Cornwall LivingIssue #141

Wild winter respite on the Lizard Peninsula

Embrace the outdoor lifestyle and dramatic Cornish scenery, whatever the weather.

The Lizard Peninsula is at its most rugged and elemental at this time of year, offering endless views of wild and untamed storms rolling in across the Atlantic. After a crisp coastal adventure in the cool winter sunshine, you may well find yourself drawn to indulge in some of the best food and drink the county has to offer, and the Polurrian on the Lizard is home to just that.

Where a getaway means making the most of the coast, here you can step out on the coast path before retreating to ringside seats in Polurrian’s Vista Lounge for some truly captivating ocean views. Between storm watching and peaceful contemplation in front of calm waters, the southwest-facing aspect makes this an ideal spot for soaking up spectacular sunsets too.

The milder Cornish climate brings surprising contrasts of its own, with camellias often bursting into bloom in December and daffodils peeping out soon after the New Year. The bird life is plentiful too, from guillemots, peregrines and the Cornish chough to murmurations of starlings taking to the sky at dawn and dusk. On calmer days, stroll across deserted beaches enveloped in low sunlight, the perfect place for snapping dramatic shots of the expansive coastal landscape. The view is just as captivating at night too; the lack of light pollution in this untrammelled pocket of the country makes for some remarkable star gazing.

Back at the hotel, swim, gym, or simply soothe away any stress with a pampering Elemis treatment in the Health Club. Further nourishment can be found from the tempting dishes being served in the Vista Lounge and Restaurant. Enjoy a selection of Mediterranean-inspired cooking to transport the palate to warmer climes while the dining experience remains rooted firmly within the Duchy with its 20-mile menu. Alternatively, enjoy an afternoon tea for every taste; whether you prefer sweet, savoury, or vegan treats accompanied by cocktails or mocktails there is something for everyone. Afterward, retreat to the comfiest of beds and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the wind and waves crashing against the shore outside.

Polurrian Road, Mullion, Helston TR12 7EN
01326 240421