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Rural Roseland East Tour

Castles, Creeks & Lost Gardens

Take a private guided tour of this area of outstanding natural beauty. The Roseland Peninsula has endless hidden gems to discover, as you will find out. You will be driven in style to uncover a 14th-century castle, which was built in Henry VIII’s time to defend the river entrance from French & Spanish invasions, a 13th-century church, nestled amongst well-established gardens and a tidal creek, an idyllic, once thriving pilchard fishing village. You will enjoy fresh local produce at a hidden eatery on the coast path. After lunch, we view the curious thatched round houses before finishing the day at one of the best-loved and regarded gardens in England, voted by Gardeners World.

Tour Agenda

Map of the Rural Roseland East Tour
  • 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.

  • Portscatho

    Lunch Spot

    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.

  • Veryan

    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.

  • 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.