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Find treasure off the beaten track is worth searching out so here is our selection of lesser known, but beautiful, attractions.
Pinelodge Gardens, at Pinetum Park, St Austell
Our first hidden treasure is this lesser known attraction. It really is a hidden gem, and you will be surprised at how lovely the gardens and tea rooms are. It is very close to St Austell and much more accessible (no windy roads) than Heligan too – an all-round win.
Enjoy the many different gardens, Winter Garden, Water Garden, Sunken Garden, Old Garden, Courtyard Garden, Pinetum, Woodland, The Lake, Japanese Garden, Courtyard, Cottage Garden and Arboretum – phew sounds exhausting! That’s why you then need to take a well-earned respite in the tea rooms, choose from lunches or treat yourself to an afternoon tea.
Kennall Vale Woods, Ponsanooth
Our second treasure and attractive woodland with some open glades, this reserve also contains a water-filled quarry. The Kennel Vale gunpowder factory was situated here; however it closed in the first decade of the last century. It is a great reserve for wildlife, such as the pipistrelle bat, as well as plenty of birdlife.
Japanese Gardens, St Mawgan
A very special treasure is this little Japanese haven in Cornwall, the Japanese gardens is beautiful throughout the seasons and is less than five miles from Newquay. East meets west charmingly in this hidden Cornish treasure, complete with a Zen garden to feel truly at peace for a few moments or longer. The shop offers the opportunity to create your own Japanese style garden at home with Bonsai trees and Asian style ornaments on sale.
Porth Joke, near Newquay
Also known as Polly Joke, this beach is like another world compared to the busy beaches of Newquay. It is down a narrow bumpy road in-between Holywell and Crantock. It is in a lush valley which makes it a few degrees warmer than anywhere else. It is a beautiful beach surrounded by green countryside and much flora and fauna. A true gem.
Carn Brea Restaurant, near Redruth
You may wonder if you are on the right road a few times whilst making your way to Carn Brea Castle, but that’s part of the adventure. Carn Brea is a 14th-century granite stone building which was originally built as a castle and was remodelled in the 18th century as a hunting lodge. It is owned privately and today is used as a restaurant. Its hill location means you can see both coasts (north and south). It is certainly a unique dining experience with Jordanian host, Mr. Sawalha, who offers up a menu of delicious middle-eastern cuisine as traditional drumming plays in the background. Booking is recommended, make sure you knock hard on the front door to announce your arrival, and only cash payments are accepted.