The grown-ups guide to romantic autumn breaks in Cornwall

We have a confession to make. This may sound like seasonal sacrilege, but we’re secretly excited when it comes time to say: ‘Goodbye Summer, hello Autumn’.

It’s not that we don’t appreciate Cornwall’s sun-bleached Summer days, the happy, busy beaches, the turquoise seas and long, light Summer evenings. We do. But we know Autumn in Cornwall is just as special.

Forget Paris in Springtime. Autumn and Winter in Cornwall are our romantic seasons – perfect for couples looking to enjoy some time together. With the children back at school, everything here in Cornwall takes on a quieter, more intimate air – from the beaches, bars and restaurants to the rugged cliff paths and glorious ornamental gardens.

Take a windswept walk hand-in-hand. Test our theory that walks are more romantic when the weather’s a bit blustery. Wrap up warm in your favourite jumpers and brave the elements together. Head to the seashore and watch the waves crash. Play chicken with the tide and feel the spray of the sea on your face.

The brisker weather makes it all the more rewarding when you make it back home, or to the shelter of a proper old fashioned Cornish pub, and get warm in front of a real fire. Unwrap yourself slowly. Curl up with a well-earned creamy hot chocolate and read the papers together.

Head for one of Cornwall’s many sub tropical gardens to see all Mother Nature has to offer here in Cornwall in the Autumn. Discover together exotic plants like Japanese Maples, Australian Incense Bushes and Asian Ginger Lilies – all providing vibrant flashes of colour.

Autumn is the perfect time to explore Cornwall’s history and heritage too. Visit a mediaeval castle, a Tudor fort or an opulent Victorian mansion. Delve further back in time by standing in the middle of one of our prehistoric stone circles, or strolling around an Iron Age village together.

There are still plenty of water sports to enjoy in Autumn along our coastline. Choose from a raft of exciting activities including surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, sailing and deep sea fishing.

After a long day, tuck into Autumn’s deeper, richer foodie flavours. Forget chasing the tastes of an endless, make-believe Mediterranean summer. Think the fungi, fruits and nuts of a British Autumn instead, bursting with stored-up goodness.

Think game, plenty of root vegetables and Autumn salad leaves. Think rich, ripe Autumn fruits – blackberry jam, blackberry fool and blackberry cordial, plum puddings, apple pies, crab apple jellies, hawthorn wine, sloe gin and fig and olive tapenade.

We love roasting amber squashes with nutmeg, a pinch of chilli and cumin, then adding butter beans and melting cheeses for an indulgent and warming supper.

Bliss.

Soup at the Scarlet Restaurant

Why not discover the romantic side of Cornwall with our Taste of Autumn Gourmet Break. Stay for two nights and sample our favourite most flavourful foodie experiences. This special break celebrates the amazing autumn produce that our suppliers bring us each day: freshly caught seafood, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and locally reared meats.