Local area

St Mawes
The village of St Mawes is at the most southern tip of the Roseland peninsula and offers visitors a good selection of restaurants and eateries plus shops for those self-catering essentials.  

This exceptionally pretty seaside village enjoys direct ferry access to Falmouth across the mouth of the river, and places of interest further up the Fal estuary. The busy centre of the village follows the line of the harbour wall and sea defences that lead around to St Mawes castle.

The castle, built on the instruction of King Henry VIII in the middle of the 15 Century, is one of a pair constructed to protect entry into the River Fal and the important city of Truro beyond. Positioned on the end of the peninsula the views from the castle are spectacular and can be enjoyed by visitors throughout the year.

The village offers visitors two beaches, both of which are perfect for family days out, sunbathing and swimming.

Sheltered anchorage is available for visiting yachtsmen and some of the best sailing waters in the world.

St Just-in-Roseland
Positioned just north of St Mawes, the village of St Just-in-Roseland is most famous for its church that dates back to the 13 Century. Enjoying a sheltered position right on the waters edge, the gardens surrounding this beautiful church are filled with sub-tropical plants including some rare and exotic species. A 2-mile path from St Mawes follows the river’s line and leads walkers to the St Just-in-Roseland church and churchyard that overlooks St Just Pool, a hidden gem of a place, seemingly quiet and tucked away at any time of year.

Percuil is located up-river from St Mawes and accessed via the road though Gerrans. A few houses, a boatyard and beach - an idyllic spot.

Portscatho and Gerrans
The village of Portscatho is positioned on the eastern side of the peninsula and provides some of the best inshore sailing waters in the south-west. The pretty fishing village has breathtaking views of Gerrans Bay, Gull Rock and the headland beyond. The area is famous for its safe sandy beaches and sailing and windsurfing are popular with the many enthusiasts that visit every year.

On the inland side of Portscatho we find the village of Gerrans which is well known for its church spire, an important landmark for those navigating these costal waters for many centuries.

The village offers a range of restaurants, eateries and shops, covering all the requirements of the day visitor or those catering at home.

Veryan and Portloe
Small and picturesque, Portloe really is the popular image of Cornwall. Positioned at the top of the Roseland, the cliffs surrounding the small fishing village of Portloe have sheltered the fishermen and their craft for generations.

Still active today they catch crab, lobster and fish for local tables.

Set slightly inland from Portloe is the village of Veryan. Steeped in local history and rural traditions the village is famous for its thatched round houses that date back over 200 years. Local legend has it that the round houses, unique to the Veryan, were built the way they are so that the devil didn’t have corner to hide in! The village is now home to the Veryan Gallery, which offers visitors a fine selection of fine art and crafts, many of the pieces having been produced locally.

Philleigh, Ruan Lanihorne and Ruan Highlanes
Right at the top of the Roseland peninsula, and all set inland, Philleigh, Ruan Lanithorne and Ruan Highlanes are all sleepy little Cornish villages that have their roots firmly in the past. Supporting a public house and church these small communities have probably benefited most form the King Harry Ferry that has been bringing travellers from Falmouth and Truro to the Roseland since 1888. 

The skyline of the village of Tregony is dominated by the impressive clock tower that is positioned on its wide main street. Recently restored, the clock tower is one of a number of historic buildings that will be of interest to visitors to the Roseland and confirms its importance as the historic gateway to the Roseland peninsula. Offering visitors a choice of eateries and pubs this thriving village also supports a wonderful gallery with works by local artists. 

Roseland Holiday Barns is run by Maxine and Peter Little, Roseland Holiday Barns, Voskelly Barn, St Mawes, Truro Cornwall TR2 5AB.