TRAVEL: THE MOST INCREDIBLE WEEKEND AWAY (CORNWALL)

Cornwall holiday by the sea

 

Cornwall is my favourite place in the world. I'm pretty sure I have visited every single year since I was a child and I can't help but smile when I think back to rainy July days by the beach, soggy fish and chips by the harbour and the thrill of catching my first wave. It will always have a special place in my heart. 

Now, we've been to a lot of the main locations in Cornwall over the years. We've caught crabs at Padstow, ate pasties in St Ives and even visited the infamous dungeons of Bodmin. I have loved it all. That's why even I'm shocked to say that nothing compared to the little hideaway we recently disappeared to a few weeks ago. I recently heard the area be described as 'the lost coast of Cornwall' which makes perfect sense. I never knew it existed!

Okay let me give you a short backstory. This trip was a surprise from my fiancee. She has always liked surprising me. How much? Well, six weeks into our relationship she set up an hour long treasure hunt which ended in us boarding a flight to Berlin! So, no surprise when I was met with these little notes as I entered our bedroom. (The little passport joke is down to my fear of getting on a flight with our seven week old baby!) 

So, we headed down on a Friday afternoon and as the light began to fade we drove like ghosts amongst the fog towards the sea. When we arrived I had no idea about the incredible views that I would be met with the following morning. All I could see in the darkness upon arriving was that the house was nestled snuggly into a cliff. The only reason I knew that we must be close to the ocean was that I could feel the sea air hit my face the moment I stepped out of the car. It all felt very much like the location of a old, mysterious famous five novel (If you remember them?!). A million miles away from the rush hour London traffic I was used to, that's for sure...

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So just where the heck where we? We were staying at Whitsand Bay which isn't too far from Plymouth and actually makes it a far easier drive from where we live near Basingstoke compared to other more well known locations which we've previously visited in Cornwall. I'll go into details later but although it's not over populated with tourist attractions it's got all of the essentials. Little fishing village. Tick. Surf school. Tick. Walking trails. Tick. Fried breakfast on the cliff. Tick.

 

My fiancee found this little gem on Unique Home Stays, a company i'd never actually heard of before. Turns out they have a tonne of hidden treats all over the UK and we couldn't recommend them highly enough. 

Unique Home Stays USP is that they only market real homes that truly inspire them. They offer 'exceptional homes in breathtaking locations; from one-off architect-designed gems to eclectic period houses with out-of-the-ordinary interiors; where unique narratives, exceptional interiors and breathtaking locations combine.'

We were not disappointed. 

We stayed at Tempest and every single element was damn right outstanding. The communication with the hosts was fantastic and they bent over backwards to make us comfortable. We were met with a beautiful pamper of high quality goods and all the essentials already stocked in the fridge. We even had one for the dog! Tilly loved it.

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The interior of the house was insane. It took us a good day to even get used to how beautiful every room was. Every single little detail was thought out and cared about and it felt like you noticed a little something more every time you entered a room.

The crazy thing is that the house wasn't even the best bit. The location was one of the most breathtaking things I have ever seen. As I mentioned, we arrived when it was dark so it took me until the morning to see the true magic of Tempest. With a seven week old baby I wasn't sleeping at 5am so as light broke on that first morning I saw the ocean appear on our doorstep before me. The whole side of the house was pretty much glass which made the views and whole experience truly unfortgetable. 

So let's chat about some of the specifics. 

Practicalities - The property has unreserved on-road parking just a few steps up from the ront door. The kitchen includes two ovens and grills, a combination microwave and grill, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher and coffee machine. There are also non-slip dog bowls and dog towels for the little monsters!

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Both the bedrooms have unbroken sea views reaching out towards the horizon. The king-size ground floor bedroom has a spa bath with WC room opposite, whilst there is a shower room and WC alongside the super-king zip-and-link bedroom upstairs. 

Nearest Beach Set on the cliff at Whitsand Bay, Tempest is only 0.1 miles by footpath to Tregonhawke Beach (100+ steps), with a plethora of other beaches all around.

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Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Both the bedrooms have unbroken sea views reaching out towards the horizon. The king-size ground floor bedroom has a spa bath with WC room opposite, whilst there is a shower room and WC alongside the super-king zip-and-link bedroom upstairs. 

Nearest Beach Set on the cliff at Whitsand Bay, Tempest is only 0.1 miles by footpath to Tregonhawke Beach (100+ steps), with a plethora of other beaches all around.

Fishing Villages There are some exceptional seaside villages close by. Polperro (within 30 minutes) has a natural swimming pool carved out of rock and a selection of quaint cafes and gift shops along the cobbled streets and classic cottages. 

Beach Life You can see Whitsand Bay from the house with miles of sandy beaches fading into the distance. 

So there you have it. If you are looking for a magical, relaxing few days away from the hustle and bustle of every day life then you have found it. We already have no doubt we will be back again to create more memories and get a little bit more of that well needed serenity.

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David Gibbs