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Your guide to Cornwall

Location map of Cornish Vistas falmouth holiday cottages showing other tourist attractions nearby

Cornwall offers a unique lifestyle; the great outdoors, the Cornish coast and a landscape that has energised people for centuries. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the country with a great natural and historic environment to enjoy.

The dramatic coastline stretches for hundreds of miles and is home to golden sandy beaches, beautiful towns and captivating fishing harbours, from the spectacular Minack Theatre to the UK’s most westerly point, Land’s End, to the cobbled streets of St Ives, there are plenty of places to explore. 

As well as the coast, escape to the countryside to discover the diverse landscape of Bodmin Moor, famed for the Jamaica Inn and Brown Willy, plus Cornwall’s mining country, Carn Brea and views made famous by Poldark.  

At our holiday cottages Cornwall is on your doorstep. Located moments from Falmouth, the gateway to the stunning Fal River, the area has a fascinating maritime heritage and is perfect for watersports and exceptional sailing. In the twin towns of Falmouth and Penryn you’ll find beaches, amazing scenery, specialist shops,  a whole host of individual bars and restaurants, as well as a bursting events calendar. 

Trewena Cottages are the perfect base to explore Cornwall. Just 10 minutes from the centre of Falmouth, we’re in easy reach of award winning north and south coast beaches, the famous Roseland, the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall’s World Heritage mining landmarks, and some of the most jawdropping  parts of the Southwest Coast Path. 

Our Cornwall holiday cottages are also surrounded with some of the UK’s most famous gardens such as Trebah, Glendurgan, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. For history buffs there’s tons of National Trust and English Heritage landmarks to explore, from stately homes to Tudor Castles and protected landscapes.

With all that exploring to do it here’s how to get the most out of your stay… 


  • Via Feretta Cornwall
    The area around Mabe Parish is unique in Cornwall for its granite quarrying heritage. It’s also unique in being home to the only Via Ferratta or ‘Iron Stairway’ In the south of England. Via Feretta Cornwall gives you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal  Cornwall’s granite quarrying heritage as you ascend cliff faces, cross high wire bridges, …

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  • Kernow Adventure Park
    Kernow Adventure Park is one of Cornwall’s best hidden adventure secrets!  Located in Kessel Quarry, a short distance from Trewena Cottages, the once successful granite quarry is now flooded with spring water. Flanked by steep walls of granite the 21-acre former industrial site is now home to a bunch of fun water bound activities that’ll keep the whole family happy.  …

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  • Hiking the Lizard Peninsula
    I’ve been planning to hike the Lizard coast path for some time and in April was joined by a couple of companions plus our dog Spud to tackle the 35ish miles from Porthleven to Helford passage. The path would take us around the coast of one of Cornwall’s most beautiful areas.  We split the walk over 2 days, starting at …

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  • Glendurgan Gardens
    Just outside of Falmouth and the village of Mawnan Smith sits a real gem in the National Trust’s collection of magnificent gardens. The Gardens are situated through a long valley that leads down to the Helford river, and it’s this valley terrain that we think makes this a truly magical place. You’re surrounded by the gardens tightly all around, almost to …

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  • Falmouth Classics and the Sea Shanty Festival 2022
    Falmouth will be getting all nautical from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June this year as two of the town’s most anticipated events combine for a feast of ocean themed festivities.  Out on the water, Falmouth Classics features three days of racing and parades of classic boats., It’s a must for all sailors, plus anyone for a taste of history. Since it …

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  • Falmouth Week 2022
    Over 10 days every year the eyes of Cornwall turn to Falmouth for its annual festivities. Originating as a sailing regatta as early at 1837, these days, with so much going on it’s hard to pin down a theme other than fun, fun and more fun. Sailing races now feature alongside, live music, food and drink events, extreme sports exhibitions, fireworks, and …

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  • Maenporth Beach
    Maenporth sits at the ocean edge of a lush green valley, backed by tall trees and thick woods, and flanked by cliffs on either side. It’s only a 10 minute drive from Falmouth’s centre, but feels a world away. Come here to relax and enjoy the views.  The large sandy beach is popular with families, couples and kids. It gets …

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  • Things to do in Falmouth, the ultimate guide
    Few seaside towns boast as jaw-dropping a location as Falmouth. Located on the southwestern edge of Cornwall’s granite finger, overlooking the mouth of the Fal river as it pours into the English channel, and flanked by green rolling hills and blue sea, Falmouth is the intriguing centre of Cornwall’s maritime history and some of its most undeniably beautiful land and …

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  • Argal Lake Walk
    Located in Mabe Parish, just a short drive (or 20 minute walk) away from Trewena, lies the gorgeous Argal lake. Popular with local anglers, dog walkers and runners, the lake has a circular walk of about 2 miles that straddles the shoreline and passes through woodland and meadows. Argal lake is nestled in a valley with lush green countryside sloping …

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  • Swanpool Beach
    Swanpool Beach is a lovely soft sand and shingle beach that looks out to Falmouth bay but feels way out of the hustle and bustle of Falmouth’s town beaches, despite the fact that it’s right around the corner from the town’s main waterfront.  At the beach you’ll find an outdoor cafe, crazy golf course as well as water-sports and kayak …

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  • Castle Beach, Falmouth
    Tucked under the western end of Falmouth bay in the shelter of Pendennis Point, Castle beach is easy to miss, but well worth a visit. Easy to miss because it’s situated at the foot of the steep cliffs that run alongside Cliff Road. The beach itself is quite narrow and can disappear at high tide. At low tide a thin …

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  • Gyllyngvase Beach
    Gyllyngvase beach, known locally as Gylly, is the centre of Falmouth’s beach scene. Mixing a cool California-esque beach vibe with some flora that wouldn’t be out of place in the Mediterranean, the awards winning Blue Flag beach is a great place to hunker down for a fun filled beach day. Nestled at the western edge of Falmouth’s oceanfront it’s in …

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  • Gylly, Swanpool and Maenporth walk
    Taking in three of Falmouth’s very best beaches, this walk offers some fantastic elevated views across Falmouth Bay.  Distance: 5 miles (return) Difficulty: 2/5, good paths throughout. (Note: This walk can be extended to start at Castle Beach or Pendennis Point which will add on two miles, or shortened by a couple of miles by starting at Swanpool beach).  This walk is …

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  • The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary
    A mere stone’s throw from Trewena, our neighbours at the Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary are a must see on your visit to Cornwall. Home to over 100 donkeys, each a character in their own right, the sanctuary is always a joy to visit, not least to be able to see these lovely animals now being treated with such care in idyllic …

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  • Helford Passage walk
    This walk takes in some fine estuary views, an old fishing village and some lovely secluded bays.  Distance: 3 miles (return) Difficulty: 2/5, good paths throughout although there’s a couple of steep sections around Durgan.  Our start point for this walk is the National Trust car park at Bosveal, from there head south towards the coast, past the beautiful Bosloe house …

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  • The Best Restaurants in Falmouth and Penryn
    If its food you’re after in Cornwall then its hard to argue against Falmouth being the place to beat for culinary greatness. With access to rich fishing grounds off the south coast, and to the ecosystems of the Fal and Helford rivers to provide the area’s prized shellfish, alongside some of the county’s most fertile farmland, this corner of Cornwall …

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  • The 6 best places in Cornwall to watch storms
    It’s fair to say that winter in Cornwall can be dramatic. Weather and storms transform beaches and bays that are clear and tranquil in summer into moving scenes of power and destruction. Nestled at the foot of the UK, and jutting out into the ocean with over 400 miles of coastline, in Cornwall you’re never far from seeing the power …

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  • The best things to do in winter in Cornwall
    We love Winter in Cornwall, and reckon it might just about be the best time of year to visit. Catch a good day and you’ll experience the freshest and clearest air that the UK can offer, and see Cornwall at its most dramatic and majestic. It’s a well known secret locally that winter’s when the fun is had. So if you …

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  • Why you should visit Cornwall in Winter
    Picture Cornwall and you’ll probably have an image of sun-kissed beaches, ice creams, and long evening sunsets. What you probably don’t know is that it’s when the days draw in and the anoraks come out that Cornwall is at its very best.  Here’s our top 9 reasons why we think you should be coming to visit after the clocks go …

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  • The 12 best beaches near Falmouth
    If Cornwall is good at one thing it’s beaches. With over 300 miles of beautiful coastline you’re spoiled for choice wherever you go, but we reckon that if you’re heading to Falmouth you’re in for a beach-tastic time on some of the Cornwall’s very best bays! There’s a variety of beaches to choose from close to Falmouth that there’s something …

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  • Falmouth University’s Penryn (Tremough) Campus and gardens
    Penryn campus is just minutes from Trewena. The campus is currently shared by both Falmouth University and Exeter University, and even for people who have no links to the university, we’d recommend a stroll through the campus’ beautiful Tremough Gardens. There’s plenty on site to occupy an afternoon including some great cafes and relaxing sit out areas amongst the grounds. …

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  • The best farm shops near Falmouth and Penryn
    Where to buy local produce in Falmouth and Penryn Cornwall is a fantastic place to get stuck into the finest fresh ingredients from field to fork, but being in the know about where to go to get the freshest eggs, the juiciest chops, or the tenderest steak often needs some local knowledge.  Luckily we’re here to help you out with …

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  • Walk from the doorstep of Trewena Cottages
    Walks from the doorstep of Trewena Cottages Mabe Parish is blessed with some fantastic local walks around the Parish of Mabe. In recent years a dedicated group of locals have unearthed ancient rights of way around the Parish and set about creating the map below. When walking you’ll enjoy range of landscapes from quarries and farmland to quaint hidden cottages …

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  • Around Trewena Cottages, the Parish of Mabe
    The village of Mabe Burnthouse is situated on a hill overlooking Penryn and Falmouth a situation that offers the parish enviable elevated views across the Cornish hills into Falmouth bay and across the Roseland to the south, and across the Cornish hills and moorland towards Carn Brea and the tin mining areas to the north.  A view of the Polkanuggo …

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