Travel Tips: 5 Things That Surprised Me About Cornwall

Andy and I have been to Cornwall a few times, and whilst it’s seen by many as the perfect UK staycation by many, I have to say I still think it’s a totally underrated stay. So if you’re wondering where take your next staycation, I’m here to tell you why you should visit Cornwall.

1. It’s a luxury lover’s paradise

If, like me, you’re a bit of a luxury travel addict (guilty) then choosing the hotel is a big part of deciding where to go on holiday. When we visited Cornwall last we stayed in St Mawes Retreats, a beautiful set of family run properties that are perfect for taking groups of friends away. Before that, we had stayed at the stunning Headland Hotel in one of their cottages for a romantic weekend when we were at university.

I can’t wait to write my piece for this month’s travel link up about surprising places! I’m super inspired to write about Cornwall, a place I’ve been to a few times with Andy and made some incredible memories! Hoping to plan a visit at the end of this year or start of next to a hotel I’ve wanted to visit for a very long time… And hopefully returning to the gorgeous @theheadlandcornwall some day soon! #luxurytravel #travel #travels #travelgram #luxurytravelblogger #travelmemories #dametraveler #instatravel #instapassport #passportready #passionpassport #exploreeverything #luxurylifestyle #traveling #letsgoeverywhere #destination #travelpics #travelphoto #travelphotography #tlpicks #wanderlust #paradise #beach #luxuryhotel #cornwall #love #happy #London

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If it’s St Mawes you’re looking at I’ve got my eye on The Idle Rocks next time I’m there; it really is such a beautiful hotel where absolutely everything has been taken care of. And the view is pretty special, too.

But my next Cornish adventure is hopefully going to be The Scarlet, an incredible hotel that I’ve wanted to stay in for a while now. If you want to know more Angie stayed there at the beginning of the year and adored it. ย I think over the next few years the plan will be to make my way through the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels in Cornwall!

2. And a bit of a foodie heaven, too

Whether you’re a perfect eggs benny for breakfast gal or whether you’re looking for the best, freshest seafood out there, you’re guaranteed that Cornwall will have you covered. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I’ve got to go back as I’ve really not explored many of the great restaurants that Cornwall has to offer.

3. But it’s also the perfect place to escape everything

The first time we went to Cornwall it was just before Andy went to Africa and we went for a little bit of R&R and us time. Whether you just need some time away from London or you want to go somewhere with little internet and phone signal, there are few better places than Cornwall. Excuse the phone photo, but there are fewer places where I’ve been so relaxed that I’ve pulled this face..!IMG_20160606_163155

4. Rain, hail or summer sun, it’s the most peaceful place I’ve been in the UK

The first time I was in Cornwall was the weekend where it rained so much that the train line to London was flooded so badly that it was broken for about 6 months… And this year when we went, well, it rained so much that we were forcedย  lucky enough to be able to sit inside all weekend and drink champagne… Again, The Idle Rocks is an ideal place to do this!

5. You won’t find a better set of beaches

Perfect for winter walks and summer swims (if you’re brave!) Newquay, Fistral Beach, St Mawes… You name it and there’s a beautiful beach around there somewhere. A dreamy venue for a morning walk, afternoon swim or sunset drink.

So there you have it, the top 5 reasons why you should visit Cornwall. I think I’l start planning my next adventure now…

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  • Glad you love cornwall, it’s very close to my heart hailing from there! Please visit some tin mines next time you go there, the ones on the coast near St Agnes or near the Lizard or Cape Cornwall really are spectacular – you will be amazed how well they finish off the view!

    • Sounds amazing! We’ve just not done enough exploring of the area – always a reason to go back..!

  • Between you, Anna & Angie I’m sold!

  • I last visited Cornwall when I was nine and it’s a place I’ve been meaning to return to in so long. Love the look of the Idle Rocks! Sorry to hear that it rained during your stay but glad to see that you made good use of your time in doors drinking champagne ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Ahhhh rain isn’t always a bad thing – I quite like staying inside in front of the fire on bad days!

  • I just loved Cornwall and the Scarlet!

    • Me too! Need to wait till September to get a rough idea of what the next 6 months will hold but currently thinking of a Feb/March trip to the Scarlet after my first few months work! Something tells me I’ll need a little retreat..

  • amazing to see how your blog has grown lauren!! love cornwall ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ahhhh Sarah that comment has really cheered me up – what a lovely thing to say! I hope you’re really well ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  • Haha! That is the cutest face ever! I loved Cornwall when I was there a few years ago … hoping to go back this summer! I’ve heard great things about the Idle Rocks and the Scarlet xx

    • Hahah thanks, Jaime! Utter (child-like!) happiness! Absolutely do – it’s such a beautiful little spot (and perfect for shutterbugs!) xx

  • I’ve only heard the best about Cornwall:) so I should visit it one day:)

  • Adding to the bucket list! Sometimes you just need a quiet escape.

  • As much as I loved living in London, sometimes an escape from it was necessary. This looks like a lovely place to escape to.

    • Agreed, Erin, London’s amazing but sometimes you just need out! Cornwall is magical

  • Love that photo of you, Lauren! I haven’t been to Cornwall for a while but it’s one of my favourite counties – so much to see there

  • I love Cornwall too. My grandparents live in Devon, so right next door. The beaches in that neck of the wood are just unbeatable. I want to check out that hotel next time we go. It’s beautiful!

    • Ahhh so close! I went to university in Exeter so have fond memories of Devon!

  • Sophie

    I can’t believe I am still yet to make it to Cornwall – I need to book a trip asap! It always looks so pretty!
    A Story of a Girl

  • I love the sound of the seafood, salt air and relaxation combination – I’d love to visit this summer ๐Ÿ™‚