Local interest

The richness of the area and the amount of choice Devon and Cornwall have to offer can be somewhat overwhelming when attempting to select where you want to visit and what you wish to do.  We’ve compiled information on a number of places you may wish to consider, some of which are well known – famous even! – and others are hidden gems more known to locals.  Whatever you do with your visit, you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself whilst in arguably the best area in the country.

Walking distance

Step outside the cottage and you can enjoy numerous walks through the idyllic, adjoining woods which lead to Cotehele House and gardens owned by the National Trust and open to the public.  A gentle walk from the cottage, across fields will lead you to the picturesque village of Metherell where an excellent local pub can be found serving good food.

Down the road in the car or a taxi

Cotehele – beautiful National Trust estate featuring a house, gardens and walks with events at various points in the year.

Tavistock – visit the pannier market,  pubs with local ales and award-winning eateries.  Top tip: Cantonese Kitchen is a fantastic Chinese takeaway.

Morwellham Quay – steeped in history, perfect for all the family.  Recently featured on the BBC’s Edwardian Farm series.  Top tip: take the ferry from Calstock.

Calstock – riverside village with an amazing view of the viaduct, good food at the Tamar Inn.  Top tip: take a walk alongside the river (keeping it to your left as you exit the village) and admire the properties and views.  You may even spot a 1923 Ford Model T.

The Blacksmiths Arms – a great pub serving great food that you’d normally only find by accident.  Top tip: take a taxi and stay a while.


Plymouth should definitely feature on your agenda.  The City was very heavily bombed in the war and there is a dramatic mix of beautiful modern architecture, ugly pre-fab housing and historic areas which survived the onslaught of WWII.  There is something incredibly inviting and charismatic about Plymouth that will draw you in…. then, you’ll be hooked.

You can take the train to Plymouth [PLY] from Gunnislake [GSL] but it is advisable to check times first the National Rail website trains are limited: this is Cornwall – there’s no tube or night bus service here!

Here are some of those places that we’d say you just have to visit whilst in the City and the immediate surrounding area:

The Barbican & Sutton Harbour – waterside area with the most fashionable places to eat or drink.  Top tip:  make your own gin at the distillery and then have a bite to eat at the Barbican Kitchen.

The Hoe – a great place to take a walk and admire the view out over the sea from the base of Plymouth’s iconic lighthouse.

Morgans Brasserie – a superb choice for lunch or dinner offering excellent value for money.

Drakes Circus – a modern shopping centre with all the top name stores you’d expect.

Boat Trips – there are two main operators in the area which you can look at: Tamar Cruising and Sound Cruising.

Under an hour by car

Fowey – pronounced ‘Foy’ this is one of Cornwall’s true gems to visit.  See the Fowey Estuary website for details of what’s around.  Top tip:  drive to Bodinnick and get the ferry across.

Eden Project

Over an hour by car

Watergate Bay – the Beach Hut cafe and restaurant at Watergate Bay in Newquay is quintessentially Cornish chic and well worth a visit.  Top tip: take swimming gear – when you see the water, you’ll want to get it in.


The Tate Gallery St Ives
The Eden Project
National Maritime Museum
Extreme Academy
St Mawes Castle
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Buckland Abbey
Lydford Gorge
Castle Drogo
Tamar Valley AONB
Morwellham Quay
The Garden House
Port Elliot
Tor Royal