Useful Links

While in the area

Coastal Walking

Seaside painting breaks

Tate St. Ives

A Scupture Garden and Cafe

Gardens and houses and mounts

Cornish Tin Mining Museum

Theatre under the Stars

Stones and bones

Beaches in West Cornwall






Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline is right on our doorstep. Wander out of the back door and be on top of the cliffs in little more than five minutes. Stirring stuff, we promise.

Before you come, plan foraging walks with Caroline Arkley ( or more serious walking of the Coastal Footpath. Or, as most of us do, decide after breakfast what you feel like doing.

Ancient Times

Although not even our older regulars can confirm any sightings, reputable historians suggest that Jesus spent some time in the West Penwith community a couple of millennia ago.

That may or may not be the case, but the area can certainly lay claim to some remarkable anthropological finds, including Chysauster, one of the earliest known pre-Roman settlements in the country.

Places to stay en route

A great pub with rooms in Somerset

A perfect pub on Exmoor

Some great food near Exeter

....but many still swear by the Golden Arches on Hamburger Hill on the B3275 exit near Indian Queens. We couldn't possibly comment.


The Newlyn and St. Ives schools, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallace, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton. The names from yesteryear roll off the tongue but the inheritance remains in good hands.

From the more famous Tate St. Ives and Hepworth galleries, to independents such as Penlee in Penzance, Essex Tyler in Mousehole and Yew Tree Gallery in Morvah, there is enough to keep the art lover busy for days on end.

Maritime Matters

Just north of Land’s End, Sennen Cove is the best known beach in the area. Long, sandy and popular with surfers, it has a great café.

We have our own favourite cove that is nearer, more protected and less well known. A longish walk down the cliffs, but worth it. Ask us about it when you stay.

If you’d like to go mackerel fishing, we can try to organise it for you, although it will depend on the weather and the steadfastness of your collective tummies.

“A place far, far away the proffers the most perfect blend of undisturbed relaxation, culinary pleasure and sheer sumptuousness.”
Iska Lupton, Corner Magazine, June 2014

Tel: 01736 796 928
The Gurnards Head, Nr Zennor
St. Ives, TR26 3DE