Last week, founder Carol took a road trip around Cornwall, the land of dramatic coastal scenery and sea cliffs, hidden, misty coves and tales of shipwrecks and smugglers, and little tucked-away villages dotted amongst rolling hills and quaint fishing towns.
As Carol travelled, she met some local entrepreneurs and guides, our hosts that make travelling in the UK so special, to experience first-hand these unique, offbeat, local things to do and places to stay.
From beautiful little houses with sweeping sea views, cosy local pubs and stunning seafood spots, to comfortable yurts and secret trails that snake along clifftops and through atmospheric woodland – this was a journey that went to prove that if we travel like a local, domestic holidays can be as compelling and exciting as anywhere in the world.
Beautiful Yurts and Stunning Seafood
We began our Cornwall road trip by driving to Looe, a quaint coastal town on the south coast of Cornwall. Here, we met hosts Andrew and Teresa, who had decided to escape the city for the calm, tranquil lifestyle in this secluded part of rural Cornwall.
They provided me and Kenny (my husband) with an incredibly warm and hospitable welcome, taking us on a tour of the beautiful site with its views of the surrounding lush green fields and an air of calm, with its wandering resident chickens, sheep and goats.
It was evident how much love, care, attention and time had been poured into developing the yurts and the site, and the yurts themselves were top of the range – extremely comfortable, spacious, and equipped with their own log burning stoves.
At the top of the hill on the site we were afforded a gorgeous panoramic view of the Cornish countryside, and it was a peaceful place to sit and soak up the sounds of nature, and watch the buzzards and animals go by.
One of the best features of the yurts was the fact that they were within walking distance of so many amazing parts of Cornwall. Whether we wanted to explore winding coastal paths, the kind of hidden beaches that feel as if they’re totally yours for the day, or the picturesque seaside town of Looe at the end of a spectacular coastal path, all of it was within easy distance.
Kenny and I walked to Looe to see what we could discover, and stumbled across an incredible seafood café and restaurant. Reopened only this April, The Fish Market is served by the working fishing boats that come and moor up right outside the rustic little establishment, cooking this fresh produce simply yet deliciously and serving it up with a great choice of beers, wines, and local ciders.
Fred, the owner, was attentive and friendly, and delighted to show off the incredible range of seafood (of course what was on offer depended on the daily catch) the talented kitchen was churning out.
At the end of the evening, fully satisfied with an exquisite meal, we wandered back along the cliff path to our yurt for the night.