With Valentine's Day fast approaching we share our favourite couples' retreats nestled on the wilds of the North Cornish coast. Whisk your loved one away and indulge in long coastal walks, soaks in bubbling hot tubs and storm watching with hands wrapped around steaming mugs of hot chocolate.
Penquite Cottage, Port Isaac
Penquite Cottage epitomises a cosy Cornish cottage. This picture-perfect retreat provides a peaceful setting for a lover's getaway. Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures with nothing on your schedule other than delicious home cooked brunches, heavenly scented bubble baths and evenings nestled by the fireside.
Pebble Rock, Rock
If it's a coastal escape you crave then Pebble Rock will provide the perfect waterside location. This charming town house is nestled in the heart of Rock just a stone's throw from the beach. For gourmet loving couples it is a short stroll down to the slipway where you can hop on the passenger ferry across to Padstow for a seafood lunch overlooking the harbour. Return to Pebble Rock and sink into the sofa for a cosy evening in relaxing by the fire side.
The Farmhouse, Rock
Head to The Farmhouse for a week of blissful hibernation. Nestled within a beautiful private estate, here you can truly switch off and reconnect with your loved one. Enjoy a long lazy lie in before throwing open the drapes to reveal breathtaking views across the grounds towards the Camel Estuary. On chilly evenings warm up with a long soak in one of the freestanding bathtubs or enjoy a steamy sauna session.
The Port House, Port Isaac
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is one of Cornwall's finest restaurants and at The Port House you are just a short stroll away. Surprise your partner with a reservation at this two Michelin starred restaurant. Here you can enjoy the finest seafood caught off the Cornish coast by small day boats whilst overlooking the wild and ruggedly beautiful coastline. With full bellies, retreat to The Port House and slip between the crisp white bedsheets for a dreamy night's sleep.
For coastal adventurers, the convenient location of Penhwedhi provides an ideal base for exploring the undulating South West Coastal Path. Set yourself up for the day with a hearty breakfast at Penhwedhi before heading off along the scenic footpaths. Savour a romantic moment together at Pentire Point, were you will feel on top of the world as you take in the breathtaking views.
Little Lynam, Rock
Wake up to the sunlight streaming through the sash windows at this charming character cottage which enjoys an enviable position just above Porthilly Cove. From here you can stroll down the path to the beach and visit the picture-perfect St Michael's Church that sits above the beach. For dinner, pick up some locally grown oysters and cook up a feast together at Little Lynam.
The Linhaye, Port Isaac
This pretty stone barn conversion is tucked away amongst rolling fields on the edge of Port Isaac. Enjoy romantic country strolls into the village rewarded by the warmth of the cosy cafés found along the cobbled streets. As night falls, pop open a bottle of fizz and treat your significant other to a candle lit dinner before hunkering down by the log fire swathed in soft blankets.
No 6 Tregales, Polzeath
Enjoy glimpses of the sparkling ocean from this vibrant apartment wonderfully placed in New Polzeath, perfect for adventure loving couples. Whether you want to surf the rolling waves at Polzeath Beach, run together along the shoreline or just snuggle up together to watch a favourite film, No 6 Tregales is a stylish base for a sand between toes romantic escape.
2 The Old Bakehouse, Port Isaac
Located in the heart of Port Isaac, a pretty fishing port full of maritime history you will find 2 The Old Bakehouse. Saunter along the narrow streets and dip in and out of quirky galleries and souvenir shops before ducking in to a cosy harbourside pub for a pint of ale by the roaring fire. Budding chefs can choose from a selection of locally landed seafood at the fishmongers and head back to 2 The old Bakehouse to enjoy an intimate fish supper.
The Retreat, Polzeath
For the wild at heart who love nothing more than a bracing dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean, The Retreat provides the perfect coastal escape. Dash to the shore hand in hand and enjoy an energising dip before returning to The Retreat and sinking into the bubbling hot tub to warm up, preferably with a glass of Cornish sparkling wine in hand.