Summer is very busy at Wild Willow, with weddings and whimsical fairs in fields, but we always find time to dash down to Cornwall for a well-earned break.
I run my business alongside looking after my little girl Ottilie who is nearly three, so life is very busy but I love working and we manage to juggle to make it work somehow! June is a wonderful time to head west, just when the hedgerows are blooming and full of summer treats, including wild foxgloves which are my favourite. We always rent the prettiest cottage in a wonderful little coastal bag called Port Gaverne, it is very special and we have been going there for years. We can walk to the beach from the cottage and the routine is always the same up for breakfast and then sandwich and flask making, pack bags and trundle of the beach.
I find the simple things on a holiday make me the happiest; a cup of tea on the beach, a Rosamunde Pilcher book and a biscuit is all I need. Swimming in the sea in Cornwall is chilly but it makes you feel wonderful, we always take our wetsuits and they were much needed this time with no sun to warm up the sea! Up the hill is the fishing village of Port Issac, which is a picturesque fishing village on the North coast. It is also where the famous ‘Doc Martin’ is filmed, although busy with tourists it is still lovely to head up the hill for an afternoon ice cream or a drink on the slipway.
So, places to visit if you head to North Cornwall ...
We eat: ‘book The Pilchards’ for early supper in the garden & at the weekends they have live music
We stay: The Pink Cottage, Port Gaverne ‘Cilla Marnan has the perfect house & you can see the sea from the house’
For Breakfast: We love to head to Polzeath to the cafe where you can sit upstairs and watch the surfers, they make the best breakfast hash
For Surfing: Polzeath!
For Antique Hunting: Stop off at Bridport Sheds on the way back