This iconic island rises gracefully to the church and castle at its summit. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short evocative boat trip. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here. Following the English Civil War, the island was acquired by the St Aubyn family, who still live in the castle. In the intervening years many additions and alterations were made to convert it for use as a mansion house. Fascinating rooms from different eras include the mid-18th-century Gothick-style Blue Drawing Room.
The 8th Wonder of the World and home to the world's largest greenhouse. Two gigantic geodesic conservatories - one a majestic rainforest, the other is host to the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. Outside the extensive grounds are landscaped and produce tea, lavender, sunflowers and hemp. There are plans for a future desert conservatory. There is a Cafe and facilities for the disabled.
The Golowan Festival brings the past and present together in Penzance's community celebration of the traditional Feast of St. John, featuring The Golowan Band, Penglaz, Serpent Dances. As well as the hundreds of local performers taking part, Golowan is pleased to welcome a host of national and international artists visiting to participate in the full ten day programme of events.
Penzance town centre is only a short 10 minute walk away. It has all the amenities you would need. Including high street and local shops, atm machines, banks etc. This includes the oldest street in Penzance called Chapel street, which is home to a great selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.
David had been a Golfer for many years and is a Past Captain of Old Fold Manor Golf Club in Barnet Herts. He came to Praa Sands with a goodknowledge of the game and a love for it. Praa Sands golf clubwelcomes all visitors and non members to this lovely seaside course overlooking Mounts Bay. We are a nine hole course privately owned by Kate and David Phillips. From every green on the course you can see the sea, and it provides a deceptively challenging Par 62 for men, Par 64 for ladies. We are open all year and no handicap certificate is required. Suitable golfing attire is expected. Meals and bar snacks are available all day as is club hire if needed.
Land's End, situated approximately nine miles west of Penzance, is the most westerly point of the English mainland and the closest to the North American continent. Looking out to sea from here allows the mind to appreciate the scale of the Atlantic Ocean, seeming to stretch beyond the horizon for ever. The granite cliffs, which make up the coastline of West Cornwall, are seen at their best here where the combination of the power of the sea and the strength of the cliffs reduce man to a mere spectator of nature. On a clear day, the Isles of Scilly can be seen lying just on that horizon - a group of small, yet very beautiful, islands of which five are inhabited while the remainder of nearly 100 are given over to sea birds! Closer to shore is the Longships Lighthouse, just over a mile out to sea, while in the distance, about six miles to the south-west, can be seen the Wolf Rock lighthouse.