The Surrounding Area
Places to Eat
We offer traditional farmhouse evening meals here at Smeaton Farm costing £22.50 per person including a complimentary glass of wine and complimentary coffee. Please book your evening meals 24 hours in advance.
We are also able to offer Traditional Cornish Cream Teas in our dining room or if the weather allows on the lawn! Please get in touch to book prior to your arrival.
Should you wish to dine out we recommend the following places to eat.
The Rifle Volunteer - St Ann’s Chapel
Roughly a 15 minute drive, the Rifle Volunteer has recently been refurbished and offers a very good menu and a great atmosphere created by Paul & Emma the very welcoming landlord and landlady! A favourite of Richard & Sarah’s! Booking highly recommended.
Weary Friar - Pillaton
The pub is in the village, Pillaton. The Weary serves bar-type food (lunch and evening) and also has a restaurant. They do a good selection of guest ales for beer lovers. Booking is recommended as they are very popular.
The Rod & Line – Tideford
A great traditional Cornish pub, with massive open log fire in the winter. Not fancy in the slightest, but great food cooked fresh – crab and shellfish a speciality. A very popular, real local pub, which often has live music (especially on Friday nights).
The Springer Spaniel – Treburley
(11 miles) – Multi-award-winning pub, serving “proper food, cooked proper”, using seasonal local produce and at very reasonable prices. The Good Pub Guide’s Dining Pub of the Year for Cornwall 2017 (again), and Best Gastro Pub in Cornwall 2015 award among others.
The Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy
If you have a celebration or just want a treat, try this award-winning 2 AA rosette restaurant, which is set in stunning scenery overlooking the Tamar Valley. It’s 12 miles away (about 20 minutes).
The Cardinal’s Hatt
If you don’t want to go too far, try the Cardinal’s Hatt just down the road at Hatt. It had a complete overhaul (and name change) a couple of years ago, and is now a bright, airy, modern space with a good range of choice on the menu.
The Sardine Factory - Looe
Award-winning Chef Benjamin Palmer returned to his home town of Looe to open The Sardine Factory Restaurant in July 2018. Bang opposite the fish market in Looe, ingredients don’t get much fresher or much more local than this, and the staff are very friendly and efficient. They do have non-fish offerings too. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12-3 and 6-9pm.
Places to Visit
We recommend the following places to visit during your stay with us:
Glorious unspoilt 4 mile stretch of sand. Steep cliff path.
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Long shingle beach with great rockpools. Good beach café.
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Kingsand & Cawsand
These twin fishing villages have mainly golden sandy beaches. Lots of tea rooms, quaint cottages and windy lanes to explore.
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Shingle beach with rockpools. Eastern side (Finnygook) good for experienced surfers. Steep paths down to the beach.
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Popular sandy beach with very good facilities. Busy in summer.
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Small family beach with great rockpools. Very good café located next to the beach. Parking limited.
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picturesque working fishing village with small sandy beach and tidal pool. Lots to do. No cars (long walk from the car park to the village, but there is a bus shuttle in summer). Steep steps to beach.
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South East Cornwall’s best kept secret! Stunning sheltered cove more like the Med than Cornwall. Nearest parking 20 minutes away, no facilities, very steep cliff path but great for an explore! Also glorious views of the South West Coast Path from the top!
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Fowey – Readymoney Cove
a small, sheltered gently sloping sandy beach sheltered by cliffs on the mouth of the Fowey Estuary.
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Cotehele National Trust – St Dominick – (4 miles)
One of the finest Tudor houses in the country, at the heart of this riverside estate the house at Cotehele was mainly built between 1485 and 1627 and was a home of the Edgcumbe family for centuries. Its granite and slate stone walls contain chambers adorned with tapestries, original furniture and armour. Outside, the formal gardens overlook the richly planted valley garden below, with medieval dovecote, stewpond and Victorian summer house, and 18th-century tower. At the Quay there are interesting old buildings housing an art and craft gallery and an outstation of the National Maritime Museum. The restored Tamar sailing barge Shamrock is moored alongside.
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The Eden Project – Bodelva, St Austell - (37 miles)
If you’ve never heard of the world-renowned Eden Project, it’s pretty difficult to describe adequately. An fabulous array of gardens, including an indoor rainforest and Mediterranean garden in the biomes, but also amazing buildings, sculpture, art and architecture. Just go and see! Only closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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Anthony House and Gardens National Trust - Torpoint – (13 miles)
Beautiful National Trust house bordering the Lynher, with gardens by Repton, this is where Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was filmed. Woodland garden (not National Trust)
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Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park
Originally built by the Edgcumbe family in 1550 and described by Samuel Pepys in 1683 as “the most beautiful place as ever was seen”, Mount Edgcumbe is a fascinating house set in stunning grounds, with a collection of paintings and tapestries. The house is open April to September, between 11.00am and 4.30pm from Sunday to Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday).
Mount Edgcumbe is a great place to visit at the same time as Whitsand Bay beach.
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Boconnoc Gardens - Lostwithiel
Three miles east of Lostwithiel, Boconnoc can trace its history back to the Normans. Eventually, the estate was bequeathed to the Fortescue family, who still own it.The most prominent monument is the Obelisk, which is 123 feet high and was erected in 1771 by Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Camelford, in memory of his wife’s uncle and benefactor, Sir Richard Lyttelton. There are approximately 100 head of deer in the Deer Park contained within the grounds and also a garden of 20 acres, which is open in the spring for various charities. Boconnoc House and Park have been used for numerous film locations including the BBC ‘Poldark‘ series and Daphne du Maurier’s ‘My Cousin Rachel‘. Interesting Steam Fair in July every year, and Garden open days.
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Lanhydrock National Trust – Bodmin - (25 miles)
“One of the most fascinating late 19th-century houses in England”, Lanhydrock is full of period atmosphere and the trappings of a high Victorian country house. Although the gatehouse and north wing (with magnificent 32yd-long gallery with plaster ceiling) survive from the 17th century, the rest of the house was rebuilt following a disastrous fire in 1881. The garden features a stunning collection of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias, and offers fine colours right through into autumn. All this is set in a glorious estate of 900 acres of woods and parkland running down to the River Fowey. 01208 73320.
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Lost Gardens of Heligan – Mevagissey - (40 miles)
The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan extend to some eighty acres of “superb pleasure grounds” together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens and a huge, productive vegetable garden, all fast returning to their former glory. Lying at the heart of one of the most mysterious estates in England, Heligan, the former seat of the Tremayne family, is now the site of the largest garden restoration in Europe. It has an extraordinary plant collection together with a range of exotic glasshouses, working buildings, romantic structures and designed landscapes.
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