Cornwall’s one and only hotel concierge, Sid Williams of the Idle Rocks shares his ideas for a romantic winter getaway in St Mawes.
We all know that summer in Cornwall is a perfect location for a holiday, well known for its beaches, sailing and wonderful food. The winter season here in south Cornwall offers the chance to feel the real romance of the county. Daffodils are already out across the Roseland Peninsula and in February nearby gardens Trebah and Glendurgan are already beginning to show signs of spring. Out of season it is as quiet as a breeze, you can have a beach to yourself and walk for miles with just a few seagulls for company. Here are a few ideas for a romantic winter getaway.
St Mawes has a number of great galleries on its doorstep, and also offers the chance for expert tuition from local artists. Whether it’s a life drawing class, water colouring, or even an introduction to the potter’s wheel, there are a range of artisans available to help.
Art and Garden
Another way to enjoy the arts in Cornwall is via two wonderfully inspiring sculpture gardens. Tremenhere Gardens has a contemporary installation throughout its subtropical garden and panoramic views across Mounts Bay. Further north and nestled in an ancient Cornish village, Withiel Garden has been developed over 5 years by Lemon Street Gallery owner, Louise Jones. There is an eclectic mix of work on show among the gardens and woodland of this 17th century estate. A unique space, it provides rich inspiration for anyone thinking of putting some art into their own garden, all the sculptures here are for sale.
From an hours amble along the coast to creek side church at St Just, or a days hike from St Anthony’s Head to Dodman Point, the winter months offer the chance to really feel the landscape. The Roseland Peninsula has some of the best coastline in the country, so our lounge and log fire is never too far away.
The surf over on the north coast is at its best this time of year, if you’re looking for adventure we can help even if it is February. Again, tuition is available and of course the waves are not as crowded as they are in August.
The Hall for Cornwall is just 30 minutes away, with touring shows from the West End, opera and national orchestras from across the world. If you prefer fringe shows and offbeat comedy The Poly in Falmouth always manages to surprise.
R and R
If you prefer your winter holidays inside the hotel, we offer packages that include treatments and massages from our local therapist Dawn. An expert in massage, this really is a great way to relax and feel the stress of everyday life just drain away. Call us for more details on how Dawn may be able to help you.
I look forward to welcoming you soon.