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Discover Cornwall’s Most Picturesque Villages: A Journey Through Coastal Charm

Longing for a quintessentially Cornish experience when you visit Mannings? 

Cornwall’s rugged coastline, dotted with charming villages, beaches and coves has long been a destination for travellers seeking tranquillity and memorable views. We’ve put together this guide to help you venture beyond bustling Truro and explore the serene beauty of some of Cornwall’s most picturesque and iconic villages. 

St. Agnes

St Agnes: Tucked away on Cornwall’s north coast lies the enchanting village of St Agnes. Known for its mining heritage and stunning coastal scenery, St Agnes is a captivating blend of rugged cliffs, and sandy coves. Charming streets are lined with whitewashed cottages and there’s a fantastic pub, The Driftwood Spars, just off the South West Coast Path in Trevaunance Cove. Breathe in the salty sea air, and immerse yourself in the rustic charm of this coastal gem.

St. Agnes is about 10 miles (20 minute drive) from Truro. Alternatively, buses run to St Agnes from Truro bus station, just across Lemon Quay from Mannings hotel. Ask our team for more details. 

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac: Made famous as the filming location for the popular TV series Doc Martin, Port Isaac is the ideal destination if you’re seeking old-world charm and maritime character. Narrow streets wind their way down to a picturesque harbour, where colourful fishing boats bob gently in the water. Explore the village’s historic buildings, sample fresh seafood at some of the famous local eateries, and soak up the ambiance of this quintessential Cornish fishing village.

Port Isaac is a 50 minute drive from Truro.


Mousehole: Nestled on the shores of Mount’s Bay, the quaint village of Mousehole is a postcard-perfect destination brimming with charm. Its winding streets are adorned with flower-filled cottages, art galleries, and cosy cafes. Wander along the harbour wall, admire the views across the bay, and be sure to visit the iconic “Mousehole Cat” statue, a tribute to the village’s seafaring heritage. At Christmas, the harbour lights become a must-see destination for many, so if you’re planning a festive visit to Cornwall, make sure Mousehole is on your list! 

Mousehole is an hour’s drive from Truro. To get to Mousehole by public transport, get the train to Penzance from Truro train station, which is just a short walk or taxi ride from Mannings hotel.


Polperro: With its jumble of whitewashed cottages tumbling down towards a picturesque harbour, Polperro is a picture of coastal tranquillity. This historic fishing village, nestled within a steep-sided valley, offers visitors a glimpse into Cornwall’s maritime past. Explore the village’s narrow streets, discover hidden coves, and savour the freshest seafood at one of the local pubs or restaurants.

Polperro is an hour’s drive from Truro, alternatively you can get the train to Looe and then a bus to Polperro. For more details on travel from Mannings Hotel, our team will be happy to help you! 


Cadgwith: Tucked away on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, the tiny fishing village of Cadgwith feels like a step back in time. Its thatched cottages, traditional fishing boats, and rugged coastline evoke a sense of timeless beauty. Wander along the village’s pebble beach, watch the fishermen landing their catch, and soak up the serene atmosphere of this hidden gem.

Whether you’re seeking scenic walks, historic landmarks, or simply a place to unwind and recharge, these idyllic havens offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. 

So pack your bags and make Mannings the heart of your next Cornish adventure!