Our family holiday to Cornwall in August was an absolute delight!
We tend to stay in the northern part of the region but this year we decided to shake up our routine somewhat by staying in Bodmin which is located in central Cornwall. We had booked accommodation at Tregullon Farm and our humble abode for the duration of our visit was the whimsically named Willow Lodge.
For a family of four it was very comfortable and provided us with everything we needed. There was a pull out bed for Scarlett, my 6yr old and a travel cot for 6 month old Ciara, all supplied by Jill & Dave the owners. The view overlooking Bodmin was nothing short of stunning: lush, rolling green hills and a blue sky streaked with wispy white clouds.
The cows came to greet us daily much to the delight of Scarlett who would have quite happily brought one home as the newest addition of the family! And we lucked out with the weather. It was so perfectly calm and mild that we were able to sit outside with our complimentary scones, clotted cream and jam. NOTE: in these here parts the cream goes on TOP of the jam and not vice versa!
So what activities kept us and our girls occupied?
Carnglaze Caverns in Liskeard is a hidden gem. Scarlett roamed the caverns in search of bats and fairies and all manner of fantastical creatures that the imagination of a 6 year old can conjure up!
Then there is Charlestown, a quaint and picturesque little harbour with a Shipwreck & Heritage Centre I would highly recommend. Did you know that it boasts Europe's largest collection of artefacts and treasure recovered from shipwrecks?? You will also discover details of a proud and illustrious maritime history dating back to 1715.
Oh! And don't step a foot outside of Charlestown before chowing down on calamari and scallops at Wreckers restaurant. You'll thank me for this recommendation, I can guarantee it!
If you're a fan of the TV show Doc Martin then Port Isaac should most definitely be on your list of places to visit. It's a beautiful fishing village with narrow, winding streets and white washed cottages, many of them dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. We grabbed some Cornish pasties (when in Rome...) and happily devoured them on the beach whilst watching the fishermen come in with their catch. The simple pleasure in life really are the best!
A family highlight when we're in Cornwall is, without a doubt, Polzeath beach. Wetsuits on and we're ready for some body boarding, rock pooling, wave jumping and sandcastle building!
After such a busy and active morning it's only natural and fair to replenish the body's energy stores with plenty of good food and drink. How's about lunch on the beach followed by dinner in the Waterfront Restaurant whilst watching the sun go down with a large pot of muscles and bottle of wine? Sounds perfectly acceptable to me and it looks like my Dad would agree!
For our last day we opted to return to Polzeath but this time with, baby in backpack, we followed the coastal path round to Daymer Bay Beach, a sprightly 30 mins walk. Up and around Braey Hill we went with a quick stop at St Enodoc Church. Our final stop was Rock where we caught the ferry over to Padstow - adult £3 return, children £2. Before we were even aware of our actions we found ourselves gorging on delicious and not so nutritious fare in Rick Stein's fish & chip shop - resistance is futile. And thus, with Rick Stein scones in hand we wearily returned to the car, back to the lodge to fall fast asleep ready for our long journey home the next day and to hoover all the sand out of the car! But you know what? It's worth every little annoying grain of sand that we continue to find months down the line because we, the O'Hara family, are in love with Cornwall.