Many will know about my sadness this year, that so places have stopped accepting children for holidays; in B & B’s, holiday cottages and hotels, which makes planning a family holiday in the UK even more challenging. I love this country, it has so many incredible places to visit, so much unspoilt countryside and for me it’s important that William knows about his own country as well as others.
So when my quest started in January to sources holiday cottages and B & B’s for all our planned trips, I was a little frustrated by the lack of choice. I was creating a list that had more people rejecting kids than accepting them. So disheartening.
But, I stumbled across Aspect Holidays based in Cornwall and having followed varying cottages on Twitter, I decided to book Blue Waters in Newlyn whom I had been following. This is a two bedroom house, up a steep hill in Newlyn, on the outskirts of Penzance. I had been looking forward to staying there from the moment I booked it. The house looked beautiful in all the photos.
Many who know me, will know that it is a dream of mine to have a cottage overlooking the sea. I’ve always wanted to be able to wake up and see the sea straight away, or sit in my sitting room and watch the sunset. Well this house ticked that box – not only could I wake up and see the sea and Newlyn Harbour from my bedroom window, I could also watch the sunset over the sea and see St Michael’s Mount, from the sitting room window. Newlyn Harbour is a very busy fishing harbour, and the the boats come in around 4am and the sale starts. In my great excitement to have this view, I was up every morning at 4am to hear the seagulls eagerly swooping for a bit of fish, the sounds of the harbour and to watch the sunrise over St Michaels Mount.
The house, is in a row of fairly modern townhouses, with a garage, 2 bedrooms, a sitting room, games room, kitchen and bathroom. The accommodation is split over three levels. The house is decorated beautifully in a bright, contemporary style with lots of wonderful artwork throughout and a very nautical feel. I fell in love with it as soon as I walked through the door. This is truly a home from home. We had fresh scones, cream and jam left for us on our arrival as well as milk and a bottle of wine in the fridge. MUCH needed after over 7 hours in the car! I thought this was a really lovely touch and very much appreciated.
There were also fresh flowers (cosmos) on the dining table. You had everything you could want in a holiday home and the sitting room especially was so cosy and welcoming. I especially loved the sofa with all its cushions and cosy throws, which made you just want to snuggle up and watch a movie. The first day we were there it was absolutely torrential rain and after a quick walk on the beach and getting very wet, William and I enjoyed the snugly sofa and a few good movies. They have lots of movies in the house as well as a good range of books for you to enjoy as well so we were spoilt for choice.
Our bedroom had a very comfy bed with a wardrobe and two sets of drawers on the second floor.
On the ground floor there is a games room with a table tennis table, sofa, books and a games station as well. This is a great idea and perfect for families.
Booking through Aspect Holidays is really easy and everyone in the office is so helpful. I paid a deposit when I first booked and then the balance at the end of June for an end of August holiday. We had excellent emails and communication from them and a really helpful welcome pack before our arrival so we knew where everything was, how to access the house and tips for things to do in the area.
There is parking for a small car just outside the front of the house in a private parking area which serves all the houses. This was a real bonus for me and a little one. The neighbours were all friendly and welcoming too, which was nice.
The house is really well located for access to lots of fabulous beaches, towns and villages. The A30 is not far away either which also means you can easily get onto a main road to explore North Cornwall as well. You can walk down into Newlyn and there is a lovely walk to Mousehole as well which is only a couple of miles away. The centre of Penzance is also very close and walkable as well.
Being based in this part of Cornwall is great for exploring Lands End, the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Sennen Cove and surrounding headland, St Ives, Hayle, Godrevy Beach, St Michael’s Mount and Marazion, Trewidden Gardens to name a few. but other beautiful areas such as the Roseland Peninsular and the Lizard are really not far away either. If you don’t mind a bit more of a drive then you can get to Padstow in just over an hour and Tintagel as well.
I loved this house and look forward to returning with William in the future for our next Cornish adventure.