Cornwall’s Best Kept SecretsPublished: 2021-06-07 / Author: Merchant House
St Nectan’s Glen
A place that immediately sparks the imagination and sets the mind rolling with visions of sprites and water nymphs, St Nectan’s Glen is a magical place. Amongst an arboreal weave, this wooded glen along the banks of the Trevillet River is home to three waterfalls. Most spectacular, St Nectan’s Kieve features a 60ft waterfall that pours through a natural hollow and flows through the valley.
If you are staying with us at Merchant House Hotel and fancy some underwater adventures, a trip to the Lizard is definitely in order. Notorious offshore rocks surrounded by the submerged remains of wrecked ships (including the haunted SS Mohegan), the Manacles are a real playground for divers. Book onto a dive boat and explore the towering rock pinnacles and deep gullies, teeming with marine life of all shapes and sizes.
John Stackhouse’s Bathroom
Not like any other bathroom, John Stackhouse’s bathroom finds itself buried within the walls of a cliff. Carved into the cool rock, this incredible en-suite is truly one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, hidden within a cove below Acton Castle. Topped up by water from a natural spring and seawater from the tides, it’s unlike any other.
One of the most striking old chapels in the country, Roche Rock Chapel looks like something plucked from the pages of a novel. Soaring high above the St Austell Downs, it is believed to have been the hideout of Jan Tregeagle, a wicked magistrate, who tried to flee from the devil on his judgment day.
Booby’s Bay’s Shipwreck
A 25-mile drive from Truro on Cornwall’s north coast, Booby’s Bay is a great sandy beach that is popular with locals and visitors alike. While the beach itself is well-known, not many people know that it is also home to an eerie shipwreck that is only revealed when the sands are washed away by big winter swells. Hidden for decades, it was revealed for the first time in 100 years in 2014 by a massive storm.
Not far from Merchant House Hotel, Truro, Merther Church is an intriguing little church that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. Originally built around 1370, it was abandoned 100 years and today is wrapped in a shawl of brambles, ivy and creepers. One for those looking for a wander off the beaten track, this little ghost church is full of mystery and charm.
Overlooking heather moorland, Chun Quoit near Pendeen in West Cornwall is one of the county’s best preserved Neolithic quoits. Believed to have once been covered with a round barrow and encompassing a small chamber within, Chun Quoit is impressive as it still has its original capstone in its original setting, 5,000 years after it was constructed.
Nanjizal’s Song of the Sea Arch
Located in West Cornwall, the picture-perfect Nanjizal beach is a secluded spot reached by the South West Coast Path. Attracting only the dedicated few who are prepared to make the journey on foot, it is a real gem. Making it even more special, Nanjizal beach also features freshwater waterfalls and a striking natural rock formation known as the Song of the Sea.