Hello! I’ve just returned after a fantastic 2 night break away in Cornwall for my wedding anniversary feeling refreshed and relaxed (it won’t last I’m sure). Those who may have read my earlier post on childhood holidays may be aware of my love for parts of Cornwall and after reading my blog post my husband was inspired to book us a romantic 2 night break at the most amazing hotel (collective awwwww here please!).
The Cornwall Hotel is a fairly new hotel just outside St Austell town centre, we came across it whilst browsing the internet and I have to say their website does not do them justice (or make it as easy to plan your stay as they could), it is possibly however the nicest hotel I think I’ve ever stayed in (and I’ve done a reasonable amount of international travel). Surrounded by woodland the hotel is modern, vibrant, luxurious and yet relaxing and comfortable, it literally strikes the right balance between plush and down to earth!! With this being our first hotel trip in 4 years my husband and I made good use of the facilities including fantastic massages at the spa facility in a couples room, walks around the grounds and stunning walled garden (including spotting many different types of wildlife scampering around), afternoon tea including the most decadent chocolate cake I’ve ever had (and that’s saying something), and delicious cooked breakfasts made to a very high standard. Let me be clear, I am not being sponsored or bribed to write this blog, this is entirely on the back of customer satisfaction!
In spite of the rain, and in fact probably because of it, we crammed a huge amount into the 48 hours we had before having to get back to our demanding and impatient cats; leaving home at the unsociable hour of 6am to start our long journey we actually made it to our destination by 10.30am!! Surprised by our extra time to spare we were able to add extra visits to our planned itinerary;
- Arrived at St Austell too early to check in so drove to Mevagissey and had lunch in a gorgeous harbour-front pub
- Drove to the hotel to check in, settle into the room and then headed to the spa for massages in the couples room
- Enjoyed afternoon cream tea in the lounge and checked out the paintings by a local artist dotted around the dining room
- Drove to Charlestown, looked around the harbour in the rain in the hope of finding the tall ship featured in the latest series of Doctor Who (hubbie is a huge fan) before deciding to move on
- Drove to Fowey, all shops were shut but the harbour was picturesque and beautiful
- Drove back for a relaxing night at the hotel
- Indulged in a fantastic breakfast at the hotel, then regretted eating a croissant on top of and having a cooked breakfast, curse you hotel buffet breakfasts for being too tempting!
- Took a quick stop by Mevagissey again to take a look in some of the shops we had missed the day before
- Drove to Gweek seal sanctuary and spent a couple of happy hours wandering around and making friends with the animals
- Drove on to (try and) find Roskilly’s ice cream farm, this took a while since Google directions were rather inaccurate and upon arriving the farm was a little disappointing (should have seen the warning signs when it was busy but no-one was eating ice cream!!) Left a tad despondent…
- Passed Goonhilly and took some pics…
- Drove to Porthleven upon which the sun came out and poured glorious sunshine on our outing, we indulged in a 3 scoop cone of Roskilly’s ice cream (so this is where all the good ice cream was hiding!) from my favourite ice cream parlour Nauti But Ice, including my all time favourite Blackcurrant Cheesecake flavour, whilst stood by the harbour watching the boats and waves, bliss. Wandered around the shops, took lots of pics and took deep breaths of sea air. A definite high point of my trip
- Left and drove to Marazion to stop briefly and take some pics of St Michael’s Mount and watch the crowds of people walking across the causeway
- Drove on to Penzance and caught the shops just before closing time, good news for me as I was able to find a New Look (I can’t help myself), and it was still open, bonus!! Grabbed a tasty Cornish pasty from a local pasty outlet but was forced to eat it from the comfort of the car, in a car park, by a closed funfair, as we were being stalked by a very beady eyed seagull (who we named Snappy!) who decided to stand on our roof and car bonnet until I caved in and gave him the last quarter (yes quarter!) of my pasty…cheeky so and so!
- Drove back to the hotel to freshen up quickly before heading back into St Austell for a meal at Frankie & Benny’s. I need to explain this next part as I need to pre-empt it by saying how lovely the staff at the restaurant were and how they could not have been more attentive and helpful…however it was a terrible meal, ironic since this was our actual anniversary and we had made the choice to visit here instead of a local independent restaurant! Having visited F&B many times before we knew what to expect from the chain however my starter was burnt, my main was swimming in oil (at least a cm deep), my cocktail tasted like Benylin poured over ice and we both ordered sundaes for pudding and they literally arrived half full…we had to stifle laughs at the empty glassware in front of us…what made it worse is that the waiter played the Cliff Richard “Celebration” song (those who know F&B will know this can happen many times each night!) for us to the whole restaurant and had stuck a candle in the half empty sundae glass…I sank back in my chair and was thankful the lights were off to hide my blushing face…painful!
- Returned to the hotel and promptly collapsed…
- Another cooked breakfast and one less croissant…still full to bursting but it was worth it…
- Quick trip back to Fowey to look in the shops that had been closed the first time we went
- A visit to the Eden Project; having heard a lot of reviews from friends it lived up to our expectations and we spent a happy 2 hours there wandering around (you can easily spend longer but we didn’t feel we missed too much by leaving when we did). I recovered from the heat of the rainforest biome with a spot of browsing in the gift shop before we made our way home via Lostwithiel (where I stayed with my dad and sister one year in my teens) and wanted to just revisit for the sake of seeing it again…
Phew, I’m exhausted just reading it back but like I said we crammed a lot in to such a short space of time, just what I/we needed though and very enjoyable. Rather pleased that having felt like we knew Cornwall pretty well we managed to do and see pretty much all new things (we’d made a point of avoiding Lands End, because, well there is nothing there and we agreed it just wasn’t worth the drive!). Having been a fan of south Cornwall all these years I think the charming Cornish villages I saw this time round have won me over to mid Cornwall, definitely a pleasant surprise 🙂