Location and Surrounding Area
Gwel-an-Dowr is nestled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, beside a tranquil creek designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Throughout the day the creek gently fills with water. The landscape transforms with the ebb and flow of the tide, and the egrets that pace the shoreline make way for kingfishers to dart into the water, allowing guests flashes of brilliant blue among all the green.
Made famous by Daphne Du Maurier in her novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’, the Helford has been preserved as an idyllic and unspoilt part of the country, due largely to the efforts of the National Trust and the passionate people living on its banks, who are keen to maintain this slow and peaceful way of life. As such, the Helford is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers, where walks through lanes and coastal paths reveal a habitat rich with life and ripe for exploration.
Gwel-an-Dowr is nestled down within the rural hamlet of Polwheveral, on the outskirts of the village of Constantine, near Falmouth in Cornwall. Within close distance are the pubs and shops of the village,
including the unique Constantine Stores with its array of drinks from across the world. Amble through the country lanes towards the award-winning Trengilly Wartha Inn, for a most hearty dinner.
Potager Gardens is also a short walk away. This organic greenhouse café is a favourite spot of many, and you can take time out sitting in the hammocks, playing badminton, or enjoying a relaxing lunch. Garden lovers delight in Trebah and Glendurgan gardens, a pair of subtropical gardens close to hand on the banks of the Helford River. Nearby the gardens is Grebe beach, a year-round dog-friendly spot that’s ideal for picnicking – and for enlivening wild swims in crystal-clear waters.
For a change of pace during your relaxing stay, the buzz of the historic harbour town of Falmouth lies just a short drive away. Here, great restaurants, bars and beaches abound. Falmouth is also home to renowned events such as the International Sea Shanty Festival in June, and in August, during Falmouth Week, the streets lined with independent bookshops, cinemas and cafés, are alive with energy and excitement.
- July 2021