Callestock Blog

20 May

7 sights within 7 miles

Callestock Courtyard Cottages is nestled in the heart of Cornwall, giving easy access to stunning beaches, coastal walks and award-winning restaurants on both sides of the coast. Here we round-up some of our favourite places to visit, all within just seven miles of the holiday cottages here in Zelah.

1. Chapel Porth

This beautiful little beach is on the north coast, close to St Agnes, just 20 minutes drive from Callestock. There's a small National Trust carpark, but if there's no space here you'll find free parking on the side of the road leading down to the cove. There is also a quaint cafe in the carpark, serving light refreshments and the famous hedgehog ice-cream.

Wheal Coates tin mine Chapel Porth Cornwall

Once you've parked and taken a few minutes to enjoy the beach and the waves, follow the coast path up towards the iconic Wheal Coates mine on the cliff top. The path is uneven and sloping but gradual so is suitable for most - reach the former tin mines on the cliffs and you'll be rewarded with far-reaching views across the stunning blue ocean. Perfect photo opportunity.

2. Countryside walks

We're lucky enough to have plenty well-trodden paths winding through the woods, fields and lanes surrounding Callestock Courtyard. 

Cornish gorse flower

Liz can give you insider knowledge of the best walks nearby, including a short stroll to Callestick Farm, an award-winning producer of Cornish ice-cream just 2 miles from us.

From the cottages, the seaside town of Perranporth is also within walking distance, via the Bolingey Valley. It's well worth a visit, with its 3 miles of sandy beach, surf and dunes, plus plenty of shops and cafes to recharge before heading back to Callestock.

3. Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

St Agnes is one of the county's six Marine Conservation Areas, providing a focus for coastal and marine habitat protection. It's a small seaside vilage with a thriving community, independent shops and quirky cafes and bars.

Cornish beach with waves and rocks

Trevaunance Beach, a short 20 minute drive from the cottages, is a relatively small beach in St Agnes, with a fabulous restaurant overlooking the sea. Here at Schooners they serve a mouth-watering Cornish breakfast, made all the more memorable with wonderful views across the beach out to the horizon, so book a table for the morning to be sure of a table by the window.

4. Holywell Beach

Famously used in the BBC TV series Poldark, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson, this expansive beach is popular with swimmers, surfers, body-boarders and walkers.

Holywell Bay Cornwall

At low tide, the beach reveals a beautiful secret - St Cuthbert's cave, accessible on foot, is a hidden gem, with its amazing limestone rock formations and colourful pools. Take extra care and wear sensible shoes if you venture in search of the secret cave, as you'll need to climb over slippery rocks.

Low tide also reveals the rusting remains of a shipwreck, over 100 years old, and coal ships, wrecked in a storm in the late 1800s.

5. Porthtowan coast path

Go prepared with plenty to eat and drink, and enough charge on your camera (or phone) to capture the breath-taking views.

Porthtowan is a blue flag beach with clean water and white sands, but it's also a great starting point to join the coastpath and follow the outline of the county round to Portreath.

South West coast path Cornwall

Look out for abandoned tin mines along the way - they're mostly fenced off but you can still find an old mine shaft or two - if you do, drop a pebble in through the grating to see how far down it is to the bottom. Trust me - it's far.

6. Crantock - West Pentire Headland

One of our favourite beaches, Crantock in Newquay is less than 15 minutes from Callestock Courtyard cottages. The sandy beach is huge, so never feels busy, and features steep sand dunes, impressive surf and fascinating caves. There's a National Trust carpark, free for members but expensive for non-members.

Crantock Beach West Pentire Headland

While at Crantock, head over to West Pentire Headland, with its array of colourful wild flowers and rare plants, which overlooks the beach. From here, there are far-reaching views across Crantock to the Atlantic Ocean - look out for Trevose Lighthouse in the distance, and seals sunbathing on the rocks in warmer weather.

In need of refreshments? C-Bay is an excellent cafe/bistro nearby, serving scrumptious locally sourced food and drink, including freshly made Cornish cream tea, while also offering views across the beach and out to sea.

7. Callestock Courtyard Farm

You don't have to go far for a memorable day exploring Cornwall. Join Liz (and Sandy the dog) on a guided tour around the working farm at Callestock, including a visit to the dairy herd and their calves. The estate is also home to a number of privately owned horses, who graze in the surrounding fields around the properties.

calves from Callestock 2019

Many of our guests just love to spend time with the calves, who are always friendly and ready to show off to visitors. If you visit in the Spring or early Summer, it's calving season, which means new babies needing new names. Follow the Facebook page for calf updates and to add your name suggestions.

7 sights within 7 miles

Many of our guests return year after year, discovering a new hidden gem every time - secret coves, historic houses, woodland walks - all are within easy reach of the luxury cottages here at Callestock.

Give Liz a call on 01872 540445 for short breaks or book online.

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