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Penryn
A far older port and settlement than neighbouring Falmouth, Penryn was established in the early 13th century by the bishops of Exeter and owed its growth and prosperity principally to maritime trade. In addition, the College of Glasney was founded here in 1265 and became a centre of ecclesiastical learning famed throughout Europe. Today, Penryn is an exceptionally handsome town, thanks to a policy of careful restoration of its old buildings which was instituted in 1975. Most of the houses are built of granite from local quarries and it was this trade – the quarrying, dressing and shipping of this fine building stone – above all else which helped to keep Penryn alive after Falmouth developed as a superior port.

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Pentewan
Tucked away at the far end of a large and popular beach, the old harbour of Pentewan is a strange place today, a dock basin filled with water and bearded with reeds that is separated from the sea by 400 yards of dry land. This dock was built between 1818 and 1826, on the site of a harbour that had been in use for hundreds of years, by Sir Christopher Hawkins, a local mine-owner who wanted an outlet for his mines and, in particular, his china clay pits. Although the harbour was fairly busy, it was never popular with the clay magnates nor with ship owners and captains. The last trading ship called at Pentewan in 1940; for another 20 years or so it was possible for a rowing boat to enter the harbour, but now the channel is part of the beach.

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Penzance (Hotels in Penzance Click Here)
The town owes its name (‘holy headland’ from the Cornish pen and sans) to the small rocky headland to the south of the harbour and the chapel which once stood just inland. The settlement of Penzance would have been not a great deal more than this for much of its history until the 16th century, Mousehole being the principal harbour on Mount’s Bay before then. Following its burning by the Spanish in 1565, much of the infant town had to be rebuilt and it was not long before it was incorporated as a borough. In 1663, Charles II made Penzance a new coinage town for the tin industry (see Helston), removing this privilege from Bodmin and Lostwithiel at the same time and thus marking the westward movement of mining activity. From then on Penzance did not look back: its maritime trade became increasingly varied and vigorous and the town developed as a market for the whole of West Cornwall. Today Penzance is undeniably one of Cornwall’s most attractive towns, both in terms of its architecture and position and, perhaps more importantly, its spirit. The Scillonian III operates from Lighthouse Pier with a daily service to and from St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly and there are also regular helicopter flights to the islands.

Belmont House Bed & Breakfast - Penzance - 01736 810025
Bosavern House - Penzance - 01736 788301
Carnson House Hotel - Penzance - 01736 365589
Cliff Hotel - Penzance - 01736 368888
Commercial Hotel - Penzance - 01736 788455
Dunedin Hotel - Penzance - 01736 362652
Ednovean House - Penzance - 01736 711071
Fountain Tavern - Penzance - 01736 362673
Harbour View Guest House - Penzance - 01736 333948
Island View - Penzance - 01736 871510
Kerrowell Organic B & B - Penzance - 01736 794019
La Connings - Penzance - 01736 762380
Lamorna Cove Country House Hotel - Penzance - 01736 731411
Lynwood Guest House - Penzance - 01736 365871
Minalto Hotel - Penzance - 01736 362923
Myrtle Cottage Cafe & Guest House - Penzance - 01736 871698
Norton Mede - Penzance - 01736 788321
Relubbus House Bed & Breakfast - Penzance - 01736 762796
Roseudian Guest House - Penzance - 01736 788556
Rosevidney Barton - Penzance - 01736 740223
Southern Comfort Hotel - Penzance - 01736 366333
Sunningdale - Penzance - 01736 710967
Sunny Bank Hotel - Penzance - 01736 871278
Tamara Guest House - Penzance - 01736 363222
The Black Well - Penzance - 01736 787461
The Craig B & B - Penzance - 01736 871608
The Kings Arms Inn - Penzance - 01736 731224
The Mariners Lodge Hotel - Penzance - 01736 810236
The Muse Rosehill - Penzance - 01736 350411
The Old Success Inn - Penzance - 01736 871232
The Ship Inn - Penzance - 01736 731234
Torre-Vene - Penzance - 01736 364103
Torwood House Hotel - Penzance - 01736 360063
Tregiffian Farm - Penzance - 01736 810243
Tremearene Farmhouse - Penzance - 01736 364576
Treventon - Penzance - 01736 363521
Trewellard Arms Hotel - Penzance - 01736 788634
Union Hotel - Penzance - 01736 362319
Whitesands Lodge - Penzance - 01736 871776
Woodstock Guest House - Penzance - 01736 369049

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Perranporth (Hotels in Perranporth Click Here)
It is no exaggeration to say that the history and development of Perranporth have been dominated by sand. Perranporth today has become a popular holiday resort thanks to its three-mile stretch of golden beach, but the effects have not always been so positive. In the extensive dune system just inland, two ancient religious sites have been lost to the encroaching sands. The old oratory of St Piran, an important early Celtic monastery which became one of the foremost places of pilgrimage in mediaeval Cornwall (the shrine contained the relics of St Piran along with the teeth of St Brendan and St Martin), became overwhelmed by sand sometime before 1500. Following its excavation in the last century, it had to be reburied in 1981 to protect the structure and the site is now marked by a memorial stone.

Atlantic House Hotel - Perranporth - 01872 572259
Bolenna Court Hotel - Perranporth - 01872 572751
Chy an Kerensa - Perranporth - 01872 572470
Cliffside - Perranporth - 01872 573297
Penarth Guest House - Perranporth - 01872 573186
Seiners Arms - Perranporth - 01872 573118
St. Georges Country Hotel - Perranporth - 01872 572184
The Perranporth Hotel - Perranporth - 01872 573234
Trevie Guest House - Perranporth - 01872 573475

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Polperro
The words ‘Polperro’ and ‘picturesque’ seem to go hand in hand, so often are they seen in each other’s company -- but there is more to this dramatic harbour and village than its famed quaintness. Its position is breathtaking, crammed into a narrow gash in the cliffs, and there has been a fishing community here (at times, in the past, bolstered by a healthy smuggling trade) for around 700 years. The coastline to the west, towards Lansallos and Polruan, is particularly glorious and well worth the effort demanded by the switchback coast path.

Crumplehorn Inn & Mill - Looe - 01503 272348
Lanhale House - Looe - 01503 272428
Natal House - Looe - 01503 272491
Penryn House Hotel - Looe - 01503 272157
The Claremont Hotel - Looe - 01503 272241
The Cottles - Looe - 01503 272578
The Old Mill House Hotel - Polperro - 01503 272362

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