Continuing in my Cornish theme, I surprised Andy with a trip to Cornwall for his birthday. This time we flew and I could not recommend it more – I think it halved the time of driving or taking the train. We flew with flybe, leaving London first thing Saturday morning and we were there by 11am.
We stayed at The Watergate Bay Hotel, which we had spied a few times when walking on Watergate beach and when we had been to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant which is next door. Also definitely worth checking out, I had the squid ink, chorizo and mussel campanelle pasta and it was out of this world delicious.
I am so, so glad I booked this hotel. It was a little on the expensive side (still not low season in October due to school half term) but it really was a little piece of luxury on the Cornish coast.
The glorious view from just outside our room.
They had a waffle maker at breakfast. Andy was sold. (Who am I kidding, I was too).
They have a couple of restaurants, and a room called ‘the ocean room’ which is a beautiful glass fronted area where you can sit, read, relax and contemplate. The whole hotel was furnished in beautiful beach colours. Unfortunately I was too relaxed to take many photos of the hotel itself. Useless, I know.
And what’s a relaxing weekend without a game of scrabble and a peanut brittle ice cream sundae?
The amazing infinity pool. I’m not sure there can be a pool with a better view, anywhere. Just in front of the pool was a wooden deck with a canadian hot tub, where we drank several beers and proseccos and watched the sun go down. The best thing? The pool was child free after 7pm!
In the daytime we headed over to Padstow for a crisp autumnal beach walk.
Andy just loves me taking his portrait.
Sorry, you just got to get used to it AV!
Our attempts to find a crab were peppered with disappointment. Particularly when we found this guy (below) who seemed like a win for us. He was not a win. He was dead. RIP crabby crowskavitz.
On the day of Andy’s birth he was desperate to get in the water. Unfortunately there wasn’t a wave to be seen, so surfing was out. Paddle boarding was in!
The water was freezing but we had a pretty awesome couple of hours. I find paddle boarding super relaxing and wish the Thames wasn’t so cold and dirty or I would be all over that.
Moody wintery Watergate Bay.
It was probably my favourite weekend of the whole year.
Closely followed by my third trip to Cornwall a couple of weeks later with some of my favourite girls, my mum, my aunt Al, and my not so baby cousin Caitlin. Caitlin has just started university in Falmouth so naturally we needed to check out her new stomping ground.
This time I really did neglect my camera, so here’s a couple of random shots that tell you absolutely nothing whatsoever about Falmouth and how beautiful a town it is!
Lion king pose, of course. Simbaaaaaaa.
Coming soon… adventures in the Philippines.