Pentewan is a pretty coastal village on the south coast of Cornwall. It lies approx 3 Â½ miles form St Austell and 1 Â½ miles from the working fishing village of Mevagissey. We are lucky in the Pentewan to still have a close community that pull together to help with the upkeep of the village and organise activities.
Our local pub is The Ship Inn and is run by the wonderful Kim Barker, a lady who is rarely found without a smile. The Ship is an easy short stroll around the corner from ‘The Cove’ and along with wet sales serves food throughout the year.
Pentewan also has a seasonal cafÃ© open from Easter until the end of October who do the best cream teas which are freshly baked throughout the day. Also seasonal is the ice cream and beach shop, which also sells gifts for you to take home or better still to keep for yourself. Cobblers is a small gift shop in what used to be the old cobblers shop. This is a shop of many things from history books of the area to all sorts of wonderful items ranging from trinkets to quilts.
The village has a petrol station, working mechanic shop, news agent, general store and post office all in one area, along with a water sports shop selling everything from fishing tackle to Kayaks and a very nice restaurant for that special dinning night out and a bike hire shed.
Pentewan village has several events run yearly. The Trig Morris men will entertain us during one evening of July where several small stalls will be set up before the dancing.
During August we have the Gala weekend which is a great family event featuring participation games, stalls, rides, BBQ and great music. This is a weekend that aims to entertain whilst not costing people too and fund raising is done through out the year to enable this to happen.
During the summer weeks a Friday night duck race is held weekly (bath toy ducks not real ones) down the white river, which runs down Pentewan valley.
In December we have a carol service around the Christmas tree in the village square. Following this the village children have a visit from Father Christmas and every one happily eats mince pies and roast chestnuts while drinking mulled wine or spiced cider. Every one is welcome to join in with the festivities.
From the end of September through to the following July a weekly Saturday night quiz is held in the ‘ Ship Inn’ this is a well-supported popular quiz and not one for the real brainyacks. The aim is to have fun use the grey matter a little and raise money for the Gala, Christmas lights and activities along and various charities.
To see more of what might be happening in the village through the year please have a look at the village website: www.pentewan.com
Three miles from Pentewan we have the old harbour of Charlestown. Now owned by the ‘Tall Ship Company’ it is used by them to anchor their Tall ships when they are not being used on a film sets around the world. Film companies also regularly use the harbour for both big screen productions and small screen television.
There is also a very interesting maritime museum at Charlestown along with several small shops.
Mevagissey is just over the hill from us. This is a working fishing village as well as a tourist hot spot for day tripping. There are several nice restaurants along with some very nice shops, a model railway and a small aquarium. Feast week is held in June and has a whole program of events from the Trawler Race, to the Raft Race, the Floral Dance which is preformed on several days for anyone to join in, to demonstrations on fish filleting and a scare crow competition. It finishes with a carnival that travels around the village and a fantastic firework display.
Gorran, Gorran Haven, St Ewe and Port Mellon are all close by and worth a visit.
Dogs are not allowed on our beach but they are allowed on Par beach, Port Mellon Hemmick, Vault and Caerhays.
Cornwall has so much to offer and it is really hard to know what to recommend as we have such a wide variety to choose from but here’s a selection:
Museums – theme parks – Cheese factories – cider farms – Monuments – Tin mines – a maize maze – Castles such as Restormal, St Michaels mount, Pendeen, King Arthurs at Tintagel – Beaches of all descriptions from the dramatic and wide open to small coves, sandy to pebbly and all that goes in between, some dog friendly some not.
To help you select your day out when staying with us, we have a large leaflet rack for you to look through.