Close Attractions - Con Amore
This iconic island rises gracefully to the church and castle at its summit. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short evocative boat trip. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here. Following the English Civil War, the island was acquired by the St Aubyn family, who still live in the castle. In the intervening years many additions and alterations were made to convert it for use as a mansion house. Fascinating rooms from different eras include the mid-18th-century Gothick-style Blue Drawing Room.
David had been a Golfer for many years and is a Past Captain of Old Fold Manor Golf Club in Barnet Herts. He came to Praa Sands with a good knowledge of the game and a love for it. Praa Sands golf club welcomes all visitors and non members to this lovely seaside course overlooking Mounts Bay. We are a nine hole course privately owned by Kate and David Phillips. From every green on the course you can see the sea, and it provides a deceptively challenging Par 62 for men, Par 64 for ladies. We are open all year and no handicap certificate is required. Suitable golfing attire is expected. Meals and bar snacks are available all day as is club hire if needed.
The Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club (surrounded by the town and the sea) is one of the finest links courses in the West Country. 18 holes. 6057 yds. Par 71. SSS 70. The natural all weather fairways and greens are rarely unplayable. The greens have beautiful quick surfaces with both severe and subtle borrows. The clubhouse has just been extensively refurbished and now offers a comfortable and friendly bar and restaurant with an excellent choice of drinks and food. The natural all weather fairways and greens are rarely unplayable. Challenges are provided by tight lies and uneven stances on the close cropped undulating fairways.
Land's End, situated approximately nine miles west of Penzance, is the most westerly point of the English mainland and the closest to the North American continent. Looking out to sea from here allows the mind to appreciate the scale of the Atlantic Ocean, seeming to stretch beyond the horizon for ever. The granite cliffs, which make up the coastline of West Cornwall, are seen at their best here where the combination of the power of the sea and the strength of the cliffs reduce man to a mere spectator of nature. On a clear day, the Isles of Scilly can be seen lying just on that horizon - a group of small, yet very beautiful, islands of which five are inhabited while the remainder of nearly 100 are given over to sea birds! Closer to shore is the Longships Lighthouse, just over a mile out to sea, while in the distance, about six miles to the south-west, can be seen the Wolf Rock lighthouse.
The historic capital of West Cornwall, Penzance is the cultural and business centre of the region. Set amongst the stunning scenery of Mounts Bay and only ten miles from Land's End, there's a palpable aura of ancient beauty surrounding the town. Penzance is an ancient Market town which is full of character and quirky streets with plenty to see and do; there is a wide variety of pubs and restaurants, tea rooms, and cafes to eat at. Located on the Lands' End to John o' Groats route Penzance is the ideal first (or last) night stop for walkers. The Scillonian sails 6 days a week (March to October) to the Isles of Scilly, or see the spectacular Cornish coastline from sea on one of the many boat trips available at the harbour. Good bus, train and taxi services mean that all the best places in Cornwall are easy to visit without needing your own car. The region is famous for its galleries and museums, which are well worth a visit, or take a stroll through the sub-tropical gardens or for the more daring, take a swim in the Jubilee outdoor pool.
Visit by day to view the most famous cliff theatre in Britain, possibly in the world. Carved into the granite cliff overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno bay during the 1930s by Rowena Cade, the theatre now hosts a summer season of plays, opera and musicals from May to September. The Rowena Cade Exhibition tells the remarkable story of how a girl who enjoyed the gentility of Victorian Cheltenham grew up to build this internationally famous theatre with her own hands. Visit during the day, explore the theatre and relax in our Coffee Shop overlooking the theatre and soak up the magic of the Minack.
Chysauster Ancient Village Cornwall This Celtic settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago. The 'village' consisted of eight stone-walled homesteads known as 'courtyard houses', which are only found on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. Each house had an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of thatched rooms. The houses form one of the oldest village streets in the country.