Visit Cornwall. A guide, according to my Instagram.

Recently one of my followers asked me for some suggestions of nice places in Cornwall to visit whilst on their holiday, this is something I get asked quite often, so I thought I’d write about it here. My mind started to whirl with all the wonderful places in my home county and I wondered how I would ever start. I then had the idea of looking back through my Instagram and using the pictures I’ve shared there as inspiration for an alternative guide. Some of the photos go way back so you’ll notice the ages of Nancy and Eula jumping around a fair bit, also the quality of photos on my old phone are….a tad lacking let’s say!

This is going to be a long post I expect, and very photo heavy, I won’t go into massive detail for each place, I see this more as inspiration to kickstart your own research, but am happy to answer any questions you may have.

I’ll start local, I’m in St Austell, ok it’s not the most alluring of destinations in Cornwall, yes there are towns that are more beautiful, but it still has a lot going for it in the surrounding area, lovely beaches, a good Cinema and a really good Tkmaxx! (My regular readers will know of my love for a good TKMaxx find).

The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Heligan has always been a special place to me, I’ve been visiting since I was a child and it has formed an essential part of my parenting, I love to let the girls run wild and be free, Heligan is the perfect place for this. Their Summer activities for children are wonderful.

Rogue Theatre have taken up residence for the Summer too, book tickets, they’re amazing.

The Eden Project.

There’s lots to see and do, it’s truly amazing, great for adults and children and will take a whole day to see fully.

Eden at night when I went to see Van Morrison earlier this month. I’ve also seen Fleet Foxes, The Verve and Amy Winehouse at the Eden Sessions.

I’ve borrowed this picture from the Visit Cornwall website.
If you search hard enough you’ll even find a few pictures of us 4 on the Eden website, we did a Mother’s Day shoot a few years ago and each year they reappear!

Caerhays (Porthluney) beach

Caerhays is quite possibly my favourite beach in Cornwall, parking is easy, it’s a flat beach, surrounded by fields, the cafe food is yum, we visit in all weathers and I think it’s rather magic.

Gorran Haven beach –

A lovely little beach set inside the harbour wall.

Pentewan –

One of our closest beaches, there’s a large campsite right behind the beach, an amazing Cornish location.

The beach is lovely and wide, we prefer the village side, at the far left as you look out to sea. It’s rare to get decent surf on the South Coast, but Pentewan gets it if the swell is right.

Our most local beach is Porthpean, which is about 10 minutes drive from home. It’s great for rockpooling and ease of access, but can get pretty busy and loses the sun early evening.


Stu and Nancy having a play on the river..

My parent’s home town, it’s such a beautiful place. We like to canoe down river to Fowey (I should say we used to like going down river to Fowey, via several pubs, it hasn’t happened since having kids! I may have to remedy that this summer)

We love to hang out next to the river and use the communal BBQs.

Lostwithiel reminds me of France, somewhere I spent a lot of my childhood. There are many intriguing shops, Watts Trading, right opposite my parent’s house, is full of gorgeous homeware treasures. The butchers next door do, in my expert opinion, THE BEST pasty in Cornwall. The closest I’ve got to my lovely Granny’s epic creations.

Photo borrowed from Google
St Winnow, down river from Lostwithiel, en route to Lerryn
There’s a small Wild Camping site at St Winnow if you like to get back to basics. Also a little homemade food Kiosk/Burger van set up, selling home reared freerange bacon sarnies, cream teas and more yummy things.
Exploring the woods at Lerryn, there’s an exact version of this photo somewhere, but it’s a little me sheltering under the tree stump at around the same age as Nancy is here.


A nice mix of shops and pubs/restaurants, set along the river.

Fowey, looking across to Polruan.
Old Grammar School Garden, on the Esplanade
Readymoney Beach, it isn’t always sunny in Cornwall, I warn you!


Sams on the Beach

Botelet Farm –

Technically not from my Instagram, though there are some images of this magical place on there and it’s where we had our wedding reception. Botelet is nestled in a valley in Mid Cornwall and you couldn’t hope for a more beautiful place to stay.

The little Hamlet is home to my Great Aunt and Uncle, run by their children, my cousins and is truly one of the most special places I know. Stay in a Yurt, the old Farmhouse, explore the countryside, enjoy delicious coffee and homemade treats. Botelet has a unique style, rustic country, mixed with Scandinavian and Industrial.

Featured in Elle Decoration.

Looe/Looe IslandI grew up close to Looe, so the surrounding area holds lots of fond memories for me, long summer days on Talland Beach, rockpooling at Hannafore (quite possibly THE best spot for rockpooling anywhere!)

I plan to take the girls on a Tove Jansson style adventure to Looe Island in the holidays.

Venturing further West…

Bedruthan Steps Hotel.

Set overlooking Mawgan Porth beach, the Bedruthan Steps Hotel is totally beautiful. They describe themselves as ‘Scandinavian-meets-Cornish design’ and I couldn’t agree more. The Spa is lovely and they host some fantastic events through the year, like the Modern Makers Fair.

The Park, Mawgan Porth

Lovely food, beautiful accommodation (though never actually stayed there), look at those Airstream caravans! and a super cute Roo’s Beach pop-up shop.

Mawgan Porth beach

Porthcurno and The Minnack Theatre.

The water colour at Porthcurno is unbelievable, the purest turquoise that looks like it should belong to a beach in the Indian Ocean. The Minnack Theatre is an astonishingly beautiful creation, right on the cliff edge, looking over to Treen. Definitely worth a visit.

Image credit – Visit Cornwall

Something a bit different…

Nancy has been begging me to take her back to Adrenalin Quarry, ever since she threw herself into the abyss AGE 3!!!


This is by no means a comprehensive account of all the best places in Cornwall, I’ve missed out hundreds, but it’s definitely a good starting point for planning your holiday, I’ve let you in on a fair few of my secret places here!

Other places/activities worth looking into –

Gwithian, Sennen, Marazion, Minions, Lanhydrock, Perranporth, Fistral, Crantock, Mother Ivy’s, Padstow, Rock, Polzeath, Illustrated Living for shopping (Truro), Penzance and Falmouth for great shops (No.56 Penzance, Willow&Stone Falmouth), St Ives (get the train from St Erth), Trebah, The Camel Trail, Springfields Farm (for kids), Charlestown, Cornish Moomaid Ice cream (esp the chocolate sorbet)

Pensagillas (lovely no frills campsite), Henry’s campsite, Hinterland House…

I really could go on forever, Cornwall is the best!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, don’t forget to pin it to come back to again, and share with your friends x

Let me know what you think, what’s your favourite place in Cornwall?

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Charlie says:

    Really enjoyed reading this – reminds me why I love Cornwall so much. And for me, renting one of the beach houses at Gwitnian Towans makes for the perfect base to explore Cornwall from.

    1. Oooh absolutely, Gwithian is completely stunning Charlie, my husband loves to surf there. Thank you x

  2. Wow really enjoyed his, kinda makes me want to move to Cornwall!!
    We love to visit Cornwall, but never know where to head, now Iv got some great places on the bucket list thank you!! Xx

    1. Thanks for reading and your kind words x

  3. I would love to spend a week in Cornwall in autumn (very close to Halloween too)! Could you tell me if there’s a little village Not too far from an airport) where my desire of British Samhain could be satisfied? 🙂

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