As we move into the second phase of lockdown our thoughts are turning to planning trips and –if dare we to dream – holidays! We have pulled together some of our favourite spots in the South West for the ultimate post-lockdown Cornish celebration! Cornwall in the summer, with the sun shining, the sound of the surf in your ears and sands between you toes – we can’t think of anywhere else we’d rather be!
The Scarlet https://www.scarlethotel.co.uk/
For a proper reboot of mind, body and spirit – the Scarlet is surely top of the list. Located on the cliff tops above Mawgan Porth, the Scarlet is the UK’s original luxury eco escape. With 37 rooms, all with views across the water, an award winning tented spa, destination restaurant headed up by Mike Francis and an ‘adults only’ rule – the Scarlet is renowned for taking stressed, spent guests and nurturing them through their stay. You’ll leave refreshed, bright eyed and glowing.
Top Tip – A dusk cliff top hot tub, with a glass of sparkling Cornish wine, watching the surfers below catching the last waves of the day..
Rooms from £240 B&B
If would be difficult to choose our favourite house from Latitude50, who look after some of the most beautiful houses in North Cornwall – from surf pads in Polzeath to eco dreams in Rock, fisherman’s cottages in Port Isaac to boltholes in Daymer Bay – but we’ve whittled it down to two very special homes.
Little T is new to the market this summer. Nestled into a nook above the little known beach of Lundy Bay, it is the delightful and private escape. She sits cocooned in the rolling meadow and hidden down a path, Little T is perfect for wild swimming, paddling, rambling and escaping the crowds.
Enjoy the BBQ and as darkness falls gather around the crackling flames of the fire pit and gaze up at the stars in the clear night sky. Four dreamy bedrooms are the perfect remedy to a long day of coastal adventures. Here you can drift into an uninterrupted night's sleep and awake to the sound of birdsong.
You can sleep 8 people in Little T, ideal for meeting your friends again when this social distancing in a thing of the past - or keep it all to yourself!
The second dream house we’ve chosen is Fiddlesticks – we just love this house! This lovely dog friendly bolt hole is also new to the rental market, combining a beautiful fusion of slate, natural stone and glass. This is the ideal escape for those looking for somewhere away from the main drag– it is a tranquil countryside experience but still just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Rock Road. Sway in the hammock, splash in the heated swimming pool and luxuriate within the blissful interiors at Fiddlesticks, a Rock homestay sure to enchant those looking to escape to North Cornwall.
CARBIS BAY HOTEL & ESTATE https://www.carbisbayhotel.co.uk/
In West Cornwall we recommend the simply beautiful Carbis Bay. Nestled above the blue flag beach (with its white sands and clear turquoise water), Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate offer the very best escape for all the family ( and the Lodges are dog friendly too!) Our favourite spot has to be Lodge 8, a sumptuous beachside retreat sleeping 8, with stunning open plan kitchen and living area, leading out of your own private garden complete with hot tub mere moments from the surf. The light here, just round the coast from St Ives ( which is a lovely 20 minute walk) is captivating, and we recommend a sundowner in the hot tub! Carbis will be offering bespoke stays, with all meals delivered to your Lodge, all you have to do is sit back and relax.
Top tip – the colours of the sunrise are truly spectacular, we heartily recommend waking before dawn and watching the rise rise about the surf (a strong coffee in hand..)
CHAPEL HOUSE www.chapelhousepz.co.uk
Over in Penzance, our favourite has to be Chapel House, the stunning Georgian townhouse overlooking Mounts Bay. With 8 bright, relaxing and beautiful bedrooms, and 2 suites across the courtyard. This is the ultimate home from home, with whitewashed floorboards, stunning artwork and antiques, owner Susan Stuart has impeccable taste ( and is one of the most fantastic cooks too!) The main house bedrooms, of which there are six in total, are found on the first and second floor, and all 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. Some of the rooms have egg shaped baths, but our favourite is in Room 6, the bath in the rooftops at the top of the house, where you can roll back the roof window and bathe under the stars!
Top tip – the breakfast menu is extensive and incredibly delicious. You might need to book an extra night to make sure you get to try it all!
Whilst you’re in Penzance we recommend a dip in the art deco Jubilee Pool (due to open this summer) , a wander up Chapel Street ( No56 is perfect for beautiful gifts) , a cocktail at the Cornish Barn, dinner at The Shore or fish n chips at Frasers and the pizza from Totti’s. We love to spend a morning wandering around Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, it has one of the best views down to St Michael's Mount too.
We are so looking forward to a time when we can escape down to Cornwall - hopefully it's not too far away but until we get the green light we will just dream of this amazing part of the country...