Holidays for pensioners and senior citizens in Cornwall.

As we age finding and planning a holiday can be both exciting and motivating.  You may have travelled extensively to many corners of the world or alternatively been more comfortable staying in the UK.  Whichever it is thinking about and planning your next holiday is a great stimulus; creating thoughts and expectations on what might lay ahead, what you might see and experience.

Date: 28th September 2022

St Michaels Mount (Credit - Visit Cornwall, Matt Jessop)

St Michaels Mount – well worth a visit if in Cornwall. (Picture Credit – Visit Cornwall)

Gardens at Caerhays Castle (Credit - Visit Cornwall, Matt Jessop)

Visiting and enjoying Cornwall (Picture Credit – Visit Cornwall)

Perhaps you are an empty nester and there are just the two of you to consider, or perhaps you are planning on going away with another couple, whatever the reason we believe that there are very few places in the world that can equal Cornwall, especially out of season when the crowds have disappeared.

Here are our thoughts on some of the places you can visit and things you can do when staying at one of our stunning properties in Cornwall.  You might also like to take a look at our page on our website ‘Retire, Relax and Explore Cornwall’.

The National Trust.

If you are a National Trust member, then access to their properties and locations is free.  There are a number in Cornwall which are well worth a visit, from visiting exotic gardens or ancient houses to exploring the mining history, all encircled by a much-loved coastline.  A useful link to National Trust properties in Cornwall is – Click here.

Map of National Trust properties in Cornwall

Map of National Trust Properties (Picture Credit – National Trust Website)

To give you a flavour of some of the places to visit and things to do in Cornwall:-

Lanhydrock House and grounds.

A Magnificent late Victorian country house with garden and wooded estate.  It’s just 10 miles from our properties No 91 and No 100 Hengar Manor Holiday Park and 15 miles from Meadow Rise in St Columb Major.

Lanhydrock House (Picture Credit - Visit Cornwall)

Lanhydrock House (Picture Credit – Visit Cornwall)

The Victorian period and beyond held many highs and lows for Lanhydrock and the family who lived here. Delve into their history and find out how a devastating fire gave birth to a new chapter in the story of this fascinating place.

Lanhydrock, like so many places, was changed forever by the First World War. Find out how it affected the lives of the four Agar-Robartes brothers who fought at the Front, their parents and sisters, and ultimately, the future of Lanhydrock house itself.

By the middle of the 20th century, Lanhydrock faced an uncertain future. What had been a Victorian country house at the height of its splendour now faced potential demolition once more.

Get out-and-about at Lanhydrock as a family with over 900 acres of parkland, ancient woodland and riverside walks to explore.

Lanhydrock is well worth a visit, it’s a splendid house with many acres to explore. Fun for all the family and as with most National Trust properties it has a café serving delicious food.


A welcoming house and garden set in an estate with stunning maritime views and lovely woodland walks, located just 12 miles from our stunning Beach house Bodannon at Porthtowan.

Trelissick Grounds (Picture Credit - National Trust Website)

Trelissick Grounds (Picture Credit – National Trust Website)

Trelissick House welcomes visitors to enjoy the views from the south facing rooms with teas and coffees from the Kitchen Café, alongside separate rooms to see the collection they care for and to learn the stories of the families that have lived here.

The gardens at Trellisick are fabulous any time of year, Autumn reveals new colours in the trees above. As leaves turn and tumble to the ground, new vistas are opened to the expansive maritime views.


An Elizabethan manor with rooms that take you on a journey through history.  Located just 8 miles from our lovely 2 bedroomed property, Meadow Rise in St Columb Major.  Whether it’s rain or sunshine there’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy throughout the year. Learn more about autumn in the small but varied garden at Trerice.

Discover the fascinating history of the house and grounds at Trerice along with its volunteer led archaeology which has uncovered some great finds, find out more about their work.

The great hall window is a key feature of the house’s character, notable for its scale and individual details. Find out more about the window and how its looked after.

Lots of this information has been taken from the National Trust Website.

Drive from St Ives to Land’s End

Car driving along the coast road credit visit Cornwall

(Picture credit – Visit Cornwall)

There are only a few roads in the UK which offer a lovely drive where you can wonder at the scenery whilst enjoying the drive. Cornwall has some narrow winding roads but take the coast road from St Ives (B3306) and follow this until it meets the A30 carry on to Lands End perhaps for a coffee or to watch the sun set.  Then back on the A30 and join the B3315 back to Penzance finishing with a view of St Michaels Mount.

A wonderful drive taking in some of the best scenery from the comfort of your car.

Other drives are listed on the Visit Cornwall website, Click here to see them.

Take in a performance at the Minack Theatre.

The theatre is open daily for visitors, but the opening hours vary.  A large number of daytime performances are staged, especially during holiday periods, so if you wish to look around the theatre, please check the opening times and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Minack Theatre (Picture Credit - Minack Theatre Website)

The Minack Theatre. (Picture Credit – Minack Theatre Website)

Rowena Cade (the master builder) the creator of the Minack Theatre.  She was born in 1893, the First World War and the death of her father brought an abrupt end to her genteel life in Cheltenham, and in the early 1920s she moved to Cornwall and bought the Minack headland for £100.  Here she built her home, Minack House, which you’ll see on the cliff-top as you approach the theatre.

The Minack wasn’t built using diggers and heavy machinery, Rowena and her helpers worked largely with hand tools (and the occasional stick of dynamite) to shape the theatre that is there today.

Lots of information taken from the Minack Theatre  Website.

Take a day trip to the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly may feel like another world but getting there is simpler than you think and they’re easily close enough to visit for the day if you’re in Cornwall.

Whether it’s a day trip for two or a family adventure there is plenty to make your time unforgettable.

However you choose to travel to the islands, by Skybus from Land’s End or sail on the Scillonian from Penzance, the journey will surely be as memorable as the destination.

St Martins (picture cred- Isles of Scilly Travel Company)

St Martins (Picture Credit- Isles of Scilly Travel Company)

The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth Cornwall.

The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth is well worth a visit.  It has 15 galleries, over five floors which explores the influence of the sea on our history and culture

The National Maritime Museum Falmouth (Picture credit - Visit Cornwall)

The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth (Picture credit – Visit Cornwall)

Falmouth, on the South Cornwall coast, is a fantastic place to visit as well as the museum. The museum is housed in an iconic building, close to the car parks and town centre.

The building was custom designed and built on land that was once covered in the sheds of boat builders. These sheds inspired the design of the building which is covered in green oak. The building has breathtaking views over Falmouth harbour.

Falmouth and the Maritime museum is just 14 miles from our property Bodannon at Porthtowan

Geevor Tin mine.

Geevor Tin Mine was the last mine to work the famous St Just Mining District, the site of the largest number of undersea tin and copper mines in the world!

Today it is a family friendly, year round, multi-award winning heritage attraction and museum. The rich mining history set in the wild and rugged landscape on the North Atlantic Coast makes Geevor a must visit location within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites.

The Dry at Geevor (Picture Credit – Geevor Website)

The Dry at Geevor (Picture Credit – Geevor Website)

Each time we visit we are fascinated and moved by the Dry. The Dry is one of the most evocative and moving experiences of your visit to Geevor. Experience the atmosphere of the change room, left almost exactly as it was on the day that the miners came up to surface for the last time in 1990.  For us older visitors 1990 is well within our lifetime and you can really sense and feel what it was like, let your imagination wander a little and you can almost hear the chatter of the miners as they either finish or start their shift, being lowered hundreds of feet down beneath the crashing waves.

Our closest property is Bodannon but no matter which property you are staying at, its just a car journey away and well worth a visit.  They have a lovely café also serving hot drinks and lots of lovely snacks.

Lots of information taken from the Geevor Website.

So, so much to see and do…………

When you love Cornwall as much as we do at Cornish Holiday its very difficult to try and capture the thrill of this fascinating county.  To explain all it has to offer with its diversity from country mansions, stunning gardens, mining and industrial  heritage, sea faring and living off the sea or the beauty of the rugged cliffs.

What we can promise is that no matter what your interest there is something for you to explore and marvel at in Cornwall.  Visit out of season when the summer visitors have left and you will find an aw inspiring stunning county, with friendly folk just waiting to be explored. Do it at your own pace, enjoy the driving, the walks, the food along with all the fascinating stories, legends, and tales of everyday life throughout the years.

Visit our website, look at our properties, consider our suggested itineraries, make your plans and come to Cornwall for an out of season stay that won’t be quite like any other you have ever had before.  We are always on hand to help you book, plan and enjoy your stay, so please do contact us if you have any questions.

Mobility Issues and Cornwall.

If you are thinking of travelling to Cornwall and have some mobility issues, there are lots of website which can help with information.  We also list on our website information for the less able visitor for each of our properties, here is the link:-

We hope to welcome you very soon.

Mobility near the sea (Picture credit - pxhere)

Mobility near the beach (Picture credit – pxhere)

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