Cornwall has been on my destination list since 2001! Due to its distance I never made it there until Summer 2022. You see, Cornwall is not the place to visit in a rush. In my opinion, you need to take your time and immerse in the landscape and culture. It does get quite buys in the summer months though. In fact, while were there, I stumbled upon an advert on Instagram from Airbnb about over-tourism in Cornwall but there was a backlash  Although, Hubby used Airbnb to find our accommodation it was back in February, before the foray. Unlike some of the holiday homes in Cornwall that are second homes rented out, our cottage was on the grounds of a lived in family estate. Staying in the countryside meant we were away from the summer crowds. Bonus! Our time in Cornwall was truly well spent.

 

Where We Stayed In Cornwall

Named the third best place to visit the UK in with you motor home by We Buy Any Motorvan, Cornwall hosts a wide range of visitors. I was amazed and the quantity of holiday resorts, and camping sites. It’s the most I’ve ever noticed on any of our staycations, even though we’ve been to Wales and Isle of Wight which are ranked 5th and 6th respectively on the same poll  Many of the resorts are close to the seaside. However, we opted to stay in the countryside. Hubby rented a cottage in Lezant, via Airbnb. The closest town is Launceston and nearest beach Bude, known for its historic sea pool.

The property we rented was on the compound of a family estate. Our cottage (once a barn) looked out onto a grassy field were sheep based in the sunshine beyond a lazy stream. here was a tennis court on site and the cottage had all we need for the home away from home. Every morning we awoke to the scent of honeysuckle in the air. Butterflies danced around the buddleia bush and damsels hovered like turquoise gems. Does it sound like bliss? Well, it was.

Lezant Cottage

What We Did

When in Cornwall, what do you? Well, the beach of course! Of our 13 days in Cornwall we had about no less than 6 beach days. We slotted in a couple rest days, so we could enjoy the cottage and its surroundings and actually rest. Our days out itinerary included trips to:

 

Cornish Beach Life

LISTEN! Cornish beach life is lit! And I have to say. Newquay is a vibe. It’s totally the locale of the surfing dude and dudette. The paradise of surfers and body borders, still, us swimmers were able to enjoy the turquoise waters and golden sands. Of all the beaches we visited, Tolcarne Beach, Wembury Beach and Crooklets Beach were the best for swimming and rock pooling. Most of the beaches also have toilet facilities which is a great when you have small kids.

tolcarne bay

FYI: you should be aware of the tidal changes or at the very least stay in between the flags set up by the lifeguards. The tide changes relatively quickly and at some beaches you find that there’s not much shore left, when the water comes in Before setting up for the day, observe where the water is and signs on the sand that indicate who far in the water comes in at high tide.

I have to say Cornwall’s landscape surprised me! It’s much hillier than I expected. So while it was amazing to frolic in the sea the walk up hill/inclines back to the car was rough. The coastal views and my weight loss were worth it.

 

Heritage and Culture

I’m a fan of the Poldark TV series and Daphne Du Maurier books and I had hoped to visit places of relevance to them. However, my family and I only made it to the Jamaica Inn in Bodmin. The filming sites for Poldark were nowhere near, so, I settled for some fudge with his names on it bought from the Jamaica Inn Gift shop.

Jamaica Inn, Bodmin, is the only museum dedicate to Daphne Du Maurier. Along with personal letters and photos of Daphne Du Maurier, the museum also has artefacts which showcase smugglers’ lifestyle from the region. Entry for a family of four is £9.95. You also overnight at the inn or dine in it’s restaurant. Be sure to take in the stunning view of the Bodmin Moors before you leave.

After the museum, we drove into Bodmin town centre for a walkabout. We visited the Bodmin Town Museum. Entry is free but donations are welcome. It was interesting to see what a traditional Cornish Kitchen would have looked like. Additionally, the displays about the World War I really brings home the impact it had on the area.

Eden Project

Natural Wonders in Cornwall

We love the natural world. Not only did we spend days at sea but we also visited the Eden Project and took a walk through a sunflower field. Considered to be the 8th wonder of the world, read my blog on the highlights CLICK HERE.

The sunflower trail is an annual fundraiser hosted by Higher Tregorrick Farm in At Austell. It was £5 entrance fee per person which goes towards the Children’s Hospice South West. Strolling along the path being so close to golden sunflowers in bloom was magical. Who knew there we so many varieties and the geometry of the seed pattern is ‘unreal’. They look as though be where plotted with a compass.

I know I’ve talked about the beaches already but I have to say, rock pooling and cave exploration was so much fun as well. We spotted so may creature! On fish looked a bit like a cattish but it was to swift to catch and observe in rock pool bucket. We probably had a lucky escape because later that day I read an article about a poisonous fish spotted on Cornish beaches! Turns out it was the same fish we saw. BE WARE: look out for where you out your feet. The Weever Fish likes to hunker down in the sand.

 

What We Ate

For the first time ever, we didn’t eat out much on a staycation. So cosy were we at our lil cottage. We mainly stocked up at a local Tesco and Lidl for food and treats. We cooked dinner at the cottage and took packed lunches on our days out however, we had two memorable eating experience for different reasons.

Louis Tea Room

We had Cornish Cream Teas at Louis Tea Rooms, Kit Hill, Callington, which was charming. Good service yummy fresh treats. The scones were big as the palm of my hand! Presentation was beautiful. The room is nested on the highest point of Kit Hill. From the car park has a panoramic view of Tamar Valley, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor below.

One day after our swim in Treyarnon Bay we drove to Padstow to try Fish n Chips at Chef Rick Steins place. Well that was a disappointment. The fish was nice BUT the batter was soggy, the chips was soggy and it was over-priced. It was very busy when we went, so we ended up waiting over 15 minutes for takeaway! The best wish and chips we had was in Newquay at Flounders.

 

Cornwall is a stunning part of England and it truly looks as you see it in the magazines, that said it gets really busy in the summer. I totally empathise with the residents. It’s not setup to cope with the current levels tourist traffic. I recommend visiting out of season to ‘escape’ the madness. Consider staying in the countryside or the suburbs if you drive and explore more to take the pressure of the usual tourist hotspots. As for us, we’re off to find another staycation location that’s less crowded.

Finally, don’t forget to check out my other blogs family staycations https://thetigertales.co.uk/family-staycation/ and our vlogs on The Tiger Tales TV .You can also find me on Instagram

Have you every vacationed in Cornwall? Do you live there? Comment below, share you hidden gem location.

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