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Cornish walks: Porthgwarra to Nanjizal

The coastline of Cornwall is a complete set of footpaths. So there is no shortage of stunning walks. Each time we visit Cornwall we find a new one – normally one that has been mentioned years ago by my Grandpa or parents. This time, with a windy north-easterly wind forecast, we headed for the south coast, between the Lizard and Lands End. Do you recognise the smugglers cove of Porthgwarra from Poldark?  We first came here many years ago. That time we…

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Life’s little luxuries: taking a simple timeout

In the search for the perfect hotel, winter sunshine and glamorous flights it is easy to forget about life’s little luxuries. The things that actually matter. How lucky are we to have what we have? And to already live a life we love. We don’t need to scour the globe for a paradise, there’s plenty sat on the doorstep. Sometimes a simple timeout from the daily grind to one of these is all that’s needed to recharge. Peaceful, calm, relaxing and…

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My Cornwall Directory

I’ve been visiting west Cornwall a few times a year for longer than I remember.  My Gran lives there and we head down for long weekends with my parents or by ourselves to explore a little more.  Cornwall seems to be growing in popularity and it seemed like a very good time to share some real local knowledge. Most of these places I wouldn’t have discovered if it wasn’t for my Grandpa who would pore over the maps with us…

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Kota Porthleven – tasty artistry

When one finds a restaurant that impresses, it is always risky to go back – will it be as good?  Riskier still to take ones parents for a special treat.  So we arrived with crossed fingers whether it would be as good as remembered.  Well – Kota delivered and gets a gold star, it was even better than before!  I didn’t expect edible art, but it is some of the prettiet food I’ve had!  And it was delicious too thank goodness! Porthleven…

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Recharging in Cornwall

After a busy few months at work (and Mr P working hard to beat my business airmiles haul) we were unreasonably excited about two nights away – together – in Cornwall.  Surprisingly it is only our second trip down there this year – we were well overdue some cornish charm and R&R. It was worth all the excitement – two days of cornish beauty and hospitality and we were happy and relaxed! We stayed at the gorgeously chic and boutique Lugger…

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Easter in Cornwall

There is always something new to discover on every trip to Cornwall!  With the help of local knowledge, we have found some bits we love in the past few years and this Easter we took the opportunity for more exploring, and a spot of celebration too – of our 5th wedding anniversary!  As with any bank holiday weekend in the UK, it always (always) starts with rain and Easter was no exception! We are hardy Brits and always go prepared on any…

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Picturesque Cornish tin mines

The mining history of Cornwall doesn’t sound like it should be beautiful – but over the years some of our favourite days out and loveliest photographs have been from our trips to see mining history!  My Mum hails from Redruth which was once the world capital of mining, so I’ve spent many a holiday in the area counting tin mines and taking them for granted.  It is only recently exploring the area with Mr P (with my Grandpa’s recommendation list)…

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The beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan

   I hadn’t heard of The Lost Gardens of Heligan until recently and so I enquired of my Mum why it was that we hadn’t been there when I was little… That’s when she explained – she hasn’t been there either… and she grew up in Cornwall.  Intriguing – how could this be so? Well this is because all of the gardeners at the house went off to fight in the first world war and so the garden fell in…

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A dining treat at Kota Porthleven

We had a delicious early evening meal at Kota in Porthleven during our Easter trip to Cornwall (well known to be one of my favourite places).  Over the past few years new restaurants have been springing up all over Cornwall that are well worth investigating.  I have a strong preference for supporting a small local business and this was another example of why that is such a good idea!  Having already visited a number of great places in other bits of…

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