August Adventures!

August sees regatta season in full swing across The Roseland and whilst you may not want to compete yourself, it’s lovely to watch everyone else doing all the work!

St Mawes Carnival is the first week in August with plenty going on – for the easy option just settle yourself in Chandlers Cafe outside area or watch from the harbour edge there is always something to see!

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is back on Summers Beach in St Mawes this year. You can book a lesson and its a great place to learn as there are hardly any waves. We have tried ourselves and it really is not as hard as it looks and is great fun. If you are worried about falling in there is even a wet suit hire stand on the beach for the summer. Also new for 2016 there are Open Water swimming lessons available on Summers Beach so if you have always wanted to but never taken the plunge now you can try in absolute safety.

If  a gentle kayak is more your thing, then you can hire these from St Mawes where you can potter round the harbour and beaches or head across to Place Manor. For an even quieter meander you can hire at Percuil and have a lovely drift along the river valley away from the hustle and bustle and here you can expect to see little white egrets, grey herons dunlins, whimbrels and lots of other wading birds.

The second week in August is Falmouth Week with a huge variety of events – take your pick from the extensive brochure and hop on the foot ferry from St Mawes to join in the fun, without having to worry about parking your car.  The highlight for us is always the Red Arrows display.

The joy of the estuary is that if you like crowds and atmosphere you can head over to Falmouth, but if you like peace and quiet then just find a spot on the river footpath between St Mawes Castle and St Just in Roseland Church and you can have what feels like your own personal fly past!

Not to be missed is a Fal River Boat trip from St Mawes to Truro – extra trips run in the summer and you can stop off at Trelissick Gardens on the way if you wish. We have to confess we have done this trip several times and it’s always wonderful with so much to see. If it’s low tide you are dropped at Malpas and a bus takes you into Truro or you can just stop at the Heron Inn and have a leisurely lunch… just check to see where the later boats are leaving from. it is a lovely walk from Malpas to Truro if you need to work off the lunch before coming home.

There are lots of spots to hire small motor boats for a day or half day and then you can go where you like on the water at your own pace or for the really extravagant you can hire Pinuccia, the most stunning, sleek and very fast yacht owned by the Tresanton Hotel, hire includes the crew and the most glorious picnic.  We are still saving for this one, but are determined to do it one day!

Of course if your enjoyment of the water ends at a quick paddle there are plenty of beaches for you to sit back and relax on, just check our earlier blogs for the best beaches in Cornwall.


Christmas and New Year on the Roseland

Mousehole Lights

First things first – food of course! (there is a bit of a theme to our blogs lately..)

If you do want to eat out on Christmas Day you definitely need to book in advance – our top tip is The Rosevine – a small boutique hotel, let their chef cook you a 3 course traditional Christmas lunch with stunning sea views, the wood burner will be roaring and the Christmas tree will be twinkling. Follow it up with a walk along Porthcurnick Beach.

Talking of which The Hidden Hut  just behind the beach re-opens from the 26th Dec to the 1st Jan for lovely hot chocolates, lunchtime soups and stews and those delectable home made cakes.

But enough about food! Our top tips for things to do:

  • Go and see the Mousehole Christmas Lights – there is nowhere else quite like it!
  • Watch the Fireworks from The Lugger in Portscatho, 6pm on the 1st Jan
  • Blow away those Christmas (or New Year) fuzzy heads and walk the coastal path around St Anthony’s Head
  • Have a festive lunch at Olga Polizzi’s hotel  The Tresanton  in St Mawes – (sorry, food again!)
  • Go Ice skating at The Eden Project
  • Explore the “Mermaids, Women at Sea exhibition” at The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth
  • Visit  The Lost Gardens of Heligan as it opens its gates in aid of local charities on Boxing Day 2015 and New Year’s Day 2016
  • Release your inner child, it’s panto time! Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat are on at Hall for Cornwall in Truro – oh yes they are!
  • Discover modern art at The Terry Frost Exhibition at the  Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance
  • Enjoy a classy New Years Eve Party from 10pm at The Tresanton in St Mawes for just £40 including a glass of Champagne/entertainment

After all that fun you may just need to book another holiday with us in the spring or summer for some relaxation….


Things to do in August

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August sees regatta season in full swing across The Roseland and whilst you may not want to compete yourself, there are plenty of chances to get on the water without having to be a Master Mariner.

St Mawes Carnival is the first week in August with plenty going on – for the easy option just settle yourself in Chandlers Cafe outside area or watch from the harbour edge there is always something to see!

If you have seen all the press about Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) then Summers Beach in St Mawes is the place to give it a try. You can book a lesson and its a great place to learn as there are hardly any waves. We have tried ourselves and it really is not as hard as it looks and is great fun. If you are worried about falling in there is even a wetsuit hire stand on the beach for the summer.

If kayaking is more you, then you can hire these from St Mawes where you can potter round the harbour and beaches or head across to Place Manor. For a quiet meander you can hire at Percuil and have a lovely drift along the river valley away from the hustle and bustle and here you can expect to see little white egrets, grey herons dunlins, whimbrels and lots of other wading birds.

The second week in August is Falmouth Week with a huge variety of events – take your pick from the extensive brochure and hop on the foot ferry from St Mawes to join in the fun, without having to worry about parking your car.  The highlight for us is always the Red Arrows display – this year on the 12th August.

The joy of the estuary is that if you like crowds and atmosphere you can head over to Falmouth, but if you like peace and quiet then just find a spot on the river footpath between St Mawes Castle and St Just in Roseland Church and you can have what feels like your own personal fly past!

Not to be missed is a Fal River Boat trip from St Mawes to Truro – extra trips run in the summer and you can stop off at Trelissick Gardens on the way if you wish. We have to confess we have done this trip several times and it’s always wonderful with so much to see. If it’s low tide you are dropped at Malpas and bussed into Truro or you can just stop at the Heron Inn and have a leisurely lunch… just check to see where the later boats are leaving from. it is a lovely walk from Malpas to Truro if you need to work off the lunch before coming home.

There are lots of spots to hire small motor boats for a day or half day and then you can go where you like on the water at your own pace or for the really extravagant you can hire Pinuccia, the most stunning, sleek and very fast yacht owned by the Tresanton Hotel, hire includes the crew and the most glorious picnic.  We are still saving for this one but are determined to do it one day!

Of course if your enjoyment of the water ends at a quick paddle there are plenty of beaches for you to sit back and relax on, just check our earlier blogs for the best beaches in Cornwall.


Our Favourite Beaches on the Roseland

Best cafes on the Roseland

The Roseland has some of the best beaches in Cornwall. Think crystal clear waters, soft sand beneath your feet and stunning views at every turn.

There are plenty of beaches to chose from locally, let a lone venturing further afield. It all depends what you want from your day at the beach so here are just a few thoughts:-

St Mawes, Summers and Tavern Beaches

Small but very sheltered sandy beaches in St Mawes, close to pubs, shops and toilets. Great for sunbathing and people watching . Swimming is good but keep an eye out for the many boats. You can also try Stand Up Paddle Boarding here – it’s great but best trialled on a nice flat calm sunny day, as if you are as co-ordinated as us you will be in the water many times!

Pendower and Carne

When the tide is out these two combine to make over a mile of golden sand with beautiful blue sea in front and gentle cliffs behind. Great for sunbathing, people watching, walking up and down – if the tide starts coming in there is a coastal footpath behind the beach! and swimming.

Swimming is better at the Carne end as there are less rocks and currents. There are toilets at Pendower and you can also walk from there to Melinsey Mill for a spot of lunch or tea. At the other end of the beach are two extremes – The Nare Hotel – very much a “country house hotel” where they serve lunch and teas on their Quarterdeck – very nice but at a price. Or just in the car park behind the beach is Tea by The Sea – a van selling lunches, cakes, local ice cream and soft drinks. Also dog free during the day in the summer months.

Porthcurnick

Fabulous for swimming as it’s very flat and there are no strong currents. Great for sunbathing, people watching and at low tide you can walk along the beach over the rocks to Portscatho. Refreshments available at the now very famous Hidden Hut, the Rosevine Hotel just up the lane does lunches and teas in their garden overlooking the beach (best to book as sometimes they have weddings on) or in Portscatho The Boathouse restaurant or the Plume of Feathers pub. Toilets at the Hidden Hut.

We always think it looks very busy in the summer, but we think that might be because the rest of the year we have it to ourselves! Dogs are allowed on Porthcurnick all year and you will find that as well as day trip dogs there is a definite increase around 4pm/5pm as the locals bring their dogs down for a walk – if they are as badly behaved as ours you may need to hold onto your picnic!

Towan

Another long sandy/shingly beach with dunes behind, great for sunbathing, paddling, rock pooling and seal spotting. Toilets are a short walk back towards the car park, where you will also find refreshments by the Thirstea vintage van. Not as busy as the beaches above but getting more popular all the time.

Little and Great Molunan

Two small sandy beaches set in the shelter of St Anthony’s Headland, they overlook Falmouth and Carrick Roads and are very sheltered from any easterly or northerly winds. Access is down a steep cliff with a rope to hold on to – so they tend to be quite quiet! There are no facilities here, so you can get away from everything and have total peace and relaxation. Great for seal spotting, bird watching and also for watching any sailing races or windsurfers on Carrick Roads.

There are plenty more to chose from, so if you are staying with us and want something specific just have a chat with one of us and we can point you in the direction of your own very perfect beach.

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