Travel Review of Cornwall, 2017

Pretty Little Cornwall

What a lovely Cornish escape. The cross over period between December and January is daunting… One minute you’re indulging, you’re having long lie-ins, you’re catching up on box-sets and smiling at the sparkly tree decorations on the tree whilst laying on your cosy sofa and the next you’re taking down the Christmas decorations, you’re stocking up on cucumber and lettuce and you’re at the gym listening to the Top 50 Motivational Gym Tracks instead of watching episode 42 of friends (The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies) with a box of shortbread and a cup of hot chocolate.

The Christmas films have gone and the weather goes from wet and miserable to even more wet and miserable and we didn’t care too much when it was Christmas but now it’s not… So, the dreary rainy windyness that is the UK drags us away from our happy Christmas mood to miserable and sad because it’s now January and let’s face it, everyone hates January.

For me, the in-between bit of Christmas and New Year though is a time to think back on the past year, to look back on all of my achievements, the things that made me smile, the people I enjoyed spending time with and the things I want to do in 2018. For me, it’s a time to reflect, to consider and to contemplate and for the last two years in a row, I’ve had the ultimate pleasure of doing this in the beautiful County of Cornwall.

I can genuinely recommend this as a Cornish escape, not only over summer but definitely during Christmas too.


About Cornwall

Cornwall is a county on England’s rugged southwestern tip of the English peninsula and homeland of the Cornish people, who belong to one of the six Celtic nations (along with Brittany, The Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland). Cornwall forms a peninsula encompassing wild moorland and hundreds of beautiful white sandy beaches. The South coast, dubbed the Cornish Riviera, is home to some of the most picturesque harbour villages such as Falmouth and my favourite; Mevagissey. The North coast is lined with towering cliffs and seaside resorts from Bude to Perranporth and Newquay, known for its fantastic surfing opportunities.
In 2016, I went to stay with my then-new boyfriend Mark and to meet his lovely family who live in Redruth. I remember getting up at 4.30am on the 27th December and de-icing my frozen over car to make the super long 6 hour drive from my parents house in Essex to Mark’s family home in Redruth, Cornwall.
When I arrived I was greeted by Mark and his family’s two dogs, Timber (Malamute Alsatian cross) and Missy (Yorkshire Terrier, Jack Russell cross) and spent a beautiful week of exploring, getting lost in new places and surroundings and getting to know Mark and his family.
Mark took me to some incredible places and some of the sights I saw blew me away from reality – a perfect way to say goodbye to the year and welcome in a new one. So in 2017, it was a pretty easy decision to go back to Mark’s family home (as we decided to spend Christmas with our respective families this year) and continue with exploring new and awesome places.

This time, we visited the FABULOUS Tintagel Castle where King Arthur was born. It’s super easy to see why Tintagel Castle and the coastline has set alight the imaginations of writers and filmmakers from all over the world – it’s stunning and nestled in such a cute little place and a lovely Cornish escape, and being able to immerse yourself in history, myths and the beautiful scenery of this rugged north coast was a delight and a definite highlight of this years pre-new year adventure!


Cornwall Tips

The Food

Some of the best food is from Cornwall. Have you ever had the luxury of trying a Cornish pasty? You have? what about one in Cornwall? Cornwall is known for its Cornish pasties, a delightful savoury half-moon shaped pie, full of various types of ingredients but most commonly mince and onion. The Cornish pasty has been referenced in recipes since the 13th Century and since then, brought all over the world when the Cornish miners settled.

Cornwall now specialise in producing some of the most beautiful seafood dishes in England, especially in Padstow, Cornwall. A lovely little fishing port where Rick Stein has his wonderful little restaurant, Rick Stein’s Cafe. You’ll also find a fair few Michelin-starred resturants to enjoy such as Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw.

The Attractions

Cornwall is known for its fabulous attractions but one of my all time favourites is the stunning Lost Garden of Heligan. Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England. A genuine secret garden, it was lost for decades; its history consigned to overgrowth.

They also have a beautiful kitchen and bakery so if you want to experience a traditional Cornish Cream Tea or sample some of the heritage fruit and vegetables grown at Heligan, the Heligan Kitchen & Bakery provides the perfect retreat. I can highly recommend the quiches they make, so nice I am planning my very own trip back here this summer just to visit this place again and enjoy some of their wonderful food.


Perranporth, a stunning beach nestled perfectly amongst rolling green hills overlooking miles of golden sands, clear waters and awesome cliff walks! Perranporth is such a gorgeous place though that it has definitely hit my ‘must-do’ walks for when we skip January and head into the summer months! So, although the weather can be pretty poor in the winter months, it is still such a magical place to visit.



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