Cornwall LivingIssue #108

Seasonal shift

Spring is a magical time of the year, perhaps nowhere more so than on the Lizard, and the Housel Bay Hotel is the perfect base from which to enjoy it.

As the temperatures rise with the onset of spring, the Lizard’s many and varied landscapes truly come to life, as wildlife re-emerges and the landscape begins exploding with colour. The season arrives earlier on the Lizard which, with its own microclimate, is almost frost-free, providing ideal growing conditions for a number of rare plants. These include the rare fringed rupturewort – a small, low-growing plant with yellow-green flowers. Found in sandy and rocky habitats, it’s reported that in mainland Britain, there are no records of this plant anywhere else other than the Lizard since 2010 – testament to the uniqueness of this enigmatic peninsula. In short, spring on the Lizard is a transformative period that, for nature lovers, simply has to be experienced.

At the Housel Bay Hotel, you’ll have the perfect base from which to enjoy this seasonal awakening, especially thanks to the new ‘Taste of the Season’ offer. This three-night stay includes meals at both restaurants – The Terrace, and Fallowfields – as well as a welcome drink in Marconi’s Bar. Fallowfields offers à la carte, as well as a tasting menu with optional paired wines, and, with two Rosettes, has been nominated as ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ in the Trencherman’s Guide. The Terrace, meanwhile, offers al fresco dining in the hotel’s stunning sea-view garden.

This all means that after a day spent exploring the local area and engaging your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of the coast, you can retire to Housel Bay Hotel and satisfy that hearty sea-air appetite with your choice from the spring menus. Built with seasonal produce, much of which is sourced from around the peninsula, you’re sure not to be left disappointed.

When you’re finished, why not head back out for a walk at Lizard Point? With longer, warmer evenings, and dark skies that are free of light pollution, there is a palpable sense of magic in the air here as day turns to night. What’s more, for those who over indulged at dinner, there’s no better way to wash it down than drinking in the sun-burnt skies of a spectacular Lizard sunset.



The Housel Bay Hotel prides itself on delectable menus that are led by the availability of local produce. In fact, Head Chef, Joseph Fallowfield, is guided by the seasons, creating delicate and beautifully balanced dishes that are sure to leave you wanting more.


Housel Bay Hotel

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