8 insanely romantic spots in Cornwall
Steal a kiss at one of these swoon-worthy spots to set your loved one’s heart a-flutter.
For wannabe brides and grooms
Gearing up to pop the question? Climb to the summit of the stunning St Michael’s Mount and find the highest point of the Mount’s bedrock which can be seen to the side of the ancient church – it’s said that a truly romantic wish made touching this stone will be granted, especially before a proposal to marry. Good luck!
For literary buffs
Frenchman’s Creek on the Helford Estuary was the honeymoon location of choice for Daphne & her husband and it was here that Du Maurier was inspired to write her famous novel about love and pirates (and what greater combination could there be?). Discover the intimacy and serenity of the area yourself by stepping onto the footpath which runs beside Frenchman’s Creek. It is all too easy to imagine that the call of a waterbird is really the whistle of the French hero, summoning his English mistress to his pirate ship, and that the lapping of the waves is the sound of his first mate rowing in to fetch her.
For Poldark fans
If you’re a little bit in love with Ross Poldark (c‘mon who isn’t?) head to Porthgwarra Cove in west Cornwall and recreate one of the most lust-filled scenes from the BBC One series. As the infamous spot where Ross takes a dip in the crystal clear waters while being watched from the cliff tops by Demelza, Porthgwarra is renowned for sending heart’s aflutter. Recreate the lustful scene with a swim of your own or rent the keys to Corner Cottage through St Aubyn Estates Holidays – a perfect hideaway for loved up couples.
Pack a picnic and a bottle of something bubbly and cuddle up next to your loved one for an outdoor performance at Cornwall’s legendary Minack Theatre, which is carved into the cliff tops above the panorama of beautiful Porthcurno bay. With the stars twinkling above you, a cosy blanket wrapped around you and the stage alive with a plot of passion, lust and romance, it’s Cornwall at its most memorable.
For sunset lovers
Nothing quite beats the romance of watching the sunset, and in Cornwall you can take your picks of mesmerizing spots to see the sky alive with the last golden glints of the day. For the ultimate in grown-up indulgence enjoy the spectacle from the warmth of a cliff top hot tub at The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth. With a glass of something bubbly and your loved one beside you it really is hard to beat.
For scenery seekers
Pretend you’re in the movies by taking to the wheel and follow the coastal roads from St Ives to Land’s End. With the wind in your hair, smooth tunes on the stereo and views even more beautiful at every twist and turn, it’s a drive guaranteed to set the mood for love. The road quite literally hugs the remote coastline and falls away across fields which rest on mighty cliffs making it a journey to go slow and savour.
For adrenaline junkies
We could have picked any one of Cornwall’s beaches and declared them a romantic spot because quite frankly anywhere with glistening sand and crashing waves has the capacity to send couples starry-eyed, but with a name like Lusty Glaze this north coast beach, which is kissing distance from Newquay, has got to be a love highlight. As a unique venue for weddings, the beautiful horseshoe shaped private cove has seen its fair share of romance and for couples that prefer to show their love in less traditional ways, the beach is also renowned for its adventure activities – surely there’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than on the Lusty 750ft zip wire!
For fairytale romantics
St Nectan’s Glen near Tintagel in north Cornwall has all the ingredients for love and romance; ivy clad trees, a sparkling river and the pièce de résistance, a mesmerising waterfall. This secret hideaway is the perfect place to share whispered sweet nothings to the serenade of birdsong... just keep an eye out for fairies, piskies and spirits who could be playing gooseberry!
Admission fee applies for visiting the waterfall.