Spring arrives early in Cornwall (earlier than the rest of the country in fact), due to its mild, sub-tropical climate. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful seasons to visit the county, when fields, hedges and gardens explode in a riot of colour.
Last year, spring was declared in Cornwall on the 26th February – the moment when six champion magnolia trees in six different Great Gardens flowered with at least 50 blooms each. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of a new season.
If last year’s date is anything to go by, in little more than a month we could already be on the countdown – so we’ve taken a look at our favourite reasons why you should visit Cornwall this spring.
Beat the crowds…
It comes as little surprise that Cornwall is at its busiest during the summer months. Whilst it’s a great time to visit, it can be a little crowded. If you’re looking to have a deserted beach to yourself, quietly explore an idyllic town or village or grab the best table in the restaurant with a sea view – a springtime visit is for you. We probably don’t need to mention that the roads are quieter too…
Go on a rambling adventure
The South West Coast Path is 630 miles long and takes in fabulous scenery. With Cornwall surrounded on three sides by water, we’re blessed with mile upon mile of paths to explore – all with jaw-dropping views. Cooler temperatures at this time of year make walking and exploring much more comfortable and enjoyable.
Explore a Great Garden
Cornwall is home to some seriously glorious gardens – including the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Garden and Caerhays Castle gardens. The latter boasts a magnificent spring woodland garden and a National Collection of Magnolias, whilst Heligan has over 200 acres to be explored. You can be assured of lots of colour during your visit!
Enjoy time with your four-legged friend
With lots of open space and golden sand to enjoy, your dog will love the chance to run free. Whilst some beaches remain dog-friendly all year round, many have a dog ban over the summer months. The spring months are a great time to explore with your dog – stopping at a dog-friendly café (such as our own C-Bay) for refreshments afterwards.
Go to a Cornish food and drink festival
Many of Cornwall’s food and drink festivals take place during the spring – offering foodies the chance to sample some of the county’s best produce, watch local chefs prepare dishes live on stage and enjoy all of the entertainment on offer. We’re very lucky that are food miles are low – meaning produce is very fresh, with fish landed the same day.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year.
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With the nights drawing in, a chill in the air and the countdown to Christmas underway, now’s the perfect time to think ahead to your next holiday – whether it’s a winter break, half term with the kids, or summer holiday.
Here are just some of the top reasons why Crantock Bay in Cornwall should make it onto your destination wish list during 2019.
Our self-catering apartments have everything you need
All of our apartments have modern, fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi, private balconies, terraces or gardens, comfy beds and sofas and allocated parking – everything you’ll need to enjoy a stay with us. We even provide welcome packs, which include the essentials and a bottle of wine.
The beach is right on our doorstep
Overlooking Crantock Beach on the north coast of Cornwall, we have easy access to the beach below. Backed by dunes and wildlife rich grasslands, it’s perfect for building sandcastles and surfing. At low tide, there’s also a cave to explore.
We’re great for families
With plenty of space (and sea air) around us to burn off excess energy, we’re perfect for families. Our self-catered apartments mean you can cook and eat when you want to and with highchairs and cots available should you need them, you’ll have everything you need. We’re located in a quiet area, so you can unwind and relax without distractions.
We have our own spa and leisure club
Featuring treatment rooms, a relaxation area, indoor heated pool and spa bath, you can indulge in a treatment, spa day or swim, within moments of your apartment. All of our treatments are created with natural ingredients from Made for Life Organics.
We’re dog friendly
Seven of our apartments accept dogs and our café is dog friendly too. We’re located right next to the South West Coast Path, which is perfect for exploring the Cornish coastline and the beach is four-legged friendly all year round!
Our café serves great food and drinks
Serving delicious breakfasts, yummy cake, the best coffee (we’re of course biased), lunch and an evening menu, our café/bar/bistro is sure to tempt you in. In the summer, you can sit out in the garden or on the sun terrace and during the colder months, watch the ever-changing sea in the warmth behind the glass.
We’ve got a view to die for
Every single one of our apartments, the café, pool, tennis court and spa have glorious views of the Atlantic. We’re lucky to get some incredible sunsets and during the winter months, we’re in the perfect spot for storm watching.
We’re centrally located in Cornwall
Our location makes it easy to explore the North coast and areas surrounding Newquay, but we’re also less than an hour from towns and villages on the South coast, such as Falmouth. Centrally located for exploring Cornwall and all it has to offer.
There’s so much to see and do
From surfing and bodyboarding, to family attractions, gardens and country houses, there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your stay. You can even practice your surfing technique on the perfect wave at FlowRider.
We’re only 20 minutes from an airport
Looking to get away, but don’t fancy a long drive? We’re only 20 minutes from Newquay Airport. Reducing travel time from most parts of the UK to around an hour in the air, you can avoid dreaded traffic delays and hours in the car.
Work has just begun on a significant extension to our C-Bay Café, Bar & Bistro.
Crantock-based WhitrowCreative have designed the new build which will officially open on 15 February 2019 after a fifteen-week construction period. The existing café will continue to operate normally until 6 January when it will close for 6 weeks. The Spa and Leisure Club will remain open throughout.
“The café has proved extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, so we’ve decided to increase its size and make it even more comfortable for guests looking for excellent food and drink in an incredible setting,” said managing owner Nina Eyles. “Our new fittings will include sofas and a log burner – allowing more people and their dogs to truly relax and enjoy our stunning views.
“The designs Jo and Mark Whitrow-Coates came up with are exceptional. They also designed the first phase of C-Bay and then our spa, and their plans for the café extension are equally exciting and spectacular. By increasing our covers, we’ll now be able to cater for private functions, conferences and small weddings without having to close to the public.”
With the start of the extension in C-Bay, we have designed a new ‘Twilight Spa Day’ to avoid those noisy builders and make the most of the quieter evenings! So why not come and see us after work one day and sit and relax in the spa bath before having a lovely hot oil massage? Then finish off the evening with a delicious 2 course meal in C-Bay?
We are delighted to share our Christmas time Menu with you. Starting on Thursday 13th December, this menu will be available for lunch everyday or evening dinner, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Book now to avoid missing out! 01637 830229.
Date for the diary – Thursday 22nd November 2018, 5pm-8pm.
Come and enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst browsing some amazing local stalls. From cards to clothing, jewellery to antiques….we have it all.
With over £300 off this luxury 2 bedroomed, sea view, dog friendly apartment, it gives you just one more reason to come and visit us over the October half term!
Just click on the link to book or give us a ring on 01637 830229. (19th -26th Oct)