Top Activities on the Roseland

Top Activities on the Roseland

Amongst our portfolio of luxury cottages, you will find a handpicked selection of boutique retreats in the Roseland. A jigsaw of fields connected with burgeoning Cornish hedgerows and traced by a beautiful heritage coastline, the Roseland Peninsula is a mecca for nature-lovers, adventure-seekers and beauty-addicts. Immerse yourself in picture-perfect scenes and try your hand at the variety of activities on offer to make the most of this sea-lapped cape.


Boasting views over the Carrick Roads and the South Cornwall coast on one side and the rolling sea on the other, walks around the Roseland Peninsula offer an everchanging roll of canvas-worthy scenes. Should you fancy a real leg stretch over several miles or a gentle amble over several less, you can pick up one of a number of routes that crisscross and loop around the peninsula. Read about two particular favourites here.

Sea Swims

The Roseland’s coastline is home to a hearty smattering of picturesque coves and beaches perfect for sea swims. Strip down the layers and let the cathartic wash of crystalline waters float your worries away as you immerse yourself in salty goodness. From star-fishing on the surface to swimming the length of the shore to snorkelling around rocky outcrops, sea swims in the Roseland will leave you feeling young and wild and free.


The most idyllic sanctuaries for reflection, the gardens of the Roseland Peninsula benefit from mild climes and balmy sea air. Awash with the intoxicating floral perfumes of countless species and spattered with the most vibrant colours only nature can provide, gardens should be on everyone’s list of Roseland to-do’s. To get started, pay a visit to the Italian-inspired Lamorran Gardens in St Mawes, before wending your way a little further north to the secret realms of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.


Naturally, one of the top activities on the Roseland is sightseeing, and there is no shortage of landmarks to capture your attention. Make a day of it or draw out your exploring over a few days, soaking up the atmosphere and learning all about the area’s fascinating history. Two places that are must-visits are the famous St Anthony Lighthouse which stands like a crown on the edge of the peninsula and St Mawes Castle, built in the 1500s under Henry VIII.


Whether you have your own boat or would like to enjoy a chartered sail, the waters around the Roseland Peninsula have called to sailors for centuries. One of the most striking areas in the county, sailing provides you will an unmissable opportunity to observe the rise and fall of the tree-topped countryside, the raw faces of towering cliffs and the soft foreshores of the peninsula’s beaches. If you are lucky, you may also see seals, dolphins and even whales too.


Thanks to an absence of city haze, stargazing is a real highlight during any holiday on the Roseland. With low levels of light pollution, nothing will beat wrapping up in blankets and sitting back to watch millions of stars stud the night sky in a celestial blaze. Spy the planets Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn and constellations like Orion and the Plough with the naked eye and lose yourself to the wonder of all that lies above.

Wining and Dining

Of course, after all that action there is one final activity that everyone should indulge in during the stay on the Roseland: wining and dining. Benefiting from a rich natural bounty of local produce, from field to sea, and an assemblage of hugely talented chefs, the results are irresistible for foodies. Hop from restaurant to restaurant and pore over a mouth-watering selection of expertly-spun dishes. The Idle Rocks in St Mawes, the Hidden Hut in Portscatho and the Rosevine above Porthcurnick Beach are but three of the amazing places to try out.

For wine, there’s no fine place than Knightor Vineyard near Portscatho. Providing drops of vinspiration, they offer some of the best wine tasting experiences in Cornwall with seasonal guided vineyard tours. Explore the rows of flourishing vines and learn all about the processes involved in making Knightor’s delicious array of wines and vermouths. Open in summer, you can also visit their pop-up restaurant, The Vine, to soak up the setting and savour fine flavours from a menu of delectable local fare.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our luxury collection of cottages on The Roseland Peninsula.

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