Introducing South Cornwall
Green Acres Cottages are located in Penpillick in Par, on Cornwall’s south coast. The area was once known as ‘The Cornish Riviera’ and is home to some famous landmarks such as the Eden Project and The Lost Garden of Heligan.
The south coast of Cornwall is home to several well-known landmarks including the famous Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. If you love gardens, then there are plenty to visit in south Cornwall. Why not take a look at our Attractions in Cornwall page?
The Cornish Riviera
Lush green headlands, sandy coves, quaint little villages and rolling countryside dotted with China clay mountains… welcome to ‘The Cornish Riviera’.
The area got its name as it lies on the old steam train route to Penzance. Cornwall’s distinct landscape and dazzling blue sea reminded people of the French Riviera. In reality, this part of Cornwall has a hard working heritage of China clay quarrying and fishing.
It’s worth exploring the picturesque Luxulyan Valley with its enchanting woodlands interspersed with old industrial machinery. Further on you’ll see white mountains, or China clay stacks and the deep quarries that are now the Eden Project.
Stretching down to Falmouth and incorporating the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, the area is home to several wonderful gardens including Pinetum, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Glendurgan, Trelissick and Caerhays.
A steep drop down from the road above leads to the cobblestoned streets of Fowey (pronounced ‘Foy’) with its harbour, quaint little shops and galleries. Here you’ll find some lovely gift shops and can stop for refreshments at a choice of tea rooms.
From Fowey you can take the Bodinnick Ferry to Looe and Polperro or the ferry around St Austell Bay connecting Fowey to Mevagissey.
The disused rail lines leading from the quarries to the ports now make for great walks and off-road bike rides.
Centred around St Austell, the trails wind down to Charlestown where tall ships can still be seen in the harbour. Here you’ll find a fascinating Shipwreck & Heritage Centre. You may also recognise the harbour as being ‘Truro’ if you’re a Poldark fan.
- Newquay airport is just over 20 miles. Taxis are available, although it’s best to pre-book.
- Par is on the 24 First Bus route.
- For guests travelling by car and not staying at Green Acres Cottages where spaces will be allocated, paid parking is available by most beaches and in towns.