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Cornwall for Christmas?

Hopefully some of you might be able to help me out...

With no family on this side of the world and no reason to stay put in Fribourg for the festive season, hubby and I are trying to plan a Christmas getaway. Would be for a week (from just before Christmas until just before New Years Eve).

We have a dream of cosying up in a little cottage in front of a fire. Ideally in a small village, with a pub and a shop (to buy the necessities to whip up a traditional xmas roast!). With evenings spent in a quaint local pub (eating all the fish and chips or pies we can get our hands on!) and days wandering the coast, or the occassional day trip to see some sights.....

Is this a realistic possibility? Or a pipedream?

Ashamed to admit that we have never been to the UK before (despite having english heritage), and not sure what is our best bet as far as where to go...
Cornwall?? (would need to be fairly easy to get to from an international airport...or are we better going by train?). Good idea?

Any advice or suggestions are welcome!

Thanks!!
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Old 30.10.2011, 23:05
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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

What a lovely idea! These people have a lovely selection of cottages: http://www.english-country-cottages.co.uk/

Also, a certain member by the name of grynch has a beautiful cottage in Cornwall that he lets out

PS, I am Cornish and I envy you!! However, if you have any ideas and would like to run them past me, I will do my best to advise you as to their suitability.

PPS, it is definitely a viable option. Your best bet would be to fly to Bristol or Exeter and pick up a hire car from there or, alternatively, from one of the main London airports (include a Satnav!)

You can get a train, but from my experience, particularly at that time of year, they can be subject to delays and much of Cornwall is fairly remote so a car would be advisable. That way, you will also be able to use it to explore the county.

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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

Thanks Nicholaschulz, that was quick!

Any ideas for the sort of village we are after? Have looked at the website (which is great by the way), but have no idea where to start! (just got to have a good pub for food, and not too pricey!)
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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

Well, it is difficult, but I would recommend being on the coast as opposed to inland. Being more familiar with the south coast of Cornwall, I would suggest Kingsand, Cawsand (where I am from), Looe, Polperro, Fowey, Bodinnick, Falmouth, Helston, Penzance. Then there is also St Ives (very arty), Padstow (famous for Rick Stein's restaurants), Newquay (bit too touristy for me), Bude, Bideford and Ifracombe.

It will be difficult to go wrong as, in my experience, all of the above places have ample cosy pubs.

Please feel free to ask me about something that takes your eye!

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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

I used to live in North Cornwall (Bude and Camelford) and I wouldn't recommend it for Christmas. This part of North Cornwall can be very bleak, remote, windswept and can be fog bound for days.

I have had many happy Christmases/New Years in West Penwith. Try Sennen Cove, Porthgwarra, Lamorna or Mousehole, or any of the other little villages on this western tip. The other advantage of the western tip is that if it's raining on the north coast, drive half an hour and it's often dry on the south coast (and vice verse).

The Christmas lights in Mousehole are worth seeing, as is the Stargazy pie proccession on 23rd December.
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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

Princetown in Dartmoor National Park (although in neighbouring Devon) is nice.
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I used to live in North Cornwall (Bude and Camelford) and I wouldn't recommend it for Christmas. This part of North Cornwall can be very bleak, remote, windswept and can be fog bound for days.

I have had many happy Christmases/New Years in West Penwith. Try Sennen Cove, Porthgwarra, Lamorna or Mousehole, or any of the other little villages on this western tip. The other advantage of the western tip is that if it's raining on the north coast, drive half an hour and it's often dry on the south coast (and vice verse).

The Christmas lights in Mousehole are worth seeing, as is the Stargazy pie proccession on 23rd December.

Agreed. North Cornwall in Winter is not a pleasant place to be, unless you enjoy galeforce winds and driving rain. Bloody spectacular mind.

PS I went to Comprehensive school in Camelford .
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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

Hmm, I am sure some hearty food and a hot toddy in front of a roaring fire could make even the bleakest landscape beautiful...not sure about that for a week though! So will begin the search in the south.

Since I seem to have an enthusiatic bunch of Cornish expats here, I will take advantage with a few more questions :

Do you think we should hire a car or is public transport plentiful?

Similarly, is the area easily reached from the airports in London - public transport? or car rental?

P.S. Thanks everyone...Getting rather excited already! Fingers-crossed we can pull it off
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Hmm, I am sure some hearty food and a hot toddy in front of a roaring fire could make even the bleakest landscape beautiful...not sure about that for a week though! So will begin the search in the south.

Since I seem to have an enthusiatic bunch of Cornish expats here, I will take advantage with a few more questions :

Do you think we should hire a car or is public transport plentiful?

Similarly, is the area easily reached from the airports in London - public transport? or car rental?

P.S. Thanks everyone...Getting rather excited already! Fingers-crossed we can pull it off
Hire a car, public transport in rural Cornwall is sporadic to non-existent (well, it was in my day, anyway).
Cornwall is a good 3.5 - 4 hour drive from London, depending on road conditions, and based on the last few years, don't rule out a severe Winter. There is also an IC train from Paddington to Cornwall.
You can fly Easyjet to Bristol and hire a car from there. We did this back in 2006 and it was a pretty easy drive from there.

Doesn't grynch have a holiday cottage in Cornwall?

PS I didn't mean to be so negative about the weather. I used to love walking up to Tintagel clifs in a roaring N. Atlantic gale, just for the sheer exhilaration. There is also nothing better than sitting round a cosy fire in a local pub with the wind and rain howling at the windows
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Doesn't grynch have a holiday cottage in Cornwall?
I'm glad you asked that, I was about to ask if it were you or grynch.

(Edit: Actually Nicolashulz already mentioned he does)

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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

Why Cornwall? There is spectacular scenery in Dorset too. And a lot nearer to the airport.
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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

As i come from the south of cornwall i can tell you that the drive from London is at least 5 hours on a good run thats without breaks. I usually fly into Gatwick and hire a car from there.
If you fly with easyjet you can book a car through them it works out cheaper. Definetly recommend the penwith area, sennen, st ives, penzance, pendeen(where i come from) nice little tin mine village with a couple of pubs meadeary fish n chips and great walks along the coast cant beat it.
Also going back for xmas cant wait.
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Pfft. That's up north
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Why Cornwall? There is spectacular scenery in Dorset too. And a lot nearer to the airport.
Oh no Sbrinz, don't complicate the situation! Has taken us a long time to get this far already! ....and Cornwall is luring me with fish and chips and cornish pasties (its not hard to see that my holiday planning is food driven!)

Another question:

As far as driving goes, I have absolutely no experience driving in snow or ice...is this something I should consider? Or am I too used to white winters in Switzerland and imagining it to be much worse that it actually is?
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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

By coincidence, my sister has just returned from a surprise birthday weekend in north Cornwall, and has sent this beautiful photo. The place is Duckpool.
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Re: Cornwall for Christmas?

Cornwall is always a treat but just be aware that that December is notorious for Atlantic gales.
This is my home village in typical xmas condition ...


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Christmas flights with Flybe to Exeter, and then on to Cornwall - mind you, DEvon is beautiful too.
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Blimey! I'm obviously a bit behind the 8-ball....how come I have never heard of Flybe before now!?!
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