The tiny hamlet of Whitecross is ideally located in the centre of the West Cornish peninsula. It is just 4 miles from Penzance on the south coast and 6 miles from St Ives on the north coast, making it easy to explore both lovely areas.
West Cornwall is ideal for walking, especially along the South West coastal path. There are a host of National Trust properties in this beautiful area and miles of winding country lanes to explore, all little more than a single car’s width. The highlight of the area is St Michael’s Mount, a historic stately home/castle built on a rock in Marazion Bay. Land’s End is also just a short drive from your holiday home in Whitecross, with its landmark signpost.
The Scilly Isles, off Land’s End can easily be reached by helicopter from Penzance or by ferry. The main island of Tresco is known for its tropical Abbey Gardens, built on terraces around the ruins of the former Abbey. The scenic traffic-free island is a paradise for hikers, birds spotters and nature-lovers.Beaches
Cornwall is known for its beautiful beaches and there are many to choose from in the Whitecross area. Penzance has a fine long sandy beach. On the wilder Atlantic coast, St Ives has three beaches including sheltered Carbis Bay. The beaches around Newquay and Perranporth are known for their fine surfing conditions and equipment is available on the beach to hire.
This sizeable town has plenty of shops, pubs and old houses along its main street. The promenade leads along the sweeping bay to the Jubilee Swimming Pool, one of the oldest Art Deco pools in the country. The town looks across to the National Trust property of St Michael’s Mount with its grand castle/stately home and rock gardens.St Ives
Sprawling up the hillside above its two main beaches, St Ives is a quaint Cornish village with tiny fishermen’s cottages, shops and art galleries lining the narrow streets. The town has been attracting artists for decades and the Tate Gallery opened here in 1993. The purpose-built building is as interesting as the artworks themselves, with spectacular sea views from the café terrace.
This family fun park advertises itself as the place to ride, slide, splash and have fun. With go-karts, battle boats and Merlin’s Maze, it is the perfect place for family fun whatever the weather.
Located in the far southwest of England and influenced by the Gulf Stream, Cornwall generally has mild winters along the coast and reasonably warm summers. Average temperatures throughout the year range from 8-19°C (46-66°F) with the heaviest rain showers between October and February.
Cornwall is served by the local airport at Newquay which has regular flights from London. The area is also accessible by rail to Penzance or St Ives station, close to your holiday home rental at Whitecross. However, a car is recommended to make the most of this delightful area. Take the M5 and then the A38/A39 to reach Whitecross.