The Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall is one of the very special places of the British Isles. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it has so much to offer the visitor, a week is simply not enough! From breathtaking coastal walks to sailing in the Carrick Roads, from historic castles to stunning sub tropical gardens, from picturesque country pubs to stylish first class restaurants, the Roseland really has everything you could wish for in a Cornish holiday!
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St Mawes has changed dramatically over the last 100 years from a sleepy fishing village to the stylish holiday destination it now is. Overlooking its stunning bay, St Mawes is now the yachtsmans paradise with stylish hotels and lots for the visitor to see and do. Take a stroll along the harbour and along the road to the Castle where you can get breathtaking views over the Carrick Roads to Falmouth. Spend some time sitting on the terrace of the Rising Sun, the St Mawes Hotel or in the little alley outside the Victory Inn and watch the world go by. Take a ferry to Falmouth to visit the National Maritime Museum or Pendennis Castle. The little Place Ferry will take you to St Anthonys Head or there are numerous boat trips you can take around the estuary.
St Just in Roseland
No visit to the Roseland is complete without seeing the beautiful church and churchyard at St Just. Probably the only sub tropical churchyard in the British Isles, it is a beautiful and tranquil place. The 13th century church built right on the waters edge surrounded by many tropical plants brought in by a 19th century vicar, provides a beautiful backdrop to those married at the church each year.
Portscatho & Gerrans
Portscatho lies in the South-westerly corner of Gerrans Bay on the Roseland peninsula. The East-facing cove affords shelter from the prevailing sou-westerly winds and this meant it was an ideal base for the pilchard fleets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and still is, although on a much smaller scale, an active fishing port today. The same shelter makes for safe swimming and its proximity to many fine sandy beaches means its a family favourite. Portscatho is also the artists haven on the Roseland and there are a number of galleries to browse. Spindrift Gallery is a fine example and has a lovely selection of ceramics, jewellery, studio glass and many other items. Gerrans at the top of the hill has a fine old church, originally a 13th century creation, many developments and rebuilds have occurred since.
Carrick Roads views
The views of the Fal Estuary (the great natural harbour known as the Carrick Roads) are spectacular from many vantage points around the Roseland. St Mawes Castle or St Anthonys Head are the best places. In the height of summer, during Falmouth Week the sight of hundreds of yachts sailing around the beautiful waters is simply unmissable!
Portloe is considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of the Roseland Peninsula and one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall. Its steep sided valleys has meant that it has managed to escape development over the years and many buildings differ little from when they were built. Sir John Betjeman said of Portloe "One of the least spoiled and most impressive of Cornish fishing villages". The Lugger Hotel on the waters edge provides a perfect location for a cream tea after a hard day on the coastal path.
Veryan is most famous for its nineteenth century thatched Round Houses. There are five in all, two pairs of which stand at each end of the village and another in the centre. They were originally built by a missionary named Reverend Jeremiah Trist for his daughters. In a round house there are no corners where the devil can hide. A crucifix on the top of each one adds extra protection!