Cornwall Christmas Break

Ordinarily, I'm a bit of a Scrooge until the middle of December, but last month we were asked to visit Cornwall for the weekend, staying at Stargazers in St Mawes. Despite living within a mile of the majority of my closest friends we've all been so manic recently we have barely seen each other. The prospect of a weekend of catching up, getting some rest and relaxation and having some festive fun at the same time was proven hugely popular - everyone said yes in a heartbeat! So, with a car loaded with goodies we drove down ready to treat our friends to a special weekend - even it was a little early (mid November!). Settle in, this is a long one…

white dog christmas tree decoration, Cath Kidston / bubble bath bauble, The White Company / tree, Tregothnans

Spending Christmas with friends is something I've always wanted to do, but with family in the UK it's not really an option. To make the most of the opportunity we decided to go big with decorations, food and festivities to make it as "real" as possible. With an awful lot of help from Tregothnan who provided trees, and Bloom and Wild who sent flowers, we decorated our home for the weekend (including amazing "Lopez" decorations from Cath Kidston here) like Christmas was going out of fashion and including leaping around the house spraying The White Company's winter room spray like a mad woman, the smell is Christmas for me...

After a big cooked breakfast (with Elf on in the background, obviously) we all donned our Christmas jumpers and sat by the fire to open our pressies. We'd gone a bit nuts with presents for everyone organising personalised sacks, Harrow and Green at Selfridges and filling them with gorgeously soft cashmere socks from The White Company, tonnes of beauty goodies (to detox ourselves after the weekend) from Soap and Glory, hair bits from Wella (seriously try their shampoo and conditioner, it makes my hair super shiny and keeps volume) and festive nails colours from the team at Ciate (this shade is literally the best one for for the Christmas season, fact). Not to mention some cosy outdoor accessories (this hat is the dream) from Crew Clothing Company.

The girls were especially pleased with their new slipper boots (I seriously wish I got myself a pair, they are so, so snuggly). And of course we couldn't do something as crazy as Christmas in November without a cheesy group photo... Here's what happens when you try and assemble 9 people and a dog into one shot (using the camera's remote mobile app for the first time…). Just look at our corny little faces! Mission Impossible….

After "Christmas morning" we all reluctantly got dressed into "proper" clothes and took a walk into St Mawes on the hunt for a pub with "proper" beer and a "proper" fire. It didn't take us long; we piled into The Victory Inn just as the rain started, all looking a little bedraggled from the wind... 

The games came out (if anyone is bored this Christmas download Heads Up from the app store) as did the crosswords and the IPA. We felt a million miles from the stresses of London - I felt my shoulders de-tense for the first time in weeks (that could have been the 6% IPA mind...)

womens Rondane jumper, here / mens Ludlow jumper, here

With the weather being a little bit damp we kept warm inside with the help of some IPA and woolly jumpers (notably mine again, here and his here). It really was a perfect Saturday afternoon… We headed back at dusk to start preparing for the festive "feast of all feasts" which some of us were cooking, others decided to test out some mixology (thats cocktail making for mere mortals like you and I…) and make some pretty amazing tasting drinks…

We'll be revealing the recipe in another post next week but in advance, we fully recommend you drink this seated and remain so for a good hour afterwards… Some time later dinner was ready. Turkey chicken with all the trimmings! Crackers, silly hats, pigs in blankets, Christmas playlist playing loud and clear… We couldn't have really asked for more!

The following morning was slow, we luckily had lunch cooked for us by a chef provided for by the holiday home's owner. A few of the group had to head back to London that afternoon, but for the rest of us it was time for some fresh air on the beach. Lopez had been itching to have a proper run around since we'd arrived…

pea coat, Crew Clothing Company / jumper, Crew Clothing Company / hat, Crew Clothing Company (old)

We wrapped up as warmly as we could - for walks like this its all about layers! I wore my new pea coat (something I've wanted for years and never got around to buying) and jumper dress. The boy (human one, Lopez's "au-natural" bear suit did the job nicely for him) wore his new coat and jumper too…

After a brief stroll (an advantage to owning a little dog is that they get tired easily and don't really like wet weather) we hurried to the warmth and safety of the Hotel Tresanton for hot chocolates. Once we had regained our strength we managed it back to the house to watch David Attenborough until we fell asleep on ourselves covered in cheese and crackers. Because that's how every good Christmas should end, right?

With special thanks my friends for putting up with the constant snapping, Tregothnans for the trees, and The Massey Partnership for organising our stay!


Sarah said...

This looks like such a lovely adventure!

My Sentimental Heart


The Fashion Lift said...

How much fun does this weekend look? and all so glam! xx

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