Cornwall’s Best Kept Secrets

Published: 2021-06-07 / Author: Merchant House

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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.

The Manacles

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.

Rock Chapel

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.

Merther Church

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.

Chun Quoit

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.

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Customer Reviews


Great hotel, really friendly and helpful staff giving a warm welcome. Superb quiet and comfortable room with spotlessly clean ensuite bathroom.

Easy free parking and good quality Wi-Fi. Continental breakfast was very good, fresh fruit and a good cereal selection. Excellent coffee!

Many thanks.

Simon M - UK

Lovely room and super friendly staff, pleasent location with only a short walk down hill to the town.

Spotlessly clean and good Covid measures in place. Tea coffee supplied as you need it and towels available on the landing as required if you need more than supplied in the room.

Highly recommended.

222gavinr- UK
Very comfortable stay

My wife and I stayed one night in this hotel while touring in Cornwall. It could not have been a better choice for us. The staff were very welcoming and helpful, and the room had a huge king size bed (wider than length) in a very comfortable room. Despite being on a main arterial road into Truro centre, it was very quiet at night and we could sleep with the window open. 10min walk into the town centre that has a wide range of restaurants, shops and facilities, although it seemed like a 20min walk back up the hill to the hotel! Good range of food for breakfast too. No dining facilities otherwise, but the hotel supports guests ordering take-aways if wanted.

barrystuart2017 - Bedford, UK
Truly an old fashioned customer based warm welcome

From the point of walking in the door the welcome was truly felt, nothing was to much trouble. Our dog was met with the same greeting and even had his very own welcome pack, there is a pet friendly walking area, a dog shower and towels to dry your pooch.

As for us humans, we were able to bring in and eat our takeaway in the dining area, hotel plates and cutlery was provided. The bed was amazingly comfortable, the shower room was spotless, all in all I would highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay again if I'm down this way again.

V8820MTkathyc - Clayton, UK
Gem of a place

We arrived with our Cockerpoo Parker to a very friendly welcome. Our room was clean and to a high standard although compact.One nice touch was they provided a fan as the weather was warm. Everything you wished for appeared to be catered for. We were amazed at all the lovely touches and facilities there were for dogs. You could even order take aways and eat in the lounge if you wished although Truro offers quite a few doggy friendly places to eat. There was also a bar. Breakfast was delicious too. We’d definitely be back we loved our stay thank you.

Alijon1 - Benfleet, UK
Friendly and welcoming

I really enjoyed my stay at the Merchant House. The single room was clean and big enough. We stayed four nights and the system put in place during the pandemic, made me feel comfortable and well looked after.

Staff were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. They wore masks when serving breakfast and had a great system in place for social distancing. Facilities were great. A fridge downstairs and a packed breakfast if you're leaving really early, was a great idea.

I will be going back, it's lovely and comfortable. A great base for when you're travelling all over Cornwall.

Caroline B - London, UK

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