How to Spend a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Cornwall

February 12th, 2018

What better way to celebrate your love than to embark on a romantic getaway with luxurious short breaks in Cornwall. Getting a change of scenery and escaping the busy routine of your everyday life can be a great relationship booster and you’ll leave feeling refreshed and even more in love! And speaking of scenery changes, the stunning scenic views in Cornwall are unparalleled, and are sure to enhance your passionate weekend away. Make the most of your time together, and indulge in some of the local treats, with some of the best chefs right on your doorstep. There is an abundance of exciting and romantic activities to enjoy while away, so here are some of our favourites:


Afternoon Tea

Scones are a Cornish staple. No trip to the county would be complete without this tasty bite, smothered in strawberry jam and then a generous dollop of Cornish clotted cream added (the Cornish way!).  Indulging in a traditonal cream tea for two is a delightful way to spend the day, and will give you and your partner a chance to relax and have a chat about the things you normally don’t get a chance to.


Ice Skating at the Eden Project

Make the most of the last few days of the Eden Project’s ice rink before it says goodbye until next winter. The rink will be removed on the 18th February, giving you enough time to enjoy it for a Valentine’s Day bonding activity. Ice skating is the perfect Valentine’s Day choice as not only is there a hint of romance about the sport, but also most people cannot make it around the rink without having to cling on to their partner, making it an ideal choice for fans of holding hands!!


Be in Nature

There’s something about nature that is intrinsically romantic. Whether it is the beautiful blooms or the clear blue skies that make you feel love, getting out and about in nature is a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day. While there are many coastal paths and walking routes showing you the best of Cornwall, there are also some great gardens, such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trelissick Garden, which are fantastic to explore. Plus, most gardens will have a tearoom, so you can enjoy a light lunch together while taking in the delightful views.


Spend the Evening in a Cosy Pub

There are plenty of pubs throughout Cornwall, but while things may be heating up for Valentine’s Day, the wintery February weather is still sending chills, so choosing somewhere cosy is key. With a log burner, and comfy leather armchairs to curl up in, The Rising Sun in Truro provides a toasty spot to sit back and snuggle up with a pint.


Beach Stroll

With striking coastline surrounding most of the county, there certainly isn’t a shortage of beaches for you to choose from., With stretches of soft golden sand and secret coves to explore, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a romantic stroll. Head to the clifftops to watch the sun set (or rise, if you’re into early mornings), and take in those incredible panoramic views. For a bit of quiet, look for the hidden coves and secret beaches for a more intimate experience.


Tintagel Castle

There are plenty of castles and intriguing properties throughout Cornwall, but Tintagel Castle is by far one of the most stunning. Said to be the birth place of King Arthur, there is certainly love and magic in the air at this historic site. Sat on the dramatic Northern coastline, you are sure to be inspired by its beauty.


What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Are there any other places in Cornwall which are great to go to for a romantic day? Let us know in the comments!


A Truro Artist Believes Her Art Can Make you Fall In Love

January 17th, 2018

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, many people are starting to look for love, or perhaps even thinking of taking their relationship to the next level. If you need a little boost to take the next step, an artist located in Truro may have just the thing for you!

Lisa Harker, an artist who has recently opened her own gallery in the heart of Truro city centre, Lisa Harker Quirky Art, claims that her unique style of painting leads to people finding love. The love-creating magic of her artwork is so intense, in fact, that four marriages are said to be credited to her pieces! While the relationship boosting effects were not quite what she was anticipating when she turned her passion for art into a full-time career, she has certainly embraced the positive effects, incorporating themes of love into her pieces.

The unintended effects began taking place after Lisa gifted certain pieces of artwork to her friends, who all subsequently reported positive changes in their lives shortly after, from finding new love to career promotions. Speaking of her artwork, Lisa states that her “paintings just have a habit of making people fall in love”.

Because of this, people have started paying visits to her gallery in Pydar Mews in Truro, specifically for help finding them a soul mate. Lisa says that after she meets these individuals, they often stay in touch and keep her updated on their lives, letting her know when “someone new has come into their life or that they are getting married”.

Others make the trip to discover self-love, with one woman looking to learn to love herself again after leaving an abusive relationship. She states that the artwork produced by Lisa aided her in regaining strength and self-worth.

With this newfound skill of artistically influenced matchmaking, Lisa sometimes considers it to be a “big responsibility”. She stresses that, although there have been many happy endings, she cannot promise that anything will happen because of her artwork. Instead, the artist recommends that her work should be used as a reminder to be more open, and that this in turn can lead to finding your Prince (or Princess) Charming!

Lisa also offers commissioned work for those seeking love, where she meets with the romantic hopeful and helps them to work out what they want and who they are in order to transform these feelings into the perfect piece of art, in the hope that it will bring them love. Lisa says that the talk helps them to figure out what they want, and will allow them to be more open to opportunities. The painting then acts as the push many need to get out there and find love, as it will hang proudly on your wall, constantly reminding and reinforcing all the goals and desires discussed in your chat.

If you are looking to take the next step in your relationship, why not take a romantic Cornwall short breaks to visit Truro and see if you are inspired by the loved-up artwork!

10 simple ways to show your love on Valentines Day

February 12th, 2015

Coming to stay in 5 star cottages in Cornwall should be the ultimate gesture for your love in our opinion, slightly biased as it may be. But what about if you are wanting to offer a few simple ways to be romantic too? We’ve got just the thing for you. Some are perfect for your visit to Cornwall on a romantic break, and some you can use for when you’re not here. The choice is yours. Share the love courtesy of us here at The Valley Cottages.



Truro makes list for top destination in Britain to find love

January 23rd, 2015

Do you ever book up short breaks in Cornwall accommodation but wish you were joined by someone you could share those special moments with? Well you could be in luck because it has been revealed that if you’re looking for love Truro is one of the best destinations in the Britain to find the love of your life.