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2nd May 2017 by leap_admin


Our offices are located just outside St Austell in the quaint Georgian working port of Charlestown.  This famous port was constructed by Charles Rashleigh between 1791 1801 and was originally built to export Copper and import Coal. Now it functions as a home for tall ships.

Formally known as West Polmear with a population of 9 and a small fishing fleet, this increased to nearly 3000 people in the early 19th Century as the community grew to provide trades such as Shipbuilding, brick making, lime burning and pilchard curing.  

The modern Charlestown is now popular with tourist visitors and more recently film crews!  Pirates of The Caribbean, Poldark and Hornblower have been filmed here, among other blockbusters. There have been plenty of sightings of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Aiden Turner and Tom Hardy around the local area and in the pubs!

As well as being a harbour location and film set, Charlestown also boasts an impressive fleet of square rig ships and you’ll often see one or more sat in the harbour.

In the last year Charlestown has seen a fantastic expansion in the selection of restaurants, in particular The Longstore, Lovedays and Wreckers. There are cafes and sandwich shops and plenty of ice cream – all very good quality and along with the award winning pub ‘The Rashleigh Inn’.


Fowey pronounced like Toy!

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the delightfully picturesque town & port sits in a valley on the west bank of the Fowey estuary.   

It is a deep water harbour making it popular for large ships and yachts.   The World cruise ship visits regularly and HMS Dragon the Royal Navy’s newest war ship visited in 2012.  Colossal lumps of steel almost filled up the entire estuary!

It is a real magnet for the yachting world and teems with boats and water activities during the Spring and Summer months.

There is a perfect mix of Edwardian and Victorian properties as well as traditional Cornish fishing cottages that line the winding and narrow streets.

You will be spoiled for choice for eateries, bars & pubs and there are bakeries, gifts hops, art galleries and yacht chandlers.   To ensure everything is covered there is a cash point machine; chemist, post office, butchers and well stocked convenience store.   

Fowey also comes with its own beach;  Readymoney Cove.   A secluded sheltered beach & cove with views across the estuary to the sister harbour town of Polruan.   Slightly smaller but just as quaint & pretty.    

Steps lead up the cliff from Readymoney beach to the ruins of St Catherine’s Castle offering plenty of history then through the ruins onto the walks of the South West Coast path.

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