Around Penzance

Penzance is an ideal town from which to explore West Cornwall. The town itself is a bustling centre with a variety of shops ranging from the usual multiples to the unusual boutiques, alongside local crafts and jewellery. There are numerous art galleries and specialist antique shops nestled along the cobbled streets. It is worth taking time to stroll through the Georgian terraces and squares, along the winding ‘cuts’ to the beautiful gardens and museums.

Fresh local seafood is a feature on the menu of many local restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafés. The options for eating out range from traditional Cornish to truly international cuisine. There are also a variety of takeaways available should you want to eat at home or even on the beach.

St Michaels Mount, Marazion nr PenzancePenzance is ideally situated for all beaches in South West Cornwall. Fishing boats including seal and dolphin watching trips run daily from the harbour. The Scillonian sails from the harbour to the Isles of Scilly. There are many National Trust properties and exotic sub tropical gardens within easy reach including the beautiful St Michael’s Mount.

If you want a break from the car, there are buses running to local villages and beaches or trains to historic towns such as St Austell, Falmouth, Truro and St Ives. A particularly enjoyable and picturesque train journey is from Penzance via St Erth to St Ives. Once a small fishing village, St Ives has grown to become one of the most famous & popular seaside towns in Cornwall. Its attraction lies in its unique position overlooking St Ives Bay with far reaching views towards Godrevy Lighthouse which is believed to have inspired Virginia Woolf’s work ‘To The Lighthouse’.

The Great Outdoors

For those who enjoy walking, all parts of the South West coastal path are easily accessible, either on foot or by bus or car. The country lanes, tracks and cycle ways also offer fantastic challenges to those more interested in two-wheeled travel. The local leisure centre has a well-equipped gym and an indoor pool with flumes, offering a crèche for babies and toddlers.

Cornwall has an abundance of enchanting gardens to explore and the area is often described as the ‘garden capital of the world’. Cornwall’s magical gardens are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees, from wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns and from the small and unusual to the large and famous. Visit the exotic trees of Trengwainton Gardens, the intimate woodland of Trewidden Garden or indulge your sights and senses in the dramatic Chygurno Garden carved into the cliff edge teetering over the stunning Lamorna Cove.

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What our visitors say

Totally recommend John's Dory house. We were two couples with two toddlers (others staying in Crow’s Nest) house was enough spacious.
I stayed at Overstrand with my parents and my 8-year-old daughter in July 2013. The apartment was very comfortable, with everything you could need for your stay. The location was great.
On top of a shopping centre, but in a separate gated enclave, these are well maintained and quiet 'houses', which are fully equipped and sleep four easily.
We had a wonderful holiday staying at Mast Tops. The house was very clean and had everything you could want for - and the welcome pack was very useful too!
We stayed here on our honeymoon, while touring through UK, this cottage was very well equipped and we found it to be lovely and clean. Brilliant location in walking distance of everything we could need.
Our usual bunch decided to organize a get together in Cornwall this year as opposed to the usual choices. And we couldn't have made a better choice!
All the years we have been coming to Cornwall (40) we hadn't realised this holiday home existed! What a find, so convenient to anywhere.
What a place! The kids were thrilled to be staying in a proper home on holiday and it really feel like that!
A fantastic stay at Mast Tops. Great amenities with lots of space for a family of four with teenagers.
The house is as clean and excellent as always. Probably our 4th stay in John's Dory and wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.
Our first stay at John's Dory - a great success! We felt so welcome and very much at home. Wharfside is also very good as a starting point for all kinds of excursions around West Cornwall.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this property or returning for a future holiday.