As you’ll already know if you’re a regular reader of my blog, myself and my little family love a staycation. There are so many wonderful places around the UK to visit, that although we’ve taken the boys abroad once, we don’t feel the need to go abroad very often. This year alone we have been to Kilkhampton, Portsmouth, Legoland, Oxford and to Hendra holiday Park in Newquay.
A staycation is a fun cheaper alternative to a foreign holiday with none of the stress of delayed flights, wondering whether the local water is okay to drink, and in our case having to get letters from our Diabetic team to say that Finley is allowed to take his diabetic supplies on the plane with him and stressing over what effect high temperatures will have on his blood glucose levels, and how good the local hospitals will be if it all goes wrong.
The one foreign holiday we have taken them on, was to Mallorca (or Majorca) last year and was actually a big success and an amazing holiday but definitely an expensive one.
Whilst we had a fantastic time there last year, we could have had at least three staycations in the UK for the price that we paid. We have had a lot of staycations, some in Cornwall only a few miles from home and others further afield. I would love to go away this August bank holiday if we could, and my dream staycation break would be again, not that far from home!
For years Si and I have been meaning to go to St Michael’s Mount, Si has never actually been despite living his whole life in Cornwall, and I haven’t been in so many years that I can barely remember it! We would love to stay in the gorgeous village of Marazion right near the actual Mount, as we also love that end of Cornwall.
We try to go to that gorgeous area of Cornwall every year, to see the amazing Christmas lights at Mousehole.
We also love to go to Land’s End for the beautiful views and stunning walks. We watch fireworks at Land’s End most years. Si and I had a child free night away to Penzance before Christmas last year, so we have definitely spent a lot of time down in that section of Cornwall, but the Mount we haven’t gotten around to.
St Michael’s Mount is a stunning National Trust property (we have our memberships and have enjoyed using them this year) that is on its own little island! You can only get to St Michael’s Mount via the connecting causeway or when the tide is higher, by boat.
The St Aubyn family still actually live in the castle at St Michael’s Mount and there is a very lucky small community that live on the island, just imagine being able to say that you live here.
St Michael’s Mount has the beautiful castle to explore, but also stunning gardens, shops and places to eat. I can’t actually imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to visit there. Like many castles it has lots of legends and stories surrounding it, including some romantic ones.
Apparently if you touch the highest point of bedrock on the island near the church, then any truly romantic wish you make will come true. I wonder how many men try to steer their girlfriends away from that area in a panic every year?!
Admittedly living so close we could just go to St Michael’s Mount for the day, but I love the idea of staying down there somewhere cosy, where you can look out of the window or go for a stroll in the evenings and see the Mount all lit up. If we stayed down there we could take our time strolling around and visit some of our other favourite places, such as Land’s End, which usually takes us over an hour to get to.
It has definitely been too long since I’ve been to this gorgeous place, and I would love to go back, and to show it to Si and the boys for the first time.
Where would you choose for your own dream staycation break?
This post was my entry into Think Money’s Blogger bank holiday staycation competition. The photography I was kindly allowed to use came from Darren Strick, whose work you can see more of on Darren’s Facebook Page.