Mini Golf and Fish & Chips in Padstow, Cornwall

Mini Golf and Fish & Chips in Padstow, Cornwall

Whilst staying at the Trethorne Hotel and Golf Club in Launceston back in February, Nathan and I visited one of our favourite Cornish towns – Padstow. I’ve been here many times now over the last few years but it never fails to impress me. The beautiful harbour with bustling shops and views out to sea always brings a smile to my face.

Padstow, Cornwall

Mini Golf Time

We decided to try the new mini golf course at the newly renovated Greens of Padstow. The chic restaurant is located high above Padstow harbour and offers amazing panoramic views over Padstow. We visited Greens of Padstow a couple of years ago during our first year of dating. It was the height of summer, very hot and very busy. I remembered we played mini golf and how Nathan managed to win despite the horrendous cold he was suffering (I’m sure it was only by a few points too!).

Padstow Crazy Golf, Cornwall

We were excited when we heard how Greens of Padstow was getting a makeover and would be revamping the mini golf course. As fans of mini golf we just had to make sure we got a game in when we went in February. It was nice and quiet (again it was February!) but the weather was so sunny meaning we got quite a competitive sweat on!

Padstow Crazy Golf, Cornwall

The course has 18 holes built into the hill side and has a good range of obstacles to tackle on the different holes. We enjoyed the game and somehow Nathan won again! Prices for golf are £5 for children and £6 for adults – we luckily only paid half price as the season hadn’t really started yet.

Padstow Crazy Golf, Cornwall

Fish and Chippies Time

Nathan’s victory meant I was responsible for buying our lunch – it was only February and so not quite appropriate to bet for ice creams this time round! We went to one of the fish and chip shops and ate our lunch right on the harbour with perfect view of the boats floating in and the tourists wandering by.

We popped into my favourite shop – Whistlefish to look at their lovely artwork. I have both a framed print and painted canvas from them which I love! I actually have a voucher to spend in Whistlefish from my parents which reminds me – I best get spending it! I managed to use my will power to not visit the many fudge shops – I know I would have been too tempted!

Final Thoughts

As always, we enjoyed our visit to Padstow. It has such a lovely Cornish charm about it and I hope will always be a place I enjoy visiting. We enjoyed our game of mini golf at Greens of Padstow and really recommend checking them out if you’re in the area and fancy a game of golf or somewhere lovely to have a spot of food.

Review of Trethorne Hotel & Golf Club in Launceston, Cornwall

Review of Trethorne Hotel & Golf Club in Launceston, Cornwall

Trethorne Hotel and Golf Club is situated near Launceston in Cornwall. The hotel has 30 rooms and is situated on the golf course. There is a restaurant and bar on site too and it’s also right next to Trethorne Leisure Park – perfect for families. Nathan and I visited back in February after buying a voucher on local radio station Pirate FM’s voucher shop. The voucher cost £100 and entitled us to a two-night stay with breakfast – not bad really considering Trethorne charges £90-£99 a night for a double room normally.

The Room

Our room was a double which was a good size and had an ensuite with shower. Whilst the room was nicely decorated and had a very modern feel to it we were a little disappointed at how dusty everything was! The windows were pretty dirty and everything just seemed to have a thick layer of dust on – it was like the room hadn’t been used for months! Maybe given the time of year it hadn’t! Luckily the bathroom and bed were clean though so it didn’t disrupt our stay too much. We enjoyed looking out over the golf course too and seeing golfers practising on the driving range.

The TV in the room was huge and we enjoyed watching TV in bed in the evenings. The compliments tray was good and included all the usual drinks and biscuits. The shower has hot and the water plentiful. Towels were provided and clean. Unfortunately, I noticed that the bathroom bin had obviously not been emptied and judging from the smell of the used sanitary products in it, it hadn’t been emptied in a while! Sorry, slightly too much information there possibly but it wasn’t really acceptable!

The Facilities

Given the time of year we visited and the fact it was a Sunday to Tuesday break, the hotel and golf course were relatively quiet. We did enjoy dinner at the onsite restaurant which was comfy and had TVs for sport. The menu offered a range of pub grub food and we enjoyed what we had. It was well priced too and the barman was very friendly.

Breakfast in the morning was tasty and plentiful and we enjoyed a full English to set us up for the days ahead.

Whilst in the Launceston area of Cornwall we decided to visit the beautiful Crackington Haven Beach which was stunning. This was a near beach for Nathan and me to explore and with the winter sun shining we enjoyed a lovely chill on the beach and lunch al fresco. It was so sunny Nathan even got a little sunburnt which we found hilarious given it was only February!

Trethorne is in a great location for places to explore in Cornwall including the leisure farm next door, Launceston market town and the Eden project which is located a 30-minute drive away.

Final Thoughts

We enjoyed our stay at the Trethorne Hotel & Golf Club. It was clean (mostly), comfy and quiet. It was a great location for visiting the stunning Crackington Haven and we enjoyed our meal at the onsite restaurant. The slight downsides were the dust in the room and unemptied bin in the bathroom but I don’t think this would be enough to put us off returning, especially if another Pirate FM voucher deal appears!

What do you look for in a hotel when you go away? What’s most important to you? Let me know in the comments below!

Exploring the Land of King Arthur in Tintagel, Cornwall

Exploring the Land of King Arthur in Tintagel, Cornwall

At the end of the summer, Nathan and I visited Tintagel in Cornwall. We took a wander through the town, visited the visitor centre and stopped off for a rather tasty lunch al fresco. We also had a look around Tintagel Old Post Office which is a lovely little National Trust property. Read on to find out more!

Tintagel Visitor Centre

We visited the visitor centre where you can read all about Tintagel and its famous history. There’s loads of information to look at and plenty of books, maps and other souvenirs to purchase.

tintagel

tintagel

tintagel

tintagel

There’s plenty of gift shops, places to get food and nice places to explore along the main road. We were sad to see the fudge shop was closed!

tintagel

tintagel street

King Arthur’s Cafe

For lunch, we stopped at the lovely King Arthur’s Cafe. We sat outside in the sunshine and watched the hustle bustle of the town. Many tourists come to Tintagel each year, particularly drawn in by Tintagel Castle and legend of King Arthur himself.

tintagel king arthurs cafe

tintagel king arthurs cafe

We shared a panini and a cream team – plenty of food for us both. It was so super tasty and only the pesky wasps buzzing around put us off!

tintagel king arthurs cafe

tintagel king arthurs cafe

tintagel, cornwall

Before leaving Tintagel we made sure to pop into the Tintagel Old Post Office. This is a cute National Trust property situated in a medieval building with a gorgeous outside. You can go inside and see lots of Victorian postal equipment and even buy some stamps to post in the working post box outside.

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

There’s a lovely little garden out the back of the Old Post Office, full of lovely flowers and plants. It was nice to escape the busyness of the streets and relax in the garden admiring all the nature.

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

The Old Post Office is such a lovely building – I love how it looks so old and imperfect which to me makes it look so cosy and atmospheric.

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

I can confirm the post box is still in use as I sent my friend Katherine’s birthday card from it and it got there OK!

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

Have you ever been to Tintagel? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Scrapbook Adventures’ 2018 Round Up – Part Two!

Scrapbook Adventures’ 2018 Round Up – Part Two!

Welcome to the second part of the Scrapbook Adventures 2018 yearly round up! In this post, I will talk about adventures from the months of May to August and feature some of my favourite blog trips. If you missed part one of the years round up then check it out now to catch up!

May

May was yet another busy month for me and the blog with lots more attraction reviews and our first glamping trip of the year.

I enjoyed a trip to Carnglaze Caverns in St Neot, Cornwall, where I was shown around the caves and enjoyed a pretty fairyland walk.

I visited the lovely National Trust gardens at Trelissick House with my friend Emily where the spring flowers were just divine.

I took another garden walk, this time around the impressive Dartington Hall in Totnes with my friend Lucy. We enjoyed a scrummy hot chocolate and cake in the cafe too!

Nathan and I got some exercise by walking around Siblyback Lake in Cornwall which had some stunning views. We topped off our walk with a cheeky ice cream!

Continuing with the walking theme I walked a few miles of the pretty Grand Western Canal in Tiverton and had a naughty couple of treats to eat too! The weather was just lush!

The best bit of May was certainly our trip to Just Us Retreats in Crediton, Devon. Here we stayed for three romantic nights in the wonderful bell tent named Gabriel. We had an awesome time cooking on an open fire, relaxing in the hammocks and falling asleep by candlelight. This place is just the bomb!

June

Summer was well and truly here by June with many of our adventures starting to make the most of the sunshine and the quietness of attraction and beaches before the hoards descended in the school summer holidays.

We kicked off June by heading to Somerset to the magnificent Forde Abbey. Here we wandered around the incredible gardens and enjoyed a homemade pizza making workshop too!

I took a solo trip to Torquay where I enjoyed an overnight stay at the Heritage Hotel followed by a trip to Cockington Court the next day. I loved all the different craft and art shops and walks around the gardens.

Nathan and I spent a weekend at the cool Andrewshayes Holiday Park, Dalwood where we enjoyed a two-night stay in a glamping pod. It’s a great site with a games room, swimming pool and fields full of friendly cows to watch!

We spent the day at Wildwood Escot where we saw lots of amazing animals and really enjoyed a great bird of prey show. Definitely, a great place to take kids for a treat.

We visited the gorgeous Landram Bay and Otterton Village where we nearly died walking in the relentless midday heat and by nearly getting chased by a herd of cows! I have never appreciated a pint of cold lemonade so much!

The end of June was fantastic for me as I spent a relaxing night at The Wood Life in Devon. I stayed in a beautifully crafted shepherds hut and had the most amazing bath in the accompanying bathing wagon. I cooked my dinner on the open fire overlooking the gorgeous Devon countryside – a highlight of 2018 for me for sure!

July

July started with a trip to the circus! We really enjoyed entering the big top at Paulos Circus and watching all the acts – fun for all the family indeed!

We enjoyed a lovely trip to Bideford in North Devon where we stayed at Owl Valley Glamping. We were lucky enough to stay for two nights in a wonderful bell tent and had the woodland site all to ourselves. It was a lovely few days and we enjoyed play games in the parliament building!

Whilst in North Devon we visited Westward Ho! beach for ice creams and a chill on the beach.

I took a trip to West Bay in Dorset to meet up with some friends from my university days. We spent the day exploring West Bay including seeing all the sites from BBC’s Broadchurch. I had some Dorset orange marmalade flavour ice cream too which was a bit random and not as nice as I hoped it would be!

Nathan and I enjoyed a weekend staying in a camping pod a the Forest Glade Holiday Park in Cullompton, Devon. Here we enjoyed BBQ cooking, a cosy camping pod and games of pool in the games room.

We spent a random Sunday at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre near Okehampton and played for ages on the old fashioned arcade games. We enjoyed riding some of the old fashioned theme park rides too, enjoying the dodgems the most! We followed up our visit by taking a wander around Roadford Lake before stopping for a chill in the sunshine and an ice cream!

I enjoyed a fun-filled and action-packed family holiday at Brean Sands Holiday Resort Unity with my sister, niece, nephew and nan! We stayed in a really nice caravan and had a great time making loads of awesome memories!

We topped the month off with a stay at Freshwell Camping in Croyde, Devon. We stayed in a unique stargazing getaway which allowed us to watch the stars from our cosy cabin. We enjoyed a walk around Croyde and to Baggy Point, of course ensuring we ate lots of ice cream! We visited Sandleigh Tea Rooms too which were really pretty.

August

August saw us head to Somerset and enjoy Nathan’s birthday weekend at Petruth Paddocks a camping and glamping site in Cheddar. We stayed in a rather lovely yurt called ‘Mr Yurt’ for three nights and had a great time despite some wet weather.

During our time in Cheddar, we visited the infamous Wookey Hole Caves which was a great day out. There was so much to see and do and we loved the tour of the caves and crazy golf them most!

I also visited Bishops Palace in Wells, Somerset – a wonderful Palace and gardens full of colour, history and perfection. I had the best time taking two free guided tours and soaking up the sunshine. I would love to go back here and would recommend for garden lovers and history buffs!

I spent some time doing university work at Reed Hall a grand old building and cafe on the Exeter University campus. It’s such a lovely place to go for some reflection and is a nice quiet place to work (and write blog posts!).

I also went on a lovely spa weekend with my friend Katherine. We went to the Hilton Hotel and Spa at The Agea Bowl in Southampton. We enjoyed a super relaxing massage, made the most of the spa facilities and enjoyed dinner in Ian Botham’s restaurant.

Nathan and I took a trip to Tintagel in Cornwall and enjoyed exploring the coast and the National Trust Old Tintagel Post Office.

My parents visited me in Exeter for the first time and we took a trip to Tiverton to explore the canal and have a tasty cream tea. I also took my parents to the Crediton Museum to check out some local history!

Grand Western Canal, Tiverton, Devon

Grand Western Canal, Tiverton, Devon

Crediton Town Museum, Devon

Crediton Town Museum, Devon

On another weekend Nathan and I went and played crazy golf at Dawlish Warren and stopped off for ice cream at the Orange Elephant on the way home.

Dawlish, Devon

Dawlish Adventure Golf, Devon

Orange Elephant Ice Cream Parlour, Exeter

I had a really great summer! So many fun glamping trips and lots of lovely days out to beautiful; gardens and beaches. I loved the holiday with my family too – defo a highlight!

Certainly another busy few months! What adventures do you like the sound of the most? Let me know in the comments!

2018 Instagram Top Nine Pictures

2018 Instagram Top Nine Pictures

I recently followed the trend and posted on my Instagram page my top nine most liked pictures for the year. It was so nice to look back at some of the memories I made this year and see what my followers had enjoyed seeing on my feed. Some of the photos were my favourites for the year too so I think they were quite accurately picked!

I thought I would do a quick post featuring the top nine pictures and explaining a little more about them and where they were taken. I had suggested I might do this in the caption on the post and lots of people were interested so here goes!

Pictures 1-3 – Bishops Palace

So three pictures from my visit to Bishops Palace in Wells, Somerset made it into my Instagram top nine. I think you will be able to see why – the gardens were just so beautiful and I visited on a very sunny day in August which I think really helped make them look so glorious!

This picture is of the well pools and you can spot the stunning architecture of Wells Cathedral in the background – just gorgeous!

Again this is another picture of the well pools. I loved how the trees were reflected in the water and the sense of calm and peace I got from wandering around the well pools and sitting on that green bench.

The final picture from Bishops Palace that featured on the best nine was this one of the old walls of the palace. I thought they were so pretty with the sun streaming through the window frames and the beautifully maintained gardens.

Picture 4 – Tintagel Old Post Office

Picture 4 is from the lovely Old Post Office in Tintagel, Cornwall. This is a National Trust property, which as a member I have visited a few times. It’s lots of fun to see how the old post office would have worked and you can still send letters from the post box in the wall! We visited in the late summer and enjoyed a good few hours wandering around the town and enjoying the coastal views.

Picture 5 – Valley of the Rocks

This is one of my favourite pictures I took when I stayed in Lynton and visited the Valley of the Rocks in Lynmouth, North Devon. It was a stunning piece of coastline and even though it rained and I got rather wet on my Septemeber walk, the views and grazing sheep and goats made it worth it!

Picture 6 – The Hideaway

This shows the amazing homemade cream tea I enjoyed whilst soaking up the countryside views at The Hideaway, Kingsland Farm in Bridport, Dorset. I stayed in the sublime shepherd’s hut and had the most relaxing and restorative stay. Danette the host is so welcoming and lovely and I would really recommend a stay here – check out my full review here.

Picture 7 – Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

In Septemeber, during my South West tour, I visited Dorchester and the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. It was a really interesting attraction, although I visited on a free Sunday open day and so it was really busy. There was so much to learn about the justice system and historical crime which I found really interesting. Apparently, my Instagram followers did too!

Pictures 8 & 9 – Weston Sandsculpture Festival

The final two pictures from my Instagram top nine are from my visit to the Weston Sandsculpture Festival in Weston Super Mare, Somerset. The 2018 festival’s theme was the circus and I was amazed by the incredible skills of the sand sculptures in creating such stunning sculptures. You can find out more about the festival and see more of the sculptures on my blog post review. I also did a top ten favourite sand sculpture post too which is worth checking out to see which ones I loved the most!

So there we have it, a bit more information on the pictures from my Instagram top nine! Please do give me a follow on Instagram if you don’t already to see more cool pictures and to interesting pictures and follow my adventures!

Scrapbook Adventure’s April Round Up!

Scrapbook Adventure’s April Round Up!

Wow, April was a busy month indeed! There were so many adventures and a lot of photos taken!

I thought I would try something new and do a roundup-style post. I thought this would be a nice idea to collect all my adventures and memories from one month into one post. I’m sure this will really help me look back on the last few weeks and realise I achieved more and had more fun than I thought! I really do have a good life but sometimes it can’t hurt to look back and be reminded of this!

So here goes, this is my April adventure roundup!

For the beginning of April, I was in Kent staying at my parent’s house as it was Easter. I had lots of fun catching up with family and in particular spending lots of quality time with my littlest sister Emily. This included painting by numbers, making an Easter cake and playing crazy golf at the Enchanted Villiage Adventure Golf Course. You can find out who won the golf here. I got to see my gorgeous little niece and nephew too which is always a treat!

Easter hols

On a sunny Sunday Nathan and I spent a rather busy, but fun day in Torquay, known as the English Riviera. I really enjoyed our visit and Torquay surpassed my expectations! Read more about what I thought here.

torquay

On our visit to Torquay Nathan and I visited Bygones – an indoor attraction that takes visitors time travelling back to the Victorian era. Here, you can explore an old Victorian street with shops, admire a huge display of train memorabilia and even explore a WWII trench. We really loved out visit – click here to read more!

bygones, torquay

Our second stop was Torquay’s Dinosaur World. Here we met owner David who shared his enthusiasm for all things dinosaur. We complete the quiz and enjoyed walking around the exhibits taking lots of funny photos!

torquay's dinosaur world

Lunch was needed on this busy day exploring Torquay and we stopped off at Anstey’s Cove Cafe for a scrummy spot of food. This was such a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the views – we will be back!

Anstey's cove cafe, torquay

Our final stop on our Torquay visit was a quick game of mini golf at Jungle Journey Adventure Golf. Click here to find out who had to buy the ice creams!

jungle journey adventure golf, torquay

I was invited to visit Carngalze Caverns in St Neot, Cornwall. This was a really cool place and owner Caroline showed me around the caverns. After my tour, I walked around the beautiful gardens outside the caverns and enjoyed walking along woodland walk looking out for fairies! Take a look at my post to see how many fairies you can spot!

carnglaze caverns, st neot

As a National Trust member, I have visited Tresisck Gardens many times before. I visited here one Saturday in April with my friend Emily. We had a lovely few hours wandering around the gardens gossiping and admiring all the pretty flowers.

trelissick gardens, truro, national trust

Nathan and I returned to Bodmin Jail for a slap up Sunday breakfast. They offered a great breakfast that kept us full for ages! Luckily there were no ghosts present!

bodmin jail breakfast

The sun shone in the middle of April and Nathan and I made the most of the sunshine one night after work. We went to the woods for the first BBQ of the year – tasty!

BBQ

My friend Charlie and I went to see the Little Mermaid at the Northcote Theatre on Exeter University campus. Whilst this show wasn’t quite what we expected it was still a fun night out with a cheeky Nandos too!

Dartington Hall was a lovely place to walk around with my friend Lucy. I hadn’t been before and enjoyed admiring the gardens and the salted caramel brownie from the cafe!

dartington hall

Nathan and I wanted to get some exercise and so made a trip to Siblyback Lake. Here we enjoyed the relaxing 3-mile circular walk around the lake and treated ourselves to ice creams!

siblyback lake, bodmin

All in all, April appears it was a fun, busy and enjoyable month! Let’s hope May is as full of adventure!