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Couples guide to Cornwall

Can there be a more perfect time and place for a romantic holiday than Cornwall in the autumn?

The short answer is no. For the longer answer, read on….

September and October are made for couples’ holidays. The summer holidays are over, and families are back home, all new shoes and school runs. In Cornwall, the busy, busy, busy becomes peaceful once more. Nothing makes more sense than a romantic break in Cornwall this autumn.

Explore dramatic coastlines, hidden beaches and cobbled fishing villages. Enjoy cream teas in steamy beach cafes and dine on seaside fish and chips. Wander through peaceful gardens, dramatic moorland and cinematic towns. And hide away in a woodland cabin at Deerpark, enjoying in-cabin spa treatments, romantic dinners and a hot tub under the stars. 

It’s autumn, it’s Cornwall, it’s time for romance…

Explore Cornwall’s romantic coastline

Spend a happy afternoon in the pretty harbour villages of Looe and Polperro, where cobbled streets and ancient fishermen’s cottages give way to quaint harbours and sandy beaches. Visit pretty gift shops and art galleries, cosy pubs, and smart restaurants, free from the summer crowds. 

Put on your walking boots and take the South West Coastal Path for dramatic cliff top views, shady woodland walks and picturesque hidden coves.  When your limbs are weary from walking, enjoy tea for two at the Talland Bay Beach Café in a cheerful beach hut, with the Atlantic Ocean just a stone’s throw from the door.

Of all the pretty harbour towns on the south Cornwall coast, Charlestown, a beautifully preserved Georgian harbour, is perhaps the most romantic. It has featured in many epic films and TV series including Poldark, Mansfield Park and Rebecca. Book lunch at the Harbourside Inn and soak up the history and atmosphere of this special place.

Wander through Cornish gardens

Cornwall is famous for its gardens, where you can wander together, away from the world. The Eden Project is the jewel in the crown of course, but some of the smaller gardens are altogether more intimate and beautiful. 

Step into The Lost Gardens of Heligan, where even the name carries romance. This secret Victorian garden was brought back to life in the 1990s after decades of neglect, and it is surely a garden for lovers. 

Another hidden gem, not to be missed, is Marsh Villa Gardens. This enchanting 3-acre oasis has been a labour of love, created over 3 decades by the owners. Just 10 minutes’ drive from Deerpark, it is open until the end of September.

Have adventures together

Every relationship benefits from shared adventures, which build a bank of special memories. Now that the children are back in school, there’s space to be children yourselves and enjoy some of Cornwall’s heart-racing activities. Take the plunge at Cornwall’s most extreme aquapark, Adrenaline Quarry, enjoy a guided canoe trip along the creeks and backwaters of the Fowey Estuary or fly down the Skywire above the outdoor adventure park at the Eden Project.

Hire bicycles to explore the beautiful south east of Cornwall. A short cycle ride will reward you with an insight in to the gunpowder and tin mining history of the local area. If the weather is holding, pack a picnic and take the Camel Trail which traces an old railway line across the middle of Cornwall, taking in moorland, woodland and coast. Alternatively, the 17-mile Caradon Trail takes you by ancient standing stones, tumbling waterfalls and picture-perfect picnic spots where you can enjoy dramatic moorland views along with your meal for two.

Relax in nature

When your adventures are over, you need somewhere to cuddle up together and retreat from the world. A cabin for two, in a wooded valley overlooking a calm millpond - the setting at Deerpark is made for romance. 

Feel the tranquillity of the forest wrap around you as you relax and unwind. From a Champagne breakfast to a Romantic Evening in package, enjoy the luxury of special moments together. Treat yourselves to a Time for Two In-cabin spa package or a romantic meal for two prepared by your own personal chef.

Book your romantic weekend or midweek break today and find out why Cornwall in the autumn is made for romance.