I’m back! My week off unexpectedly turned into – ahem – a three week break, but with the start of a busy September Lightly We Go is back up and running three times a week with the #PrettyHealthyProject, uni advice and support and budget-friendly tourism. More than anything, I’m super excited to finally blog last month’s trip to Cornwall with G, and that’s how I’m starting off: with a tour of our beautiful Cornish holiday cottage, the Hayloft.
The Hayloft is situated in the teeny-tiny hamlet of Trevowhan near to the village of Morvah, itself just a 20 minute drive from Land’s End, but also not far from Penzance, St Ives, Moushole and various other beautiful towns and villages set up for tourists. You’ll most likely need a car, but right at the tip of the country you can see some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery.
We were unbelievably lucky to find the Hayloft. Given that we didn’t even start looking at cottages until May we thought we’d be hard pressed to find anything at all – and what we did find surpassed any and all expectations. Our hosts, Chris and Sara, directed us to the cottage by phone and showed us round the eccentric and beautiful restored barn. The cottage is almost entirely open-plan giving a real spacious feel despite its low, beamed ceilings.
The bathroom is bright and airy, the kitchen has more than anyone could possibly use in a typical five-day stay, and the bookshelves are an adventure in themselves, holding volume after volume that I wished I could take home. Downstairs is quite dark – presumably the original building didn’t leave much space for windows – but this makes for sweet and cosy nights in; if you visit in the colder months there’s a woodburner to use, but in August we found the cottage wonderfully warm.
Upstairs, the bedroom took up the entire first floor and features a sofa, armchairs, a coffee table, a curtained-off wardrobe across an entire wall, a window seat with an ocean view, and the beautiful bed. Chris and Sara have decorated the Hayloft with a fascinating collection of paintings and artefacts from around the world making the whole house a real treasure trove. If you’ve got good weather you can eat outside and admire the amazing views from the pretty garden, and climb the stone steps to the side of the cottage to get a better look!
Best of all, it gets better. A short walk down the road and you can find yourself on the South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in the country. Its 630 miles begin at Minehead in Somerset and follow the coastlines of Exmoor, North Devon, Cornwall, South Devon and Dorset, and just meandering along for a couple of miles to and from the cottage is enough to make you want to walk the entire trail. You’ll find ruins, be greeted with extraordinary views, and you might even make some equine friends!
Ultimately, The Hayloft is a brilliant base for exploring England’s southernmost countryside and the perfect haven to come back to at the end of the day. On a clear evening, too, you might just be lucky enough to get a view like this…