Mevagissey is a lively fishing village on the coast of South East Cornwall near St Austell. Whenever we arrive in Mevagissey harbour, I always feel like I’ve arrived on a film set! Enjoy fresh local produce in the shops, pubs and cafes, fantastic walks with awesome views, boat trips across the bay to Fowey or even trying your hand at a spot of sea fishing. The world famous Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan are very close by (in fact, you can walk to Heligan from Mevagissey), and the area has lots of lovely beaches, towns and villages, museums, houses and gardens to explore.
Mevagissey is foodie heaven if you love local produce. Delicously fresh fish and shellfish are available in and around Mevagissey; local fishermen can provide you with charter boats to try and land some mackerel, bass or even shark, or for those without sea legs, buy the fish straight off the boat from the stall in the harbour and cook it back at the cottage. Mevagissey’s cafes, restaurants and pubs offer locally sourced food and drink; our particular favourite is Tea on the Quay cafe, which even has a map on the wall showing you where they source their products.
The shops in Mevagissey have lots of local food and drink for you to try including Cornish fudge, Cornish pasties and and fresh bread. Green’s is a little treasure trove of local fruit and veg, milk, clotted cream and meat, as well as store cupboard staples. Right next to the the Lost Gardens of Heligan is Lobbs Farm Shop, winner of Taste of the West 2009 Gold Award, and home to a huge range of locally sourced food and drink including their own meat. If you fancy a local tipple, you can tour the nearby St Austell Brewery, Cornwall’s oldest independent family brewery that has been going for over 150 years.
Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the walks from Mevagissey are amazing. The South West Coast Path runs outside the cottage and takes you to the secret beach and onto Pentewan in one direction, and to Portmellon and Gorran Haven in the other. We often see seals bobbing in the harbour or in quieter coves. But if you can only make it to the top of the hill behind the cottage, an awesome view of the sea awaits you from the clifftop park.
Fishing and boating
If you’d rather be bobbing on the sea, take in the fantastic coastline by hiring a motor boat, taking a trip on one of the boats in the harbour, or going further afield on the ferry that takes you from the lighthouse to the pretty yachting town of Fowey.
There are lots of local fishermen keen to show visitors the best spots to catch some fish, whether it’s just for a couple of hours or an all day trip.
Villages and gardens
Mevagissey is a great base for exploring the area. Just down the road on the outskirts of St Austell is the pretty Georgian village of Charlestown, which recently featured in Poldark, standing in for Cornwall’s city of Truro. Marvel at the beautiful tall ships and discover a taste of local history at the Shipwreck Museum. The historic town of Lostwithiel, once the capital of Cornwall, is also close by and home to the ancient Restormel Castle, and is making a name for itself locally as a great place to eat.
There are a number of beautiful gardens to lose yourself in – just up the road from Mevagissey is the Lost Gardens of Heligan, 200 acres of mysterious gardens and estate unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth and restored on a shoestring budget; Lanhydrock House, superbly set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees; and of course, the Eden Project, a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches and dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by some.
If chilling out on the beach is more your thing, there are plenty to choose from. Mevagissey has a secret beach which can only by reached via the coastal path outside the cottage, and just round the bay are the beaches of Portmellon and Gorran Haven. The latter has a lovely safe sandy beach that is popular with families .
Mevagissey has a number of local events during the year; the historic Feast Week in June, the Christmas Lights Procession in December and the spectacle of New Year, celebrated in traditional Cornish style with the almost the whole village in fancy dress! Local attractions always have a great programme of events throughout the year and across the bay is Fowey’s Festival of Words and Music in May and the Royal Regatta in August.
Whilst we can’t guarantee sunshine, Mevagissey has something for everyone, and we hope you’ll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Book Cliff Cottage now >