It is absolutely not worth staying in Cornwall unless you are near the sea. In the past we have been in cottages with ‘countryside views’, but one field is pretty much like another and you could be just anywhere. We could not have been closer when we rented a cottage through the National Trust.
Their properties, although more expensive than some, are in the most beautiful locations and are also tastefully furnished and well equipped. Win win. Dairy Cottage is part of an old farming hamlet where there are five different properties to rent and the living room window overlooked Carne beach which adjoins Pendower beach. Our cottage also had its own private picnic table outside where we could sit and eat.
We spent a lot of time, just gazing at that beguiling view over field, sea and sky. It was easy to have a constitutional each morning or evening by the sea, down the hill, along the beach and up again. Sometimes we were daring; we varied it and went the other way round.
Lunch is so easy in a self catering property but sometimes when I am on holiday, my mind goes blank and I cant think what to cook. Salads, dressed simply with olive oil and lemon juice, were the answer for lunch.
To be honest, they were made with a selection of ingredients from the local supermarket and assembled very quickly.
They don’t really merit recipes being written out, but I start with salad leaves, add whatever is in the fridge and then drizzle the dressing on top.
The cliff top walks on the Roseland Peninsula area are all stunning and it’s far less crowded than other parts of Cornwall. One of my favourites is to park at St Anthony’s Head and then walk in a circle to along to and back via Bohortha where you get spectacular views across the Fal Estuary and to St Mawes.
Evening meant it was gin time looking at the view through the living room window.
We ate pizza cooked on a wood fire from a van which made a Tuesday stop in the car park at Veryan sports hall and fish and chips another night from a van which stopped outside the village shop. I wished we had been able to book at the Hidden Hut where they do outdoor feasts but even though I logged on within ten minutes of the dinners for the week we were there going on sale, tickets were already sold out. So my advice would be if you want to go, research it well in advance and log in on the dot.The food in the nearby pubs was not that exciting and the restaurants in St Mawes quite expensive. However the Watch House has a little hatch from where they sell fish and chips for half the price it is in the restaurant and you can sit on the harbour in the evening sun to eat it.
I read ‘Slipstream’, the autobiography of Elizabeth Jane Howard, which was captivating
Toast & Marmalade: and other stories by Emma Bridgewater, a memoir that I found bucolic, pretty to look at but unsatisfying as I wanted to know more,
‘Unexploded’ by Alison McLeod, which was riveting
and I dipped into the Honey and Co cookbook as I ate their marzipan cookies that I had brought with me.