I’ve always thought of Cornwall as the quintessential UK family holiday destination. Perhaps it’s because of the county’s plethora of safe, family friendly beaches or its multitude of award winning visitor attractions. Or, maybe it’s just the weather. Either way, if you’re thinking of booking a summer holiday in Cornwall with the kids, there’ll be plenty of child friendly activities for you to discover. But what does Cornwall have to offer couples? If like me, you quite like the idea of a romantic sojourn down to the South West with your beloved, then I’m here to let you know about all the great things that every couple should do on their Cornish cottage holiday.
1. Go Wild Swimming at Golitha Falls
Looking to take the plunge on your cottage holiday in Cornwall? Forget the public swimming baths and opt for a wild swim at the Golitha Falls. This serene stretch of water is the ideal place for an all- natural dunk thanks to its accompanying ancient woodland, secret plunge pool and sandy riverbed.
2. Take a stroll on the South West Coast Path
Frequently described as the ‘walk of a lifetime’, Cornwall’s South West Coast Path is unlike any other walking route in the UK. Covering 630 miles, this cliff top path offers spirit lifting vistas, limitless heritage and enough wildlife to keep even the most devoted twitcher happy.
3. Uncover the history of Prideaux Place
Get your Cornish culture fix with a daytrip to Prideaux Place, a four hundred year old country house overlooking the charming fishing harbour of Padstow. Built in the Elizabethan style, this wonderful old shack boasts sumptuous interiors and peaceful gardens which inspired the writings of wistful romance author, Rosamunde Pilcher.
4. Eat Stargazey Pie in Mousehole
Visiting the coastal village of Mousehole has been a dream of mine since reading The Mousehole Cat as a young’un, so naturally it had to make the shortlist. Loiter amongst the village’s cobbled byways, spread your beach towel on the harbour’s soft sands, or tuck into a portion of Stargazey Pie as you uncover the delights of this historic Cornish village.
5. Set Sail off Tresco Island
Lying 30 miles off the Cornish Coast, Tresco is one of five inhabited islands of the Isle of Scilly. This beautiful little isle is famed for its tropical flora, sandy beaches and crystal clear azure waters, which make it the perfect place to learn how to sail.
6. Hate Walking? Try a Cornish heritage Safari
From St Nectan’s Glen to Tintagel Castle, there’s a lot to discover in Cornwall. If you’re worried your feet aren’t up to the challenge, why not book a jeep excursion with Cornish Heritage Safaris? From the comfort of an air conditioned cabin, you’ll be able to get closer to the some of the unique heritage and natural beauty that help make Cornwall such an invigorating holiday destination.
7. Enjoy a secret snooze at Kynance Cove
Thought to be one of the South West’s best kept secrets, Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula is undoubtedly Cornwall’s most secluded bay. A favourite amongst romantic poets, this isolated cove offers uninterrupted peace and quiet well away from the bustle of the tourist trail. Frolic on the white sand, snorkel in the turquoise waters or revel in a few chapters of your beach literature on your visit to this serene stretch of Cornish coastline.
8. Conquer the Coast
Coasteering: A guided adventure experience which sees plucky travellers traverse some of Cornwall’s most hair-raising cliffs, inlets and caves. If you and your partner wake up feeling fearless during your Cornish cottage holiday, this exciting outdoor activity could be just what you’re looking for!
9. See a show at the Minack Theatre
Carved into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno Bay, the Minack Theatre is arguably one of the UK’s most famous open air theatres. During the summer months, plays and musicals are held here and the theatre’s sub-tropical gardens provide a great place for some pre-show exploration!
10. All aboard the Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Experience the nostalgia of a bygone era with a daytrip on the Bodmin & Renford Railway. Relax as you chug gently along through 13 miles of stunning Cornish countryside aboard one of the service’s charming steam locomotives, taking in rousing views of the world-famous Bodmin Moor.
So there you go then, a sneak peak at what’s on offer should you choose to book a Cornish cottage holiday for you and your other half. Of course, there’s plenty more to see in Cornwall, so why not take a look at our Hidden Cornwall page to find out what else you can discover on your cottage holiday.