THINGS TO DO
Many of Cornwall’s most famous attractions can easily be reached from Hill House including; Talland Bay the picturesque fishing ports of Looe and Polperro, the internationally renowned Eden Project, Tate Gallery St Ives, several National Trust properties, including Port Eliot, Lanhydrock, Cotehele and Antony House as well as the beautifully rugged Bodmin Moor, a variety of beaches, bays and hidden coves along the stunning Cornish coastline, the South West Coast Path is just a short drive away.
Things to do near Pelynt & Looe
There is a wealth of local attractions easily accessible from Hill House – Trengrove & Trevenna, including; Talland Bay, the picturesque fishing ports of Looe (see below) and Polperro, the internationally renowned Eden Project, Tate Gallery St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Woolly Monkey Sanctuary. Also several stately homes and beautiful gardens including Lanhydrock, Cothele, Mount Edgcumbe, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Port Eliot and Anthony House can all be easily reached from here, as well as beautifully rugged Bodmin Moor with the Hurlers stone circle and the Cheesewring. It’s also just a short drive to our stunning Cornish coastline with the coastpath leading through all it’s picturesque beaches, bays and coves. Other local attractions include sailing, fishing (including shark fishing), diving, surfing, horse riding, walking and much more. Click on the map above to open a Google map with scores of tips for eating out, pubs, shopping, walking, places of interest, beaches, rail connections, airports, ferries etc…
Looe, our nearest town, is a very quaint and pretty coastal town and fishing port. Several fish dealers operate from the docks of East Looe. With its fleet of small fishing boats returning their catches to port daily, Looe has a reputation for producing excellent fresh fish. The town is also a centre for shark fishing, and is the home of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain. The town centres around a small harbour along the steep sided valley of the River Looe which flows between East and West Looe to the sea beside a sandy beach. Off shore, to the west, opposite the stonier Hannafore Beach, lies the idyllic St George’s Island, otherwise known as Looe Island. Looe’s main business today is tourism with a large number of pubs, restaurants and shops. East Looe centres around its broad sandy beach with the distinctive Banjo Pier. Stretching back from here is a grid of narrow streets forming the ancient centre of the town, packed with many small shops, restaurants and pubs and the Old Guildhall, now a museum.
Along the estuary lies the quay, with several fish dealers. Towards the bridge lies the victorian Guildhall, and just north of the bridge the railway station. This is the terminus of the Looe Valley branch line to Liskeard, a very popular and picturesque journey, itself an attraction. Also at Liskeard the line connects with the London Paddington to Penzance Great Western main line.
West Looe spreads west from the bridge on the Polperro road and along the waterfront south of the bridge are restaurants, pubs and pretty cottages leading towards a cluster of shops, businesses and the Church of St Nicholas. Further along the coast road is Hannafore Point, marking the edge of Looe Harbour, with to the west the wide, stony Hannafore Beach, facing across a narrow channel to Looe Island, officially called St George’s Island. Beyond lies a coastal path leading to the hamlets of Porthallow and Talland, and from there on to Polperro.
On New Year’s Eve Looe has a surprisingly large celebration; it is on the list of Top Ten UK New Year’s Destinations. The small fishing town, usually quiet in winter, due to the large seasonal economy, is host to an influx of visitors. People flock the streets in their hundreds, wearing fancy dress, a tradition upheld by all ages. The crowds begin the evening in the town and slowly move towards the seafront for a fireworks display and the announcement of the New Year.
There is a wealth of local attractions easily accessible from Trefanny Hill House including; Talland Bay, Polperro (another picturesque fishing port), The Monkey Sanctuary, the internationally renowned Eden Project, Tate Gallery St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
Several stately homes including; Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Mount Edgcumbe, Port Eliot and Antony House can be easily reached from here, as well as beautifully rugged Bodmin Moor, with the Hurlers Stone Circles and Cheesewring and a variety of beautiful sandy beaches, bays and hidden coves skirting our stunning Cornish coastline.
Other local attractions include sailing, fishing and diving, biking or walking along the Camel Valley Trail and spectacular coastal walks, especially via Talland to Polperro, Lantic Bay, Lantivet Bay, Polruan and Fowey. Check out the following links for detailed information.
- Talland Bay
- Rame Peninsula
- Padstow Museum
- Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing
- Plymouth Barbican
- Eden Project
- National Trust
- Port Eliot House
- Antony House
- Bodmin Moor
- Cornish Beaches
- Cornish Coastline
- Cornish Castles
- Tintagel Castle
- Newquay Zoo
- The Monkey Sanctuary
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan
- Trebah Garden
- Porthcurno Telegraph Museum