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Our Favourite Activity Holidays

There is nowhere better for an activity holiday than Cornwall! Whether you’re looking for a walking holiday, cycling trip, climbing, exploring, adrenaline fuelled fun or simply seeing the sights, you couldn’t be better placed. Cornwall has it all; the scenery, the sea and the sand, with Merchant House right behind, providing a comfy bed and complimentary tea and homemade cake! Read on to find out about our favourite activity holidays in Cornwall:

Diving holidays in Cornwall

Where better to discover diving than off the stunning coast of Cornwall? From beginners to advanced, you will be guaranteed an unforgettable encounter with the local marine life with the potential to sight Basking Sharks, Dolphins and Seals.


Sea Fishing breaks in Cornwall

Enjoy a day out fishing in the Cornish waters. Falmouth Bay is rich in marine-life and supports a diverse variety of fish species. Guests can enjoy fishing on the local wrecks and reefs and can expect to find species such as Pollack, Ling, Flatfish, Bass, Gurnard, Mackerel, Herring and even Octopus, Squid and Cuttlefish! Enjoy a day out with knowledgeable crew and come back to Merchant House to make use of our outdoor shower to rinse your fishing kit and our guest freezer where we can safely store your catch!


Walking holidays in Cornwall

Cornwall is the perfect place for a walking holiday. With so much to see, there is the option to take things at your own pace with local walks or Cliffside rambles or alternatively, we can recommend local walking guides to take you on a tour of the best sights that Cornwall offers.


Cycling breaks in Cornwall 

Cornwall is popular for cycling holidays – with a variety of cycling routes and coastal paths, the Cornish countryside is unrivalled when it comes to stunning settings to hop onto two wheels. You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins to cycle here either, many guests check in and head to the Camel Trail for a leisurely cycle from Wadebridge to Padstow whereas others want something a bit more challenging, there’s plenty of choice! We can safely store your bicycle at Merchant House and provide complimentary homemade cake to keep those calories up for long days in the saddle!


Cultural Break in Cornwall

The perfect base for a history or culture break, Cornwall has achieved international recognition from UNESCO that has credited World Heritage Site status to ten industrial landscape areas from our mining heritage. With historical sights such as Pendennis and St Mawes castles, local mines, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Cornwall Museum, Lands End and more, there is something to fill the itinerary, whether you want to visit castles only, historic mining sites, a Poldark tour or simply to see as much as you can on your trip to Cornwall! Make sure you visit Truro Cathedral, only a ten minute walk from Merchant House, it’s spectacular.


Gardens in Cornwall

One of the most popular reason that guests visit Cornwall is for the gardens. We are lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful grounds and gardens including Glendurgan and Trebah at Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth, the Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey, the world famous Eden Project and Trelissick, only a short distance from Merchant House and with stunning views to the Fal River. For something a little different, we even have Tregothnan only a fifteen minute drive away. Available for private garden tours, Tregothnan hosts private tours (lasting approx. 2 hours) with their head gardener and finishing with a Cornish cream tea afterwards!


If you’re looking for an activity break in Cornwall, let us know. We’re ideally situated in Truro, close to Newquay, Falmouth and St Ives, making us the perfect base. We’ll provide the comfy bed, cracking full English breakfast, free parking, free WiFi and complimentary homemade cake, you simply bring the kit! Enjoy a day of adventure then return to our homely hotel and wake up to a delicious hearty breakfast that will fuel you for another day of fun, we can even send you off with a packed lunch! To book your activity break in Cornwall contact us on 01872 272450 (activities must be booked direct).