Forget headaches, hard work and housekeeping. Holidays are all about letting go of everyday stresses and spending time doing the things you enjoy – and where better to let your hair down than the stunning landscapes of Cornwall? From spectacular beaches, nature resorts, and spas, to castles, cakes, and luxury secret escapes, it’s no wonder Cornwall is so popular with tourists. Here we reveal five different ways you and your family can enjoy a Cornish holiday of your own.
Getting back to nature
According to the National Caravan Council, in 2013 the number of Brits booking a camping or caravanning holiday rose by almost 15%, with many people choosing a ‘staycation’ over a holiday abroad. Cornwall has over 100 beautiful campsites, with Treen Farm Campsite in Penzance and the National Trust-run Highertown Farm Campsite two deservedly popular choices. Not keen on camping? Why not give glamping a go. This is glamorous camping for those that appreciate a little luxury on their holidays, while still including all the charm and experience of a holiday in the great outdoors. So, from yurts and horse boxes to teepees, boutique trailers and gypsy wagons, have a look at what Cornwall has to offer and escape to the country in style.
A home away from home
Okay, so we may have said forget all about housekeeping, but with Cornwall’s enchanting thatched cottages, rural farmhouses and seaside beach houses, renting a house for a week can suddenly seem a whole lot more appealing. In fact, for many families, booking a rental home or apartment in Cornwall can quickly become an annual tradition – with holiday homes often booked up far in advance of the busy summer holiday season. Still not keen on the idea of self-catered accommodation? Don’t worry, after trying a few simple tips and tricks, all the housekeeping you’ll be doing is sitting back with the family as you plan tomorrow’s next big Cornish adventure.
Take a walk on the wild side
Situated in a 160-year-old exhausted china clay quarry near St Austell, the Eden Project was built to mark the millennium and continues to be recognised as Cornwall’s best-known tourist attraction. Home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, the Eden Project boasts steamy jungles, waterfalls and stunning garden displays. There’s even a rainforest canopy walkway, meaning visitors can walk among the treetops before settling in for the night at the sustainable on-site YHA hostel, where rooms are innovatively housed in former shipping containers.
Sitting on over 400 miles of natural coastline, Cornwall’s long peninsula means no inland area is more than 20 miles from the sea, and much of the county’s industry relies on the sea and stunning coastal landscapes. But you don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy the 158 miles of designated Heritage Coast. Many boat owners and hire companies offer a range of boats for overnight daily or weekly hire, with a number of visitors’ pontoons giving the freedom to sail around and moor up overnight. Not quite got your sea legs? Why not try a beach hut or chalet for a seaside experience that’s a little less stomach-churning.
Put your feet up
What better place to breathe in the sea air and admire the beauty of Cornwall than a hot tub? Cornwall is well-known for providing some of the best spa-breaks and pamper treatments, with plenty of luxury spas, health spas and spa hotels to choose from. So from holistic treatments and hot stone massages to saunas, steam rooms and indoor swimming pools, where better to get some much-needed r&r than Cornwall?