A fiery photo shoot in arty St Agnes

Every time I visit St Agnes, it strikes me that it has way more than its fair share of… well everything really! Great shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries, cafés and beaches. Not only that but it is also designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site due to the stunning coastline and mining heritage of the area.

Today I am in the village to photograph 2 Rocks, the latest addition to the Fabulous Stays portfolio, a sleek sleep 4 slap bang in the middle of the village. The house has just had a stylish make over and the owner has just purchased a Jamie Oliver table and chairs with a fire pit in the centre and we are both keen to try it out! It seems to have been raining non-stop for the past week (well it is winter) so we have jumped on the only dry day and luckily there isn’t quite as much of a gale blowing as yesterday. It’s always fun setting up for a photo shoot and as the selection on the table grows, we wish we could sit down, drink the wine and eat the snacks.

Whilst we wait for dusk to fall we pop around the corner to the new café in the village; The Sorting Room. Part of the old post office this little gem is open every day serving great coffee and cakes. Opposite is Churchtown Arts, a treasure trove of local arts, crafts and gifts, definitely one for one-off gifts and Christmas presents. St Agnes obviously has a strong artist’s community with several galleries, studios and workshops to get involved with. For more everyday purchases I absolutely love the fruit and veg shop which always has a selection of lovely local flowers and plants too. The nearby butchers is a real find as well with the obligatory jolly butcher behind the counter!

The centre of St Agnes is about a mile from the sea with a gentle downhill stroll to Trevaunance Cove where there is sandy and shingle beach. Here you can learn to surf, go kayaking or even coasteering if you are feeling very energetic! Personally I prefer to relax and enjoy the view from the Driftwood Spars, a fabulous pub come hotel come restaurant with a micro- brewery. It must be good as our friendly holiday PA Verity chose it for her wedding reception this year!

So loved by the locals St Agnes even has its own community website with a directory of local amenities, activities, events and shops. Mentioning no names but the coastal village I live in has a very sparsely stocked post office and a rather unwelcoming pub, that’s it! In fact the last time I went in they discouraged me from buying a drink as they wanted to shut early – unbelievable! To say I am tad jealous of the St Agnes camaraderie is an understatement.


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