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Sea views don’t come much better than those at Tol-Dhu! Our coastal retreat offers breath taking views across the picturesque Mullion Cove harbour and out to sea towards Mullion Island.
Dog friendly Tol-Dhu is located just 50 metres from the National Trust owned pretty working harbour and a ‘secret’ beach accessed through a cave at low tide. It is the perfect choice for a coastal family holiday or short break to Cornwall’s spectacular Lizard Peninsula, with beautiful beaches, the spectacular coast path and Mullion village with its amenities all close at hand.
Tol-Dhu’s clever upside down layout makes the most of the fantastic sea views, with a first floor open plan living space and elevated balcony overlooking the bay. Making the perfect spot for enjoying a cooling drink after a day’s exploration.
The ground floor boasts a perfectly equipped kitchen with dining area and three comfortable bedrooms, all en suite, which together sleep six.
The magical Lizard Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with world-renowned beaches, coastal paths, historic coves and numerous fishing villages. It is England's most southerly point with a climate that is one of the mildest in Britain. Fantastic in all seasons, highlights include early flowers in Spring, heather covered moors in Autumn and pretty harbour lights at Christmas. Plus friendly pubs and good, fresh, local food!
Guests enjoy direct access to the celebrated Cornish Coastal Path over the headlands to nearby Polurrian Bay and Poldu Coves, where there is an excellent golf course.
The Porthmellin Café is located a minutes’ walk from the cottage, serving breakfasts, lunches, cream teas and Cornish ice creams during the main holiday season (April-October). And, if you don't fancy cooking one night, take a five minute stroll up the path for a drink at the Mullion Cove Hotel's Glenbervie bar followed by dinner in the Atlantic View restaurant.
Lizard Point, the most southerly mainland point in Britain, is a few miles away and it is just a short drive to the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula to access the wonderful safe sailing waters of the Helford River where yachts can be kept. Helford village has an active sailing club and thatched waterside inn and there are many other historic inns in the surrounding countryside.
About a mile away is Mullion itself, the largest village on the Lizard, with its wide array of many amenities including shops, convenience stores, inns, cafes and restaurants, craft shops and art galleries. About ten minutes’ drive to the north is the larger market town of Helston, set around historic leat lined streets.
Flambards is great for the kids and you can step into Cornwall's mining heritage at the Poldark Mine. There are plenty of activities to choose from locally, and the cove is home to 'Lizard Adventures' for guided Kayaking and Coasteering. Fish from the harbour's edge, explore rock pools and caves or just relax and enjoy the views!
12 GREAT REASONS TO HOLIDAY ON THE LIZARD PENINSULA
With so much to see, it’s hard to do the Lizard Peninsula justice! You can click here to read our blog post ’12 great reasons to book a Lizard Peninsula holiday’ which spreads the word about this unique region.
Tol-Dhu is located just above and on the edge of Mullion’s National Trust owned harbour which was completed in 1895 and financed by Lord Robartes of Lanhydrock as recompense to the fishermen for several disastrous pilchard seasons.
Walk along the thick harbour walls dramatically surrounded by tall stacks of black volcanic rock. These walls protect from the southerly winter gales and visitors can still see the old pilchard cellar and net store. The white sand and calm turquoise sea often give way to dark stormy seas as its location means it’s subjected to the full force of the Atlantic.
There are plenty of smuggling tales too. In 1801, the King's Pardon was offered to any smuggler giving information on the Mullion musket men involved in a gunfight with the crew of HM Gun Vessel Hecate.
The Cove is often used as a location for films. Actors recently enjoying its charm include Sam Neil, Aiden Turner and Charles Dance. In the 1940’s Clarke Gable enjoyed scrambled eggs at the café when filming here!
Mullion Cove is a great spot for fishing with a number of boats for hire that can take you out for a few hours or an entire day. Quite often seals can be seen around the harbour hunting or basking in the sunshine, occasionally other marine wildlife may also be spotted travelling past.
The coastal path descends the cliffs into the cove and offers spectacular views. There is a seasonal tea room in the cove and a short walk toward the village is where you'll find The Chocolate Factory & Craft Centre. You can watch chocolate being made and even take some home; there are other shops on site and a coffee shop serving a good menu of lunches.
The nearby village of Mullion (1 mile) is a thriving community boasting shops, convenience stores, inns, cafes and restaurants, craft shops and art galleries.
Mullion island, located approximately half a mile offshore, is owned by the National Trust, it’s an uninhabited island and part of the local Site of Specific Scientific Interest. The island is home to breeding great black-backed gulls, guillemots, shags and cormorants, as the bird life is so prominent public access onto the island is prohibited.
There are many attractive walks in the area. The coves, beaches, harbour villages and attractions of the Lizard Peninsula are easily explored by car.
FOOD & DRINK
The Glenbervie Bar at Mullion Cove Hotel (0.2 miles/6 minute walk) is Art Deco inspired and a perfect spot to enjoy a perfectly prepared cocktail.
The Atlantic View Restaurant at the Mullion Cove Hotel (0.2 miles/6 minute walk) is a fantastic place for fish and seafood. Try the steak or one of the other tasty menu choices, including vegetarian and vegan options. The hotel stands on the cliff top overlooking Mullion’s harbour and fishing cove with uninterrupted sea views. The four course daily changing menu features an extensive range of fresh local Cornish produce and a great selection of hand crafted dishes.
The Old Inn, Churchtown, Mullion TR12 7HN (1 mile, 30 minutes’ walk) is a traditional thatched pub reputed to have been frequented by Marconi. The Old Inn serves a good range of bar and restaurant meals and a good Sunday roast. Eat on the patio outside when the sun shines, there is an abundance of seating.
Mounts Bay Inn, Churchtown, Mullion TR12 7HN (1 mile, 24 minutes’ walk) is a delightful pub offering a warm welcome to all. There are regular live bands playing at the pub. In the summer months why not enjoy a drink and perhaps a bite to eat out on the decking.
The closest beaches are:
Mullion Cove Beach (0.1 miles/2 minutes walk). The harbour offers a nice location for a dip in the sea, the beach and harbour are not lifeguarded however so please only swim if it’s safe to do so. At low tide the small beach here is dog friendly all year round.
Polurrian Cove Beach (0.6 miles/14 minutes walk along the South West Coast Path).
Poldhu Cove Beach (2 miles). Visit The Marconi Centre and discover the fascinating historical advances made in transatlantic radio communication.
Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach (2.7 miles). Visit St Winwaloe Church located right on the beach, dating from the 13th century and also, due to its location, known as the Church of Storms. Scenes from ‘Poldark’ of the terrible shipwreck at night were filmed on the beach.
Dollar Cove Beach (2.8 miles).
Cadgwith Cove Beach (6 miles).
Kennack Sands Beach (6.4 miles).
Kynance Cove Beach (7.5 miles/4.5 along coast path).
Loe Bar Beach (8.7 miles).
Porthleven Beach (10.6 miles).
Coverack Beach (11 miles).
HOUSES & GARDENS
Bonython Estate Gardens, Bonython Estate, Helston (3.5 miles).
Bosahan Gardens, Manaccan, Helston (9.5 miles).
Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth (13.5 miles).
Godolphin House & Estate, The National Trust, Godolphin Cross, Helston (14 miles).
Glendurgan Garden, The National Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth (13.5 miles).
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance (20 miles).
Trereife House & Gardens, Newlyn, Penzance (23 miles).
Trengwainton Garden, The National Trust, Madron, Penzance (23 miles).
Trelissick Gardens, The National Trust, Feock, Truro (23 miles).
Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge, Penzance (24 miles).
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives (24.5 miles).
Tresco Abbey Garden, Tresco, Isles of Scilly (boat trips to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance).
The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell (43 miles).
TOWNS & VILLAGES
CADGWITH (6 miles) is an attractive fishing village on the Lizard with two small east-facing shingle beaches either side of a rocky promontory.
LIZARD VILLAGE (6.5 miles), situated on the most southerly point of England, has an old Lifeboat Station, Lizard Lighthouse and lovely walks to Kynance Cove or Cadgwith and pretty Landewednack Church Cove.
GWEEK (8 miles), on the north bank of the Helford river, is a pretty village and home of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. It has a very good Pub, The Black Swan.
HELSTON (8.5 miles) is a pleasant busy market town famous for its Flora Day Festival and the many stories and legends about the “Furry Dance” are told in the fascinating Helston Folk Museum. The Blue Anchor is an historical pub in the centre of Helston dating back to the 15th century. Explore the Penrose Estate (National Trust) and take a ride on the Helston Railway.
HELFORD (9.5 miles) is a pretty village nestled around the creek. A foot ferry takes passengers to the delightful gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan. Hire a motor or sailing boat and explore the still meandering creeks and inlets of the Helfords waters. There are beautiful walks up river to Frenchman’s Creek.
COVERACK (10.5 miles) is a picturesque Cornish fishing village with a small sand and pebble beach on the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsula.
PORTHLEVEN (10.5 miles) is one of south west Cornwall’s hidden, coastal gems. The iconic clock tower sits on the harbour entrance and the pubs, shops, cafés and restaurants, including the new Rick Stein’s, cluster around the historic inner harbour, where there is plenty of boating and marine activity.
ST KEVERNE village (11 miles) is one mile inland from the coastal path and has a beautiful church, whitewashed cottages, two public houses, restaurants and shops clustered around the village square which really comes alive at the annual festivals of the Ox Roast, Carnival and Rodeo.
MARAZION (17.5 miles), is home to the iconic castle, St Michael’s Mount. Mounts Bay and Marazion Marsh are home to hundreds of species of wildlife.
FALMOUTH (17.5 miles). Attractions include Pendennis Castle (English Heritage), the multi award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the award winning Falmouth Art Gallery (free entry). Ferries criss-cross the water connecting Falmouth with the charming harbour town of St Mawes and the city of Truro.
PENZANCE (21.5 miles) has many shops, pubs and restaurants as well as cinema, bowling and laser quest. there is easy access to the beautiful Isles of Scilly by ferry. Have a wander around Morrab Gardens near the seafront. Art galleries include Penlee House Gallery & Museum and The Exchange Gallery.
ST IVES (23.5 miles) has a thriving art scene – the cobbled streets are filled with quirky shops, galleries and lots of fabulous restaurants. Attractions include the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and Tate St Ives.
TRURO (24.5 miles). Cornwall’s one and only city, with Truro Cathedral taking centre stage.
SEA KAYAKING, PADDLE SPORTS, COASTEERING
Whether you bring your own or use a local provider to hire the gear, the Lizard is a great area for coastal adventures! We would advise keeping a close eye on weather and tides, however, and if you are new to these pursuits, a trip with friendly local experts is the ideal safe way to get started:
Lizard Adventure, Lizard Head TR12 7NN (6 miles) and Mullion Cove (0 miles) offer coasteering, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, survival skills, rock climbing. You can book guided kayaking and coasteering from Mullion Cove harbour. The cove features caves and rock stacks which are only really accessible with a kayak at low tide in calm conditions. Tel: +(44) (0) 7845 204040, www.lizardadventure.co.uk
Vertical Blue Adventures, Porthleven harbour TR13 9JS (10.5 miles), offer a variety of kayak and paddleboard tours, including lessons, private hire and sales. Tel:+(44) (0) 7551 074488, verticalblue.co.uk
Koru Kayaking, Budock Vean Hotel, TR11 5LG (13 miles). Koru's Frenchman's Creek Kayak Adventure is along the Helford River and creeks, including Frenchman's Creek, the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's novel of the same name. Tel: +44 (0) 7794 321827, korukayaking.co.uk
Coverack Windsurfing Centre, Coverack TR12 6SY (11 miles) offers RYA windsurfing tuition for both beginner and advanced sailors. They also hire SUP boards and kayaks. Tel: +44 (0) 1326 280939, www.coverack.co.uk
Kennack Diving, Kennack Sands TR12 7LT (6 miles) is the most southerly dive centre in mainland Britain. Offers a full range of PADI courses, bespoke guided dives, air, equipment hire etc. If you’re aged between 8-80, reasonably fit and happy in the water, you can try out the equipment in the safe environment of the centre’s own heated swimming pool. Anyone over the age of 12 years can then follow this up with a trial dive in the sea for an unforgettable encounter with marine life, with qualified instructors. T: +44 (0) 7816 903260, www.kennackdiving.co.uk
Porthkerris Divers, Porthkerris Cove TR12 6QJ (12 miles) is a family run dive centre that offers fantastic shore and boat diving. T: +44 (0) 1326 280620, porthkerris.com
Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, TR11 5JZ (14 miles). HRCST is a youth charity based in Cornwall that offers access to sailing and water activities to children aged 8-14. T: +44 (0) 1326 702326, hrcst.org.uk
With Atlantic beaches and a wealth of great breaks locally, West Cornwall is also a fine surfing destination. Experienced boarders will love the natural beauty and space of the region. Should you want to improve your skills, however, or learn surfing from scratch we also have the excellent Dan Joel Surf School and Kennack Surf School nearby.
Dan Joel Surf School, Poldhu Beach, Mullion TR12 7JB (2 miles). T: +44 (0) 7974 941 575.
Kennack Surf School (6.5 miles) operates from the Beach Hut at Kennack Sands. T: +44 (0) 1326 290871, www.kennacksurfschool.co.uk
RIVER CRUISES/BOAT TRIPS
Constance Cruises, Classic Boatyard, Gweek TR12 6UF (8 miles). T: (+4) (0) 1326 221657, www.gweekquay.co.uk/constance
Coverack Harbour Boat Trips, Coverack TR12 6SY (11 miles). T: (+4) (0) 7977 044565.
Helford River Cruises, Budock Vean Hotel, TR11 5LG (13 miles). T: (+4) (0)1872 552255, helfordrivercruises.co.uk
GOLFMullion Golf Course (2.5 miles) is a stunning 18 hole golf links founded in 1895, and is England’s most southerly golf course. Visitors are welcome and a range of facilities include golf buggies, club house, golf shop and professional tuition services. Arthur Conan Doyle and A.A Milne played regularly during several visits each year and A.P Herbert wrote his famous poem:
With clear, clean waters and rugged terrain galore, the coast around the Lizard Peninsula is great for fishing. Summer is the best time to fish, with mackerel, pollack and occasional bass among the species you will find. Colourful wrasse and various mini species are also common around the rocks and popular with LRF and lure fishing enthusiasts. Alternately, West Cornwall also has some pretty trout and salmon streams that offer idyllic fly fishing. Try the excellent Westcountry Angling Passport Scheme, wrt.org.uk/project/westcountry-angling-passport
Newton Livery Equestrian & Leisure Centre, Newton Livery TR12 7JF (2 miles) are a family run business and specialise in lessons particularly for beginners. All rides are accompanied and range from rides through the countryside to exciting canters through the waves and along the beach for more experienced riders. For anyone who prefers to sit back and relax scenic carriage rides are also available. T: +44 (0) 1326 240388, www.newton-equestrian.co.uk
From spotting seals to tracking down rare seabirds, the Lizard Peninsula is a paradise for the wildlife lover. It's well worth packing some binoculars. Seals are especially common, with Lizard Point a great spot to find one. Or, alternately, you could get up close and personal with these playful creatures at Gweek Seal Sanctuary.
MULLION COVE TO POLDHU COVE:
Guests at Tol-Dhu enjoy direct access to the celebrated Cornish Coastal Path over the headlands to nearby Polurrian Bay (0.7 miles/17 minute walk) and onwards to Poldu Cove (1.9 miles/40 minutes’ walk).
MULLION COVE TO LIZARD POINT:
A great walk (6.4 miles) along the South West coastal path with stunning views and beaches. Passing through Kynance Cove (below). Take your dog as you will pass pubs where they are welcome and don't forget to visit Ann's famous Pasty Shop in Lizard village, it will be worth it just as long as she hasn't run out!
MULLION COVE TO KYNANCE COVE:
A 4.5 mile walk along coast path to probably the most photographed beach in the area. waThe rugged, rocky coastline, caves and gleaming white sand make it one of Cornwall’s prettiest, take note though, the beach is totally covered at high tide. Alternatively by car, National Trust car parking is available with access to the beach via a steep gravelled path. Cafe and toilets are available during the summer months.
Poldark Tin Mine & Gardens, Wendron, Helston (11 miles).
King Edward Mine Museum, Troon, Camborne (17 miles).
East Pool Mine, The National Trust, Pool, Redruth (19 miles).
Cornwall Gold – Tolgus Tin Mill, New Portreath Road, Redruth (20 miles).
Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Pendeen (29 miles). Geevor tin mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
Check out our blog on Poldark filming locations, all easy day trips from Tol-Dhu. The closest, just 3 miles from Tol-Dhu, is Church Cove, Gunwalloe, next to Dollar Cove. Other locations include: St Breward and Charlestown to the east; Porthcothan, St Agnes Head and Wheal Coates to the north; and Botallack, Levant and Porthgwarra to the west. All the coves and beaches are quite as beautiful as they look on screen, but all are deceptive, changing from sunny, peaceful places to dreadful deathtraps for ships on a lee shore when gales howl.
Rosamunde Pilcher was born about 20 miles away from Bonython in Lelant, and she says that that it all started here in Cornwall, “on the beaches, sitting on the rocks and making up little stories in my head, a long time ago.” Rosamunde Pilcher’s name has long been synonymous for outstanding entertainment, both for her novels – which have sold over 30 million copies all over the world – and for the ZDF small-screen adaptations of her works set in Cornwall. In Germany, Rosamunde Pilcher is a household name, because of her position in German TV ratings for over 20 years where the ZDF films of her books are watched by around six million people.
For more information, check out our blog on Rosamunde Pilcher filming locations nearby.
Goonhilly Earth Station, Goonhilly Downs, Helston (6.4 miles). Please check the web site before your visit as the Visitor Centre may still be closed for refurbishment.
Flambards, Culdrose Manor, Helston (7.5 miles). A large selection of rides and indoor attractions and exhibitions to suit everyone.
Roskilly’s Farm Ice Creams, Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne (11 miles).
Chysauster Ancient Village Iron Age settlement – English Heritage, New Mill, Penzance (23 miles).
Lanyon Quoit Chambered Tomb, Madron (225 miles).
The Mermaid of Zennor, Zennor (26 miles).
Tregiffian Burial Chamber (English Heritage), near St Buryan (28 miles).
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno, nr Penzance (30 miles).
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno (31 miles). Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay, shows both local and national productions.
5 St Piran’s Day, Penzance (21.5 miles).
The St Ives Feast – Hurling the Silver Ball, St Ives (23.5 miles).
Falmouth Spring Festival, Falmouth (17.5 miles).
The Truro Festival, Truro (24.5 miles).
Falmouth Spring Festival, Falmouth (17.5 miles).
The Truro Festival, Truro (24.5 miles).
Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair, Trereife House, Penzance (23 miles).
Porthleven Food and Music Festival, Porthleven (10.5 miles).
Trevithick Day, Camborne (17.4 miles).
St Ives May Day, St Ives (23.5 miles).
Helston Flora Day, Helston (8.5 miles).
St Ives Literature Festival, St Ives (23.5 miles).
Fal River Festival, Variety of venues around the Fal River, Falmouth, Truro, Roseland.
Fal River Festival, Variety of venues around the Fal River, Falmouth, Truro, Roseland.
Penzance Literary Festival, Penzance (21.5 miles).
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth (17.5 miles).
Golowan Festival, Penzance (21.5 miles). The two main events are Mazey Day and Quay Day.
Murdoch Day, Redruth (18 miles).
St Buryan Rally, St Buryan (27 miles).
Marazion Carnival, Marazion (17.4 miles).
St Keverne Ox Roast (11 miles). Usually taking place on the first Wednesday of August, the whole of the village celebrates with brass bands, entertainment, stalls, refreshments and of course an ox roast. The first slice of beef goes to the highest bidder.
Falmouth Week, Falmouth (17.5 miles).
Helford Passage Regatta, Helford (9.5 miles).
St Ives September Festival, St Ives (23.5 miles).
Falmouth Oyster Festival, Falmouth (17.5 miles).
Montol Festival, Penzance (21.5 miles).
Tom Bawcock’s Eve, Mousehole (25.5 miles).
Things you need to know about Tol-Dhu if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:
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