Our picks of what to do, drink & eat in the South West
Food & Drink
Cornwall is full of excellent local produce and there are plenty of places that both celebrate and transform it into unforgettable food.
Our current favourites in St Ives are the lobster risotto at Alba and the Beetroot Gnocchi at The Black Rock. In Praa Sands the Asian Fusion at Kota Kai is not to be missed and The Old Coastguard is a classic for guests in Mousehole.
For our complete list of foodie spots, click on the link below.
The ultimate souvenir from Cornwall is a piece of the thriving art scene or local foodie treats to take back and enjoy at home.
You can find beautiful ceramics from the Fish Pye Pottery, crafts, jewellery, sculpture, glass works and paintings from Blue Bramble Gallery, and local delicacies from homemade chutneys to Cornish cheese from the Allotment Deli in St Ives.
If you’re keen to take some local wines and beers home, head to John’s Wines run by specialists John and his brother. They’ll take the time to get to know you and recommend something you’ll like.
The Trevelyan Farm Shop in Penzance is perfect for guests of Little Cottage who want to stock up with local produce for their stay!
Fishing, Sailing, & Surfing
No trip to the coast is complete without a little adventure on the water! If the weather’s not playing up, we highly recommend keeping a day or afternoon spare for a boat trip.
You can catch your very own mackerel with Mermaid Pleasure Trips in Penzance, take a glorious sail from Falmouth with Cornish Day Sailing, who provide nibbles and bubbles with the chance to take the helm if you want. Or you can cruise around in kayaks with St Ives Boat Rides.
On the edge of St Ives bay lies the West Cornwall Golf Club. This stunning seaside course was built in 1889 and still stands as one of the finest around.
Beachspoke guests can enjoy 10 pounds off a round on this wonderfully natural course with sea views.
For availability and booking please email Gareth@wcgolf.co.uk but call us first for your special discount code on 0208 740 3097.
Hot Air Balloons
For those who love the thrill of adventure and activity, we highly recommend you hop in an air balloon and soar the skies of the South West.
Aerosaurus Balloons offer a 3-4 hour ballooning experience where you’ll discover how the balloon works, prepare for take off and enjoy a flight with beautiful views along the way. On touchdown, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of Champagne before receiving your personalised flight certificate signed by your pilot.
Tickets start from £99 per person and Aerosaurus can accommodate groups of any size up to 15 in one basket. Flights take place either in the early morning, or in the evening, the times vary depending on the time of year and sunrise/sunset times.
Spa & Beauty
We work with the local therapist Sarah Lund who delivers her treatments in our properties allowing you to fully unwind in the comfort of the cottage. She will bring everything with her; towels, oils, ambient music and she uses a portable massage couch that is very comfortable and secure. She is qualified in a wide range of therapies, from a firm back massage to balancing reflexology, she will provide a treatment tailored to your requirements.
Sarah Lund – 07507 518 084
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For a town of its size St Ives is blessed with an inordinate amount of beaches. There are 4 main beaches within walking distance of the town, each with a different character.
Porthmeor is perhaps the best known, facing into the Atlantic and backing on to the Tate Gallery. Porthminster is the second biggest and is conveniently located next to the train and bus stations. The Harbour beach is right in the centre of town and a great, safe family option. Porthgwidden is tucked away around the corner from all the hustle and bustle with beach huts available.
Praa Sands is hard to beat if you’re staying in Little Cottage… but we also love Perrenporth. Poldhu is good for learner surfing and Sennen is beautiful, especially at sunset!
Walking, Sightseeing & Horse Riding
A 40-minute drive from St Ives brings you to the unique Minak open air theatre and café set on a cliff overlooking spectacular Porthcurno beach towards Logan Rock.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens‘s intertwined contemporary art installations within the exotic and sub-tropical planting are amazing.
Newton Equestrian Centre caters for all levels of riding experience from novice to the more advanced.
Galleries, Museums & Sights
St Ives & Mousehole
Tate St Ives [Closed for a refurbishment until 2017]
The St Ives branch of the Tate Gallery opened its doors in 1993. At the time the building was as much of a talking point as the gallery itself, being around 3 storeys tall with its iconic circular entrance vestibule. In true Tate style, the gallery features contemporary art, but there is an emphasis on the St Ives School and artists such as Alfred Wallis.
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden
Barbara Hepworth was one of St Ives’ most influential artists with works featured in prestigious locations around the world. The museum and gardens are where Hepworth worked from 1949 until 1975 when she was tragically killed in a fire. Her studios and gardens were opened to the public the following year with much left as it was. The gardens include many examples of here sculptures and are complemented by the subtropical plants that grow here.
Mike Lacy Gallery
Mike Lacey is the owner of “Waves Gallery” in Cornwall. He produces stunning images of the ocean and waves from Cornwall and around the world.
Kestle Barton is an ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford River. Following an award-winning conservation and conversion project all the beautiful old buildings have new uses, one of the barns becoming an elegant gallery that opened in 2010.