I’ve been to Cornwall twice. The first time it rained every day of our family holiday and the second time the sun didn’t stop shining. Both trips were magical and memorable. I’d recommend the county to anyone and everyone. If you haven’t been, go.
George Edward-Collins from www.corncott.com – a holiday company that specialises in self-catering accommodation in Cornwall – has been in touch to tell me about nine special places they have on their books. They sound…well, scrumptious springs to mind, although I know that’s not a very sensible word to describe bricks and mortar, but right now I can’t think of a better one.
Apparently, you don’t even have to leave the house to go crabbing and the views and situation rarely get any better than this. A tastefully finished former fisherman’s cottage that’s five minutes’ walk from Fowey’s thriving shops and restaurants. Even if you just want to sit, read and stare at the light bouncing off the estuary, this is the spot.
The Hazard, Polmear nr Fowey
This is a pretty and tastefully finished home away from home. The detached house has its own right of way down to the coastal path and is just a mile from Polkerris and its well known restaurants Sam’s on the Beach and Rashleigh Inn. The house has also got a traditional range cooker just in case you want to eat some nights – or just want to test drive one.
Less than a mile from Tintagel (with its magical associations to King Arthur and knights in shining armour) is The Old Chapel House. This is one of Cornwall’s most visited villages. Wouldn’t it be lovely not to be a day tripper and actually stay there?
In contrast, this is about a close as you’ll get to having Cornwall all to yourself. Peaceful, tranquil and even in the height of summer relatively undisturbed. With direct access to the coastal path, trailer access if you’re bringing your own boat, a 10 minute walk to The Wink pub or simple lazy days ogling that view. Lamorna Seaview has the added wow factor of a roof terrace. In season, boat hire and scuba diving are available.
Lobster Pot, Portloe nr Veryan
This former 1850s coastguard cottage is perfect for storm watching and for fans of author, Mary Wesley’s Camomile Lawn. The book and popular TV series were set here on the Roseland Peninsula. Characterful interiors, original slate flooring, and spectacular sea views make this a comfortable spot from which to get out and about around the Peninsula. The nearby village of Veryan is famous for its round houses.
Little Galleon, Penzance
This end of terrace cottage hidden away in the heart of Penzance makes exploring the town easy. From the second floor window you can see St Michael’s Mount. Within three miles lies pretty Mousehole. I’m told that the village is thought to have inspired the village of Lareggub in Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood – he honeymooned with his wife in Mousehole and some say the similarities between the Cornish fishing village and the village in the book are clear for all to see. Never knew that…but the characters at least are as Welsh as leeks (Polly Garter with her pretty knees, the Reverend Eli Jenkins et al).
Trailside, St Issey nr Padstow
The view across the sandy estuary to uber-trendy Rock provides just a hint at the draw this area had for author and Poet Laureate, John Betjeman. One of many Londoners lured by Cornish charm, he lived out his days in his house in nearby Trebetherick with views over Daymer Bay.
Bude’s is nearby which is great for families. A 10 minute drive inland will lead you to Whitstone, where Tori Amos, the American singer-songwriter, made a home for her music studio. Overlooking Bude Canal and within 500y of the beach, you’ll find a period property perfectly placed for a bracing walk (or maybe a swim!).
The Quillet, St Just-in-Penwith nr Sennen https://www.corncott.com/cottages/the-quillet-st-just-in-penwith-penzance-228.html
Poldark country is also home to the Botallack Count House. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a collection of disused cliff-top mines. Quite a site with the added ruggedness it provides to an already striking Cornish coastline. The Quillet in nearby St Just-in-Penwith is just a few minutes from the coastal path – its granite structure a nod to the mining of times gone by.