Roseland Peninsula Coastline

The Coastline

The Rosteague Estate is set on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Surrounded by undulating pasture and flanked by one mile of its own coastline to the front and Froe Creek to the rear. It has three shell strewn beaches and stretches from Towan Beach to within half a mile from Portscatho village.

This coastline is host to many species of rare birds, mammals and plantlife and has sites of special scientific interest.

Rosteague Coastline

'Sailors Graves'

The following is an extract from The guide to Falmouth and Helford Harbours (their rivers,creeks and adjacent coasts) by F.C. Lane, published 1889.

We now come to Greeb Point, stretching out into the soft many coloured sea. On the extreme edge of a grassy knoll is the 'Sailors Grave'. Walking once from Porth to Portscatho by these cliff paths, in company with my brother and an old fishermen friend from St Mawes 'Dick Tiddy' by name, we noticed the upright stones on the point below us, and asked our friend about them. “Well!” he said, “I've known about them two stones for sixty years as the 'Sailors Graves; but I've never been nearer them than this”.

Sliding down the grassy slope we all three reached them safely, and saw they were almost covered with a deep growth of lichens. I began to scrape this away with my knife, and disclosed the letter F. Scraping away I successively uncovered LANE deeply cut in block letters in the granite, and to our astonishment was revealed the writers surname and initial of his baptismal name. No other marking or date could be found on this or the companion stone, so we regained the path, I, at least, having had the sufficient novel sensation of scraping a gravestone at a place I had never before visited, and disclosing my own name.


  (a novel published in 1884)

It was on the morning after I had first looked upon it from a distance that I made my appearance at Rosteague. The approach to the house was pleasing, through a long avenue of lofty trees, principally of beach and elm, which, from their size and the cawing of the dusky tribe that made their nests in the topmost branches, had an antiquated air, in harmony with the mansion and its precincts. The former was evidently of the time of Elizabeth; some obscure parts of it, however, I afterwards found, were of much earlier date. It was large and substantial, but a sombre dwelling, with a wide porch and somewhat small with heavy mullioned windows. Though without any surrounding court and wall, yet was it capable of defence from within; and the lower apartments, as in many Continental houses, were barred with iron.

The garden at the back at the back of the house was in the French style of Louis XIV., so frequently imitated in England about the time of Queen Anne. It consisted principally of a succession of terraces, rising the one above the other, ornamented with large vases, flowering shrubs, and statues of gods, goddesses and cupids, cast in lead or carved in stone. The woods, which surrounded the mansion, except towards the sea, stood on hilly ground. Many walks ran about them, being cut through their intricacies with very good effect, and afforded on a summers day the most pleasing solitudes, impervious to the sun, with canopies of over arching boughs. The descent to the sea beach below the house was gradual, and the mansion itself lay open in front to the ocean and commanded a view of it from every window.