What to see and do

Walking: South West Coastal Path and St. Michael's Way are close by.

Birdwatching: From the garden! Ryan's Field RSPB Reserve is nearby too.

Golf: West Cornwall Golf Club is adjacent to Penhayl.

Marazion: Visit the historic island fort, St. Michael's Mount.

Arts: The Tate Gallery, Hepworth Sculpture Garden, and numerous studios and galleries.

Famous Cornish Gardens: Godolphin, Trengwainton, Trebah, Trelissick and Glendurgan.

The UNESCO World Heritage Levant Mining complex: Geevor, Levant and Botallack.

Ancient Cornish archaeological sites are scattered all over Penwith.

Find seals at Godrevy Headland, or dolphins, basking sharks and sunfish from a boat off St. Ives.

Take a trip by air to view the splendid coastline from St. Just.

Spend a day on the Isles of Scilly.

Penhayl is situated on the north Cornish coast, on the edge of the Hayle Estuary, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The cottage is located at the edge of Lelant village, on the outskirts of St. Ives, and is close to Penzance, Land's End, and the most southerly point on mainland Britain (Lizard Point).

We belong to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Bird-Watching and Preservation Society, are Life Members of the National Trust and Life Fellows of the RSPB. We can give you tailor-made suggestions of where to go and what to see in any particular season in West Cornwall and we can supply a daily list of rare birds reported in Cornwall in autumn, winter and spring.

If you are a keen photographer or a painter, we are able to advise on good locations, and also provide information on local galleries and painting classes. If you intend to walk the coastal path, visit local gardens, or visit historic sites like St. Michael's Mount, we strongly advise you to bring sturdy walking shoes or boots and a windproof waterproof regardless of the time of year.

Getting around

There is an excellent bus service from Lelant all year round to St. Ives, Hayle, Penzance, St. Just and even Truro. In summer an open top bus runs on a circular route via St. Ives, St. Just, Sennan Cove, Land's End, and Penzance. This is the best way to view the Penwith scenery. The main line railway station is at St. Erth, and for evening visits to St. Ives, Lelant Village Station is just five minutes walk away.

Traffic in St. Ives' historic town centre can get very congested, so we recommend that you leave your car at the cottage if you plan on visiting the town.

Location features

  • Directly overlooking the Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve.
  • On edge of West Cornwall Golf Club — play all year.
  • A haven for birdwatchers from September until April.
  • Edge of Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Five minute walk to beautiful sandy beach.
  • South West Coastal Path within a three minute stroll.
  • Ten minute walk to village inn with good food all year.
  • Ten minute walk to bus stop for St. Ives, Penzance and Truro, all year round.
  • Open-top coastal bus in summer months.
  • Newquay Airport is 45 minutes by car.
  • St. Erth Rail Station (Paddington-Penzance main line) is just 10 minutes away by taxi.