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Things to do

The perfect base to explore, we’ve curated a list of our favourite spots to give you a true taste of Cornish history, landscape, and adventure.

Gardens in Cornwall

With the warming influence of the Gulf stream, Cornwall boasts a mild, oceanic climate that allows for gentle winters and warm summers.

Cornish gardens are famous for their variety of sub-tropical blooms, wild woodland trails, and meticulously landscaped foliage. Visit Trebah Gardens to experience one of the top 80 gardens in the world, homing a private beach and an abundance of tropical plant species. For a taste of history, visit the National Trust’s Trelissick house and gardens, located on its own peninsula with stunning views over the Fal estuary. Stepping back in time to Europe’s largest garden restoration, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a magical atmosphere of woodland walks, garden history, and of course, mystery. Finally, a talk of gardens would not be complete without mention of The Eden Project. An educational charity exploring the connection between the Earth and all its living beings, Eden is a playground for all inquisitive minds out there. 

The best Cornish beaches

Rolling surf, rugged cliffs and misty sea spray meets quiet coves and turquoise waters across Cornwall.

Whether you’re looking for the best beach for surfing, or a small little cove that holds a world of smuggling history; Cornwall has it all. Catch some waves with the locals at Crantock or Fistral Beach, in and around Newquay. Or head towards St. Agnes for an intimate feel at Trevaunance Cove which is sheltered by cliffs and overlooked by the centuries of mining history on either side. For a romantic and calm oasis not far from the hustle of Newquay, Holywell Bay and Porth Joke are popular beaches on the North Coast with rock pools to explore and caves to uncover. If a deep dive into the depths of the South West is on your cards, head down to the Lizard Peninsula for a wild, rugged sense of Cornwall. Explore the South West Coast Path and stumble across hidden coves and unspoilt coastline, reserved for the adventurers amongst us to enjoy.

Walking and biking trails

One of the best ways to explore Cornwall and its wild coastline is by foot or bike. Reach the points that roads don't to get a true view of the Cornish landscape.

A favourite stretch of coastline of ours, Holywell Bay to Crantock is a romantic yet unruly walk that captures views, wildlife, and gorgeous beaches. The 18 mile Camel Trail is another stretch of countryside that runs along a redundant railway line between Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin, giving you the opportunity to explore local shops, restaurants and pubs in the area. Finally, a walk well-known to be one of the most beautiful patch of the South West Coast Path, St Ives to Zennor features panoramic coastal views and marine wildlife, as well as giving you the chance to meander around the quaint town of St Ives with its famous art galleries and picturesque harbour.

Your base for the ultimate Cornish getaway

Whether you’re hunting for a couple’s escape or a cosy family base for your Cornish adventures, The Plume of Feathers is the home away from home for all your needs.  

Equidistant from the surf beaches of the north coast and the sandy coves of the south, its central location makes this historic venue easily accessible from all corners of Cornwall. Explore the countryside on our doorstep, immerse yourself in local culture or experience the saltwater lifestyle – whatever your taste, there’s something for everyone.