Cornwall is closed for the season
Rather than taking our UK staycation up in Scotland, we decided to book a Club La Costa lodge in Castledore, near St Austell in Cornwall. On the journey down, we decided to stay overnight in a village called Axbridge, staying at the Oakhouse Hotel & Restaurant. We ventured around the handful of village pubs that evening and had a great laugh people watching. In the Oakhouse bar, one guy bought his puppy a £25 steak to eat whilst he was drinking. In the Crown Inn, a guy was doing some dodgy under the counter deals on raw fish, before consoling one of the bar staff who literally burst into tears for no apparent reason and then the same guy became our best friend as he turned out to work for Sainsbury’s in a similar line of work as Amanda. All-in-all, it was a great night out and a good way to start our week away.
Unfortunately, things started to turn sour when we woke up to a flat tyre and an unplanned trip to Weston-super-Mare to get a replacement. Once fixed, we decided to visit Cheddar Gorge and Wells (famous for the movie Hot Fuzz) before heading further south for our first night in Cornwall.
We’d never used this Club La Costa location before, but most properties we had visited previously were of an equally high standard. Not this one! We were allocated a ‘standard’ lodge which resembled a caravan minus the wheels, the bed was too small and way to uncomfortable for us. The other issue was that we hadn’t realised that most of Cornwall was shut in November. Even the local brewery in St Austell was closed to visitors, albeit open for a kid’s party, which was surreal!
So, a few days into our stay we both agreed that enough was enough and we’d head home for the rest of our week off. On attempting to check out the receptionist found us a larger, more premium, lodge if we wanted it. The bed was equally as small, so we decided to sleep in separate beds for a few nights. However, we were ultimately glad we stayed. As options were limited in terms of tourist destinations, we mainly mooched around small fishing villages and got plenty of walking done. We visited Tintagel Castle (King Arthur’s stomping ground), had a beer in the Golden Lion in Port Isaac (famous for being featured in the TV series Doc Martin), ate at one of Rick Stein’s many restaurants in Padstow (Rick Stein’s Café) and ventured out to a very windy and cold Land’s End.
To top off a disappointing trip, the 348-mile journey home took us 8 hours due to multiple and varied traffic issues. When can we go abroad Amanda, preferably somewhere hot and luxurious?