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Why winter in Cornwall is the best-kept secret you need to know about

With empty beaches that stretch for miles

Cornwall is often hailed as the UK’s best summer staycation location; and with warm sand under your toes, turquoise waters and dreamy sunsets, it’s not all that surprising.

But winter here offers a whole new experience – one that is, arguably, even more magical with it’s beautifully-wild coastline and empty beaches that stretch for miles.

In fact, during the colder months, the Duchy becomes a hub for avid walkers and storm watchers, making it the winter staycationers’ best-kept secret.

Perfect for those ready to embrace the refreshing wind and discover winter wildlife, it’s the time of year that we’re welcoming guests with our heart-warming menu and fantastic seasonal offers – from our 3-for-2 nights on our rooms, to our ‘Stay & Save’.

If you’re staying with us this season, or you’re wondering why you should, here are a few things you can look forward to this winter:


Windy walks and winter wildlife

Cornwall boasts spectacular coastal views from more than 600 miles of coast path, and walkers can expect an abundance of wildlife in the cooler months. Look out for everything from dolphins to some of the Duchy’s rarest birds – and, don’t forget, it’s also seal breeding season, making it the perfect time to see those fluffy little pups!

If you want to get away from the coast and head inland, pack a picnic and try your hand at hiking Bodmin Moor’s highest point. We guarantee the views from Rough Tor are well worth the climb.


Watching the waves roll in

One of our favourite things to do each winter is watch those massive waves roll in each time there’s a storm – whether it’s from the comfort of Lewinnick’s cliff-top terrace, or (safely) bracing yourself on the beach.

But did you know it’s also a surfer’s paradise at this time of year? Cornwall is home to some of the best surf spots in the UK and, as storm swells hit throughout the season, those itching to get in the water can expect barrels-galore and endless days of decent surf.

Sunsets with style

No matter what time of year it is, Cornwall arguably has some of the best sunset locations in the UK (if you’re wondering what it looks like from Lewinnick’s cliff-top terrace, just slide through our Instagram!).

In winter, expect crisp, striking colours across an ice-blue sky as you huddle up under a blanket, warm coffee in hand. Once the sun sets, head back to The Plume for a hearty pub meal by the fire, or gaze at the stars from your ocean-facing room at Lewinnick Lodge.


A hub of activity

Contrary to popular belief, Cornwall is a hub of activity through the winter months, with a myriad of year-round attractions to enjoy. With the winter festivals and seasonal events in between, there’s always something to do, even if you’re not the outdoorsy type.

So, why not head to the Eden Project for a spot of ice skating amid the iconic biomes, or try your hand at gin-making at Tarquin’s Gin School in St Ives? There are also a number of stunning gardens (including Truro’s Trelissick – just a short drive from both of our venues) that are still open for those quiet strolls.


It’s also the perfect time to nab a seat at some of Cornwall’s most popular eateries and foodie destinations, while the crowds are small. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the Hidden Hut at Porscatho, open every day from 11am-3pm.


Ready to book your winter staycation? Click here to find out more and make the most of our seasonal offers