We are lucky to have several regular guests who stay with us every November – why you might ask? Good weather can’t be guaranteed and some of the attractions and gardens do close for the winter.
Well we can let you into their secret! It’s just lovely to take a few days or a week to get away from home and work, relax and unwind in 5-star luxury – if you do have a day of fabulous weather then that’s a bonus and you can get out, take a flask and find a sheltered spot on the beach to sit and read a book – no newspapers, you’re meant to be relaxing!
A coastal path walk even on a wet and blustery day can be fun and exhilarating and afterwards you have the perfect excuse for relaxing in a pub with a roaring log fire.
Places that are packed in high season become bearable with no crowds and if the weather is a little damp you have more excuses to keep popping in to cafe’s for coffee and cake.
St Ives, Padstow and even Truro are so much more enjoyable to visit in the quiet months. The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are open all year round as is the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
There are still plenty of events to keep you entertained -visit the St Austell Torchlight Carnival, held on the 19th November a full day celebration in St Austell, marking the beginning of winter, in the china clay capital of Cornwall. Live bands, stalls, music and dance and a Torchlight Carnival parades through the town.
Our personal favourite is Truro City of Lights on the 23rd November this hugely anticipated Festival and Parade lights up the city in in spectacular fashion delighting the crowds who gather for this spectacular festive event. It does get busy and parking can be a challenge so try out the new Park and Ride.
Also in Truro is the Cathedral City Markets Christmas Market 25 Nov 2016 to 27 Nov 2016 This annual Christmas Market brings the Cornish and our visitors a high quality selection of food, drink, arts & crafts. It’s the perfect place to buy a Christmas gift for a loved one.
Another firm favourite is the St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival 26th Nov 2016 – hosted in the unique surroundings of the old wine cellars and vaults beneath the Victorian brewery. Sample a selection of more than 150 beers (can anyone try that many in a day)! and enjoy music and entertainment. You may need to prebook a taxi for that one unless one of you is happy to not drink! If you can’t make it that day the Brewery is open all year for visits and tasting.
I have just realised that yet again my blog seems to mention a lot of cake and alcohol and somehow The Lost Gardens of Heligan creep into nearly every one I write – well they thoroughly deserve to – it truly is the best place in Cornwall to visit all year round, apart from Roundhouse Barns of course!