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Planning A Staycation?
As soon as one holiday passes us by, we like to start planning the next one! And reams of inspiring, beautiful holiday pictures on Instagram over the bank holiday weekend has got us thinking about booking our next UK break…
Here’s our list of where to go, donning your Penmayne sun hat of course!
1) Cornwall – St Mawes
St Mawes is a lovely seaside village opposite Falmouth on the Roseland Peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall. Whilst it involves a lengthy road-trip from London to get there, it is worth it! A picturesque little fishing village with steep and narrow streets rising from the harbour surrounded by dramatic Cornish coastline, it is stylish and laid-back in equal, perfect measure.
Fantastic water sports, great pubs, cafes and restaurants and various craft shops and art galleries await. With camping and glamping facilities and B&Bs and luxury boutique hotels a-plenty, there is something for everyone.
A day trip to the castle is great fun – take a picnic and enjoy the views from the grounds…
Our favourite hang-outs include The Hidden Hut for a shabby chic lunch with a stunning view (10 mins drive from St Mawes), Melinsey Mill for a laid-back traditional cream tea and The Idle Rocks Hotel for swanky cocktails at sunset.
Penmayne Founder, Claire Howeson, spent much of her childhood in Cornwall and loves escaping west for a weekend whenever she can; 'Cornwall is my perfect weekend getaway, nothing beats the beautiful cornish coastline, being on the water and the fresh sea air. When the sun is shining, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be!'
2) The Lake District
The Lake District is a picturesque, mountainous region in North-West England. It is, according to The Lonely Planet, by far the UK’s most popular national park.
The weather can be notoriously unpredictable (so your hat should be the first thing you pack!), but that only adds drama to the magnificent, dramatic scenery. Popular with walkers and cyclists, there is much to explore whether it’s on a leisurely bike ride down country lanes or a day-long hike across the hills.
Brave the quayside crowds in touristy Bowness-on-Windermere before catching a boat trip around the lake. Or, the western shoreline is much quieter, especially around the wooded trails of Claife Heights and the landscaped grounds of Wray Castle.
The Lake District also has many artistic and literary connections, most famously with William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Potter’s favourite lake, Derwentwater, and the market town of Keswick are well worth a visit. Hire a traditional wooden rowing boat and enjoy some peace and quiet…
Wordsworth’s boyhood home in Cockermouth is a must too, especially for those who appreciate beautiful gardens.
3) Whitstable - Kent
Whitstable is a fishing harbour town on the Kent coast, which everyone seems to be talking about. And with good reason - it is the perfect destination for a weekend escape within close reach of London.
Famous for its oysters, which have seen this charming port dubbed the Pearl of Kent, it has a funky, bohemian air, with bustling seafood restaurants, picturesque lanes, delis, artisanal bakeries, boutique shops and galleries.
We recommend staying in the Fisherman’s Huts, operated from the Hotel Continental, which provide seafront accommodation just metres from the beach. (The huts were formerly used for storing cockle farmers’ clutter.) You can enjoy gorgeous views of dinghies racing in the harbour from your deckchair outside or your bedroom…
Walk along from the Seafront to Tankerton Beach, and stop in for lunch at Jojo’s. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is fabulous.
4) Rye - East Sussex
Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is the final place on this particular bucket list... Expect to stumble upon cobbled streets, beautiful views and exceptional seafood.
Camber Sands is situated to the east of the ancient town, and is a popular sandy beach with picturesque dunes. A perfect pit stop when walking to the beach from Rye is The Globe Inn Marsh pub. With log fires in winter and a wonderful garden for the summer, you’ll find handcrafted beer, good food, and even pots of homemade jam for sale.
We recommend staying at The George, a luxury hotel in the centre of Rye with well-designed rooms and a lovely buzzy restaurant serving local wines and good food. And if you are an avid vinyl collector, don't forget to visit Grammar School Records for a real treat.