Our Favourite Places for Ice Cream in Cornwall

Any day is an ice cream day we reckon, especially when you are on holiday in Cornwall! We’ve done a fair bit of ice cream eating ourselves over the years – all in the name of research obviously – and so we thought we’d share with you our top tips and recommendations for the best places to go for ice cream in west Cornwall. All of the places we’ve selected only stock locally-made artisan ice creams, so you can expect plenty of flavours, delicious creamy ice cream and the diet going out of the window….

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Dreaming of ice cream…

Roskilly’s Farm, St Keverne, The Lizard

Roskillys is one of our favourite Cornish ice cream brands, you’ll found it sold at numerous cafes in Cornwall including Nauti But Ice in nearby Porthleven.  You can also go straight to the horse’s mouth (or the cow’s udders?) and visit Roskillys Farm itself during your stay. Located on the beautiful Lizard Peninsular, the farm is about 35 minutes drive from Pengelly Retreat, in an area of lovely countryside.  While you’re there, head to the cafe to buy an ice cream (of course!), feed the farm animals and then take the circular walk past the duck ponds, through woods to a view of the sea. 

Favourite flavour? Hard to choose as there are so many to pick from… Malty Mystery, Mint Choc Chip and Cornish Fudge are all favourites for us.

Gwella Dairy, St Martins, The Lizard

Gwella Dairy is less well known than Roskillys but highly rated by locals in the know (shhh don’t tell any one!). Their farm and dairy which produces their delicious artisan ice creams is located at St Martins on the Lizard and you can buy ice creams there on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Make sure you check their social media for opening times as these can vary. The farm is about 25 minutes’ drive from Pengelly Retreat so it’s easy to nip over and try their flavours for yourself.

Favourite flavour? Gwella Dairy have a mouth-watering selection including Mint Choc Flake, Blackforest, Chocolate & Peanut… but one of our favourites is Thunder & Lighting , a classic ice cream with golden syrup layers and a cheeky sprinkle of popping candy!

Moomaid of Zennor, Zennor

Moomaid of Zennor is another awesome Cornish ice cream brand, their ice cream is locally made and absolutely lovely! They have several cafes in Cornwall but we like to go their original Zennor ice cream shack to enjoy an ice cream before heading off on a coast path walk with stunning sea views. Don’t forget to check out the actual Mermaid in the atmospheric church in Zennor village (see if you can spot her!).

Favourite flavour? We particularly like their Shipwreck flavour which is sea salt caramel and honeycomb in case you were wondering….mmm what’s not to love?!

The Free Range, Dairy, North Cliffs

Gwithian is one of our favourite nearby beaches (15 minutes or so from Pengelly Retreat) and lots of our guests head there for beach time and surfing. From there it’s just a short drive along the coast road towards Portreath to the Free Range Dairy who sell their home made gelato ice cream, milk shakes, hot drinks, cream teas (with their own cream of course) and cakes.

Favourite flavour? The flavours change regularly and you never know for sure what’ll be on the menu. We do love the white chocolate and salted caramel flavours though!

Mr B’s, Hayle

And last but not least, Mr B’s in Hayle is a local institution and the queue is often out the door at their shop at the Copperhouse end of Hayle (about 10 minutes’ from Pengelly Retreat). They have a sizeable range of gelato style ice cream with lots of tempting chocolatey flavours as well as some weird and wonderful monthly/seasonal specials. Grab an ice cream and then head to one of the lovely beaches nearby. Very popular, particularly in the summer months – it’s worth the wait though 🙂

Favourite flavour? Ferrero Roche is usually our top choice!

Holidays in Cornwall are back! – Pengelly Retreat Reopens

Yes it’s true! Today, 4 July 2020, we have reopened the doors to our Cornish luxury yurt and lakeside log cabin to welcome back guests to our countryside retreat once more. Hooray! It feels like we’ve been waiting forever and I expect everyone else feels the same. At last, holidays in Cornwall are officially back ‘on’! Read on to hear our news and are some of our top tips on how to get the best out of your visit to Cornwall in 2020…

Luxury wood cabin by a wild swimming lake in Cornwall
The Boat House wood cabin in a gorgeous spot by the lake!

We’re all set and good to go for a busy season ahead – we’re fully booked in both our Sail House luxury yurt and Boat House lakeside cabin through all of July, August and most of September. And we’re filling up in October and November too. So if you haven’t already booked your Cornwall holiday, have a look at our Sail House luxury yurt and Boat House lakeside cabin to see what availability remains for autumn and winter 2020.

Luxury yurt in Cornwall by a wild swimming lake
The Sail House luxury Cornish yurt with tranquil lake views on either side

Of course reopening has meant us putting new procedures and protocols in place to make sure we are in line with government and industry advice for holiday accommodation in England. I’ve been glued to Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Council Webinars each week, to follow the new directives as they came out. It’s been a lot of information to digest and stay on top of but we’re confident we have everything in place , included enhanced cleaning protocols that we will follow very carefully in between each set of guests.

Just one of the many tweaks and adaptations we’ve put in place are these lovely wooden signs on the entrance doors of our log cabin and luxury yurt in Cornwall, as a reminder to use the hand sanitiser provided. These were created for us by Jamie from Zennor Made in Carbis Bay. We hear that quite a few of the shops in nearby St Ives have chosen to commission similar signs. It’s a very Cornish way for us to keep in line with advice without having to plaster up no-so-pretty Health & Safety posters…

Wooden signs from Zennor Made in Cornwall
Beautiful wooden door signs made by Zennor Made

And for the hand sanitiser itself, we’re giving the This Works Stress Check Clean Hands product a go. I’m liking it so far, it conforms to regulations but the essential oils make it smell lovely and it feels much kinder to hands than the bog-standard stuff.

We’ve also signed ourselves up to the AA’s Covid Confident and Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ schemes as a commitment that at Pengelly Retreat is in line with all the government and industry standards and advice. And although running our business is a little more complex than before… to be honest we feel very blessed here that with just two lakeside properties and a peaceful spot in west Cornwall we are probably in one of the best locations for fresh air and social distancing!

Visit England’s Good to Go scheme is the industry standard

If you are one of our lucky guests this year, coming for your own romantic getaway or solo holiday surrounded by Cornish nature and lakes, you can simply relax here by the wild swimming lake. Or if you are looking for things to do in Cornwall there are plenty of highlights within an easy 15-30 minute drive. We expect it will be busy in some of the Cornwall hotspots like Padstow or St Ives this year… but they always get busy in the summer months! As a family we only ever visit (the very lovely) St Ives and Padstow outside of the busy season.

Peaceful lakes and countryside in Cornwall away from the crowds
Tranquility at Pengelly Retreat’s lakes

Our top tip to get the most out of your holiday is to plan ahead. If there are National Trust properties, Great Gardens or other Cornwall attractions you’d like to visit, such as St Michael’s Mount, the Eden Project or Trengwainton, then you can, but you must book your tickets in advance of your visit. Each Cornwall attraction has a different approach so always check their websites well in advance. For example, the National Trust release their tickets each week on the Friday for the following week (Monday to Sunday). Availability is limited each day to ensure the gardens and attractions are not overcrowded and tickets do sell out quickly in some cases.

St Michael's Mount and Marazion Beach
St Michael’s Mount and Marazion Beach

Beaches will also be busy, so our best advice here is to go either early or late when it will be quieter. And if the beach you head to feels too busy and the car parks are full, head up the coast and try a different location. There’s plenty of stunning West Cornwall beaches to visit nearby.

Wild swimming lake and luxury wood cabin in Cornwall
The wild swimming lake view from the Boat House log cabin

For more ideas on the best beaches and off the beaten track highlights in Cornwall have a look at our recommendations on the Explore pages of our website. Or just kick back and relax here at Pengelly Retreat, in a gorgeous area of countryside and lakes that never feels crowded or rushed. And – whisper it – if you come in the autumn or winter it will be even more peaceful and lovely down here in Cornwall! We look forward to seeing you at either the Sail House yurt or Boat House cabin for your countryside escape at Pengelly Retreat :).