There are so many reasons to visit Cornwall in 2024, from the expansive landscape to the abundance of delicious food, hubbub of activity and stunning views. Using Old Lanwarnick as the perfect base for your Cornish adventure we’ve compiled top ten reasons to visit Cornwall and to take a trip down here, set amongst countryside and coast.
Cornwall is known for being a dog haven, with endless stretches of beach, numerous dog-friendly eateries and more fresh air than you could shake a stick at. The Duchy is a playground for your furry friend to explore and it all begins at Old Lanwarnick. Our luxury properties are dog-friendly and surrounded by 34 acres of unspoiled countryside complete with two dedicated secure dog fields, enclosed gardens and patios and a welcome pack with all the essentials from beds to tasty treats.
Despite some beaches being closed to dogs during the summer, there are over 400 left to explore from white sandy stretches with still turquoise waters to secluded rocky coves with dramatic crashing waves. Build sandcastles and explore rock pools at Talland Bay or Lansallos beach, less than a 20-minute drive from Old Lanwarnick or take your pooch for a run at Par Sands beach, just 30 minutes away. Whether you are after a day on the waves or you prefer to while away the hours basking in the sun, you will never be too far away from some of the best beaches in Britain.
Unsurprisingly, with so many beaches at your fingertips, there are opportunities for watersports wherever you turn. Bodyboarding is the easiest way to get the whole family in the water or try renting kayaks from the café at Talland Bay to head off and explore the rocky cliffs. Alternatively, try your hand at SUP boarding, windsurfing, sailing and powerboating at Polkerris beach, or book a surfing lesson at the world-famous Fistral Beach in Newquay to make the most of Cornwall’s impressive waves.
National Trust properties
As well as being home to beautiful beaches, Cornwall is full of history and heritage in the form of stunning National Trust properties from ancient houses to exotic gardens. Escape to Pentire to take in the far-reaching views of the breathtaking headland, make your way to Cotehele to discover the slate-stone manor on the banks of the River Tamar, or wander the wooded estate and magnificent Victorian country house of Lanydrock in Bodmin.
Cornwall’s cuisine is known for being fresh, locally sourced and most importantly delicious. Enjoy fish and chips after a day at the beach followed by a hearty cream tea with dollops of velvety clotted cream or explore some of the Duchy’s fine dining. Take a trip to the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, the Sardine Factory or Asquiths, a hidden gem and one of Lostwithiel’s best kept secrets. From Nathan Outlaw and Jude Kereama to Paul Ainsworth, we are lucky to play host to some of the best chefs available.
Beautiful sub-tropical gardens
A great day for all the family, there is no shortage of stunning sub-tropical gardens to explore just a stone’s throw from Old Lanwarnick. The Eden Project offers beautiful biomes with every plant species you could imagine while Trebah is home to its own private beach and dazzling exotic planting. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are perfect for explorers, Glendurgan is famous for its entertaining maze and Trelissick offers stunning maritime views set amongst lovely woodland walks.
There is always something exciting happening in Cornwall with festivals celebrating our fantastic food, drink and music scene happening all year round. Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the diversity of Cornish seafood with four days of feasting and festivities while the International Shanty Festival sees Falmouth come alive with music, food and drink between 14th and 16th June. Other impressive events include Porthleven Food Festival with live cooking demonstrations, the family-friendly Great Estate at Scorrier House and a number of dedicated music festivals like Tunes in the Dunes with an impressive line-up of artists.
Coast path walks
At Old Lanwarnick, exploring the coast couldn’t be any easier. The south west coast path runs through the area allowing you to stretch your legs at a moment’s notice with the unending Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. Perfect for a longer walk with the pooch, a solo stroll, or a family adventure before a warming lunch back at Old Lanwarnick you couldn’t ask for a better place to take in Cornwall’s beauty.
While Cornwall is full of fine dining, sometimes you can’t beat the filling warmth of a pasty after a day exploring the coast or as a refuelling lunch in between adventures. Choose from traditional steak or perhaps opt for a chicken, cheese, or vegetable option for a taste of Cornwall’s delicious history.
If the above weren’t reason enough to make a trip to the Duchy in 2024 then we think our luxury dog-friendly cottages speak for themselves. Nestled within the peaceful countryside, moments from the coast there is nowhere better to explore Cornwall. After a day of adventures, return to your cosy cottage and end the day with a BBQ overlooking the sunset or perhaps a dip in the hot tub underneath the stars. Sink into your Egyptian cotton bedding, indulge in an in-house spa treatment and simply relax during your escape from the stresses of everyday life.
The world at your fingertips
While Cornwall is packed full of coastal paths and rolling countryside, there is so much more to do on the doorstep of Old Lanwarnick than you realise. From alpaca trekking and horse riding to clay pigeon shooting and Bodmin carriage tours, there is an incredible selection of activities right on your doorstep. Venture to Liskeard, only 20 minutes in the car where you can explore the underground caverns of Carnglaze, historical standing stones and stone circles that inhabit the landscape and the variety of charming eateries and pubs to refuel for your adventures ahead.
With plenty of award-winning accommodation available, we can accommodate all of your needs whether you’re visiting with a big family or you’re having a romantic weekend away with your partner. Bring your four-legged friend, reconnect with nature and make the most of 2024 at Old Lanwarnick.