How to spend 3 days in Cornwall

Well, we’ve discussed and ‘debated,’ if you only had 3 days in Cornwall what would you do?  Here are our ideas:

Day 1

Head to the Roseland Peninsula to walk round St Anthony’s head.  It has top spot on our list of favourite walks last year because it has everything! Sea views, creek views, beaches, seals, places to swim, a boat trip, crab sandwiches or a pasty, charming churches, beautiful villages and historic houses.  Oh and there’s a lighthouse and a gun battery!

During your walk take the Place Ferry from Place to St Mawes for crab sandwiches from the St Mawes seafood trailer on the sea wall or Mr Scorse’s Deli in the arcade.

Hire a SUP (stand up paddle board) kayak from Roseland Paddle and Sail at Percuil to explore the creek or take a fishing trip with James from Fish n’ trips in St Mawes.

In the evening enjoy a Hidden Hut feast or wood fired pizza from Tatams on the beach.

Day 2

Head West to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, enjoy a light lunch at the cafe once you’ve wandered round the beautiful grounds and largest purpose built art gallery in Cornwall.

A short drive to St Michaels Mount, hopefully the tide will be out so you can walk to St Michaels Mount on the giants causeway.

A little further west is Penzance’s beautiful art deco, sea water lido, the Jubilee Pool and it’s brand new geothermal pool, the first of its kind in the UK.  You can bathe in natural salt water heated to between 30-35 degrees by their own geothermal well!

A little further west and you’ll find the Minack theatre which is definitely worth visiting to admire the sheer ingenuity and determination it must have taken to create an open air theatre clinging to the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean!  If you’re fortunate enough to see a show take plenty of warm clothing if not head to the Newlyn film house – a lovely art house cinema also showing theatre, opera and ballet.  

For dinner; 45 Queen Street, Penzance, The Tolcarne Inn or Argoe in Newlyn

Day 3

Something different!

First thing head to Mawgan Porth for a surf lesson with Kingsurf, one of the oldest surf schools in the area.  They have everything you need and can do lessons for all abilities, as well as private sessions. The sessions are around 2.5 hours which allows plenty of time to return to Benallack to shower and grab a coffee before heading down the lane to Trewithen gardens – our favourite of Cornwall’s great gardens.  Privately owned with over 30 acres or garden and woodland there’s plenty to explore and it really is beautiful.  Next to their in-house plant centre you’ll find The Tea Shed perfect for a light lunch or afternoon tea.

If surfing isn’t your thing, at low tide Mawgan Porth beach is a good place for a walk, dog friendly all year round or you could walk from us to Trewithen along the footpath from Grampound.

Without doubt the best way to end you stay with us is early drinks in the summerhouse by the lake at Benallack, hopefully watching the sunset, followed by dinner at The Rising Sun in Truro.

I’ve long wondered how long you should stay for to do everything we suggest in our handy bespoke ‘app’ and last year we were fortunate to have a lovely couple stay for 2.5 weeks immediately after we were allowed to open again.  I will always remember how delighted they were to be able to get away and also that they’d done everything in the app (and had a fabulous time)!

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