I have a feeling that this post may be a little superfluous. I there anyone who doesn’t love Cornwall?
We hadn’t visited Cornwall for a while though, so Belle and I were really looking forward to heading off to Retallack Resort and Spa for a couple of days last weekend. Belle loves a good lodge. We just stayed for two nights, but it was a well-timed break and a great reminder of just how lovely Cornwall is.
Here then, in case you were in any doubt, are four reasons to love Cornwall.
This is a given surely? We spent the whole day on Saturday at Harlyn Bay, a small beach just a 15 minute drive from Retallack, nestled between Padstow and Newquay. When we arrived Belle stood looking stunned for a few minutes.
“The sea is actually blue!” she said.
“Yes, yes it is.”
Despite being on such a popular stretch of the coastline, Harlyn Bay was wonderfully quiet, but well equipped with toilets, surf hire, cups of tea and an ice cream van. Normally Belle and I get a bit twitchy after an hour or two somewhere but we spent the entire day just playing and lying in the sun and it was blissful.
I am easily pleased, and one of my best bits of the weekend was arriving at our lodge and finding that we had been left a packet of Cornish gingerbread. My love and affection can literally be bought with biscuits.
There are of course more scones and pasties than you can shake a stick at in Cornwall but it also has a fantastic range of local seasonal produce, including fresh fish. Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop is just down the road in Padstow and well worth a visit, but if you don’t want to travel then Retallack has its own restaurant, The Green Room, run by MasterChef winner James Nathan. After a game of Logo Billionaire in the very tasteful games lounge, Belle and I treated ourselves to a meal here on Saturday night and following a long and tiring (haha!) trip to the beach it was the perfect way to finish the day.
It’s not as hard to get to as you think
When you think of Cornwall you might be thinking Saturday summer traffic, hours spent on the A30, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Retallack Resort and Spa is just a ten minute drive from Newquay airport, making it far more accessible within the UK than you might think.
What do you mean you didn’t know Newquay had an airport?
The National Trust
This one is cheating a bit as the National Trust is wonderful wherever you are in the country, but I love that for not much money at all our membership means we always have somewhere beautiful to go for the afternoon, if only for a little walk and a cream tea. I find it a really great way to break up a journey too, so on the way home on Sunday we stopped off at Finch Foundry (which is actually in Devon but who’s counting).
Finch Foundry isn’t a huge place but in the hot sunshine it was absolutely idyllic, a wonderful place to stop for a cup of tea. We chose it because the guidebook mentioned a ‘Victorian dressing up box’ and Belle is a sucker for historical fancy dress.
Thank you very much to Retallack for having us to stay. We had a fabulous time and really appreciated all the little extras like finding a pint of milk in the fridge when we arrived. Belle might have been a bit too young for the highchair and kids’ cutlery but even she appreciated the stair gates as extra protection against alligators. Thank you!
Disclosure: Retallack provided us with a two night stay for the purposes of this post. We bought our own dinner.