We are really fortunate to have many great local business in the area.
- Paul Bray & Son. Brilliant local meat at very reasonable prices and divine Cornish Pasties! Well worth a drop in and buying a few things – and you are only 20 or so mins to the house now. The butcher also delivers to the village so do call ahead - 01752 851224 and see when they are delivering in your week to Cawsand.
- We are blessed with wonderful fresh fish – so do visit RG Seafood – they have a shop in Torpoint and dockside wholesale in Plymouth. They have also been delivering to Cawsand in lockdown – so check if they are still doing this – and if you love your fish you really won’t be disappointed! 01752 659644 or 01752 814040
- Our favourite place to eat is the Devonport Arms – but has very limited tables – so booking essential. Next favourite is Half Way house. Carew Arms gets great reviews but is a drive away (the chef is a professional master chef finalist). We love walking to the Canteen at Maker Heights for brunch/lunch and to the Farriers Café at Mount Edgecombe for breakfast/brunch or just coffee and a cake.A treat is a table at The View – perched high on the cliffs at Whitsand Bay and serves lovely fresh local food that you would pay a lot more for in London! The Old School Bakery – offers great bread and snacks and is almost opposite. And on Monday’s does amazing sourdough pizza which needs to be pre-booked call 01752 656215
- Yummy Fish and Chips come to the top of the village (Coomb Park) in the appropriately named Ahoy! van on Saturdays and Tuesdays 5pm – 8pm.
- Walking-There are so many walks in Cornwall to enjoy and No 3 Old School House is perfect for those looking to experience a section of one of Britain’s loveliest National Trails: the “South West Coast Path”.We are located on the coastal path from Kingsand and Cawsand; it is truly beautiful in all directions and a great reason to stay with us.You can walk around the coastline past Penlee Point and Rame Head, with its 11th century monks’ chapel and superb views to the glorious 4 mile stretch of sand and surf at Whitsand Bay.The Rame Peninsula also hosts part of the “Cornish Discovery Time Trail” including Mount 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 and panoramic views of Whitsand Bay.Heading east will take you along the coastline to the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe House and its famous formal gardens (4 miles) with refreshments available at the Orangery or Edgcumbe Arms.The stunning costal walk winds its way through the 800 acre Mount Edgcumbe Park. According to the Shell Guide it is one of the most beautiful parks in England. There is a bus service to bring you back to Cawsand from the Orangery. www.iwalkcornwall - which offer some great walks in Cornwall and local areas many are free.
- Watersports With nearby Whitsand Bay is a great learners surfing beach (experienced surfers can hire boards from the cafe on the beach) and at low tide the kite surfing is also excellent. Adventure Bay Surf School.Adventure Bay: 07722 913 206
- Sailing Family (individual adult or child) sailing lessons are available all year round, weather permitting, from the 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.
- Kite Surfing Mobius – Mobius – 01637 831383 offer kiting tuition at Perranporth, approximately 1 hour’s drive.
- Gig Rowing -A great Cornish tradition, gig training takes place over the summer and guests can receive free tuition from the Cawsand Club. Just pop along and enquire.
- Golf Just behind WhitsandBay is one of Cornwall’s most challenging and scenic golf links open to the public: Whitsand Bay Golf Club (01503 230778).The famous PGA course at St Mellion is also a only 45 minutes drive from Blue Monkey. St Mellion International Resort (01579 352 022)
- Horse Riding Lower Tokenbury Equestrian Centre is a family run 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.
- Fishing The Rame peninsula offers great fishing for fair weather fishermen or the professional.WhitsandBay is very popular but there’s also great fishing in the Tamar estuary, Plymouth Sound, Millbrook Lake (Coarse fishing) or the Other Millbrook Lake (mullet).There are also local boat charters from Plymouth.
- “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)
- Flying For the more adventurous, why not learn to fly at Peranporth Flying Club! Trial lessons from only £110 and the club is 1h 20m drive away at St Agnes.
- House & Garden-3 Old School House has a wonderful selection of historic houses and gardens to explore right on our doorstep. Here are some recommendations.Mount Edgcumbe House (01752 822236) The beautiful 885 acre Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is one of four designated Country Parks in Cornwall and just a 10 mins drive.The Formal Gardens are grouped in the lower park (near Cremyll) and include an Orangery and Italian, French Garden and English Gardens. There is also the Jubilee Garden, opened in 2002, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
- National Trust Anthony House and Gardens (01752 812191) Still the home of the Carew Pole family after hundreds of years and only a 10 minute drive away, this beautiful early 18thcentury mansion contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and textiles.
- Eden Project in St Austell (01726 811911)
- Mayflower Steps 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 a 1 hour Harbour (Naval Warship & Dockyard) Cruise from the Mayflower Steps, around the beautiful Cornish coastline with a full 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 over 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England and one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK and is just a 30m drive away.
Things to do on a wet day
We can’t always make the weather perfect for your stay but there are some great places to visit close. Here are a few recommendations.
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
Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre
Plymouth Gin Distillery
The Monkey Sanctuary, St Martins, Looe