If you're looking for a beautiful, relaxed home-from-home, this is the place for you. Trethake Mill was a working corn mill from the 13th century, and is now a carefully preserved historic building and a very comfortable family home full of character and charm. Trethake has one of the largest pitch back water wheels in Cornwall, a giant 16 feet in diameter which last turned in the 1980's. The internal mill machinery is almost complete, including the huge wooden and metal cogs and wheels, sack hoist and millstone. It's a bit like an extraordinary engineering museum! Trethake has extensive grounds and gardens to enjoy, including 7 acres of water meadows and woodland bordering the river.
The parish of Lanteglos-by-Fowey extends inland from the coast between the picturesque fishing villages of Polruan and Bodinnick in a deep wooded rural valley. From Trethake's garden gate, there are extensive footpaths, bridle ways and green lanes to explore, and the stunning South West Coast Path is just 1 mile away. Several beaches and swimming coves are within pleasant walking distance - you can take a stroll from the house through the leafy Cornish lanes to meet the coast path, or you can leave your car at the nearby National Trust carparks if you're keen to get within sight of the sea straight away.
Known as the Cornish Riviera, this stretch of coastline is one of Cornwall's best kept secrets and offers some of the best walking, swimming and sailing in Britain. Mostly owned by the National Trust, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The beaches are completely unspoilt with secluded sandy bays and hidden rocky coves. Wildflowers, butterflies and birds thrive and dolphins, seals and porpoises can be spotted in the clear summer water. From Polruan and Bodinnick, you can take the ferry from the harbour wall over the river to Fowey, where you'll find bustling restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs, as well as boat expeditions, sea fishing trips, and kayak and paddle board hire.