There’s so much to discover around Charlestown and St Austell Bay, and what better than staying nearby in one of our holiday cottages? The south coast’s landscape feels gentler compared to the rugged north coast, and you have lots of beaches to choose from that are perfect for swimming, paddleboarding and sailing. For history lovers, you can travel back in time to the untouched Georgian harbour in Charlestown, featured on BBC’s Poldark! For horticulturalists, you have the famous Eden Project and equally fascinating Lost Gardens of Heligan. Whatever you’re looking for, this area caters for all.
Exploring Cornwall’s coastal settlements gives you a real insight to what life was like back in the day, where the ocean was a lifeline and way of life. Charlestown’s harbour appears to have stood still in time, and it’s not surprising it is a popular filming location. To really get in the nautical mood, we recommend visiting the Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Similarly, you have the characterful Mevagissey, a fishing village that prospered from the pilchard industry. Fishing is very much still important here, and you might have seen this place featured on BBC’s Cornwall: This Fishing Life. Unsurprisingly, this is a great place to get yourself the freshest seafood, being landed right on the harbour.
A visit to this area isn’t complete unless you have visited these world-class gardens…you might have heard of them already! The Eden Project with its iconic biomes is a cornucopia of weird and wonderful plants found across the globe. It’s hard to believe this paradise was an abandoned china clay pit 20 years ago, and it has attracted millions of visits since its inception. A great place for children and adults alike, you won’t regret this. Similarly, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is a remarkable feat of Cornish horticulture. As the story goes, Heligan were historic gardens that fell into ruin after the First World War, and were revived 30 years ago. Heligan’s array of tropical plants are a particular surprise — as Cornwall benefits from a temperate climate thanks to the gulf stream.
As the south coast is mostly sheltered away from the fury of the Atlantic, conditions are noticeably more gentle, so it’s a safer place for you and the sprogs to get some vitamin sea. We recommend a visit to Polkerris beach, it is sheltered by a harbour wall, so you can try yourself at paddleboarding, sailing or kitesurfing lessons. Closer to St Austell is Porthpean — whilst small, during a sunny day the water clarity and colour can make it feel like the Mediterranean. Charlestown even has a small sand/pebble beach.