If you’re visiting the Roseland Cornwall, then Cotna is just outside Gorran Churchtown, on the south coast, the stretch of coast from Gorran to St Mawes. The local area is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is characterised by gentle rolling countryside, dramatic cliff and coastal scenery and unspoiled beaches.
There are no major roads and Truro or St Austell, the nearest towns, are about 12 miles away. This area of Cornwall is off the beaten track, a lovely place to live and a great place for a relaxing holiday at any time of the year.
Cotna Eco Retreat itself is within walking distance of the sea and near the south west coastal path. It is ideal for walking, cycling or beach holidays standing at equal distances between the beaches of Gorran Haven, Portmellon and Caerhays – all three within walking distance by public footpaths.
Local Places to Visit on the Roseland
The Barley Sheaf Pub is a 5 min walk from Cotna and set in the small hamlet of Gorran Churchtown. An ideal place to relax with a local beer, Cornish cider or glass of wine after a leisurely walk. It is worth booking a table if you’d like to eat there, especially in the summer.
Gorran Haven : A picturesque and unspoilt little Cornish village by the sea with its own family-style beach, which varies in size depending on the tides. There is a charming quay which children enjoy jumping off, and several local beach cafes serving high quality food and ice-creams. The Coast Path Café is community run and serves very good cakes and snacks, while the Harbour’s Reach Café shows local Art. There is also a fish and chip shop and the excellent Cakebread’s store.
Hemmick Beach : Just 1.5 miles from Cotna Eco Retreat, Hemmick Beach is a lovely stretch of rocky coastline accessed by a narrow, steep and winding road or along the coast path. It is a beautiful beach, particularly at low tide – a lovely place to have a barbeque as it keeps the sun late into the evening. Best to park in Penare carpark if you are driving there.
Portmellon is a small hamlet on the south Cornish coast with a variable sized beach. Good for dinghies and gig racing! It has the Rising Sun Pub, which is beautiful to sit outside, and sells a range of beers and selection of reasonably priced pub food. Half an hour’s walk (easily accessed by the public footpath above the house) takes you on a beautiful walk down through the Community Woodland and ancient woods to the little shipyard at Portmellon.
Vault Beach : A beautiful long stretch of sandy beach, where you can get away from the crowds and even sunbathe nude down the far end if you so fancy! It can be reached by walking along the coast path from Gorran Haven or parking at Lamledra National Trust car park. You can also walk across the footpaths from Cotna.
Mevagissey is an old Cornish fishing village that has a thriving little tourist industry. It has a quaint harbour, galleries, craft shops galore, pubs and a number of restaurants. From here you can organise a fishing trip or a ferry to Fowey.
Just down the road is the award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan with its inspiring collection of plants, vegetable and fruit gardens along with the jungle and pineapple pits. The restored Victorian gardens, which were rediscovered in an abandoned state by Tim Smit & friends in the 1990’s, have now attained worldwide fame. The Jungle and Italian Garden are highlights with exotic veteran plants and layers of classical garden design. A fascinating day out! There are various special events throughout the year, and a good gift shop with excellent food from the café.
Caerhays is magnificent, especially on a clear sunny day. It has a good surfing beach, a large car park, café and Caerhays Castle. The gardens are only open during Spring when the amazing Magnolia trees, Camellias and Rhododendrons are in full bloom.
The internationally renowned Eden Project is a 30 minute drive away. The temperature-controlled geodesic biomes house tropical and Mediterranean plants as well as being an atmospheric backdrop for musical events. Lots of retail opportunities! A bit pricey but you can book online to receive a discount on entry price.
Charlestown is a classic Cornish port and low-key tourist attraction with its Tall Ships docked in the little harbour. It is a film set for many pirate and seafaring films (such as The Pirates of the Caribbean) – keep an eye out for Johnny Depp! And more recently Poldark, which is set to continue filming for several years – so you may even spot the gorgeous Aidan Turner! Square Rig Sailing ships moor there, there is the Shipwreck Museum, historic buildings, various cafes and restaurants and a gift shop. Worth a visit, especially with children.
Pentewan : A pretty Cornish village on the way to St Austell. Has a beach with a large caravan park just outside, and facilities include a children’s play area, an excellent swimming pool and two good cafes.