Spotlight on St Agnes

27th May 2016

The village of St Agnes is considered to be the very essence of rural Cornwall, even featuring in the Poldark novels. Located on Cornwall’s north coast, St Agnes is 10 miles (16km) southwest of Newquay and is a popular spot for tourists who enjoy the rugged landscape and sheltered beach. The picturesque village has several shops, bars and restaurants, and beautiful old stone cottages line the main street.

St Agnes was a centre for the mining of tin, copper, and arsenic up until the 1920s. The stone-age remains in the parish and the industrial and geological heritage make it a fascinating tourist spot with so much history, lore and legacy.

Here are a selection of some of the properties we have available for self-catering holidays in St Agnes.

Trenerry Farm Cottages

Completely refurbished earlier this year, Trenerry Farm Cottages (Cherry Tree Cottage, Primrose Cottage and Meadow Cottage) are lovely cottages set in stunning surroundings which have been classified as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just 20 minutes’ walk to the beautiful National Trust owned Chapel Porth beach, the cottages are ideal for walkers who want to explore the coastal path, and are also suitable for wheelchair users. The perfect place to retreat from the busyness of everyday life, peace and calm can be found at Trenerry Farm.

Gargoyle Cottage

Situated within walking distance of Trevaunance Cove, Gargoyle Cottage is a lovely three bedroom, 4 star terraced cottage. In the heart of Rosemundy’s conservation area, the cottage is close to local shops, cafes and bars and within easy reach of many unspoilt sandy beaches and cliff top walks with spectacular coastal scenery.  Sleeping six, Gargoyle Cottage is perfect for a family holiday on the Cornish coast.  

The Old Sail Loft

Mere metres from stunning Trevaunance Cove, The Old Sail Loft is perfect for a family of four. The traditional Cornish cottage ambience of this newly refurbished apartment offers loads of character and charm. The centre of St Agnes is a 15 minute walk uphill, and the beach, cliff walks and a lovely traditional pub are all on the doorstep!

Trevaunance Cove

St Agnes’ main beach Trevaunance Cove is a popular family beach. It’s perfect for children, as has a gently shelving beach and is safer for the little ones to play under the lifeguards’ watchful eyes. The small stream is a very popular with children. Dogs are allowed all year round, if they remain on their leads.

The cove is a well known surfing spot as well as being used by local fishermen as a fishing ground for crab, lobster, and mackerel.

Chapel Porth Café

The perfect place to relax after a gorgeous coastal walk on a warm, sunny day, National Trust owned and maintained Chapel Porth beach offers beautiful views out across the Atlantic. The little café in the car park is locally renowned for its ‘hedgehog ice creams’: Cornish ice cream smothered in Cornish clotted cream and then rolled in hazelnuts, this is one indulgent and delicious treat!

St Agnes Museum

The local museum was established in 1984 and moved to the old Chapel of Rest in 1990. The Chapel is a late 19th century building housing a two-floor collection with artefacts and information that tell the stories of past local residents. The shop sells everything from cards, small toys, and children’s books.


If you want to explore the wonderful, scenic St Agnes, here at Duchy Holidays we have a range of cottages you can choose from. Whether you’re travelling with family, friends, or by yourself, we’re sure you’ll find the option that suits you the best!

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