Use the following sections to discover more about the Camilla House in Penzance.
Would you like to escape the grey winter days and enjoy a comfortable & relaxing visit to Cornwall? Are you looking for an affordable holiday to take within the UK? Then consider the great value offered by the Camilla House Guest House in Penzance which gives so much more than traditional Bed and Breakfast. Use our web site to find out about special offers for both short breaks and longer stays along with ideas for what to see and do through March 2013
Cornwall has plenty to offer during March, the days are getting longer and weather can be kind for outdoor activities and getting around either by public transport or under your own steam is often easier than in the summer. So why not treat yourself to an inexpensive break without sacrificing on quality and enjoy a stay at the Camilla House which provides friendly and warm accommodation in Penzance.
When staying at the Camilla House not only do you get award winning accommodation and food but you will enjoy friendly service from Susan and Simon who are more than happy to provide a full range of customised tour itineraries made for your specific requirements so as to get the most during your short break in Cornwall, or simply provide access to a comprehensive collection of maps, guide books and timetables if you prefer to do your own thing.
There are many things to do in March during a visit to Cornwall, we have put some starter suggestions below but also check our Facebook page to see more ideas as and when they appear. Of particular importance will be the festivities for St Pirans Day (5th March) which sees a series of celebrations across the county for the patron saint of Tin MIners and one of the patron saints of Cornwall - find out more on wikipedia
Our favourites this month are split between two - the first is going to be Trengwainton Gardens just north of Penzance with its delightful walks, enchanting walled kitchen gardens and award winning Cafe. This is easily accessible from the Camilla House (we often walk or cycle up to the gardens) and is a great place to see the start of Spring. On Sunday 18th of March there will be a special event entitled 'A Passion for Plants'. Full details of this National Trust garden can be found by following the link for Trengwainton Gardens.
The second is a realively new offering near Penzance - Tremenheere Scultpture Gardens which we went to check out last month - you can see some images on our Facebook page. The gardens are located in a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide the perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this is an evolving programme of high-quality contemporary art installations. Have a look at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.
Cornwall has so much to offer at any time of the year for those who love the outdoors. If you are looking for some active pursuits in March then consider some of these:
South West Coast Path - Britain's longest National Trail runs along the promenade in front of the Camilla House. Spectacular walking to see Land's End, the Lizard Peninsula and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.
Public transport links to the start & end of various West Cornwall sections of the path are good and Susan & Simon can arrange drop-off and pick-up for those bits where the buses don't go. Packed lunches and maps are available at the Camilla House. Visit the following site for more information - South West Coast Path.
On Your Bike - The Camilla House has some bicycles available for loan to guests who wish to take advantage of the Cornish Way Cycle Route. There are easy routes from the Camilla House to St.Michael's Mount and Mousehole or why not have a leisurely day exploring the back lanes between Penzance and Land's End? Bikes are available in exchange for a charitable donation to the RNLI (supported by the Camilla House - see why at the RNLI).
Bird Watching - lots of activity with the the birds this month - why not come and find out about the Cornish Choughs down on the Lizard Peninsula (see Cornwall Chough Project) or join a local RSPB group to watch Hen Harriers at nearby Men-an-Tol? Further details can be found on web site for the RSPB
There are real 'must see' places in Cornwall, many within easy traveling of the Camilla House - here are some suggestions for things to do in March:
St.Michael's Mount - although operating on a restricted opening basis in March there are still tours of the castle running each Tuesday and Friday at 11.00 and 14.00, weather permitting - check out the web site at St.Michael's Mount.
Minack Theatre - this magical cliff-top theatre and the Rowena Cade visitor centre are open daily throughout March (10.00 to 15.30) and provide an inspiring insight into the history of the Minack - as well as stunning view across Porthcurno Bay. See the web site at Minack Theatre for details.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall - No visit to Cornwall (surrounded by sea on three sides) would be complete without a look at some of the rich maritime connections, where better to start than at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth - easily reached from Penzance. A great opportunity to see the new 'Search and Rescue' exhibition during March. See the web site at National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
Eden Project - a leading conservation tourist attraction and gardens which provides an excellent option for a stop off visit either on the way to, or returning home from the Camilla House in Penzance. see full details at the web site for the Eden Project.
Whether it is traditional or modern, expensive or great value, whatever your taste in art may be there is plenty of choice to see in March while staying at the Camilla House. Some galleries that prove popular are:
Penlee House, until March 9th there is a wonderful exhibition of Troika Pottery (from 1963 to 1983) - you know, the pottery that you would love to own, you'll recognise it when you see it. Find out more at the web site for Penlee House.
Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, Newlyn is open with a major show of paintings by Kate Walters. The Secret Worth A Thousand presents paintings and drawings that explore the connections between the human and animal worlds. Deer, horses and female figures are depicted with a raw but intimate intensity in a series of paintings and drawings created especially for this exhibition.
In the lower gallery there will be projected photographs, detailing the wonder of nature in Walters’s small garden, which represents a return to a medium she worked with many years ago.
The Exchange will have from the 9th February an exhibition titled 'The Future’s Not What It Used To Be' This is a group exhibition of international artists who explore multiple perspectives of the past, present - full details can be seen at Newlyn and Exchange Galleries.
Tate St.Ives, showing modern and contemporary art - current exhibition is on the work of the internationally acclaimed modern painter William Scott. Details can be seen on their site at Tate St.Ives.
After a busy, or relaxing, day discovering what Penzance and Cornwall have to offer it is time to turn to thoughts of food. When staying at the Camilla House there are plenty of options for eating out in pubs and restaurants, we take plenty of time to listen to feedback from guests and the following are some suggestions to try -
Alverne - This restaurant and lounge provides modern British dishes and Tapas in a friendly and stylish setting - a real favourite of ours Alverne Restaurant and Lounge
Harris's Restaurant - Well established and critically acclaimed, this small restaurant provides a touch of class for eating out on good food in Penzance Harris's Restaurant
The Assay House - this comfortable Bar and Restaurant is just a stone's throw from Camilla House in Chapel Street The Assay House
The Turk's Head Pub - original and charming - if you like to eat great food for a good price in one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall then visit the web site for the Turk's Head
The Yacht Inn - our local friendly pub offering great value food and served with a smile - check what they have to offer at the Yacht Inn
The Bakehouse Restaurant - modern and contemporary offering wonderful Cornish produce with professional service, see more at the Bakehouse
The Boatshed - harbour side restaurant that provides a relaxed and friendly place to eat plenty of local seafood - see more at the Boatshed
The Navy Inn - relaxed and informal dining with plenty of seasonal fresh produce with a bias towards fish - discover more on the web for the Navy Inn
The Smuggler's - in nearby Newlyn, a real favourite with guests - great food and service in a delightful restaurant overlooking Newly Harbour - see what is on offer at the Smuggler's