There are lots of guide books and maps and general information in Well Cottage – and we’re always at hand to help. Here are some our favourite things to do:
Walk out from the doorstep – through the woods around Herodsfoot and the West Looe Valley. We have produced a guide to the circular walks from Well Cottage, or you can walk all the way down the West Looe Valley into Looe and we’ll pick you up at the other end!
Picnic on the beach – our favourite beaches, Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay near Polruan, are quiet even in the height of summer, mainly because both require a bit of a climb. But it’s worth it! This stretch of the coastline is glorious.
Explore Bodmin Moor – the moorland village of Minions is a good place to start, just a very short drive from Well Cottage. Here you’ll find The Hurlers standing stones, the rocky outcrop of the Cheesewring and decayed mine workings, all set in a rugged and wildly evocative landscape. And there’s a pub too!
Visit Looe and Polperro – our nearest coastal villages. Looe is home to Cornwall’s second largest fishing fleet and has arguably the finest ‘dayboat’ fish in the country. When Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck (3 Michelin stars) wanted perfect fish for his TV programme, he came to Looe. Enough said! Polperro is a picture-postcard Cornish fishing village, complete with its fair share of smugglers’ tales! The walk along the Coastal Path between Looe and Polperro is spectacular – challenging in parts but very worthwhile.
Take the ferry from Polruan to Fowey – leave the car ‘our side’ of the Fowey estuary and take the ferry across to the quaint shops and galleries of Fowey. There’s great walking round the Fowey estuary, a beach at Readymoney Cove and a great range of pubs and restaurants. Something for everyone, in fact!
Visit a garden or two – Cornwall is renowned for its gardens, particularly in spring. Our favourites in the local area – Cotehele House (National Trust) in a wonderful setting overlooking the River Tamar, Antony, which has 100 acres of woodland gardens filled with rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias and the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan.
And last but certainly not least –
The Eden Project. A must-see – just 30 minutes away.