Penwith House
Holiday cottage in the heart of St Just, West Cornwall
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The St. Just Area of Cornwall

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St. Just-in-Penwith

St. Just-in-Penwith is the most westerly town in England and in my opinion, and many others, one of the luckiest. It is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty having Cape Cornwall, the only cape in England, right on its doorstep. A former mining town, it manages to keep its heart and soul beating even during the winter months, making this an ideal retreat all year round.

Shops and facilities

The town offers a varied range of shops including butchers, bakers, newsagent, pharmacy, grocer, Co-op and hairdresser. As well as the Kegen Teg cafe which is adjacent to Penwith House, there is another cafe and several fine pubs offering wide ranges of meals, a Chinese take-away and a fish & chip take-away with restaurant. St. Just is lucky to have a substantial doctorís surgery.

Arts and crafts

St. Just has various art galleries set both within the town and in the surrounding areas, as it can lay claim to quite an assortment of famous and talented artists living and working locally.

Leisure facilities

For the more energetic there is St. Just Sports Centre which is next to the local comprehensive school, and an 18 hole golf course over looking Cape Cornwall with leisure facilities and an indoor swimming pool open to the public.

Festivals and events

Depending on what time of the year you choose to holiday, you are bound to find something to entertain you. During the three peak summer months of June, July and August a host of diverse activities are free to be enjoyed, including the Golowan Festival, hosted in nearby Penzance in June, and St. Just's very own Lafrowda Festival in July offering a week of festivities and climaxing in the final Saturday with a stunning colourful carnival with street stalls and music venues. In November St. Just celebrates its own feast held on the first weekend after 31st October. Many local families celebrate this with an equal importance to Christmas Day, with many travelling great distances to be together over this weekend.

Surrounding countryside

If there is one thing St. Just and the surrounding countryside is not short of is miles of footpaths and bridal ways. Take a stroll in any direction from the town centre and you are assured to find a valley, moor land or coastal scene to captivate you. Leave the car parked up for a few days, you donít want to miss out on the magic!

Dog-friendly beaches

What more perfect way to spend your holiday than walking your dog on the beach? St. Just has many dog-friendly beaches near at hand, including nearby Cape Cornwall. Download Cornwall Council's West Cornwall Guide for Dog Owners for further details.

Out & About

Lands End, Sennen and Gwenver

Whatever you are looking for to make your holiday perfect you are sure to find it out and about in West Cornwall. Lands Endís famous headland and breathtaking cliffs are only 3 miles from St. Just, and just before it are the beautiful golden sandy beaches of Sennen and Gwenver. Sennen has a surf school if lounging on the beach isn't quite energetic enough for you.

Porthcurno, Lamorna, Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance

Carry on from Land's End along the south coast and you will reach the fabulous sandy beach of Porthcurno, above which, built on the cliff, is the world famous open air Minack Theatre hosting a full programme of performances throughout the summer on both days and evenings. Following the coast again and past various glorious valleys and coves including Lamorna and Penberth, you reach the picture perfect village of Mousehole. From here you can look across Mounts Bay to the unique St. Michael's Mount and the town of Penzance with nearby fishing village of Newlyn, where I recommend you stop off and stock up on freshly caught fish and crab.

Geevor Tin Mine, St. Ives and the Eden Project

Other places to visit are the Geevor Tin Mine Museum at Pendeen where you have the chance to go underground. Geevor is reached by taking the north coast road from St. Just towards St. Ives and the Tate Gallery. Venturing slightly further afield, but a good day out is The Eden Project at St. Austell.

Gardens and ancient monuments

If gardens are of interest the National Trust owns several attractions within a 30 mile radius of St. Just, plus a selection of privately owned gardens are open to the public.

This area is also famous for several ancient stone burial chambers, standing stones and stone circles, alongside early Celtic wishing wells all adding to the mystery and magic west Cornwall has to offer.

Isles of Scilly

St. Just is ideally located for a day trip to the stunning Isles of Scilly by Skybus at Land's End Airport, only 5 minutes by car from St. Just.

Further Links

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