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A Cornish Christmas

From wreath-making overlooking the fairy tale isle of St Michael’s Mount to bracing the Cornish waters for an annual Christmas Day swim, there are plenty of reasons why the festive season is best in the South West...


Mount Haven, Marazion

Guests can enjoy all that West Cornwall has to offer at this magical time of year at Mount Haven in Marazion. Offering a three night Cornish Christmas Break this festive season, guests will be treated to a performance by local carol singers on Christmas Eve, followed by the choice of small plates and festive cocktails, designed in partnership with the award winning FARE London and Sager+Wilde, or dinner in the restaurant, lovingly created by head chef, Ross Sloan, and his team. On the big day, Mount Haven will be a home-away-from-home for guests, offering age-old Christmas traditions including a Bucks Fizz breakfast, a four course festive feast with all the trimmings and a scrumptious platter of cheese, port and other treats served in the evening. 

The Cornish Christmas break at Mount Haven is available on 24th to 26th December 2019 and is priced from £390pp based on staying in a ‘Snug’ room.

Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Overlooking St Michael’s Mount, one of UK’s most famous landmarks, guests will feel as though they have been transported into a Cornish Christmas fairy tale at the Godolphin Arms this December. With an array of fun festive events held here, the Godolphin Arms is the spot to enjoy this merry time of year. The celebrations kick off with a Christmas Market on the 28th November, where guests can do some last minute Christmas shopping, tempted by a selection of gifts made by local artists and creators. The Christmas Party Nights are the perfect way to celebrate with loved ones, fit with a festive feast, an outdoor fire pit, a live performance from local band, Slapdash Trio, and of course, plenty of bubbles. Guests can also join the creative team from Heart of the Woods for a Wreath-making Workshop to create their very own Cornish Christmas wreath, alongside plenty of festive treats. Using a selection of ribbons, dried fruit and festive foliage such as holly and pine sprigs, foraged from the beautiful surroundings, led by woodland expert and floral arranger, Jo, the wreaths will be the perfect way to ignite the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas Party Nights at the Godolphin Arms are available on 29th, 30th November and 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th December 2019 and are priced at £40pp.

The Wreath Making Workshops at the Godolphin Arms are available on 11th and 18th December 2019 and are priced at £30pp. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

With plenty of opportunity to wave watch, enjoy a brisk walk across the coastal path or hunker down with a winter warmer by the log fire, the Scarlet is an ideal retreat for a cosy yet luxurious coastal Christmas. Offering a Pre-Festive Escape and a Twixmas Hideaway Break in addition to its four or five night Christmas Break, guests are spoiled for choice with festive celebrations. An array of gourmet delights will be provided over the merry period, including a welcome feast, afternoon teas with homemade cakes and treats, two delicious 3-course dinners and, of course, a traditional Christmas lunch on the big day. There will also be plenty of entertainment including live music and the annual Christmas Day Swim at Mawgan Porth beach, where guests and locals come together to brave the icy sea.  

The Four Night Christmas Break at the Scarlet is available on 23rd to 27th December 2019 and is priced from £2,380, based on two sharing a ‘Just Right’ room.

The Five Night Christmas Break at the Scarlet is available on 22nd to 27th December 2019 and is priced from £2,630, based on two sharing a ‘Just Right’ room

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Mawgan Porth

The Scarlet’s family friendly sister hotel, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, is another of North Cornwall’s finest and promises families an unforgettable Christmas. With its Sugar and Spice Grotto, home to candlelit woods, a snow cavern, a Christmas grotto and lots of friendly faces including elves, reindeer, the Ice Queen and even Father Christmas himself, children’s imaginations will truly come alive here. The four night Christmas Break at Bedruthan Hotel includes a champagne welcome and a traditional Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day, followed by games in the hotel lounge. A daily programme of kids’ activities and family entertainment will be provided, ensuring that the little ones stay occupied, as well as complimentary two-hour kids club sessions each day. 

The Sugar and Spice Grotto at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa is open from 30th November to 23rd December 2019. Tickets for 1 child + 1 adult are £15.

The Christmas Break at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa is available on 23rd to 27th December 2019 and is priced from £2,377 based on two adults and two children sharing a ‘Sea View Family’ room. 

Chapel House, Penzance 

The charming harbour-side town of Penzance in South West Cornwall is brimming with an array of festive delights this Christmas - from markets to lantern parades, the famous Mousehole lights just a short drive along the coast and many more festive treats.

This year, Penzance will be illuminated with festive sparkle as we go to town with the theme ‘Winter Wonderland’. Landmarks like Market House and St Mary’s Church will join local shops and businesses as they light up for the season. The official Christmas Lights Switch-On takes place at 5.30pm on 30th November, with a festive market, music and entertainment adding to the atmosphere. The festive market will run from 2-6pm with a variety of stalls from Arts and Crafts to Food. Market Jew Street will also host a Youth Market from Pop Up Penzance with stalls showcasing a range of Cornwall’s best arts & crafts and food. Visitors can get into the festive spirit at the Christmas grotto or with musical performances put on throughout the day before the annual light-switch on. Watch as the town becomes illuminated with colour and festive cheer.

Stay at Chapel House, just a minute’s walk from the market, down the winding listed ‘Chapel Street’ which is full of lovely boutiques and treasure troves for Christmas gifts.The décor throughout takes its lead from the sea, featuring soft greys, greens and blues, enhanced by the natural light which floods the building. The Newlyn School of Art curates a constantly changing gallery of artwork in the entrance hall and first floor landing, juxtaposing beautiful modern art next to the traditional Georgian features in a stunning partnership. The bedrooms, of which there are six in total in the main house and 2 suites, have views across to the sea. Three have large sea-facing windows giving impressive views over Penzance harbour and Mount's Bay as far as Lizard Point, ideal for watching the fishing boats in the early morning light. Rooms are refreshingly simple, with Smart TVs, iPads and coffee and tea making facilities available on demand, and fabulous bathrooms with waterfall showers, deep soaking baths from Cabuchon and delicious products from Pure Nuff Stuff in Penzance.

Room rates at Chapel House are from £150 per room on a B&B basis


Rockhaven Manor, Rock 

For dreams of chandeliers, festive delights and nautical tales, stay at Rockhaven Manor: a large Georgian-style residence, perfect for a festive family escape.

Exuding classic elegance, this beautiful manor house is located out of the hustle and bustle of Rock but close to all the local amenities you could need. With generous social spaces and a large landscaped garden, it's a fantastic place to host social events and ideal for family gatherings. As you enter Rockhaven Manor you will be struck by the grand mahogany staircase that sweeps up either side of you. Above, where daylight floods in, is a beautifully etched glass pane telling a nautical tale.  Rockhaven Manor is located in a quiet area near the top of the Rock Road. From here, it's easy to pick up the footpath that leads to Porthilly Cove on the Camel Estuary. Porthilly is linked to the famous Rock Beach at low tide, meaning you can easily walk along on the sand, or a short drive (or catch the ferry!) to Padstow where the Christmas Festival welcomes all the family for fabulous food, a market and much much more. 

Rockhaven Manor is available over the Padstow Christmas Festival at £1151 and sleeps 12 people