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Treetops provides an idyllic and excellent central location in the very heart of Cornwall, with good access to both its North and South coastlines with fantastic beaches and walking country, world famous gardens and historic monuments. Surfing beaches, coves, inlets and delightful fishing villages, pubs and restaurants are in easy striking distance by car.
Treetops is part of the historic 19th century mansion built for the Archdeacon of Cornwall. Take it easy on one of the two secluded private balconies with unforgettable rural/garden views,eat by the water lily pool with resident dragonflies, watch the miniature sheep, or explore the beautiful local countryside and the Falmouth Arms which is the village pub.
The apartment is high up - hence Treetops - which gives you the best views in the village.
THE LOST GARDENS OF HIGH NOON
Gardens all around are now being maintained by miniature sheep! Pygmy goats originally reclaimed the garden from brambles. One hundred climbing roses have been planted to grow over newly erected pergolas, rope swags and fencing; they have to be climbing or the sheep eat them!
Ladock is a little village in an area of outstanding rural beauty, which can be well appreciated from the property's balconies and windows. There is a post office and village store, a pretty church, a very active village hall with regular entertainments and other events and a good pub. There are beautiful walks in Ladock Woods.
Ladock is close to half the choicest attractions in Cornwall as chosen by the Telegraph :
Newquay Zoo – One of Britain’s best zoos, Newquay has 130 species, including lions, meercats, penguins and ring-tailed lemurs that visitors can feed by hand. Open all year.
The Eden Project – The world’s largest rainforest in captivity; there’s even a waterfall inside one of the giant Biomes, and these domes are architectural wonders in themselves. There are rock concerts in summer and ice-skating in winter. Open all year.
Also near St Austell the Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey – Tim Smit’s first project in Cornwall (before Eden) remains a magical place. It covers 200 acres, so it’s possible to find peace here even in high summer. Beyond the flamboyant Himalayan spring garden are superb restored Edwardian fruit, flower and vegetable gardens. Deeper into the valley there are shady bowers and pools where damselflies dance. Open all year.
Beyond Truro find Trebah Garden – A valley garden full of sub-tropical plants and trees that tumbles down to the Helford River, where there’s a small beach for picnics and swimming with an excellent pub with views. A good garden for a family visit as it includes an inventive adventure playground and special children’s trails. Open all year. Just next door find Glendurgan Valley Garden with a maze and beach access.
Lanhydrock – A grand house on a grand estate, it vividly evokes High Victorian grandeur and opulence. The Robartes family changed very little in the 20th century so it feels as if they have just stepped out for a while. Gardens open all year; house open Mar-Nov excluding most Mondays.
Port Isaac – Doc Martin-land and very attractive it is too.
Tintagel – The seat of the legendary King Arthur, still a place of haunting beauty: a medieval hamlet protected by a castle-crowned headland. The 12th-century picturesque ruins are dramatically sited and the coastal views magnificent.
Trewithen sits virtually in the next village to Ladock – A simple, elegant Georgian mansion built in the 1720s for comfort rather than show and little altered over the centuries. The exotic sub-tropical garden, created in the 1920s, is one of the loveliest and best-maintained in Cornwall. Open March 1 - June 30: gardens open daily; house tours Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
The A30 is five minutes away from Treetops, and provides the arterial route to the furthest extent of the peninsula:
St Ives – The extraordinary intensity and clarity of light at St Ives lends the place a film set quality. Its legacy as a 20th-century art colony of world importance thrives at the Tate Gallery , Barbara Hepworth’s home and sculpture garden, and Bernard Leach’s pottery. For some of the best work by today’s painters and potters visit the Millennium, Belgrave and Wills Lane galleries.
St Michael’s Mount – Truly spectacular and romantic. Reached on foot at low tide across a causeway, this former medieval monastery, now home to the St Aubyn family, has been sensitively restored and de-cluttered to show life on the Mount in the 17th century. The chapel has sublime stained glass. The seaward gardens are a peaceful refuge on a busy summer’s day. Open February half-term; guided tours 11am-2pm on Tues and Fri until March 30. Open daily, except Saturdays, March 30-November 2.
Land’s End - various attractions and fantastic cliff scenery. To avoid the commercialised area, park at Sennen beach and walk for 30 minutes along the cliffs.
Geevor Tin Mine – One of Cornwall’s last working tin mines, which closed down in 1990. The knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides, some of them former miners, bring the buildings to life with anecdotes of the lives of the miners as they take visitors underground. Excellent homemade pasties in the cafe. Open all year; closed Saturdays.
Other worthwhile and perhaps quieter sites in Cornwall include:
Porthleven – This deep double harbour is a lovely place for an evening stroll and there’s plenty of space on the pebble beach. There are craft shops and galleries galore, three pubs (try the Atlantic Inn for a sunset drink) and a clutch of good restaurants, including Kota, The Square, Amelie's, Sea Drift and family-friendly Kota Kai. Don’t miss the handmade hats and fleeces at Salt Cellar Workshops (open 2-6pm except Wed).
Cotehele, near Saltash – Hidden away on the banks of the River Tamar, this Tudor house remains in a time-warp. Worth visiting alone for its truss-roofed Great Hall and collection of embroidered fabrics and Flemish tapestries in superb condition. Open daily March 12-October 30.
Paradise Park, Hayle – A family-run park that started as a conservation and breeding centre for parrots and macaws its huge collection of birds is exceptionally colourful. Now there are otters, red pandas and penguins. Don’t miss the impressive flying displays with eagles and owls. Open all year.
Rocky Valley, Bossiney – A half-mile east of Tintagel, this is a gorge in miniature: a slip of a stream tumbling over tinkling waterfalls between tussocky rocks and ledges full of wild flowers. Look out for the intriguing rock carvings in the Bronze Age labyrinth.
Lizard Point – The National Trust, having failed to secure Land’s End, redeemed itself by grabbing The Lizard, Britain’s most southerly point. There are two good, old-fashioned cafés, a serpentine marble workshop and flying displays by rare choughs. Fine coastal walks.
Polperro – A real picture-postcard treasure between Fowey and Looe. Locals have sorted the traffic issue by making all visitors use a park-and-ride. Like Port Isaac, it has a fishermen’s choir, which sings most Wednesday evenings in summer.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum ( – In the 19th century Cable & Wireless pioneered international telecommunications using undersea cables that connected Porthcurno, a highly picturesque sandy cove near Land’s End, to India, the Far East, South America and Africa. It’s an extraordinary story and very well told here.
Penlee House Gallery, Penzance ( – This is the place to find works by 19th-century artists (Walter Langley, Stanhope Forbes and Norman Garstin), who came to paint en plein air in Newlyn and Lamorna. There is a good café in the historic park garden. Open all year.
When all is said and done though the greatest jewel of Cornwall is the coastline. Because the whole peninsula of Cornwall has been slowly tilting on its axis downwards into the sea on the south side and upwards on the north side the scenery of the two coastlines is quite distinctive.
The south is full of sunken river valleys called rias (rheas are the birds) these preserve the branching pattern of the streams that previously carved out the land valleys before they were flooded by the sea; Frenchman's Creek is an example. Here the land slopes down gently to the tidal shoreline. There is wonderful birdlife, and the sheltered maritime climate is favourable for the making of all the famous gardens to be found here.
On the north coast (Newquay is only 20 minutes from Treetops) magnificent cliffs have been thrust up above the sea. The full force of the Atlantic breakers, encouraged by the prevailing westerly winds, is delivered unthwarted to the world famous surfing beaches, made of the sand that has been deposited between the rocky headlands.
Both coastlines offer wonderful walks. If you have two vehicles park one at the end of the planned walk and drive in the other to the beginning. If you have one vehicle there are plenty of circular walks (Gerans is my favourite) and information is available in Treetops. Many of these incorporate a pub or two along the way.
The apartment is well equipped for self-catering and the 24 karat gold plated cutlery is easy to keep clean. There is an oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle two refrigerators, a large freezer and plenty of utensils and china. The incredible extending dining table can accommodate any number of guests with its six optional leaves.
I recommend the seafood at the restaurant opposite the pub (also recommended) at Polkerris close to Menabilly the home of Daphne du Maurier.