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Firstly can I introduce us, I am Greg and I run the guest house and my lovely wife is Lynda who works in the food industry and keeps me! We have 3 letting rooms with a bar not licensed but we don’t mind you bringing your own, we will gladly supply you with ice and there is a fridge for your wine etc behind the bar. We have two decks, one of which has an outside fire place, which we will light at a guests request; it is very nice to sit around with a drink. The other deck gets the sun till late and also has a gas BBQ. Talking of food if guests are fed up of going out to eat we don’t mind if you ring for a takeaway, we will supply you with the cutlery and plates, then you can just curl up in front of the 55’ HDTV in the lounge and make yourselves at home.
We offer much the same as other guest houses but a few extras, we have a sauna which we charge a small fee to use, we provide iced water every evening delivered to your room, pick up from the station and drop off at Eden and the most important advice on where to eat, as mentioned before Lynda is in the food industry and knows most pubs and restaurants in the area.
Our tariff is £55-£60 a night with locally sourced ingredients for breakfast.
I have put together some helpful information which may help you enjoy your stay in Cornwall and St. Austell.
The town of St. Austell is well situated in mid Cornwall, we are located ½ hour to the lovely beaches of the north coast, 50 minutes from St. Ives and 1 ¼ hours from Lands End.
In and around the St. Austell area there are many places of interest. One of these main attractions is the Lost Gardens of Heligan (Lowarth Helygen Cornish translation) which means “Willow Tree Garden”. In the 1990’s Tim Smit was looking for a place to start a rare breed farm, but stumbled upon Heligan Estate, so overgrown in had become forgotten, because of his vision we now have one of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the country, displaying plants from around the world. The other main attraction in the area is the Eden Project, again a brain child of Tim Smith in 1995; it was built in a 160 year old china clay pit. There are two domes, one is tropical and the other is a mediterranean. They say of the larger dome that you could fit the Tower of London inside it to give you a idea of its size. Eden has many events throughout the year including many well know pop groups and soloists, although the concerts are outside the venue is quite small and you feel as if you can just reach out and touch the artists. Both venues can be easily reached by public transport, saying that if anyone is coming to “Topos” by train and I am available, I will drop guests up to Eden as we are only 15 minutes away.
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Another place of interest is Mevagissey, a small fishing village with many little shops and pubs. A nice trip, if you don’t have a car is to take the bus to Mevagissey, have a look around then take the passenger ferry to Fowey, sometimes spotting seals on the way, on arrival to Fowey there are many shops and nice places to eat, two of which Sam’s Seafood Restaurant and Food for Thought, which is located on the Quay which has outside seating under an awning, nice for lunch to sit there and watch the world go by. Fowey is steeped in history pirates and privateers. The local square is Trafalgar Square named for the news of Nelson’s victory, which reached the shores of Cornwall first.
The main event in Fowey is the Regatta Week (18th – 24th August) a week full of fun including the Red Arrows who have been coming for 30 years, also an 8 foot pasty is baked in Polruan and ferried across the river to be cut up on the Quay for all to enjoy. Wednesday is carnival night and to round out the week off a huge firework display. The main car park in Fowey is at the top of the hill, but don’t worry if you find walking difficult, there is a mini bus that takes you down and up again for a small fee (it’s worth the money) There is a lovely walk that takes in spectacular views of both Fowey and Polruan named Hall Walk, catch the ferry to Polruan for the start of the walk, anyone of the locals will tell you where the walk begins and then it’s clearly signposted to Pont Mill onto the village of Bodinnick, where there is a pub to catch your breath. From Bodinnick you catch the car ferry back across the river to Fowey walking back into the town, concluding a beautiful circular walk, having got the ferry from Mevagissey and enjoyed Fowey walk up beside the church to catch the bus back to St. Austell concluding a circular day out.
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Situated 2 miles from St. Austell town centre is the small harbour of Chalestown, a former clay dock now a pretty little harbour with old square riggers filling the harbour, available for day charter or just pay to look around them, when they are in port, it is a great photo opportunity. There is also The Shipwreck Centre, which is worth a visit, you can easily spend a couple of hours walking round, very interesting learning of all the wrecks around the coast, above the centre is Bosuns Diner for food and drink. Talking of food there are three places to eat in Charlestown, The Rashleigh Arms, good food and beer garden, Wreckers Restaurant, a bit more upmarket (good fish) and lastly The Pier House Hotel, located on the right of the Quay, lovely on a summers night, especially if you’re having their seafood pancake (to die for)
As for St. Austell itself it has several places to eat within the town, around and about, “Topos” is a 12 minute walk into town, The White Heart is very good, owned by St Austell Brewery, there’s a good Ghurkha Restaurant, Frankie and Benny’s and every town has one, a Wetherspoon’s. In the opposite directions from “Topos” is The Water Wheel Restaurant, good food and about a 15 minute walk. On the way out of St Austell heading for Fowey you come to a mini roundabout just acrooss the roundabout is the Britannia inn both Lynda and I eat here often the food is excellent, all fresh produce. You can either eat in the bar or they have a full a la carte restaurant. Only 15 mins from Topos.
Knightor Winery and Restaurant which is just up the road from Eden is worth a visit. The food is very good (Italian Chef). Sunday roast is one of the best inthe area. They also do wine tastings and guided tours around the winery. To book a tour or table 01726 851101.
We found another gem last summer The Hidden Hut, about half an hour away on the coastal footpath between Porthscatho and St Mawes. It is what it says it is a hut overlooking the beach.During the day it serves refreshments sometimes of which they do a paella or grills.
By night the hut opens on selective evenings all the cooking is outside by wood fires or charcoal grill. You must book well in advance, you also have to take your own plate knife and fork and wine.For more info go on there web site. ENJOY
On the way to Fowey you pass a turning on the right pointing to Polkerris, worth a look, a lovely beach, park in the car park half way down the hill, then walk the rest of the way, if you go to the bottom you may have difficulty turning round. Two eating places are the Rashleigh Inn right on the beach with a huge patio with spectacular views, one of the few places in the area that gets the sun until quite late, really good food. Sunday roast is a must, all fresh veg, we went last week and counted seven veg served with our dinner, amazing, and great value. Right next door is Sam’s on the Beach owned by Sam’s in Fowey, this is an old lifeboat station, they knocked the front out and made it all glass, again terrific views, very popular, you must book for a table, they have an early sitting and a late, the advantage of the early is seeing the view before dark, the down side of the late booking is they have a blackboard with yummy specials on, we have been twice for the late sitting and most of the specials have gone by (8:30pm). Saying that it is one of the most popular eating places in the area.
Whether you come by train of car a must see is St. Ives, parking in St. Ives is very difficult, they have a park and ride just of the A30 at Lelant, it’s a train, it takes about 15 minutes and the views are spectacular, voted one of the most scenic in the country, overlooking Hayle Towans (beaches) Passing over Carris Bay then dropping down to St. Ives. On arriving If you walk over to the wall on the right you will overlook Porthminster Beach, you will see a white building on the beach this is Portminster Cafe, a must if you like good food with a view, it has a veranda with an awning, voted by one of the nationals , as having one of the best views of any restaurant, if it gets chilly outside they will give you a blanket. Its one of Lynda’s and my favourite trips out, we get the train from St. Austell change at St. Ewe for the coastal train ride to Porthminster Beach then the train back home after consuming lots of alcohol.
If you drive to St. Ives and have time you can drive to the other coast and take a great photo opportunity snapping St. Michaels Mount, very good at sunset or you could drive across to Gweak Seal Sanctuary to see feeding time.
A nice drive out from St. Austell which is a good days worth you could take the road to Newquay A3058 at Quintrell Downs it says left for Newquay ignore this and go straight across a railway crossing, proceed into Newquay until a mini roundabout turn right to Porth/Padstow the coastal road B3276, go past Porth Beach up the hill on descending the other side you overlook Watergate Bay, fantastic view up the coast (big surfing beach) Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant is on the beach, below his restaurant is a much more reasonably price eating place. Going on from Watergate Bay is Mawgan Porth, great beach at low tide greats for kids lots of rock pools. There’s the Merrymoor Inn overlooking the beach ideal place for grub and a pint, moving on up the hill out of Mawgan Porth on the left up a little road is Scarlets a very expensive bijou hotel, don,t be put off lunch is very reasonable the resaurant overlooks the bay fantastic outlook, you can either eat inside or on the deck nothing better on a barmey sunny day, we dropped in there for coffee at the weekend just for the view, really good coffee £3 for two cups. About half an hour from Topos. carry on up the hill and you come to Bedruthan Steps (National Trust) rock formations in the water, great cream tea here, moving along the coast you will reach St. Merryn Village with the Farmers Arms serving good food, between Bedruthan and St. Merryn there are many turnings of which will take you to a beach. As you leave St. Merryn there is the Cornish Arms owned by Rick Stein, as you can imagine, good food but a bit above pub prices. Ten minutes later you are in Padstow to wander till your heart’s content, very popular always busy, lots of pasty shops. You can hire bikes and cycle the camel trail (old railway line to Bodmin)
For those of you that would like to visit St. Austell or the Cornwall area with your dog we have a boarding kennel that is very reasonably priced just four minutes around the corner.
If anyone would like to book or require further information regarding travel, car hire, where to eat etc., please don’t hesitate to ring or email us. Greg or Lynda 01726 69611 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Additonal Places of Interest (with gardens)
Lanhydrock House and Garden (National Trust) – Situated between Lostwithiel and Bodmin about 25 minutes from “Topos”
Trebah Gardens (National Trust) – Situated in Mawnan Smith, other side of Falmouth, 50 minutes from “Topos”
We actually got round to visiting Trebah Gardens at the weekend, it was a lovely sunny day.The gardens were started in 1831 by the fox family, and has had several owners sinse. It is a sub tropical paradise with plants and trees from all over the world including 100 year old rhododendrons.The garden leed down to a private beech where we ate our sandwiches and purchased a coffee from the beech cafe, (a bit Pricey). The garden is open all year round from 10am. We really recomend a visit one of the better gardens and is now run by a trust.
Trerice House (National Trust) – Situated in Newquay , 30 minutes from “Topos”
Caerhays Castle, Spring Gardens – Situated in Gorran, open from February 18th to June 16th, 7 days a week, 25 minutes from “Topos”
Pine Lodge Gardens – Situated in St. Austell, 15 minutes from “Topos”
Trelissick Garden (National Trust) – Situated in Feock, near Truro, 30 Minutes from “Topos”
Boconnoc spring flower festival April6th – 7th
Fowey Festival of Words and Music May 8th – 18th
St. Ives Literature Festival May 11th – 18th
Royal Cornwall Show June 6th – 8th
Looe Lugger Regatta June 14th – 16th
Rock Oyster festival June 21st – 23rd
St. Merryn Steam and Vintage Rally June 22nd – 23rd
Fowey Mussel Fest June 22nd – 23rd
Mevagissey Feast Week June 23rd – 29th
Newquay Surfs 7’s June 29th – 30th
Stithians Show July 15th
Charlestown Regatta August 3rd – 9th
Fowey Regatta August 18th – 24th
Cornwall Pride Gay and Bisexual Carnival August 24th
Newquay Mens/Womens Gig Championship September 14th –Egg Decorating & B
Don,t forget The Royal Cornwall show is coming up