Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Cornwall Family Time

I don’t know why it’s taken me over a month to write this post. I feel like part of the problem is this year is that I’ve just done so much, it’s almost impossible to keep up with myself. We have just gone from one trip/holiday/birthday/event to the next and I feel like I’ve barely had time to sit down and look at the photographs, let alone edit them and write a blogpost about it…

Which is actually why Cornwall was such a relief.

I’ve written before about my love for this little corner of the world, so I won’t go into it too much again, but essentially, it’s a place that really means a lot to my little family – so where else would we take my baby nephew for his first splash into the sea? And so in July we all (me and my husband, my sister, her husband and their 8 month old baby, and our parents) all bundled into two cars and made the long journey down to Chapel Amble, a little place in the middle of nowhere (kind of near Rock).

We actually stayed in a converted chapel and it was absolutely stunning. My husband and I had a room with a mezzanine balcony in it and a floor to ceiling map of Cornwall on the wall, as well as little port windows which made it the lightest, whitest room I’ve ever stayed in – I haven’t slept so well in ages. It also had the most beautiful bathroom and an old, open plan kitchen with a big wooden table where we ate plenty of dinners, and a little garden where we drank plenty of wine!

We didn’t do a huge amount. We were relatively lucky with the weather (weirdly, storms hit Cornwall that week but didn’t affect us at all – we didn’t even know they’d happened until we saw it on the news!) and it only properly rained on one day, in St Ives. (The sun came out for long enough for me to get an ice cream – upon which I was promptly attacked by a seagull and dropped it!)

My husband and I got engaged in Padstow, so it’s a particularly special place for us. On one sunny morning we hired bikes and biked the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow, where we stopped at our favourite little café (Cherry Tree café) for milkshakes. I can't recommend the trail more - it's beautiful and easy cycling even for beginners. 

We also visited my favourite beach in the world, Polzeath, where we hit the waves…

…and my little nephew enjoyed the sea for the first time!

We also visited Daymer Bay where it was boiling hot, of course, and we weren’t at all wrapped in towels shivering!

The rest of the time was spent in little towns like Port Isaac (where we saw Doc Martin being filmed, much to my mum’s happiness) and St Ives, eating a LOT of pasties and ice cream, playing Scrabble and just generally having the cosiest, happiest family holiday you can imagine. Both my sister and I immediately texted when we got home to say we were lonely and would like us all to live in a big family house forever…roll on next year!   

If you're looking for a staycation I cannot recommend anywhere in the UK more than this area of Cornwall. 

1 comment

  1. I've never been to Cornwall but would love to go - it is so beautiful! Looks like you had a lovely time and that converted chapel is gorgeous xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x


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