Ah Cornwall, my new found love.
Cornwall last June, one week, one photo fanatic partner, one beautiful eco home and a fridge full of cider, beer and wine. I honesty had the best time ever, and before heading home we drove to Tenby in Wales and stayed there for another 3 nights. Who doesn’t love a staycation?
We stayed in a gorgeous self catering eco home in Chapel Porth near St.Agnes. What a location! A 15 minute walk to the coast and you will find yourself at the set of Poldark, with Cornwalls famous mining ruins standing proud.
The Deck House is part of a group of about 5 or 6 holiday rentals on a site called Moor Cliff, surrounded by amazing views.
Here are some snaps:
Now you can probably see why we have booked to go again this September! Writing this is getting me so excited.
While we were there we ate out a few nights and other nights we would cook in the kitchen or on the BBQ. Everything you need is all ready for you when you arrive. We did need to buy a few condiments, as ketchup lover over here couldn’t possibly go a week with no sauce! I know shocking.
The first proper night we had, Glastonbury fastival was on. So, obviously we watched the whole thing. Wine and beer stocked up in the fridge, fire roaring (the fire was AMAZING), and our best singing voices at the ready. We had a fantastic night, I will never forget it. Singing along to every single word of every single Coldplay song. Do you ever get that feeling, where you honestly don’t think you could be any happier? Well that was me.
One of the other nights we had in, the England match was on. So me in all my loonism decided I would call the night an England Party. I was so disappointed when I couldn’t find a bunt in in Tesco! But we had beer and a BBQ. Of course England lost but we still enjoyed our little “party”. I’m nuts I know.
I really couldn’t recommend this holiday home any more. It’s one of the best we have stayed in. We booked our stay through Pure Cornwall which is a really good site with loads and loads of different properties in different areas. I would highly recommend having a browse on this site. The staff are really friendly and helpful too so give them a call if you have any questions.
Things to do, places to see and where to eat
- The watering hole – The best bar in the U.K.! If you are heading to Cornwall, you HAVE to visit the watering hole. A fabulously authentic, proper good beach chill rain or shine! We actually just stumbled upon it whilst having a drive around the beaches near where we were staying. What a find! Perfect views, perfect drinks and even better food. I recommend the chilli! And if you eat it all please send me a picture of the before and after of the bowl, because I don’t think I would believe you!
- St.Agnes – A little village tucked away in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with access to the most scenic coastal paths. There are some lovely little pubs around, it is quite a quiet area, a nice relaxing place.
- Launceston – A lovely little town, which was once Cornwall’s capital. The ruins of Launceston castle perch high on a mound towering over the small town. You can go into the ruins and have a look around. There’s not a great deal to do there but it is worth a little look round. Launceston isn’t very big but there are some nice independent shops.
- St.Ives – Simply beautiful. One of my favourite days in Cornwall was our day trip to St.Ives. A picture perfect harbour, amazing independent stores and not to mention the famous cornish pasties. One place you have to bob into is The Liquor Cellar. They stock the best artisan drinks including ales, ciders and spirits (My kind of store). I made a purchase…obviously. I chose the Cornish Orchards Gold Cider, it didn’t disappoint. A champagne esc, fruity cider, it went down an absolute treat.
TOP TIP: There is a car park at the top before heading down to the harbour, where you’ll find a park and ride. St.Ives gets pretty busy especially in the school holidays so I would suggest getting up early and heading down there to get a space.
- The Hubbox, Truro – Possibly one of thee most unusual buildings for a restaurant. A beautiful church has been transformed to make a quirky dining experience, along with a relaxing outdoor seated area. We sat outside, enjoying the British “summer”. I enjoyed a cold Corona with lime. We had our lunch here, I chose the Beef Brisket and my partner had the Hub Burger. The Brisket was wonderful, I don’t normally go for something so rich but I enjoyed every mouthful (I still couldn’t eat it all though). The portions are very generous so don’t be a Jonny big b and order sides thinking you’re “starving” because chances are, you won’t eat it all.
- Jamaica Inn – Situated up on Bodmin Moor lies the word famous Smuggler’s Inn. This is a great place to visit with all the family. There is a museum that you can go around for a small fee of £3.95 for adults and £2.95 for children and OAP’s. A dining and bar area with a cosy real fire, we only stayed for a drink but the food looked great. Look out for the plaque on the bar floor claiming it as the exact spot an unfortunate chap was murdered a few hundred years ago! Also they do ghost hunts and murder mystery nights. The murder mystery nights sound like a right laugh. They are held each month over a three course meal, where they bring in professional actors to act out a murder and you have to solve the mystery, a bit like a real life game of Cluedo.
- Pauline’s cafe, Newquay – THEE best cakes EVER!! No website link to this one unfortunately but just take it from me, you have to go. So we bought a giant (everything is huge) marshmallow rice crispy square, a Malteser tiffin, a chocolate cookie and a brownie (mouth watering!!). We took some on our coastal walk the next day in our picnic. Delicious.
There is so much more to do in Cornwall that one week just wasn’t enough. So now I am counting down the days until we are heading back down there. We are staying in The Deck House again because we loved it so much and no doubt we will be back at The Watering Hole having a few drinks!
Happy Adventuring ⚓️