Exploring Cornwall Week 16

Mousehole Harbour Cornwall

We have lived in Cornwall for over 3 years now and there are still so many places we are yet to visit. I think we are all guilty of becoming complacent with where you live, getting used to the beauty that first drew you to live there in the first place. I know that I haven’t explored as much of Cornwall as I should have over the past few months. So we have decided every month from now to do a little staycation within Cornwall and visit a town or village that we have never been to before. Cornwall is not short of destinations to wow you!

Mousehole High Street

So for our first trip, I picked Penzance, we have been to St Ives many times but for some reason, we have never popped over to Penzance. I had been scoping out the lovely Artist Residence and had wanted to stay here for so long. It is such a lovely boutique hotel chain. They have properties in London, Brighton, Oxford and Penzance. The decor and aesthetic are right up my street and I managed to get a cracking deal & get a nights stay for only £80.

This small boutique hotel has only 22 room and a cosy 3-bed cottage all set in a stunning Georgian house. I wanted to move in and never EVER leave. Downstairs is a bar and smokehouse restaurant, every day they have a happy hour in the bar – half-price cocktails which we took full advantage of.

The hotel is on a beautiful street which leads down to the sea and the famous Penzanze Lido (if you’re brave enough to take a dip). It is very central and a great base to explore Penzance and the nearby towns too.

Exploring Mousehole Cornwall

On our first day, we ate at possibly the friendliest and most delicious pizzeria in the town centre, called Totti. They had a few Vegan options and we couldn’t resist a sourdough garlic bread & a pizza (give me all the carbs).  They’re a plastic-free restaurant and all of their soft drinks are sweetener free. I’m so pleased we fueled up on pizza before we attempted the coastal walk from Penzance to Mousehole!

We landed beyond lucky with the weather, cloudless skies and pavement splitting sunshine. So we took that as a good omen to walk part of the Cornish coastal path, this is such a popular thing to do and if you can time it out of season as we did you don’t come across too many people. It is so peaceful and the views, out over the sea are just stunning. We walked down the front of Penzance and through Newlyn to Mousehole. Where we explored all the tiny, winding streets and imagined a life living in such a pretty harbour village. We petted many cute dogs and found a great cafe right on the harbour to have a well-earned cuppa and slice of cake.

Mousehole is full of pretty galleries, gift shops and restaurants. It might be small but it is utterly charming and it is a place that forces you to slow down and take your time. Just take in the views and sit on the harbour watching the world go by.

We walked back to Penzance after a couple of hours just as the sun was setting over the Jubilee Pool and the light was beautiful. If it hadn’t of been February I would have bought an Ice-Cream!

Penzance is home to St Michale’s Mount, and it’s a great place to use as a base to explore West Cornwall It is only 10 miles from Lands End, the famous Minnac Theatre and of course it is close to St Ives which is one of my favourite places in Cornwall.

Jubilee Lido Penzance

Penzance Cornwall

Penzance Architecture

 

The Chocolate House Penzance

Artist Residence Penzance

Our room at the Artist Residence was so cosy and beautifully decorated. Lots of reclaimed wood, a cast iron roll top bath in the bedroom and the comfiest queen size bed. It is one of those hotels where you would buy all the fixtures and fittings in a heartbeat. The toiletries were Bramley and very luxurious. They provided everything you needed, shampoo, conditioner, body wash & lotion, bath soak, hand wash and lotion. I felt utterly pampered.

the artist residence Cornwall

Bedroom artist residence Penzance

artist residence hotel penzance

It was so nice to get away, even if only 30miles from home & for one night. We relaxed, explored and ate so much good food. Looking forward to next months staycation, it is a good one!

There was no shortage of places to eat in Penzance with Vegan options, we ate at Archie Browns, Totti Pizza and a cheeky Corish Pasty (you have to have at least 1 pasty!).

Exploring Cornwall Week 15

Sunshine Cottage Cornwall

Cottage Love Cornwall

This past few weeks we have had a heat wave, cold snap & torrential rain. I think the weather is confused and it means I have to keep my Winter coat, umbrella & wellies in my car boot at all times. Although I can usually be found wearing my flip flops no matter what the weather. We have done a few day trips but we have been staying mostly close to home and enjoying walking the coastal path and our local beach.

Sunshine Cottage Cornwall

Charlestown Harbour Cornwall

Cute Chocolate Box Cottages

Truro Cafe

Eden Project Cornwall

So, excitingly I finally managed to visit The Eden Project with my friend who gets free entry for herself and a plus one. The entry fee had always put me off visiting as it is £27 pp to get in which I think is pretty steep. I have lived in Cornwall for almost 2 years & I only live 2 miles away from The Eden Project so It was nice to visit and see what all the fuss is about. I have to say I wasn’t massively blown away, it was pretty and the biomes were incredible but the weather was rainy which meant everyone stayed in the biomes so that meant they were quite crowded. I would say that it’s really quite family friendly and dogs are allowed (apart from in the biomes) and there’s a huge selection of cafes and places to eat (especially Vegan options).

Biome Eden Project

Biome Eden Project

Strong Adolfos Cafe Cornwall

I have had so many people tell me how good Strong Adolfo’s is and so we took a trip along the Atlantic Highway and visited it for ourselves. We fell in love with the vibe and the delicious food and Chai. They have a great menu, inside & outside seating and the sun was splitting the pavements so we made the most of it.

Next door was the nicest farm shop and also a beautiful home / lifestyle shop called Jo and Co. I could have spend a fortune and have promised myself a trip back over there for my birthday. They had so many beautiful rugs, blankets and pillows, Oh & the sofa was my dream sofa – in fact I could just move in to the shop and be one very happy lady.

Strong Adolfos Cafe

jo and co home cornwall

jo and co home cornwall

So they are a few photos from the last few weeks in Cornwall. I have been trying to remember to take my camera out with me and getting back into snapping a few shots from the day.

This Weeks Happy – Exploring Fowey

Pretty Fowey Town

Exploring Fowey Cornwall

I live less than 5 miles from the beautiful harbour town of Fowey but I very rarely go there. I tend to head in the other direction but I wanted to go there for a sunset walk while it was Winter and quiet (before all the tourists descend).

I love exploring the cobbled windy streets & taking photos of the beautiful houses. One of the things I love about Fowey is the river, its beautiful and it makes me feel calm and peaceful. I like to sit looking out over the river whilst the sun sets and it’s the perfect end to the day.

Fowey Houses

Fowey Villas

Fowey River Feb 2017

Fowey Centre

Pretty Fowey Town

Light Shop Fowey

Fowey has the perfect selection of shops including my favourite homeware shop Brocante, a very small but well stocked Joules boutique as well as lots of places to eat and get yummy cakes to take home. Also on this lastest visit I stumbled across this Industrial Lighting Shop which was incredible and well worth a visit. They had a huge selection of nautical and industrial reclaimed options, I have my eye on one in particular and I think I am going to pop back and treat myself to it.

Hidden Streets Fowey Cornwall

Rooftops Cornwall

River Fowey Sunset

Sams Diner Meal

We really wanted to visit our favourite place to eat in Fowey, Sams but it was closed for refurbishment (typical) so we drove to their new Diner. To my surprise they had quite a few Vegan options, including a Vegan Hot Dog (which sounded very tempting) but I opted for the Falafel Burger which came with chips and a cabbage salad. It was delicious & huge. I love an old school sesame seed bun, not these brioche buns which burgers seem to be served on nowadays.

The Diner is new and I thought it was a little cold inside and I am not 100% sure about the decor, it was a little hit & miss but the menu is good and the staff were very helpful when letting me know about their Vegan options. They also do an extensive healthy breakfast menu, so we might pop back one morning to give that a go, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.

We are planning a day to Penzance next week and quite honestly I can’t believe we have lived in Cornwall for 18 months and haven’t visited yet. I’m really looking forward to it, if you have any recomendations for places to eat and drink in Penzance let me know.

Exploring Cornwall Week #13

Beach Cafe Newquay

Beautiful Ocean View

Beach Cafe Newquay

Classic VW Car

Beach Life

Charlestown Bead and Breakfast

White Wash Cottages Horse Box Farm Shop Newquay Second Hand Bookshop in Truro

Secret Garden Cornwall

How the weather can change in a short space of time. I took these photos just over 2 weeks ago, it was so warm and sunny. I have been in Scotland for the past 11 days & I think we have gone straight to winter. I am hoping that like last year in Cornwall October is beautiful and warm, like an Indian Summer, fingers crossed because I’m not prepared for it to be this wet & windy.

Cornwall is really beautiful in Autumn as the leaves change colour and the sunsets are more intense, so it’s not all bad news. There is something I find romantic about having a walk along the beach when the weather is rotten, getting all wrapped up and braving the cold.

As I said a couple of weeks ago we were in the middle of a heatwave, our local village is beautiful and when the weather is good we very rarely venture any further afield. I am sad to say that the beach bar has closed now for another year, which is sad but it was so much fun whilst it was there.

I did discover the cutest farm shop in the back of a horse box, they are over in Porth most Sunday’s and have a great selection of fruit & veg, I also bought some artisan bread (I couldn’t resist that warm bread scent).

Are you excited for the change in seasons, are you more of an Autumnal person? I think I am, but that might be because my birthday is in October and I’m excited to be heading to Amsterdam to celebrate this year.