The hamlet of Zennor is simply a little slice of heaven.
The pub on the doorstep is a gift, the costal walks from the village are breath-taking,
and the locals are are sure to welcome you.
We thank you in advance for taking care of our neighbours and our house.
The Tinners Arms
Built in 1271, The Tinners Arms has been at the heart of village life in Zennor for over 700 years. Originally built to accommodate the masons who constructed St Senara’s Church, famous for its mermaid, you’ll find little has changed over the years. Modern life slips away as you step inside. Join a friendly mix of regulars, visitors, families and walkers (often with a well-natured dog or two in tow) in the cosy bar or the light and airy dining room, spill out into the sunny garden with views to the rugged Atlantic coastline, or settle in by the roaring fire – a must is to visit for one of the legendary Tinners Thursday Folk Night sessions! Reservations recommended for peak times.
Visit St Senara’s church, find the ‘Mermaid Bench’ and learn all about the Mermaid of Zennor. The story is told in two of the Children’s book in the bunk bed room, and if you simply can’t wait until bedtime to learn more, you can read about it here
Moo Maids Icecream Parlour
The maids at Moo make luxury Cornish ice cream on the family run dairy farm perched on the cliffs between Zennor Hill and The Atlantic Ocean. Flavours range from the traditional favourites such as Vanilla Bean & Cornish Clotted Cream and Honeycomb, to more unique concoctions like Limoncello Lemon Curd, Salted Caramel Praline and the now infamous ‘Shipwreck’ Ice Cream. You will find their ice cream and sorbets in delis, shops, hotels, restaurants all over Cornwall, yet we recommend indulging in it closer to home ... at either the ice cream parlour in Zennor village itself, or in St Ives, or in summertime in the pop-up parlour ‘Moomaid in the Field’ overlooking the farm just outside Zennor – all serve delicious ice cream, hot drinks, soup, homemade cakes & cream teas
Take a short walk to Zennor head or a circular walk around the head. Reach the SW Coast Path via a lane behind the Tinners Arms. The walk to the head is relatively flat and you have a few options. The first is straight-forward, walking there and back. The second is to divert west towards Gurnards Head, to take in the views out to sea from a bridge over the stream that flows off the moor through Zennor and out to Sea, the third is to divert east towards St Ives where you’ll find an option to loop back to the head. All three options are relatively short walks with breathtaking views. Allow 20-40 minutes to walk to and from Zennor Head, and 60-90 minutes for a slow circular walk around Zennor Head.
Although now in a ruined state, with its huge capstone having fallen off, Zennor Quoit is still an impressive monument. Quoits are probably the earliest of any of the prehistoric monuments remaining, dating from the early Neolithic period (3500- 2500 BC), and were constructed by the early farmers who had recently settled and begun to plant crops and raise cattle. Each group of farmers occupied their own territory, and on high ground nearby would construct one of these Quoits. See the ‘Local Walks’ Section for details on how to find the quoit.
The South West Path
There are some fantastic views from Zennor Head to Pendour Cove below and beyond to Gurnard’s Head.
The Coast Path then leaves the remote lighthouse at Pendeen Watch to follow the rugged paths of the Granite Coast. You pass the Levant Mine and Beam Engine and the ruined engine houses of Botallack, before taking a tour of Cape Cornwall with views out to the rocky outcrops known as The Brisons and as far out as the Scilly Isles on a clear day.