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Feock Holiday Cottages

Introducing our holiday cottages in Feock, a pretty village about five miles south of Truro, right on the edge of the Fal Estuary, with beautiful views across the water and down towards Falmouth Bay. Unsurprisingly, the gentle, sheltered waters of the Carrick Roads are popular for sailing and other watersports. Our holidays cottages in Feock are moments from Loe Beach, the village’s own stretch of shingle, with moorings, sailing school and slipway. Here, you can launch boats, paddleboards, kayaks and dinghies (there’s a hire place right on the beach) and explore the area’s creeks and villages. Most the area’s must-sees are reachable by water — Restronguet Creek’s fabulous Pandora Inn, St Mawes, Falmouth and Truro (there’s a ferry linking the two), the National Trust house of Trelissick, not to mention all the estuary’s coves and inlets. Hop over on the King Harry Ferry (about a mile and a half from Feock) to explore the unspoilt beaches of the Roseland Peninsula. Explore our holiday cottages in Feock for a restful escape…

The Feock guide

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Rambling around the creek

The four-mile stretch of water on the upper reaches of the Fal Estuary is known as the Carrick Roads and links Falmouth and Truro. Its tributaries, creeks and narrow inlets are lined with meandering footpaths providing brilliant walking with spectacular scenery, particularly around Mylor and Restronguet Creek, and you’re never too far from a hidden cove or waterside pub, like the 13th-century, thatched Pandora Inn, where you can watch the world sail past from the terrace.

Don’t forget to pack your binoculars — the wooded shorelines are a haven for birdlife: cormorants, curlews, oystercatchers and other waders are all regulars to these parts, and you’ll often spot seals and dolphins playing about in the water too. Pill Creek, just around the headland from Loe Beach in Mylor, is a great place to spot black-faced gulls — several hundred roost here at high tide.

Falmouth working boat, Forever Cornwall

Messing about on the water

The Carrick Roads has some of the best sailing in the UK thanks to its sheltered waters and stunning backdrop of lush green woodland peppered with castles, creekside villages and tiny coves. Boats, for both novices and competent sailors alike, can be rented in Mylor. The area is geared towards sailing and many of the regions highlights, such as the Pandora Inn and Trelissick House and Gardens, have their own pontoons for visitors arriving by water.

If you’re happier with paddle in hand, there are plenty of places to rent out kayaks, canoes and paddleboards so you can explore the creeks under your own steam. Discover pretty villages, coastal forts, wooded inlets, stately waterside villas with gardens that run down to the water, and secluded beaches — perfect for paddling ashore for a picnic or barbecue.

Hidden history

At the head of the Fal Estuary, the National Trust’s Trelissick House  is one of the area’s must-sees. Set on its own peninsula, the 18th-century pile sits within a 300-acre estate filled with exotic and rare shrubs, with far-reaching views down the Fal Estuary to Falmouth and miles of walking routes through ancient woodland.

Truro, affectionately known as ‘Our Great Little City’ by locals, is a great place to soak up some Cornish heritage. The beautiful spires of the city’s neo-Gothic cathedral soar above the cobbled streets; here you’ll find independent shops and galleries hidden amongst its narrow alleyways. The Royal Cornwall Museum is the place to go for some local culture, covering everything from art and antiquities to archaeology and natural history.

Beaches

Loe Beach

Looking out across the Carrick Roads towards St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula, Loe Beach is a popular spot to launch kayaks, paddleboards, dinghies and other small craft, which can be hired from Loe Beach Watersports — they run lessons too as well as a kids’ clubs. It’s also a great spot for fishing from the rocks. The pretty beach cafe at the foot of the cliffs serves a range of locally-sourced food and home-cooked food, including homemade cakes, Callestick ice cream and Cornish coffee.

Roseland Peninsula beaches

The National Trust-owed beach of Porthcurnick is a good choice if you’re with children — the rockpools are brilliant for foraging, plus it’s dog-friendly all year round. The secluded, sandy beach of Pendower is backed by dunes and is good for watersports, from canoeing to snorkeling. It’s also on The Cornish Way from Land’s End to Bude, so the beach makes a good stop off for those passing by on two wheels. Towan is a pretty crescent-shaped sand and shingle beach, fringed by grass covered dunes and is fantastic at low tide when the rockpools are revealed. Carne is one part of a massive beach on the Roseland Peninsula — at low tide, this beach links with Pendower to form a mile-long stretch of white sand fringed by turquoise seas. Portscatho is a predominantly rocky beach with sandy patches. At low tide, you can walk to the neighbouring beach of Porthcurnick.

Beach near Porthtowan holiday cottages by Forever Conrwall

North coast beaches

The rugged north coast is classic Cornwall, a dramatic coastline sprinkled with long sandy beaches and year-round surf, attracting bucket-and-spade families, surfers, wild swimmers and everyone in between. Gwithian’s rolling waves and golden sands are a watersports lover’s paradise, a three-mile stretch of golden sand from Ives Bay to the Hayle Estuary. Porthtowan beach a little further north has Blue Flag status so is great for children, whilst the beaches around Newquay — Fistral and Watergate Bay in particular — have some of the best surf in the country.

Food & drink

Pubs and restaurants

A historic pub hidden up Restronguet Creek right on the water, the fabulous Pandora Inn is something of a local institution; in summer, tables on the pontoons fill up with families, walkers and sea-going folk — there’s a private pontoon for those arriving by water. Once a hangout for smugglers, the thatched Punchbowl and Ladle in Feock has recently had a revamp and serves classic pub grub — their Sunday roasts are particularly popular. Heading over to Mylor harbour, dog-friendly Castaways is a relaxed little restaurant serving good, bistro-style food and seasonal specials, as well as Cornish ales and craft beers. The Old Quay Inn in Devoran is a traditional Cornish pub, popular with walkers and cyclists on their way to Portreath on the Bissoe Trail.

Cafes

For doorstop sandwiches, delicious soups and fabulous cream teas, try Linden Hey Garden Tea Rooms, just spitting distance from Trelissick. The delightful kitchen cafe at Trelissick in the old stables serves delicious home-cooked food and drinks. There’s a wooden play area for children next to the outside benches so you can keep an eye on the children while you tuck in. When it comes to beach cafes, they don’t get much better than the cafe at Loe Beach, occupying an idyllic spot at the foot of the cliffs right on the sand. Those exploring by boat should head for Mylor Cafe in the harbour with its happy vibes and sunny terrace.

Eating out in Truro

Quirky Hub Box Truro serves American street food from its base in an old chapel. Expect retro interiors, cheerful staff, DJs and cocktails at the weekends. The Cornish Vegan sells delicious plant-based meals — there’s a small courtyard garden for sunny lunches. It’s also dog-friendly and does takeaways for lunches on the go. In the heart of the city, Sabzi (meaning ‘herb’ in Farsi — the chef hails from Iran) serves up colourful salads and fresh juices from its deli/takeaway. If it’s seafood you’re after, head to Hooked Restaurant & Bar for topnotch food and service in an intimate restaurant setting. Set in a beautiful water garden on the outskirts of Truro, Penrose Kitchen is the place to go for fine dining in an atmospheric, rural setting. Their sustainable approach has won them many awards.

Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Forever Cornwall

Eating out in Falmouth

Falmouth is heaving with amazing places to eat. The Harbour Lights restaurant in the centre of town dishes up award-winning fish and chips (possibly the best in the country), whilst The Working Boat has stunning harbour-facing views. For cafes, head to Good Vibes Cafe, a bustling place serving fresh and tasty breakfasts and lunches (they also host popular vegan nights), or Stones Bakery and Cafe at the top of town. For seafood, you can’t beat Indidog, which has sweeping views of the water, or the tiny Verdant Seafood Bar hidden in a basement off the main drag. On the other side of town, the ever-popular Gylly Beach Cafe serves up fabulous food right on one of Falmouth’s favourite beaches.

Things to do

King Harry Ferry and exploring the Roseland Peninsula

This Fal River chain ferry by Trelissick connects Feock with the Roseland Peninsula and saving visitors the alternative 27-mile round trip via Truro (which amounts to 5 million miles a year!) Named after a small local chapel dedicated to King Henry VI, the ferry leaves every 20 minutes year-round and gives glorious views down the estuary. Once on the Roseland Peninsula, find hidden beaches, coastal walks, scenic headlands and brilliant places to eat and drink, like the Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick beach.

Trelissick

The beautiful National Trust house and gardens at Trelissick on the upper reaches of the Fal Estuary towards Truro is home to collections of exotic plants and rhododendrons, all set within extensive parkland which extends down to the water, plus a private beach, a riverside fort, orchards and secluded oak woodlands that line the water’s edge — there’s a network of footpaths to amble along. The brilliant cafe housed in the old stables sells delicious homemade food, and don’t miss the second-hand bookshop next door and the art gallery, which exhibits work by local artists.

Truro

A city isn’t usually the sort of place you visit to escape the crowds, but Truro is a good bet if you’re seeking some peak-season calm, or looking to swot up on local Cornish history. Despite being off the tourist map, there’s plenty to entertain visitors, such as the beautiful cathedral with its three spires, the fascinating Royal Cornwall Museum, and a whole host of cafes, galleries and independent shops. It’s easy to forget that the city is at the head of Truro River, and as such is only a mile’s walk from the riverside village of Malpas, the starting point of a lovely circular walk which takes you up the Tresillian River towards St Clement.

Paddle power

Exploring the creeks and inlets by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or boat has to be up there as one of the best things to do in the region. Loe Beach Watersports provides lessons in dinghy sailing to novices, as well as kayak, SUP and windsurf hire, whilst Mylor Beach Hire rents out a range of vessels, from motorboats to traditional Cornish shrimpers. We highly recommend paddling from Loe beach across to the Pandora Inn (about a mile or so) for lunch in the sun!

Ferry from Trelissick to Falmouth

Running seven days a week from the gardens at Trelissick to Falmouth via St Mawes and back again, the Enterprise traditional ferries are a great way to absorb the scenery without lifting a paddle. You’ll pass castles, wooded valleys, historic homes, amazing wildlife (dolphins, seals and wading birds in the water, fallow deer on land). The friendly and knowledgable crew give guided commentaries and will point out places of interest along the way.

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The Bissoe Trail

This easy 11-mile coast to coast route links the pretty creekside village of Devoran and Portreath Beach on the north coast. Starting at the friendly Bissoe Bike Hire Cafe (which serves hot drinks, snacks and light lunches), the flat and mostly off-road path follows an old railway line (once used as a mineral tramway for the copper mines around Redruth) and is a popular route for families, walkers and runners. There are several cafes and pubs along the route, and make sure you take your swimmers — a dip in the sea at the other end is a must.

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