We had a staycation in Cornwall!
After our botched Dubai trip we decided to salvage what we could and so we planned a last minute stay-cation to St, Ives which is a seaside town in Cornwall, England. Even though we spent two nights there, we essentially had just one full day to explore. We drove for about 5 hours from Milton Keynes (I say we drove, but in actual fact only my husband drove, while I slept) and arrived pretty late in the evening so we couldn’t do much – just checked into the hotel and slept.
It wasn’t a proper holiday but it definitely made us feel like we had a little get-away time and could re-fresh. So if you can’t plan a full blown holiday, have a staycation somewhere local to you. In just one full day, we managed to do quite a bit, and I’m definitely looking forward to going back! The Highlights of our staycation in Cornwall were:
We lodged at the Tregana Castle which was pretty amazing especially the location and surroundings. The Castle is set on an extensive woodland estate in a mansion dating from 1774, and overlooks the St Ives Bay. There’s a golf course, lawn tennis court, a pool, a huge play ground for kids, really lush gardens and greenery. It also has some wooden lodges and cottages if you’ll like to stay on your own, away from the regular hotel apartments.
The highlight of our staycation in Cornwall might have been the beach! It was good to just see it. Even though it was still slightly cold and we couldn’t really get in the water, it still gave me that feeling of being on a holiday. We walked on the shore and just chilled by the beach for a drink.
Watch out though! There are sea gulls all around and they were not even kidding. A couple of times they flew down and without mercy, snatched people’s foods off their hands. I felt so bad for a little girl who had her food snatched twice! After that, her family just packed up and left the area.
For some weird reason, the entire town reminded me of Enid Blyton books and cobbled floors. The town centre had lots of charity and tea shops.
While exploring, we stumbled on a Farmer’s Market and ran into this pretty lady who runs The Green Door Healthstore – where she makes healthy treats. We tried out her smoothie and it was really good.
I told her I’ll put up her picture on the blog and she seemed so excited. If you’re ever in Cornwall, check her out!
This seemed cool – Jewellery made from recycled aluminium on sale at the market.
I bought these samosas thinking they’d taste like the amazing ones from my secondary school. They didn’t. Not at all.
While having tea at a really nice tea shop called Madeleines, the ladies suggested that we had to see the Minack Theatre as it was amazing. They both agreed that if we only had to see one thing in Cornwall it had to be the Theatre.
The husband and I are quite funny. When people over hype things and we finally encounter it, it sometimes falls flat. But we decided to give this a go. The drive to the theatre was a bit scary – through long, windy and very narrow roads. This was all made worse by the fact that the theatre is located in a place called Lands End – it definitely felt like it was the end of the world.
But it was amazing and worth it. The pictures cannot do it justice. Much more inspiring is the story behind the theatre. Essentially, it is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean, and it was more or less built by a woman called Rowena Cade.
Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House, decided that the cliffs below her garden would be the perfect for a Theatre, and over the winter of 1931 and into 1932 she and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, moved endless granite boulders and earth, creating the lower terraces of the theatre.
The very first play to be held there was Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and over the past 80 years the theatre has evolved to a unique for professionals and amateurs to have their shows.
We din’t get to watch an actual show, but there were a few people rehearsing for a show and that was quite god to see. Above all, I think I was most inspired by the documentary on Rowena and how people have over the years struggled to keep her legacy and dream alive
The staycation coincided with the anniversary of our civil ceremony and I managed to arrange with the chefs to bring in a mini-surprise for Tola.
Sadly, I was sleeping when they brought this in, so it didn’t go as planned. But all in all, I’ve always wanted this fancy writing on a desert plate, so kind of glad I got it.
That’s all folks. For people who regularly come to the UK on holiday, I suggest you do something different from London (and shopping on Oxford Street) and try out a visit of staycation in Cornwall.
Have you guys been to Cornwall? What were the highlights for you? Are you a fan of stay-cations generally?
NedouxJune 10, 2016 at 12:58
It looked like such a lovely holiday, the photographs are beautiful. Sometimes, the jewels that dwell within should be sought before the ones outside. – That’s my definition of a staycation. LolI’m reminded of the marvelous Kajuru Castle in Kano State. The first time I saw the photographs I could not believe it was in Nigeria, it looked like something regal right outta Game of Thrones. :-)That writing on a desert plate thing always looks so nicely arty to me.Have a lovely weekend.
Berry DakaraJune 11, 2016 at 05:30
I’m miffed that I didn’t get to visit Kajuru before leaving! I wish I knew about it waaaay before I left Nigeria.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 12, 2016 at 18:29
You’re right Nedu! I’m trying to seek the jewels within. I’m not a huge desert person but I definitely wanted the writing.And when I saw the photos of Kajuru Castle I could honestly not believe as well. @berrydakara:disqus it’d have been good to go! But oh well, now exploring other sturvs…ps: Never watched Game of Thrones. Lol!
Lohla's MelangeJune 10, 2016 at 15:03
Lovely pictures. A Staycation is always a good idea especially if its done on impulse. It keeps things fresh.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 12, 2016 at 13:02
Thank you! It is indeed! Definitely encourage more people to consider.
BagosMutendiBlogJune 10, 2016 at 15:35
*ticking off on future to-do list
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 12, 2016 at 13:03
Loool. Glad you got some inspiration!!
Tunrayo A.June 10, 2016 at 17:11
There’s a beach in Skegness and it’s nice. I want to visit Cornwall and I’m a fan of staycations. It’s been a while since I went abroad on holiday. Maybe no money lol
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 12, 2016 at 13:04
Apparently there are a couple of beaches! I’m trying to explore my local area more! Not everyday abroad. Lol
StephylatelyJune 10, 2016 at 20:58
This is beautiful . Hope you enjoyed your staycation. When I visited Cornwall I stayed in penzance which ain’t too far from St Ives. The UK has lovely beaches but most of us tend to prefer to visit other European beaches. Maybe because of the unpredictable weather. Great pictures. xwww.stephylately.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 12, 2016 at 13:05
The UK weather is the issue!! Even now that it’s supposed to be warmer, the weather still isn’t that great! Thank you, we really did! Xx
Berry DakaraJune 11, 2016 at 05:29
Gorgeous!!!!! I would totally have liked to visit here – it looks like it belongs in a completely different country!I like staycations. Sometimes you have limited time or money and just need a quick getaway, so a staycation is perfect. There are a good number of cities/towns here in Georgia, other than Atlanta that I can go to for this purpose. I’ll definitely be posting some in my Discover Georgia series.In the meantime, my UK posts will be up next week!Berry Dakara Blog
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 12, 2016 at 13:09
Trust me my friends didn’t initially think it was in the UK!. Yes o! Limited time and money = Staycations!Re UK Posts! Finally!!
Toluwalade Toyin-KehindeJune 11, 2016 at 16:44
I just got jealous lol and funny, i was just searching the web for beaches close by me that i could do a 2 day getaway at..now i’m motivated! The area is beautiful but let’s take a second to appreciate how you’re slaying that off shoulder!! I wonder what that lamb samosa tastes like? Does it taste like meat pie maybe? I want meat pie lmao..Toyinwithfashion
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 13, 2016 at 10:46
Not sure how I missed this comment! Loool. Please search, I’m sure there are hidden jewels all around us. Whoop! Thank Thank you. I’m taking inspiration from all you all. It’s actually a white romper, but it wasn’t as warm as I expected, so I threw the denim pinafore over it.I don’t think anything tastes like Nigerian meatpie! Xx
PreciousJune 13, 2016 at 14:40
Those pictures are such a delight to look at. I’m so jealous right now, Kachee. How sweet of you to have arranged that anniversary surprise. Now if I visit the UK I know where to go.A domestic violence story
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 14, 2016 at 17:36
If you visit, you should try Cornwall or some of the other beaches. Thank you Precious!
Esther ImbulaJune 13, 2016 at 19:17
Lmfao when I saw the title I actually thought it was in another continent… oh well, you captured some beautiful pictures.xhttp://style-krush.blogspot.is
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 14, 2016 at 17:30
Hahahaha, imagine! Thank you.
AmakamediaJune 14, 2016 at 11:17
*scrolls up to see the pictures for the third time* These pics are beautiful, KacheeTee. Come and dash me your camera. 😁 Seeing your hubby for the first time here. You both look super cute together. 🙌The lady Green Healthstore Door lady looks really happy. You are a huge blogger like that jhorr. Lol.UK . . . *looks to the sky* . . .amakamedia.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 14, 2016 at 17:33
Interestingly I keep saying that my camera is pretty basic. I’m quite surprised it took these. Lol @ third time. Oh, the Hubs has appeared in quite a few of my posts oh. Thank you Thank you Hun!UK (or even a better travel destination)in a bit for you. Amen!
Okoro YvonneJune 18, 2016 at 05:50
Really lovely pictures. The skies appear so blue.My first visit to your blog.www.yvonnyblog.wordpress.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJune 18, 2016 at 07:12
Thank you so much Yvonne!! It was really pretty! I hope you like the blog and you come back often! 😚
KIKELOMO OMOTALADEJuly 1, 2016 at 15:18
Land End looks amazing!!!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJuly 19, 2016 at 16:40
It really was! Lol!
TRAVEL WITH A PENAugust 19, 2016 at 08:07
The castle looks amazing. I love stay-cations too. They’re perfect for those who love to travel but who has ties to a base.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comAugust 19, 2016 at 08:46
It was indeed so pretty! I agree, Stay-caytions help explore your immediate environment. Thanks for your comment!
Arrey EchiSeptember 6, 2016 at 15:55
Beautiful pictures and narration makes one yearn for a staycation. I love the history of the theatre and the fact that people are trying to keep Rowena’s dream alive. Women look around and see opportunities always 🙂 You and hubby make a cool couple.www.joy2endure.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 6, 2016 at 16:12
Thank you Arrey!! Women are amazing indeed.
Bids in GracelandMarch 22, 2017 at 13:42
Looks absolutely magical especially the pictures of the castle. I am sad I haven’t made it to Cornwall yet but I plan on remedying that for sure the next time I am in the UK! LOL @you sleeping through your anniversary surprise. Good Lord! hahahahahahaha!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comNovember 12, 2018 at 18:42