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Local Area

Cornwall has so much to offer that what follows is just a taster of the things to do and places to go. Although as we are so centrally located nothing is more than
an hours drive away.

Within a short distance of Bissick Old Mill lie some of the most magnificent Gardens of Cornwall
...are all a short drive away.

Indeed almost all of Cornwalls famous Gardens are within a 30 mile radius of Ladock. And if gardens are your thing there are several that open their doors for charity in and around Ladock for a few days each year.

It is only 20 minutes drive to either coast. The north coast with its excellent beaches and superb array of water sports attracts surfers and bodyboarders from all over. For the novice why not have a surfing lesson at the academy at Watergate Bay in Newquay. For other sporty types horseriding can be arranged with prior notice at a stables in nearby Grampound and at Perranporth you can do a beach ride (2 hours), a pub ride ( 3 hours. 1 hour in the pub!) and there's even a childrens trek (6 years and above). Nearby golf courses include Truro 18), Newquay (18/Links) and Perranporth (18/Links). For walkers, novice and experienced alike, the south west coastal path offers stunning scenery and breathtaking views. Check out our walking guides which are graded for time and toughness.

The more rugged south coast has many charming fishing villages such asVisit the beautiful unspoilt Roseland Peninsula, with its winding roads, delightful beaches, quaint villages, hidden creeks and historic inns. Take a trip across the River Fal via the King Harry Ferry, (voted in the top ten of car ferry journeys in the world) and have a drink or meal at the Smugglers Cottage of Tolverne rife with history from D-Day and beyond.

For those with an interest in history, there are several National Trust and English Heritage properties nearby, such as Trerice, Lanhydrock, the castles of St Mawes, Pendennis, Restormel and Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. In addition there are many ancient sites in the vicinity, including prehistoric stone circles, burial chambers and the Iron Age village of Chysauster is a short drive away in Penzance. There are museums to cater for all interests from the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor to the Poldark Mine, from Magnificent Music Machines to the Geevor Tin Mine and from the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro to the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

For the foodie, Cornwall's reputation is spreading far and wide. Try a traditional cream tea or a pasty, visit one of the many farmers markets or food fairs overflowing with delicious Cornish fare or relax at the mill and whet your appetite by perusing the menus of nearby restaurants which are kept in a file in the guests lounge. Whether you want seafood at Rick Steins restaurant in Padstow, Michelin starred cuisine at the Black Pig in Rock, pukka tukka at Jamie Olivers new Fifteen restaurant at Watergate Bay or something a little simpler there is
something here for all tastes.

For art enthusiasts, galleries abound. St Ives offers the Tate Gallery and the Dame Barbara Hepworth Museum. In the Summer months theatre lovers can visit the famous open air Minack Theatre, spectacularly carved out of the cliffs at Porthcurno or why not attend an opera production in the gardens at Trelissick or a concert or play at Truro's Hall for Cornwall.

For lovers of wildlife, the National Seal Sanctuary, the Screech Owl Sanctuary, Paradise Park and Newquay Zoo are close at hand. So too is Newquay Sea life Centre, Tamar Otter Sanctuary and the Monkey sanctuary at Looe.

Talking of wildlife, let's not forget the children! Flambards Theme Park, Dairyland, Trethorne Leisure Farm, Spirit of the West American Theme Park and the World in Miniature are just a few of the many attractions aimed especially at the little ones.

And finally, shopping! Of course there are ample shopping opportunities from the small craft shops to the big name stores. Truro boasts a wide range of speciality shops and markets . The newly opened Kingsley Village with "the very best that Cornwall grows, makes and creates all under one roof" is just 2 miles away housing a Cornish food hall, many craft stores and a lovely cafe and Trago Mills outlet village is just 20 minutes drive away if you like a bargain.