Out beyond Downderry

Whether you are a history enthusiast, a beach lounger or interested in exploring local villages, there is something for everyone near The Cottage.

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

Plymouth 25 mins drive Imposing 16th-century manor and grounds, with art, tapestries and porcelain. Mount Edgcumbe is open to the public all year, whatever the weather. Explore the coastline, discover the trails, segway around the grounds and take some time out browsing in the shopping village or refresh in one of the café or restaurant.

Royal William Yard Plymouth


45 mins drive

Collection of imposing Royal Navy buildings from the early 1800s, now housing restaurants & shops.

A selection of some of the best places to eat in Plymouth in probably the most beautiful setting of the converted naval dockyards. A favourite hang out any time of day.

Lanhydrock House & Garden

Near Bodmin

40 mins drive

There are many beautiful National Trust  properties right across Cornwall, but Lanhydrock is possibly the biggest and the best!

The full house is a treasure trove of the past, and the gardens and grounds stretch for miles, down along to the River Fowey as it passes through Respryn.


30 mins drive

Picturesque harbour village; narrow winding streets; old stone cottages; quay; pilchard luggers; harbour; good facilities, pubs, cafes, gift shops and galleries.

Wander along the tiny streets of this beautiful little fishing village.

There’s a small sandy beach beyond the harbour wall. Follow the coast path to the tidal pool below the cliffs.

The Looe to Polperro walk is just over 5 miles and offers stunning views all the way.


50 mins drive

Fowey is a port town at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall. The town has been in existence since well before the Norman invasion.

Fowey is best known as the home of Daphne du Maurier and in May every year the town hosts its popular festival of arts and literature the du Maurier Festival.

Fowey Regatta takes place  in August.


1 hr drive

This popular fishing town on the Camel estuary was made famous by Rick Stein.

It’s well worth a visit for its windy lanes and selection of shops and galleries although it can get crowded in the summer months.

Hop on the ferry across the estuary to Rock or stroll along the vast expanse of sandy beach. It’s a beautiful town and a crab sandwich from Stein’s Deli is an absolute must!