It says a lot about your love for an area when you choose to take a couple of (quite expensive) nights at a hotel that’s within walking distance of home.
But how wonderful those nights can be.
We’ve been fans of The Gurnard’s Head for a very long time, We try to get a night or two in one of the Inken boys’ three hotels every year if we can.
Last year’s treat was The Old Coastguards for Tom Bowcock’s Eve – a cracking night in Mousehole.
This year our Christmas present is two nights at The Gurnard’s – and we couldn’t have chosen a better two nights to be here.
The whole of the far west is special.
The north coast particularly so.
And if you can’t stay at Tregiffian or St Just, then Treen is about as good as it gets.
Just inland, high on the moors, there are so many ancient sites including quoits, burial chambers, fogous, castles and settlements.
And the coast itself is as rugged and good as it gets.
Once we’d checked in at The Gurnard’s we set off along the cliffs to Zennor. Annoyingly I forgot my phone/camera for that wonderful warm and sunny walk, but there are pictures on other posts.
For me, the standout moment of the walk was seeing the white cottage just before the final dip and climb to Zennor. I’ve long loved it, and of late it has been taken over I guess as it has been opened up, decorated inside and out. It looks super simple and beautiful. It’ll almost certainly be a holiday let, it has that air. But I have to say that at the moment it’s my absolute stand out property in the far west. I’ll get a photo of it soon and drop it into this post.
The wonderful Tinners in Zennor sounded a bit like it was Surrey on Sea yesterday, the Range Rover accents were ridiculous, but what the hell, it’s a great pub no matter who goes there. And it’s only a 20 minute walk across the fields from the Gurnard’s.
Back at our temporary home we had a fabulous dinner before a long and luxurious bath followed by a super comfortable sleep in crisp white linens.
If you’d like to extend your stay after a week at The Cornish Way then I can think of few better places to be.
I’ll post again with todays’ excellent walk over the moors.
Dinner will soon be on the table, and I need to shift my focus.