Roseland Peninsula East Tour
Castles, Thatched Villages & Lost Gardens
St Mawes Castle
A small, round Keep fortification commissioned by King Henry VIII to protect against the threat of invasion. The original Henrician Fort remains unchanged and has spectacular views across the water to St Anthony’s lighthouse. Wander down to St Mawes village, passing idyllic thatched fishing cottages, luxury hotels and it’s pretty harbour.
St. Just in Roseland
We pause at this picture perfect 13th Century church, which sits on the bank of a tidal creek. Tucked away from view and nestled within its own well-kept gardens of bamboo, azaleas and large palms.
We amble through the narrow streets of this sleepy fishing village, with its quaint cottages and art galleries before sitting down for lunch. Here we walk a small section of the South West Coast Path to reach the hidden hut which is famed with locals and tourists alike, providing gorgeous homemade dishes to enjoy on the sand.
We drive through the village of Veryan, described as “one of Cornwall’s loveliest inland villages” with its nineteenth-century thatched roundhouses, five of which were rumoured to have been built by a Reverend for his daughters and built in the round shape so as to ensure there were no corners for the devil to hide in.
Caerhays Castle & Gardens
We park overlooking the golden sand beach of Porthluney Bay, where we will stop for our Cornish Cream Tea Picnic while viewing Caerhays Castle and Gardens, a still occupied home to the Williams family with an extensive collection of artefacts and a garden that was started by China’s plant hunters.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
First created in 1766 but faded from knowledge for over 70 years due to its neglect over the period of World War One despite the fact that the house was used as a hospital during this time and as a base for American troops in the Second World War. This resurrected haven of woodland and wildlife will show you its herbaceous secrets over its two hundred acres of garden.