Not many of us think of England as a country where you can surf, take sunbaths and cool in the blue Atlantic Ocean. Surely, these are not icons that identify the British, but there’s this glorious place in the south-west of the country that will change your perception for ever. And possibly your summer holidays.
Cornwall, which forms the tip of the south-west peninsula of the island of Great Britain, consists of several beaches with fine golden sand, impressive cliffs and great places for tourists to enjoy a vacation at the seaside. Cornwall has a border with only one other county, Devon, which is also another place worth visiting.
There are beaches that can easily be compared with some of the most scenic postcard resorts in Greece or Italy. You could travel to Bude, Polzeath, Watergate Bay, Perranporth, Porthtowan, Fistral Beach, Newquay, St Agnes, St Ives, and on the south coast to Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth.
We took a trip to Newquay, a town, seaside resort and fishing port in Cornwall, situated on the North Atlantic coast.
The resort is widely known as the surf capital of the UK, with many surf shops, board manufacturers and hire shops in the town. One of the most popular beaches in Newquay is the Fistral Beach, which has been host to international surfing competitions for around 20 years now.
Also, if you are passionate about surfing, you ought to know that the surf gear brand Fat Willy‘s was founded in Newquay.
It is a perfect place for recreation, stroll along the beaches, but also for those enjoying a lively nightlife, as Newquay has a wide selection of chillout bars and traditional pubs to beachside cafes and nightclubs.
You can also visit the Newquay Zoo or take part in the “Run to the Sun” event, which always takes places during the public holiday on the last weekend in May, at Trevelgue Holiday Park. People visit the town in Volkswagen camper vans, Beetles and other custom cars.
House in the Sea
But apart from heritage cottages, beautiful gardens, mini-golf fields, swimming pools and other dreamy features of this small town, we fell in love with its most bizarre, yet superb item: the three-bedroom 1930s house separated from the main land by suspended 70-ft-high, 100-ft-long footbridge.
The owners, Lord and Lady Long, can host two people in one double room for £175 per night, including breakfast. It is indeed a unique way to spend your summer holidays. The house has its own private island, completely surrounded by sea at high tide.
So if you’re in search of an ideal romantic break, this is surely a choice that will make your loved one fall (again) for you. Imagine the breathtaking Atlantic views, sunbathing during the day and stargazing at night on the terrace of this stunning house.
The House in the Sea, which is Edwardian built in the 1930s, is one of the most photographed houses in the UK. You can just sit back and relax, or you can recreate while fishing, sailing or surfing in the harbour below. Either way, this place is definitely an oasis to charge yourself with energy and optimism for the bustling city life.
And some good news for those that would like to get their hands on such an amazing property, the house in Towan Island is being sold for £1million. Lord and Lady Long would like something with a slightly more accessible front door.
The bridge was built in 1901 and is the only privately owned suspension bridge in the country. Due to the small garden and the terrace, you can follow the Sun around all day.
Past owners include Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, inventor of the spark plug. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is thought to have visited the house.
You can find out more information about Cornwall here.