Heritage Coast Hideaways – The Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall

Portholland Beach, Roseland Peninsula, South Cornwall

Portholland Beach, Roseland Peninsula, South Cornwall

Peninsula aerial view - Lower Penhallow

Peninsula aerial view – Lower Penhallow

Tucked away just to the east of St Mawes on Cornwall’s south coast, the Roseland Heritage Coast is one of England’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. Dotted with secluded sandy bays and sublime creeks, the Roseland Peninsula offers a leisurely, quieter pace and is a haven for walkers, wildlife lovers and watersports enthusiasts. The peninsula is a peaceful scenic base yet is only a short drive from top locations and attractions including Cornish capital Truro home to National Museums and the Eden Project.

Scenic boat trips include the regular Place ferry linking St Mawes harbour village to Place Creek on Roseland (dogs are welcome onboard!). Many visitors bring along their own boats or kayaks, or alternatively hire them from a choice of Roseland boat hire companies.

King Harry Ferry, Roseland

King Harry Ferry, Roseland

St Anthony Lighthouse, Roseland Peninsula

St Anthony Lighthouse, Roseland Peninsula

Beaches & Walking

Roseland beaches include hidden cove beaches and white sandy beach bays perfect for family days out and for couples looking for that romantic and peaceful beach spot to relax. Top Roseland beach choices include the sunny south facing Pendower Beach owned by the National Trust which adjoins Carne Beach at low tide. Little and Great Molunan are sheltered cove beach gems overlooked by the striking St Anthony Lighthouse and headland, whilst Porthcurnick Beach is a stunning south east facing sandy cove beach again owned by the National Trust and popular for watersports. The beaches of Roseland retain consistent excellent water quality year after year.

If you’re a lover of cliff top or waterfront walks and leisurely strolls through secluded valleys then the Roseland Peninsula is just for you. Pick up maps and guides at the Roseland Visitor Centre in St Mawes.

Pendower Beach, Roseland Peninsula

Pendower Beach, Roseland Peninsula

Henry VIII’s Castles

The exposed coastline around Roseland and St Mawes faced potential French and Spanish invasions in the Tudor period so Henry VIII constructed his famous conical defensive castles in the area. St Mawes Castle is amongst the Tudor king’s best preserved forts built between 1539 to 1545. Another is Pendennis on the other side of the Fal estuary – both together protected the deep waters of the Carrick Roads.

St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle

Shelduck Cottage - Sleeps 7.

Shelduck Cottage – Sleeps 7.

Where to Stay

Stay in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula and book one of two 4 Star Gold holiday cottages at Lower Penhallow Farm. Charming Mallard Cottage sleeping 4 and Shelduck Cottage sleeping 7 sit within 72 acres of rolling countryside and are only 1 mile from Pendower Beach.

Available to book individually or together for larger groups of up to 11 guests, these two delightful properties are ideal for families or couples, featuring free WiFi, family facilities, fully fitted kitchens, digital TV, a garden, ample parking and covered parking for small boats, trailers and bikes. Short breaks are available through the year – check availability and booking your getaway to the Roseland Peninsula online now! No need to leave furry four legged friends behind – both cottages at Lower Penhallow are pet friendly.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.