While summer is, quite rightly, the most conventional time to book a break away in Britain, there is still a lot to be said for a Cornish holiday in winter.
After all, you and your amour have more excuse to cuddle-up for a little longer in your cosy hotel room when it is raining.
And if snuggling-up doesn’t cut it?
A hearty, hot Cornish pasty tastes even better when it is cold outside. A comforting and warming winter food.
And, of course, you can get the best Cornish pasties in Cornwall.
But, believe it or not, there are more romantic things about a Cornish winter break than pasties.
Here are five reasons why winter is the best time for a couples break in Newquay…
Romantic strolls along a windy beach are much more private in the winter. In fact, choose the right beach and you could have the place completely to yourselves.
An opportunity to propose perhaps? (Sorry to those quaking in their boots at the thought!)
Or if you are already hitched, you can revitalise married life with some time dedicated purely to each other.
Forget windbreaks, buckets and spades, bikinis and a blow-up dinghy, you’ll be lucky to see a hardcore, year-round surfer hitting the waves.
Share the beach with no-one but your other half, and your canine companion.
With dog bans rare in Cornwall and only in effect in the high season, pull on your wellington boots and take the dog with you for a walk (if you have one- it’s probably not a good idea to borrow someone else’s) and breathe in the fresh sea air.
There are over 300 beaches in Cornwall to choose from too, so you may need to spend some time over breakfast deciding which one you are going to visit.
A great excuse for a big breakfast!
More specifically, there are 12 beaches in Newquay, so you won’t even need to get in the car to explore them.
Our recommendations? Fistral beach, Lusty Glaze beach and Whipsiderry beach.
But we wouldn’t want to limit you to just those three...
Fascinating, uninterrupted scenery
Stormy, windy weather might not hit the spot for those with a preference to sit back and do nothing on a hot sunny beach in Mexico, but couples holidaying in Cornwall will experience sights like no other when a storm hits the south west coastline in winter.
Thrashing waves, extreme weather and corroding rocks make for a much more interesting watch than the latest Hollywood blockbuster in your local cinema.
And if swapping Cineworld for the real-world isn’t quite convincing enough, it seems important to mention the award-winning hot chocolates, coffees and cornish teas you can buy from the beach cafes.
We won’t mention pasties again. As you won’t want to eat too many.
Christmas markets, lights and festivals
For couples that enjoy tradition and indulge in festivities, the various Christmas markets, lights and festivals in and around Cornwall will definitely make the area a winning holiday destination this winter.
There is nothing that turns a dark winter’s night into a glistening, magical sight than an evening Christmas market.
And, if you’re not sure which ones are worth a visit, we recommend…
Newquay’s Community Christmas Market 2018- Saturday 1st December 2018, 10am-6pm
Expect food stalls, music and a music event in the evening!
Padstow Christmas Festival- December 6th-9th 2018
Foodies out there won’t want to miss the Padstow Christmas Festival. Watch demonstration chefs and taste some samples, browse arts and crafts stalls, pop-up stalls, and food and drink producers.
The Padstow Christmas Festival is HUGE and has welcomed 45,000 visitors over the years.
Fowey Christmas Market- November 30th to December 2nd 2018
The Fowey Christmas market has had 10,000 visitors in its time and features hand-picked traders from the local area.
There is a range of artisan items to choose from and the market is open in the evening on Friday 30th November, and during the day over the weekend.
Mousehole- The King of Christmas Lights- 16 December – 6 January
Mousehole is, most definitely, the King of Christmas Lights. See the village’s Christmas lights shining bright every evening between 5pm and 11pm (except 8-9pm on 19th December).
Imagine the tranquility of a beautiful display in the harbour, and seeing the reflection of the lights in the water. Truly relaxing.
These festive events offer couples a chance to get ahead of their Christmas shopping, indulge in mulled wine, enjoy a taste of Christmas and appreciate the sparkling Christmas lights. You might even share a kiss under the mistletoe too…
Action and adventure doesn’t stop in Winter...
Well not for the adrenaline-junkies out there anyway…
Windsurfing, surfing, kite-surfing, horse-riding, open water swimming, the outdoor opportunities are endless.
Not for the faint-hearted, adventurous couples will be hitting the action on their romantic break.
Hiking is always a popular activity too, with miles of beaches, nature resorts and coastal paths to explore.
More opportunity to be spontaneous
The minimal crowds in Cornwall in winter means that it is easier to reserve a table at the top restaurant, get a parking space at the beach (without paying premium prices for high-season) and no need to queue for popular attractions, like the Eden Project.
Cafes, shops and markets in local towns with be quieter too.
A holiday by the coast is time to escape the hustle and bustle.
In winter, Cornwall really does come into its own and makes for an idyllic, romantic retreat for couples.
Twixmas at The Pentire Hotel
What better time to have an escape, just the two of you, than Twixmas (the days between Christmas and New Year)?
Often spent with a full belly, a little on-edge with well-meaning relatives and clearing-up the house…
This year, why not treat yourselves to a couple of days away, at a great price, with our Twixmas break at The Pentire Hotel?