Cornwall holidays: Experts share ‘hidden gems’ as 2021 summer bookings surge

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Cornwall is a hot topic at the moment, currently the focus of 15-part BBC 2 series Rick Stein’s Cornwall. Furthermore, with staycations anticipated to be the most accessible form of holiday for most Britons this summer, bookings for holidays in the southern hotspot are already booming.

According to new data from Park Leisure, Cornwall is cited as the most desired location to own a holiday home.

Of the various UK beauty spots across the country, Park Leisure found 21 percent of respondents said they hoped to own a holiday home there.

Meanwhile, based on bookings from Holiday Cottages, the firm says Cornwall is among one of the most sought after designations for 2021, with Devon and Wales following close behind.

For those who have never ventured to the coastal region before, Rick Stein’s TV documentary offers an insight into some of his personal favourite “less-travelled” hotspots.

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For those looking to follow in the celebrity chef’s footsteps, Steve Dustow, owner of Colwith Farm Distillery who appears on the show, shares his favourite off-the-beaten-path hotspots,

Colwith Farm

In Episode 7, Rick pays a visit to Colwith Farm near the small town of Fowey to witness first-hand how the fifth-generation family has diversified into producing award-winning vodka from their potatoes, in a true plough to bottle way.

Visitors can follow in his footsteps with a tour of Colwith Farm Distillery and a chance to sample their Aval Dor Vodka and Gin.

Tours cost from £25 per person.

Talland Bay hotel

A few miles further along the south coast, check in to boutique Talland Bay Hotel.

Set in a sleepy hamlet with unrivalled views out over the bay, the 20-bedroom property has introduced two new ocean-facing suites and a self-catering studio for the ultimate seaside home from home.

As well as sumptuous seasonal fare, guests can look forward to sampling the hotel’s own blend of gin, distilled at Colwith Farm.

The new flagship premiere suite, Room 20 comes complete with private balcony and a sea view hot tub, costing from £410 per night to £205 per person per night, including breakfast depending on the date of stay.

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Fir Hill

On the north coast, a once neglected and almost forgotten woodland estate, the 62-acre Fir Hill near Newquay, has been restored by the Hoblyn family to include a glamping site with 10 Mongolian yurts.

For April 2021, two further yurts are being added, with plans to introduce a coasteering package, hamper service and foraging for wild food around the estate.

Each yurt also has access to dedicated outdoor kitchens, a fire pit, and use of indoor facilities including TV and games room, and individual bathroom facilities.

Yurts cost from £110 per night.


For a real dose of back to basics Cornish wellness – and outdoor cooking that Rick would be proud of – Thera-Sea will be running a series of wellbeing retreats on the Fal estuary from Spring 2021.

The two-night adventures reconnect guests with nature through outdoor living, wild swimming, bushcraft, thought-provoking workshops, and open-fire cooking. Offering rustic accommodation, the isolated location provides the perfect opportunity to embrace the wilderness and embark on a digital detox.

Prices start from £315 per person including accommodation, all meals, workshops, and outdoor activities.

Landal Gwel an Mor resort

An integral part of Cornwall’s history, the Landal Gwel an Mor resort sits in the heart of mining country at the North coast harbour village of Portreath.

Running through the resort is the heritage Mineral Tramway route, connecting historic mining locations on this cycling, walking and bridle path. As well as enjoying the luxury lodges, facilities and location, the resort is also home to Feadon Wildlife Centre.

Non-for-profit, the conservation centre was created to connect people with the nature that surrounds them. Home to a whole host of fascinating animals, ranger-led guided experiences focus on British wildlife whilst visitors get close up and hands-on with a range of rescue animals.

Prices start from £519 for a 3-night stay in a lodge sleeping four.

Feadon Wildlife activities cost of £15 per person.

The next episode of Rick Stein’s Cornwall is on Saturday at 11:30am on BBC 2

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