North Coast South Coast and loads in the middle! Cornwall

I know us Cornish lot are always boasting about something but I’m sure you will agree that being able to have breakfast at Fifteen, Watergate Bay on the north coast, a picnic lunch on Bodmin moor, in the middle of Cornwall, followed by a cream tea at Tresanton on the south coast is pretty good going. We have left dinner to your imagination! There is plenty to choose from.


It’s a very special breakfast at Fifteen, with amazing views across an amazing beach. It’s a people watching paradise with dogs playing, kids digging, people walking, surfers running across the beach with their boards.


Sure is funky! Service is great too, very friendly and accommodating.

Here is the link to the breakfast menu
There is no doubt to us that when someone else cooks it always tastes better and being out for breakfast, especially on a Monday morning is extra special.

We had a little look around Zacry’s, the new restaurant at Watergate Bay Hotel, where the menu looks amazing and checked out the infinity pool and treatment rooms. We like to keep promotional materials and menus in our rooms so that guests know where we recommend and this is a must.

Watergate Bay is great for a walk, when the tide is out it’s a massive beach. We had other ideas for a proper ramble over the cliffs and headed to the car park at at Porth Joke, which is a bit off the beaten track between Holywell Bay and Crantock. Sometimes Porth Joke (which is already a great name) is known as Polly Joke – who wouldn’t want to go there!

Here is the link – there is lots of information about where to find it and details about the walks

We set off with coats and hats. Soon our hats were stuffed in our pockets and our jackets were around our waists, one of those mild, slightly breezy spring days, a little bit moist in the air, with a change predictable but to what is anyones guess.



Cliff top walks are traditional for us in Cornwall, and new things keep coming along too. We have blogged before about the cycle trails at Cardinham, near Bodmin which are amazing. Now there are more, nearby at the National Trusts Lanhydrock estate just a few miles from Cardinham.

Equally it’s not always about being active. We enjoyed a picnic lunch on Bodmin Moor, not far from Blisland with Brown Willy in the background. It’s amazing that you can pull the car off the road and sit with massive landscapes all around you and not a person in sight.

The real thing about the weather in Cornwall, is that it can often be different on each coast. So, if the sun does not shine on the north, head to the south!

The north coast is amazing because of it’s massive wide open spaces and lack of trees. Places, like St Mawes on the Roseland peninsula on the south coast are so different because of their real “cornish” quaintness, with Scotts pine everywhere and often very tropical plants like banana enjoying the good life.

We headed to Hotel Tresanton, knowing that the terrace would have a great view of the Fal Estuary with plenty of people messing about on boats, sailing, wind surfing and even a brave few taking a dip.
The little white building is St Anthony Head, the southern most tip of the Roseland Peninsula and part of the National Trust, with circular walks of either 4.5 miles or 6 miles. Perfect for a picnic.
St Mawes Castle is a great place to visit and from St Mawes you can catch the ferry to Falmouth.
We think this incredible shrub with flowers attracting loads of bees is doing its job very well. Is it an Echium shrub? If you have any ideas on what it is, please let us know! The gardens along the roadside all have beautiful trees, shrubs and plants flowering at times that would be unexpected in many other parts of the county and country.



Our view was entertaining and the cream tea divine! Who could resist?

At Lower Barns we love trying new things, and we particularly like our food and drink. We are always on hand to share our recommendations, so you can make the most of your precious time on holiday. Why not ask us to pack a picnic, so you can make the most of so many top spots on the north coast, south coast and somewhere in the middle!