Chris and I have recently returned from a brilliant 10 day trip to Devon and Cornwall which we did instead of our once-again-cancelled Italy trip…
Two months ago, when EasyJet changed our Rome flights for the umpteenth time we made the decision to postpone our Road to Rome trek and moved it to May 2022. However as the six of us (Chris, me, Russell, Roza, Flo and Mike) had all booked this time off work, we hastily did a quick Google search and found a holiday house near Launceston in the north of Cornwall.
Chris’s brother and sister-in-law (Andy and Teresa) live in Plymouth which is only an hour away from Launceston and they kindly let us stay with them for a couple of days before our week in Cornwall.
- Day 1: drive to Plymouth, short Dartmoor walk and dinner in a pub
- Day 2: explore Plymouth and dinner with Andy and Teresa
- Day 3: shopping in Plymouth, afternoon drive to the holiday house then dinner in a local pub
- Day 4: Dartmoor and Flo’s dinner
- Day 5: Brown Willy and Roza’s barbeque
- Day 6: Poundstock circular trek and tea in the holiday house
- Day 7: Charlestown and lunch in Boscastle
- Day 8: Boscastle to Tintagel circular trek and Chris and I cooked dinner
- Day 9: Trevose Head circular trek and dinner in a local pub
- Day 10: drive home
For our first evening Andy and Teresa took us on a short walk which started at Lopwell Dam and continued along the path next to the River Tavy before we turned back. Armed with binoculars we saw several species of birds and thanks to Teresa we were lucky enough to spot a kingfisher. Lopwell Dam is tidal and at low tide you can walk across the path to the woodlands on the other side. However you need to be careful to get the timings right otherwise you will get stuck and have to wait for several hours before being able to cross back again!
From Lopwell Dam we drove to ‘The Who’d Have Thought It‘ pub where we enjoyed a delicious evening meal.
On day 2 we were given a guided tour of Plymouth by Teresa and on day 3 we drove from Plymouth to the holiday house…
Sandmartins holiday house
We booked our week in the Sandmartins holiday house with Holidaycottages.com and with its 3 ensuite double bedrooms and extra bedroom and bathroom there was plenty of room for 3 couples.
Sandmartins is a barn conversion located on Waterloo farm in a remote Cornish hamlet. The property shares a heated swimming pool and extensive gardens with 5 other properties and you can book times throughout the day to have the pool to yourself.
We were fortunate to have enjoyed a mini heatwave with the first 5 days being warm and sunny with temperatures of around 27 degrees. This enabled us to enjoy alfresco dining in the lovely walled courtyard of the holiday house.
The next few posts will cover details of our daily adventures…