Par Sands, a 15-20 min walk. Dog-friendly all year round. 15-20 min walk from the house.
A huge long strip of soft sand with beautiful shells for collecting. Dog-friendly all year round. Pasty shops within easy reach, free parking.

Polkerris, 5 mins by car or 40 min walk along coast from house. This is the best beach in the world! A pub which does great food on the beach, an Italian restaurant on the beach with fab food, pasties and ice lollies. canoes, sailing, crabbing, swimming, rock pooling, lovely soft sand, safe swimming.

The Eden project is virtually on the door stop, just a couple of miles away by car. It’s a great day out for the whole family: explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and many special events.

40 min walk. This picturesque medieval harbour town on the western entrance to the River Fowey offers lots of nice small shops, restaurants, ferry services, boat hire, crabbing on the quay-side etc.

There are lots of beautiful scenic routes to choose from in the Fowey area including some wonderful small villages to stop by in and the wonderful coastal views.
There are many boats trips, mackerel fishing trips from Fowey and Mevagissey. The Fowey-Mevagissey ferry is delightful and if you’re lucky you may see dolphins. We did this year already!
·         Caerhays beach and castle… fantastic beach, cafe, house and beautiful gardins

·         Kayaking in the Fowey Estuary (Twin kayas with child seats in the middle available)…

·         Eden project 5 miles from the Gables (or 3 if you take the backlanes!)

·         Including the zip wire at Eden…

·         Heligan Gardens…

·         Followed by dinner at the Crown in St Ewe (careful of the parrot!)…

·         Polkerris beach, with Pub, Restaurant and surfing/windsail/boat/wetsuit hire..

·         Tourist info site for Fowey…

·         Tourist info site for Mevagissey…

·         National Trust Tourist info site for Polperro, Looe & Whitsand Bay…

·         Looe Monkey Sanctuary…

·         Lanhydrock House &

·         Only 23 miles/ 45minutes from Newquay on the North Coast…

·         St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth,

·         Minack Theatre….

·          Owl sanctuary


Charlestown: The historic Charlestown Harbour offers a chance to explore (and sometimes sail!) square rigged Tall Ships just like the old days! The Harbour is a popular TV and film set, and is featured in many programmes and movies. Currently, ‘Doctor Who’ has been filming there. Charlestown is also home to the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum, a fascinating experience for old and young alike, with lots to explore, and a great insight into the work of the RNLI; have a look at their website: Charlestown also boasts several excellent eating places, pubs and cafes, and some lovely little gift shops and potteries to explore for gifts to take home. A great day out for all the family. More about Charlestown in Places of Historic InterestEating and Drinking and Fun for Kids sections of this website)


Fowey: Fowey is 2 miles from Sunnyvista and is the home of the Daphne du Maurier society; there are several museums and sites of interest to her fans, and of course, her books are readily available to purchase in the bookshop there. In May each year there is the du Maurier festival, which attracts a large number of artists from the musical and literary world – details of the current programme will be at the house, or check out the  Fowey is also  a popular venue for the local sailing community, holding an annual regatta in August which includes attractions such as the Red Arrows. details of the forthcoming programme will be available at Sunnyvista for visitors’ information or look at the website:…/fowey-regatta-and-carnival-week-2011-p443423  Fowey has a number of quirky shops and eating places, and there is also an Aquarium with a number of exhibits from the local area.

White River Cinema

This is in the newly built White River Place Shopping Centre in St. Austell and won the RAAM UK INDEPENDENT CINEMA OF THE YEAR 2011. Showing the latest films, it is a £3.5m, state-of-the-art, four-screen cinema complex.  Tel 0871 2003304


Mevagissey: Mevagissey is a traditional, unspoiled and very busy fishing village, 11 miles from Sunnyvista and on a direct bus route from the village. Every day fishing boats are coming and going,  landing their catch at the little quay. There are lots of interesting gift shops and cafes set all around the harbour, and all sorts of other shops in the main street, including clothes, art galleries, bookshops and others. Mevagissey is home to the World of Model Railways,  with its OO gauge Layout with over 30 trains and a childrens’ railway featuring Thomas The Tank engine, and a section on how you can transform your own garden to run large scale trains – and you can have a go at driving them yourself! Mevagissey also has an Aquarium worth a visit, with exhibits of local species found in the sea around this coast; the funds raised by the Aquarium are used to clean up the   and a Museum showing a number of interesting aspects about this traditional fishing village Mevagissey also boasts one of the largest and most successful Male Choirs in the County, with almost 70 singing members. Male Choirs are traditionally very popular within Cornwall, there being some 33 federated Choirs in the County numbering approximately 1300 singers out of a total population of nearly half a million. During August the choir performs free concerts for charity on the quay on Monday evenings; the rest of the year round they have a practice night every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 at St Andrew’s Church, and visitors are welcome to pop in, listen and even join in!

St Austell Brewery

Explore St Austell Brewery‘s interactive museum and learn the fascinating story of our pubs, beers, wines and spirits and about the Cornish families who created them. Walk through the Victorian Brewery and see the brewing process first hand, and hear about the secret spring that supplies our water. End your tour at the Hicks Bar with some essential sampling of our award winning ales plus the chance to enjoy home cooked pub food and snacks prepared to order. Then visit our licensed Brewery Shop where you will find an extensive range of St Austell wines, spirits, clothing gifts and of course, St Austell bottled beers – all at special prices!

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn is steeped in myth and legend, with tales of smugglers and wreckers going back 300 years. It is on Bodmin Moor, at the edge of the A30, and is an ideal place to stop and rest when out and about in Cornwall. Made famous by Daphne du Maurier in her novel by the same name, there is a museum with du Maurier memorabilia, an extensive collection of smugglers’ artefacts, and a ‘History of Jamaica Inn’ theatre show that recounts many of the myths and legends that Cornwall is steeped in. From breakfast till evening, there is a good range of homemade food on offer, real ales, a cobbled courtyard and lovely log fires.

Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn is the UK’s only China Clay museum.  Nestling in the historic Ruddle Valley on the outskirts of St Austell, the China Clay Country Park provides a fascinating day out for all the family. The Park, now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, is set in the grounds of two former working china clay pits and provides visitors with a fascinating insight into china clay – how it was mined, what is was used for and what it meant for the families who lived in the area. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the site.

Bodmin Jail

The jail was built for George III in 1779 by prisoners, using 20,000 tons of granite from Cuckoo Quarry in Bodmin. The civil wing has 6 floors to explore, and the Tower Room is newly opened this year. The Naval Prison was added in 1887 and used to detain Navy personnel. There is an Execution Shed, a typical Victorian hanging pit, where the original keys to the jail and other relics were discovered during renovation work. In the Warders’ Room restaurant you can get snacks or A La Carte meals, and the Witness Box wine bar serves wine, coffee and real ales, and has been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the last 3 years. Set within 3 acres of grounds, the jail is dog friendly. A great day out for those with a taste for the macabre! Bodmin is accessible by train from Par or by bus from St. Austell, and is just over 9 miles from Sunnyvista.

Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway

Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway is Cornwall’s only full size steam railway and runs for 13 miles from Bodmin Parkway station on the main Paddington to Penzance line across to Boscarne Junction, adjacent to the beautiful Camel Trail. It is a wonderfully nostalgic ride through unspoiled countryside, reminiscent of a bygone age. There are usually refreshments on board in the Buffet and Bar, and there are also refreshments at the station stops. There are a number of special events through the year, including murder mystery evenings, meet Paddington Bear days, James Bond evenings, steam Beer and Jazz, fish and chip special, disco train, and luxury dining experience. They also offer driver experience courses where you get to drive and fire the steam engine, or drive a diesel locomotive! For more details check out the website

Screech Owl Wildlife Park

Screech Owl Wildlife Park and Goss Moor Nature Reserve has the largest collection of owls in the Southwest, with over 140 owls and hawks and over 50 species from all over the world. They run a conservation and rescue centre for sick and injured owls, and at certain times of the year you can see the baby owls in the creche! There is a tea room and children’s play area, an aviary walk and several excellent lakeside walks and picninc areas. There is also a colony of Meerkats to watch at play, plus miniature ponies, emus and alpacas to pet. There are daily close encounters with the birds of prey, and you can also sign up for a 30 minute handling session or a choice of longer experiences for those who want to learn more about falconry and flying the birds. The centre is within the Goss Moor Nature Reserve and has a cycle hire centre to explore the area by bike.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm: This is free entry and is a brilliant place to visit, especially for families. There is a lovely old courtyard with tables for cream teas, a farm with friendly farm animals to pet, including Shire Horses, a restaurant serving homemade lunch, free tractor rides through the orchards, and free guided tours through the press house, distillery, cellars, museum and jam kitchen, where you can watch the produce being made. There is a really excellent shop, selling a range of Healey’s cyders, fruit wines, whiskey, apple juices and preserves, with free tasting sessions. A really great low budget place to visit that will appeal to everyone. Don’t forget to take home plenty of our local favourite brew, Cornish Rattler! Healey’s is at Penhallow, 8 miles this side of Newquay, and is open all

Blue Hills Cornish Tin

Blue Hills Cornish Tin is the only remaining tin-producing tin mine left in Cornwall, Wheal Kitty is near St. Agnes, on the North Coast, less than an hour’s drive away. You can meet the craftsmen who extract the ore, dress it, smelt it, refine it and then make it into lovely giftware and jewellery that is for sale in the gift shop. Open April to October.

Camel Valley Vineyard

The Camel Valley Vineyard, near Bodmin, hit national headlines a couple of years ago when its Sparkling Rose wine beat those from the Champagne region, including Moet and Chandon! Rightly so, this vineyard has gone on to win many prestigious awards. They offer a number of visitor events, with wine by the glass and a lovely sun drenched terrace where you can enjoy drinking it. From 1st April to 30th september there are guided tours of the vineyard as well, which are really interesting and enjoyable even for those visitors who have yet to reach legal drinking age! Matthew Jukes: ‘Camel Valley is without a doubt the number one winery in the Country’. Take a look at their website: WWW.CAMELVALLEY.COM