A Short Autumn Getaway at Tregongeeves
This week’s blog post comes straight from the mouthes, or keyboard, of one of our lovely guests who kindly took the time to write a full review of their weekend staying in Swallows and shared it with us. So we thought we’d share it with you and give you a look into a short autumn break at Tregongeeves.
After a long week at work it was amazing to know that as soon as the clock chimed at 5 o’clock we could escape reality for a couple of days. We met up in Truro and within an hour of finishing work we had arrived at Tregongeeves; almost immediately we sensed the serenity that surrounds the farm cottages. We walked in to a generous welcome pack including homemade scones, jam, clotted cream on the table and a full breakfast pack (eggs, bread, milk, locally sourced bacon and sausages) in the fridge. With the knowledge that breakfast was sorted, we dumped our belongings in the bedroom and took a short stroll down to ThePolgooth Inn.
We must have been lucky because as we arrived at the pub, slightly damp from the rain, a small table became available right next to the crackling fire. Although the pub was full, the barmaid took the time to talk us through all the local ales and cider and also let us try a sample before ordering. We ordered a pint of St Austell Ales’ seasonal ale; a large rose and were not disappointed. The menus were full of dishes that made your mouth water, but in the end we went for a crispy beef salad to start followed by a homemade vegetable burger with Cornish Yarg and sweet chilli and the pork special; all of which were the perfect size and full of flavour. It’s safe to say the walk home was made significantly more merry thanks to an evening of good food, friendly locals and a few glasses of wine!
We woke at around 9am on Saturday after a good night sleep in the most humongous bed, and within half an hour we were tucking in to the breakfast pack; I can personally recommend the sausages from local butchers Kittows, which the other half described as “proper sausages”! After breakfast we headed off to Mevagissey to explore the winding streets. A busy little fishing town full of character and fish for sale around every corner, Mevagissey is full of traditional Cornish charm. The small aquarium at the end of the harbour is definitely worth a visit; I must admit I had no idea what Sea Bream actually looked like before this trip. We headed back to the car and took the short drive to Charlestown, as I’m a self-confessed Poldark addict!
Charlestown is beautiful, granted there’s not much there but what is there is well worth exploring. Having missed lunch we decided to treat our selves to an ice-cream from the award winning Tall Ships Creamery, and what a treat it was. The rest of the day was spent simply gazing out to sea and chatting sat on the harbour walls.
Once back at the farm, we decided to go see the animals. Now, we might be adults, but feeding the chickens and brushing the donkeys still put a huge smile on our faces – we just felt completely free. After a quick swim in the heated pool and a relaxing session in the bubbling spa (which is an absolute must), we got ready for dinner. Judith was able to point us in the direction of a few great restaurants, of which we chose the Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown. Being on holiday, we decided to get a taxi which costs £6 each way. The food was all homemade and for a cider and a meal each it cost less than £30. We then headed down to the Harbourside Inn and were completely blown away by the electric atmosphere as a local band played in the corner. Locals welcomed us in and we even had a bit of a boogie at one point.
For us, Sunday’s are spent relaxing, so we had a lazy day in bed and cream teas for breakfast – perfectly acceptable when on holiday in Cornwall! We then pottered over to the golf course next door, who lent us a few clubs for the driving range. The staff at St Austell Golf Course are very welcoming and if it was nearer we would be visiting again for sure.
After golf, we reluctantly packed up our stuff, went for one last walk down the country lanes and said goodbye to Tregongeeves. All in all, we were amazed at the level of detail gone in to each and every aspect of the cottage: the locally sourced welcome pack, the immaculate set-up and the way that everything from sauce-pans to tennis rackets to olive oil is provided. Tregongeeves is a very special place where we literally had NOTHING to worry about which was absolutely bliss – We now feel like we’re ready to face the Christmas madness! We’ll be returning in the New Year to explore more walks, taste more local produce and experience the South Coast of Cornwall in all its winter glory.
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