The Eden Project:
Near St Austell in Cornwall, this world famous and utterly fascinating project comprises an under cover rain forest and arid desert nestling within two gigantic geodesic conservatories, made from 800 huge steel hexagons. The whole valley has been created from a disused quarry and the landscaping, plantlife and seasonal events are not to be missed.
Nearby Calstock has been a river port since Saxon times, the village with its tall white houses clings to the steep Cornish bank of the Tamar fourteen miles upriver from Plymouth.
As featured on the recent TV series “The Victorian Farm” Morwellham is a great day out for all the family about 20 minutes from Beera. Experience life as it was nearly 150 years ago without electricity, telephones or TV. Explore the village cottages, experience the live demonstrations in the workshops, try on traditional costumes, then take the riverside tram for a unique underground experience deep into the ground to see what life was like as a Victorian miner.
National Trust Properties:
A few of the National Trust properties which are within easy reach of Beera Farmhouse.
About 30 mins away, this famous gorge is 1 miles long and can be viewed from a circular walk through woods and along the river. View the 30m high White Lady Waterfall and a series of whirlpools including the Devils Cauldron. Open daily from April to November.
Cotehele is only 15 mins away nestling into the hillside of the Tamar Valley built between 1485 and 1627, beautiful gardens with a medieval dovecote and Victorian summer house. The old Mill has been restored to working condition and at the Quay the old buildings house an Art and Craft Gallery. Open daily except Fridays.
Lanhydrock is about 45 mins away. A fascinating 19th century house, the magnificent 32m long gallery from the 17th century survived a fire in 1881. It was built with the latest in contemporary living, including central heating. There are wonderful gardens with magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias. Open April to November.
Saltram takes about an hour to reach but is well worth it. A remarkable George II mansion, complete with it’s original contents, including Chinese wallpaper, china, pictures and fine period furniture. The 18th century gardens house an orangery and chapel. Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility‚ was filmed here a few years ago. Open April to September.
The West Country has numerous other National Trust properties; Buckland Abbey once owned by Sir Francis Drake, Killerton, Knightshayes Court, St Michael’s Mount, Castle Drogo, Arlington Court and Finch Foundry.
Beera provides an ideal base for touring the famous outline of the West Country with its rugged cliffs and sandy beaches of the North Cornish/Devon coastline and the many quaint fishing villages of the South coast. Often used by filmmakers and artists with good reason, the coastline has so much to offer whatever your interests or abilities. And you can be sure to find a quality place to stop for a drink or a bite to eat.
Other places of interest include The National Marine Aquarium and glass works at the Barbican Plymouth, The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth, Dingles Steam Village, Paignton Zoo, Woodlands Adventure Park and Babbacombe Model Village.