After a busy Christmas, Christian and I went away for a few nights with some good friends Alice and Tom. I met Alice when she came to work at Next as a fellow Trainee Buyer. We instantly hit it off and although she has now left Next to become a Teacher, she is still one of my best friends (and bridesmaid!).
Alice and Tom got married in Newquay earlier this year, so when we chatted about going away somewhere in the UK for New Year, it was the obvious choice. We found a cute little cottage that would let us take our dog Primrose. It was a bit out of the way in a small town called Camelford, but it worked out perfectly, as it was a good central spot to explore a few different places. It also meant on New Years Day that we had a perfect secluded location to doze on the sofa, in front of a fire watching DVD’s all afternoon.
We arrived late afternoon on New Years Eve. After checking out the cottage and quickly changing we drove (unfortunately we found we had left it too last minute to book a taxi) into Newquay. Alice had booked us in to Lewinnick Lodge for dinner which was just delicious. They had an ‘All that Glitters’ theme. The venue and the staff were shimmering!
At midnight, we watched the fireworks in Newquay Harbour. Oh, also, in case anyone is thinking of spending New Years in Newquay… you should know that everyone goes in fancy dress… and I mean everyone! We were well and truly the odd ones out!
The next day, Alice and Tom has booked us to go to the Headland Hotel spa as an early birthday treat. This is the same hotel that they got married in, so it was lovely to go back. It was also the perfect way to spend New Years Day. Alice and I both had a mini facial using Voya products. I had never heard of Voya before, but it left my skin feeling incredible. It felt so soft and refreshed.
After a windy walk on the beach, we drove back to Camelford where we curled up with our duvets and chocolates and spent the afternoon dozing in front of Bridesmaids, James Bond and Batman.
The next morning, after a well needed lie in, we went to Padstow for the day. I think I must have been as a child because it felt familiar. It is a beautiful harbour town, and very dog friendly (which always goes down well with me!). The weather was perfect; crisp but sunny! We pottered around the shops, and played fetch with Primrose on the beach. After a very competitive game of crazy golf we stopped for some cornish traditions; Cream Tea for Alice and I, and Pasties for Christian and Tom.
That evening, we ate out at the Masons Arms in Camelford. It is rated no. 1 on Trip Advisor for the area, and it didn’t disappoint. As soon as we walked in, we knew it would be good. It had a log burner in the corner, and the entire ceiling was decorated with tea cups and tankards. It felt like a proper English pub.
Saturday morning, we woke up to rain and fog, so we didn’t feel too sad to be leaving. We spent the 5 hour drive home, chatting about what we’re going to do for our next group holiday… skiing anyone?
ps. Here is a picture of Primrose on the beach, just because she is so cute!
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