A holiday cottage in one of the pretty fishing villages on the South Coast of Cornwall will offer a slightly slower pace of life. In contrast to the surging, rugged coast of the north, the beautiful estuaries and shimmering seas of the south are backed by gentle green hills. It may be calmer here, but there's still plenty to see and do. There's the ever-popular Eden Project for a start, which was established as one of the landmark Millenium projects in the UK to mark the year 2000.
The Eden Project describes itself as ' a living theatre of plants and people'. Set in a fifty-metre deep crater near St Austell, the project is home to thousands of plants, spectacular both in appearance and in scientific interest. Three of the world's climate zones, or 'biomes', have been replicated here; The Humid Tropics and the Warm Temperate zones are housed in two giant conservatories. The third 'outdoor biome' is the UK's own temperate zone, and the plants featured here thrive in the Cornish climate. The Eden project also hosts a range of theatrical and musical events throughout the year, so check what's going on during your stay. Holiday cottages near the Eden Project are plentiful - you can rent a cottage near St Austell, a self-catering house near Charlestown or holiday accommodation anywhere on the south coast of Cornwall.
St Austell itself is also worth a visit. You can take a tour of the St Austell Brewery and taste some of the fine local beers. The china clay works behind the town make for a strange but interesting landscape, which has been used in the Bond films. Charlestown, just to the South, also has a cinematic feel with its unspoilt Georgian harbour.