My husband has just retired and we are planning a trip away in May. I would love a beach break, but my husband is afraid of flying so we are very limited. We want to relax and love our food. We were thinking of Cornwall but would love some advice!
One of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, Cornwall is stunning with an extended coastline that could rival the South of France. Beautiful scenery and an endless list of things to do and places to eat, make this destination the perfect place to unwind into retirement!
Cornwall is frequently referred to as ‘the love affair that lasts a lifetime’ and not mistakenly. Its never-ending coastline is littered with quaint fishing harbours and white sandy beaches, perfect for a relaxing walk. In particular, St Agnes is home to some of the most exquisite beaches that offer great surfing or the perfect spot to relax all day.
Trevaunance Cove has it all and if you’re feeling energetic you can enjoy some of the many water activities on offer on this beautiful beach. Alternatively, unwind and relax with a cocktail and watch the sun set in one of the beautiful beachside bars that will make you feel like you are on the Costa del Sol!
Picnicking on a beach in Cornwall is a must if the weather allows and one of the best spots for this is the exquisite Kynance Cove Beach, located on the west side of the Lizard. The contrast of the white sandy beach and the dark red and green serpentine rocks is stunning, making it one of the most photographed and painted beaches in Cornwall. If packing a picnic sounds like too much hassle, then check out the eco-friendly café selling famous pasties and fresh sandwiches.
As food is an important aspect of the Cornish culture, the place is a foodie’s paradise. There is no shortage of fine restaurants to choose from that serve everything from traditional Cornish cuisine like pasties and clotted cream to excellent fresh fish. For some sunshine-infused food check out Fireside and Terrace restaurant at The Cove, Cornwall. This restaurant is tucked amongst the treetops and offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
For a fine dining, Michelin Star experience, head to Driftwood, this stylish beach house overlooks Gerrans Bay near the pretty village of Portscatho. Another recommendation is Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant located in Padstow, famous for its unrivalled atmosphere and romantic setting.
If you feel like exploring, then there is no better way to do so than by boat. Newquay Sea Safari and Fishing is a great day out aboard two of the top Cornish boats ‘Atlantic Diver’ or ‘Bounty’. There are plenty of trips to choose from, the most popular being the Sea Safaris to Seal Cove. Enjoy a fun day spotting marine wildlife or, for the more adventurous, a spot of cage diving with blue sharks or swimming with basking sharks. Try it at your own peril!
If the weather isn’t on your side and you fancy getting away from the seaside for an afternoon, then Bodmin is the place to go. Pretty cottages, an ancient church and gorgeous inns surround the beautiful nature reserve that is Beacon. There is a great variety of walks available. The Cardinham Woods walk is beautifully scenic and lends itself perfectly to an afternoon stroll. Waymarked trails will lead you deep into the woods and straight to panoramic viewpoints and historical sites. At the end of this experience, you can pop into the wood cafe to refuel and reflect on your day’s adventure.
There is always plenty of events taking place throughout the year in Cornwall. The month of May is very busy with the English Surfing Championships taking place at the beginning of the month. There is also St Ives Food and Drink Festival where some of the finest food and drink producers and chefs in Cornwall gather on Porthminster Beach. It is a great way to get to experience the Cornish Culture and take part in what is believed to be the UK’s only beach food and drink festival.
Where to stay
St Moritz Hotel (****)
Prices start from €108 per room per night on Hotels.com
This hotel is located in Wadebridge which is close to Polzeath Beach and Prideaux Place. The hotel has a full service spa and breathtaking views!
Cadgwith Cove Inn (***)
Prices start from €70 per room per night on Hotels.com
This Inn is over 300 years old and offers a more rustic type of accommodation in Cornwall. Guestrooms are small but well appointed and the bar downstairs is full of old relics and full of atmosphere!
Beacon Country House Hotel (**)
Prices start from €121 per room per night on Hotels.com
Set in two acres of undulating lawns on the southerly slopes of St Agnes Beacon, the Beacon Country House Hotel enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and along the coast to St Ives. The privately owned Hotel offers high standards of comfort, service and hospitality with eleven modern en suite rooms equipped with TV and broadband.
Treglos Hotel (****)
Prices start from €214 per room per night on Hotels.com
Treglos Hotel is located near Padstow has been in the ownership of the Barlow family for 40 years. The family ensures that the very highest standards are maintained throughout the hotel and this is enhanced by the personal touch of friendly professional staff. Situated on the dramatic North Cornwall Coast, the hotel and many of the rooms enjoy magnificent, uninterrupted views over Constantine Bay. The hotel’s two elegant lounges with open fires and a sunny conservatory are perfect for a clotted cream Cornish tea!
*All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking
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