Sailing enthusiasts will be familiar with the beautiful town of Falmouth. We have handpicked our favourite self-catering cottages and holiday homes in Falmouth. No matter whether you are looking for a holiday home for a large group or snug self-catering apartment for two, let us help.
Also known for the number of artists produced here, there are plenty of independent shops and galleries. Your luxury Falmouth holiday home is the perfect place from which to step out and explore this stunning Cornish town.
When booking your Falmouth holiday cottage, you will not be short of something to do. This area crams in so much, you will only wish you had more time.
No Cornish holiday is complete without time on the beach and Falmouth has plenty to choose from. Children will love spending time building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase Beach, Swanpool Beach and Maenporth Beach are all right on your doorstep. Bigger kids and adults can enjoy time learning how to surf, stand up paddleboard and kayak with Falmouth Surf Lessons.
Or, if a stroll around beautiful gardens is more up your street, then pay a visit to Trebah Gardens who describe themselves as a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. They even have their own amphitheater where they host regular plays, comedy nights and music. Other gardens nearby are Penjerrick Gardens and Glendurgan Gardens, which always rate highly on visitor reviews.
Foodies will be in heaven at the weekly Falmouth farmer’s market, where you will find local meat, fish, bread, cheese, cakes and much more besides. Perfect for taking back to your Falmouth holiday home to cook up something special for dinner.
When eating, there are lots of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from. The Shed offers informal dining, with a relaxed atmosphere and a warm welcome and it is a favourite among the locals and visitors alike. For diners who like their food with a sprinkling of accolades and awards, then Oliver’s should be on the list to have a bite to eat at… with two rosettes, a recommendation by the Michelin Guide and a Good Food Guide recommendation, they really have established as a great restaurant to enjoy the best from land and sea.
Of course, Falmouth is known for its fine maritime heritage and you can learn all about it in the Falmouth Maritime Museum. Falmouth’s seafaring past is still reflected today in the sailing community and every August, the Falmouth Regatta sees some of the best sailing in the UK. An entire week of races gives plenty of fun for everyone involved and spectating.
If you wish to explore further afield, then Falmouth is close to the A30 which gives great access to the whole of Cornwall. Other places well worth venturing out to are the foodie village of Padstow, the artist town of St Ives and the fishing village of Mevagissey to name but a few.
After a staying in Falmouth, you will want to return to your holiday cottage time and again.
The university town of Falmouth, with some fine 18th century buildings, is a buzzing place. A large port, by Cornish standards, it is still small enough to explore on foot. You will see proper ships here in the docks or sailing by. The harbour is pretty, the docks more utilitarian, in what is said to be the third largest natural harbour in the world. Before Falmouth, all the action happened in nearby Penryn.
Due to the bustle that accompanies a university town, Falmouthhas developed facilities to match, so there is never a shortage of things to do/places to see. High on the headland, for example, is Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII along with its sister one at St Mawes. There is also the National Maritime Museum, in an upmarket dockside building containing twelve galleries set over three floors. You could probably spend a day in there discovering all things nautical (including interactive displays). The famous Falmouth Packets were used to carry mail to far flung reaches of the world, but the coming of the railway introduced tourism. Don’t forget the art gallery which offers free entry, and the Arts Centre is a great place for film and theatre.
If you’re a beach lover, despite being a port, Falmouth has two good beaches at blue flag Gyllyngvase which has clear water and fine sand, a joy for families. The beach backs onto formal gardens at St Mary’s and there is also an upmarket beach café there. A path through the gardens leads to Swanpool Beach (less well known) which is more pebbled and has a boating lake close by. Falmouth is known for its gardens, including the Fox Rosehill Gardens with exotica such as banana, eucalyptus and lemons. Trebah is utterly beautiful and only a few miles from Falmouth, so well worth a visit.
Obviously, given its situation, a boat trip is a must. From Falmouth, you can explore the River Fal with a boat trip from the Prince of Wales Pier (these go as far as Truro and some stop at Trelissick House and gardens). Perhaps catch a ferry to St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula. Or why not head out to sea on a fishing trip? The scenic Helford area is only a few miles down the coast if you are a river lover. There are seven creeks off the river, Frenchman’s Creek made famous by Daphne du Maurier. Carrick Roads is at the mouth of the Fal, one of the world’s largest natural harbours, affording shelter for many large ships.
Festivals abound here: Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week takes place in August for all things yacht. The Falmouth Oyster Festival in is October, a showcase for Cornish seafood. There is also a Beer festival and a May Fish Festival. June is time for Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival.
You can take the 111 granite steps down to the main square in Falmouth, via Jacob’s ladder for sweeping views of the harbour and estuary. The steps were created by a local barber (Jacob) wanting a short cut from his house to his business. There are many attractive old pubs in Falmouth, most are gastropubs, serving food and often with live music thrown in. Ones to try include: Water’s Edge or The Flying Fish for fine dining with a superb sea view. Or try Oliver’s on the High Street which has received rave reviews. Rick Stein’s is here for fish dishes. The Brig is excellent for cocktails, and The Stable pizza place replaces beer with cider. The Cove overlooking Maenporth Beach is said to be an elite dining experience but also offering a Prix Fixe menu which is very reasonable, while The Shack is a rather more ‘hands on ‘ experience.
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