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the cornish traveller, part two

How are you feeling after last night? Did you take my advice and drink some Cornish Rattler? Well if you did, I’m sure you’re feeling a little hazy, I know, it made me sick for 3 weeks!

Day two of the cornish traveller takes you to the little gem of Cornwall, St Ives. From Penzance, follow your map and head north.

St Ives is a larger town than Penzance with an array of boutique shops, plenty of restaurants and some picturesque pubs. In the summer months the long sandy beaches are crammed with holiday makers and surfers relish the long sunny days. I even read last year that someone bought an individual car parking space next to the beach for £160,000, phew, on a car parking space!

I always try and track down the small bakeries on my hunt for the best Cornish pasty in the land, but if you prefer seafood grab some fish and chips from one of the many shops lining the promenade.

You could spend the majority of the day in St Ives. If the suns shining, take a surf lesson or just sit back and relax in a beer garden.

After St Ives, head back towards Penzance to the small village of Marazion. From here you’ll see St Michaels Mount, which was once the historic gateway to Europe for the tin mining industry. You can access the mount via the causeway which is revealed at low tide. If walking doesn’t float your boat you can hop on a ferry from the harbour (like what I did there?)

Its a pretty spectacular sight even from the beach. But if you’re feeling adventurous, its a well worth visit.

As the sun sets over Penzance to the west, head back to the hotel for a meal at the incredible Bay Restaurant.

And you can gossip to everyone about how truly amazing Cornwall is. Good news is, there is so much more to come.

the cornish traveller, part one

What’s better than a spontaneous roadtrip, jumping into the car, roof down, hats on, and just driving? The very best way to see  what the UK has to offer is to do just that. Drive. (imitate the “roof down” if required)

So welcome folks, to the first in my series of traveller posts through my favourite county of them all, Cornwall. 

I’ll start our little journey around the Cornish lands in Penzance, a small town to those city go’ers but city size to the locals.

Our hotel of choice is always Hotel Penzance. Perched on the brow of the hill overlooking the harbour, its a few minutes from the centre  and just happens to serve some of the finest foods in Cornwall. Once you’re all settled in, waste no time and hit the road.

The one rule which must be adhered to at all times when driving around, it to always bring a map. I’m not talking of Sat Nav variety, make sure you leave that at home. You will need a crispy, musky smelling map. The second rule is to always use the road which appears to be almost non-exisent on the map. They are the best roads. They’re often a one way track and will take you through some of the most beautiful countryside.

From Penzance head West. Take the Cliff Road towards Mousehole (pronounced “Mouzall” in a Cornish accent).

Keep driving towards Porthcurno.

And make a stop at the Minack Theatre.

Surrounded by the most wonderful english countryside and with the ragging Atlantic crashing against the rocks below, the Minack Theatre is one of the most famous open air theatre’s in the world. Not as ancient as you would imagine, she was carved into the granite cliffs in the 1920’s and is still hosting hundreds of theatre and opera performances every year.

“Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo”

It’s even more fun when you try reenacting Shakespeare.

And hard not to stay all day with an audience of only the waves.

After you’ve finished galavanting around the theatre, head to the nearest village, race to the bakery, and grab a Cornish Pasty.

Stick to the cliff road and head west until you reach Lands End, the furthest westerly point in the UK. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the amusements in true British fashion and make sure you stick the letters of your home town to the iconic road sign. The blustery sea air will have zapped your energy for the day, so head back to the hotel in time for afternoon tea and a nap before some Cornish Rattler to finish you off for the night.

the gift of time, cornwall

There is something about a sporadic decision to jump in the car and drive somewhere on a mini adventure. It’s the same feeling I remember from my childhood, when I’d be waiting for my friends to come over to make a den. I’d have a few hours of “prep” time to gather all the towels, sheets and furniture I possibly could, while be completely overwhelmed with excitement.

Winter adventures, surprisingly, are my favourite kind of adventures. Although the weather is cold, the days are usually calm and settled especially on the south coast. I wanted to share with you an incredible place I visited between Christmas and New Years that I haven’t got around to blogging about (and you know how much a love a good catch up). Do you have loved ones that just have everything? Well, look no further, this is the perfect Christmas gift.

So, last year, just after Christmas we hopped into our car and drove. Destination – Hotel Penzance in Cornwall.

A beautiful Edwardian townhouse awaits. Hotel Penzance is a home from home. The rooms are exquisite, but not overdressed. Perfect little luxuries and the most comfortable beds. The views of the harbour and beaches make this hotel a retreat.

And if all of that doesn’t tempt you enough, a two rosette restaurant serves local and fresh grub for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No need to leave huh?

Well, unfortuntaley for the first few days I was pretty poorly with a sickness bug. But it couldn’t have been any better. Long baths in the day, enjoying complementary wine, tea, coffee and cake in the afternoon in one of the wonderful sitting rooms, long snoozes in the huge bed…I could go on. It was just magical.

I hope the pictures of food have distracted from the words. The pictures really do speak for themselves. Magnificent.

Locally produced where possible, it’s no wonder that the restaurant alone is so popular. A choice of daily made breads too are such a wonderful touch.

Opposite reception you’ll find the reading room. Warm with a log fire, Terry the cat will inevitably be purring for a stroke.

Cornwall is magical. Whether it’s your first time or like me, 1000th time it holds something truly amazing.

A trip to Hotel Penzance would make the most ah-mazing Christmas gift. Time with a loved one is priceless and I can hand on heart guarantee you’ll fall in love with each other again as much as you’ll fall in love with Hotel Penzance. Even better, they have done all of the hard work. You can view all of the gift vouchers they have available here.