Places to go

The Retreat is ideally situated for exploring Cornwall. Whether you enjoy walking, riding, cycling, playing golf or going to the beach for a swim or surf, everything here is within easy reach. You could even use the train from Luxulyan if you wish! We think you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to go.

Locally, we suggest you try:

Luxulyan Valley is a beautifully wooded valley with 19th century industrial remains and the impressive Treffry viaduct. Designated a world heritage site in 2006, it is a peaceful place to walk and the bluebells in spring are wonderful. A great place to walk the dogs or children!









The Clay Trails are a network of trails suitable for walking, cycling or horse-riding. Criss-crossing the old china clay works or meandering alongside lakes and through wooded areas, these trails are a great way to explore this unique area.

The Eden Project is a must for any visitor to Cornwall. Built in a disused clay mine it is a fascinating horticultural and environmental experience. Only a couple of miles away by car the Eden Project is even closer if you choose to walk or cycle along the Clay Trail. The two huge glass biomes containing tropical and temperate gardens are a great place to spend a wet day! There are arts, theatre and music events staged throughout the year and special activities for children in the school holidays. Check details and save money by buying your tickets online at

The Lost Gardens of Heligan: these lovely gardens are about a twenty-five minute drive away. Two hundred acres of gardens include a Victorian kitchen garden, a lush subtropical jungle valley to explore and wildlife projects.

Charlestown. Only ten minutes down the road you'll find this historic Georgian harbour with a shipwreck museum and plenty of places to eat. Usually there is a tall ship moored here and the harbour has been used as a film location for many films and TV dramas.

Fowey is a picturesque town with narrow streets situated on the mouth of the River Fowey. Its  a steep walk down to the harbour, but you can park at the top of the hill and take the town bus provided from the car park to the centre. Wander around the shops and galleries and enjoy a meal at one of the many eating places, or perhaps take a boat trip or the ferry over to Polruan. For the energetic, there are lovely cliff walks here too.

Mevagissey is a traditional working Cornish fishing village. Enjoy a walk around the harbour and narrow streets or take the ferry to Fowey, have lunch and return in the afternoon.

Beaches - There are numerous sheltered sandy coves to discover on the South Coast, and the long stretches of sandy beaches on the North Coast are ideal for surfing and bodyboarding.