10 ways to have fun on your Easter Cornish stay-cation
Fancy a last-min Easter escape to Cornwall? Of course you do! Here's 10 fun things to keep you busy, and places to stay nearby that still have availability.
WHAT TO DO: Walk the Causeway to St Michael’s Mount
Follow in the footsteps of giants and pilgrims and head to St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island with a castle perched on the top, where the causeway literally appears before your eyes as the tide drops away; a magical fairytale in action, beguiling both adults and children to begin the intrepid journey across the bricks to the rugged outcrop across the bay… (or, hop on a motor boat if the tide hasn’t quite matched up to your visit!).
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: Angel View, Perranuthnoe
Magnificently modern, this glass and timber Huf Haus boasts ultra-sleek contemporary interiors, breathtakingly beautiful sea views and exquisite style. Sleeping 4 and dog friendly, it’s an easy stroll to a sandy beach and an excellent pub, and Marazion and St Michael’s Mount is just a short drive away.
Last min availability: 15 – 22 April
WHAT TO DO: Waterski on the Camel Estuary
Camel Ski School is the UK’s largest waterski centre offering wakeboarding, paddle boarding, wake surfing, kayaking, inflatable rides and of course waterskiing – all on the beautiful Camel Estuary, based at Rock. Whatever your level (I’d never been on waterskis before) there’s something for you and the whole family.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: Keiro Veor, Rock
Set within four acres, this unexpected discovery lies at the end of a long private lane bordered by lush green paddocks, just moments away from the golden sands of Rock. Keiro Veor sleeps 8 and offers rustic oak beams with sumptuous interiors. Guests can look forward to lazy days basking in the sunshine beside the pond and evenings relaxing in the warmth of the wood-fired hot tub. Dog friendly.
Last min availability: 7 – 14 April
WHAT TO DO: Spa, lunch and music, Sunday Session
The Sunday Sessions at Una near St Ives are legendary. Lunch is served from 12pm-3pm with live music from 2pm. Sunday 10 and Sunday 17th music is still TBC but expect folk or chilled rock music with a Cornish link. Choose your dish from the Gozney wood-fired roast (vegan and veggie options too) plus a cocktail if you want. Team with a visit to the spa in the morning – swim in the 15m x 12m heated infinity swimming pool, relax in the jacuzzi / steam room, or book a spa treatment.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: Una St Ives
You won’t have to walk far as you can hire one of the resort’s 29 lodges – a blend of one, two, three and four bed properties with solar panels, sedum roofs and cedar cladding as well as lamb’s wool insulation and triple glazed windows – a main Atrium building with a spa, leisure club and award-winning Una Kitchen. Includes leisure club access. Dog friendly.
Last min availability: 9 or 16 April for 7 nights.
WHAT TO DO: An easter egg hunt / walk at Cotehele
Head over to the gorgeous National Trust property at Cotehele and you can enjoy a family Easter egg hunt and catch the best of the blossom in the orchard. Cotehele is a Tudor house with Medieval roots, plus you’ll find a working mill on an historic quay, a glorious garden with valley views and an extensive estate. It’s artist Thomas Thrussel’s favourite walk, which you could also try.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: Pentillie Castle, Saltash
Hire your very own Cornish castle for a few days. One for larger family groups or invite friends to join (sleeps up to 22!). Steeped in 300 years of history, this beautiful house is nestled within a 1,500 acre private estate and boasts extensive mature gardens bordering the River Tamar – and eagled-eyed viewers might recognise Sir James Tillie’s mysterious mausoleum and the picturesque Bathing Hut on the river quay from Rick Stein’s recent visit on his BBC2 show. Your exclusive hire gets you 11 bedrooms, some with four-poster beds, and 55-acres of woodland gardens means you can walk to your hearts content without leaving the estate. Dog-friendly.
Last min availability: 11-14 April
WHAT TO DO: Walk the coast path
Any part of the south-west coast path round Cornwall’s coasts is beautiful, and there’s no denying the dramatic nature of the north coast cliffs, crashing waves, rolling Atlantic surf and wheeling sea birds. Head to the calmer, more sheltered south coast and you will find creekside walks, hidden yacht harbours, beautiful ancient pubs and ancient woodlands meeting the waters edge.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: Waterside House, Flushing
Just around the coast path from Mylor (above) and opposite Falmouth, stay at Waterside House in the heart of Flushing; this fabulous waterfront property has spectacular views. Sleeping up to six, perfect for families; there are three excellent places to eat on your doorstep, with many more not far away. You can enjoy being on the water with the Fal River Ferries where you can discover many other coastal villages, with the Flushing Ferry moments away – hop across to Falmouth and then escape back to the quietness on the other side of the water. No dogs.
Last min availability: 9 – 23 April
WHAT TO DO: Take a water safari
The best way to see wildlife is from the water, and we like the coast just off Polzeath and Rock – Wavehunters, who know all the secret places and where the dolphins are likely to be, are the charter of choice for Muddy – they run exhilarating and magical wildlife spotting and sightseeing trips and charters from Rock (as well as Port Isaac). Sit at the front of the boat for the fastest seat, and if you choose private hire, you can swim off the boat too when conditions are right.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: Polzeath Beach House Self-catering Apartments, New Polzeath
Polzeath Beach House has graced the clifftop above the beautiful safe sandy family friendly beach of Polzeath since 1903. Newly reimagined it now includes self-catering apartments, perfect for outdoor loving families, with surfing and walking right on the door step. For a little adult time too, get the kids booked into beach school, Wild Warriors, which runs a holiday club, wild activities and a beach creche for the little ones. No dogs.
Last min availability: 8 – 22 April
WHAT TO DO: Visit Lamorran, Great Gardens of Cornwall, St Mawes
The Great Gardens of Cornwall (GG) are a group of 13 of the best-known, largest, most historically and horticulturally important gardens in Cornwall – ranging from some of the most well-known (Eden, for example) and National Trust gardens, across to some hidden gems, like Lamorran on the Roseland at St Mawes. Designed to create an intimate garden very much in the mould of Mediterranean gardens with water ever-present both as a backdrop to the garden and with running water featured in the many pools and streams, many features are included to divide the garden into intimate compartments.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: Bora Gwel, Falmouth
Just across the water in Falmouth (get the ferry over to St Mawes and back) you’ll find this gorgeous 4-bedroom Falmouth townhouse which has just been added to the portfolio, translated as ‘dawn view’ in Cornish. This charming cottage faces the rise and fall of the sun as it journeys from dawn to dusk over the changing harbour. Bora Gwel’s location is perched high above the lived-in layers of Falmouth town’s lanes and flaunts magnificent sea views. Dog friendly.
Last min availability: 15 – 22 April
WHAT TO DO: Cycle the Camel Trail
Hire bikes at Padstow and get pedalling along this old railway line heading towards Wadebridge (or, carry on all the way to Bodmin and up to Wenford Bridge) – it’s largely flat, so pretty easy going, and the views of the river are awesome. Time your cycle over the Easter weekend and you’ll find refreshments part the way along at the Atlantic Coast Express (in a converted goods wagon), or, head to Wadebridge and hit up Behind The Bike Shed.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: The Grain Store, Padstow
This contemporary property is right on the water at Padstow with the most amazing harbour views which are visible from the living area and the master bedroom – you’ll also find a further two bedrooms, open plan living, fully fitted kitchen plus dining room table and the property even comes with it’s own parking space, which is handy. No dogs, children 8+ only.
Last min availability: 15 -22 April
WHAT TO DO: Take an art course
Join Cornwall based artist Kitty Hillier in taking inspiration from her daily wanderings around the Cornish coastline for this three-day course with St Ives School of Painting. Benefit from Kitty’s contemporary take on landscape and nature – seek inspiration from your everyday environment through a process of close observation, slow drawing and playful mark-making. Start with a slow meander through St Ives and across Porthmeor Beach. Gather objects for inspiration and draw your surroundings using close observation. Using all of your senses, Kitty will show you how to pay attention to the seasonal transitions, forgotten spaces and discarded objects.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: 11 Chy An Eglos, St Ives
Enjoy breakfast with a view when staying in glorious St Ives, planning your days’ adventures with remarkable views of the harbour to enjoy. A contemporary apartment that’s just a short distance from all of St Ives’ kooky offerings, this holiday home is ideal for those who prefer to leave their car at home throughout their stay. Sleeping four guests across two versatile bedrooms, the property lends itself wonderfully to a pair of couples or a small family eager to spend lazy afternoons on golden sands or exploring the town’s vibrant art scene. No dogs.
Last min availability: 1 – 24 April
WHAT TO DO: Play a championship golf course
The Nicklaus course at St Mellion Estate is named after Jack himself, with the course being his first British design project. Golf Monthly even rated the course as “undoubtedly one of the UK’s toughest inland tests” and if that’s not enough of a challenge, The Kernow Course should by no means be disregarded as just a second course…it’s framed fairways, interesting water hazards and thoughtful design make it delightful challenge for any level of golfer.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY: St Mellion Estate self-catering cottages
Head out of your cottage and onto the golf course – the brand new Holiday Cottage Collection is due to open from the 8th April 2022, featuring 18 completely refurbished and renovated cottages.
All guests can enjoy complimentary use of the Health Club facilities and residential Green Fees on both the renowned Nicklaus Signature Course and Kernow Resort Course. The holiday cottages are available to book for a whole week (arriving Friday) or for 3 night weekends (Friday – Monday) or 4 night midweek stays (Monday – Friday).
Last min availability: From 8 April
All dates correct at time of publication but please contact and check directly