The North Cornwall coast is a mecca for surfers; locally at St Agnes there is Trevaunance Cove with Trevellas Coombe next door (which can be reached on foot in 35 minutes through the stunning Jericho Valley) , both are excellent for rock-pooling. Nearby there is Chapel Porth beach, famous for it's Hedgehog ice-creams (Cornish Ice cream, coated in clotted cream and dunked in crushed hazelnuts) and the expanse of Perran Beach at Perranporth which is in excess of 2 miles of golden sand backed by extensive sand dunes; slightly further afield are Porthtowan and Portreath.
Newquay has the famous Fistral Beach, with Watergate Bay a little further north; the surf is bound to be good on one of them. The majority of Cornwall's beaches are manned by RNLI Life Guards from Easter to September.
Cornwall has gained a reputation as a foodie hot spot; Truro and Falmouth have many good quality restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets; for example the Nepalese restaurant Kathmandu Palace in Truro which is regularly voted among the top restaurants in the country, while Pizza Express overlooking Falmouth Harbour makes for a fun family meal while watching the activities in the harbour below; further afield are the renowned Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant, along with the Deli, Cafe, and Bistro in Padstow; there are also Rick Stein restaurants in Falmouth and Porthleven; Nathan Outlaw's 2 Michelin starred restaurant is a little further away in Port Isaac; while Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and dinner at Watergate Bay.
Booking is advisable at all local restaurants.
As well as the Miner's Arms, 50 metres away in Mithian, there are many good quality local pubs all providing good food and a selection of local Cornish ales, these include the St Agnes Hotel, The Peterville Inn, The Tap House, The Driftwood Spars and the Railway Inn, all in St Agnes. Also well worth a visit are the Blue Bar overlooking the sandy beach in Porthtowan and the Watering Hole which is the UK's only "Bar on the beach" in Perranporth.
The world renowned Eden Project is 29 miles away (approximately 45 minutes)
Tate St Ives is 23 miles away (approximately 35 minutes)
There is an abundance of National trust properties and gardens, Lanhydroc, Trerice, Trelissick Gardens, St Michael's Mount, and Cothele to name but a few.
Golf is available in nearby Perranporth and horse riding is also available locally in Perranporth and St Agnes.
For children of all ages there is Flambards near Helston, Crealy Adventure Park near Wadebridge, The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Dairyland Farm World near Newquay and Lappa Valley Steam Railway at St Newlyn East.
Cornwall has 258 miles of coastal path affording wonderful walking opportunities; this is easily accessible at St Agnes or Trevellas Coombe via the Jericho Valley. Local ordnance survey maps are available for your use in the cottage.
Events in Mithian
Mithian has an active Village Association that runs many social events for locals and visitors alike throughout the year.