Five Reasons to Visit St Mawes and The Roseland

Bursting with coastal heritage and charm, there are so many reasons to visit St Mawes and The Roseland. Sitting on Cornwall’s south coast, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a haven for walkers, wildlife watchers and water sports lovers. While if winding down onboard a picturesque boat trip is more your thing, St Mawes is just the place.

Pair this blissful pocket of Cornwall with a handpicked Cornish Gem, and the most luxurious of adventures await. So read on as we round up our top five reasons to visit St Mawes and The Roseland.


1. Heritage Hot-Spots

In St Mawes, quaint winding roads lead to yet another gorgeous view, another pretty picnic area, and another historic building… One point of historical interest well worth a visit is St Mawes Castle. Built by King Henry VIII, visitors can view the ‘oubliette’ where prisoners were kept, wander the beautiful grounds and soak up the seascape from the top of the castle keep.

Heading further inland you’ll find the Tregothnan estate, which translated into Cornish means ‘The house at the head of the valley.’ Well known for its tea growing and herbal infusions, the house has been in the same family since 1334. Visitors can explore the stunning gardens that rest on the banks of the River Fal.

Another must-see cultural spot in the area is St Just Church. Described by John Betjeman as ‘the most beautiful churchyard on earth’, the combination of subtropical trees with the old church building creates a rather unique setting. The building dates back to 1261, and is set beside a quiet inlet where visitors can pause for a moment of calm at the Holy Well.



2. Village Life

The Roseland Peninsula is not short of charming towns and villages, but perhaps the loveliest of all is Portloe. This pretty village boasts miles of coast path to stomp along, rows of cute Cornish cottages and if the beach is calling, the cove offers crystal clear swimming waters.  Our stunning properties Hummingbird and Nightingale are perfectly placed to explore Portloe.

For day trips a little further afield, jump aboard the King Harry Ferry for a slow and picturesque river crossing over to Feock.  From here, many towns are accessible including the maritime hub of Falmouth, and cosmopolitan Truro.


3. Varied, Unspoilt Landscapes

Don your walking boots and you’ll be treated to lush and varied scenery. A walk around Porth Creek will take you from farmland, to creekside meadows. While in St Mawes, front gardens are peppered with exotic blooms due to the mild micro-climate. Following the coast around to Enys Gardens near Mylor, a carpet of bluebells pops up in spring.


4. Bountiful Beaches

Benefiting from all-day sun, Summers Beach is a tempting reason to visit St Mawes and The Roseland Peninsula. In the summer, swim in clear water out to the pontoon or enjoy stunning views from the shore. Porthcurnick, just north of Portscatho, is another beach that promises family fun; there’s plenty of space for beach rounders at low tide, and you may even spot dolphins or basking sharks in the distance. While you’re there, The Hidden Hut provide delicious freshly-made seasonal lunches. It’s a really special spot for a Cornish refreshment.

5. Show-Stopping Holiday Homes

From Merry Mead, our iconic coastal home with indoor pool, to the tranquil, rural settings of  The Cowshed and The Dairy, we have put a lot of thought into selecting the most beautiful, perfectly placed properties on The Roseland Peninsula, so that guests will fall in love with their holiday home, just as much as the area it sits within.



We have a beautiful collection of properties in and around the area, and you can view all of our St Mawes and The Roseland properties by clicking here.