There are very few (if any) places in the United Kingdom that come close to matching the beauty of the Roseland Peninsula. Bordered by the Fal Estuary to the west and the Atlantic to the east, this gorgeously unspoilt stretch of coastline has been declared part of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Which is something you immediately realise is well deserved upon arrival, when you’re greeted by beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, quaint countryside and the most idyllic Cornish villages you’ll ever lay eyes on.
Regarded as nothing short of “The best beach destination in England” by more than a few fans, Cornwall as a whole is a dream for family holidays. With more than 300 miles of coastline to explore, world-class resorts and a summer climate that’s the envy of the British Isles, it’s easy to see why the UK heads south-west every year in droves. But while the most obvious mainstay resorts and seaside towns have their charms, there’s something distinctly unspoilt and almost secretive about the Roseland Peninsula.
Suffice to say, it’s a secret you really should take the time to discover!
Despite being no more than about 50 minutes by car from Newquay, Roseland couldn’t look or feel any different. The seas around this part of Cornwall are reliably calm and are mirrored by the clientele making the most of them. Though busy in the summer, things don’t get nearly as crowded and congested as you might expect.
While the twin beaches of St. Mawes remain some of the most popular and idyllic on the peninsula, some argue that the gold medal has to go the way of Porthbeor Beach. It’s certainly one of the most stunning and dramatic by far, while the rather treacherous descent to get to it in the first place keeps things relatively quiet. Also worth checking out are the gorgeous beaches at the fishing village of Portloe, which is still as active today as it ever was. A great place to try the local shellfish, with local fishermen bringing in their bounties early every morning throughout the season.
Roseland is most certainly not short of its visitor attractions, either. Built by the Trist Family in the early 19th Century, the roundhouses of Veryan mark the entrance to the village and are a truly unique sight. They were specifically built with round shapes as it was believed that by giving the devil no corners to hide in, they would protect the village beyond from evil!
Another absolute must is the Castle at St. Mawes. Perched majestically on a clifftop overlooking the bay below, it was built to protect from an expected attack from France that never actually happened. Along with being a truly awe-inspiring sight in its own right, the views from every direction the castle’s location offers are simply magnificent.
Even if churches don’t usually capture your imagination, you’re guaranteed to be blown away by St. Just-in-Roseland Church. Positioned among lush sub-tropical vegetation right at the water’s edge, it looks as if it had been plucked directly from the pages of a fairy-tale. You’ll know in an instant why it is considered one of, if not the most beautiful church in the United Kingdom.
And for kids of the 80s, St. Anthony Lighthouse is not only a highly impressive and important landmark, but also happens to be the set where ‘Fraggle Rock’ was shot all those years ago!
Of course, the Roseland Peninsula as a whole is awash with all manner of accommodation options – everything from back-to-basics camping right through to five-star hotels. However, if you’re really looking to experience the county at its very best, there’s nothing quite like a stay in your own private Cornish cottage – Portscatho Holidays is one of the local top holiday cottages provider worth checking in advance. For group trips and family holidays alike, an exquisite cottage provides that genuine home-from-home feeling, along with unrivalled value for money. Not only this, but choose a pet-friendly cottage and there’s no reason why any member of the family should be left home!
For a cosy couple’s getaway, 1 Harbour Court in Portscatho ticks all the right boxes. Boasting gorgeous water views and its own outdoor living space, there’s no better way of soaking up the delights of this stunning village. For larger groups, our property at 2 The Quarry sleeps up to eight and also welcomes pets. A short walk from the harbour, this classic townhouse features its own private parking area and boasts wonderful sea views.
The right cottage for you and your group really can transform your trip to the Roseland Peninsular into the holiday of a lifetime.