• Exploring the Wild

    A Cornish Winter

    12 January, 2018

    After a year of balancing work with ongoing house renovations, a busy festive period, and the trials and tribulations of an unexpected boiler replacement, we packed our bags at the end of a lovely Christmas with family and headed for the south-westerly tip of Cornwall to see in the new year.

    The peninsula’s wild and rugged beauty captured our hearts last summer, and we’d spent the autumn months dreaming of returning to its bracken-clad moors and windswept cliffs.

    Our home for the few days of our stay was a shepherd’s hut situated on a rural sheep farm amid the Chun Downs Nature Reserve – just off the main coast road between Cape Cornwall and St Ives, and not far from the village of Morvah. Built from local and recycled materials by its owner, Sarah, and entirely off-grid, the hut was exactly what we wanted: a cosy, eco-friendly place to retreat from the world.

    Given that our first night was spent peering excitedly through the rain-streaked windows as sheets of lightning flashed across the sea, we were especially glad of the warm sheep’s wool duvet and blankets; not to mention the little wood burning stove. And as the hut’s layout is based on the design of a traditional shepherd’s living van, featuring a raised bed with space underneath for sheltering lambs, there was even a place for Ted to hide from the storm that was raging outside.

    And so the dwindling days of December were spent in a contended jumble of long and blustery coastal walks, welcoming pubs, and fairy-lit fishing towns. We welcomed the new year tucked up in our hut with books and bubbles, discussing our plans and dreams for the months ahead.

    If you’re planning your own Cornish adventure, these are a few of the places that made our stay so special…


    Chun Downs Nature Reserve

    Cape Cornwall and Ballowall Barrow

    Kenidjack Castle and the Nancherrow Valley

    Porthcurno to Logan Rock

    Trevaunance Cove to St Agnes Head


    The Gurnard’s Head, Treen (near Zennor)

    The Halsetown Inn, St Ives

    The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

    The Cornish Barn at The Artist’s Residence, Penzance


    The Leach Pottery, St Ives

    Common Wanderer, St Ives

    No. 56, Penzance

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    A Cornish Winter

    • Jenny says:

      Ah, absolutely beautiful! I’m taking notes for my next visit to Cornwall, possibly my favorite place on earth.
      I so appreciate all the recommendations, I love good solid leads!
      Mahalo nui!