Say hello to spring in South Cornwall: Discover the county’s quieter coastline
Your guide to South Cornwall
As the evenings grow lighter and the wildflowers come into bloom, it’s beginning to look a lot like spring in Cornwall. With its undiscovered beaches and lesser known towns, the county’s south coast has plenty to explore before the buzz of summer arrives. Make the most of the springtime sun and fall in love with somewhere new ahead of this year’s seaside getaway, with some inspiration from five of our favourite south coast gems.
One of Cornwall’s lesser known treasures, Gorran Haven is a pretty fishing village that sits two miles south of Mevagissey. Its sheltered bay and calm waters make it a great spot for kayaking and paddle boarding in the quieter months. While taking to the South West Coast Path will reward you with endless sea views and an abundance of cliff-top wildflowers. A handful of gardens and country houses surround Gorran Haven, including Caerhays Castle and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Both provide peaceful settings to enjoy a wander through the wildflowers as the colours of spring emerge.
Relishing a sea-view location on the edge of Gorran Haven’s sun kissed sand, the nautical inspired Beachcombers cottage is the perfect base for exploring South Cornwall. Less than 15 minutes away from some of the county’s prettiest gardens, take advantage of availability this May and enjoy a week away by the sea.
Loved by locals for its turquoise waters and mesmerising sunsets, Polkerris is a small village with a sandy south-west facing beach that’s ideal for families. With a local pub, café and seafood restaurant, Polkerris has plenty of options for keen foodies, while its watersports scene continues to grow. For those visiting Cornwall in early May, the swim, run and stand-up paddle board triathlon is not to be missed.
Open to both individual and relay entries, the event features a bracing 750 metre sea swim, a 1.5km paddle towards Gibbin Head and a final dash along the coast path towards the beach, welcoming challengers of all abilities. If you’re more tempted by a day on dry land, Polkerris is perfectly placed to explore surroundings areas like nearby Menabilly and Fowey, while less than 40 minutes away sit Oceans Edge and Ilha View, each with availability this May half term.
Easter marks the beginning of a new season in Looe, with boat trips running from the thriving harbour town out to the peaceful Looe Island, just a mile off the coast. Climb aboard and embark on a two hour guided tour with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, admiring the island’s beaches and local ruins as you explore. Take a picnic to enjoy in the springtime sun and explore the ruins of Smugglar’s Cottage, Island House and Jetty Cottage on a quintessentially Cornish day out, before returning to Looe for a walk on the beach or a dip in the sea.
Looe is lovely for an evening wander; weave the narrow streets in search of the freshest local seafood or pop into one of the town’s many restaurants to wine and dine.
With exquisite views out towards Looe Island, Oceans Edge and Ilha View occupy enviable seafront locations in West Looe. Available to rent separately or together for sociable beach retreats, each one boasts a luxurious hot tub at the top of the elevated garden.
An unspoilt section of Cornwall’s south coast, Charlestown’s sailing ships and charming Georgian character make it a beautiful haven to while away an afternoon. Situated in the civil parish of St Austell Bay, the port’s appearance on the BBC’s Poldark has seen it grow in recent years, though for many, it remains largely undiscovered.
Charlestown enjoys plenty of bars, restaurants and gift shops, as well as breath-taking views out to sea from its striking harbour wall. The nearby Eden Project is well worth a visit during spring, where it holds a number of workshops and exhibitions to honour the season. Channel your inspiration from Eden’s picturesque surroundings into a three day botanical illustration course from 29th March, or take advantage of free entry on Mother’s Day for a springtime treat. What’s more, the beautiful Beachcombers cottage awaits less than 20 minutes along the coast.
Home to picture-perfect locations including St Mawes, Portscatho and Gerrans, the beautiful Roseland Peninsula is a sweeping stretch of Cornwall’s south coast dotted with footpaths, woodland and hidden beaches. Perfect for a springtime stroll and with regular passenger ferries to and from Falmouth, the Roseland is well linked to some of Cornwall’s most iconic locations.
For those visiting the area this spring, the Roseland Festival promises a week bursting with fantastic local events, from wine tastings and pottery workshops to live music and guided walks. From 23rd April – 4th May, the festival is set to take place in various locations across the peninsula, from chapels and quaysides to studios and pubs – the perfect way to experience the south coast this spring. Only 15 minutes away in nearby Gorran Haven, fall in love with Beachcombers and while away blissful balmy evenings by the sea.
Get inspired for your escape to the south coast and browse our beach houses with springtime availability. From a last minute Easter getaway to a relaxing May half term, we’ll provide the perfect setting for a blissful beach break in Cornwall.