Steeped in history and famous for being a regular filming location on Poldark, Charlestown is a wonderful location for your holiday in South Cornwall. Our collection of holiday cottages and homes in Charlestown have been specially selected to bring you the best that the south coast has to offer.
Whether you are looking for a self-catering cottage for a romantic break or a holiday home for your family summer escape, we will help you find the holiday let that is right for you. Explore all the south coast of Cornwall has to offer with one of our holiday homes.
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 cottages 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.
If you want to go somewhere where you can step back in time, try Charlestown.
A fine and elegant-looking Georgian port, unspoilt Charlestown in south Cornwall has a unique, natural charm. Its focus is tall ships, some beautiful properties (a cluster of Georgian townhouses and fishermen’s cottages) and a delightful harbour with fine views to give you a wonderful secret break from everyday life. This place is very special a UNESCO world heritage site.
Originally, in the 1700s, it was built as a model ‘new town’ to export copper and import coal, though later it exported china clay, from the area forming the setting for what is now the Eden Project. Its Georgian character has lent itself well to filming and TV production, so if you are a fan of Poldark or Hornblower, then this will feel like a film set, complete with cannons to attack any stray French invaders. It was named after the local landowner, Charles Rashleigh, as Charles’s Town, although had previously been called West Polmear when it was a traditional pilchard fishing village.
In its beautiful historic harbour location, Charlestown has a fleet of square riggers from a bygone age, providing a genuine flavour of times past. Imagine a sunset beyond the romance of tall ships swaying in the breeze. The fascinating Shipwreck, Heritage and Rescue Centre contains many exhibits and salvage from over 150 ships telling the story of Cornwall’s maritime past. Cobbled lanes and quaint buildings add to the sense of history, so bring your camera for a pictorial journey to the past. The Charlestown Shipwreck Museum has a photographic history of filming completed here with a chance to get aboard the Kajasmoor tall ship in the harbour with its ‘real life’ pirate! Now owned by film services company Square Sail, the owners of the tall ships, you will generally find some in the harbour but there is now a small charge to visit the harbour.
It is a marvellous site for spotting scenes from films: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was partly filmed here, along with an episode of TV’s Doctor Who, and more recently, parts of Bait. It is still a working harbour (Grade II listed, split into two) but there are two small beaches nearby to watch the waves.
There are small gift shops, restaurants and pubs nearby but it is not overblown, retaining much of its essential character. Not too far away you will find even more iconic places to visit, such as the Eden Project and Hangloose Adventure, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The lovely Mevagissey is also close by, as is the boutique Knightor Winery, yet you are only minutes from the fringes of the modern town of St Austell. Of course, you are close to the South West Coast Path here, too, for beautiful walking country.
For food and refreshments, try The Galley, a short walk from the seafront but great for coffee and cake. The Longstore at the harbour offers steaks and seafood style Cornish cuisine and the Wreckers Bistro on Charlestown Road offers a terrace with views of the harbour. Tallships Creamery has the most fabulous hard-to-beat ice cream, too.
In a Nutshell: