Last year after finishing our ‘A’ Levels a crowd of us decided to look for some cheap Cornwall cottages for a week of rest and recuperation. We eventually agreed that the vibrant town of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall would be a suitable destination.
We trawled the Internet and came up with a list of cheap Cornwall cottages and after much discussion picked two cottages close to the beach and the much anticipated nightlife. At the end of July we set off in Sally’s Ford Escort and Tom’s old banger. I went in Sally’s car not being at all sure that Tom’s would make it all the way to our cheap Cornwall cottages!
We arrived in Newquay in the early evening and followed the directions to our cheap Cornwall cottages. We dropped our bags inside and set out to sample the nightlife. First stop the Sailors Arms – a medium sized pub with a fair sized dance floor. We ordered drinks and food and began to relax and enjoy our holiday. A few more drinks and we felt ready to try the club next door. Great night! We staggered back to our cheap Cornwall cottages at 2.00am absolutely exhausted after our long day.
Next day we went to visit the Blue Reef Aquarium to take an ‘underwater safari’. The aquarium has a long glass tunnel built under and alongside the displays. What an amazing experience – walking along the tunnel surrounded by tropical fish, turtles, reef sharks and pufferfish.
After lunch in a nearby beer garden we headed off to to Trenance Leisure Park for a hilarious game of Crazy Golf then it was time to return to our cheap Cornwall cottages to prepare for another night on the town. Tom and Joe offered to collect a take-away for dinner so that we could conserve our limited funds for more important things.
Dinner over, we left our cheap Cornwall cottages and headed off to Holywell Bay to find the Treguth Inn which had been recommended to us by some students we were chatting to at lunchtime. The Treguth Inn turned out to be a beautiful 13th century thatched cottage selling fantastic beer. We had a great evening talking (and drinking) with the locals and the holidaymakers from the surrounding camp sites.
The following morning we left our cheap Cornwall cottages and made our way to the beach for a day of swimming and relaxation on the golden sands. At least that was the plan but Tom and Joe – inspired by the lads surfing the waves – went for a surfing lesson. They returned about an hour later muttering something along the lines of ‘its not as easy as it looks’.
Late afternoon we returned to our cheap Cornwall cottages stopping to buy huge Cornish pasties on the way. The evenings plans were abandoned as everyone was too tired to venture out. We ended up slumped on the sofas watching a video. We decided to spend a day at the Holywell Bay Fun Park ( big kids) and had a great time with the bumper boats – like bumper cars but wetter! Tom got lost in Merlins Magical Maze and had to be rescued. We had lunch in the American style Diner on the site – it even had a free juke box!
In the evening we went to the Mermaid Inn at Porth. The inn is situated literally on Porth Beach. We sat at one of the outside tables and ordered drinks and food. The food was wonderful and the portions huge. After watching the magnificent sunset we went back to our cheap Cornwall cottages. With funds running low, we planned a walk along the coastal path from Newquay to St. Agnes – 11 miles on a fairly easy route. We prepared a picnic at our cheap Cornwall cottages and set out bright and early.
The first stretch of our route involved crossing the Gannel – we had a choice either to wait an hour for the ferry or (as it was low tide) wade across. A unanimous decision – we all took off our shoes and crossed the semi-submerged tidal bridge and arrived on the sandy beach at Crantock. We made a slight detour over the sand dunes to have a look at Crantock village. There was a lovely old white-washed inn called Old Albion – luckily it was too early for it to be open!
We returned to the beach to rejoin the coastal path which led us along low cliffs to Pentire Point West. From there we descended to a lovely secluded cove called Porth Joke which was owned by the National Trust. Then we passed Kelsey Head with its iron age fort and arrived at the sandy beach at Holywell Bay. Apparently the ‘holy well’ is a spring (said to have healing properties) in a cave – but unfortunately we couldn’t spot it.
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Leaving Holywell the path began to climb and there were wonderful views over Gulls Rocks. We stopped for our picnic high on the cliffs – I can’t stand gritty sandwiches. We were at the halfway point and after a short snooze, we pressed on.
Several hours later we arrived at the small town of St.Agnes and headed straight for the nearest hostelry. After food and a couple of beers, we managed to catch the last bus back to our cheap Cornwall cottages. The rest of our holiday seemed to pass in a flash! We visited the Newquay Zoo, had a couple of hours horse riding and spent a couple of days at the beach.
At the end of our week in our cheap Cornwall cottages we shook the sand out of our shoes and packed our bags. We bought a supply of Cornish pasties for the journey home. We all agreed that it had been a fantastic week and we would certainly be returning to our cheap Cornwall cottages in the future.