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How many days to hire car for Cornwall leg of our trip?

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Mom and I are staying in Marazion from 21-28 May and had planned to hire a car for the entire week. However, we are now arriving in Penzance by train later in the day on Sat. the 21st (probably around 1800), so too late to get a car that day, which is fine. Our current plan is to get a taxi to our cottage, enjoy a car-free day in Marazion on the Sunday, and get a car in Penzance on Monday morning, returning it on Sat. the 28th for our departure by train.

Now I'm wondering how many days we'll really need a car. I'm considering doing a private day tour with Western Discoveries because I've read such great things about how they cater the day to your interests and get into the nooks and crannies of Cornwall. And I think a day in St. Ives would be fairly easy without a car, by taking a taxi to the train station in Penzance. So combined with our first day in Marazion (in which we'll probably at least visit the gardens and village at St. Michael's Mount), we may only need a car for three days. However, it actually costs more to hire a car for a few days than it does for a week. I realize this is totally subjective, but thought I'd ask what others would suggest anyway - have a car longer, or take advantage of some of the car-free options and then explore on our own with a car for a few days?

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