Romantic Cornwall: secret spots

Walking in the wake of giants, Cornwall on its mistier days can be a kind of land that time forgot. Which makes it incredibly romantic. I can remember years ago holing up in a boutique B&B in Cornwall. Somewhere down South, near Zennor. It was kind of rustic and not quite the luxury, private accommodation of say Nook or Cranny here at Lower Barns, but it was shelter from the storm.

What it had was oodles of misty moorland and a cosy charm that kept us away from anyone or anything. B&Bs have changed because they’ve had to, and you can see for yourself the passion and craftsmanship that we put into our spaces. So, with everything taken care of here, what can you do to entertain yourselves on your romantic break in Cornwall?

Walk on water

Well, sort of. You can take a great photo that certainly looks like you are. Inside the sleeping giant at St. Michael’s Mount keeps a watchful eye on the causeway. As the tides ebb and flow, people have been taking novelty photos of walking upon the hidden causeway for decades. With the stunning backdrop of the mount, and the rosy glow of the sky, you might find it gets all peachy and romantic. Who knows? If you’re not yet booked into the wed shed, you could be afterwards!

Du Maurier’s church

Cornwall is studded with stunning walks from its peaks and moors at Bodmin and West Penwith to its tidal estuaries at Fowey, Falmouth and The Roseland. Yet, the walk from Boddinick to Polruan up through the forest and to the church Du Maurier was married in is one of the most romantic. From Mevagissey you can take a ferry over to Fowey, which takes the hassle of driving out of your romantic day. Once you arrive, Fowey has a wonderful, relaxed feel and a range of restaurants, cafes and bars to fuel your journey.

The walk takes you past the very hills and woodland Du Maurier walked when she wrote Rebecca, and past the old sawmills at Pont. It’s not too heavy going, and the church itself is beautiful; built in the 14th Century.

Romantic River

Also in Fowey, you can hire a river boat to meander through the creeks and crevices of the estuary with your loved one. Fowey Picnic Boats offer a skippered service, so you two can sit and enjoy the romantic river, whilst eating and drinking some of Cornwall’s amazing produce, either provided by Fowey Picnic Boats or by us here at Lower Barns.

Tintagel Castle & Caves

About an hour’s drive up along the Atlantic Highway the famous and beautiful little village of Tintagel is home to the legendary castle of King Arthur. Whether doused in Cornish mist (mizzle actually we call it down here) or in bright sunshine, just like our Nook and Cranny, there are many places to hide.

The beauty of Tintagel is that beneath the castle on the small beach is the magical ‘Merlin’s Cave’ you can walk through. Legend has it that the baby Arthur was brought to Merlin through this cave. Either way, it takes a magnificent photo.


To book a stay with us at Lower Barns, give Janie a call on 01726 844881

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