It’s been about twenty months since we last had a proper, adult conversation. Which is approximately the length of time our daughter has been on this planet. Any parent will tell you that the quickest way to get a childs attention is to sit down and look comfortable. Therefore, we booked the energy zapping/ two word sentence nailing, little person into the grandparents for the night and booked ourselves into the Trevalsa Court Hotel in Mevagissey.
The weekend of our ‘escape’ arrived, and working through our now well-rehearsed routine, we loaded up the van, got out the house and hit the road. We barely stopped the van at Granny and Grandads to hand over the poo grenade. She was as excited as we were. The 25 minute drive there was a constant stream of ‘horsey, tractor, mud, river, boat, granny, grandad, snacks, and all the other things she associates with having her own granny-butler for 24 hours. I’m pretty sure I was mainly focusing on wine and sleep at this point.
It was a grey November day, the local news was reporting that the first snow of winter was falling over the moors. But this did not matter, as we were on our 24 hour nappy-free mini break!! We started with lunch….in silence…..bliss! As always, Archie Browns delivered. It’s a fantastic little restaurant above a health food shop which serves healthy, tasty, vegetarian food. Neither of us are vegetarian, but we both love the flavours and hearty local produce they use. Delicious.
After lunch we were already feeling more relaxed. We got back in the van and set off for Mevagissey. Toby drove, I napped.
I woke up in the car park of a beautiful hotel. We delayed checking in, put our walking boots on and set off along the coast path to Pentewan. The hotel is conveniently situated on the coastal path, just outside of Mevagissey. Despite the ominous black clouds, we were both desperate for some fresh air and exercise so headed off enthusiastically. We were planning on walking to Pentewan about 2.5 miles away and getting the bus back, but first we needed cash. Error. Mevagissey doesn’t have a cash point! So a 5 mile round trip to Pentewan it was. The fishing harbour of Mevagissey is beautiful, with lots to look at, plenty of shops to browse and a pub or two for refreshments.
The Trevalsa Court is situated at the top of a steep hill above Mevagissey, which is ideal for an easy commute to the pub, but the return journey would be somewhat slower, especially after a few pints. We didn’t get to check this theory as we bypassed the pubs and headed off on the rather muddy, undulating footpath. The five-mile route there and back was ideal, taking about 45 minutes each way. What was not ideal was the weather; heavy dark clouds drifted our way and dropped cold rain showers as we walked. This did not dampen our spirits, we had the right gear and enjoyed the walk along the stunning cliff tops to the long sandy beach at Pentewan.
The tide was out so we made our way along the beach to the village which dates back to medieval times. A harbour was built there for the export of china clay but it’s channel to the sea has long since silted up and all that remains today is a harbour isolated from the sea.
We both fancied a cup of tea and found the ‘Little Bay Cafe’ next to the harbour very welcoming. We shared a pot of tea and a scone with cream and jam…lovely.
We made our way back to Mevagissey in the fading light. We swapped our walking boots for slippers and checked into the hotel.
We were greeted by friendly staff who showed us around the hotel. A log fire was burning and the rain was lashing hard against the old lead windows that looked out to sea. We were shown to our gorgeous room for the night, which had its own entrance. We had a large bedroom with a king size bed, a lounge and a bathroom with a bath. Our view from our bed was of the sloping lawn and then the sea beyond, absolutely stunning.
Toby had a beer from the bar, and I enjoyed a soft drink on the sofa while I read my book.
After a long hot bath, we headed in for supper. We were in for a real treat. The night we stayed the hotel was putting on a six-course taster menu, and every one was delicious. I can’t remember the last time we sat down, just the two of us, for a meal together, it was wonderful. The staff were very polite and diligent at dinner, explaining what all the different courses were.
After super we were both shattered. It’s a long day when you wake up to ‘mummy, daddy, UUUPPPP!’ at 6am. By 10pm we were tucked up in bed and fast asleep with the sound of the waves crashing on the beach below.
The next day we woke up when our bodies were ready, no shouting, it was weird but AMAZING. We went to the restaurant for fresh coffee and a monster breakfast. Breakfast was delicious, a choice of cereals, fruit, pastries and cooked options. The 24 hour child-free clock was ticking and we both wanted to get out and make the most of the morning. Fortunately, the weather had improved, the sky was clear and there was not a breath of wind.
We checked out the hotel, said thank you to our hosts for such a luxurious stay and headed off for Heligan Gardens. Hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century” Heligan is a truly magical garden and we enjoyed three enchanting hours wondering around it’s many paths and reading all of it’s stories. We can’t recommend it enough, we baulked a bit at the £27 entry fee for us both but it was worth every penny.
We enjoyed a quick lunch in the restaurant, which was delicious and then headed back to relieve the grandparents. Mum and dad looked knackered but we were re-charged and relaxed. Now we need to book our next next mini break…