Charlestown seems to have an advantage over many of the perhaps better known Cornish harbour resorts. You don't have to drive round narrow roads or park a mile away to get to the harbour and in particular the Pier House Hotel. Yet it is peaceful or at least was when we were there in October. When the film crews are in town to use the photogenic surroundings and accessible moorings maybe it could get a little excitable but that would be part of the attraction.
The Hotel has a reasonable restaurant and others are within walking distance. It is only a short drive to the unmissable Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Overlooking the harbour is the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, formerly a china clay distribution point, and well worth a visit.
The Hotel itself has benefited from recent renovation and offers a range of rooms. But stepping out of the door and onto the harbour walls a few yards away is the main pleasure.More