Out and About
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Goongillings Orchard is beautifully situated, next to Goongillings farm,

which runs down to the tidal Helford River and Scott's Quay,

in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

This area of Cornwall is quite secluded and relatively uncrowded, and Goongillings, tucked down a long narrow lane, provides complete privacy and tranquillity.

 

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It is superbly placed for holidays in Cornwall, being only short distance to Cornish fishing villages, National Trust houses and gardens, rich history sites such as mining and granite quarrying, the lovely sailing town of Falmouth, Helston, Truro, the Lizard, Penzance (and St Michael's Mount), Land's End, and St Ives, renowned for surfing and art.

 

The Trengilly Wartha pub , a renowned pub and restaurant featured in both the good food guide and the good pub guide is just down the hill from the Orchard.

 

There are wonderful beaches all round the coast, all different and appreciated for the wide range of sceneries and activities they offer: bathing, sailing, canoeing, surfing….....but many people who visit the farm or the Orchard, are also happy to enjoy the Helford estuary, famous for its coastal walks and beautiful scenery. Here there are quiet unspoilt beaches, secluded creeks and safe sailing waters. Boats can be hired or launched for sailing or motoring, exploring the lovely shores, enjoying a picnic on a quay, or one of the several waterside pubs.

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The Helford River , one of the most sought-after locations in Cornwall , was also made famous by Daphne du Maurier's best-selling novel ‘Frenchman's Creek'.

 

As well as the famous semi- tropical gardens of the Helford, Glendurgan and Trebah , there are lovely gardens to visit in the area, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trelissick, Trengwainton, Godolphin, and Trevarno.

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For those interested in walking and bird watching, the coastal footpath will take you right round Cornwall, offering spectacular coastal scenery, letting you imagine smugglers and old time life, and passing through fishing villages, you will perhaps have the chance to taste freshly catched lobsters brought by boat to your beach café. In some of the villages, old Cornish fishermen's cottages have been converted into art galleries and studios . The village of Constantine also has a great network of local footpaths all annotated in a booklet compiled by a great village patron ‘Ronnie Rashleigh' and we recommend you follow some of his walks.

 

Cornwall's rich heritage has an international reputation. Any walk across the moors or along the coastal path will bring you into contact with a multitude of historical features. This visible history is set against a backdrop of truly stunning landscapes.

 

After an afternoon walking or exploring, enjoy the well-known Cornish traditional cream tea, and Cornish dairy ice cream.

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On the Lizard, close to Coverack, an attractive fishing village on the eastern fringe of the Lizard Peninsula, overlooking a small sand and rock beach, mainly accessible at low tide,Roskilly's is worth a visit, locally famous for its wide variety of ice creams, jams and chutneys. Once there, you can also enjoy viewing the farm animals and wildlife ponds.

 

Quite a few other superb organic farm shops lie around the country.

 

For those looking for sports and activities, golf courses , horse-riding, either across the nearby country , or enjoying a breathtaking canter on the beach , watersports , swimmingpools and leisure centres , are all only a short drive away.

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Gweek

Nearby attractions are The Seal Sanctuary at Gweek,- the largest seal sanctuary in Europe - rescuing grey seal pups and returning them to the wild , and the Flambards at Helston, the town of the furry dance . Famous for its beaches and castle and infamous for its smugglers and pirates , Falmouth and Pendennis Castle (built by Henry VIII) has protected the deep water and sheltered anchorage of the Carrick Roads since Tudor times. Playing and relaxing on the resort's four main beaches of Gyllyngvase, Castle, Swanpool and Maenporth is a true delight.. This is surely the perfect arena for sunbathing, swimming, sandcastle building or simply forgetting the rest of the world exists. Along the waterfront from Falmouth's main shopping streets, which link to the quays through narrow alleyways and shops, is the site of the new 'National Maritime Museum Cornwall' which opened to the public in 2002.

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Situated halfway along the length of Cornwall and mid-way between the country's north and south coasts, the city of Truro has developed into Cornwall's centre of administration, as well as touring and holiday centre. Excellent shopping in streets that mix both historic and modern designs effortlessly. Home of the Hall for Cornwall and a magnificent Cathedral.

 

Situated halfway along the length of Cornwall and mid-way between the country's north and south coasts, the city of Truro has developed into Cornwall's centre of administration, as well as touring and holiday centre. Excellent shopping in streets that mix both historic and modern designs effortlessly. Home of the Hall for Cornwall and a magnificent Cathedral.

 

Within easy exploring distance you'll find further away , Land's End on the far west, one of England's most famous attractions, the iles of Scilly, flying or cruising from Penzance, and St. Michael's Mount - Dominating Mounts Bay- rising almost 230 feet from sea level to the tower, chapel and battlement of the castle. Approximately 500 yards offshore, the Mount is reached by a walk way or by small ferry boats which ply between Marazion and the Mount's harbour at high tide.

 

Round the north coast, the spectacular and wild scenery of Zennor and old tin mining sites, are situated on the cliff edges, 5 miles from Land's End. The Levant mine is famous for its rich undersea deposits of both copper and tin. The minerals were pursued for more than a mile out under the Atlantic ocean. The oldest beam engine in Cornwall is being driven once more by steam thanks to an extensive programme of restoration and rebuilding .

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For those visiting Cornwall for the first time, the pretty town of St. Ives should definitely be on the agenda. St. Ives is one of Cornwall 's jewels - set in a stunning location, surrounded by a beautiful coastline and rugged moorland. The town has four magnificent beaches, set around a small, but busy harbour. St Ives is a world famous art centre attracting artists because of the good natural light and is dotted with art galleries and studios, including the Tate Gallery , the Barbara Hepworth Museum at the Trewyn Studio and garden which were her former home. Life revolves around the harbour and the fishing trade helped it grow to prosperity.

 

Driving further towards the north east, explore The Eden project a 'must visit for every visitor to Cornwall'. and see the stunning Tropical and Mediterranean Biomes.

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Explore the magic and mystery of with Cornish Heritage Safari. They provide guided tours and take you to unique places that many people miss.

 

Further notice, leisures, entertainments, sports and tourist or local information are all collected in a special leaflet in the orchard and you can also visit the following websites.

 

http://www.cata.co.uk/

http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/

http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/

http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/heritage-trail/Welcome.html

http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/1-navigationframes/Frame-attractions.html

http://www.cornwalltouristboard.co.uk/

http://www.go-cornwall.com/

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Enjoy your stay and let us know if you make interesting discoveries.