So there we have it, the last Bank Holiday of the year - over and done with in a flash. It really does bother me sometimes where the time goes, but that makes me happy that I'm documenting my adventures over here on my blog.
We spent this Bank Holiday in Cornwall for a family Wedding. There was time to relax and do a spot of chilling on the beach, and enjoy a Cornish Cream Tea. But of course the journey to Cornwall by car (from London) is something that can only be describe as long. So we split the journey up - leaving on Thursday night. We stayed in a cheap and cheerful Travelodge near Wellington. The accommodation across the weekend got progressively better and better.
The following morning we travelled the remaining 111miles to Newquay where we stayed in the Great Western Hotel. The hotel is very close to both the Station if you choose to travel by train. Tolcarne Beach is just a stones throw away - it's worthwhile wandering down the steps. The beach is lovely - one of Newquay's seven. Imagine that 7 beaches to choose from.
The Great Western Hotel is a 3 star hotel, we had a the privilege of staying in a Superior room - thanks to being upgraded from a standard room which is what we booked, due to a maintainence issue. It was very exciting - I don't think we've ever been upgraded in a hotel before, and this time it meant we had the sea views. The large bed wasn't however the comfiest bed I've slept in, in the slightest. Huge brownie points for Bellevue Tea being on the hospitality tray though. :-)
I've discovered I have a hugely increased love for the seaside since spending 5 days in Jersey earlier on in August. We sat on the beach listening to the waves crashing in and I took part in the obligatory paddle in the sea. Then we went and found a table on the terrace at The Breaks - a beautiful beach bar and kitchen. I ordered a cream tea & in his true tradition the Boy went for a Beer!
The Breaks Cream Tea comes with a warm scone, crunchy on the outside, pretty much perfect scone with Trewithen Cornish Clotted Cream, Boddington's Berries Strawberry Conserve and Tregothnan Tea - yum, just yum. Yes - I'm sorry Cornwall but I do it the Devon way! The Breaks is a lovely little place - I wanted to buy practically every single item hanging on the wall or sitting on the shelves. Of course there's a beach theme and I'm still trying to work out how I can incorporate a beach theme into our little flat.
Saturday soon came around and we were jumping into the car and heading for Truro which is where the wedding was. The Alverton to be precise - and what a beautiful location for a wedding. The Wedding was beautiful, although I've made my usual mistake of not taking enough photos! But here are a few. The ceremony and reception both took place in the Great Hall which was built by John Loughbourough Pearson who also built Truro Cathedral. It's a stunning room for a wedding. The drinks reception was held in the garden.
Our room was lovely - stylish and traditional at the same time. It included an ultra comfy bed - horrah!
Breakfast was also included and super duper yummy. Too yummy to have taken pictures of - I tucked in before even thinking about it. At the Alverton there was much more of a personal touch to the stay - we were handed a welcome letter upon check-in and other bonuses included WiFi that actually worked. A huge improvement on the previous nights hotel, especially considering it was only £30 more.
I loved this selection of flowers spotted on the mantle-piece in the bar.
The overall feel of The Alverton is relaxed but also very stylish. I really enjoyed our stay and could only wish it had lasted a little longer.
I've said it before, I'll say it again:
(Cornwall) I'll be back!