The wild, rugged landscape and dramatic sweeping beaches of North Cornwall make it a much loved destination for those looking to visit the popular towns of Padstow, Camelford and Wadebridge whilst making the most of the striking scenery.
Following a week of stormy weather and stressful deadlines I was more than ready for a couple of nights away to relax and hibernate away from the cold, and St Docwin, a converted chapel in the secluded hamlet of Trequite provided the perfect escape.
As I headed up the A39 with map in hand and the sun at my back, it was the perfect opportunity to admire Cornwall’s beautiful landscape without squinting through the rain and fog. I don’t often find myself in North Cornwall, so it made a welcome change to swap the likes of Falmouth and Truro for Cornwall in its most natural form.
After a smooth and enjoyable drive I found myself slowly bumbling down a narrow lane with sweeping fields on one side and a cluster of trees on the other. With a final turn the lane opened out to reveal the magnificent property of St Docwin on my right. Wooden gates framed the entrance with ample parking for at least four cars and I was in awe of the beautiful conversion that was to be my home for the next two nights.
With bags in hand and the night creeping in, I was looking forward to exploring this luxurious property. Each room revealed chic bedrooms and comfortable furnishings (four bedrooms in total with room for nine), a beautiful open plan lounge area with an open fire, stylish kitchen and dining area and under-floor heating throughout the downstairs, but the pièce de résistance in my view was the main bathroom which housed the most fantastic bath tub. I could easily stretch out in it and it was deep enough to fully submerge, a true luxury in my eyes and one I made full use of.
It was soon time to go in search of sustenance and I noticed on my short drive to St Docwin that there was a lovely, local pub just a stones throw away. The Red Lion Inn is owned by Aussie’s Wendy and Steve, who moved to Cornwall four years ago and who have successfully created a traditional pub atmosphere with a contemporary menu full of flavoursome, homemade dishes. The roaring open fire and warm welcome immediately drew me in and I was looking forward to sampling the food on offer.
To start I opted for the mini fishcakes with sweet mango chilli sauce, a zesty and delicious combination, followed by a light and creamy Thai green chicken curry and lastly a delightfully decadent French style warm apple tart. I could not fault the food or the service of the Inn’s hospitable owners; a real treat for the senses that I highly recommend. Feeling warm and content I returned to St Docwin and opted for a bath, book and bed.
The next morning I woke to find that the stormy weather had returned and chose to make the most of the beautiful property. After a long and luxurious soak in the bathtub I made myself some tea and toast and relaxed at the kitchen table.
By mid morning the rain had eased and I decided to venture in to the great outdoors and explore the local area. With my wellies on and raincoat at the ready I went for a wonder through Trequite. It was extremely peaceful and I couldn’t help but smile at a field of bedraggled sheep as I trundled past. There are a number of local walks in the area to suit both laid-back wanderer and avid hiker and I only wish I’d had longer to make better use of the trails.
Feeling refreshed, I returned just in time to hear the first pattering of rain outside. Seizing the opportunity to hibernate for the afternoon I lit the log burner in the lounge area, made myself a delicious cream tea, a complimentary gift discovered on arrival, and settled down for the afternoon with my book.
A few hours later after revelling in the warmth of the fire I decided to put the well-equipped kitchen to good use and cook myself an early dinner of fresh pasta with bacon, mushrooms and creamy mascarpone sauce, served with some garlic ciabatta and a glass of white wine, the perfect end to a relaxing day.
The following morning I awoke to beautiful sunshine streaming in to my room and felt thoroughly rejuvenated after a wonderful nights sleep. With this being my last day at St Docwin I was up early and after a quick breakfast I packed up my car and said my goodbyes to the house that had become my home for the last two days.
It was time I returned to the office, but not before a quick stop in the picturesque village of Port Isaac. At just a short ten minute drive from the property, this popular fishing village is best known for being the set for television series Doc Martin and is full of art galleries, quaint cafes and cute gift shops.
My stay at St Docwin far exceeded my expectations and I found it to be one of the most luxurious yet secret retreats that I have had the pleasure of staying in. Whether you are looking for a break away with friends and family or a quiet romantic mini break, you will not be disappointed by what you find.
St Docwin, Trequite, Near Port Isaac
Cornish Horizons (Holiday Cottages),
The Cottage, 19 New Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8EA
Tel: 01841 533 331
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