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Many people visit Cornwall and only consider its most popular attractions: Lands End, the Eden Project, well-known surfing beaches and fishing villages. However, there’s so much more to discover in this unique part of England so we thought we’d highlight five of the more unusual but equally spectacular places you can visit during a stay in our holiday cottages in Cornwall, which are all well worth including when planning your days out.

1) Looe Island – with a surface area of just 22 acres, this island used to be owned by sisters Babs and Evelyn Atkins, who wrote the best-selling books ‘We Bought an Island’ and ‘Tales From Our Cornish Island’ based on their experiences there. Now, it belongs to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and is a beautiful nature reserve lying a mile off the South Cornish coast near Looe.

2) The Minack Theatre – enjoying a growing reputation over recent years, the Minack is an open-air theatre set into a rocky outcrop overlooking Porthcurno beach, near Lands End. Buy a ticket for one of the many spectacles throughout the year and enjoy a performance like no other.

3) The Museum of Witchcraft – if you find yourself in Boscastle (a picturesque fishing village on the north Cornish coast) why not visit the Museum of Witchcraft and explore the world’s largest collection of witchcraft-related artefacts? A great way to while away an afternoon.

4) Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps – a dramatic bay filled with huge rock stacks, crashing waves and dragging currents that have inspired painters for centuries. Escape the winds and hole up in the National Trust cafe that overlooks the Steps.

5) Cornwall’s Standing Stones – ancient stone circles can be found across the county, but Bodmin Moor has some of the best. Enigmatic and impressive, the stones are worth seeing whatever the weather, taking on a different appearance in rain, fog or sunshine. Of particular note are The Hurlers on Bodmin, Trethevy Quoit near Liskeard and Chysauster Iron Age Village (not a stone circle but a carefully maintained village ruin) near Penzance.

This is just a taste of some of the less traditional holiday attractions you can enjoy while staying in one of our English country cottages in Cornwall, so why not break from the mainstream during your holiday and really get out and discover this fascinating county?

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