Princess Pavilion and the Gyllyndune Gardens
January 6, 2014
The Princess Pavilion is another little gem set back from one of the beaches along Cliff Road – and just a 5 minute easy walk from The Rathgowry.
It used to be a private house called Gyllyngdune House and was owned by a Reverend Willliam John Coope who was rector of King Charles Church. He had five daughters and a son. In 1838 it was this family that started to develop the beautiful Gyllyndune Gardens. As you spend a pleasant half an hour walking around the winding paths to admire the plants and views you will stumble upon an old monolithic stone arch and some amazing shell grottos – which are said to have been decorated by his daughters with shells that arrived on the famous Packet Ships. You can still see the site of the Parson Coope’s Chapel which is located on the side of Cliff Road (and looks a bit like a bus shelter now) – which was actually used as a summerhouse and changing room for the family (as it was never consecrated). The family then used to take the steps down to Tunnel Beach. The tunnel and steps are still there today and you can take them from just outside the Chapel which then passes under the road – and resurfaces in the gardens on the other side of the road from the beach.
After walking around why not wander up to the Pavilion itself and get something to eat and drink at the Pavilion cafe. On nice sunny days you can sit outside and admire the old bandstand – which is now a listed structure. The flowers make for a beautiful setting and if you are lucky there will be a band playing in the bandstand too!
Contact us at The Rathgowry Guesthouse to book one of our comfortable rooms so that you have plenty of time to explore all that Falmouth has to offer.