Houses and Gardens
Cotehele House and Mill
(Pronounced Coat-eel) the mill is lovely (but closed during Covid), the gardens are great and so is the bit by the quay on the river. If you like lots of heavy tapestry the house is for you – otherwise enjoy the outside!
18th century house with lots of the original furnishings. Some fine art works, including a portrait of Rachel Carew, who was the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel. Also a painting believed to be one of the first to depict the game of cricket.
Lovely grounds and great coastal walks and views over Plymouth Sound. Big national camelia collection in Spring. We’ve not been inside the house - let us know if you do!
Lost Gardens of Heligan
This is a bit more of a drive - about 30 mins. Hidden amongst brambles and undergrowth until about 30 years ago, these are now one of the finest gardens in England.
A very grand late Victorian house with wonderful gardens and extensive grounds. There is a shop, a cafe, walks and cycle routes.
We think this church is wonderful. Don't miss the west entrance - most of this, including the arch over the doorway, hasn't been touched since the Norman stonemasons built it 900 years ago. There has been a church here for over 1,500 years. One tip - there is no heating and it's always cold inside!
St Germans Priory Church
The Eden Project is one of Cornwall's top attractions - it's about 40 mins by car. The biomes (the domes) have amazing rainforest trees, etc. Note - there is a lot to see outside so best not to think of it as a rainy day trip. There is a huge zip wire - details here.
This is a hidden gem according to one of our guests. They enjoyed the gardens even more than Heligan and the cafe served a great cream tea!