The English south-west’s wildest coastline is blessed with the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Despite its popularity the county remains steeped in history and tradition while it also retains a strong sense of isolation. Peel back the stone walls of farmhouses and fishermen’s cottages and you will discover stylish apartments and restaurants where acclaimed chefs serve up the finest seafood.
Check out our exclusive insider’s guide for everything you need to know about travelling to Cornwall and the Cornish Coast.
When to Travel
A true coastal town, Cornwall comes alive in the summer months, which is also the best time to experience beautiful warm English weather. Visitors can bask in glorious sunshine explore one of many seaside resorts and enjoy hours in the rugged Cornish countryside discovering all her natural beauty as well as the various attractions and activities she has to offer.
As the weather cools and the leaves change Autumn brings with it a lessening of the crowds making it a wonderful time of year to visit. As the kids have gone back to school and the weather remains nearly as warm as previous months, visitors can soak up the rays as they lie on near empty beaches. Or, you can grab your board and head out for a surf as conditions are still excellent.
Like many other English seaside destinations, Cornwall has become popular out of season, and as most of beaches are dog-friendly, this is the perfect time visit for a long weekend with the whole family. Perfect mild winter evenings provide the perfect setting for a stroll along one of the many sandy beaches.
With the new blooms breaking through, spring brings with it a renewal as the days get lighter and the air that little bit warmer. The fresh flowers and new life make this one of the best times to head to Cornwall and enjoy her beauty without the crowds
Where to Stay
Hotel Tresanton – Tresanton is one of the West Country’s most famous hotels, situated at the edge of the unspoiled village of St. Mawes. All rooms have stunning views across the sea and look towards St. Anthony’s lighthouse. Originally created in the 1940s as a yachtsmen’s club, Tresanton is a cluster of houses built into the hillside. In the 1950s and 60s it became one of the best-known and best-loved hotels in Cornwall. In 1997 Olga Polizzi bought Tresanton and spent two years completely redesigning and restoring it. It has a casual and elegant atmosphere, very much in keeping with its seaside location. The hotel is perfect as a romantic wedding venue, relaxing holiday location or luxury business and conference centre. Tresanton has 30 rooms, some with their own terrace. All the rooms have magnificent sea views and all have been individually furnished with antiques and Cornish art. There are three family suites, one which can accommodate up to four children, each with its own terrace. The hotel has a bar, a large living room with a giant fireplace and conference facilities. The restaurant, with a terrace overlooking the sea, specialises in fish and other local produce. Pinuccia, the hotel classic sail yacht, can be chartered with crew. Tresanton also offers, a spacious playroom, a lovely Wendy House, and a cinema to entertain our younger guests.
Hotel Endsleigh – Hotel Endsleigh is a historic house set in 100 acres of fairytale woodland, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton. The Duke of Bedford, who owned a third of Devon, chose this spot for his fishing and hunting lodge. Hidden on the edge of Dartmoor, many of the 19 bedrooms have magnificent views of the gardens, the river Tamar and beyond into Cornwall. The hotel is a natural oasis amidst a bustling world, providing guests with serene views and the sounds of the local wildlife. The cooking takes its inspiration from the surrounding countryside, and includes rabbit, venison and beef, and even fish from the Tamar. In keeping with tradition, afternoon tea is the highlight of every day. Each afternoon the library table is set with an array of cakes, scones and sandwiches.
Artist Residence Penzance – Your home from home in West Cornwall with comfy beds, limited edition art prints and eclectic furnishings. A selection of rooms also have bathtubs, or opt for The Lookout or The Cottage for some extra lounging space and cosy log burners. A smokehouse, bar, garden and lounge with a relaxed atmosphere and a simple, homely menu of locally sourced produce. Whether you’re stopping by for a pint, meeting family for a long lazy lunch, or catching up with friends for a good old-fashioned shindig, this is a place for meeting, eating, drinking and merry-making, from coffees to cocktails, breakfast to bedtime.
Where to Dine & Drink
What Not to Miss
Cornwall has been providing a coastal escape for the English for decades. It offers visitors wild moorlands to explore, Grecian blue sea to sail and swim, and the most British dish of all in its world-class fish and chips. You really can’t get further west than the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall, or as it’s known to Cornish speakers, Kernow.
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