick offers some of the most perfect picnic spots near Truro.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly day out, then why not check out their onsite gallery to see some authentic, local art or take a wander through the colourful garden paths.

Grab yourself some refreshments or a light lunch from the onsite cafe, and then just pick your favourite spot to settle down!

Now you know some of the best picnic spots in Cornwall, it’s time to pack your basket and get on down!

If you want to see more of the great outdoors while on your holidays, why not check out these top outdoor attractions in Cornwall?

The best outdoor attractions in Cornwall

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The Best Local Shops in Helston

June 28th, 2021

Helston is a bustling little market town just half an hours drive away from The Valley.

With a beautiful mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture, this town is most famous for its Flora Day, held on the 8th of May. Flora Day is a cherished tradition in Helston where there’s dress up, music and of course, the Floral Dance.

Thousands of visitors flock to Helston for this event, but that’s not all the quaint little town has to offer. Here, we’re going to be looking at some of the best local shops in Helston that you can visit.

If you’re interested in visiting Helston, why not choose one of our luxury Cornish cottages to stay in?

Everything Cornish

If you find yourself in Helston while on your holiday and decide you want something to remember your trip, there’s nowhere better than Everything Cornish.

This store can be found at 17 Meneage Street in Helston and sells a wide variety of either cornished themed products or goods that are produced locally.

From food and gift hampers, all the way to dog wear – there’s truly something for everyone in Everything Cornish.

Glazed Expression

This adorable ceramics art studio and gallery is the place to visit if you’re a fan of local art and culture.

Based at 45 Meneage Street, this shop aims to showcase art in a homely environment and creates a friendly atmosphere for you to view and shop. They showcase art and ceramics from local artists across a range of mediums including pyrography and clay.

They even have a friendly onsite studio, so if you want to try your hand at some ceramics, you can book one of their classes in-store or on their website.

Daisy Chain

If you’re a fan of all thing’s rustic, then The Daisy Chain is a must-stop shop while in Helston. Also on Meneage Street, this store offers an amazing array of homewares, gifts and clothing hand-chosen from local suppliers.

This rustic haven is perfect for anyone who values ethical and sustainable shopping and even offers a range of handmade products for you to take home.

Cornish Tin & Gold

Cornish Tin & Gold was created in 2007 from its parent company, Wearnes (also the parent of Everything Cornish), which has been based in Helston for over 100 years!

This shop was formed when Sarah Corbridge decided she wanted a precious metal of Cornish origin to craft her jewellery from. She invented the Cornish Tin & Gold alloy in 2007 using tin salvaged from the SS Liverpool shipwreck that sank off Anglesey in 1863.

They offer a unique mix of gold and silver jewellery, giving you an everlasting memory of Cornwall to take home. Not to mention, 10 years of marriage is commonly associated with tin, making their products a great 10th wedding anniversary gift.

It’s more important than ever to support local economies, so we hope that while you’re enjoying your Cornish holiday, you’ll pop in to one of these amazing stores!

If you’re interested in booking a luxury Cornish holiday, why not browse our range of available cottages, or get in touch today.

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June 11th, 2021

If you’re looking for a quiet, secluded and dog-friendly beach while on your holiday, then Nanjizal Beach might just be the location for you! Especially if you’re staying in one of our dog-friendly cottages in Truro, Cornwall.

Where is Nanjizal Beach?

Nanjizal Beach is a beautiful and secluded spot in the Cornish town of Penzance. Full of natural stone sculptures, caves and freshwater waterfalls, it’s a truly stunning location that is well worth the trip.

How to Get to Nanjizal Beach

When we say secluded, we’re not exaggerating. Nanjizal Beach is about an hours walk from the nearest road or car park, but we promise it’s worth the journey!

How to Get to Nanjizal Beach by Car

As one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets, you won’t find any signposts to this beach. But fret not! With our directions, you’ll be able to find it with no problem.

From The Valley, take the A30 towards Penzance but turn off when you see the directions for Land’s End. Before you reach Land’s End, keep an eye out for a signpost for Trevascan. Turn left here, and you’ll find a place to park either on the road or in a lay-by in the village.

On foot, head past the Appletree Café, and you’ll see a bus stop on your right. Behind the bus stop, you’ll find a small courtyard of houses, head down the home’s left-hand side, and follow the footpath towards Trevilley Farm.

Make your journey through the farm and fields, and head towards the sea. After several fields, you will reach a kissing gate. Follow this path towards the coast and make sure you keep right when the left turn appears. Follow the path along the top of the valley, and it will eventually lead down to the small cove of Nanjizal.

How to Get to Nanjizal Beach on Foot

However you travel to Nanjizal Beach, it will involve a trek – which is perfect if you’re on a hiking holiday!

There are two main ways of walking to Nanjizal Beach. You can make the 47-minute walk North/ North-West along the South West Coastal Path from Porthgwarra Beach to Nanjizal Beach. Or, if you want to make the most of all Cornwall has to offer, you can follow the path South/South-East from Land’s End and make it to Nanjizal in half an hour.

Whatever way you decide to take, make sure you bring water to keep hydrated and maybe even a picnic so you can bask in the beauty of the Cornish coast.

Are Dogs Allowed on Nanjizal Beach?

Another brilliant aspect of this hidden gem is that dogs are allowed all year round! That means you can make the trip with all the family. Plus, by the time you’ve made it back to your car, your furry friend will have dried off after the inevitable splash in the shallows!

What is at Nanjizal Beach?

As far as facilities, there are none. What makes Nanjizal Beach so magical is how unspoilt it is. It’s all part of the charm.

There is plenty of wildlife to see, making it an excellent spot for bird watchers; Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap breed here. There are also a few large rock pools in the area that could house all manner of sea life.

The thing Nanjizal is known for is the fantastic and naturally occurring stone structures, one of which being the famous Diamond Horse; this nickname is due to it having a quartz vein running through it which sparkles in the sun. You can find this structure on the north side of the cliff.

On the south side, you’ll find the magnificent rock arch called ‘Zawn Pyg’, also known as ‘Song of the Sea’.

Nanjizal Beach is one of the most beautiful, best-kept secrets in Cornwall, but there are some things to note. Depending on the time of year and the recent tides,  the beach may not be a golden, sandy haven but a slightly rocky cove. There’s also no lifeguard cover for this beach, so take extra care with swimming or snorkelling. 

This trip is a must when visiting Cornwall, and if you plan it right, you’ll have an adventure the whole family can join – even the dog!

5 Fascinating Facts About the Lizard Peninsula

October 19th, 2020


The Lizard Peninsula is the most southern part of the UK, standing out for its unique geology and rock formations. Its rugged, rocky coastline is believed to contain rock which dates to over 500 million years old!


What is the Lizard Peninsula?


Almost an island of its own, the Lizard Peninsula is an impressive rocky headland surrounded by ocean on three of its sides with the Helford River to the North.


Situated on the South West Coast Path, it is a popular spot for walkers who come to marvel at its beauty as they enjoy a spot of adventure during their Cornwall short breaks.


It’s beautiful landscape not only attracts the attention of visitors, but the unique area is a hot spot for scientists as well! We explore its incredible history and offerings with our top selection of fascinating facts!


Rocky Cornish coastline

The Origins of Its Name is Not What You Assume


Despite its mysterious title, the name ‘Lizard’ unfortunately doesn’t derive from mystical origins.


Neither does the name come from the Serpentine rock which the area is renowned for. The surface of Serpentine transforms into a snake and scaly like surface once polished.


The roots of its name are relatively ambivalent, but one proposal is that it comes from the Cornish term ‘Lys Ardh’ which means ‘high court’.


Another suggestion is that the name has connections to the Cornish word ‘lezou’ which is translated to ‘headland’.



The RNLI boathouse at Lizard

Image Credit: Visit Cornwall


Home to the UK’s Most Southerly Lighthouse


As the most southerly point in the UK, it comes as little surprise that it also boasts the UK’s most southerly lighthouse.


Previous to the lighthouse’s construction in 1752, the coast of the Lizard was a dangerous area for ships and was titled the ‘Graveyard of Ships’. The spot is now home to the Lizard Lifeboat Station.


Serpentine rock

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Mainland Britain’s Largest Outcrop of Serpentine


As mentioned, the Lizard Peninsula has been a point of interest for scientists and geologists.


It isn’t uncommon to see many university students visit the area as the rocks here are not found in nearby locations.


One distinct rock is Serpentine. The Lizard Peninsula is mainland Britain’s most significant outcrop of the rock. It’s striking appearance was reportedly favoured by Queen Victoria which heightened the industry in the 19th-century.


Best Preserved Exposed Ophiolite in the UK


Another area of geological interest at the Lizard Peninsula is the ophiolite.


The Lizard Peninsula is heralded as UK’s top spot to see the best-preserved source of exposed ophiolite.


An ophiolite is a unique form of rock formation which is produced from the Earth’s oceanic crust pushed onto the continental crust. It is often green in colour.


The parts of ophiolite include:

• The serpentinites
• The ‘oceanic complex’
• The metamorphic basement


An ophiolite can be found in the mountain belts of locations such as the Himalayas and the Alps, and amazingly you can also see it in Cornwall!


Coastline at the Lizard

Image Credit: Visit Cornwall


It’s an Area of Outstanding Beauty


The Lizard Peninsula has received many awards for its stunning landscape and is a heavily protected area. It is largely recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as well as providing eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest. These awards and sites are specifically bestowed to protect the geology and wildlife of the area.


The Lizard Peninsula is cared for and under the ownership of a variety of organisations including the National Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Natural England.


Off land, the surrounding ocean at the Manacles has been awarded as a Marine Conservation Zone which is rich in marine biodiversity.


The Lizard Peninsula is a stunning, natural and protected area, providing the ultimate location for wildlife to blossom. What are your favourite facts about the Lizard Peninsula? Which has not been covered in our blog? Why not share your thoughts on our social media channels; we would love to know!