Cornwall is home to a wonderful selection of castles; from coastal strongholds to country fortresses, the area is rife...
To coincide with the release of our brand new video for ‘Hidden Cornwall’ the team at Sykes Cottages HQ wanted to give you a look at some of our favourite areas to visit in Cornwall. From forgotten sandy beaches which lay off the beaten track, to quaint cafes hidden down a town’s side street; there is so much to see and do in Cornwall that we are hoping this list will help inspire you to get out there and discover your very own Hidden Cornwall.
One of my favourite places in the world is the beautiful Kynance Cove in the south of Cornwall. I will never forget running down the hillside to reach the sandy beaches at the bottom and waiting patiently with bucket and spade in hand to get to the other side of the rocks when the tide was low. I spent many family holidays at Kynance Cove exploring the caves, investigating all the small rock pools and boogie boarding on the waves as they crashed against the seashore. It’s a truly magical place and with the mild Mediterranean climate looking back through family photo albums you would think we were on the Spanish coast. The walk from the car park down to Kynance Cove means that it can be a little difficult to get to but once you’re there the views are not likely to be forgotten.
Many of the Sykes Cottages team have had memorable moments in Cornwall and Carly, a reservations specialist, had the following to say on her romantic experience along the Cornwall coast:
“My favourite place in Cornwall is the Minack Theatre. It was created by one very special and determined lady who spent years carving it into the cliff at Porthcurno and is the best place to watch Shakespeare – especially if performed by moonlight on a clear summer’s night. I have been on such a night and King Lear was completely upstaged by a school of dolphins frolicking in the bay. Gorgeous place. I would’ve got married there if I could have, it’s magical.”
My colleague Louise, a marketing assistant here at Sykes Cottages, was more than happy to share this lovely story with me about her childhood holidays in Cornwall:
“I used to visit Cornwall a lot as a child, on family holidays and one of the nicest places that we stayed was Mawgan Porth on the North Coast. It’s much less well known than its neighbours, Newquay and Padstow, but it’s really beautiful. It’s sheltered by cliffs on either side and has an unspoilt charm about it with acres of soft sand and caves to explore. It’s quite popular with both families and surfers and I have lots of fantastic memories of playing in the sea and trying (not particularly successfully!) to boogie board with my sister.”
Not one to miss out on sharing her Cornish experiences Charlotte, our marketing team leader, filled me in on her exciting visits to one of Cornwall’s top attractions:
“When I was younger I would love spending the day at Flambards in Helston, it’s a fantastic amusement park with family rides, attractions and exhibitions. As well as the thrill of the rides and eating far too much sugar our trips to Flambards were also educational, learning about World War II in the ‘Blitz’ exhibition and marvelling at the Victorian way of life in the ‘Victorian Village’. It’s a fantastic day out and when I next get that chance to visit Cornwall it will be at the top of my ‘to do list’.
Sitting at the desk behind me, our marketing analyst Holly delighted me with her stories about exploring Cornwall during her time at Universtiy:
“During the 3 years at Exeter University I’d explore more of the South West then I’d done in my entire life. My two favourite spots I’d visited were Polzeath Beach and the Eden project. During my first year I took a day trip to Polzeath to do some surfing. I loved the quaint atmosphere that surrounds the town, with the houses nestled away in the hillside, the long sandy beaches with its rolling waves and the friendly people really brought this place alive. In my final weeks of being a student, on a road trip around Cornwall, my friends and I stopped at the Eden Project. I’d heard a lot about it but I was still unsure what it was other than being big, weird looking domes. These stunning biomes housed all kinds of plants and insects from all over the world but my favourite part was the WEEE art sculpture. This 7 metre high giant robot structure was made entirely of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment hence WEEE. I’ve barely touched the surface of Cornwall and I can’t wait to explore more.”
I’m sure you will have had your own fantastic experiences in Cornwall that have provided you with wonderful memories, so why not share them with us? We would love to hear from you, so please feel free to connect with us on facebook or join the conversation on twitter using #hiddencornwall.