Activities at Blue Monkey, 5 Star Luxury Holiday Cottage
The luxury Cottage in Cornwall Blue Monkey is located in Kingsand and the coastal path from Kingsand and Cawsand is beautiful in both directions.Staying in this unique Cornish Holiday Let you are in the perfect place for exploring a section of one of Britain’s most beloved National Trails the “South West Coast Path”. If you follow it around the coastline, it takes you past Penlee Point & Rame Head, with its 11th century monks’ chapel & stunning views to the glorious 4 mile stretch of sand & surf at Whitsand Bay. The View restaurant overlooking Whitsand Bay makes an ideal refreshment stop. The Rame Peninsula also hosts part of the “Cornish Discovery Time Trail” inc. Mt Edgcumbe House.
Heading west will take you to Penlee Point, Rame Head and Whitsand Bay (a 4 mile walk) ending with refreshments at the View restaurant with panoramic views of Whitsand Bay. You can return direct via downhill road to Cawsand (1 mile) or return via the coastal path. Buses (The pink link) also runs from the View Restaurant.
Heading east will take you through via many paths along the coast line to the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe House & their formal gardens (4 miles) with refreshments served at either the Orangery or Edgcumbe Arms. The stunning local costal path walk winds its way through the 800 acre Mount Edgcumbe Park. According to the Shell Guide it is probably the most beautiful park in England. There is a bus that can bring you directly back to Cawsand from the Orangery (making it a very easy walk – 2.5 miles).
Blue Monkey is one of the best Coastal Holiday Cottages to Rent in Cornwall being just a stones throw from the beach. There are three main beaches in the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand which are separated by areas of rocks with interesting rock pools. All beaches are safe for swimming.
- Kingsand: Kingsand Beach is a mixture of sand & shingle which is located along The Cleave. Girt Beach is mainly shingle, but with some sand & can be found along Market Street. It is relatively sheltered by Picklecombe Point to the east and Penlee Point/Rame Head to the west. Quite popular with families the twin villages offer good drinking establishments and small shops, whilst cliff walkers will find excellent, if not too taxing, strolls to Mount Edgcumbe and Cremyll and also up onto Rame Head.
- Cawsand: Cawsand Beach is mainly sand and is found along The Bound. A pleasant shingle beach with all the usual facilities at the back of the beach. There are rock pools and inlets for children to play in and its sheltered location makes Cawsand a popular beach with families.
- Sandaways: A fine swimming beach known as Sandways lies a short walk out of the village across the rocks towards Fort Picklecombe.
- Whitsand Bay: A short trip to the other side of the Rame Peninsula will take you to a 7km stretch of perfect sand that is the beach at Whitsand Bay. Visitors should note that access to the beach is very steep (10 minute walk).
Blue Monkey is the perfect Coastal Cottage to rent in Cornwall and Whitsand bay is a great learners surfing beach (experienced surfers can hire boards from the cafe on the beach) at low tide kite surfing is excellent.
Discovery Surf School is run by husband and wife team Martin and Annika Connolly. Martin is a top rated British surfer and highly experienced BSA coach and lifeguard; working several seasons on local and Australian beaches. Martin is also the Producer of 110% Surfing Techniques, the international best selling coaching DVD’s, bringing our coaching to a worldwide audience. Discovery Surf School coaches are all highly experienced BSA surf coaches, first aiders, beach lifeguards and with extensive knowledge of local surf/beaches. They are also CRB checked.
Surf Lessons/courses are in groups with other pupils of the same level. The maximum ratio of coaches to pupils in the water is 1 to 6. School/youth groups 1 to 8 max.
Family (individual adult or child) sailing lessons are available all year round weather permitting from Sailing.
Mountbatten Centre – Lessons start from £24. Tel: (01752 404567).
This is a 30 minute journey via the Cawsand Ferry into Plymouth or a 50 min drive.
Mobius – Mobius – 01637 831383 offer kiting tuition at Perranporth which is approximately 1 hours drive from Blue Monkey. Tim & Louise run an excellent operation providing kiting experience for first time beginners to advanced riders who are looking to take their kiting to the next level. They come highly recommended and they were awarded the Silver Award for Cornish “Leisure Pursuit Provider of the Year in 2007”. This year they entered the tourism awards and won Gold in the Cornwall Awards and Gold in the SW Tourism Excellence Awards.
Gig training occurs over the summer and guests can receive free tuition from the Cawsand Club. Just pop along and enquire.
Just behind Whitsand bay is one of Cornwall’s most challenging and stunning links golf courses; Whitsand Bay links which is open to the public at under £30 a round. Whitsand Bay Golf Club Green fees M-F £22, S-S £28 (01503 230778).
The PGA course at St Mellion is a only 45 minutes drive from Blue Monkey. St Mellion International Resort (01579 352 022).
Lower Tokenbury Equestrian Centre is a family run approved riding school in Liskeard, 30 minutes drive from Blue Monkey. A member of the Association of British Riding Schools, Tokenbury offers riding experiences for all ages and abilities.
The Rame peninsula offers great fishing for the fair weather fisherman or professional. Whitsand bay is the most popular area, but there is also great fishing in the Tamar estuary, Plymouth sound, Millbrook Lake (Coarse fishing), Other Millbrook lake (mullet). There are also boat charters locally or from Plymouth & Looe.
“Fish n trips” – Outings from £20 pp for a half day (07971 208381) – located near the Barbican, Plymouth. Uncle Len’s charters available from Millbrook area (07875 084625).
Fishing Trips & Tamar Cruises (01752 253 153)
For the more adventurous, why not learn to fly at Peranporth Flying Club! Trial lessons from only £110 the flying club is 1h 20m drive away at St Agnes.
House & Garden
Mount Edgcumbe House (see above) (01752 822236)
- Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is one of four designated Country Parks in Cornwall a 5 minute drive from Blue Monkey. It is 885 acres overlooking Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar. The Park has been famous since the 18th Century, when the Edgcumbe family created formal gardens, temples, follies and woodlands around the Tudor House. Specimen trees such as Californian Redwood, stand against copses which shelter a herd of wild fallow deer. The South West Coast Path runs through the Park for nine miles along the coastline.
- The Formal Gardens are grouped in the lower park near Cremyll. Originally a 17th Century ‘wilderness’ garden, the present scheme was laid out by the Mount Edgcumbe family in the 18th Century. The Formal Gardens include an Orangery, an Italian Garden, a French Garden, an English Garden and a Jubilee Garden, opened in 2002, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
- The Park and Formal Gardens are open all year round and admission is free. The Park and Gardens are jointly managed by Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council. Although the park covers a large area, there is little formal maintenance, ensuring it has a rough and ready rural feel in all but the formal gardens.
National Trust Anthony House and Gardens (01752 812191)
- Still the home of the Carew Pole family after hundreds of years only a 10 minute drive away. This beautiful early 18th-century mansion contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and textiles. The grounds, landscaped by Repton, sweep down towards the Lynher estuary and include formal gardens with topiary, a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. The Woodland Garden has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. The magic of Antony was recognised by Walt Disney when it was chosen recently as the set for the film Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Note: members free to Woodland Garden (not National Trust) only when house is open.
Eden Project in St Austell (01726 811911)
- <Our vibrant global garden less than 45 minutes away tells the fascinating story of plants, how we use them for things like medicine, fuels, materials and food the world over. In this beautifully transformed clay pit into enclosed tropical gardens, you’ll find over 80 exhibits, including unusual plant combinations, unique sculpture and quirky information displays.
- A historical site detailing the Pilgrim Father’s trip to America in 1620. In the summer months, the Cawsand Ferry leaves the beach for a 30 minute trip to the Barbican in Plymouth.
- Also available is 1 Hour Harbour (Naval Warship & Dockyard) Cruise from the Mayflower steps, around the beautiful Cornish coastline, with full historical commentary on board.Both available Daily during the summer. Contact Plymouth Boat Trips: 01752 253 153 or 07971 208 381
Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell (01726 845100)
- Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. It is one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. Has a primeval jungle feel and is a 30m drive away.
Or visit nearby Looe, a pretty yet working fishing port.
Things to do on a wet day
The National Marine Aquarium – located near the Barbican, Plymouth. Tel: 01752 267 131
The Barbican Theatre, Castle St, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2NJ.
Theatre Royal , Royal Parade, Plymouth. Tel: 01752 267 222
Vue Cinema, Barbican Leisure Park, Shapters Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0LG. Tel: 0871 224 0240
The Reel Cinema, 25 Derrys Cross, Town Centre, Plymouth, PL1 2SW. Tel: 01752 255 655
Bodmin Steam Railway Tel: 01208 73555