Guide To The Roseland Peninsula
The Roseland Peninsula is a gorgeous collection of villages set between St Austell and Truro, offering waterfrontage from Gerrans Bay and the estuary opening to the River Fal. It’s a popular holiday destination for locals, visitors and celebrities due to the cluster of relatively low key villages, beautiful calm waters of the South coast and easy access to Truro, Falmouth and The Lizard. Here’s a run down of the top spots within the peninsula.
Portloe is a very charming and quaint little cove. There’s not a whole bunch here but enough to be a very beautiful base for a visit. There’s a small car park here in the village but do be cautious, as with most quaint coves, the roads within the village are very narrow! The cove is a working harbour with fishing boats perched on the slipway, you can watch the fishermen go about their business from The Lugger hotel which is right by the water. A short stroll up the hill and there’s a lovely pub called Shipwrights which has a very pretty beer garden.
One of the inland villages of The Roseland, Veryan is very sweet. When in Veryan, be sure to go in search of the Roundhouses. There’s a few tucked around the village, namely in the entry ways, situated either side of the road. The story goes, that the roundhouses were built by the local priest for his children and they were built rounded to ensure the devil couldn’t hide in the corners.
Portscatho is one of the most popular spots on The Roseland, a spot often frequented by celebrities as it’s somewhat quieter and more out of the public eye than the busier North coast. You cannot visit Portscatho without enjoying food from a Stallard owned premise. Stallard is behind the famous Hidden Hut which is an outdoor spot based above Porthcurnick beach. Often serving hot flavoursome food such as Dahl and chowder, it is a very popular spot so head in early or prepare to queue but don’t skip out because it’s worth the hype!
Just up the hill from Porthscatho is the neighbouring village of Gerrans. The village is quaint and blends seamlessly into its waterfronted sister, as you can still see the stunning views from high up. In Gerrans, you’ll find Standard Inn. This is another Stallard owned spot and its a fantastic place to grab a drink in the cosy dining space or in the sun trap of a beer garden. If you’re hungry, they also serve up amazing food and host feast nights here. If you do sit outside, don’t leave without a wander through the pub as the interior decor is just beautiful.
Vine by Knightor
Outside of Portscatho, you’ll find this hidden gem. Vine is owned by Knightor Winery who’s main operation is based in St Austell but they also have this fantastic spot on the Roseland. You’ll find all their wine offerings in here plus great food and fun pop up events to enjoy whilst basking in the beauty of the rolling fields that surround them.
St Mawes is possibly the most popular village on the Roseland, being right at the end of the land on the Eastern side of the estuary. St Mawes is the place to head to for any shopping as it offers a cluster of lovely boutique stores perfect for local supplies and gifts. It also offers an array of stunning hotels, places to eat and the historic St Mawes castle. When looking to explore, you can head to St Mawes to jump on the ferry to spend the day across in Falmouth.
St Mawes Castle
As mentioned, St Mawes is home to a historic castle. Built by Henry Vlll, the castle is still sat proudly on the headland here, defending the River Fal in partnership with Pendennis Castle across the water. You have fantastic views of the castle from the path but you can also enter for a fee, should you wish to look around. The walk from St Mawes up the castle is lovely. It’s a short stroll with a small incline and you’ll fine the Bear Cornwall coffee van in the car park to grab a drink before turning back.
If you’re looking for something special, don’t skip out on a visit to Idle Rocks whilst in St Mawes. This hotel and restaurant commands the perfect corner spot in the harbour and you cannot beat the breathtaking views from the terrace. Whether opting to stay here, pop in for a cocktail or indulge in their gorgeous menu, it’s a fantastic place to embrace the true beauty of this area.
Aptly named as it is a tropical dream in the sunshine, Summers Beach can be found as you enter St Mawes. Being just out of the village, it’s a fantastic place to take a relaxing dip or hop on the paddle board, watching the boats and the life of the village go on in the distance. There’s sloped access to the beach and a level walk from St Mawes car park.
St Just is a very pretty spot and enjoys estuary side walks. One of the most popular attractions in St Just is the beautiful church, which is right on the waterfront, being one of the best positioned church’s in Cornwall. The gardens here are wonderfully kept with tropical plants and shrubs. Opposite the church is a lovely tea room called Miss V’s where you can get light meals and her delicious cakes.
St Anthony Lighthouse
From St Mawes, you can see across the water towards St Anthony Lighthouse. There’s a National Trust car park at the lighthouse, making it a lovely spot to walk. You’ll also find a bird hide for any bird watching enthusiasts.