Welcome to Shop St Michael's Mount

It's that time of year again, where we all have to begin thinking about Christmas. Yes, we said it...it's just around the corner! So to help our lovely customers out, we have handpicked a few products and made them into lovely hampers. These could be the perfect gifts for secret Santa, a loved one, or a colleague.
Keep an eye out for more Christmas inspiration coming your way!
Anchor Pendant
Anchor Studs


Illustrated Gardens full of Natural Bloom

Illustrated Gardens full of Natural Bloom

The beautiful natural skincare items that form part of the Illustrated Garden range of products, are exclusively for sale on the iconic St Michaels Mount and fill many with joy.  Inspired by the wonder of nature and created by Bloom Remedies - an award winning natural skincare company and local partner to The Mount. 

Bloom Remedies Organic Frankincense & Rose Baily Moisturiser from the Illustrated Garden Range


Bloom have been established in Cornwall since 2012 and have won over 14 national skincare awards for their products, which are produced locally to The Mount and are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality.   Their bespoke range for The Illustrated Gardens includes balms, bath oils, bath salts, shower gels and creams and the range reflects the botanical nature of the gardens with beautifully detailed Illustrated Garden packaging and design.  They are the perfect holiday reminder of a trip to The Mount.

Bloom Remedies Organic Orange, Cardamom & Geranium Body Butter from the Illustrated Garden Range

With a fragrant and delightful smell, these wonderful products are 100% natural and contain herbal extracts, pure organic essential oils and cold pressed organic base oils to help soothe, cleanse and nourish the skin.

One of the favourite and bestselling products is the Lavender, Rosemary & Thyme Hand Balm which is the perfect antidote to ‘gardeners hands’ as it helps keep cracked and damaged skin at bay.  Enriched with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax and cleansing organic essential oils, this product is rich and nourishing and a little goes a long way. 

Bloom Remedies Organic Lavender, Rosemary & Thyme Hand Balm for the Illustrated Garden Range


Another favourite, particularly across the summer months is the Peppermint & Lemongrass Foot Balm, with castor oil to minimise the appearance of cracked heels and naturally refreshing and deodorising essential oils.

Bloom Remedies Organic Peppermint & Lemon Grass Foot Balm for the Illustrated Garden Range

Whichever product you smell or buy, you’ll be delighted and back for more!

By Stephen Hall of Bloom Remedies


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A Commute Less Ordinary

A Commute Less Ordinary

A question commonly asked by visitors to staff on St Michael's Mount is, "Do you live on the island?", and as the majority of us do not, the following question is usually, "Well, how do you get back and forth to work every day?". A fair question to ask. Many of us have a quick answer, which covers walking the causeway or boating across, but it is not always that simple. Our commute is not governed by a bus, a train or traffic, it is dictated by tide times.



So every day we know when the sea is ebbing and flowing, whether we will be strolling to the boat at Chapel Rock, one of our three landings, pacing over the causeway in time to beat the lapping water, or waiting on the slipway for our amphibious vehicle to reverse up and lower its stairs.



If you miss the boat, there is always the brave option of swimming, but as we are all very aware that the sea around us is not quite bath water temperature, it's a choice rarely taken by our retail team. This means that being able to read the tide when driving into Marazion becomes second nature. Though visitors may need to question the mainland guides as to which landing they will need to make their way to, after your first month of working, you quickly get the gist of it.



Although some of the braver members of the St Michael's Mount team have swam from the mount to the mainland, we have not yet built up the courage to do so. The sea is not at a tropical temperature, but in the summer, when the days are a little longer and the sun shines a little brighter, you will usually catch a few members of the retail team taking off their shoes after work and paddling across the causeway. A refreshing way to end the day!



As a tidal island, the elements take centre stage when it comes to reaching our place of work. During the early spring time, and late autumn, we sometimes have to deal with the dreaded 'Black Flag'. Due to strong winds, ground swells, or spring and neap tides, our ferry boats are not always able to make the crossing or land safely on the mainland. The decision rests in the hands of the head boatman or duty boatman. A black flag, with a white boarder is hoisted on the eastern quay of the harbour, signifying that the call has been made. This typically means that we do not open to the public.



When the sea is churning and the wind picks up, we are sometimes still able to open the island, when the causeway opens, for a restricted amount of time. As the tide ebbs, the team have to do their best to get across and open up the various outlets before the visitors arrive. This means that we are usually armed with wellies, bare feet and flip flops, and tend to storm ahead unaware of the sea at our knees!



The winter months bring a whole different method of transport to the equation. Though we can still walk the causeway when the tide is out, the amphibious vehicle, named the St Michael, comes into action. This vehicle was commissioned by the late Lord St Levan and is used to ferry the children on the island to school, take the islanders to the mainland to get their shopping, and transport visitors and staff in the off season twice a week. It spans out at 10 metres with a beam of 3.6 metres and can face most of Cornwall's winter weather.


St Michael Amphibious Vehicle in front of St Michael's Mount


So, though we can simply answer a commonly asked question with a sentence, the complexities of travelling to work all depend on the elements. Which, at the end of the day, makes our commute that little bit less ordinary!

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And the winner is...

And the winner is...

Retail on St Michael's Mount were very excited about the launch of our brand new online shop, so what better way to celebrate than treat our customers to some of our bespoke products over the next few months.

Throughout June we have been running a competition to win our exclusive silver St Michael's Mount pendant. By signing up to our mailing list instore, visitors were automatically entered into the prize draw.

Though we are a little bit late to announce the winner (we do like to do things dreckly in Cornwall), we have picked out one lucky person to receive our pendant.

Congratulations to Carolyn Hubble - you are our winner for June!
For all those who did not get an opportunity to enter, you are still in luck, we will be running this competition once again until the end of this month, and if you're already signed up, you will be entered for a second chance!
Good luck everyone and thank you for getting involved!
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