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LOCAL KNOW-HOW | My guide to the perfect Cornish getaway – Fae Dunphy

LOCAL KNOW-HOW | My guide to the perfect Cornish getaway

 

Wherever you live in the world, a trip to Cornwall at some stage in your life is highly advised. It’s a place that connects rugged coastlines, wild moorlands and picturesque British harbour villages filled with the freshest of fish, pasties and rattler (our famous extremely boozy cider). It’s home to surfers, painters, pasty-makers and adventurers – all the best kinds of humans. Why I want you to visit? Because Cornwall is like no other place in the world, and I think everybody deserves to have a taste of the Cornish life at least once.

I grew up on the South coast of Cornwall and lived there for 20 years of my life. As I grew, I learnt all about my surroundings and the best hang outs. Since waving goodbye to Cornwall and hello to London ~4 years ago I appreciate returning to visit family and indulging in the Cornish life more and more each visit. I’m technically a tourist in my hometown!

If you’re not from around these parts you’ll know to head to the Eden Project, Land’s End, Watergate Bay and the like. Sure they’re great places to visit but if, like me, you prefer the road less travelled (well, a little less travelled) then hit up these hot spots on your next long weekend. You won’t regret it!

 

 

Hidden Hut

I honestly couldn’t think of many other ways I’d rather spend a dry evening in Cornwall. Hidden Hut is a beach hut café tucked on the coastal path of Porthcurnick Beach. Not only is it a beach café, it also hosts its own famous ‘Feast Nights’ during the spring/summer months. Described as a ‘big family picnic’, feast nights are a great way to eat delicious local food, mingle with your friends (and strangers if you wish!) and enjoy the stunning sunset over the sea.

Their mouth-watering Feast Night menu boasts a selection of different flavours for each night: lobster & chips, tomahawk beef grill, Gerrans Bay mackerel, wood-fired paella, the list goes on…
It’s BYO (that includes drinks, cutlery and plates) so don’t forget these key ingredients to add to your great evening out.

 

Minack Theatre

Listed as one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres, this day out isn’t one that people typically put on the top of their lists of places to go when visiting Cornwall. I think that has something to do with; nerves about the weather (being outdoors!), ticket sales (it sells out quickly to those on top of their game) and I think some people don’t realise how truly unique and magical this place is until they book and visit.

It’s perched on the cliffs above the south coast of Cornwall, and its performances include opera, musicals, theatre productions, story-telling etc… I took my young nephew to watch the Cornish theatre show ‘The Mousehole Cat’. It was truly spectacular!

Even if you decide you might not want to watch a production you are more than welcome to go for the view and a look around, free of charge.

 

Bedruthan Hotel

 

If your perfect holiday consists of total relaxation, Bedruthan is a must. It was only until I moved to London that I realised a huge part of the impressiveness of spa days in Cornwall was the tranquillity of relaxing in a Jacuzzi whilst overlooking the calm ocean. Absolute heaven.

Bedruthan is situated on the North coast of Cornwall, in the beautiful Mawgan Porth.

Not only is the Bedruthan Spa adult-only, the treatment menu includes complimentary combinations of facials/massages/scrubs/wraps, which isn’t something I’ve come across anywhere else. To top off the day, the hotel has a appetising ‘wild café’ which is predominantly healthy seasonal foods – perfect for a post-relaxation appetite.

 

Mind, Body & Soul Yoga

40 minutes down the road from Bedruthan is Mind, Body & Soul yoga studio in Carlyon Bay, St Austell. I’ll admit, it’s not always glorious sunshine in Cornwall. It rains… quite a lot. Although I don’t let that stop me from getting out and about, if you’re not one for waterproofs and wellies step inside Tina’s beautiful space for some serious mind, body and soul healing.

The space itself is tranquil and wonderfully atmospheric. It sets the scene for each class, and along with the fitness side of yoga I find MB&S to be a massage for the soul.

There’s absolutely no doubt you’ll leave in a beautiful hazy daze after your class, feeling refreshed and revitalised. Oh and, just to add to the dreaminess, MB&S offer sunset beach yoga during the summer months. Sunset yoga on a beach in the UK? Who’d of thought it!

 

Cornwall inspires me in so many different ways. I feel most creative and inspired to paint when I am visiting. I have so much energy to get up and breathe in the fresh sea air on the cliffs. If, like me, you love the great outdoors and all things Cornish, I’d love to hear from you!

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