I would bet that most people haven’t heard of Pentewan. In fact I would bet that most people who live in Cornwall don’t even know Pentewan. I am ashamed to admit I only discovered it in 2015 – up until then I just thought it was a beach on the south coast with a holiday park overlooking it!
The very attractive and obviously well-hidden pretty village was a complete revelation and I was therefore delighted when we were invited to market the stunning Sea Cliff Cottage earlier this year.
Whenever we take on a new property, there are several visits prior to launch to carry out inspections, meet the owners and housekeepers, take photographs, write descriptions, take more photographs… etc etc so I like to think I get to know our properties and their surroundings fairly well. Having spent several days in Pentewan this summer I now can’t recommend it highly enough as a holiday destination. Why I hear you ask….
As many visitors to Cornwall’s beaches will know, many of them do not offer a lot else. If you are lucky, there may be a beach shop, café or bar, perhaps a few houses. That’s just fine if you worship the sea, surf or sunbathing; however if like me you get bored after 20 minutes on the beach then you need a few more distractions.
So what makes Pentewan different?
It’s got history! The village apparently dates back to medieval times but the first harbour was built in 1744 by a local mine owner for shipping china clay as well as coal, limestone and timber. A 500 feet long pier was constructed from the dock basin out to the sea – part of which is still visible. The harbour is now completely cut off from the sea, creating an attractive pool that the village overlooks.
It’s great for watersports. The waters here are good for swimming and surfing. You can hire canoes and dinghies down at the beach whilst ocean Sports in the village also offers diving, snorkel safaris and kayaking. I discovered this by following a family who were carrying their hired kayak back to the shop with small child still perched in it! The 5 Star Holiday Park at the beach also has 2 indoor swimming pools plus a café for rainy days.
The choice of eateries. The village has several eateries, all different in style. The Ship Inn in the village has a good menu of pub favourites with outdoor tables overlooking the old harbour – gorgeous in summer. There is also Simply Judes Brasserie and The Cove and Little Bay Cafés. Down at the beach is Hubbox which serves award winning gourmet burgers – don’t miss them, they really are amazing!
Walking and cycling from the village. The Pentewan Valley Trail is a 4km woodland and riverside walk, which follows the bed of an old narrow gauge railway, to the village of London Apprentice and on to St Austell. The south west coast path also runs through the centre of the village.
If that isn’t enough to keep you entertained for a week then don’t worry, Mevagissey, Charlestown and Fowey are all within easy reach.