From May to the end of September, our skipper will take you sailing around Falmouth bay. This area, which includes the estuary of the Helford and the Fal rivers, is one of the most beautiful and safe areas for sailing and boating in Britain.
2. Great Gardens
3. Walk to St Just-in-Roseland Church
The best walks are along the coastal paths. There is a delightful three-mile stroll past St Mawes castle, built by Henry VIII in 1542 and through the fields beside the sea to the 14th Century church of St. Just-in-Roseland, which John Betjeman called ‘the most beautiful churchyard on earth’. A regular ferry during the summer months will take you to the other side of the harbour where there are longer walks past the lighthouse, to Porthscatho and beyond.
Close by? Curgurrell Farm Shop
Perched just a few cobbled steps away from St Mawes harbour, this laidback boutique is the place to splurge, check out Charlie Polizzi’s wondrous jewellery and luxurious but wearable collection of ladies clothes.
5. Apollo Awakening
Two of our therapists, Sarah and Alex, have been inspired by the mystical nature of the waves to choreograph a four-handed massage named Apollo Awakening. It captures the energy and serenity of St Mawes’ bay as the two therapists work together in a wave-like flow that induces a profound awakening of your senses.
6. Go West
Explore Penwith which inspired many of the artists who lived and painted in St Ives. Zennor, Cape Cornwall, Sennen Cove and the moors in between St Ives and Penzance are all a must.
7. St Mawes Castle
Built to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary.
Close by? The Watch House
8. The Legend of King Arthur
According to The History of the Kings of Britain, Tintagel Castle is the birthplace of King Arthur. Merlin is said to have lived in the caves below. A finding during an 1998 excavation uncovered a slate with the inscription ARTOGNOV, the Latin version of the British name Arthnou. Truth or legend, this quest will take you from the peace of Hotel Tresanton St Mawes to the most dramatic coastline in North Cornwall.
9. The Book
Rising Ground, a Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden. Follow his voyage through time and place, from the Neolithic ritual landscape of Bodmin Moor to the Arthurian traditions of Tintagel, from the mysterious china-clay country to the granite tors and tombs of the far south-west.
10. Olga Polizzi
There are wonderful things to see. I love The Lizard peninsula, because it’s so mysterious and slightly spooky. St Ives is full of good art galleries: I visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden (tate.org.uk) time and again. Newlyn Art Gallery (newlynartgallery.co.uk) shows young Cornish artists, and Truro has Lemon Street Gallery (lemonstreetgallery.co.uk), which sells contemporary art. There are great places to eat, too. The Hidden Hut (hiddenhut.co.uk) on Porthcurnick Beach throws pop-up feast nights and if you don’t book tickets in the first half hour they’re on sale, you miss out. Of course there’s also Rick Stein (rickstein.com) in Falmouth. We like to take the ferry across to have dinner there. I took an Italian architect friend to St Ives recently. The plan was to walk across the beach to Porthminster Cafe (porthminstercafe.co.uk). However, the tide had just gone out and I hadn’t realised how soggy it would be. By the time we arrived, his nice Gucci loafers were ruined, but the lovely people at the cafe poured us each a cold glass of white wine and we sat outside eating mackerel. It really was as good as anything you could think of.
Eating & Drinking
In the last ten years Cornwall has established itself as the best dining scene outside of London. Aside from a constellation of Michelin starred chefs there are also surprises like The Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick beach making quite a name for itself. Our restaurant at Tresanton specialises in fresh fish prepared simply. Lunch might be a crab and dandelion salad or a wild garlic soup, followed by a whole Dover sole and homemade ice cream and sorbet.
Take with you as your guide our 2016 concierge map. All of the carefully curated restaurants, galleries and gardens are firm Tresanton favourites.