Local area


Attractions

I'm tempted to say that if you're staying here don't bother about going to local attractions, what with the labyrinth and our wild and wonderful surroundings (see Things To Do page).

First – and original and best! – there's the Monkey Sanctuary next door; it was started by Leonard Williams back in the 60s, and is still faithful to his original mission of rescuing monkeys from the pet trade. It's usually open daily except Friday, from Easter to end October. Just outside its entrance is the superb Treetops Cafe - well worth a visit, especially if you're vegan or vegetarian.

Beaches, Looe, Polperro

The nearest beach (apart from our own half-mile of foreshore) is at Millendreath; it's a sandy cove 1 mile from us by South West Coast Path (or 2 miles by car). Its excellent beachfront bistro opens in summer.

You might like to explore the South West Coast Path further ... a hour's walk (or a 15-min drive) takes you to Looe (see photo above), with a couple of good beaches; Looe is a working fishing port where you can buy what's probably the freshest and best seafish in the UK. You can go out on fishing trips in small open boats, and visit Looe Island, now a Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve. You could also take a train along the delightful Looe Valley branch line to Liskeard, connecting with the main line for car-free days out to the farther reaches of Cornwall. Three miles along the coastal path beyond Looe is the picture-postcard fishing village of Polperro.

Going the other way, a 20-minute steep walk (or 5-min drive) downhill gets you to the dog-friendly beach at Seaton. Then there's the long, long village of Downderry, and 8 miles further on, the golden sands of the surfing beaches at Whitsand Bay.

Further afield

The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well as the National Trust properties at Lanhydrock, Cotehele and Antony are all within easy reach. For kids, Porfell Wildlife Park and the Tamar Valley Donkey Park are great value.

Then there's the World Heritage Site of the Caradon Mining District up on mysterious Bodmin Moor, where you can also explore ancient stone monuments such as the Hurlers and Trethevy Quoit.

And if it's raining - or even if it's not! - plan a day out by visiting https://www.101-things-to-do-on-a-rainy-day-in-cornwall.co.uk/

Activities

Within about 10 miles of us are plenty of activities to keep yourselves and your kids busy ... a riding stable, surf school, dinghy sailing, wakeboarding, a zip wire ... even hang-gliding when the wind's in the right direction!

What's On

Throughout the year there are many events, and here's a selection of them this week: