With Valentine’s Day in mind we’ve compiled a list of the most romantic places to head and things to do around south east Cornwall and beyond. There are so many breath-taking spots a short hop from Talland Bay, romantic souls are sure to fall in love whatever time of year they visit.
Visit a castle with its own beach
Stroll among the magnolias of the Caerhays Estate near Gorran, built over two-hundred years ago in a picturesque valley overlooking the estate’s own secluded Porthluney Cove. Along with its private cove and turret-topped castle, Caerhays also features a 120 acre, Grade II listed garden, which is teeming with rare plants.
(image: Caerhays Estate Facebook page)
Follow in the footsteps of star-crossed lovers
Pay homage to one of the greatest love stories in British history with a visit to the Tristan Stone at Fowey. This ancient monolith set on the roadside just outside of Fowey is said to have marked the grave of Tristan, the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall and a knight of the round table. When Tristan fell in love with the beautiful Irish Princess Iseult (or Isolde), the wife of his uncle, it could only be ill-fated and their tragic romance has inspired poets for centuries.
Discover a magical underground lake
A former slate mine, Carnglaze Caverns in the Loveny Valley near Liskeard offers a magical subterranean world, including a candlelit underground lake with crystal clear water. Set amongst 6.5 acres of ancient oak woodland, there is also a picturesque terrace garden and Enchanted Dell, sure to cast a spell.
(image: Carnglaze Caverns website)
Share a brief encounter on a steam train
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway is Cornwall’s only full size railway operating steam locomotives, affording a leisurely 13-mile return trip through beautiful countryside. Hop on board the Cornish Belle, a first class luxury dining train, for a romantic meal in vintage style. A special Railway Romance service will run on 14 February, or indulge with an afternoon tea on one of the ‘Steam and Cream’ services.
Watch sunrise from atop a tor
Hike the wild landscape of Bodmin Moor and discover Helman Tor, a little-known peak once home to a Neolithic hill fort. This ancient monument is now a nature reserve managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Clamber to the summit of this granite ridge and enjoy majestic views across the vast moorland; sights to look out for include Brown Willy, Bodmin Beacon, and on a clear day, the south coast itself. Whether you choose to rise early or stay late, Helman Tor is the perfect place to watch the sun rise and set.
(image: Cornwall Guide website)
Step out on the scenic South West Coast Path
From Talland Bay Hotel it’s just yards to the South West Coast Path. Taking the footpath between Talland and Polperro is a particularly beautiful walk from the hotel, with a spectacular descent into the charming fishing village. Dip into local lore and legend with shipwrecks and smuggling tales.
A little further west, the coastline between Lantic Bay and Lansallos is protected by the National Trust, and affords some of the most unspoilt, peaceful and spectacular shoreline in the whole of Cornwall. The secret little coves, reached down little winding tracks, are perfect picnic spots for two - why not pack up one of our luxury picnics complete with cream tea and fizz for a truly special occasion?
Book a room with a view
With its quirky artwork and design and captivating sea views the Talland Bay Hotel is one of Cornwall’s most romantic hotels. Enjoy some of the county’s finest food in the Terrace Restaurant overlooking the bay, and sweep your loved one off their feet with a night or two in one of the suites. Opt for Room One with its decadent four poster bed, cosy armchairs and double windows with inviting seats looking out over the pine-fringed lawns to the ocean.
Stay this February from just £169 per room per night including a three-course dinner.