As you probably know, my husband and I have relocated over Christmas to the Cotswolds from London and were fortunate enough to have January off before starting work. The idea of this was to give us time to settle ourselves in a new area and enjoy the house whilst recharging the batteries after a chaotic couple of years.

I had visions of us swanning around the Cotswolds sipping lattes and going on long country walks around quaint villages with not a care in the world. The reality has been quite different with builders and painters finishing off snagging and we both have a bad habit of getting over busy and so we have had six people to stay over the past three weeks as well. I can’t complain too much because it is entirely our own doing, but we decided we needed to book a couple of days away to ensure we couldn’t be contacted or getting roped into anything. The perfect place for seclusion and zero mobile signal is, of course, Cornwall!

We booked into a beautiful farm outside Bude called Sanctuary Farm which had no wifi and no mobile signal but it was exactly what we wanted. The farm was beautiful and the hosts were so accommodating and friendly. The first day we explored local beaches including Widemouth Bay which is great for surfing (although a little chilly in January), Boscastle and a small place called Duckpool which is rocky but a nice walk from the farm.

Day two took us a little further and we went to Perranporth Beach, Kynance Cove, The Lizard and Falmouth. I have only been to Cornwall once before to visit the main touristy areas and so I really enjoyed exploring a different and quieter side of the county.

(I temporarily lost my camera on the first day, so these were just taken on my phone – excuse poor quality!)

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TOP TIP: It became clear that during the winter months Cornwall shuts up shop with signs in windows saying they reopen again for the summer – something to bear in mind!

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