Why would anyone ever want to have a holiday at home? That has always been my thought process. You can easily fly to Europe and spend around the same amount of money and possibly experience better weather.
However, last year I found myself planning a little staycation in Cornwall. It was for my husbands birthday, and after seeing a view pictures online of the cornish coast (some parts of which look like the South of France), I thought it was worth looking into.
Where is Cornwall
Cornwall is as far south west of England as you can get. The furthest south-westerly point is Lands End (the most Northern point is John O’Groats in Scotland). Of course you don’t have to go to the furthest point across to be in Cornwall. From the south, Cornwall starts just across from Plymouth in Somerset.
We drove the 300 or so miles from East Sussex along the coast. Stopping overnight at Durdle Door Holiday park, where we had camped the previous year. It helped to break up the jouney and it is an area of England we love so much.
Cornwall is fairly accessible by road. The M5 Motorway connects the Midlands of England all the way to neighbouring Exeter in Devon, after that there are good A roads to follow.
If you don’t fancy the drive (depending on what your starting location is), you can fly into Newquay airport (which is the main airport in Cornwall). Flybe is the main airline connecting other parts of the UK to Newquay, including London, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Liverpool (to name a few). You can also fly in from Dublin, Berlin and Dusseldorf.
You can also fly to Exeter and then rent a car from there. Just as an example. Exeter to Newquay via car is around 1.5 hours.
We found it easy to drive rather than fly or get a train as we like the flexibility of having our own transports and being able to see and do things on our own time schedule.
Where to stay
There are so many beauitful spots in Cornwall. I found it so hard to choose where I wanted to go to (the whole trip location was a suprise, so Chris was not involved in any of the planning).
After much searching, I stumbled across the prettiest little bed and breakfast in Mawgan Porth, just north of Newquay.
We stayed at a place called Seavista and it was everything I could have hoped for, for a romantic birthday getaway.
I booked a room with a balcony and sea view, which was so stunning to wake up to everyday, as well as sit out on in the evenings.
The owners were delightful and the choice at breakfast time was insane. They had a full on menu where you could pick from a variety of cooked options from pancakes to a cooked breakfast (with home made baked beans), as well as a selection of cereals, yoghurt and fresh fruit. It certainly set us up for the day.
As for the area Mawgan Porth itself is small, with a holiday park and independent accommodation options, a fish and chip shop and restaurant, as well as a few tourist (beach) shops. It did have a stunning sandy beach though and is located not far from the National Trust’s Bedruthan Steps, which is on a stunning part of the coast line – totally worth a visit.
What to do
This will depend on where in Cornwall you decide to base yourself. As we were on the coast, we had access to a variety of beaches and the stunning coastline.
We visited Newquay for dinner on one occasion, but I wouldn’t say it was my favourite location of the trip – I enjoy being a little more remote.
During our stay we went a little further up north and visited Port Issac.
Port Issac is a small fishing village. It was so quaint and delightful, with cobbled streets and cute independent shops. Famous also as a film location for the ITV series Doc Martin.
We also took a trip to Padstow, which is slightly larger and most famous for its food.
Here you can eat at one of a few of Rick Stein’s restaurants and get your load of fresh seafood (I am not a seafood lover though, but I did manage to get a good cornish pasty – which is a must!)
Further south we wandered to Crantock and West Pentire on the coast – both beautiful spots and remninded me a lot of my homeland of the north coast of Northern Ireland.
After managing to explore a number of these locations, my view on holidaying at home changed quite a lot. With a baby on the way, I think we will be doing a lot more staycations, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The UK has a lot to offer and adventure can be found on your doorstep, not just overseas.
Tell me, where is your favourite place to holiday in the UK. I will need a load of inspiration for the next years ahead. Especially interested in great family friendly locations.