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Take the plunge, best cold water swimming spots near our cottages

Why cold water swim?

In a world which is being lived more and more online where we are insulated in warmth and comfort. This seems at odds with the growing trend for swimming in cold water.  The attractiveness of dipping into lakes and seas any time of year often in just a swimming costume, does seem a bit extreme, so why is it so popular?

Full disclosure, I love a cold water plunge. I've tried rivers, lakes and always take a dip in the Atlantic when I'm visiting Porthleven.

There is something all encompassing about getting into cold water. It impacts your whole body. Impacting our breathing, focus and it makes us tingle from head to toe. It's no wonder that people report reduced anxiety, improved mental health and less inflammation amongst many other positive affects.

I'm lucky enough to live close to water, with three epic rivers winding their way through the three counties . Yet poor water quality and safety can be off putting to many. So here's a few recommendations for lovely safe spots where you can try cold water swimming with life guards and knowing you won't go home with a dodgy tummy.

If you feel you need it, there are introductions to cold water swimming too, so you can take your new experience home and try it where you live.

Read on for some great places to dip near our cottages.

Try dipping in a Lake in Worcestershire

We are blessed with a host of swimming lakes around us, which have been certified for swimming in the last few years. A number have lifeguarding and safety measures in place, as well as other facilities and activities on site. Book for a retreat, or introduction to cold water swimming, or just book a session and share the moment with others or friends and enjoy a lovely cup of chai or hot chocolate to warm up afterwards.

Escape to The Lake - Set in farmland, at the North end of the Malvern Hills. Open for social swims at set times through the week and at weekends, Booking essential. Prices from £7.50

Watersedge Club - Set in open countryside near Evesham, with retreat offerings and training camps, as well as a a cute coffee hut and seating to enjoy a hot drink and cake by the lake. There's plenty of parking and full lifeguarding on site and changing in. the stretch tent. Prices from £7.50

Barefoot & Bower - just into Herefordshire, this stunning wooded spot offers swimming, without lifeguarding, but you can book to go with a friend for safety. Book via NOWCA, this one is for the more experienced wild swimmer.

Lake swimming is a wonderful serene experience, with nature in and around you, as well as the sounds of wild life. It is calm without the noise of a public pool or the chlorine, why not give it a go.

 

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Plunge into Cornish seas for a cold water dip

When visiting Cornwall I pretty much always take a dip in the sea. There's plenty of choice from harbour swims, or sandy beach dips, rock pools and rivers the Lizard has so much choice and the waters are dreamy.

Swimming in Porthleven - From Anchor cottage you can potter down to the beach and take a swim anytime. The best place to access the water is below blue buoy steps - where the lifeguard station is. Here offers a softer shelving entry to the water and a large section of sand. Take care and choose hours after high tide and low tide when currents are weaker.

Alternatively you can take a dip from the harbour, either accessing by the steps around the harbour or by the slope near the Ship Inn - this can be slippery so take care and never swim across the mouth of the harbour as boats use this channel. The Atlantic is very chilly, so take it easy and have a warm robe or clothing to change into afterwards - luckily Anchor cottage is close enough to nip home for a warming brew.

Praa Sands - is a lovely sandy beach, just 15 minutes drive from Porthleven. Safe to swim with kids there's  is plenty of parking and The Welloe cafe offers food and drink too.

Gwithian, Porthkidney and Hayle Estuary- these stunning beaches really have it all, huge stretches of golden sand, shallow waters and crystal clear. Just take care in the estuary when the tide is on the turn, there are lifeguards, and if you choose the Gwithian end, there are cafes too. This stretch feels warmer than Porthleven, and is definitely less rough so a great place for more tentative swimmers.

Kynance Cove - A really beautiful spot with granite stacks. Head here when the tide is more out than in, there is a NT car park and cafe, and the waters are just stunning.

Helford - This river swimming spot, is a little cove which you can access via a wooded walk from the Helford car park. After a lovely hike through the trees, stop off at one of the coves along the way and have a dip in clear waters, it is a real treat. Choose a high tide as the water recedes and there is a lot of seaweed on the shores, and always take care of marine traffic. On your return stop off at the Shipwright arms or Mackerel Cafe for a well earned  treat.

 

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a mix of images showing local produce including wood-fired pizza, scotch eggs, pastries and produce

Shop like a local

a mix of images showing local produce including wood-fired pizza, scotch eggs, pastries and produce

Shop local for sustainable tourism

We all know planning for a holiday can be a pretty fraught, from packing to directions and organising others. So food can often be a little forgotten.

A self-catering holiday does make many think of having to order bags of supermarket food, drink to ensure you can eat well and save a little on the essentials.

I am definitely a last minute merchant. I think of all the amazing things I should organise weeks ahead, and then let it all slip into an abyss, procrastination winning over getting it done.

Now, I know that will fill many with dread.  But I can honestly say that it has on many occasion led to better holidays with more rich experiences especially when it comes to food.

Food and drink are one of life's pleasures. I know I get stuck in a rut when it comes making meals for the household, and I definitely don't love the supermarket shop.

So when on my holibobs, I indulge a little, allow shopping for food to become a little more exciting and let myself be led by what is available, because holidays don't have the same pressure of routines and structure that everyday life imposes on us.

So this little journal is all about some of the most gorgeous little haunts to find ingredients, enjoy local produce and indulge in some eating out.

Visit Ledbury for brilliant Indie shopping

We've had the tough job of doing the research to find the best bakery, or amazing deli, where to go for the best morning coffee and breakfasts or tea time treats, so you don't have to.

These are our recommendations of where to buy local ingredients from farm shops to markets. We'll recommend some of the best places to shop for food, ingredients, gifts and hand crafted items as keepsakes from your stay.

Ledbury's got a wonderful array of shops for picking up everyday ingredients there are super markets - Tesco's, Lidl, and Co-Op.  If you are looking for a few local treats then head for Ceci Paolo - with amazing cheeses, deli salads, quiche, local sourdough breads and cakes. Its where we pick up our goodies for grazing platters for Elsies cottage.

Handley Organics has some wonderful locally grown produce as well as cakes, salads and whole foods - perfect if you are looking for a vegan or wheat free treat. They have a cafe too!

If you adventure about 5 miles out of Ledbury on the Hereford road you will discover The Nest, so called as it is the home of the Scotch egg company. With a little deli, cafe and nursery as well as wildlife walks and orchards,  all styled with rustic charm, well worth a mooch.

Staying in Ledbury there are plenty of lovely shops for inspiration. If it is a little gift for yourself, try Juice Collection for jewellery and leather goods or maybe something for your home, try Tinsmiths for fabrics, pottery and soft furnishings - tucked down the alleys are Roger Oats - wonderful rugs and worth a visit of the architecture. If its more scandi-design you are after then Hus and Hem will be right up your street.

Therer is so much more in the town, that it is difficult to mention everything here, so just enjoy a wander, and don't forget to wander the alleyways, they are full of great little shops and cafe's.

We particularly recommend The Malthouse - with a cute little courtyard and great produce. but beware it gets very booked up.

Shop Local on the Cornish coast

You'll always arrive to the basics at one of our cottages - everything to make a brew, eggs and toast for morning breakfast as well as a few treats.  When we land in Porthleven its usually with very little in hand. So our first stop is at the local shop Pengellys.

Whilst it carries co-op items it also has lots of  locally grown farm produce, Cornish milk and cream, cheeses and hams as well as pretty much anything you might have left behind. Plus it stays open really late!

If you are looking for a few treats for your stay head for The Corner Deli. It carries some great Cornish produce as well its own produced cakes, deli salads and cheese and you could pre-order your wood-fired pizza for later.

Porthleven Markets  Run throughout the week. There are stalls in the harbour, as well as in the Shipyard market.  Perfect for picking up a gorgeous gift, or keepsake, as well as delicious treats with a huge variety of products including Poke bowls, bubble tea, smoothies and delicious bakery items. I love a lazy wander around the markets, chat with young local  producers learn a little local history and catch the Cornish vibe.

Tourism offers great opportunities for enterprising young entrepreneurs but only if they are supported. So rather than ramming your car full of super market bags, your holiday is a wonderful opportunity to support sustainable tourism by shopping local.

collage of garden, terrace, lounge and bathroom at Elsies cottage

Accessibility - all you need to know

Elsie's accessibility

Elsie's cottage can be found up a track on the side of Ragged stone hill at the southern end of the Malvern Hills. HR8 1SE is the postcode but we advise using what 3 words address:

 

The track is drivable in most cars, no need for a 4 wheel drive.

There is a large gravelled area by the cottage for parking behind a five bar gate.

To access the house there is a paved path with 2 steps down to the front door.

Parking is not shared with anyone else.

Travelling to Elsie's

It is possible to take a train to either Ledbury or Great Malvern station and then a taxi to the property.

From the cottage there are various off road walks through woods and access to the hills.

The cottage is very private, with little noise apart from birdsong and the odd dog walker and horse rider.

There are no restaurants or pubs within walking distance.  We can provide additional  hampers for breakfast, BBQ or pizza making as part of your stay.

Entrance

Two steps  lead from the path to the front door. The door is a standard width 80cm and opens inwards. There is a step and threshold into the hallway.

The pathway leads round to the rear of the property where there are double French doors off  the patio which lead into the lounge. These doors have a  low wooden threshold.

There are also French doors at the rear of the property that lead into the garden bedroom. There are two steps up to these doors from the patio.

Elsie's garden bedroom

Bedrooms

There are two bedrooms at the cottage. Both sleep two people.

The Garden bedroom - this is accessed from the hallway and has double French doors with two steps down to the rear terrace.

The bedroom can be made up as twins or as a super king. The floor is wooden with a rug. There is a floor standing mirror and chest of drawers. Wall lights and sockets are by each side of the bed.

2nd bedroom

The upstairs bedroom is accessed via a narrow winding staircase which leads up from the lounge. There is a king bed,  chest of drawers and two windows which look out over the gardens. A wall mounted mirror.

The bedroom is in the eaves so the roof does restrict head hight in places.

We can supply non feather bedding if needed.

Elsies cottage kitchen dining room

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen leads on from the hallway and is accessed though a wide opening with one step down.

There is a worktop mounted hob, and an under counter oven.

There are also a microwave, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, washing machine and coffee making facilities. Crockery is stacked on high open shelves and utensils in under counter drawers and cupboards.

The dining table seats 4 with a bench and two upholstered armless chairs.

Elsie's bathroom walk in shower

Bathroom

The bathroom leads off from the kitchen on a level tiled floor.

The doorway has a wooden door which opens inwards.

The bathroom is fitted with underfloor heating, a roll top bath, and a walk in shower with glass partition.

The toilet is wall hung with a flush mechanism in the panel behind the pan, along with a wall hung toilet roll dispenser.

There is a wall mounted shaving mirror and an oval angled mirror also wall mounted.

The room has sloping ceilings which restrict headroom at the eaves.

The sink is inset into a chest of drawers, with hot and cold tap.

Towels, face cloth and robes are supplied for each guest along with toiletries.

elsies lounge

Lounge

The lounge leads on from the kitchen through a wide opening and a step down onto a quarry tiled floor with a large rug.

There are two comfy sofas with low arms, a coffee table, and large inglenook fireplace with wood-burner.

We provide all fire starting equipment and a generous basket of wood for your stay.

The TV connects to all streamed services.  Please note that on occasion wifi is not the fastest and the mobile signal at the cottage is very poor to non-existent.  We suggest connecting to the wifi for calling purposes and using what's app.

There are stairs leading to the upstairs bedroom from the lounge and also a French doors leading from the lounge out onto the terrace.

There is a bookcase with games and books as well as an activities crate with yoga and sketching kit, flower press and binoculars to watch the wildlife and for star gazing.

In the corner is a little cocktail table with shaker, stirrer and sauces to use.

Outside

At the rear of the cottage is a very private south facing terrace with limestone slabbed floor.

Table and chairs are available to sit and enjoy the view along with a sail shade and festoon lights. There is  plenty of space for a dog and children too.

There is a fire pit, gas BBQ and wood fired pizza oven to cook outdoors.

The terrace is also accessible from the lounge through double French doors.

There is one step down to the hot tub from the terrace and also a path around the side of the property which leads to the front door.

The hot tub is set into the side of the hill, access around the tub is narrow.

There is a pedestrian gate by the front entrance with two steps up to it, this leads onto grassed area in front of the property boundary.

Hot tub and garden

The hot tub is at the rear of the property, set to the side of the terrace.

One step leads down to the hot tub. To enter the hot tub there are two wooden steps.

The hot tub is wood fired. The wood burner is accessed at the side at ground level.

Wood and fire starting equipment is left by the hot tub. We will heat the tub for your arrival on the first night.

The garden is split into a level grassed area by the parking with sun loungers, and the remaining garden is steep sided with narrow gravelled tracks and steps which leads to a levelled area covered in bark with additional seating.

who do we welcome

Who would enjoy Elsies

We would welcome anyone to Elsies cottage to enjoy the seclusion of living in such an idyllic position.

For those looking to escape the over load of digital life, or who have sensory issues and who enjoy outdoor living and nature this is a perfect spot. A little bit of calm in a busy world.

Those in wheelchairs may find the different levels tricky at the cottage, however if you are mobile with the aid of support then the downstairs bedroom and bathroom should make it possible to use.

We welcome dogs and assistance dogs to the cottage and offer a pack with bed, bowls and crate if needed.

We also provide high chairs and cots for little ones. Just be aware there are steep drops from the terrace so the cottage may not suit families with crawling babies and toddlers.

experiences

Experiences at Elsies

If you are keen to access the outdoors or maybe enjoy an in house pamper session then we have a range of experiences that you can book.

We have massage therapists who can come to the cottage to deliver a treatment.

We also have yoga and breath work specialists who can provide your very own private session.

We have teamed up with providers who can provide adapted sessions to access the river on paddle boards, or guided walks on the hills.

Do get in touch if you would like further information.

If you would prefer not to have to leave the cottage, we can also provide catering packages, from hampers to pizza kits, grazing platters or an in house chef.

We have a free to use crafting box in the cottage. With flower pressing kits, star gazing or sketching equipment. There is a yoga mat and blocks too.

If there is something you need and we can help then do email us and we will do our best to help you.

A menu of experiences

Self-catering upgrades for a boutique stay

Choosing a self-catering stay now offers so many of the indulgent treats often associated with a boutique hotel. A holiday cottage offers more space, privacy, private garden and importantly no agendas.  If you are seeking a few indulgences, we have a host of upgrades and special touches which will make your self-catering stay extra special.

Explore more with guided experiences

Holidays are as much about experiences as the accommodation.

For this reason, we've curated a menu of experiences for guests to help them explore more.   From guided walks, to peddling lanes, paddling rivers to cold water swimming, trying your hand at clay shooting or foraging in the woods. There are plenty of experiences available to enjoy at our cottages.

The country side around Elsie's and the Lizard offer some amazing walking with amazing views,  miles of tracks to hike, and lanes to explore by bike and epic rivers, and seas to paddle, a stunning way to see nature.

  • Walk the Malvern Hills End to end - full day - picnic or cafe lunch, start from Elsie's cottage, finish at North Hill,  time 4-5 hrs. Distance 10 miles.
  • Peddle power with electric bikes. Ride quiet lanes through quaint villages, discover amazing Cliff top views and stop off for tea and cake along the way. Bike hire from The shipyard in Porthleven
  • Paddle sea or river - Take a tour in Kayak on the sea for a different view from the water or paddle board rivers and spot amazing wildlife choose from Out of Blue when staying at Anchor cottage or Paddleboarding Adventures when staying at Elsie's.
  • Clay shooting - have a  shot with a private coach to guide you to success. Pick up at Elsie's cottage,  drive to shooting ground. 10-20 shots,  Time 2.5 hrs. Contact Haydn Coley

Culinary delights

Food is one of life's pleasures, so tickling our taste buds with flavours and produce of the region can be a focal point for many of us on our holibobs.

There's no need to feel like you are missing out on great food on a self-catering holiday. Act Elsie's we offer a range of foodie options to make your stay a real treat.

We can offer not only hampers and grazing platters but also workshops to return home with a new culinary skill.

  • Pizza kit with sourdough balls, tomato sauce, cheese and veggie toppings.
  • Full English, cook up your bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes inside or out over the BBQ, Or maybe indulge in artisan pastries for a touch of sweet indulgence.
  • Pub night in -  with an artisan burger kit. 8 oz Herefordshire beef burger, brioche bun, cheese, tomatoes, veg and sauces.
  • BBQ feast with locally produced lamb, sausage and burger.
  • Deli Platter - arrive to a platter of the best local cheeses, meats and goodies from the deli counter including scotch eggs, olives, dips and pickles.
  • Sourdough bread workshop with award winning artisan bakers - full or half day workshop at Peter Cooks Bread, learn the art of baking amazing sourdough and return home with your very own starter kit.

Find your new passion

Our everyday lives are full of routines and commitments, whilst holidays are time dedicated to doing things that time doesn't seem to allow for at home.

So why not try a new hobby or discover your creative streak. We have built our own little crafting box with kits for flower pressing, sketching, journalling and gardening.

There are binoculars and books to encourage you to star gaze and bird watch as well as plenty of nooks and crannies to watch or make without any of the distractions of home.

If you are looking for an experiential workshop we can help there too.

  • Choose from a menu of mindful crafting mono printing, slow stitching or circle weaving.  All delivered by your workshop leader at home at Elsie's cottage.
  • Pottery throw down - Make your way to Easton pottery just 5 mins drive to try your hand at the potters wheel. full day. Lunch included.

Spa at home

Many of us love a spa. Soaking in a tub, a good massage or facial and feeling utterly pampered.

Elsie's will help you relax as soon as you walk through the door. There's aromatic oils and the hot tub is warmed for your arrival soak. For that full spa experience we can arrange a massage at home, or a guided meditation session, yoga or a facial. You really will feel utterly pampered and rejuvenated after a spa stay with us.

  • In house massage - choose from full back, facial or neck and shoulder massage
  • Guided meditation - Your tutor will take you through a meditative process to help you wind down and repair.
  • Personal yoga session. Your teacher will deliver an hours yoga session designed for you at the cottage. either indoors or our on the terrace.
  • Goodies bag full of locally produced sustainable products to use and try during your stay.

Simple pleasures

As a final bonus, our cottage offers lots of little nooks, to curl up and enjoy a book or listen to music.

To help we'll provide a shelf of great reading, a bluetooth speaker to stream your favorite tunes. Binoculars to bird watch or star gaze.

More than anything though, Elsie's offers spaces to stop and unwind.  A hidden garden spot, or cosy corner with a snuggly sofa, a bubble bath to soak in or woods and hills to discover on your doorstep and enjoy to yourself.

Living in a different space gives us a flavour of a different life, which, when taken back home lasts on in our memory and may inspire us to new things.  Isn't that what holidays are all about?

5 reasons for a January break

5 great reasons  for a new year break

 

After the fun and craziness of the festive season, we can feel a little low as January hits. The first few months of the year can leave us feeling joyless and the blues are only lifted marginally by the lightening evenings and hope for spring. So we've put together 5 reasons to get away in January.  It offers the chance to focus on you and your plans for the year.

 

A dose of nature to calm your mind

When the weather outside is raining, and days are short and cold, it can be tempting to stay inside and wait for spring.

Yet, it has been proven that time in nature, is great for the mind, distresses and has the added benefit of topping up your vitamin D with a dose of sunlight.

Being able to walk out into woodland and sit quietly under a tree at Elsies Cottage or climb a hill to get your lungs burning, or maybe get blown off your feet on a blustery walk along the beach at Anchor Cottage- the wonder of nature is it never fails to make you feel alive. With the reward of a roaring fire and  a warm mug of cocoa waiting on your return.

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detox and relax in a bubble bath

Time for a digital detox?

From messaging, to social arrangements, posting your life and getting overwhelmed by the shares of others, it might be time to break the scrolling habit and get focussed on the stuff that really makes us happy.

But it is tough. Especially when your habits and routines are set. So nows the time to make your escape. Get away to Elsie's cottage where there are tempting alternatives like a soak in a roll top bath with a book and bubbles, or a dip in the hot tub. Pick up your pen or don your brush and create new distractions in your life.

me time

Indulge in some 'me' time

Despite what we all believe to be a break over Christmas, it is often the opposite. With rounds of visiting, rushing around buying pressies, along with late night revelries and early morning tidying. Its no wonder we arrive in January a little flat.

Being able to sit and be, doing what you want to do, with no one else to please is such an indulgence - and what are holidays for but to indulge ourselves.

 

Make a plan

Once the new year has faded, if you are anything like me, you'll probably get the urge to start planning. Whether its your holidays, or booking events and concerts, pursuing your hobbies or a big idea that needs hatching, January is a new start and a chance to reset and the promise of a new beginning. Getting away is the perfect time to get it all down on paper.

So, Pack your favourite journal and pen or laptop and camera and start the way you mean to go on.

When its cold outside, snuggle up

The beauty of winter is we don't need an excuse to hibernate. We may be fired up with new plans, but we can make them by a roaring fire, curled up in a deep sofa, listening to the rain outside with a hot toddy.

Our minds and bodies need down time, after the up time. It is crucial to rejuvenate and allow our minds to wander, reflect and re-energise ourselves for the spring when we naturally awaken.

 

Whatever your reason to getaway, choose between Elsies, seclusion  in the heart of the country or a Anchor cottage on the edge of the sea in Cornwall. We are offering a 10% discount for all stays from January until 14th March.  Just pop the code WINTERBREAK in the coupon box at checkout.

Foody weekend in Cornwall

Easy peasy foody weekend

The journey down to the Lizard peninsula can be a bit of a trek. Always worth it, but you may have a bit of a rumbly tum by the time you arrive.

So we've put together a guide to the simplest of foody weekends in Cornwall, which mean you can ditch the car and indulge.

Porthleven village has plenty to fill you up after a long journey. Famous for its food festival held in spring, but there's plenty to tempt your taste buds all year round.

We've put together an easy peasy weekend woody weekend in Cornwall that will mean you can ditch the car, and the apron, so you can properly indulge from long brunches to seafood feasts on beach, scrumptious fast food treats and fine dining. That's before you start on the pubs and coffee houses.

So after a blast of sea air to blow away the frustrations of the A30 you'll be ready to get stuck in.

Fish suppers and wood-fired pizzas

To ensure you get the biggest choice, head out before 8, especially out of season. Our favourite is fish and chips which we either dig into back at Anchor cottage to enjoy the view or eat straight out the packet from the harbour wall with a pint from the Shoal.

Wood-fired pizzas from the Corner Deli are a great quick fix, especially if you have hungry mouths to feed. - you can order in advance and pick them up on the way. Or drop in and order in person. We leave a voucher to use in the Deli, so whether it goes towards your dinner or a treat for your stay it's up to you.

Now the weekend is off to a flying start, you could sit and enjoy the wave action on the terrace or get in amongst the locals at the pubs, our go to is the shoal or Ship Inn where there's always a great welcome.

Brekkie blowout

Waking to the sound of the sea and the Cornish hustle and bustle, you'll be drawn outside to go and get in amongst the seaside vibes.

Our hamper provides all you need to start the day well, from a fresh brew to a poached egg on toast.

But you are on your holibibs, so you might want a proper blow out breakfast. And in Porthleven you have plenty to choose from. Our choice is the Twisted Current cafe. Their breakfasts are proper. If it's a full English or a vegan cook up, they cover it. From pancakes and maple syrup to avovado toast and mushrooms.  Grab yourself a sweet treat for later too, because this cafe bake all their own cakes

In their cosy tea rooms, you get a view of the bustling high street, or there's a garden at the rear if you want to eat al fresco. Dog friendly too!

Fresh Mussels with harbour views

Nothing says Cornwall than a fresh bowl of Mussels. But don't be fooled by the name, the Mussel Shoal cooks up much more than just its namesake.

From hake burgers to sticky squid, and haddock chowders to warm you after a day messing about on the water.

The vibe is always laid back, with great tunes piped out over the outdoor bar and huddle by a wood burner or bask in the sunniest spot on the harbour.

Share a table and get chatting to all, sup on a pint or cocktail, the only danger is that you'll still be sitting there as the sun dips and you start thinking of dinner!

Fine dining with Cornish simplicity

The home of Kota is one of the oldest buildings in Porthleven.

Acclaimed chef Jude Kereama, owns and runs Kota and its sister restaurant on the harbour front Kota Kai.

For the tasting menu and fine dining book Kota, it is up there for the best of Cornwall and beyond- with many a rosette, awards and a slice of TV acclaim.  But this place isn't formal or stuffy. An unpretentious dining space, with friendly service works perfectly with the stunning Cornish inspired dishes.

Head for Kota Kai for even more informality, and lovely views over the harbour. The food is a wonderful fusion of oriental flavours and British favourites using fresh seafood.

Whichever you choose - book ahead!

Of the beaten track for a traditional roast

We British love a Sunday roasts. Whatever the weather!

In Porthleven you could choose from a number of spots, including a paired back option from The Ship Inn, to the real deal at the Corner Deli and Harbour.

Our choice is to head out of town to The Victoria Inn in Perranuthno. A little known cove off the Penzance road with a great Sunday roast. It's about a 15 minute drive, and you can enjoy a paddle on the sandy beach wander around a few crafty shops before digging into a great Sunday lunch with a good pint or a hefty red.

Once back in your cosy cottage you may need a rest from eating, but you probably won't resist a last pint in the Ship to finish off your foody weekend in real Cornish style.

Room for more? Dig in at a bistro with a view

If you are more of a light lunch type, or maybe you still have room for more.

Why not try Amelie's

Amelie's is more of a mixed menu with fresh fish, and pizzas on the menu - so great for families.  The glazed extension is perfect for summer dining, but the main restaurant is lovely with bar area and a  light airy feel.

Once back in your cosy cottage you may need a rest from eating, but you probably won't resist a last pint in the Ship to finish off your foody weekend in real Cornish style.

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