Cornwall LivingIssue #112
Visit Penwith 2021
Whether you’re looking for a wilderness adventure amongst the outstanding beauty of the Cornish countryside, or would like to take stock of your surroundings at a calmer pace in the charming towns of the south west, our Penwith directory will help you make the most of this extraordinary area of Cornwall.
Tanglewood Wild Garden
With nature’s best interests at heart, the nine acres of woodland and ponds over at Tanglewood Wild Garden have been planted sympathetically to cater for local wildlife and visiting humans to enjoy in peaceful harmony. Wild, and in some areas unkempt, with quirky unique carvings, games, lots of seating and places to hide away, the garden is an ideal place to relax, try your hand at photography, observe the ever-growing variety of wildlife, or just recharge your batteries.
Having just made the Muddy Stilettos finals for the best gift shop in Cornwall, the popularity of Lily Rose’s collection of gifts speaks for itself. Offering a little something different, the colourful shop stocks a variety of local makers and unique products that are sure to bring a smile to your face, and with free gift wrapping you can walk away with a perfectly presented treat for any Cornwall lover. If you are unable to pop in store, then why not take a look at their new website?
Based in the little fishing village of Newlyn, Ella Tattersall has been re-connecting with her seaside home, taking inspiration from the Cornish coast to create unique pieces of art with a focus on treasuring our local land and seascapes so that we may preserve our slice of paradise. With a range of prints, cards and gifts to furnish any Cornwall lover’s home, Mora Cornwall aims to inspire locals and visitors to fall in love and connect with their coastal utopia once more.
Alfred Smith & Son
Specialising in making a house into a home since 1811, Alfred Smith & Son (Penzance) is the oldest independent furniture retailer in the country, and the oldest family run business in Cornwall, now into its fifth generation. Their in-house expertise and quality products make it easy to transform either a room or the whole house to reflect your personal taste. Their bespoke holiday home furnishing service takes the pressure off for those living away, turning your special space into an idyllic Cornish retreat for you to enjoy.
Cornwall is a paradise for our four-legged companions, and it’s definitely worth a trip to this eco-friendly dog boutique whilst wandering through the streets of St Ives. Ruff Life is committed to providing high-quality products for dogs that are reasonably priced and environment friendly, taking great care in sourcing goods that are recyclable and sustainable. The business was born from a love of dogs and of the ocean; for Ruff Life, the two go together. The shop is well worth a visit, and what better time is there to sustainably spoil your pooch?
With a passion for interiors and home accessories, Newlyn Maids delivers affordable, ethically sourced homewares and on-trend accessories, from soft furnishings and kitchenware, to a superb children’s range. With stores in Newlyn and St Ives, the team are always happy to discuss your ideas and help bring them to life, so if you’re exploring Penwith, why not pop in and say ‘hello’ on your way to the beach or after a spot of lunch? If you can’t make it in person, then no problem – everything in-store is also available online!
The Mackerel Makery
Based on Chapel Street in Penzance, this quirky Cornish gift store encourages creativity through design-led, eco-conscious products, and supports local artists and makers by stocking a wide range of beautifully illustrated cards, puzzles, craft kits, stationery, accessories, the list goes on! There is even a dedicated room brimming with inspiring things for the little ones to make and do, plus an exciting programme of craft workshops for all ages.
Pocketful of Stones
In the shadow of St Michael’s Mount lies an award-winning distillery, whose passion for flavour and quality has earned a loyal customer base and a sterling reputation. Pocketful of Stones uses a combination of fresh, local produce and creative innovation to bring us ten outstanding products, each one a masterpiece. From Hell’s Stone Whiskey to Caspyn Cornish Dry Gin, there’s something to suit any taste, and the team’s Morveren Absinthe is the first of its kind to be created in Cornwall! As a Cornish based company, the team are in a fantastic location to be able to source and forage all their amazing ingredients locally, with the lemon verbena having first been discovered on St Michael’s Mount, the wormwood used in their absinthe flourishing on the cliffs of Zennor… the list goes on! If you’d like to sample any of their products and see first-hand how they’re created, Pocketful of Stones offers distillery tours and tastings, a great way to learn all things gin and more!
Coast Interior Accessories
Within the beautiful harbour village of Mousehole, the stunning natural backdrop rich in flora, fauna and sea life inspires the range of exceptional and beautifully crafted home accessories and gifts at Coast. With people at the heart of the business ethos, the team are passionate about supporting artists and craftspeople who use their skills in using natural materials such as driftwood, Cornish slate, tin, and sea glass to make beautiful work. Their range of home interiors and gifts are personally curated to ensure there is something for everyone.
The Cowhouse Gallery
The Cowhouse Gallery is run by a group of local artists and craftspeople. This independence allows them to offer a wide range of original arts and crafts at very affordable prices. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodturning and leatherwork are all beautifully displayed in this bright, light art space. A stroll away is Perranuthnoe beach and breathtaking coastal walks looking towards St Michael’s Mount in one direction and to Prussia Cove the other.
Duke Street Cafe
Nestled in the heart of Newlyn, this award-winning café is popular with both locals and holiday makers alike. After receiving a ‘Highly Commended Award’ in the South West Tourism Awards in recent years, Duke Street Café has gone from strength to strength, building a large and loyal following along the way. Whether it’s a quality breakfast to start the day, freshly prepared lunches or outstanding home-baked cakes and scones you’re looking for, this is a must visit for anyone looking for a refreshing bite.
Born in the coastal town of Penzance, Mor Swimmy was thought up by wild swimmers Emily and Magda. Swimming daily off Battery Rocks, they created a community of sea swimmers and wanted to take it one step further. Channelling a sense of humour and a passion for the sea, their range of illustrated tees, sweaters, bikinis and more are all ecologically produced, designed in-house and printed locally, with a percentage of sales going towards cleaning ocean plastic. A true brand for salt water seekers and ocean lovers.
Little Jems is a family run jewellers with a wealth of experience, based in the south west of Cornwall with a boutique shop situated in the heart of Penzance. The team’s jewellery collection is bursting with an exquisite array of antique, modern and bespoke jewellery to cater to any taste and budget. They’re also able to source that perfect piece of jewellery you’ve been dreaming of if they don’t already have it within their incredible collection. You can find them at 41 Market Place – be sure to pop in and say hello!
Mr B’s Ice Cream
Mr. B’s is Hayle’s only ice cream parlour, and is a must visit for any sweet tooth, with an array of freshly made soft gelato using the finest local ingredients and Italian flavourings. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the 16 flavours on offer; perhaps try the Krazy Kinder Bueno, or the Intergalactic, and why not some of the fudge made in-house? Mr B’s attracts locals and visitors from around the county for their speciality gelato, you won’t want to miss out on this one.
Lazy Sundays Bed & Mattress Store
We all know that a comfortable bed makes for a perfect lazy Sunday, not to mention that full night’s sleep we all need. Lazy Sundays Bed & Mattress Store is delighted to have opened in a new location in Penzance, in October 2020, offering an enormous range of beds and mattresses to soothe any slumber. The company has received an incredible amount of support from the community since opening, so why not pop into the showroom to see what all the fuss is about?
For all things floral, it’s well worth a visit to In Bloom, tucked away in Porthleven. Stocking a beautiful selection of fresh flowers and plants that change with the seasons, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Owner Lisa Cadman also offers a practised hand in the art of bespoke wedding arrangements and flower displays for local businesses, with deliveries available for all occasions. The shop offers a variety of gifts, from locally made candles and cards to dried flowers, plant pots, glass vases, books, and even workshops!
The Mowzer Gallery
This is the place for any true lover of authentic Cornish art, with an incredible array of colour and texture from resident artist, Josh Sim. The gallery itself, tucked away in the harbour village of Mousehole, is awash with an inescapable vibrancy, boasting an impressive collection of prints and originals straight from the easel. Intrinsic to his depictions of sea and horizon is Josh’s capturing of a visceral energy from a first-hand knowledge that only Josh, a previous member of the Penlee Lifeboat crew, could hope to achieve. You’ll also find pieces by Debbie Lord, Jeanette Gillcrest and Lois Jones on display alongside the unusually unique silk fibre glass pieces which make for an interesting talking point in any home. If you walk in and fall in love with the print of your dreams, the gallery offers a one-hour framing service, and there is also the option to order online and have your favourite piece delivered to your door, and don’t forget to use our exclusive discount code, ‘living20’, for 20% off your order!
Essa Boutique is a newly opened women’s clothing boutique based in the beautiful town of Marazion. Situated opposite St Michael’s Mount, the boutique is a stone’s throw from the beach and calls for you to come and peruse its treasures. Offering a vast selection of stylish and vibrant clothing, unique accessories, stunning silver jewellery and products that speak to the soul, you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind piece that you’ve been looking to add to your collection.
Freshly established in June of this year, Hortus Design has opened its doors in Marazion to welcome us into a bohemian world of eclectic and timeless antiques and homewares, all styled in an oasis of greenery — imagine an indoor jungle with earthy mid-century teak tones. Hortus’ style is inspired by the beauty of the past mixed with the simplicity of the present, merging clean and simple Danish design and furniture with background nuances of flamboyant textural designs of William Morris, with the humble sculpture of a houseplant in the midst of it all.
Blue Bell Ceramics
Based in the beautiful area of Keneggy, and having been a potter at Tresabenn Studio for six years, Blue Bell uses traditional slip-ware techniques to make hand-thrown, functional earthenware. Using organic shapes, textures and colours to reflect the land and sea, she strives to bring quality art into your everyday. “My work is inspired by the changing seasons and granite cliffs of local coves and carns, and my designs blur the line between function and art, influenced by the beautiful Cornish coastline.” Visit Blue Bell’s website to see more!
The Solomon Browne Hall
The Solomon Browne Hall in Mousehole is running an online art auction to raise funds to support its community projects in the village. The small charity has been integral in supporting vulnerable people throughout the pandemic, with the ultimate aim to reduce isolation and increase wellbeing. Curated by Judy Joel, there are 230 beautiful works up for grabs in the auction ranging from £6 to £6,000, but don’t dawdle, bidding has already begun! Make sure to visit the website for the link to the auction which will close at 6pm on 7th September.
Down the Line Surf Co.
With over 25 years’ experience supplying the best surf products to the public, Down the Line Surf Co. is a household name in its hometown of Hayle, throughout the county and beyond. In support of the incredible surf culture that thrives in Cornwall, the shop stocks everything you need for the beach and surfing, and it all comes with first-class service from highly knowledgeable and experienced staff.
Pop in and get properly fitted out for a wetsuit by the expert team who have all spent years in the water and can advise you on just the right style for your personal needs, with a wide range of all the top brands, including O’Neill, Rip Curl, Patagonia, C-Skins and Xcel. Not sure which board to get next? With the largest range of surfboards in the UK, you’ll easily find something suitable here among the 800 boards in stock, catering for everyone from the absolute beginner, to the seasoned pro. So get kitted up, we’ll see you out there!
Located in the centre of St Ives, Sweetlime is filled to the brim with stunning pieces sourced from around the world. Many items are exclusive to the shop or made in house, including unusual jewellery, accessories, gifts and homewares, many of which have been designed by the owner, Elspeth J. Walker. Get set for days on the beach with Sweetlime’s range of Hammam towels, beach bags, exclusive kaftans and festival inspired jewellery or find that unique piece to elevate your interior design.
Andrew Giddens is one of Cornwall’s most recognised figurative landscape painters, and this summer he will be exhibiting a new collection of work inspired by the power and majesty of the sea. Available exclusively from his studio gallery at Lynfield Craft Centre in the pretty village of Perranuthnoe, these works will be of note to collectors of contemporary Cornish landscape paintings, and anyone who shares Giddens’ love of Cornwall’s unique coastal landscape. We highly recommend a visit to his gallery, but if you can’t quite get there take a look at his website!
Situated near St Ives and winner of Taste of the West’s ‘Champion Dairy Product 2020’, Trink Dairy produces top quality pasteurised milk which is bottled by hand at the farm. From grass to bottle, Trink milk is unique for several reasons.
Firstly, the cows are milked once a day, free range for 270 days a year, and get more than 90% of their diet from home-grown grass. Bred to a mix of Friesian and Jersey, they produce top quality milk, which is high in butterfat and protein, while remaining 95% fat free!
Trink milk is not homogenised or standardised, and is pasteurised immediately after the cows are milked. It contains all the cream in its natural state, meaning that everyone, especially baristas and chefs, can enjoy the benefits of Trink milk. Happy customers have commented on how Trink Milk “tastes fresh, smooth and creamy”, exclaiming “this is what real milk tastes like”. The consensus is that “it’s got to be tasted to be believed”, so why not visit the farm and grab a bottle from the vending machine, open 24 hours a day! For retail delivery enquiries simply contact Trink Dairy direct.