SEE & DO

A whole range of activities along the coast

WHITSAND BAY GOLF COURSE

The 18-hole clifftop golf course straddles the winding hill which leads down into picturesque Portwrinkle. The first tee is only a few minutes’ walk from the properties – and its seaside location makes it one of the most spectacular courses in the country.

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SURFING

Portwrinkle in South Cornwall is a fairly exposed beach break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the north. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

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STATELY HOMES

For the more culturally-minded, there are a number of beautiful stately homes within an hour’s drive, three of which are under 10 minutes away.

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Antony House and Garden

Antony House is a beautiful early 18th-century mansion with a fine collection of paintings, furniture and textiles. The grounds, landscaped by Repton, sweep down towards the Lynher estuary and include formal gardens with topiary, a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. Antony House was also the shooting location for Disney and Tim Burton’s enchanting Alice In Wonderland.

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Mount Edgecumbe

Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish gardens within 865 acres of country park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.

Mount Edgcumbe House was first built in the 1500s and was restored after World War Two. It is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council and is one of the region’s most popular historic tourist destinations.

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Port Eliot House

Port Eliot has the rare distinction of being a Grade 1 listed house with a Grade 1 listed park and garden. Like most houses, Port Eliot has a front door and thereabouts the similarity ends. There are 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys. The roof covers half an acre and not once in living memory has it been completely watertight.

 

GARDENS

There are fantastic and inspiring gardens close by from the interesting commonplace to something much more exotic.

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The Eden Project

The Eden Project contains artificial biomes boasting plants that are collected from all around the world. The project is located in a reclaimed Kaolinite pit, located 1¼ miles (2 km) from the town of St Blazey and 3 miles (4½ km) from the larger town of St Austell, Cornwall.

The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species; each enclosure represents a natural biome. The first dome emulates a tropical environment, and the second, a Mediterranean environment. The Project is also home to The Eden Sessions, an outdoor live music arena.

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth-century gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.

Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Read its wonderful story here.

WALKING

The South West Coastal Path is directly outside your cottage and meanders along the wonderful coastline. There are also several inland walks, ranging from a half-hour stroll to a two-hour romp. Find out more via our contact page.

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BEACHES

Portwrinkle boasts two beaches directly below the village – and a short 10-minute drive will bring you to Tregantle and Freathy Beach. Dog lovers: one of the beaches at Portwrinkle is dog-friendly all-year round.

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FISHING

Mackerel fishing, shark fishing, conger fishing trips and much more are all available and run from the popular fishing town, Looe. Most can be booked on the day at the boat.

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PLYMOUTH BARBICAN

Portwrinkle is only half an hour away from Plymouth, home to the Nationally famous Theatre Royal.

A short hop to Cawsand or Cremyll brings you to the foot Ferry, where you can take a trip across Plymouth Sound to The Barbican for a really nice day out. Vehicles can use the Torpoint Ferry if you need to bring a car.

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The Barbican Fish Market is the oldest and most interesting part of Plymouth with a plethora of great pubs and restaurants. The National Marine Aquarium features the largest shark tank in Europe and is well worth a visit. Plymouth Hoe is also within walking distance of The Barbican.