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Marvellous Mevagissey

Posted 16 July 2018 by Beverley Fuller

Coming home from the Eden Sessions (why did Gary Barlow chuck plastic confetti around? Duh...) I was roundly ticked off by a friend for saying I would 'just' be spending my next holiday in South Cornwall. 'Why 'just''? she admonished. 'Cornwall is wonderful.'

She's right, of course. The point was that I 'just' wouldn't be travelling far, which seems pretty sensible to me, but trying to justify it just felt like digging myself further into trouble, so I just kept quiet. [OK we've got the point. Ed]

Staycations are great. Working at home, or even in your home town, isn't always as idyllic as it sounds but I'm so lucky here. I adore the Roseland Peninsula because it's easy to find a peaceful spot to sit, or walk, or sketch, or whatever you like to do. It's fun here too, especially around the beaches or on the characterful local ferries, but it's easy to escape too. The Roseland's sheltered coves and inlets feel a world away from everywhere.

One little town I love to visit for a bit of hustle and bustle, though, is Mevagissey. The traditional fishing port is still working so it's a great place to buy fresh fish or take a fishing trip, or just watch the local fishing fleet come and go. You'll see boat-building here too, which is a fascinating and skilled local craft. Mevagissey's narrow, higgledy-piggledy streets are full of gift shops, craft workshops, galleries, museums, pubs and cafes so there's plenty to see and do, but look around and you'll soon realise why it was historically a smugglers' hangout.

Lovely sandy Pentewan beach is nearby; for a quieter option try one of the smaller coves such as Portmellon, or for something dramatic check out the headland at Dodman Point. Fossil-hunters can have fun round here, too. Driving in Mevagissey can be fiddly so why not leave the car at your holiday cottage and walk in, or park along the Coast Path route? Our South Cornwall self-catering cottages give you all the options with none of the hassle. Perfect!

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