From Easter 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.
2. Cornish gardens
P.S. Our sister hotel Endsleigh is set in 108 acres of gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton. This year we are celebrating 200 years since the creation of this garden. See website for special events.
3. Walk to St Just-in-Roseland 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 ‘to some people, 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. Best to take a picnic from the hotel to enjoy the scenery throughout lunch.
Distance 3 miles Duration 2 hours
5. The Treatment room
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, re-connecting energy pathways from your core to the tips of your toes.
6. West Cornwall
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.
For lunch try The Gurnard’s Head.
7. St Mawes Castle
Our next door neighbour.
8. The Eden Project
Already world famous, the huge greenhouses contain tropical and Mediterranean zones. An extraordinary achievement, well worth a visit. Endless entertainment for children and adults alike. The ice rink is a popular attraction during the winter months.
9. Rising Ground
Grab as your guide a copy of Rising Ground, a Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden from ONDA, and 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. Find a keepsake of your stay
Head down to the most southerly point of the British mainland, Lizard Point, and find one of the little serpentine workshops surrounding Kynance. Here you can buy a little stone lighthouse to remind you of us!
Best waterside hotel in the UK
WINTER DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST
ART WORKSHOP WITH JILLY BALLANTYNE
ST MAWES IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you?
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