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    The picturesque images of the rocky smugglers coves of the South Cornish coast are in stark contrast to their rugged counterparts on the northern side of the county, with miles of estuaries, many of them crossed by ferries. The more genteel English Channel coastline of the south is packed with hidden anchorages, tranquil creeks, and pretty fishing villages.

    Things to do in South Cornwall

    The Lost Gardens of Heligan are within a restored estate situated just behind Megvagissey, in a ravine which acts as a microclimate, allowing numerous sub-tropical plants to flourish. In addition to a series of ponds - surrounded by avenues of palms, giant rhubarb and ferns, banana plantations and bamboos - large ‘organic sculptures’ create hidden surprise features on a woodland walk. Other attractions include a walled flower garden and an organic vegetable garden. Although the main house is closed to public access, the gardens and associated tea rooms and shop have proved to be an award-winning local attraction.

    The Eden Project, a series of iconic domed structures just outside St Austell, has transformed a disused clay mine into a rich, global garden, featuring over a million plants from a myriad of climates worldwide. The flora have been selected to demonstrate how plants provide us with food, fuel, medicines and other materials, as well as their role in the wider eco-system.

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    Saltash - Facing Plymouth over the River Tamar, the town is one of the largest in the county, and is notable for being the site of Brunel’s Royal Albert (railway) Bridge. The passage across the Tamar, first by ferry, and later by bridges, has always been central to the history of the town. The area was recently judged to be the most desirable place to live in Great Britain.

    Looe - This small fishing port is actually composed of two towns, East and West Looe, which are connected by a bridge across the River Looe. The small harbour, steep-sided valley and sandy beach make it a popular holiday venue. Just off shore from the harbour lies St George’s Island, known locally as Looe Island.

    Lostwithiel - An old market town on the lowest bridging point of the Fowey, Lostwithiel has an appealing mixture of Georgian houses and dark cobbled passageways. Local features include a peculiar, Breton-inspired octagonal spire on St Bartholomew’s Church, and the well-appointed Restormel Castle.

    Fowey – A typically Cornish town, Fowey is comprised of a cascade of neat, pale terraces. In the last century the town was the leading port for china clay shipments, and it continues to support a thriving shipping trade, which now includes both commercial trawlers and leisure yachts.

    Mevagissey - An attractive old town, once at the centre of the county’s pilchard industry, Mevagissey still boasts a working harbour. At the end of June each year, the town celebrates Feast Week, with dancing in the streets and other local entertainment. The steep, but spectacular coastline offers some excellent walks and the area is also favoured by sea anglers.

    Truro - Cornwall’s administrative centre, and home to her only cathedral, Truro is close to where the River Fal rises. This bustling city is also the centre of tourism and commerce for the county, and the skyline is dominated by a marvellous gothic revival cathedral, with its three soaring spires and fine stained glass.

    Falmouth - Once just a fishing village, the construction of Pendennis Castle (together with the neighbouring St Mawes Castle on the east side of the estuary) by Henry VIII allowed the town to develop and prosper. In 1689 it became the main base of the fast ‘Falmouth Packets’, which sped mail to the Americas.

    Helston - At the northern end of the Lizard Peninsula, Helston was once a small inland port exporting tin and copper, located at the head of the River Cober estuary. In the 13th century it was cut off from the sea by a sand bar, creating the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall.

    Mousehole - Pronounced ‘Mowzel’, this quintessential Cornish fishing village presents a fine array of yellow-lichened houses, huddled around the edge of the picturesque harbour. Forever etched in the memories of the British public by the actions of the valiant men of its lifeboat crew, who gave their lives during a daring rescue attempt one Winter’s night in 1981, the town is the focus of celebrations on Tom Bawcock’s Eve each December 23rd.  Star Gazey Pie, a unique culinary delight, which features herring fish heads protruding through a pie crust, also plays a key role in the festivities.

    Penzance – With railway access through to Paddington, Penzance is the southernmost station on the UK mainland rail network, with a popular overnight sleeper service comparing favourably with road access from London.

    St Ives – Long isolated by its coastal location towards the end of the Cornish peninsula, St Ives was ‘revealed’ to the outside world with the opening of the Great Western Railway line in 1877. An internationally renowned centre for arts, including the St Ives School of Artists in the late 1800s, and home in their time to Turner, Whistler, Virginia Woolf, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, the town is now the location of the award-winning building which houses Tate St Ives.


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    photo of Tamar , St. Annes Chapel, nr. Callington, Callington and the Tamar Valley, Cornwall
    Views across the valleyThis well-appointed, mid-terraced, holiday property overlooks the picturesque Tamar Valley. The property has 3 bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor. The living room, kitchen and dining area ...
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    photo of The Old Wash House , Mevagissey, Cornwall
    This beautifully appointed, converted barn sits amongst a quiet courtyard of cottages on the owner's 150 acre working farm. With high, pitched ceilings, exposed rafters and inglenook with original clone oven, it is full of ...
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    photo of The Bay Talland , Talland Bay, Looe, Cornwall
    The Bay Talland, near Polperro, Cornwall, provides a rare opportunity to rent a stylish, contemporary home with direct access to the shore. Set on a secluded hillside, overlooking an idyllic cove , our luxurious homes ...
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    photo of Trevarno , Liskeard, Cornwall
    Bar and restaurant; The Village Inn within the groundsFree use of tennis court at adjacent Rosecraddoc ManorUse of fishing lake, rod licence required, charges applyA selection of detached holiday bungalows in landscaped ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Markwell Farm Cottages , Markwell Farm,, Landrake, Saltash, Cornwall
    Located on a 400 acre working farm, in a quiet hamlet in rural Cornwall. Markwell is approximately 7 miles from the beaches of Portwinkle, Downderry and Seaton, 12 miles from the fishing port of Looe. The cottages have ...
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    photo of Milladon Farmhouse , Nr. St Germans, Looe, Cornwall
    300-year-old Milladon Farmhouse sits in an acre of garden with a 2-acre paddock and has been renovated to a very high standard, with a modernised kitchen. The holiday property has an unspoilt, uninterrupted view down the ...
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    photo of The Granary , Philleigh-in-Roseland, nr. Truro, Truro and the Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall
    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar and beams. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Slate floors throughout. ...
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    photo of Mona's Cottage Charlestown , Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall
    Mona's Cottage can be found just to the left after walking up a short slope at the top end of the harbour. We are literally a stone's throw from where the picture of the harbour was taken and are tucked away from the ...
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    photo of Carole's Cottage Charlestown , 24 Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall
    Carole's Cottage Charlestown is an original Grade 2 Listed Cottage found just off the top end of the harbour literally a stone's throw from where the main photo was taken. It has been extensively renovated but with the ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of The Dairy , Markwell Farm,, Landrake, Saltash, Cornwall
    Located on a 400 acre working farm, in a quiet hamlet in rural Cornwall. Markwell is approximately 7 miles from the beaches of Portwinkle, Downderry and Seaton, 12 miles from the fishing port of Looe. The cottages have ...
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