Christmas in Cornwall – a few of our favourite things!

The news is looking good for enjoying a very happy Christmas here in Cornwall! We are looking forward to reopening our two lakeside houses, the Boat House cabin and the Sail House yurt, on 2 December 2020. We’ve found Lockdown 2.0 a tough one, so we’re thrilled to be able to welcome guests back to Pengelly Retreat again for December, Christmas and New Year.

There is SO much to look forward to in the coming month. Aggie is beyond excited already and has asked us about a million times how long it is till Christmas… Not long is always my answer! Meanwhile, here are some of the things we’re particularly looking forward to for the 2020 Christmas season in Cornwall:

Fairy lights in the Sail House, Pengelly Retreat

We can’t wait to reopen again to guests on 2 December – hooray! We are nearly fully booked for December 2020 but we do still have a couple of little gaps available if you’d like to squeeze in a Cornwall getaway before New Year. We offer a minimum 3 night stay up till Christmas week and a 4 night minimum stay over Christmas itself. So if you fancy a December holiday in Cornwall, then check out our availability on the Sail House and Boat House pages.

The log burner makes the Sail House yurt so cosy!

Christmas Shopping in Cornwall

Anyone who knows me will know I do LOVE to shop! And Cornwall is absolutely stuffed full of amazing artisans and makers so we are really spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas shopping and beautiful gifts. Some of my favourite Christmas shopping spots are Porthleven, with it’s galleries and gift shops around the harbour; Falmouth, especially the independent and vintage shops on the High Street, Inspire Makers is a favourite there; and Truro, with it’s festive mix of independents, high street stores and markets on Lemon Quay.

The harbour and famous clock tower at Porthleven

Festive Events in Cornwall

We’ve booked up to go on a Christmas Lantern Walk at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, it looks amazing! Giant animal inspired lanterns will light up the beautiful gardens in the early evenings of December with marshmallow toasting and other festive treats. We’re also looking forward to checking out the ice skating at the Eden Project (wish us luck!) and heading to Trelissick Gardens to see their Christmas lights.

Amazing Christmas Lanterns at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Festive Eats in Cornwall

While we always have a family Christmas at home, we do enjoy a few cheeky meals out in the run up to Christmas. Nearby Porthleven has an excellent selection of restaurants, we really like Kota Kai and The Square. The Pandora at Restronguet, The Heron at Malpas and the Packet Inn at Rosesudgeon are just some of our favourites for a cosy Sunday lunch in Cornwall.

A winter’s sunrise from the Boat House at Pengelly Retreat. Photo by @annac42, The Cornish Life Blog

December Walks in Cornwall

One of our favourite things in Cornwall at any time of year is the beautiful countryside, coast and beaches. In December I like to walk somewhere a bit more sheltered on the wild and windier days like the stunning Penrose Estate in Helston. The paths at Penrose weave their way through woodland alongside the UK’s largest inland salt lake out towards the coast. While on a crisp December day you can’t beat a welly walk on the beach at nearby Gwithian, Praa Sands or Poldhu Beaches. Or head to Prussia Cove to discover rocky coves and hidden stretches of sand.

A frosty morning at the Sail House yurt, Pengelly Retreat

Well that’s our December sorted. Bring it on!! We wish you a very happy run up till Christmas, stay safe and well and enjoy the festive season. And if you’re coming for a December stay at Pengelly Retreat, we look forward to welcoming you here very soon :).

The Great Escape – A festive mini break in Cornwall this December

A lot of us feel like holidays are on hold at the moment with all the uncertainty around what will happen next. But fear not, you can still book yourself a pre-Christmas treat with a mini break to Cornwall. Really? Yes really! We have some December 2020 availability in both our lovely lakeside houses: the dreamy Boat House cabin and Sail House yurt.

The view from the Boat House cabin at Pengelly Retreat

Fully Flexible Cancellations

It may feel like you can’t plan for the future right now but, a little treat of a getaway to Cornwall in the diary gives you something to look forward to. And we definitely all need treats in life right now! Pengelly Retreat guests have the added security of our fully flexible cancellation policy for 2020 and 2021. So if plans change and you need to cancel your stay at any time before your arrival day, we will refund you in full, no questions asked.

Please note, our fully flexible cancellation policy only applies to bookings made direct with us. We have found for those guests who book via Air BnB (rather than direct with us), sometimes Air BnB won’t refund their fee in the case of cancellation. Very frustrating and something we have no control over. So please always book with us direct – we also offer the best rates for our direct bookers too.

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The romantic Boat House at Pengelly Retreat. Photo by @oliviamoonphoto

The Perfect Cornish Hideaway

Our two lovely lakeside houses are the perfect Cornish hideaway for couples or single travellers looking for a rural retreat. Situated in 5 acres of private gardens, meadows and lakes with oodles of space and fresh air all around them. Perfect for social distancing! They both overlook a beautiful wild swimming lake, which is admittedly rather chilly for swimming in the winter months. But if you like cold-water swimming….! Some of our brave guests do indeed take the plunge at all times of year -even in January & February.

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Barefoot at Pengelly Retreat. Photo by @oliviamoonphoto

Cosy Logburners

Both the Boat House cabin and the Sail House yurt have large log burners which make them super-cosy once the fire is going. They also both have a little touch of underfloor heating which comes on morning and evening. It’s not going to heat your whole house in the winter but it gives a bit of luxurious warmth underfoot. And it’s those little luxuries that count.

The log burner in the Sail House yurt at Pengelly Retreat

Beaches & Countryside

The Retreat’s enviable location in West Cornwall means that you are just 15 minutes from the most amazing beaches. Gwithian & Godrevy beach on the north coast is one of our go-tos, with Praa Sands being our regular beach hang-out on the south. You’re surrounded by tranquil countryside for winter walks including the Crenver Grove woodlands and National Trust’s Godolphin & Penrose Estates. Or if you’d like to just chill out in your own beautiful space, surrounded by nature, then you can kick back and relax by the lake. Many of our guests choose to do just that.

Gwithian Beach, Cornwall

Cornish Eats

If eating out is your thing then the nearby harbour of Porthleven boasts some excellent bistros, pubs and cafes including Kota Kai, the Square and the brand new Michael Caines’ restaurant. Or if you’d rather eat in then grab yourself a fresh Cornish fish and chips at Sanders in Hayle and head back to your lakeside holiday home. For self-catering, we recommend stocking up from the tempting selection of local produce at Trevaskis Farm’s impressive farm shop just up the road.

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The boat on the lake at Pengelly Retreat. Photo by @t.frost.photography

Unique Christmas Gifts & Treats

Cornwall is also absolutely brilliant for inspired Christmas shopping with a abundance of gift shops, galleries and local makers creating beautiful and unique gifts. If you’ve Christmas gift shopping in mind, we love the Four Crows and Customs House Galleries in Porthleven; Uneeka and The Truro Arts Company in Truro and Inspire Makers in Falmouth. And that’s before I even mention all the Christmas markets that happen down here in December….

Shopping in Truro, Cornwall

If I’ve managed to convince you that a December break in Cornwall is just the treat you need, then head to our Sail House yurt and Boat House cabin pages to read more about our gorgeous lakeside accommodation and check their availability. I don’t think that the December availability is going to be there for long, so better get your (ice) skates on…. 🙂