Tucked away in the South-West corner of England is an ancient land with its own language and flag; Cornwall. Steeped in history and tradition Cornwall is now one among the most popular holiday destinations in Europe thanks to its glorious beaches, modern restaurants, sublime landscapes and its cream scones. Stay in one of our hotels in Cornwall and experience this characterful county.
Cornwall throws the notion out of the window that England is bleak skies and rainy days. Boasting a sub-tropical climate and world class beaches you might need to ask the locals to just confirm that you are actually in England. The highlights of this county are definitely the landscapes and the beaches which range from rugged and wild to serene and inspiring. Visit Porthcurno beach and you'll probably think it has been stolen from the Caribbean and installed in South West England. The sand is white and the water a beautiful turquoise while the small cove is surrounded by rich green hills. Kynance Cove on the other hand is similar to a rocky Mediterranean beach and is frankly stunning. Cornwall has a mining history dating back centuries and the landscapes created by this industry have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Crumbling man-made structures now combine with the landscape to create some incredible scenery.
As a fiercely proud and independent county, Cornwall produces a few culinary specialities. Afternoon tea and scones are a classic staple served with thick and rich Cornish cream and delicious strawberry jam. Cornish Pasties are another delicacy of the region. This is a pastry with usually a meat and vegetable filling that melts in the mouth. We recommend you have it with a pint of cider or ale.
From our Cornwall hotels there are a host of excellent surfing beaches including Woolacombe Bay and Fistral Bay. Atlantic swells regularly hit both beaches for some brilliant waves. An alternative way to spend a day is at the futuristic greenhouses of the Eden Project. It looks like a space station but is actually home to a remarkable array of plants.Image from Neil Kennedy