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Secret Cornwall – our favourite hidden gems

Ahead of your summer retreat to Cornwall you may look to friends and family for recommendations on how to fill your days, to ensure you have the most fulfilling time whilst visiting this vibrant and breathtakingly beautiful region.

Whilst we certainly recommend ticking certain things off your bucket list such as visiting the fascinating local landmarks and the most sought after beaches, or searching for the tastiest Cornish pasty, we also encourage stepping off the beaten track so you can collect your own unique experiences and return with extra special stories. Keep reading to find out our favourite hidden gems across the county, so you can beat the crowds, ignite your sense of adventure and leave wanting to plan your next trip…

A lesser-known cove

Whilst visiting Cornwall with your partner or friends, a day at the beach is an absolute must. The wonder of nature and dramatic coastline will provide everything you need for a wonderful day cooling off in the waters or reading your favourite book on the golden sands. If you’re seeking a quiet and dog-friendly spot, head for Pentire Beach. This hidden cove is an hour walk from the hotel following the South West Coast path, or if you’d rather drive, there is a car park close by. Stay until sundown to be surrounded by nature’s big event – a breath-taking sunset.

Adventures by water

Kayaking offers the perfect opportunity to try something new, burn off some energy and explore areas of outstanding natural beauty. Koru Kayaking run a North Coast Kayak Adventure which begins at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, not far from Bedruthan. You’ll kayak through the waves, past the old harbour wall of the bygone mining era, through caves and archways, and under waterfalls. Be sure to take your go pro along as you may even be lucky enough to spot seals, dolphins or basking sharks!

Reach new heights at Eden Project

The Eden Project is certainly not a hidden gem in itself, being regarded as the eighth wonder of the world, with tourists crossing the globe to marvel at its wonder. Most will immerse themselves in the largest indoor rainforest by exploring on foot, but you can also view it from a rather different perspective. The Rainforest Lookout offers a bird’s eye view of the Rainforest biome, a vast indoor jungle which is simply awe-inspiring. Be sure to make the ascent together and reap the benefits of this perfectly placed viewpoint, a wonderful moment to be shared.

Touring the Tregothnan tea plantation

Avid gardeners and tea lovers alike will thoroughly enjoy a guided tour of the Tregothnan Gardens which is home to the UK’s first ever tea plantation. Providing you give 24 hours’ notice, you may book a guided tour of the magnificent botanical garden, which is a private and mystical wonderland. Once complete, indulge in a Tregonthnan cream tea with hand-plucked Cornish Tea from the estate.

Visit a sacred spot

St Nectan’s Kieve is an impressive 60ft waterfall set in a truly captivating spot. There is a shallow pool, which with wellington boots (provided free of charge), you can walk in to see the full beauty of the waterfall. The waters of the Kieve are said to have healing qualities and for some this spot is regarded to be sacred. For centuries, visitors have been leaving small personal objects, crystals, inscriptions, and more recently, photographs, and ribbons.

If you’re feeling inspired to book a night away together in Cornwall, take a look at our grown-up escapes here.