In the school holidays there’s nothing better than getting outside. Woodlands and parks are the perfect natural playground for children and here at The Cornwall, our estate provides an idyllic, contained setting for all sorts of Famous Five style adventures.
Wealthy Victorian estate owners liked to create a “managed wilderness” with pastoral sweeps of grass and picturesque woodland. Our 43 acre estate is no exception and boasts a beautiful mix of oaks, cypresses, wild cherries, larches, sycamores, ashes, yews and limes giving us a gorgeous display of lush greens in the summer and wonderful golden leaves to crunch through in the autumn.
We share the estate with woodpeckers, swifts, swallows, grey herons, owls, bats and badgers. The bats even have their own hotel… Keep an eye out for our feathered and four-legged guests as you roam the woodland paths.
A good way to explore The Cornwall’s estate with younger children is by taking Gwendolyn’s Treasure Trail. Gwendolyn Coode grew up in what is now the main hotel building back in the late nineteenth century; modern children can follow in her footsteps by exploring what was once her playground. There are twenty riddles to solve in the trail making it a great adventure.
There is also an excellent playground in the estate, complete with sandpit (just in case your car foot-wells aren’t quite sandy enough after a day on Porthpean beach…). Add tennis courts (with optional coaching sessions), a swimming pool, a football pitch and giant Jenga, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to wear out your youngsters without even leaving the grounds. Just down the road is Porthpean Outdoor Centre where we can arrange coasteering, kayaking, sailing, climbing and archery.
And after a day of adventuring in the great outdoors, what could be better than retiring to your cosy house in the woods for a cooling shower and a comfy sofa?
The Woodland Homes are perfect for families who want a woodland adventure but don’t fancy doing the full Bear Grylls and building their own shelters from bracken. Our Scandinavian-style self-catering houses make the most of the sylvan views with glass-fronted balconies and generous-sized windows. You really feel you are among the trees (without actually having to get too up close and personal).
The cedar-clad homes may feel at one with their natural surroundings but their facilities are definitely five star, especially the extremely well-equipped kitchens. You also get all the benefits of staying in the grounds of the hotel – including use of The Clearing Spa, and the option of wandering through the trees to one of our lovely restaurants (as opposed to snaring rabbits). For alfresco eating at home, the balcony is the perfect spot. Because we understand that our self-catering families have probably been adventuring all day, there are even places to hang your wetsuit and store your bikes.
A woodland holiday that combines outdoor adventure with comfort and convenience – what could be better? Just don’t forget the lashings of ginger beer…