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Favourite Cornish villages

Posted 18 February 2019 by Beverley Fuller

Much of the Roseland Peninsula's charm lies in how its traditional fishing villages have reinvented themselves to become popular seaside holiday destinations without losing their character.

Portloe is a classic Cornish seaside village. The poet Sir John Betjeman, who loved Cornwall, called it “one of the least spoiled and most impressive of Cornish fishing villages” and we agree. It's also a popular film location: Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn was shot here in the 1990s, while in Forever England it stood in for the Mediterranean (that's our Cornwall climate for you!) and later Disney shot their version of Treasure Island here. Sheltered by cliffs and deep valleys, with its own little beach, Portloe has retained its character with many original cottages that are beautifully restored.

St Mawes is a chic holiday destination – what a change from the sleepy fishing village it used to be! With charming (and steep) streets rising from its pretty harbour, excellent facilities for sailing, stunning views over the Fal River and good walking it's one of South Cornwall's most popular holiday spots. St Mawes has pretty much everything you need for a great holiday, from shops, cafes and restaurants to beaches, activities, watersports and tennis, all within walking distance or a short ferry ride – and our charming St Mawes cottages are the ideal base for your Cornwall holiday.

St Just in Roseland can boast, in the words of Betjeman again, “to many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth”. It's near the King Harry Ferry – do stop and have a look. The medieval church sits above a pretty tidal creek and has a gorgeous subtropical garden; it's a beautiful base for walking and there's a great place for tea as well. Our self-catering cottages near St Just in Roseland make for a truly tranquil holiday.

Portscatho sits on the corner of Gerrans Bay. With a wonderfully sheltered, safe beach for swimming (and building sandcastles) it's also still an active fishing port – great news for self-catering as you can buy the freshest fish! With its pretty scenery and beautiful Cornish light Portscatho is also popular with artists, and you'll find lovely galleries to browse. Our Portscatho holiday cottages make the perfect base for exploring South Cornwall.

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