Introducing Roseland Peninsula
Embrace a leisurely pace of life on a luxury seaside escape in Roseland. It’s home to centuries-old fishing villages such as St Mawes and Portloe that are peppered with traditional white cottages. Discover the coastline by foot, where rocky, moss-covered cliffs sweep down to gentle, sandy bays. Hop on a boat and watch the sea open out in front of you between castle-topped headlands. Or get cosy in your boutique hotel and simply listen to the sound of the waves crashing against the sand.
A timeless treasure: pristine beaches and historic villages in southwest Cornwall.
Things to do
Roseland boasts some charming beaches that are dotted along its rugged coastline. Tranquil Pendower Beach is perfect for a spot of sandcastle building – and an invigorating swim in the sea. Kayaking could see you uncovering secret coves. But if you’d rather let someone else do the work, set off on a guided tour – or book yourself onto a private fishing trip.
When in Roseland, walk along the harbour-side in St Mawes until you reach the headland. Here stands the castle – a fortress built by Henry VIII to protect southern England from invasion. Climb up to the top of the keep and gaze out to sea – you should spot its sister fort, Pendennis Castle, standing guard across the estuary. A small, but nonetheless impressive landmark can be found a short way along the coast in St Just in Roseland – a remarkable village church set in tropical gardens beside the river.
Your exclusive hotel in Roseland is ideally placed for exploring more of southwest Cornwall. You could take the ferry from St Mawes over to Falmouth. This buzzing seaside town is home to quirky boutiques, galleries and the award-winning National Maritime Museum. Or pack a picnic and take a boat up the Fal Estuary to Trelissick. This idyllic country estate boasts wonderful views up the river and has miles of grounds, gardens and woodlands to explore.
You can take the ferry to Falmouth from Roseland and, if you time it right, you could catch the annual Oyster Festival. Sip champagne, sample local seafood and perhaps join in on a sea shanty.
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