When I was a kid I dreamed of going on holiday to Cornwall and having Famous Five style adventures, with clifftop picnics, secret coves and discovering old pirate treasure troves. So many of my books featured Cornwall: Jamaica Inn made Bodmin Moor sound so wild and beautiful, and as an avid reader of Arthurian legends I was desperate to find Camelot.
I can honestly say that my first holiday in Cornwall didn’t disappoint. Okay, I may not have foiled any nefarious plots and the only treasure troves I found were in museums, but the landscape was wild and beautiful with the most incredibly blue sea I’d ever seen. Tiny, perilously twisty lanes led to charming villages each more beautiful than the last. It’s also a county unabashedly in love with bunting, which seems to festoon every village! For the most part, Cornwall is unspoilt perfection and I love it for that.
Since that first holiday, we’ve returned year on year to Cornwall, never tiring of the beautiful landscape. Last year we even took Dave’s family with us!
Apparently I’m not alone in loving a holiday close to home, or a staycation as they’re now called. (I can’t help but shudder at that–what’s wrong with calling a holiday a holiday?) According to a recent survey commissioned by Parkdean Holidays, up to 45% of Devon and Cornwall residents have opted to holiday right on their own doorsteps, with 41% saying that the cost of foreign holidays keeps them closer to home. I can’t really blame them, living in such a beautiful corner of the country…who would want to go elsewhere?
We’re actually off to Cornwall very, very soon. The three of us are eagerly making lists of places we want to go to and delicious things to eat. Between us we have enough things to do to fill two or three holidays! Here are a few of our favourites…
One of my favourite West Country pastimes is taking cream tea. Our family are practically experts on the matter, having munched our way through numerous cream teas in Devon and Cornwall, at National Trust properties, tea rooms, and even exceedingly posh Michelin-starred restaurants. I know what it takes to make a good scone and an exceptional pot of jam!!
Parkdean kindly sent me a luxury Cornish cream tea hamper*, full of delicious Cornish goodies, everything you need for a cream tea, right down to Cornish tea leaves! Did you know that there are tea plantations in Cornwall?!
After a hard and energetic day at athletics camp I treated Lucas to a cream tea when he came home. He was pretty stoked about this–especially the fudge–and it’s fair to say that this lovely treat has whetted our appetite for our upcoming holiday in Cornwall! Thank-you Parkdean!
Parkdean Holidays are currently running a competition where you can test your knowledge of Devon and Cornwall and be entered into a draw to win a holiday at one of their holiday parks. Good luck!
* I was sent a luxury cream tea hamper to review by Parkdean Holidays.