What do the gang at House of Coco have in common with England’s most stunning and famous peninsula? We both bang to the beat of our own drum.
Locals will tell you that Cornwall isn’t even a part of England at all, which is easy to believe when you’re stood on its sandy white beaches, looking out to turquoise blue seas, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and rugged coasting. You certainly don’t feel like you’re in England at all.
Back in the day, as the winter set in in Cornwall you might’ve heard people say, ‘last one out turn the lights out,’ before the county shut down until Spring. It’s not as much the case anymore, with guests choosing to escape the S.A.D of the city and head to the Atlantic coast for a true version of peace and quiet. The weather can be wet and wild, but the temperature seldom drops below freezing and snow is basically unheard of.
Don’t get me wrong, we’ll bask by a pool being served cocktails in the sun until the cows come home, but there’s something tantalisingly inviting about moody atmospheres and winter storms slamming into cliffs that just makes us want to go off grid.
The trick to enjoying the bad weather outside is to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible inside. That’s where Beach Retreats comes in. Bol Y Maer is a stunning property, a collection of self contained apartments just moments from the rocky coast of Crooklets Beach in Bude, Northeast Cornwall.
Number 5 Bol Y Maer is a two-bed, with its own private kitchen, living and dining areas, and stunning sea views to boot, a place we were lucky enough to call home for a few days.
When, during the winter months, swimming in the sea is a no-go, guests at Bol Y Maer have access to the downstairs indoor private heated pool, which is ideal for some R&R after the long journey. Upstairs, the huge apartment windows frame the dramatic coastline, and nothing beats that comforting feeling of being warm inside and watching the wind or the rain hammering on the glass.
If you do manage to tear yourself away from the glorious apartment, dinner at the local Sea Fever restaurant is a must, the chef Kyan Hooper is not playing games when it comes to creating dishes that are worth writing home about.
With the cold weather rolling in, and sunbathing strictly off limits, times like these are great opportunities to switch off from the world and do whatever you want to do - read, write, draw, paint, dance, sing, learn. For me it was a chance to do a deep dive into my work, with nothing else but the view as a distraction.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Fun facts about Cornwall
- Cornwall’s coastline is a massive 433 miles long and is made up of over 300 beaches. Road trip, anyone?
- Cornwall is the most haunted counties in England. We’ll politely tap out of a ghost trip around Bodmin Jail at night… but whatever lights your candle
- Clotted cream is one of the most calorific dense foods around. Not so much a fact, but more that if we have to know this then so do you. Good luck calories don’t count when you’re on the road