Cornwall 2016

Five Things I Love About Cornwall

Author: Lauren Coleman

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know James and I have just had a whistle-stop tour of Cornwall. After a busy and fairly turbulent start to the year we jumped at the chance to take advantage of a two-night stay courtesy of the lovely folk at The Scarlet and spoil ourselves with a little bit of R&R.

Situated between Newquay and Padstow on the cliff top at Mawgan Porth, the 37 bed eco-hotel has a stunning view over the ocean. We stayed in a ‘Just Right’ double room with an extremely comfy bed perfectly positioned to take in the incredible view across the beach and sea beyond. The Scarlet is an adults-only hotel however families are invited to stay just around the Bay at Bedruthan where lovely Lolly stayed last year.

There are loads of things I love about this little part of the world but for now here are five favourite things about England’s rugged southwestern tip.

Beach Walks

There’s nothing like the feeling of sand between your toes and I was keen to kick-off my flip-flops and walk along the beach. The gorgeous west-facing bay at Mawgan Porth has acres of golden sands (when the tide is out) perfect for a relaxed amble. We also love the beach at neighbouring Watergate Bay, another hit with the surfers, and the surrounding cliffs at Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay are perfect for relaxing walks.
RMW Editor Fern also suggested we make the trip further along the coast to Crantock which was well worth the trip. Crantock Beach lies on the River Gannel estuary and is a beautiful expanse of golden beach with some pretty impressive sand dunes.

Spa Relaxation

The Scarlet does laid-back luxury extremely well and guests can indulge in various facilitates including the indoor heated pool, outdoor barrel cedar sauna (with cute potholes overlooking the sea), cliff top outdoor pool and steam room. There’s even complimentary daily morning yoga sessions and a relaxation area with hanging canvas pods! James and I didn’t get time to pamper ourselves in the treatment rooms however we did book a dip in the heated hot tub overlooking the ocean which was utterly relaxing and definitely not the usual way I would spend a Tuesday afternoon.

Good Grub

You can’t write about Cornish food without mentioning the famous foodie-destination Padstow. The charming fishing village is home to tens of restaurants obviously including Rick Stein’s multiple eateries. We also heard really good things about Paul Ainesworth at No.6 and Basement too. We had a bit of a dubious weather forecast on Tuesday but when the sun emerged from a murky sky we decided to embrace it and instead of heading indoors found a spot to abandon the cleaner eating and indulge in a cheeky pasty (from award winning Chough Bakery) followed by a down-right delicious double scoop of Roskilly’s ginger ice-cream.
At Rick Stein’s deli we also grabbed ourselves a take-away afternoon tea complete with a glass jar of jam and a tub of clotted cream which we feasted on overlooking the beach.

A Spot of Shopping

This trip was firmly about relaxation rather than trawling the shops but we did take some time out to visit Hawskfield Cornwall on the Atlantic Highway. Here you’ll find a small speciality shopping area with a trendy restaurant, gallery, vintage store, florist, artisan food shop and my favourite; home store Jo & Co, which James declared was just like “walking into Rock My Style”. I wanted to buy one of everything.


One of my favourite things to do on holiday is watch the sun set. It’s something I rarely get a chance to do at home so it’s such an indulgence to sit back for an hour or so and soak up the atmosphere at the end the day. The setting of the Scarlet is absolutely epic with several lounges and various balconies to relax on while you take in the view. Even though the hotel was around three quarters full it was easy to find an uncrowded spot. We took in the sunset from the restaurant and while we ate on the first night the final rays of sun flooded the dining area making for really memorable dinner.
On Fern’s recommendation we also dined at Lewinnick Lodge on Newquay’s Pentire Headland. Sadly for us the place was shrouded in a thick mist but I imagine on a clear day the sunset is a stunner, and the food was very tasty too.

We had a smashing time though sadly it was all over far too quickly! Cornwall has always held a special place in my heart and staying at The Scarlet was such a treat. Is anyone else heading down to the Cornish coast this summer? What are you favourite things to see and do when staying in the south west?

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29 thoughts on “Five Things I Love About Cornwall

  1. I love Cornwall! We’ve been going there regularly since I was a small child and it’s always a magical place. For my 30th my family and I stayed on St Mary’s, the biggest of the Scilly Isles, and we had the best time. We’re planning another trip there soon so my daughter can get her first taste of the region.

    Not to hijack your post, but we are going to Devon in June for 4 days, staying in Hartland. If anyone can recommend places to eat/go with a one year old that would be great. Finding places that do amazing food but are also reasonably child friendly can be tricky..

    Also, if The Scarlet want to give any more weekend stays away I’d love one. The hotel looks amazing! Glad you had a good trip.

    1. Hartland looks beautiful Jennifer. Hopefully our readers can recommend some fab things to do. x

  2. Love the idea of take away afternoon tea! We are heading to Bude in Cornwall for our first holiday as a family of 3 on Sunday! If anyone has any baby friendly suggestions round there for eating and things to do, they would be greatly appreciated!
    I recommend Jamie Oliver’s restaurant overlooking watergate bay for a special meal.

    1. We went to 15 on our minimoon Charlotte several years ago. The food was incredible and such a fab setting.
      Enjoy Bude Charlotte. Such a gorgeous place x

  3. We’ve been going to Mousehole in Cornwall for over 30 years as that’s where my Nan was born. There is simply nowhere like the magic of Cornwall. I’m getting withdrawal symptoms as I post…
    We actually stayed for a long weekend at Bedruthan with our 18 month old recently and it was one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in; we had an incredible time and Mawgan Porth is beautiful. We actually went to the Scarlet with some friends too, but we had quite bad service, so left there a little deflated. I’m sure it was just an off day though!

    1. Oh Rhiannon, that’s such a shame. Glad you had a great stay at Bedruthan though.
      We’re yet to explore Mousehole and I’d love to go back to St. Ives as I spent time there when I was little. I think I need to organise a trip back to Cornwall soon! x

  4. When I was at Uni my friend and I spent one summer living in Pentire and Lewennick Lodge was our local…hands down the best local in the world 🙂 What a shame it was misty when you were there xx

    1. What an ace local Lisa! When we got there you could tell what an amazing view it would have but as the sun went down it was just a thick sheet of mist! x

  5. My husband and I have been going to Cornwall every year for the last ten years. We’ve fallen in love with the place, it’s great to take our dogs and just switch off. We stay in port Isaac the people are lovely, being able to sit on the beach at the end of the day with a gin and tonic watching our dogs play in the sand is the best feeling. It’s so breath taking not to mention Nathan Outlaw has two restaurants there (best food we’ve ever had and such a lovely man) We are going in September can’t wait!

    1. Such a fab place to take a dog. I think we were outnumbered by canines at times! Have a wonderful time in September x

  6. Such happy happy memories of Cornwall- particulary watergate bay where I attempted my first (and last) surfing lesson! I would love love to stay at the Scarlet. Particularly as some of my memories of cornwall are of some very ropey student digs when I upped sticks and left home for a few weeks to try and pretend I was some sort of skater/surfer chick. it didnt last long! The Scarlet would be the entire opposite of that experience!

    1. When we drove in to Newquay I’m sure we drove past that place you used to live with the turquoise ceiling?!

  7. Ohhhh this has made me incredibly ‘Cornwall-sick’ this morning! We’re heading to Bude in July for some longed-for surfing, seafood and *fingers crossed* sunshine… Cannot bloody wait!

    Very envious of your stay at The Scarlet; at least once a month I drool over it on Mr & Mrs Smith. One day…! In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming of my favourite laid-back corner of England… xxx

    1. Hope the sun shines for you in Cornwall Emily. When the sun has his hat on there’s no place like it! x

  8. Cornwall holds so many special memories, from when I was little to more recent holidays with Lee.

    I absolutely love Padstow, we’re heading back down in a few months for our summer break and I can’t wait. I’d completely agree with the recommendation for The Basement – their food is sublime and it’s so much more chilled than Stein’s. Our favourite spot is an independent wine merchant over the road from there called binTwo. I don’t think we’ve ever had a warmer welcome or a more perfect people-watching spot. They’ll wrap you in blankets on chilly summer evenings too so you can stay outside til closing time.

    Take me back!!

    Hope you had an amazing time and a well deserved break my love x

    1. Thanks my lovely. Was great to relax and chill out for a day or two.
      binTwo sounds just fabulous. Wish we’d dropped in! x

    2. Karen I love BinTwo, my husband proposed to me on Stepper Point (Padstow ) we celebrated at BinTwo!

      1. Oh wow Anneliese that’s amazing, what a lovely place to get engaged. So great to find someone else who loves our little spot too.

        I can’t wait to be back there in a couple of months, it’s been way too long. xx

  9. Cornwall will always have a place in my heart. We used to go on family holidays to Bude every year when we were much younger. So many happy memories! Since then I try and get to Cornwall at least once a year. My sister has a house she rents in Flushing and we’ve been fortunate to stay there many times. And the Scarlet….. sigh….went there for our 10th wedding anniversary 3 years ago and have wanted to go back ever since. And, I don’t care what any one says about Padstein! I love Rick’s eateries and have been able to stay at The Seafood restaurant on a number of occasions and Padstow and surrounding area is lovely. Finally I’ll always have such happy, happy memories of Watergate Bay (usually in the rain) with my husband and our lovely dog (sadly no longer with us).

  10. I adore Cornwall and in particular Padstow; I have lots of amazing memories of the place from our early dating days. Ste whisked me away after I’d finished my dissertation and thus my degree for a mini break and it always makes me smile when I look back at the photos. We took Hector last year when we stayed at the Bedruthan on a trip out and it felt like our visits to Padstow had come full circle.

    Sounds like you had the most amazing trip! So jealous xxx

    1. Aww so sweet you have dating memories and now parenthood memories too. Such a special place x

  11. Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the world. Explored quite a lot of it over the years but Padstow will always have a special place in my heart!

    Camel Valley Vineyard is a must – their sparkling wine is AMAZING! Number 6 is fabulous, but anyone visiting should book as it’s a popular destination.

    Heading to The Scarlett for a mini break at the start of June and cannot wait, your post has made me feel even more excited!

  12. Whoop! I’m so excited to be visiting Cornwall for the first time this weekend for a weeks’ break!

    It’ll be a long drive from the North but looks like it’s going to be so worth it! We’re heading down to the Mousehole / Treen area with our dog so looking forward to lots of beach walks and relaxation….fingers crossed for nice weather 🙂

  13. I love hearing how much people love Cornwall, it’s such a special place. Glad you visited crantock, I got married at the church in crantock village, heading back this year to celebrate our 3rd anniversary, may check out the scarlet for a night too X

  14. Lovely read, thanks Lauren! The Scarlet does look amazing.
    I’m late to comment as we have been away this week sans Wi-Fi in Cornwall! Split our time between Tom’s godfather’s bungalow in Crantock (can thoroughly recommend the coastal walk to Holywell – so many beautiful wildflowers at this time of year too! – and dinner at The Fish House on Fistral Beach – delicious flavoursome seafood, be sure to book in advance, it’s tiny) and our favourite spot in ‘Cornwall’s forgotten corner’: the Rame Peninsula. We got married there so I’m biased but it’s so rugged and dramatic yet the smuggler’s villages of Kingsand and Cawsand are picture-perfect xx

  15. Great post about Cornwall! It’s given me lots of ideas for a week away I’m planning in a few months time. Does anyone have any dog friendly recommendations of places to stay??? Any adivce would be much appreciated! Xx

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