The Llawnroc Hotel, Cornwall

“Cornwall!” I squealed as I leapt out of bed a couple of weeks ago. For I (Poppy) and M were off to said place (where I haven’t been since I was weeny Poppy) to stay in the completely gorgeous, 18 roomed, boutique hotel, The Llawnroc. “You’ll LOVE Cornwall” gushed my ridiculously talented friend, Jodie May a couple of days earlier, “Hydrangeas grow wild in the hedgerows!”
We packed the car optimistically full of potential beach paraphernalia (note – it was late November – it stayed in the car) and set off from London. The journey was easy peasy and before we knew it we were pootling through the pretty Cornish village of Gorran Haven, before arriving at The Llawnroc.

View of Gorran Haven from the beach

View of Gorran Haven from the beach


We were shown to our room, which was ENORMOUS and once the door was closed behind us I did a spontaneous and unchoreographed celebratory dance. I was celebrating a number of factors – highlights being that the bed was huge, comfortable and gorgeous, there was a large squidgy sofa (a sofa!) in the room, a music dock, a playstation, (no idea what to do with it but hurruh nevertheless), a big (I think 32″) flat screen tv, room to swing a number of cats, (estimated at 32), our own private sit-and-relax-on balcony, the bathroom had disco lights in the walls (true) AND we had a view of the sea. The sea! The sea! The sea!


The view from our room! The sea! Wahoo!

The view from our room! The sea! Wahoo!

After all the dancing I was completely ravenous, so down we went and ordered a delicious afternoon tea at their Gwineas Bistro. We were so lucky with the weather that we could sit on the sunshiny terrace wrapped up in our cosies, while we guzzled the scrummy smoked salmon sandwiches and warm scones with real deal Cornish clotted cream. (Please note that the pic is of afternoon tea for ONE. My kinda party)

After tea we walked (rolled) down to the fishing wharf and collected pebbles. You can feel the history of this quaint and pretty little place with every footstep… it feels valued and it feels loved.

M and I filled our days with lazy strolls through the village and stunning beach and cliff walks, with spectacular views out over the sparkling blue ocean. Later after sunset, (um, quite early in November) we wrapped ourselves up in our Llawnroc embroidered bathrobes to laze on the sofa and watch DVDs (you can choose from their free library) and listen to a few sleepy Radio 4 podcasts, courtesy of their free and fast tinternet.
Each night we headed down to a scrumptious dinner in the bistro. The food was absolutely wonderful and each meal, whether line-caught sea bass for dinner or creamy cinnamon porridge for breakfast, felt like a real treat. 

Sheep at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Sheep at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

We did go on one outing, (10 min drive away in St Austell) to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which I would highly recommend should you find yourself in this neck of the woods. As the largest garden restoration project in Europe and spanning 200 acres, (‘sbig) it’s one of the most magical and unexpected places I’ve ever seen in the UK. Overflowing with palms, bamboos, tree ferns and a myriad of exotic trees and shrubs, it’s completely beautiful and we were mesmerised… 

From the seasonal veggie patch

From the seasonal veggie patch

I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect place to stay than The Llawnroc Hotel. The staff were kind and charming, the whole feel of the place was very peaceful and it manages (cleverly) to be both laid back and luxurious. It was exactly what I needed and was an absolute delight. 

On our last day in Cornwall, we were walking by the sea back to the hotel, when a man ran up to us and asked us if we’d like to use the fire he’d built on the beach as he was heading off. We said thank you and yes! He handed us some additional firewood and we sat ourselves down by the cosy fire and watched the sun set.

Something about this act of kindness really touched me… the passing of the flame reminded me (no, not of the Olympics) of how the most simple and basic things; food, warmth etc, can make us feel so cared for, alive and happy.

When we left, we did the same and ‘passed the flame’ with the remaining firewood to the next couple who passed by. 

And they looked very happy indeed.


The Llawnroc Hotel

Poppy and M were guests of The Llawnroc Hotel for 2 nights, with dinner and breakfast included. 

Win a night for 2 at The Llawnroc!

The wonderful people at The Llawnroc are giving you and one lucky other the chance to win a night at their fabulous hotel. This super duper prize includes:

One night’s accommodation and breakfast at The Llawnroc
Dinner in Gwinease (3 courses and a bottle of house wine)
To be taken by Feb 30th 2013, subject to availability. 
Valentines weekends and half term are not available.

All you have to do to win this super duper prize is one of the following, (the more you do the more chances you have.) Please leave me a comment below for each step you complete:

1. Sign up to my mailing list ((Completion of this step is compulsory to be entered – please look out for the confirmation email in your inbox, otherwise you won’t be registered!))

2. Become a fan of my Facebook page and share the post

3. Leave a comment on this blog post
4. Follow me and The Llawnroc and RT the competition on Twitter 
5. Follow my blog on GFC (Google Friend Connect) 


Competition ends Sunday 23rd December 2012 – good luck Popsicles! xx


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34 thoughts on “The Llawnroc Hotel, Cornwall

  1. I’ve done all of the above!!

    What a great review, the hotels sounds beautiful and the view is amazing. I would have done a happy dance too :)

    Love the part about someone handing over their campfire to you, I agree that there’s something very lovely about that.

    I haven’t been to Cornwall since I was very young….will keep my fingers crossed :)

  2. I’ve never been to Cornwall and this looks like the perfect, idyllic getaway from London. The rooms DO look enormous and the food sounds great. Enter me please! I’ve done everything above and have RT’d (@TweetieKaz)

  3. Looks heavenly, and I almost got chocked up with passing of the flame! Simple gestures are so touching. I really enjoy your writing, you captured all that’s lovely about Cornwall and made me want to go back now! xx

  4. Done it all! It looks beautiful, just what the Doctor ordered after all the christmas partying and excess!

  5. That looks like just the place I want to take a break to! A well deserved one at that x

    tweeted as well – @tcameron983

  6. 3. Leave a comment on this blog post
    I would love to visit Cornwall, I’ve never been before but it looks great. I’m sure we would have a lovely family holiday there! :) x

  7. This hotel looks absolutely beautiful! I’ve done all of the above apart from number 5 (I can’t figure it out sorry!)

  8. Done all of the above, apart from follow you on GFC (not sure how to do it, technophobe that I am!)

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