Staycations are a perfect little treat, or at least we think so here at House of Coco. If a luxury hotel, outstanding spa, beautiful beaches, and landmark venue are thrown into the mix, then Cornwall is a wonderful holiday hotspot for the fabulous!

We arrived at The Cornwall Hotel, Spa & Estate in St Austell via a long and winding driveway surrounded by lush greenery and pretty gardens, where we stumbled upon a quaint white washed hotel with a large welcoming two-story high glass entrance.

The reception team were happy to help with everything from check-in to luggage assistance, and offered advice on local amenities including our impending visit to Eden Sessions.

The second floor of thehotel housed our room for the next few days, and it was luxury all the way! A simply elegant room, with super king sized bed, excellent wardrobe space, and a TV with every possible HD channel imaginable. Pretty bird-design wallpaper adorned a stunning feature wall, and the bathroom offered a wonderful power shower, super large bath, and quirky sink basin with bathroom essentials as standard.

Dinner in the Elephant Bar & Brasserie was a feast for the senses, so much choice! A starter of local Cornish crab cakes with Thai spices, panko, lotus root crisps, pea shoots, and brown crab mayonnaise was followed by Sundried Tomato, Pesto and Ricotta Tortellini. Both were delicious, but the crab cakes with that twist of subtle herbs made the starter ‘to die for’!

The Eden Project was the venue for our first evening’s entertainment, where we were lucky to meet Sir Tom Jones prior to his gig at Eden Sessions, yes the real Sir Tom Jones!

Having only visited the Eden Project during the day prior to this visit, spending the evening at this unusual venue with the world-famous biomes lighting up red, blue and green to support the live gig on stage meant that we could experience the Eden Project by night, and we weren’t disappointed.

Our second day for House of Coco included a breakfast of Eggs Florentine, and the eggs were just the right side of runny, a perfect start to the day before a brisk woodland walk around The Cornwall Hotel Estate.

The Cornwall Hotel’s ‘The Clearing Spa’ was the destination of choice for the latter part of the day, after we had spent a leisurely couple of hours enjoying The Cornwall Hotel’s Cornish Afternoon Tea. Post Afternoon Tea we indulged in a luxurious hot lava shell massage, which was bliss relaxation, and followed this with a quick brow and lash tidy. The swimming pool beckoned, where we were spoiled to the scenic views of grand floral displays in the grounds that surrounded the spa. Total relaxation!

Dinner was served in the Elephant Bar & Brasserie. Fowey Mussels (caught just down the road) cooked with west country cider, pancetta, leak, cream and apple were chosen to start, followed by Roast rump of Cornish lamb dish served with braised lamb shoulder, Pomme Anna, charred yellow courgette, black garlic puree, and a Nicoise and lamb jus. Melt in the mouth delicious, especially the braised lamb bonbon style!

Early morning start with a swim in the pool, and leisurely stroll around the estate before having breakfast delivered to the room, scrambled eggs and mushrooms with granary toast taken on the balcony.

It was time to checkout and bid farewell to this fabulous Cornish resort, but we know we’ll be back!

There are many beaches to choose from around St Austell including the sailing haven of Pentewan Beach, plus Porthpean, Duport, Charlestown, Crinnis, Shorthorn, and Polgaver beaches. All are within walking distance of each other, and Porthpean Beach hosts the Porthpean Activity Centre for adventurers, surfers, and canoeists.

Cornwall is a county filled with exciting propositions for fabulous millennials, lovers of countryside relaxation, and beach explorers. Which made this staycation utterly brilliant!

To get more information about The Cornwall Hotel and The Clearing Spa check out the website at and for event details at the Eden Project including Eden Sessions log onto plus for an insight to the whole of what Cornwall has to offer look up the general site


A veteran in global travel, Rachel also loves to explore hidden gems on home turf. She’s a writing connoisseur of Britain’s best hotels, luxury beauty products, and UK food and drink launches.

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