The Beauty of the Cornish Countryside
Cornwall is famed for its dramatic coastline, pretty fishing villages and peaceful coves but there is also a lot to explore in the Cornish countryside. The famous Bodmin Moor stretches across the centre of Cornwall and is a fantastic area of rolling moorland, home to abundant wildlife and unusual flora and fauna. This makes it a great place for walking and horse riding. There are also the famous Tors, impressive ancient rocky hill summits that are dotted across the dramatic moorland landscape.
As you near the Atlantic Coast of Cornwall the Cornish countryside is influenced by the slightly warmer climate and it is not uncommon to see palm trees growing there, as well as other plants associated with balmier temperatures. There are also the famous Cornish tin mines to explore that are dotted all over the landscape, often located near small rural villages and communities that sprung up due to their proximity to the mines. All of these unique features give the Cornish countryside its distinctive character.
Many of the villages and small towns in the Cornwall are surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt countryside. This historic county hasn't been too built up and so has avoided the destruction caused by large motorways, this gives it the overall feel of a relatively unchanged and beautiful rural environment where wildlife can thrive. As testament to this, Cornwall boasts an impressive twelve separate areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of which is Bodmin Moor.
There is also the Western South Coast area running down to Lizard Point that features a network of Bronze Age Settlements and medieval enclosures running across the landsape, making this an area of great interest for history lovers. Also in this area is the Helford River, an ancient deep wooded valley and network of creeks covered in ancient oak woodland that is sheltered by the Lizard Peninsula.
Another interesting enviromental feature in Cornwall is the Camel Estuary, which is a tidal river valley and is an essential habitat for wildlife.There are many enjoyable walks along the Camel River, which runs from Wadebridge to the famous fishing harbour town of Padstow. You can spot a wealth of fantastic bird life and watch the landscape alter as the tide changes along the estuary.
The main thing to note about the Cornish countryside is how varied it is. From rolling moorland to lush semi-tropical gardens and dramatic coastal paths to winding creeks, there is a landscape for everyone in this stunning and unique part of the world. Cornwall is the perfect place to explore the British countryside at its best!
Below are descriptions of the two main rural communities in Cornwall featuring Looe and Polperro countryside properties - more properties in other stunning rural areas will be available soon!
Countryside Properties in and around Henwood
Hewood is a small Cornish community on the edge of Bodmin Moor that developed from a scattered farming settlement into a village. It grew because of its proximity to the local Phoenix Mines and Cheesering quarries. As the need for accommodation for workers increased in the 1700s, farm buildings were converted into living accommodation and new houses were built.
The local mining industry not only influenced the size of the community but also the material that the accommodation was constructed from. In the late eighteenth century, workers cottages were built using the granite stone from the quarries. A chapel, pub and Sunday School were also established in the community.
The small community feel of Henwood still remains today, with a scattering of self catering pretty cottages surrounded by countryside. The village is on the edge of Bodmin Moor - with its rolling landscapes, dramatic tors and an abundance of wildlife. It is around fifteen minutes drive from the town of Liskeard - which has many pubs, restaurants and shops. So you are never far from a great choice of activities to enhance your holiday experience.
However, Henwood is really ideal for those who enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. The dramatic scenery is unbeatable all year round, with plenty of activities in the area for those keen on making the most of the surrounding countryside. Bodmin Moor has recently been awarded World Heritage Status and the area offers some stunning walks and horse riding at the nearby stables. It is also an ideal place to simply relax and unwind, whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Our countryside properties located in or near the village of Henwood are constructed from the local granite stone, featuring attractive wooden beams in the interiors. The historic and rustic feel of the buildings has been retained, but the cottages have all been modernised with contemporary fixtures and fittings. This makes the accommodation extremely comfortable and stylish, yet the cottages still maintain an authentic Cornish cottage feel. There are a variety of sizes of property available to suit families and groups of friends, as well as couples. If you are looking for self catering in Cornwall and you like the idea of being surrounded by the gorgeous Cornish countryside then Henwood is a beautiful place to be based.
The countryside properties located around Henwood are:
Countryside Properties in and around St Pinnock
The Parish of St Pinnock is a rural hamlet on the edge of Bodmin Moor, located around fifteen miles from the town of Looe. St Pinnock sits near the Southern coast of Cornwall, yet it is surrounded by beautiful countryside. There are some fantastic walks and outdoor activities on offer in this stunning region.
St Pinnock is very close to the famous Cornish coastline made up of beautiful beaches and coves. Nearby Looe is a picturesque fishing village located right on this coast. It has many shops and restaurants and is still a working fishing harbour. What better place to observe the fishing heritage of Cornwall and perhaps enjoy some local seafood. East Looe is home to the famous Banjo Pier and has a long, sandy beach for soaking up the summer weather.
Alternatively, the Western side of Looe features Hannafore Beach, perfect for rock pooling and leading to a coastal path that takes you to the nearby village of Polperro and beyond. From Looe you can explore the South Cornish coastline on a short cruise or speed boat ride. Or for a truly different experience you can take a glass bottomed boat trip to the nearby St George’s Island.
Our Countryside properties in the rural hamlet of St Pinnock are constructed from the local stone, featuring attractive interior beams and authentic features. They have all been modernised in recent years and fitted with contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. There is a variety of size of property available, from large barns that sleep families to terrace properties and rural retreats for couples. They are all located near the countryside, yet are part of small rural communities.
The self catering countryside properties located around St Pinnock are: