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1. Pinuccia

From May to the end of September, our skipper will take you sailing around Falmouth bay. This area, which includes the estuary of the Helford and the Fal rivers, is one of the most beautiful and safe areas for sailing and boating in Britain.

Pinuccia

2. Great gardens

TrelissickCaerhaysTrewithen and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are nearby; GlendurganTrebah and Bonython are a short drive away.

3. Walk to St Just-in-Roseland church

Church

The best walks are along the coastal paths. There is a delightful three-mile stroll past St Mawes castle, built by Henry VIII in 1542 and through the fields beside the sea to the 14th Century church of St. Just-in-Roseland, which John Betjeman called ‘the most beautiful churchyard on earth’. A regular ferry during the summer months will take you to the other side of the harbour where there are longer walks past the lighthouse, to Porthscatho and beyond.

Walking map

Close by? Curgurrell Farm Shop

4.ONDA

The hotel shop

5. Apollo Awakening  

Two of our therapists, Sarah and Alex, have been inspired by the mystical nature of the waves to choreograph a four-handed massage named Apollo Awakening. It captures the energy and serenity of St Mawes’ bay as the two therapists work together in a wave-like flow that induces a profound awakening of your senses.

Treatment list

6. Go West

Tate

Explore Penwith which inspired many of the artists who lived and painted in St Ives. Zennor, Cape Cornwall, Sennen Cove and the moors in between St Ives and Penzance are all a must.

Gallery? Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
Pottery? The Leach Pottery
Lunch? The Gurnard’s Head

Galleries closer to home
The Harbour Gallery
Tregony Gallery
Jilly Ballantyne
Lemon Street Gallery

7. St Mawes Castle

Our next door neighbour

Close by? The Watch House

8. Ferry busy

Explore the Fal River from St Mawes and travel for less with the unlimited hop-on hop-off travel card.

More info

9. The book

Rising Ground, a Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden. Follow his voyage through time and place, from the Neolithic ritual landscape of Bodmin Moor to the Arthurian traditions of Tintagel, from the mysterious china-clay country to the granite tors and tombs of the far south-west.

10. Olga Polizzi
on Cornwall

There are wonderful things to see. I love The Lizard peninsula, because it’s so mysterious and slightly spooky. St Ives is full of good art galleries: I visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden (tate.org.uk) time and again. Newlyn Art Gallery (newlynartgallery.co.uk) shows young Cornish artists, and Truro has Lemon Street Gallery (lemonstreetgallery.co.uk), which sells contemporary art. There are great places to eat, too. The Hidden Hut (hiddenhut.co.uk) on Porthcurnick Beach throws pop-up feast nights and if you don’t book tickets in the first half hour they’re on sale, you miss out. Of course there’s also Rick Stein (rickstein.com) in Falmouth. We like to take the ferry across to have dinner there. I took an Italian architect friend to St Ives recently. The plan was to walk across the beach to Porthminster Cafe (porthminstercafe.co.uk). However, the tide had just gone out and I hadn’t realised how soggy it would be. By the time we arrived, his nice Gucci loafers were ruined, but the lovely people at the cafe poured us each a cold glass of white wine and we sat outside eating mackerel. It really was as good as anything you could think of.

The Map

Take with you as your guide our 2016 concierge map. All of the carefully curated restaurants, galleries and gardens are firm Tresanton favourites.

Concierge map

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