The grown-ups guide to Summer

As soon as the sun comes out, and the world bathed in its golden rays, life seems transformed. Here’s our list of ideas to make the most of the glorious summer that’s finally come our way.

alfresco dining

Take breakfast outside – brew up some real coffee, bake some of our Scarlet granola, or treat yourself to perfect scrambled eggs, squeeze some fresh orange juice and bask in the sunshine with the papers. Here are a few other of our favourite breakfast recipes when you want something a little bit more indulgent first thing.

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Find a natural pool to take a dip in – our reed-filtered natural pool is currently 22°C (7°C warmer than the sea currently) and is wonderfully refreshing after sunbathing. Find a natural pool near you on the wild swimming website.

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Get some friends round for an easy alfresco dinner. For something different to barbeque, try Tom’s recipe for lovely pink lamb and indulgent Jansson’s Temptation. All that’s left to do is fill the bath with plenty of ice, beers and bubbles.


Experiment with some refreshing, but simple cocktails. Try our take on Pimms and lemonade: take some London Dry Gin and serve in a tall glass with lots of ice and summer fruits: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, even redcurrants, and top up with lemonade. Or how about a class gin and tonic? Take a look at our top tips for the perfect G&T.


Go on a mini adventure! On a warm, dry night, spend a night under the stars. Just pack a sleeping bag, mat, a bivvy bag (to keep your sleeping bag dry so you don’t need a tent), wooly hat, warm and waterproof clothes, a torch and a tasty picnic. Find a bit of wilderness – a beach, clearing in a wood, space by a lake – and watch the stars appear. The best dates this summer include the summer solstice on 21st June, the blue moon on 31st July and the meteor shower on 13th August. For more ideas take a look at Alastair Humprey’s microadventures.

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Get out and about, meet new people and listen to some wonderful music at your local festival. Some of our favourites are coming up such as:

  • the spectacular Eden Sessions which this year includes Paolo Nutini, Elton John and Paloma Faith
  • the new(ish) Somersault Festival which also includes long table feasts, theatre and trips to the seaside
  • Rock Oyster Festival a two-day festival celebrating the best Cornish produce and musical talent (this year there’ll even be hot tubs!)
  • The Little Orchard Cyder & Music Festival a lesser known, intimate festival suitable for adults and children alike, with free tractor rides and plenty of cider sampling!
  • Port Eliot Festival – set in the beautiful grounds of Port Eliot House, this is a festival with a difference, celebrating words, music, imagination, nature, food and fun
  • and finally, just down the road, Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay, including a beach party, stunt display team and exciting polo matches to watch.


Take some time out to watch the sunset. Find a quiet space, maybe bring a bottle of something chilled and bubbly, and watch the sun dip below the horizon. For some inspiration, here are our favourite places to watch the sunset in Cornwall – but otherwise, just pick somewhere west facing, preferably over water. The perfect way to end a summer’s day.

Whatever you get up to, we wish you a wonderful summer full of sunshine, good food and wonderful people.

If you’re looking for a real summer treat, take a look at our very special Meadow Break with outdoor spa treatments, a soak in our copper tub and an indulgent Champagne Afternoon tea.