With things in the UK feeling like they’re changing just about every week, and uncertainty being the flavour of the day- it was such a luxury to be able to go away a couple of weeks ago, for a week by the sea in one of my favourite places in the UK, Cornwall.
Having booked this stay months ago, we weren’t even sure it would be something we’d be able to go ahead with- so being able to pack for a few days of respite was a complete treat- and the most special way to see in the new season and switch off for a few days.
Plus, for me, there’s something familiar and reassuring about revisiting somewhere you’ve been before. With a lot of life feeling quite unfamiliar at the moment, heading back to old favourites and seeing much-loved sights was actually the tonic I didn’t quite know I needed. After spending a long time browsing the gorgeous selection of properties on Kip Hideaways (a must if you’re looking for a really beautiful night or two away in the UK), we agreed on Camellia Cottage– a beautiful dog friendly family cottage on an old farm, a stones throw away from some of West Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches and nestled amongst beautiful grasslands, winding country lanes and endless fields.
And what a beautiful spot it is. Although it certainly helped having a car, the cottage is tucked a stones throw away from Penzance and the gorgeous Praa Sands- and acted as the perfect base for days exploring the coastal paths and local treasures. With a full kitchen, wood burning fire and free-standing bath, it also meant after chilly days out we always had somewhere we could cosy up after dark; cooking our favourite meals and hunkering down as if it were our own (plus with endless books and games lining the shelves, we could’ve probably spent a week just snuggled on the sofa- which wouldn’t have been a bad alternative at all)…
It also meant we got to see more of this part of the UK than we had done previously. Having only ever taken the train down to Cornwall (which admittedly, is so, so beautiful)- it was nice to be able to see visit some local landmarks and beauty spots safely, without feeling restricted by location or having to rely on (slightly, ahem) infrequent public transport. I’ve added a few of our favourite places we visited below, all of which that are ‘indoors based’ made an incredible effort to keep things safe, distanced and pretty normal and relaxing all at the same time…
A few new Cornish loves to note…
Praa Sands, for the most beautiful sandy stretch, surfing and the perfect people watching spots.
Marazion, for St. Michael’s Mount and the most beautiful views.
The Mexico Inn, for delicious fresh traditional (yet slightly more modern) pub-style food.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, for the perfect sunny day culture trip.
Totti for takeaway pizza.
Lovetts for coffee, wine and pre-dinner drinks.
Lizard Point for the most dramatic end-of-the-UK views and coastline.
(for previous guides head to my Penzance one here, and St. Ives here)
Anyway- I’ll be filling you in on the rest of our time in Cornwall this week (with a little guide to Falmouth too, as it’s safe to say it has completely stolen my heart)! I hope you all have a lovely Monday!