Cornwall staycation

After 19 years in the UK, this was my first extended foray down to Cornwall and it can only be described as wet, windy and wild!

When South Africa was cancelled, globetrotting buddy Vicki and I planned a staycation road trip to Cornwall.  We thought we'd got the perfect balance of sightseeing and resting - four days in Penzance, exploring the southern tip, then four days at Bedruthan Hotel, making use of the spa facilities with a final night near Torquay on the way home to break the journey.  Alas, fatigue was rife and even with this sedated itinerary I found myself exhausted on a daily basis.  It came as a bit of a shock to realise that had we gone to South Africa, I wouldn't have coped - maybe COVID was a blessing in disguise.

Lands End

We took a bit of a gamble heading to the coast at the end of September however after the previous week's heat wave I packed my shorts just in case!  We had a glorious but windy first day exploring Lands End and doing the coastal walk to Sennen Cove.  Once you got through the tacky shops and tourist tat at the entrance to Lands End, it was breathtaking scenery and we both kept stopping to take "just one more photo".  That evening we had one of my favourite dinners: fish n chips sat by the sea (on Penzance's lido sea wall in fact), wrapped in blankets with a bottle of fizz.  Food just tastes so much better when you eat it outside.  We even had some free entertainment as there were a couple groups of swimmers - one brave group in the water, the other group not too sure and spent more time out the water than in!

We had one more stunning day which was warm enough to warrant a paddle in the Atlantic.  We spent the morning exploring St Michael's Mount garden and castle and the afternoon on a walking tour of Mousehole.  The following day we were set to leave Penzance and drive to Bedruthan via Pendennis Castle.  With COVID restrictions, we'd had to pre-book everything so we didn't have the opportunity to wait and see what the weather was like on the day - it was book it or miss out.  So, we drove through pouring rain with the windscreen wipers on full, hoping that by the time we arrived at Pendennis the rain might have let up.  No chance.  Not brave or mad enough, I stayed in the car while Vicki did a whistle stop tour of the castle.  We arrived at Bedruthan Hotel where we had a room with stunning sea views and could enjoy watching storm Alex lash the coast from the warmth of our room.  

Bedruthan Hotel

The next two days were spent eating, walking and in either the Bedruthan Sensory Garden Spa or The Scarlet's clifftop spa.  The Bedruthan Sensory Garden spa was a real treat.  Thanks to COVID we were the only couple in there.  We scrubbed, soaked, scrubbed and then sat by the fire with a warm mug of tea. There were three wood fired hot tubs to soak in and our host Abi on hand to bring us glasses of Prosecco - pure heaven!  The next day we had a spa at Bedruthan's sister hotel, The Scarlet.  I'd always wanted to go to The Scarlet so was super excited about our spa and dinner there however was rather disappointed.  The atmosphere really let it down and the lady on reception at the spa couldn't have been more rude.  However the hot tub made up for it with it's stunning, uninterrupted views down to the beach and we even had a downpour while we were in the tub which made it even better!  

Burgh Island
We decided to add on an extra day at the end so we could catch up with the lovely Sue and Royston on the way home and explore Agatha Christie country.  We had a rather decadent Sunday lunch at the hotel on Burgh Island.  Next time we'll rent the beach house where Agatha wrote Evil Under the Sun and And Then There Were None!  The following day we met up with Sue and Royston at Agatha's Greenway House, where Sue is a guide.  Sue entertained us with stories about Agatha before we ended our holiday with a traditional afternoon tea 😋.


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