“I was 21 when I got here” I say in my head; ironically of course seeing that I am 37 years, 7 months and 6 days old (not that I’m counting mind you). Coach delays, seen plenty of them on the TV, never had one of my own. Sitting here I wonder to myself; will it be 2, 4 or even 20 hours.
The truth is I don’t much care as long as I get there. I sat just smiling knowing that in a few hours I will be at peace in the beauty of Cornwall. The voice (of a robot with a whole packet of chews in his mouth) comes over the tannoy.
We are on our way!! Great! On the bus a lovely Norwegian lady sat beside me has agreed to swap places so that I can sit next to my friend.
Newquay, my mind wandered to childhood memories of sandcastles, chalets and eeerm rain! Not today though, it is June and beautiful not a cloud to be had in the turquoise blue sky.
When I arrived I was greeted with not an old run down chalet of old but the most beautiful apartment at 6 Golden Bay. I was overwhelmed with the finish and standard and the view!!
Well that took some beating. I could hardly wait to fling open the patio doors and relish in the smells and sights of the sea and sand. My feet hardly touched the ground before I was sat on the balcony completely lost in my own thoughts, Cornwall does that to me, almost hypnotising.
This feeling of complete serenity was magnified by the beautiful apartment and I must admit it was hard to leave it behind to venture out.
Venture out I did though, having visited Newquay before and knowing I had 2 more days to enjoy it’s beauty I headed up to Padstow for the day. What a pretty place, beautiful fishing village with THE most stunning sweeping sands. I walked along the cliff path a while and found a quiet corner on the beach where I sat, just watching and reading intermittently.
The estuary is stunning and when the sun shines as it did that day you could quite easily imagine yourself in Barbados. The beach is safe and the sand so soft for children an abundance of rock pools lay waiting to be discovered after morning tide.
I smiled at the children squealing as they discovered a crab or 2. I walked back into the village in the afternoon for some fish and chips (what else!) and Rick Stein’s fish and chips are simply delicious. I highly recommend a visit here YUM. This was indeed the highlight of my stay.
Delightful County and the comfort of having the lap of luxury to go back to at the end of each day made it all very special.
Written by Sally Parker.