A Simple Cornish Break

And then there were two. Two happily married souls a little shocked to find themselves child free for a whole weeks holiday. After a two and a half year break (yes I've been counting down to this holiday) we returned to Far West Cornwall this half term. Here's my photo story of reconnecting with this beautiful part of the UK. And reconnecting with each other. I do love a good holiday blog post (with lots of photos). I hope you do too!

We arrived to blue skies after a wet and dull journey. The view of St. Michael's Mount and the colours of Sennen Cove after hours of traffic were intoxicating. Excitement led us away as we couldn't wait to get settled into our beautiful holiday cottage, Peace and Plenty. We have stayed here before at Boscrowan Farm and knew that we'd be met by a homemade cream tea and beautiful flower displays at every turn. The autumn blooms were stunning... The scones tasted as good as they looked...

It was a mixed week of weather. Luckily our first day was sunny and we walked from Porthgwarra to Porthcurno beach. I didn't catch sight of Ross at Porthgwarra Cove (this is Poldark filming territory) but I was delighted to see a seal bobbing in the surf further along on Porthchapel beach. A simple moment I've been waiting for. This part of the South West Coast Path is stunning.

Our next day was wet and wild and although we enjoyed a quiet morning of reading we began to miss the sea. Off we headed to explore Godrevy beach and lighthouse and then the front at Penzance. Cornwall is always interesting whatever the weather. And any excuse to use a wood burning stove...

Boscrowan is hidden away in a secluded spot in Heamoor, Penzance. It's well situated for exploring Cornwall but has lots to offer on its doorstep. Trengwainton Gardens and tearoom is a favourite haunt of ours as are the nearby galleries, The Exchange at Penzance and Newlyn Art Gallery. We bought a weeks ticket which included entry to the Terry Frost exhibition and the Barbara Hepworth Museum. I found the colour in Terry Frost's work when seen as a collection very moving.

Ancient monuments also caught our eye. Lanyon Quoit is a Neolithic funeral site that we stopped to admire as we drove from St. Just to Madron. 

On my list of new places to visit was Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsula. I've admired its turquoise waters on many blogs and just had to see it for myself. I don't think we saw it at its best and it was very busy even in October. I preferred being away from it all as we left Kynance and walked along the coast path. Sometimes you have to venture off list...

We gave the shops a wide berth at St. Ives preferring to pootle the tiny streets and explore the coast path towards Zennor. I wished I'd taken my boys to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and studio when they were little. I think it's the most vibrant museum I've been to and the garden is fun to explore. 

Stopping off at Rosewall Hill just outside St. Ives gave us a chance to catch the last of the day's light and the landscape that inspired Hepworth. Muddy but magical...

All of this and Peace and Plenty to come home to. My most memorable holiday as a child was a farm holiday and this break brought back those memories. Simple pleasure such as wandering the gardens, feeding chickens, picking apples from the orchard, choosing tea from the vegetable garden and fussing the dogs were in abundance. We ate simply but well and Elizabeth our host provided me with a sourdough starter, recipe and equipment to make my first sourdough loaf. Another new simple activity to take away (the starter travelled home with me). 

Our youngest enjoyed and survived a week at home without us (with some adult supervision). We thoroughly enjoyed our time alone and could get used to it in a few years. I would thoroughly recommend all aspects of this holiday. We paid for this holiday ourselves - this is not a sponsored post. Cornwall in autumn is beautiful!

I'll leave you at Boscrowan...



  1. Glorious photos of such a glorious part of the world. My Great Grandmother was from Cornwall and I have always felt such a pull there, but I've only visited once, and only as far as the Eden project and St Austell (one of the places she apparently lived). Love you travel posts :)

  2. Just gorgeous. Heard you on the radio and thought 'ohh I know someone famous!'. The assumption made me chuckle to myself.

  3. Loved seeing your photos!just beautiful!thank you for sharing!regards Carol,from a very Hot Sth Australia.

  4. What beautiful photos Claire! Cornwall is beautiful indeed and "Peace and Plenty" looks perfect. Maybe next time you go you will see Ross Poldark!

  5. Hey Claire,
    I'm so glad that you enjoyed your holiday in Cornwall. You visited some of my favourite places; we must have just missed each other on Rosewall.
    Leanne xx

  6. Love your photos, Claire! I hoped to see a picture of the scones and you didn't disappoint :) I hope I will get there someday.

  7. Beautiful photos. I always feel rejuvenated when I've had a Cornish holiday - hope you do too.

  8. Your holiday looks wonderful and despite the weather not being wonderful you did manage to capture some wonderful images along the coast. As you know we like you have returned to a favourite destination many times. It did feel a bit strange the first time we returned without the children but it was also good to have the freedom to do only the things we wanted to do! Sarah x

  9. This is so beautiful! Your photos are stunning. I traveled there when I was right out of high school and this brought back such fond memories.

  10. Oh, Claire, I enjoyed this post so much! I remember you going last time, and I'm glad you were able to return. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I love to read about other people's holidays. I adore Cornwall and would like to return out of season some time in the future, when the beaches are cold and empty. I had a similar impression of Kynance Cove after our trip a couple of summers ago - beautiful, but so packed with families you could barely appreciate it's beauty. x

  11. Lovely holiday, I definitely would like to take in some of these places. I've pinned this post to my wishful adventurer board, hope you don't mind! x

  12. Wow Claire! Can you believe I have never been to Cornwall? Now your post here and on IG really make me want to go.
    Sounds like a well deserved wonderful week for you :-) Xx

  13. Lovely photos and post about your holiday in Cornwall. I moved here from Leicestershire in 1986, after my husband died; my boys were 10 and 7 years old. They both regard Cornwall as their spiritual home - youngest now has 2 children and lives in a village a few miles from me while his older brother works in the Middle East and comes back to his beloved Cornwall as often as he can. Cornwall is a magical place and I have never regretted my move. Come back again soon.


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