GO – TRELOWARREN – It is so nice when one’s natural inclinations coincide with one’s principles.
Every year we stay at Trelowarren, a Cornish estate run on environmentally-friendly principles, which happens to be also beautiful, luxurious, wild and tranquil.
The Vyvyan family have lived at Trelowarren, on the Lizard peninsula for 600 years and although the estate once covered half of Cornwall (a slight exaggeration), it’s now 1,000 acres of woodland and agricultural land with self-catering and time share cottages (short breaks also available). It is my absolute favourite place to go in the whole world as it has everything I like: comfy eco houses, a bio-gas heated swimming pool,
a gym, a spa stocked with organic Speiza products, a wood-roasted pizza bar, a restaurant selling organic, local food, an art gallery, wild paths from the doorstep through bluebell and wild garlic-filled woods, wildlife, rivers, beaches (this is Kynance Cove, owned by the National Trust) and a literary heritage – Daphne du Maurier’s eponymous Frenchman’s Creek is a stone’s throw away.
This is a stunning walk – through the estate to Kestle Barton art gallery, a truly serene space with a help-yourself cafe – continuing along the shores of Frenchman’s Creek and on to Helford Passage, where there’s a cafe in a former church.
We also try and fit in a trip to the Lemon Street Art Gallery and the farmer’s market in Truro, a pub lunch or picnic by Helford river – a wildlife haven with hidden coves – a stroll through Trebah gardens and a visit to Roskilly’s for their famous organic ice cream.
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