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Touring Cornwall in our converted campervan, Boris!

We’ve had our Hyundi 100 van conversion a little over 2 months now, giving us plenty of time to take it on some adventures! Initially we’ve only taken the van out locally in Cornwall so we can get an idea of what to expect when we go away for longer trips. The last thing we want to do is find out that we’ve got some kind of problem when we’re thousands of miles away from home. It’s also good to get an idea of temperature so we don’t end up overheating or freezing, which might result in a trip being cut short.

Another reason we’ve not taken it out as much as we hoped, is we still have a few jobs to do. We’ve pretty much got the van ready to go now though, and as I’m typing this, I’ve just received word that our lovely handmade curtains are ready to be fitted. This means we’ll have grey curtains that are both black out and thermal lined, which is going to make a huge difference compared to the blinds we have at the moment.

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Luckily, Cornwall has a lot to offer and we’ve had plenty of fun being tourist in our own county. There are so many places we haven’t been that we want to explore. I couldn’t list everywhere we’ve been because we take it wherever Magicseaweed says the surf is (Perranporth, Polzeth, Praa Sands, Newquay etc). But here’s a round up of some of our trips exploring the Cornish coastline beyond the surf!

St Agnes Head, St Agnes

When we first picked up the van in March we were eager to take it out as soon as possible. It was a little bit chilly but we decided to head up to St Agnes, pull back the sliding side door and enjoy the view. Thanks to the previous owner, Boris has a great sound system, so we put on some Bon Iver and watched the sunset with our dog.

There’s nothing better than being able to watch the sun go down over the sea whilst being cuddled up in bed. I can see us spending a lot of time up in St Agnes in the warmer months. It’s so quiet and peaceful, and you don’t get other people in camper vans up there. There is a height restriction to get into the carparks overlooking the headland but Boris just managed to slide under the barrier.

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

If you live in Cornwall, as soon as the weather starts to warm up, you’ll notice your feed covered in pictures of Porthcurno. I’m ashamed to admit that before May, I’d never been to this scenic village on the coast.

Desperate to go, we packed up the van with our dog on the first sunny morning and headed down towards Lands End. We left our van in a nearby carpark and followed the coastal path from the beach over to the Minack Theatre, taking in the incredible views on the way.

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The views were breath-taking, just as we expected. I’ve got so much GoPro footage to sort through, I don’t even know where to start. We were blessed with sunshine all day which made such a difference.

We soaked up the sunshine at the Minack Theatre and ate our packed lunch before heading back along the beach.

Of course, dogs aren’t allowed on the beach during the summer but we recently discovered a little loop-hole… Nobody minds where you take your dog if you carry him in a backpack. In matter of fact, it’s actually encouraged.

Everybody swoons over how cute our scruffy little Jack Russel is, when they see his happy little face poking our of our K9 Airsack. I don’t blame them – he looks absolutely adorable! It’s also really handy if we’re going over dangerous bits of loose rocks or if he gets tired after a long day of walking.

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St Michaels Mount, Marazion

The first place we slept in the van was overlooking St Michaels Mount from Marazion. We arrived with plenty of time after our trip to Porthcurno so we could get a good spot. There’s so many great places to park up but we had to make sure we could stay somewhere it was legal to sleep.

First, we headed over to a carpark that was right next to the beach. We reversed into a space in the quiet carpark before popping the back door. When we were laying on the bed drinking a cup of tea, all we could see was the calm sea and hear the waves gently crashing, bliss!

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We spent a couple of hours enjoying the view before moving on to somewhere we could sleep, because we didn’t know how easy it would be to find somewhere. We drove a little bit further down the road and found Slipway carpark, located right opposite St Michael’s Mount. We pulled up and made a beef stew with dumplings and had our dinner whilst the sun went down. We couldn’t believe we got such a good spot with toilets nearby!

Surprisingly, I slept like a log and we didn’t wake up until 10am. It was so nice being away from technology (although we do have electrics, chargers, lights etc in the van). The distractions of televisions and laptops were left at home so we could just be in the moment. We had a slow morning with the doors open, having hot drinks, chatting in bed and letting the dog play on the nearby footpath.

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Somebody came past our van at about midday, just as we were about to leave for a day out at the castle and said we shouldn’t have slept here, but it wasn’t a problem and he was really understanding. Oops!

We walked across to St Michael’s Mount and had a lovely day out, capturing even more amazing GoPro footage!

Tintagel Castle, Tintagel

North west Cornwall is an area we haven’t explored much, so I was really excited to visit Tintagel a village situated on the Atlantic coast. Tintagel lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with the same status and protection as a National Park. I didn’t know much about Tintagel but I was aware the area was associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur.

We parked in a field near the coastal path to Bossiney Haven overlooking panoramic ocean views.

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There were 3 other campers parked up in the field and the adjacent fields were empty, so it was really quiet. Once we got settled we walked into the village and had a drink in a nearby beer garden just a short 10 minute walk from where we parked up.

We headed back to our van and warmed up our smoked beef cheeks and macaroni cheese before having an early night so we’d be full of energy to explore in the morning. We woke up roasting at about 9am which soon got me out of bed and out in the sunshine. I must have spent about an hour throwing Alfie’s kong in the field before we got ready and headed to the castle.

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If you’ve never been, then you should definitely go! We spent hours just walking around in awe of the scenery and learning about the history of Tintagel. I couldn’t recommend it enough. Especially Bossiney Haven carpark (if you’re vanning it!) because it’s only £1 and overnight sleeping is legal. There’s also clean public toilets at the top of the field, just next to the coastal path.

As you can see from our pictures, Tintagel is BEAUTIFUL 👇😍

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Next stop: Snowdonia 🏔

2018-06-06T21:53:42+00:00 June 6, 2018|Van Life|

Our unique stay at Chelsea House in Falmouth, Cornwall

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Two weeks ago it was my lovely boyfriend’s birthday, so naturally I spent the entire week spoiling him. I baked him a gigantic peanut butter chocolate cake, cooked him a Chinese dinner and hide his present inside a fortune cookie – sneaky! What on earth could fit in a fortune cookie I hear you ask; I had a secret message slipped into the cracker that read ‘Your adventure begins soon. Bon Iver in Frankfurt, Germany in January 2017. Happy Birthday, Love you’. 

To top of a perfect weekend, we checked-in to Chelsea House for a mini-break. Chelsea House is a stylish mid-century bed and breakfast in Falmouth, Cornwall on the seafront in Emslie Road, Falmouth, next to Princess Pavilion Gardens. Only about a 20 minute walk from our house, it was the ideal staycation break for us to have some alone time.

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Built in 1908, Chelsea House isn’t your average B&B in Cornwall. Refurbished by loving owners, Sharon and Nigel, Chelsea House oozes character and sophistication. Full of mint condition g-plan teak furniture, it’s safe to say I was in my element as soon as I stepped through the front door. Each mid-century sideboard, desk or sofa was handpicked for each guest room. 

When we arrived from the freezing outdoors, we were greeted and shown to our gorgeous large king superior ensuite room with a south facing sea view and private balcony. The bedroom was light and airy, incredibly spacious and very warm (perfect after a chilly walk along the seafront). The room was equip with a Smart TV, free Wifi, DAB Radio and fridge, topped up daily with fresh milk and bottled water.

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For me, the details are what makes a memorable stay, and Chelsea House nailed this. The bed was by far the most comfortable nights sleep I’ve had in a very long time. To be completely honest, when I stay away I’m sometimes miffed with showers because I’m lucky enough to have a steaming hot high-pressure shower at home. Chelsea House didn’t disappoint though, thanks to their power shower, luxury toiletries and their fluffy towels. 

As much as we were enjoying the room, we had to go out and grab some food because after all, we were on holiday. Chelsea House is a 6-minute walk from Gyllyngvase Beach and a 13-minute walk from Falmouth town centre, so there are heaps of restaurant options nearby.  We know the area well, so we decided to head to Gyllyngvase Beach cafe just down the road, however if you don’t know the area then there is plenty of suggestions in the guest house book located in your room. 

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We indulged in a discounted three course meal with some wine, thanks to a voucher courtesy of Sharon and Nigel at Chelsea house. Once we’d filled our bellies with pigeon, steak and chocolate torte, it was time to drag ourselves back up the road to our lovely room. 

In the morning we headed downstairs to the retro dining area for breakfast. There were so many options, from yoghurt to fresh-fruit to granola and jam – we were truly spoilt for choice. Sharon offered us a full English breakfast or homemade pancakes and maple syrup. I highly recommend the fluffy pancakes if you get the chance!

Our unique stay at Chelsea House in Falmouth, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

We absolutely loved our stay at Chelsea House and we felt so welcomed the entire time. I’d hurry back to stay in one of their rooms without hesitation. Over breakfast Nigel and Sharon told us about how they are building a garden room opposite the property, so I’ll definitely be checking back in to visit once this is finished. 

We were invited to stay at Chelsea House for the purpose of a review, however all words are my own. We stayed in room 8 – the large king superior ensuite with south facing sea view and private balcony £110 – £145 per room breakfast included.

2018-06-04T01:31:14+00:00 December 6, 2016|Travel|

#Poetryinmoments with Sony – Cornwall style!

Sony Mobile recently ran a campaign with the help of The Poetry Society where members of the public were invited to capture a fleeting moment on their smartphone, and share the photo with the hope of inspiring a short poem from a team of poets.

Micro-poems were then written in response to people’s pictures and circulated around the world via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I was tasked with sharing a moment from my personal morning regime for the campaign and here’s the result!

#Poetryinmoments with Sony - Cornwall style! | UK Lifestyle Blog

These boots have trekked this morning miles
to reach rolling blue beyond a rocky ledge.
Time to soak it all in, wait awhile
As white waves foam at the world’s edge

I was super stoked when Sony asked me to take part in this campaign for the Z5, and it was such a beautiful sentiment to team up with The Poetry Society to deliver a truly unique campaign. That’s more than you can hope to ask for when it comes to most marketing activity.

Not to mention, how perfectly it reflects my mornings in quaint Cornwall – when I have the chance to head down to the rocky coast before heading into work. There’s no better way to psych yourself up for a day in the office, than a blustery walk with a lung full of sea air.

The only thing that could possibly make this better, is when the rain passes and I can trade these wellies for a barefoot adventure, and lend myself to a spot of yoga with views that you would NOT BELIEVE!

Until next time. x

*Poems for the Sony Mobile Poetry In Moments campaign are written by The Poetry Society’s team of poets, including Ben Wilkinson & Will Burns.

2018-01-08T03:34:03+00:00 February 26, 2016|Uncategorized|

Things to do in Cornwall before you die

Tempted to cross the Tamar and touch down in the magic Kingdom of Cornwall? You’ll be in good company. You’re not going to fit everything in, so don’t try and wear yourself out. Dip into this sample of Cornish must do’s and let the wind fill your hair and the spray, surf and sun fill your heart.

Beaches are the Best

Some of the best beaches in the UK are in Cornwall. If you are ready to surf, or simply just out for an invigorating run there may be no better place than the stretch of coast from Newquay to Perranporth. Newquay’s reputation has just grown and flown. And with good reason; your surfing experience here will be simply stunning. Hire a surfboard or book into a surf school for the best experience. Perranporth’s miles of sand and stunning vistas lends itself to mind blowing walks and is the perfect place to clear the cobwebs with a good run. Ever dreamt of riding a horse along a beautiful beach? This is the place to do it.

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Check out the Pasties

Heading down towards Truro and Falmouth. Two of Cornwall’s most famous towns contain plenty to see and do and eat if you’re feeling ravished after some time on the water. Cornish Pasties are a protected brand and here is the place to see why. A genuine pasty has a potato, swede, onion and beef filling. Accept nothing less and they are delicious

Rest and Relax

You’ll need somewhere to stay and there are no shortage of options. Basing yourself somewhere central to your list of things to do and makes real sense. Check out hotels in Looe for a relaxing change. Looe is just brilliant and has bags of atmosphere. From here it’s not far to spread your wings to take in some of Cornwall’s major attractions.

Green fingers

Both the Eden Project and the Lost Garden’s of Heligan show the visitor real gems at both ends of the gardening spectrum. Eden has over 100,000 plants and is an amazing sensory experience. Heligan displays the finery and grandeur and vision of a beautifully restored 19th century garden. Both are equally stunning.

Stretch your legs

The coastal path winds around Cornwall and offers the walker some incredible vistas. You might not feel up to taking on the whole track so why not dip for a five mile section that stars in Looe and winds down to Polperro?

Have a drink

Cornish Ales are famed and rightly so. Mix it up your beer with a little genuine piratic atmosphere. St Agnes has it all and the famous Driftwood Spars will hold you spellbound.

Leave the tourist trail

If you have the time, head further down towards Land’s End. Take a detour out to St Michael’s Mount and walk the causeway at low tide. Or head down to the Lizard and Kynance Cove. These stunning beaches will have you held for hours simply watching the surf pounding over the rocks.

Be entertained

The Minack theatre tucked into the rocks near Penzance is an unforgettable experience. If you are visiting in the summer, try and catch a performance.

With your senses filled, head back to your hotel for a sumptuous hot tub and a deep revitalising sleep. Knowing you’ll head back restored rested and taking home some Cornish magic.

2018-06-04T01:31:15+00:00 November 26, 2015|Travel|

Top Running Beaches in Cornwall

We all know that getting ready for your next beach break can be intense, with months of prep, staying active and eating well it’s a shame when you finally get on holiday and within a few days your hard work is all gone! To stop all the hard work going to waste, we’ve put together our top running spots in Cornwall so you can stay beach ready during and after your holiday too!

1. The Camel Trail (5 miles) – If you have a willing volunteer to pick you up at Wadebridge, this is a stunning run along the South West Coast Path. About 5 miles, or 10 if you run there and back again, the route runs along the coast from Padstow to Wadebridge. The route is almost completely flat so it is great to run as a beginner, plus you can admire the views while you run.

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2. Perranporth Beach (3 miles) – Running in Cornwall would only be complete with a route along the beach, with this one you can spend the whole time on the beach. Just be wary of tide times to make sure you don’t get stranded! Run from one end right up to Penhale and you can always turn back again if you want to double your miles!

3. Falmouth Circular (4 miles) – You can start anywhere along this route and shorten or lengthen it as needed. Run along the beautiful Gyllyngvase beach and up along the South West Coast Path towards Swanpool. Back to the main road behind Swanpool beach turn right and head back towards Falmouth. At the crossroads turn left and then right onto Melvill Road.

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A little way down take a left and run through Fox Gardens (Falmouth University) and down through the campus. Head out through the woods and past the Falmouth Town railway. Back onto the main road; run along the coastline, taking in the naval port along the way. Head back up the hill towards Pendennis Castle and along the coast path. When you reach the castle, you know the rest will be down hill – head back along the cliff and back to Gyllyngvase beach!

4. Helston to Porthleven (5 miles) – This route can be a tricky one with a few minor hills mixed in the route; it will keep your heart pumping! Start out by Coronation Park Boating Lake at the bottom of Helston; you can park opposite the lake in the Penrose Amenity car park. The path to follow heads into the woods, next to the car park, and onwards past traditional buildings and National Trust land.

Eventually you will come out above Loe Bar and see the stunning views out across Porthleven beach. Our advice for getting back to Helston after your run is to jump on the bus (unless you fancy another 5 miles back!) If you’re feeling inspired to take a trip Cornwall you can find more useful tips and things to do in our Guide to your Cornwall holiday here.

What’s your favourite route? Find out what everyone else thinks!
Check out the other Cornish Bloggers’ posts below:

Holly @ Full of Beans & Sausages: ‘My Top 5 Beaches in Cornwall
Anna @ The Cornish Life: ‘5 Best Beaches in Cornwall
Jess @ Jessica Cece: ‘Life’s a Beach
Alice @ Wooden Windowsills: ‘5 Cornish Beaches You Should Visit This Summer
Liv @ Maiden in Cornwall: ‘My 5 Favourite Cornish Beaches
Abel @ Brainfood: ‘Top 10 Beaches for Summer 2015′
Chloe @ Life Unexpected: ‘Top 5 Family Friendly Beaches in Cornwall


2018-01-08T03:34:35+00:00 May 15, 2015|Health|

Review: Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall

With all the drama of the house, working and trying to squeeze in doing university work – as well as leading a normal life, O and I felt like we could do with a little weekend away for just us. We packed our bags and headed over to the North Coast of Cornwall to spend the weekend at The Headland Hotel.

If you haven’t heard of it, all you need to know, it’s in 1990 movie “The Witches” based on Roald Dahl’s book. Having never seen the movie (don’t worry – it’s on my list of things to do..), and to read this blog post.

Review: Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

I packed up my stuff and O picked me up straight from work and we set off to Newquay for our mini break on the North Coast. Our package included a two night stay in a beautiful sea-view bedroom overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a delicious Cornish breakfast each morning, unlimited access to the spa and leisure area, a three course restaurant dinner on our arrival night and a 60 minute Rejuvenating Facial.

Not to mention all the lovely little complimentary extras like the porterage on arrival and departure, a box of Cornish Fudge and the designer Elemis amenities in the bedroom, as well as the use of the luxurious Headland Spa robe, towels and slippers.

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Stepping inside The Headland, you will appreciate our investment in comfort and luxury, whilst being struck by the timeless quality and many original features of this iconic Victorian hotel. The pictures truly do not do the bathroom or the bedroom justice.

We were lucky enough to be put in a room with panoramic views of Fistral beach in both the bedroom and the bathroom. I could definitely get used to underfloor heating, his and her skins and a double bath and separate double power shower.

Once we’d had a good snoop around the room and a quick wander around the hotel, we scrubbed up to go down for dinner in the restaurant over-looking Fistral. Both O and I ordered the medium rare venison, rocket and Parmesan warm salad to start, followed by a char-grilled 28 day aged Cornish fillet steak, hand cut chips and roasted vine tomatoes. Without a doubt, this was the best steak I’d ever had!

Review: Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle BlogFor dessert I order the chocolate delice with mango sorbet, and O ordered the fresh fruit and substituted the ice cream with sorbet.All this washed down with the Headland Hotel, Cépage Colombard Côtes de Gascogne. Sharp service, coupled with friendly staff and tasty food was a cracking start to our stay.

We woke up lost in a bed that was big enough for us to both starfish in. We had a cup of tea in bed (from one of the many teas that were hiding in the cupboard), and watched the waves crashing onto the beach – this is how mornings should be spent.

Surprisingly, after eating so much the night before, we managed to force ourselves to breakfast – when we arrived it didn’t seem like such a chore anymore. There was every option you can imagine from cured meats to a full fry up, to pasties and fruit. In addition to all of this, you could order breakfast fresh off the menu, and alas! they have gluten free options.

After breakfast we went for a stroll around the Headland to explore the area and walk off our food babies.

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I popped back to the hotel to have my facial that was pre-booked, whilst O went for a surf. I’d never been to the Headland for a treatment before, so I was keen to see what the treatment room and spa was like.

My treatment was what I expected and more – just what I needed after the last couple of weeks. The rejuvenating facial is designed to refresh the skin, leaving it looking and feeling radiant. Incorporates a face-lift massage and acupressure point techniques to alleviate the signs of ageing combined with a deeply hydrating face mask to leave the skin visibly smoother. The facial also eliminates congestion, returns moisture to the skin and restores luminosity.

Review: Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle BlogThe Headland Spa has six treatment rooms with two double treatment rooms, comprehensive heat experiences, a mani and pedi room and the spa lounge which overlooks the Atlantic ocean. Freshly renovated, the treatment rooms ooze sophistication. I was offered a robe and flip flops after my treatment and waited for O to come and meet me downstairs so we could relax in the spa together.

The Headland Hotel and Spa is Cornwall’s only ‘Five Bubble’ rated spa hotel, complete with united pools with varying temperatures, aromatherapy showers, jacuzzi, Swedish sauna, Cornish sea salt steam room, hydrotherapy suite, gym, tanning suite, mani and pedi room, and seven treatment rooms, as well as a deep relaxation lounge and couples suite.

Review: Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

We headed to the pool, which at the time was quite busy, however they do have slots that you can visit the pool for adults only. The swimming pool is open every day from 7.30am – 10pm. Adult only swimming times (no under 16s) are between 11am – 3pm and after 6pm.

Unfortunately, we didn’t spend much time in the bar area, except to have a glass of water but we completely fell in love with the interior design. If anybody knows where I can buy these chairs, then please let me know – because I absolutely need them in my life!

Review: Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

We spent hours unwinding in the spa, before pulling ourselves together and heading to the Stable for dinner just a stone-throw away from the hotel. We had to keep our energy up after all, it’d been a hard day 😉

Two very full stomaches later, we couldn’t resist popping back down to the spa. Just a couple more minute in the steam room was enough to ease us back into our calm state before we headed to the relaxation lounge. This, without a doubt, was the most precious, memorable and my favourite part of our trip away — and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Review: Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

After the best night sleep, EVER! We then woke up and headed down for our last breakfast, and to our surprise, when O ordered some gluten-free bread, the waiter told us that he had already ordered it for him – impressive! It’s the little things that count, the personal touch was so lovely!

The weekend absolutely flew by, but now it was time to pack our bags and say goodbye.

Thanks to Headland Hotel and Spa for inviting us to come and stay!

2018-06-04T01:31:15+00:00 April 18, 2015|Travel|

Porthminster beach cafe – St Ives, Cornwall

It’s official, I made it to 24 years-old.. Luckily, O softened the blow for me by waking me up with tea, breakfast and showering me in presents. After a lovely lie in, we set off to St Ives to visit the Tate, have a meander around the shops and go for lunch.

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After working up an appetite, walking around the gallery, we head off for some food at Porthminster beach cafe, nestled beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point. Themulti award winning seafood restaurant sits right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Porthminster beach cafe.

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The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty. The menu was to die for, with so much to choose from and an bottomless wine list. If that wasn’t enough, everything on the menu can be made suitable for celiac/(gluten free) and lactose free – hurray!

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I ordered St Ives Bay Mackerel Pate Ponzu, dulse, black mustard and grilled flat bread to start, followed with Crispy Black Squid Lime and miso dressing, Asain style salad and crispy shallots – washed down with a glass of Albarino Colleita de Martis, Spain white wine. Bliss!

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Alas! I forgot to take a photo of the crispy squid, I just couldn’t help myself and tucked right in. O had Pork Cheek Celeriac and apple, spiced beetroot, macadamia nut and honey dressing with a side of salt and rosemary hand-cut chips.

Porthminster beach cafe - St Ives, Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

Despite the chocolate torte calling my name, we decided against a dessert as we were so full. I’d definitely recommend go checking it out though.

The café is open daily, all year round for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a selection of homemade patisserie and fine coffees from St Ives Small Batch Coffee Roasting Company.

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2018-01-08T03:34:37+00:00 March 4, 2015|Food|

Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall

After a busy couple of weeks, it feels somewhat surreal to be back at the keyboard again. O and I decided to beat the January blues by booking an impromptu getaway to a beautiful log cabin set in the forest in Herodsfoot – an excellent place to visit if you want to get away from it all.

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Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

Our Silver Birch cabin was tucked away deep in the forest, yet close to the coast. I’d read on trip advisor everyone recommending to choose your own cabin, but as it was our first time at Deerpark, we didn’t know any better. Luck was on our side and we were allocated, what we thought, was the best lodge in the forest. The lodge was well positioned close to reception, out of view from neighbours with astonishing views of the woodland and lake. I can safely say that timber frame homes are now on my dream list.

Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

The private hot tub was checked everyday and was one of many of my favourite parts of our break. It was amazing to unwind in, gaze at the stars and listen to the owls with a glass of wine in the evening. Equally, just as relaxing in the day surrounded by the crisp trees towering over the lake.

Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

Located 30 miles from Polperro and Looe, there are some stunning beaches worth visiting nearby, not to mention the stunning woodland to explore in Deerpark. The site was perfect and the staff were just incredibly friendly and helpful – you can even get little extras delivered to your cabin such as pizzas, curry’s, cream teas.

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There is no mobile phone signal and the only emergency phone is at reception (however, there is free wifi in the retreat if you need it!). It took a little getting used to, but we loved this – it’s a true escape from every day life. If you want to spend quality time with your loved ones in beautiful surroundings, then this is for you. I could not recommend it highly enough.

Silver Birch cabin getaway, Deerpark Cornwall | UK Lifestyle Blog

In a nutshell: Our 4 nights flew by,
I fell in love with Deerpark.

2018-06-04T01:31:16+00:00 February 2, 2015|Travel|

A romantic stay in Devon + llama walking + IKEA = A happy girl 🤗🌸

I’m back! After a couple of quiet days and generally slow start to the year, I’m writing again. The last couple of months have been pretty crazy for me, both personally and professionally. Just before Christmas I went away to Jordan with my best friend for a week (blog post being written, stay tune!), and then we had the chaos of the holidays… Returning to work meant I had a million emails to deal with. On top of all of that, we were rolling out a new strategy for the biz. Next thing I know, we’re a couple days away from going on my hen party in Marrakech, and the wedding is literally a matter of weeks away. How on earth did this all happen so quick?! I digress.

One of my favourite things about having the blog is being able to look back on all the awesome things we’ve done and reading about it. I always forget the little details so I try and find the time to write about it as much as I can. It’s something I kind of regret not doing when we went traveling in the van, because there’s already so many little things that I’ve forgotten about. The best time was to write them when we were out there, the second best time is to start writing them now, so here I am… This trip only goes back a couple of weeks ago though so I’ll start here.

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On Christmas Day my lovely fiancé showered me with gifts. We lovingly bought me my favourite fake tan, some clothes I’d been swooning over at Sea Salt and lots of goodies that he knows I’ve wanted for ages. It was really sweet of him and just showed how well he knows me. Things are great and all (I love being golden bronze and knitwear is always a winner), but I’m all about experiences. Spending the day making memories with my love is far more important to me than anything else. S knows this, which is probably why he also booked us onto a llama walk in North Cornwall! When I opened the envelope on Christmas Day I burst out laughing and was so excited.

We were booked to go the weekend after New Years, so we didn’t have to wait too long before going to visit the llamas. We happened to have a voucher to use from Red Letter Days so we cashed it in to stay at a gorgeous little BnB in Devon to make a weekend of it. It couldn’t have been better timing to use our voucher as it felt like a real impromptu treat when we remembered we had the credit available to enjoy. It was so nice to have something booked after Christmas, too. As much as we adore our friends and family, we found this year to be a little bit exhausting visiting everybody, as we’re usually quite introverted people. It was nice to have some “us” time.

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We woke up bright and early on Sunday and headed to the llama farm. When we arrived we were greeted by the group we’d be joining and the owners of the farm. We picked out our llamas before having a health and safety introduction, then we set on our way to wander around the farm. They were absolutely adorable and all their personalities were so funny. We learnt tons about the llamas, their wool and the farm which was really interesting. It was clear that the owners of the farm had a true passion for llamas, and they told us about their travels to Peru to see rare breeds of llamas. Who knew there was so much to learn!?

We learnt more about the llamas and fed them, which was pretty funny. We got some shots with the llamas (when they weren’t trying to run away from us1) and then made our way up to a small log cabin in the woods where we stopped for a cuppa tea and a scone. It was lovely to huddle around the fire in the cabin, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to visit at that time of year – the atmosphere was beautiful. After we finished our drinks we made our way back to the barn where the llamas were kept and said our farewells. The entire session probably lasted about 2 hours, which in my opinion was the perfect amount of time to stay on the farm.

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We browsed the shops and I swooned over some handmade socks made from the wool of the llamas we’d just walked (how cool is that!?). We then made our way up to the bed and breakfast in Devon.

We arrived at a good time, meaning we could unwind and just relax without feeling rushed to go for dinner as soon as we arrived. It’s the cosiest little cottage I’ve ever been to, we actually ended up snuggling up and having a nap when we first arrived. It was so peaceful, with sheep just grazing out the front (such a contrast from our hectic Christmas!). Feeling completely recharged, we woke up and went downstairs to indulge in a three-course dinner, which was included in our stay.

We found out that we were actually the only people staying at the cottage at that time, I guess because January is a quiet time for them. This meant we got the BEST service you can imagine, and we could feel relaxed knowing we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Absolute bliss.

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I’m not sure if it’s because we live in a new-build house or what… but I’m a real lover of old cottages and country homes. There’s something about a Chesterfield sofa in front of a roaring log burner that makes me feel happy. We filled our bellies with tasty food and just spent the evening enjoying each others company.

The food was so good, and the chef even came out and told us about his family recipe for the curry – you don’t get this type of service anywhere else. It’s one of a kind and not your ‘run of the mill’ bed and breakfast.

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After a good nights sleep we leisurely checked out of the room. On the way back to Cornwall we decided to stop in IKEA, it would be rude not to! We didn’t have much room in the car but I thought we could pick up a couple of bits.

I ended up buying much more than anticipated including a lampshade with is significantly too big for our house, and it’s now sitting in the corner of the room because we’re not entirely sure what to do with it – Oops! We got some other nice bits though including a full set of pink crockery 😍, then we headed back home.

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It was such a lovely getaway. When was the last time you had a romantic weekend!?

2019-02-11T01:59:45+00:00 February 11, 2019|Travel|

5 things to do with your mum in 2019 ❤️

It’s true that there’s no greater bond than the one between a mother and her children. She helped you to grow, nurtured you, and helped to mould you into the person you are today. You might have had your ups and downs, but that’s only made your relationship stronger. But now you’re fully grown, how about reconnecting?

Now you’re an adult, you and your mum are equals and best friends. So, how about putting some time aside to spend just with her? I’ve spent so much quality time with my mum recently doing lots of wedding planning, it’s been he best. Here are some super fun and simple ways you can spend time with your mum and hopefully make a regular thing of it!

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Treat yourselves to an afternoon tea

There’s no getting away from it: afternoon teas are a British thing. Which means that we do some of the best in the world! Beautifully cut sandwiches, delicately filled with deliciously, light fillings. Thick slices of the most indulgent cakes and cream filled pastries topped with fresh fruit. Select the backdrop of a country hotel, a countryside vista or even just in your favourite café in town. There’s nothing better than catching up and spending time together over a cup of tea and a cream cake (or two). Bliss.

Have some heavy duty pampering

You both lead busy lives, and everyone deserves the chance to relax, unwind and forget about the outside world for a while. So, with that in mind, why not treat mum and yourself to an afternoon at a local spa. A session in the sauna, a few lengths in the pool and a much needed soak in the jacuzzi. Not forgetting the treatments of offer. You’ll both feel a million dollars.

5 things to do with your mum in 2019 ❤️ | UK Lifestyle BlogThe Scarlet Hotel & Spa – Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Join forces in the kitchen

You’ve probably learnt everything you know about cooking from your mum. So, why not get together and make a feast for the whole family. Plan a range of dishes and work together to make it all from scratch. It’s a lovely way to spend time together, chat and learn from each other!

Check out some old photographs

I recently asked my nana if she had any photos of her parents I could look at. Purely because I’d never seen any before! What followed was 4 hours of sifting through piles and piles of black and white images from times gone by. The different clothes, styles and images were an incredible window into her childhood. We also enjoyed looking and comparing photos of my younger self too! So dig out all those old photo albums and take a trip down memory lane together.


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Play a board game

Who didn’t play board games with their mum on a rainy Sunday? The difference these days is that you can play games that are age appropriate for both of you – sorry Operation fans! Sit down together and enjoy a game of scrabble or something guaranteed to make you both giggle. Break out the snacks and a bottle of wine and you’re guaranteed a great night in each other’s company.

Go on a shopping spree together

Hands down, your mother’s tastes and impeccable style can give any fashionista a run for her money. Besides, who could possibly be a more supportive and honest shopping buddy?

Thanks mum, love you ❤️

2019-01-21T13:16:34+00:00 January 21, 2019|Health|
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