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Romantic breaks

Romantic breaks

With breathtaking coastal areas, fantastic food and drink, and some of the top spots in Cornwall on your doorstep, this is the ultimate romantic retreat.

Step away from the everyday, breathe the sea air and take some time just for you. North Cornwall is the perfect place for two.

A couple on the headland at Polzeath watching the sunset

Things to do

During the day, go for a gentle walk and picnic by the coast or head out onto the water for a scenic boat trip, wild swim or paddle boarding lesson. Go slightly further afield to see the ancient site of Tintagel Castle, the beautiful Bedruthan Steps, and the National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate: all within 35 minutes of Rock.

Hop in the saddle to explore the local area by tandem bicycle, available from Bridge Bike Hire. From the hire centre, it’s easy to reach the gentle Camel Trail and cycle out towards Bodmin, Wenfordbridge and Padstow.

Just half an hour away by car, the award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard offers guided tours and tasting sessions: a blissful way to spend the early evening in summer. On Sundays, Trevibban Mill near Padstow runs a Grand Tour of its vineyard, orchards and winery, with a seven-wine tasting and lunch included. There’s also a tasting room and terrace if you’d just like to relax with a quiet glass at your leisure.

As the day draws to a close, find a scenic viewpoint and watch the sun go down over the sea. This might be your own waterside balcony or private garden, or you could head out to a spot like Polzeath Beach, Pentire Point or Brae Hill for a truly romantic setting.

A couple enjoying a picnic at The Rumps in Cornwall
A couple swimming at Polzeath Beach in Cornwall

Eating out

Make the most of your time away with a romantic meal: the standard of local restaurants is sky-high. Try the fresh seafood on Nathan Outlaw’s menus at the Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac and The Mariners pub in Rock. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, also in Port Isaac, has 2 Michelin stars and 4 AA rosettes and serves a spectacular seafood tasting menu for lunch and dinner.

The Waterfront in Polzeath overlooks the beach and has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Alternatively, you could head over the water to Padstow (the ferry runs regularly from Rock) to sample food at Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant or Paul Ainsworth at No. 6.

A couple enjoying a meal at Port Gaverne Hotel and Restaurant
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