At this time of year, we truly believe there is no more romantic a place to be than Cornwall. With its stunning natural scenery, huge skies, dramatic sunsets, miles of empty sandy beaches and fresh air straight off the Atlantic, the result is a luxuriously unique combination of relaxation, space, peace and calm.
In order to help you make the most of what this beautiful part of the country has to offer, we thought we’d suggest a few things to see and do while you’re here.
World renowned light artist, Ulf Pederson, returns to the mystical Lost Gardens of Heligan to create a dazzling nocturnal immersive experience. As you wander through these poetic once -forgotten gardens, Heligan by Night will take you on a journey through a series of thought provoking installations using light, colour and sound.
Another magical evening, set in the wilds of Tehiddy Woods, is the multi award winning Rogue Theatre Company’s production, Winter Wood 2018 – Magic is in the Air. Talent aside, what sets them apart is their ability to perform incredible heart-stopping theatre whilst harnessing the beauty of the nature around them. Following the winding path into the land of myth and legend, it’s an eco experience that will stay with you for many Christmases to come.
For the foodies, then Padstow is the place to go with its growing list of world famous restaurants brimming with the freshest locally sourced fish. Prawn on the Lawn, Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6 and Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant are three of the best.
If you happen to be there from the 6th – 9th December, you can also visit the famous Padstow Christmas Festival with its huge selection of curated arts, crafts, food and drinks stalls as well as live demonstrations from world renowned chefs including Paul Ainsworth, Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw, Michael Caines and Angela Hartnett as well our Head Chef Mike Francais.
We’ve already mentioned the sunsets, but did you know that one of the most romantic places in Cornwall to watch the sun go down is just minutes away? Take the coastal path with dramatic views over the ocean until you reach the majestic Bedruthan Steps, then just sit back and enjoy the breathtaking view. We’ll even make you your own flask of tea to take with you.
Of course, in our beautiful county there are no end of romantic walks and drives where you can take in everything nature has to offer, and reaching a roaring log fire in a cosy pub at the end of it can’t be beaten.
Considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the UK, the road that runs from St Ives to Sennen (B3306) enjoys magnificent sweeping views across the West Cornish Coast and beyond, and at this time of year you may even get it to yourself. En route, you can stop off at Zennor, visit the historic 13th Century Church, and then take a pew by the fire at the historic Tinners Arms that dates back to 1271.
Or continue the drive through the Penrith Heritage Coast, one of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Beauty, until you reach The Tinners’ Way, a public footpath across the countryside that will take you all the way to Cape Cornwall. There are plenty of stopping places on this part of the road to sit and soak up the atmosphere, and then there’s always the stunning Coastal Path over cliffs rising 60m above the crashing waves…
Another great place a bit further on to unwind by a blazing fire is the Gurnard’s Head.
And it’s not only humans that can have fun at this time of year. If you’ve brought your dog with you, why not let them have a day out too? Salty Sea Dogs will not only come and collect your furry friend from the hotel, he or she will be taken to a secure paddock for a romp around, make some new friends, and return exhausted and fulfilled with a bag of homemade dog treats and a stocking!