Things to Do

One of the marvellous things about Bosavern House is its location amidst unchanging landscapes and tranquility. Yet, it is within easy reach of all the pleasures and attractions which West Cornwall has to offer, providing endless choices for all ages and energy levels.

Here are some of many things which you might like to consider whilst you are staying with us.



Just travel around the area (we can give you ideas and an itinerary if you wish) – enjoy the breathtaking scenery, explore some of the fishing coves, visit a beautiful garden, step back into time in an ancient stone circle and, along the way, find somewhere to indulge in the best food and drink which Cornwall has to offer.



Walking – in addition to the glorious South West coastal footpath there are many other lovely routes to wander along, including the Tinners Way across the moors to St Ives; and St Michaels Way which crosses the peninsula from St Michael’s Mount to St Uny Church at Lelant.


Natural history – here is birdwatching, at its best – especially during the spring and autumn migration time; the spectacular flora and fauna of the cliffs and hedgerows never fail to delight; then there is the excitement of looking for marine life including seals, dolphins and basking sharks. Marine and wildlife tours are also available locally. 


Golfers can enjoy a round at the dramatic course above Cape Cornwall; horse-lovers can ride out from the stables at Lelant, near St Ives; cyclists can follow the Cornish Way or just follow their fancy!


To read more about wildlife in Cornwall, pease visit Cornwall Wildlife Trust and RSPB.

Beaches and the Coast

Swimming, surfing and water sports – there are many lovely sandy beaches close by, with the beach at Sennen being renowned amongst surfers; alternatively sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing are popular in Mounts Bay. Fishing is another option – from beach, rocks or boat. Away from the beaches, the coastline of west Cornwall is a great attraction for climbers.


Archaeology and History

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site (this includes Bosavern House and St Just) which recognises the historic significance of our mining landscape and its international legacy. At the Geevor mining museum you can even don a hard hat and feel what life might have been like for the miners underground.

West Cornwall has been inhabited for over 6000 years and has a wealth of ancient monuments, stone circles and prehistoric field systems to delight any visitor, as well as the monuments from more recent history such as St Michael’s Mount, Pendennis Castle and many lovely historic houses.


Art and Culture

During the summer months, no visit is complete without an evening at the glorious open-air Minack Theatre. Perched upon the cliffs at Porthcurno you can enjoy a play or a musical with the sparkling blue sea providing a magical backdrop. We will be happy to provide you with a sumptuous picnic… and blankets on cooler evenings.

With its exceptional quality of light, West Cornwall has long been an inspiration for artists. Whilst the Tate at St Ives, the Newlyn and Penlee Art Galleries are best known, there is a wealth of smaller arts and crafts galleries to discover.


Bird Watching

Bosavern House is ideally situated for access to the key birdwatching sites of the Land’s End peninsula, which is renowned for migrants and, in particular, the number of unusual species which arrive at different times of the year.


Key sites of interest:

Porthgwarra: (7 miles) is the favourite haunt of birdwatchers who are seeking migrants, especially the more unusual and rare. The most popular area is to the west of Porthgwarra, towards Nanjizel although the eastward stretch of coast towards St Levan church can sometimes be equally rewarding.

Marazion Marsh: (10 miles) is a freshwater marsh which is easily accessible and provides a rich wetland habitat. Again, this is an area which attracts unusual visitors, especially during migration.

Hayle Estuary: (13 miles) is a small estuary which provides wonderfully close views of a wide range of waders and waterfowl. The RSPB reserve, with parking and viewing hide at Ryan’s field are located next to the B3301 between Lelant and Hayle.

The Lizard Peninsula: (29 miles) is the most southerly peninsula in England and is a recognised conservation area. Goonhilly Downs and the numerous coves again provide a wide and rich range of habitats which will reward the birdwatcher and general naturalist.

The Isles of Scilly: (just 15 – 20 mins flying time from St Just airport) are well worth a day-trip for those who have the time. Bosavern House is only a few minutes from the airport and therefore provides an extremely convenient location for those travelling to or from the Scillies.

Other sites of interest which are within 5 miles of Bosavern House include: Sennen Cove and Whitesand Bay; Cot Valley (which is directly below, and accessible from, Bosavern House); Cape Cornwall; Drift Reservoir, Kenidjack; Pendeen; St Just airfield and Nanquidno Valley; Carn Brea and any of the higher moorland which backs on to the St Just/St Ives road.

There is a very useful website which provides daily updates of unusual bird sightings in the area – as well as other helpful and interesting local information.


Theme Parks and Attractions

These include Lands EndFlambardsPoldark Mine, the Seal Sanctuary and Paradise Park


For further ideas, please visit one of the tourist information sites or our places to visit page.

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