1. Walk to St Just-in-Roseland church
The best walks are along the coastal paths. There is a delightful two-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.
Walking guide Distance 3.5 miles Duration 2 hours
2. Gaze at the winter sea
The sea in the winter takes the most wonderful colours and forms. You might get to see a mighty storm or, on a quiet day, a pod of dolphins…
3. Buy art and antiques in Cornwall
There are some wonderful art galleries in Falmouth, St Ives, Mousehole and Penzance.
We like the Leach Pottery in St Ives , where you can find samples of the original Leach standard ware, the new collection of homeware, alongside incredibly beautiful pots made by the best current potters or by members of the extended Leach family.
Lostwithiel has several antique shops all along the main high street.
Even in the winter, these gardens are magical.
P.S. Our sister hotel Endsleigh is set in 108 acres of gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton.
6. The Tate gallery
Cornwall has always attracted artists. Some of the most famous ones are exhibited at the Tate Gallery. Attached to the gallery is the Barbara Hepworth studio; it has an extraordinary atmosphere as if the sculptress herself was still working there.
During the winter months, the Tate and the museum are closed on Sunday and Monday.
7. The National Maritime Museum
A charming 20 minute ferry trip from St Mawes, it offers a unique collection of extraordinary boats and interactive displays which are great fun for children. Stein’s fish and chips is next door.
8. The Eden Project
Already world famous, the huge greenhouses contain tropical and Mediterranean zones. An extraordinary achievement, well worth a visit.
The tropical biome is the ideal hideaway on a cold winter day and the ice skating rink is open until 2 March 2014
9. Try some great restaurants
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!
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
John Masefield, Sea Fever, Salt-Water Ballads, 1902