A short break away to Cornwall...
Last month, Ru & I popped down to Cornwall for a few days; it's a solid 7 hour+ drive from where we live so 'popped down' seems a bit of a silly term but we were only there for 3 nights and on the third night we ended up driving home to beat the traffic so it really was short & sweet! It's a bit of a lucky dip when I go away with Reuben as he can either behave like an angel or he can have a bit of a terrible twos phase. This trip was the latter, although it wasn't all bad, just a bit difficult compared to our last trip away! We went to a few gorgeous places and got some beautiful photos, and also filmed a vlog which you can find here. If you fancy finding out what we got up to then keep scrolling guys and gals. Be prepared for a photo-heavy post...
After a 10 hour journey down (including 3 stops!) we made our way to Looe as we had a couple of hours to kill before the check-in time for our Airbnb. It was really cloudy and windy, but still really warm and we just had a little walk around and took some snaps, including some very windy selfies! We then headed back to the car and made our way to our Airbnb. We actually stayed in Tavistock in Devon which was a really rural spot, the cottage I booked was in the middle of the countryside surrounded by miles and miles of fields - so beautiful! Although the roads weren't the nicest to drive on with mostly only having space for one car!
I'd like to add in that I've had my Snooper dash cam in for a few weeks now and it came in perfectly for such a long journey down to Cornwall. Not only did I feel much safer having one up driving down so many narrow roads and through towns I've never driven through before, but also on the motorway on the way down. So many cars pull out in front of you on the M1 without even indicating and god forbid should I ever not react fast enough; I'll have the proof that it wasn't my fault. Insurance is a killer at my age anyway and with only having passed my test last year, my insurance is still so high and this just gives me a lot more security if anything were ever to happen and someone tried to blame me. I've got the Snooper DVR-4HD and it does the job brilliantly, not only does it record HD video but it comes with a 16gb SD card and has a built in speed camera alert system which is extremely handy if you drive in a lot of new places like I do - as sometimes it's not clear what speeds the roads are and it's so easy to get caught in an unfamiliar place. It attaches to my windscreen like a breeze, I've popped mine behind my rear-view mirror so that minus the wire, it's out of sight and doesn't obstruct my view. The high quality HD video means that I'll have crystal clear evidence should I ever need to make an insurance claim or give evidence against a false claim which just gives me that extra peace of mind with all the mileage that I tend to do with all these trips Ru and I go on! I'd definitely recommend having a browse, even my dad has a dash cam permanently in his car and he's 60 - you just can't predict what other drivers are going to do and it's much safer to have one.
Back to the Airbnb; I was pleasantly surprised with this one, I always go for ones that appeal to me online but sometimes I find they're ten times more gorgeous in person! We stayed in an Airbnb in Northamptonshire a few weeks back where it was an barn conversion in someone's garden and this one was the exact same. The host lived in the house right beside the Airbnb and she was there to greet us and was so lovely. I couldn't recommend staying here more because we were just made to feel so welcome. It was so clean and she'd left lots of little treats out including croissants, muffins, bread and she'd even put loads of bits in the fridge like orange juice, milk, some little fromage frais for Reuben, fruit, butter, condiments and even some jars of jam & marmalade. She'd got it all in especially for us which I thought was amazingly generous! Definitely the best Airbnb host I've stayed with so far. She had a teenage son who was selling some collectable teddies and he had a couple that hadn't sold so they had washed them and left them out for Reuben to play with and take home with him too. So lovely and thoughtful. Besides the incredible hospitality, the Airbnb itself was just a beauty really wasn't it?! The kitchen was so dreamy with so much character and had everything you could ever need, including a microwave and a first aid kit. There was also all the tea, coffee & sugar you could ever need, plus loads of cooking essentials. Every detail has been thought about with this one and it's the perfect little place to stay if you're visiting the Devon/Cornwall area!
Our first day was a massive mix of good and bad bits if I'm being honest. We had the most amazing sleep, 8pm until 8am and woke up feeling very refreshed after the long journey down, however when leaving our Airbnb, it took me a good 10 minutes to figure out how to lock the doors (the host said they were new locks to be fair, so were a bit stiff anyway!) and that wasn't a great start to our day. I decided to head down to St Ives as it looked gorgeous but we couldn't get parked anywhere and my silly sat nav took me all the way down to the beach through the little down which was horrendous, the roads were just covered in people and you had to drive round at 3mph, not my favourite driving experience to date... after that I spent a good couple of hours trying to find a beach to no avail, it was really horrible and cloudy with a strong wind and we found a cove that just wasn't toddler friendly at all really, plus Reuben was getting really upset at how windy it was! I had had enough at that point and we were just going to go back to the Airbnb for some food and to chill out after the stressful morning, and then we passed a sign for The Eden Project which was on my list as a place to visit - so of course I decided to head there to try and salvage the day. After almost getting locked out of my car with the keys inside (never have I felt so panicked in my life) we eventually made it inside and had a really lovely afternoon. The Eden Project is absolutely worth a visit as it is just so, so stunning.
The Eden Project is an educational charity which is essentially a massive project that demonstrates the importance of plants and promotes the sustainable use of plant resources. It houses two huuuuge biomes which contains the largest rainforest in captivity, all the beautiful plants and they also hold summer concerts and family events! Not an AD just think it's an amazing place; the rainforest is my favourite bit of all. We spent a good couple of hours walking round as there was so much to look at and so many beautiful snaps to take. It even has a waterfall, and gorgeous wooden bridges up high that you can walk across, it really is like being in a real rainforest in an exotic country. Reuben's favourite part was the bridges of course, he loved running back and forth across them!
On our last day, we ended up driving through Looe again on our way to Polperro so I thought I'd see if I could find a space to park up and grab some more snaps. The reason for this is because it was so cloudy on our first visit here and on this day it was so sunny with blue skies! I was able to take some stunning snaps compared to my miserable ones the first time round; so of course I was a happy gal after that. I can't believe how gorgeous it is down in Cornwall, and how turquoise the sea is, it's literally like being abroad when the sun is out like this.
I also got these beautiful snaps of Ru with the most gorgeous view behind him that I'll definitely treasure forever, what a babe x
After a quick stop in Looe, we made our way to Polperro and oh my goshhhh, is that little town a beauty. When I had it recommended to me as a place to visit, I knew instantly after a quick google that it was a must-see. I was told to park at the top (you can't drive down into the actual village) and get the tram down, but we actually walked it which I would recommend. It was such a lovely walk down, it didn't even take that long, and you don't miss all the beautiful houses and shops you can pop into along the way. The little streets reminded me of some of those I've seen pictures of in the likes of places like Ibiza! Lots of white painted buildings surrounded by beautiful flowers - so so pretty.
Just loooook at how stunning it is! I am utterly obsessed. I imagine this would be the dreamiest place to get married, just think about the photos you'd get! We had the best time wandering around the the dreamy harbour and taking in the views. We could have walked even further along the clifftops but Reuben had had enough by this point and was playing up a bit - plus it was absolutely roasting and both of us were parched and in need of an ice cold beverage! Which we went straight to get after these snaps of course...
The last place we went was finally a decent beach! I found the most beautiful beach called Trevone Bay, thanks to everyone's recommendations on Instagram when asking for a toddler friendly beach! We drove about an hour to get to it but it was definitely worth it, look at that sea. The sand was silky soft and it was like being abroad. We didn't get to soak it up for as long as I would have liked as I had a very tired toddler on my hands who cried at the feel of the sand on his toes! I managed to encourage him to get down to the sea with the help of a toy I'd bought him in Polperro, but he was very unhappy and I was getting all the stares aha! He really didn't want to go into the sea either and wasn't happy at getting wet but I had a little paddle on my own to cool off and he ended up coming over for 5 minutes or so. So basically, don't forget there's always stuff going on behind a photo because most of the story behind these beautiful beach snaps involves a screaming toddler hahaha. Still - I have these gorgeous pics to hold on to don't I?
We headed back to the Airbnb after this and I washed Ru in the shower and gave him some dinner, had a little wash myself and then packed up the car ready to go home. Not the best idea in hindsight - although we managed to beat a lot of traffic and it was less busy driving at night, I was pretty exhausted. At one point, Ru was crying and wanted me, so I ended up pulling up at a service station and getting him out his seat for a little cuddle and we fell asleep together in the car for a good couple of hours I think! I woke up like where am I?! But after that it was a pretty straightforward drive home, I guess I just needed that power nap. My top tip is don't set off on a 7 hour drive home without a bit of sleep and plenty of coffee!
As always it's a learning curve when travelling with Ru on my own, even after doing it so many times! I never know what he's going to be like but that's okay. I'm finding that I cope better on shorter trips away as after a couple of long days I'm ready to get home and back into our normal routine. We had a lovely little holiday none-the-less and it was definitely what the doctor ordered. If you travel a lot with a toddler I'd love to know how you manage on longer trips away 🙂
Disclaimer: The Snooper dash cam was given to me in exchange for a review.