If you are looking to find a Cornwall holiday cottage surrounded by history and fun days out then Charlestown, on the Rame Peninsula, should be high on your list of candidates.
Poldark fans will be familiar with Charlestown as one of the show’s regular filming locations. Charlestown is a harbour village, with the harbour originally being built in the 1700s to import coal and export copper. A walk around the harbour feels like stepping back in time, with tall ships being kept for visitors to admire. A visit to the Charlestown Harbour & Shipwreck Museum is a must, with exhibitions (including a cooperage and a blacksmithery) and over 8,000 items to explore.
Nearby beaches include the beautiful Hemmick Beach, which is off the beaten track but well worth seeking out. Small but perfectly formed, this dog-friendly beach is the perfect place to sit, watch the sea for a while and forget your cares. Other nearby beaches are Pentewan Beach and Par Sands.
Your Charlestown holiday home is a perfect place for a day trip over to Mevagissy too. A quaint village with charming back streets that hold an array of small Cornish independent shops and galleries. Visitors love to eat traditional fish and chips at the harbourside, while they watch the boats bob up and down (after all, this is still a working harbour). If you enjoy a stroll with magnificent views, then you can easily access the south-west coast path, if you don’t mind a steep climb up to it! Seeing Mevagissy from up high is a real treat.
If you fancy a night off from the stove, then a meal out at The Boathouse in Charlestown always goes down well, though there are a number of places to choose from. If you are planning on cooking in your self-catering holiday cottage then pay a trip to Resugga Farm Shop for a true farm shop experience and pick up all the ingredients you need.
Around the corner from Charlestown, Pinetum Gardens is a 30 acre estate made up of different areas including water gardens, Japanese gardens and more. It should definitely be on the itinerary for garden lovers, as should The Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Lost Gardens are a lost estate, only rediscovered in the 1990s and lovingly restored to their former glory by a team of volunteers.
Of course, we must mention Wheal Martin, that will cast you back in time to when Cornwall’s mines were a staple part of Cornwall’s daily life. You can also catch the ferry from Mevagissy to Fowey, Caerhays Castle for a fun day out. There is something for everyone on this stretch of the south coast in Cornwall and it will be hard not to fall in love with your Charlestown holiday home.