If anything you have believed in has continued to be worth your faith, if anything you have wanted has not fallen below the expectation, you will realise my wonder when I saw St Anthony…. St Anthony in Roseland seemed lost, and happy to be lost, dreaming beside the sea…’
~ Extract from In Search of England, by H.V.Morton
The area is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and a heritage coastline. And apart from the 200 yards where the peninsular joins the mainland, the estate is entirely surrounded by sea.
It is renowned for its sailing which is some of the best in the British Isles and the walks along miles of estate and National Trust coastal footpaths provide the most breathtaking views, as well as sightings of seals, herons, buzzards and much more.
In the spring bluebells carpet the woods, and the hedgerows are full of wild flowers.
The famous fishing village of St. Mawes with its butcher, supermarket and pubs/restaurants is just across the bay, and can be reached by foot ferry (dependent on the weather and the date): http://www.falriver.co.uk/getting-about/ferries/place-ferry. Further afield is the town of Falmouth which, if you don’t wish to drive, can be reached by ferry from St Mawes. The pretty and friendly village of Portscatho, 3 miles back up the lane, has a pub, good butcher and small supermarket, selling fresh bread and pasties.
The beaches are all easily accessible by boat and foot apart from Porthbeor, which due to the storms in early 2014 has meant the National Trust has had to close the path down to the beach. It is accessible by boat. Towan beach a little further up the road is a lovely sandy beach, ideal for children, as are both Molunnan and Cellars.
The Eden Project is only 40 minutes away by car and the famous King Harry Ferry is a 20 minute drive away.
The Sunday Times described the area as ‘a world where native oysters lie concealed by seaweed and sailing times are dictated by tides that creep silently along shallow creeks’
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