Nestled in the brooding, atmospheric moors, Zennor seems to have a spell binding charm which continues to draw generations of captivated visitors. More in touch with its past than some other nearby villages, in fact the building you see are more likely to be functional farm buildings than holiday cottages in Zennor. And while on the subject, the heavily tech-dependant should be warned that there is little-to-no mobile signal there but, somewhat amazingly, it is connected to high-speed fibre broadband.
Out and aboutGazing up at the tall tower of Zennor’s ancient Norman Church of Saint Senara, the spirit of the village seems to seep from the granite it's built from.
The rich history of Zennor is intertwined with folk law and mythological tales. None more famous than the legend of the Mermaid of Zennor, a beautiful siren who lured a local fisherman into the depths of the sea. An extraordinary, 600-year-old depiction of the mermaid can see be seen in the church today carved into one of the pew ends.
Walks from Zennor can take you in every direction. Catch up with the coastal footpath at Zennor Head where you can head east past Seal Island to St Ives or west past Gurnard’s Head and on to Pendeen. The undulating terrain by the cliffs is sure to get your heart rate up but with a panoramic backdrop of turquoise sea and the waves breaking against the cliffs below, you’ll forget this is exercise at all.
Alternatively, grab an OS map and take a short walk inland and up onto the moors to discover Neolithic monuments and Iron Age settlements.
FoodWhen it comes to eating out, Zennor has a couple of aces up her sleeve.
At its centre is the 700-year-old Tinner’s Arms, one of our most favourite pubs. Here you can feel just at home wearing your muddy walking boots and with a dog at your feet as you can dining with the in-laws on those special occasions.
A 15-minute walk across fields from Zennor is The Gurnard’s Head at Treen. Whist it has a superb drinks list and welcoming bar, it’s their award-winning food that makes it a must visit during your holiday in Zennor.
For those with a sweet tooth allow use to introduce Moo Maid ice cream, made in just a few fields away at Tremedda Farm from Cornish clotted cream and the milk of their own dairy herd. Buy it from Zennor Chapel, sit out in the sun and enjoy. Life may not get any better…
In summary, holidays in Zennor are all about fresh air, fab walks, fine food and freedom from Facebook!
Arts and cultureMany well-known artists and authors have sought inspiration from this unique little village tucked away in the granite-strewn Cornish landscape.
Formerly home to Patrick Heron (whose art works are still displayed in the Tate St Ives), authors Eric Quail and D.H. Lawrence who stayed in at The Tinner’s Arms while writing Women In Love, Zennor is firmly on the map as a place of artistic inspiration.
What our guests say …
We love walking and Zennor delivers in every direction. It's also so peaceful
No mobile phone signal gives me the perfect excuse for switching off the outside world. I even unplugged the router at our cottage and it felt so amazing!
The amazing Tinners Arms! Top pub with great beer, good food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.