Harmony Cottage, a dog and family-friendly holiday cottage in Lostwithiel, Cornwall

About the area

Lostwithiel

Lostwithiel is a fantastic base for a trip to Cornwall. It offers both the quiet seclusion you'd expect in a Cornish town, but with the convenience of being ideally positioned on the London to Penzance train line, and with quick road access to the A30 and A38 - meaning you can spend less time travelling and more time discovering Cornwall.

The town of Lostwithiel offers everything you could need during your stay. As well as beautiful scenery and nearby walks, there are some wonderful pubs and a selection of fantastic local restaurants right on your doorstep, as well as some fabulous independent boutiques for you to explore. There are coffee shops and a friendly, welcoming local community who will make you feel at home during your visit.

Surrounding area

Nearby the town of Fowey (pronounced Foy) is a fantastic place to visit. The town boasts an excellent selection of quality shops and galleries, many exhibiting local works. And it's a great place to sample the local cuisines - be it a pint, a cream tea, fish and chips, a family meal or a gourmet dinner for a special occasion, there is something to suit all tastes.

Other towns to visit are Padstow, the Cornish capital of cuisine, and famously home of Rick Stein. The ever-popular town of St Ives is just over an hour drive from the cottage, and is a great day trip, with the Tate St Ives being especially worth a visit.

Very near to Harmony Cottage is the Eden Project - a must-visit eco attraction. Just five miles away, energetic visitors can cycle and take advantage of the reduced prices for anyone arriving on foot of by bike. And if cycling is your thing, the Camel Trail is a spectacular cycle route that runs through Lostwithiel, and is a fantastic way to see more of the area.

The National Trust's Lanhydrock is just four miles from the cottage. A magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate, it's a fantastic and fascinating place to explore. In Lostwithiel, you can also visit the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, a haven for gardeners that supplies plants across the UK, including to Highgrove and other Royal estates. Its fantastic shop and cafe are both well worth a visit.

Being close to many waterside towns, there are also a host of water-based activities nearby, including boat trips, kayaking, water sports and fishing. The whole area offers fantastic walking and cycling and of course some beautiful beaches. Guide books, maps and attraction leaflets are all available at the cottage for you to look through and shape your visit once you arrive.