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.
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.