Visiting the area around Bodmin, Cornwall
Set in a beautiful wooded valley and only 30 minutes from both north and south coasts, and situated close to both A38 and A30, Mennabroom is the perfect base for touring both Cornwall and Devon, or for simply enjoying the peace and beauty of the countryside.
St Neot village
This is our charming local village 2.5 miles away. Here you will find a well stocked village shop, friendly local pub, Doorstep Green our local community garden, and the Holy Well. The church of St.Neot is famed for its 16th century stained glass. Sunday service is at 11.00am.
Carnglaze Slate Caverns
These are man made slate caverns deep under the hills of St. Neot, set in 6.5 acres in the Loveny valley. It is open daily and also used as a music venue in the evenings.
The inn is close by, just off the A30, and is the place which inspired Daphne du Maurier to write her famous novel of the same name. There is a museum mainly about smuggling and Daphne du Maurier. It is open all year round.
The Moor is an unspoilt windswept ancient landscape punctuated with craggy tors, fast flowing streams, small hamlets and woodlands. It is an exciting place to explore and discover its fascinating history from Neolithic and Bronze Age times to the present day.
Horse riding is permitted on the Moor and is available locally. Walking on the Moor is a very popular pursuit, with a wide variety of circular walks, as well as the famous circumnavigation of the Moor, the Copper Trail (a copy of which is in your cottage/room). We can store bikes and walking boots etc. if required.
Minions, Cheesering and the Hurlers are some 7 miles away, close to Cornwall’s highest pub and shop.
The large Colliford Lake reservoir, with its renowned Dark Sky observation point and countryside walks is just 2 miles away, and Dozmary Pool, the legendary home of King Arthur’s ‘Lady of the Lake’ is a mile further on.
The ancient county town of Bodmin is just 11 miles away and offers a range of supermarkets and facilities and the main line railway station.
For Beach holidays…
In Cornwall you are never more than 16 miles from the sea. With over 300 beaches to choose from, everyone can reap the benefit of the rugged coastline for surfing, scuba diving, sailing or to simply sunbathe or build sandcastles – you’ll be spoilt for choice. The vast majority of beaches are dog-friendly!
There is no better place than this part of Cornwall for walking. The SW Coast Path is accessible within approximately 30 minutes to the North and South and the wild expanse of Bodmin Moor is right on our doorstep. Walking guides are provided in the farmhouse bedrooms and cottages for your use whilst staying at Mennabroom. To plan in advance try this link:
The region has a vast amount of cycle routes and trails suitable for all abilities. Why not bring a bike with you as we have safe secure storage here for your use. Bikes can be hired locally from www.cameltrailcyclehire.co.uk in Wadebridge, www.padstowcyclehire.com or https://explorebybike.co.uk in Bodmin. To plan your routes try this link:
Mennabroom Farm is situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor, which is designated as one of a few dark sky areas. The quality of the night sky is among the best in the world.
Cornwall has a multitude of great golf courses to choose from whatever your handicap,
and there’s also some fantastic pitch and putt or crazy golf courses for family fun.
The following all welcome visitors: St. Enodoc, Trevose, The Point at Polzeath, Lanhydrock, St. Mellion, Perranporth, Bowood Park, St. Kew and Newquay.
Whether you choose a rocky outcrop or a traditional fishing boat, or if coarse fishing is more your style, then Cornwall has plenty of opportunities. Fishing permits are available from Jamaica Inn for fishing brown trout at Colliford Lake (911 acres) and rainbow trout at Siblyback Lake (140 acres). There is also a trout fishery at Temple.
With so much to do, it’s no surprise that families return to Cornwall year after year. With its milder climate, stunning coastal walks and over 300 beaches, fantastic gardens and museums, Cornwall has oodles to offer. But despite so many things to see and do, Cornwall’s pace of life remains reassuringly slow.
For Literature and Film Lovers…
Cornwall is the county that inspired Winston Graham to write Poldark, Daphne du Maurier, Jamaica Inn and Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shellseekers to name but a few.
For Food Lovers…
Cream teas, pasties, ice-cream, Michelin starred fine dining and everything in-between! Its no wonder Cornwall is renowned for being a great destination for food-lovers.