What a summer it’s been! The weather has cooled down now, and even though we still technically have a bit of summer left before it’s Fall, (September 23rd, I’m looking at you) but there is something in the air! I usually feel this way after my birthday… and speaking of birthdays, I did have a bit of a last summer hurrah to celebrate! You know, of course, that I went to Margate to celebrate my birthday a little early. The following weekend, my incredibly thoughtful husband surprised me with a trip to Penzance! I’ve wanted to go to Cornwall for absolutely forever, and we just had the best time!
Laying Our Heads at Venton Vean
I didn’t do much of the planning for our little jaunt to Cornwall as it was a birthday surprise. Mr. Actually planned it all and boy did he do good! He found Venton Vean, and booked two nights for us. It was completely amazing! Not too close to the center of town so things were quiet and calm. The owner, Phillipa, was so incredibly thoughtful, and our breakfasts were absolutely delicious! The first morning, I went for pancakes with fruit, and Mr. Actually went for a Full English. Both of them were absolutely delicious! Not only that but our room had a delightful guide to everything in the area. Food, sites, pubs, the lot!
The house itself was pretty amazing and so nicely decorated. There were cookbooks everywhere, and I even found a few I’m keen to add to my own collection. From the moment we arrived, we were straight into holiday mode!
Crossing the Causeway at St. Michael’s Mount
I have been wanting to visit Cornwall for years. Top of that list was paying a little visit to St. Michael’s Mount. It’s basically a castle on top of a hill? Cliff? Mini mountain? The only way to get there depends on the tides. At high tide, the option is a ferry. At low tide, there is a gorgeous stone causeway that crosses the harbor! We had a lovely walk along the coast from Penzance and then treated ourselves to a nice hot pasty! When in Cornwall, eh? Then we hopped in a boat and headed over to the island! It was really cool to see, though there were a lot of people! We sat enjoying the sunshine, before we waded across the (still partly submerged) causeway. That water was COLD!
Jumping In at Jubilee Pool
Something you should know about me is that I love swimming. When I was a kid you would have to pry me away from the beach. I do love to swim, but I’m not a fan of pools. The water always makes my skin feel a bit dry and I don’t ever feel refreshed after. Give me the cool, salty sea, and I’m in heaven! SO I know what you’re thinking… mate, you’re in a pool! Correct! BUT it’s a fresh salt water pool! How cool is that! Mr. Actually and I had a delightful few hours in the sunshine, lounging by the pool!
Afterwards, we wondered to the Jubilee Pool Cafe, and indulged in a cup of tea. The nice thing is all the profits from the cafe go directly to the upkeep of the pool. It’s been given over to the community to run now, which is actually really nice! They have pizza nights and lots of fun things happening, so it’s a nice community gem!
Promenading in Penzance
I don’t know that Penzance is as high on the list in Cornwall as say, St. Ives, but we enjoyed wandering around and exploring! It was a great point to see other bits of Cornwall too, even though we didn’t have a car. I especially liked walking along the promenade and looking out at the sea. In fact, we’d usually end up there after walking through the main part of down, checking out shops on Chapel Street, getting fish and chips and avoiding seagulls! The seafront actually goes all along the coast well beyond Penzance, so we saw quite a bit just by walking along the promenade!
Nights Out in Newlyn
Just down the road from Penzance (literally down the road, not even a 20 minute walk) is the very sweet fishing town, Newlyn. It’s charming and sweet and has lots of great little spots! Our first night in Cornwall we headed to Mackerel Sky for dinner. It’s a cute little place with a great menu, full of fresh seafood in perfect bite sized portions! The crab nachos were particularly delicious!
We went back to Newlyn a few times, as it was so cute and so close! Other good places to check out? Aunty May’s had the most amazing cornish pastys Mr. Actually and I have ever eatedn! It’s a great local place that is definitely worth a trip! Also in Newlyn? Jelbert’s. They only do one flavor of ice cream and it’s amazing! You can get a dollop of clotted cream or a flake to go with it if you’re feeling fancy, but it was easily the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten!
Climbing The Rocks at Porthcurno
I was a little bit worried about being able to visit the Minack Theatre and the beaches at Porthcurno since we didn’t have a car. I imagine had we been there for more than a weekend, I might have rented one, but it wasn’t really necessary. There’s a bus from Penzance that goes all the way out to Land’s End. It’s a bonus too because it drives through the gorgeous countryside! We popped over to the Minack Theatre to explore and see more of the landscape. The water was just as blue and beautiful as it looks in pictures! After we checked out the theatre, we headed down to the beach to dip our toes in the sea. We also went for a walk (okay, it was more of a hike, and me in a skirt and sandals) along the coastal path and down to Pedn Vounder Beach too. It was really very love!
Moseying down to Mousehole
Our final day in Cornwall dawned a little grey and overcast, but we didn’t let that deter us! After breakfast we walked over to Mousehole (pronounced Maw-zull, or something like that!) Carrie recommended it to me as a very cute little town, and a popular spot in Cornwall. Well, I can confirm that it’s freaking adorable! The picturesque little spot definitely feels like it’s at the end of the world, but it’s nice to spend a few hours. We had a little walk around the harbour and the beach before settling down for a cup of tea.
There were a few places to choose from, like 2 Fore Street as suggested by Liv, or The Old Coastguard as recommended by our B&B guide. We ended up stopping at the Rock Pool Cafe, which was set just along the water. A cozy cup of tea and a view? Yes please! I even decided to indulge in a cream tea, because when in Cornwall!
Needless to say, our weekend in Cornwall was a real treat! I don’t feel like we packed too much in, and there were equal parts exploring time and chilled out time. I’d certainly head back to Cornwall as there is so much to see still! Maybe next time, I’ll explore St. Ives, Tintagel or Padstow. That part of the world really is beautiful!