The Roseland is a beautiful part of Cornwall and one I feel is relatively less explored. It’s a peninsula which juts out between St Austell and Truro and is across the water from Falmouth. The peninsula has some of the most beautiful and quaintest villages and after a trip down to The Rosevine for a weekend, we headed out and explored as many as we could. Here’s a little round up of some of my favourites.
Portloe is one of the most popular little villages of The Roseland and arguably one of the prettiest in Cornwall. Sir John Betjeman once described it as ‘One of the least spoiled and most impressive of Cornish fishing villages’. It’s still an active cove with a few working boats bringing in crab and lobster. The cove has a beautiful hotel called The Lugger which is right on the coastline and offers the most incredible views. There’s also some beautiful walks across the cliff from Portloe.
St Mawes is the small town of the Roseland. It’s a beautiful place, with the sweeping waterfront position and the incredible buildings and homes overlooking the water. When heading into St Mawes, you’ll find ample parking and sweet local gift shops as well as pubs and eateries to spend the day. St Mawes also houses one of the most impressive castle ruins in a beautiful coastal location. You can see the castle from the roadside but you will need to pay to enter.
One of my favourites things in Very are these gorgeous thatched round houses which are at both entry ways to the village. I read that there are five in total in the village and they were built by a former reverend who built them for his daughters. The reason they are round was to ensure the devil could not hide in the corners. Veryan has a beautiful green space in the village with a village funded pond which is very relaxing to stroll around.
Finally, is the beautiful Portscatho. We were staying close by and took a stroll along the beach and towards the town. Portscatho has a bit more going on than Veryan, you have pubs, eateries and hotels around. We had lunch at the pretty little cafe The Boathouse and we also headed back one evening for pizza at Tatams which I highly recommend!
Have you visited The Roseland?