We’re so lucky to live in a county with such a wide variety of wonderful places to visit. No matter the season, weather or temperature, Cornwall has always got something up its sleeve to keep you entertained.
Fortunately for us, and for all of our guests, Trevalsa Court is central to many of these amazing attractions, a selection of which are in delightful walking distance from the hotel – with others slightly further afield, providing opportunities for a little adventure.
South West Coast Path
For instant incredible views and a good dose of fresh, sea air, Cornwall’s South West coast path is right at your fingertips.
Walking south from Trevalsa Court, you’ll find yourself ambling into Mevagissey, the beautiful fishing village we call home. Depending on how far you wish to walk, continuing south you’ll find the quiet settlement of Portmellon, followed by Gorran Haven village. Heading north on the coast path, the first village you’ll come across is Pentewan, with charming Charlestown and Carlyon as further destinations for those who enjoy a lengthy walk.
If it’s simply the views and wilderness you’re after, quite frankly, the direction you choose to go is irrelevant. You’ll be met with endless open oceans and blue skies at every point along the coast path, and you’ll be immersed in the Cornish seascape whenever you turn.
Polstreath Beach (5 minute walk)
There are also plenty of beaches nearby for gentle strolls and relaxation if that’s what you’re looking for. Polstreath beach is situated right at the bottom of the cliff Trevalsa Court sits on, easily accessible with steps leading down to the sand. It’s the perfect little spot for an evening stretch of the legs after dinner.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan (6 minute drive)
For those of our guests wishing to venture a little further afield but don’t want to spend too long in the car, attractions such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan, a six-minute drive away, will have you instantly transported from coastal views to breathtaking gardens. The rich history of Heligan provides an interesting insight into how the gardens were abandoned and forgotten during WW1, and then rediscovered years later and returned to their former glory. You could easily spend your entire day wandering around the stunning location.
Caerhays Castle & Gardens (15 minute drive)
Caerhays Estate, a fifteen-minute drive from Trevalsa, is also steeped in fascinating history. Its striking castle and gardens sit right on the coast next to Porthluney Bay, giving visitors the option of enjoying the coastal seascape as well as exploring the Estate.
Eden Project (20 minute drive)
For something a little more unique, Cornwall’s famous Eden Project is a twenty-minute drive away. With its three enormous biomes providing insights into culture, geography, science, technology and many other areas, Eden hosts both indoor and outdoor attractions, meaning you can visit whatever the weather.
Trewithen Gardens (20 minute drive)
Meaning ‘house of trees,’ Trewithen is an independently owned stately home and gardens which dates back to 1715 and remains within the same family today. Featuring 30 acres of woodland and over 200 acres of parkland, this gorgeous estate is open seven days a week for advanced bookings, with refreshments available from the Tea Shed café. The gardens are part of the Great Gardens family in Cornwall, featuring many of the rhododendrons and camellias that flourish in our forgiving climate. If you fall in love with a plant you spot in the gardens – you might be able to take it home with you, from the plant centre!
Fowey (30 minute drive)
Beautiful Fowey is a sheltered harbour town steeped in history and full of character. It’s been an inspiration to literary greats, including Daphne Du Maurier and Sir Arther Quiller Couch, thanks to its coastal charm. Stroll around Fowey’s beautiful harbourside or take the ferry to Polruan and explore the spectacular views from the other side of the estuary. For a wonderful day trip out on the water, take the ferry across St Austell Bay to Mevagissey!
Lostwithiel and Restormel Castle (35 minute drive)
Lostwithiel is an ancient town right in the heart of Cornwall – so it’s fitting it has become known as the antiques capital of the Duchy! With the River Fowey running peacefully the centre of town, it’s an idyllic spot to while away an afternoon. While you’re there, make sure you visit the magnificent ruins of Restormel Castle (an English Heritage site). Once dripping in medieval grandeur, it was built in the late 13th century and twice visited by Edward the Black Prince.
Trelissick and King Harry Ferry (35 minutes to Philleigh side)
The King Harry Ferry is a car and passenger ferry which links the Feock and Philleigh parishes in the Carrick Roads reach of the Fal estuary. One of only five chain ferries in the whole of the UK, it has been voted one of the Independent’s top ten most scenic ferry crossings in the whole world – and with good reason! On the Feock side, the ferry brings you to the stunning Trelissick Gardens, a National Trust property. While the house remains closed, the spectacular gardens and countryside estate are well worth exploring, with exotic blooms, local wildflowers, maritime views, and acres of space.
Truro (35 minute drive)
Truro is Cornwall’s “great little city.” Small but perfectly formed, it’s big enough to accommodate a range of national shops and brands as well as a variety of local independent outfits – and small enough to feel cosy, welcoming and relaxed. With the Cornwall Playhouse/Gwariji Kernow (formerly the Hall For Cornwall) being refurbished, The Old Bakery Studios and other excellent venues in town, the entertainment scene is soon to take off. There are eateries and restaurants to suit every taste, plus the Royal Cornwall Museum, galleries and shops galore. Whether you’re relaxing on the pedestrianised piazza, exploring the shopping streets and lanes, or walking along the river or exploring the parks, it’s a day out with plenty of variety.
St Mawes (40 minute drive)
St Mawes is a quaint fishing village perched right on the end of the Roseland peninsula, overlooking the calm waters of the south coast. From here, you can take the ferry to bustling and vibrant Falmouth, enjoy fish and chips on the waterfront, or even explore Lamorran Gardens, which have the most spectacular view out over the estuary and down to the sea. The Gardens are open from Wednesday to Friday from 10am with the last admission at 4pm.
Padstow (45 minute drive)
Head up to the north coast for a much more wild and rugged Cornish experience, where you can visit the well-known fishing village of Padstow, now home to both Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth restaurants.
St Agnes (50 minute drive)
St Agnes is a cosy, beautiful and characterful coastal town between Truro and the north coast of Cornwall. Set behind a tall hill called St Agnes Beacon (which has spectacular views, if you’re looking for a walk), either stroll around town or head down beautiful Stippy Stappy Terrace to Trevaunance Cove for a day at the beach with a dramatic backdrop of historic mine stacks. Our recommendation is to round the day off with a meal at the famous Driftwood Spars pub.
And for the adventurers amongst you who want to soak up as much of Cornwall as possible during your stay with us, there are plenty of other amazing attractions dotted around the rest of Cornwall.
Port Isaac (1 hour drive)
If there’s a Doc Martin or Poldark fan in your life, you’ll have to make the trip up to Port Isaac. A beautiful harbour town, sheltered on the wild and windswept north coast, it’s an oasis of calm and and is absolutely bursting with character. Slate fronted fishermen’s cottages are stacked right down to the harbourside, and in the summer you might just hear the Fisherman’s Friends shanty group singing on the slip. With beautiful walks on the South West Footpath both east and west, it’s well worth the trip.
Tintagel & Boscastle (1 hour drive)
The north coast is also known for its Celtic roots, with ancient Cornish history tied to Tintagel, Boscastle and other nearby settlements.
St Michael’s Mount (1 hour drive)
Further down in the south of Cornwall you’ll find St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, an enchanting location, again full of history and character. Crossings to the Mount can only take place at low tide when the cobbled causeway is revealed (ferry crossings are available but we think this is much less magical).
Tate St Ives (1 hour 10 minutes drive)
For a more cultural experience, the bustling town of St Ives can be found just over an hour’s journey away. Here there are plenty of exciting shops and eateries to explore, not to mention the Tate Art Gallery which sits proudly right on the beautiful Porthmeor beach.
Minack Theatre (1 hour 30 minutes drive)
Ever wanted to watch a play on the side of a cliff? At the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno you can do just that! Although this attraction does depend heavily on the weather, if timed right with a Cornish sunset it can be the most astounding experience – just make sure to bring a cushion!
The list of incredible spots to visit in Cornwall could go on forever, but we hope this gives you a little taste of some of the activities you could get up to while staying at Trevalsa Court. There truly is something for everyone!