While far flung shores and exotic seas are perfect for an indulgent ‘relax and unwind’, there are few timeshare breaks more charming than a trip to the English seaside. If you’re looking for a quintessential British break by the sea, then British favourite Cornwall ticks virtually every box. Full of picture postcard towns, rocky beaches and sweeping shores, there are few places more beautiful and its beaches rival those of neighbouring France.
Once described by poet Dylan Thomas as “the loveliest village in England”, the Cornish hamlet of Mousehole (pronounced mau-zul) is the perfect last-gasp summer destination. Here’s how to get the most out of your stay in this magical Cornish resort:
Enjoy the Journey
Holiday journeys can be stressful – but this one doesn’t have to be. Holidaymakers from London have a choice of two routes – the early train from Paddington Station, perfect for enjoying a good book before hopping into a car rental from Newquay, or a long drive, stopping off at the chocolate-box villages in Wiltshire, before enjoying a lazy pub lunch along the way.
Find a Place to Stay
Cornwall has a good selection of timeshare and fractional resorts to choose from, both inland and in beach locations. The small stone houses of Mousehole are quite unique – weather-beaten and idyllic, you’ll be wishing one of them was your second home!
While Cornwall is often mild and pleasant, the British weather can never be predicted. Take a warm sweater for night time, and early autumn day wear, a long sleeve T-shirt as well as summer clothes. As it’s such a walkable region, pack a good pair of trainers or hiking shoes and flat shoes for strolling around town – and a sun hat. Most of Cornwall is low-key, so leave behind the glamour of high heels and go bohemian. We also advise packing plenty of board games (incase it rains) and a stash of novels to read down by the wáter.
Make Simple Meals
While there are great restaurants to choose from in Mousehole, save on eating out by cooking up some healthy, comforting, homecooked dinners. There are supermarkets in nearby Penzance for grocery shopping, as well as the Hole Foods Deli and Café in Mousehole to serve you well.
Take a few Day Trips
If you don’t want to spend your entire break relaxing in Mousehole, why not hire a boat from the Port of Falmouth, about an hour’s drive from Mousehole? You could also try taking the fifteen-minute flight from Land’s End Airport to the Scilly islands, an archipelago off of Cornwall, where you can enjoy top-notch Cornish pasties at the docks while watching the fishermen. The Scillies are famous for their orchids which are exported all over the world, and the flora and fauna here are so exotic you’ll hardly believe you’re still in England. Like Cornwall, there are palm trees – welcome to the south of France!
Embrace Village Life
If you’re an early riser, join the 8:00 a.m queues at the Hole Foods Deli to enjoy a loaf of sourdough, straight from the oven.
After enjoying your loaf over a lazy breakfast, take a wander over to the harbour and watch the world go by – all while enjoying the view of Mount’s Bay.
To enjoy a spot of lunch, potter along the rocky coastline to the Rock Pool café, a charming restaurant with tables overlooking the water. We also recommend their afternoon teas!
Walk off lunch by exploring the winding streets of the village, before heading across one of the stone breakwaters for an unimpeded view of the English Channel.
For more information on Cornwall before you set off, read up on the region at www.visitcornwall.com