My Dream Staycation Break

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.

St Michael's Mount

Photo from the very talented Darren Strick, link at the bottom of this post.

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 Cornwall

Photography by Darren Strick

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?!

St Michael's Mount Heart Stone

Photography by Darren Strick

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.

St Michael's Mount at Night

Photography from the very talented Darren Strick

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?

Stevie x

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.

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  1. 12 August 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Love St Micheals Mount. We went to Marazion when we went to Cornwall at Easter. It was such a lovely day that a drink on the terrace of a hotel overlooking the mount turned into dinner. We thought it a bit strange when we returned to the car park to discover that our car was the only car left. Then we discovered why. The car park closed half an hour ago and the gate was locked! Fortunately there was a phone number to call and someone arrived 5 minutes later and let us out. To say we felt a bit silly is an understatement!

    My dream staycation would obviously have to be in Porthleven, but to ring the changes I am going to say Bristol. Although I am a Bristolian, there is so much to see and do, and still lots for me to yet discover, I could easily spend a week there and never get bored! xx

    • 12 August 2015 / 7:00 pm

      Oh no Bree ha, well at least they let you out! That so sounds like something I would do :) Marazion is definitely next on my want to stay list, but there’s so many other places in the UK I have never been, for a longer holiday I would absolutely love to go to Scotland,

      Stevie xx

  2. 14 August 2015 / 12:46 am

    I love staycations AND St Michael’s Mount! Lovely pictures! #picknmix

  3. 14 August 2015 / 7:44 am

    I love a UK break ( although I also live a holiday abroad – actually I love any kind of holiday) St Michael’s Mount sounds lovely. I hope you get to go together soon.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • 14 August 2015 / 9:31 am

      I’m definitely a fan of holidays ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 14 August 2015 / 8:02 am

    How have I never heard of the word staycation! We love staycations (I’m not a fan of flying or travelling in general) and think England has so many amazing hidden gems. Lovely post, and Darren’s photography is gorgeous. #picknmix

    • 14 August 2015 / 9:32 am

      Ha it’s becoming quite a commonly used word, but my spell checker doesn’t think it exists….but then it also hates the word ‘blogger’ pah! ;) and I love Darren’s work :)

      Stevie x

  5. 14 August 2015 / 8:39 am

    Lovely photos. I mean to visit St Michaels Mount when in Cornwall but still haven’t yet. Didn’t realise there is a little community living on there, how amazing!

    • 14 August 2015 / 9:33 am

      I know, pretty amazing and imagine having to get a boat to leave where you live when the tides in?! Would love to live there,

      Stevie x

  6. Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby
    14 August 2015 / 8:47 am

    Such beautiful views and photos! I always wanted to go back to Cornwall after seeing a lot of nice pictures from other bloggers featuring it. Although we’ve been in Cornwall before but that was only a day and we just went to Eden Project and went back to Reading again where we stayed in my friend’s house. Great post! Good luck with the competition! #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 9:34 am

      There are so many beautiful places in Cornwall :) Although today we’re hibernating as it’s way to windy and rainy even for me to want a beach walk today!

      Stevie x

  7. 14 August 2015 / 8:48 am

    my husband will not do a staycation, he says it isn’t a holiday unless you jump on a plane to somewhere hot, Looking at your photos I would have to disagree with him #picknmix

    • 14 August 2015 / 9:36 am

      Ha, mind you I could quite fancy a holiday somewhere hot today, it’s cold and wet down in Cornwall! I really want to go to Scotland as well….not a hot holiday still clearly but I love going to places I’ve never been

      Stevie x

  8. 14 August 2015 / 8:48 am

    I live 15 minutes away from St. Michaels Mount. It really is stunning. One of our go to places for lunch is The Godolphin Arms in Marazion as it looks over the mount. They’ve also just had a refurbishment and they’re interior is absolutely stunning!!! They are a hotel as well as a restaurant. It’s definitely worth looking into them or some of the holiday cottages in the the surrounding area. Bens Kitchen in Marazion is also a really exciting place you must eat at if you get the chance! :-) xx

    • 14 August 2015 / 10:32 am

      Godolphin Arms sounds pretty perfect :) We go to Land’s End Penzance etc loads but always forget to go to Marazion! Definitely want to now though :)

      Stevie xx

  9. 14 August 2015 / 9:18 am

    Oh, we keep meaning to go to St Michael’s Mount, too, thanks for this post. Now that mini stylist is a little older, might actually be possible!

    Love west Cornwall, and need to spend more time there – it’s not that far from Plymouth! We do lots of Staycations, too, and off to Bath in a few weeks for a catch up with my friend and her daughter….I’m thinking Afternoon Tea somewhere, and hopefully a visit to the Fashion Museum :)

    • 14 August 2015 / 10:34 am

      I’ve never been to Bath, in fact there are sooo many places I’ve never been so lots of future staycations to go on :) I’m in St Austell so West Cornwall is far enough away to feel like a proper holiday :) Have a fab time away!

      Stevie x

  10. 14 August 2015 / 10:17 am

    This is perfect! My other half is scared of flying, so this is perfect! Thank you for this. The photos are absolutely vey enticing indeed! #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 11:49 am

      I have to confess I’m not a great flyer either, we tend to stick to flights that are only a couple of hours long ;)

      Stevie x

  11. 14 August 2015 / 11:00 am

    I’ve been to Penzance a few times but never been to St Michaels Mount, would love to though! I love anywhere by the coast really but one of my favs in Cornwall has to be St Ives. Its gorgeous xx #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 11:55 am

      I’m a little biased but I love Cornwall too ha ;) St Ives is lovely, I haven’t been there in ages either!

      Stevie xx

  12. 14 August 2015 / 11:04 am

    I have never heard of the word ‘staycation’ before but I like it specially now that I can’t go too far this summer because our budget is low at the moment :-( So I would definitely start looking for some places around here. St Micheals Mount looks an amazing place to go and visit! I really would like to go down there. I love places around the sea because it reminds me a little bit back home (Peru). This was a lovely post. Thanks for hosting, xx

    • 14 August 2015 / 11:58 am

      If you can go off season there are often bargains to be had for staycations in some great places :) We’re always on a budget, as we’ve done so much to the house over the years and still haven’t finished! For the price of a holiday abroad you can go on loads of mini holidays closer to home :)

      Stevie xx

  13. 14 August 2015 / 11:40 am

    I love the look of St Michael’s Mount, There are so many beautiful places to visit in the UK, you’d never get bored. Although you might run the risk of getting a bit cold and wet every now and then. I’m boring me, I’d go to the South Coast. #picknmix

    • 14 August 2015 / 11:59 am

      When it comes to holidays although the sun is nice, I much prefer having somewhere new to explore or re-discover :) I would love to go to Scotland sometime and all sorts of other places around the UK

      Stevie x

  14. 14 August 2015 / 12:07 pm

    We really want to do legoland – maybe next year #picknmix

    • 14 August 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Legoland is fab :) We went in June, if I was you though I’d go earlier in the year before it gets manic as we couldn’t get on everything and missed loads, but luckily we went in March one year and almost had the place to ourselves! It was freezing and wet but brilliant ha! Oh and if you shop at Tescos with their clubcard boost you can get tickets for around ¬£11 each sometimes, which is loads cheaper than normal!

      Stevie x

      Stevie x

  15. 14 August 2015 / 12:24 pm

    These do sound like fabulous holiday’s. We have just finished our 3 days in London. With my current health we cant go too far and need to be in good distance to an NHS hospital just incase…. sytaycations can be very fun! Legoland sounds fun! Thanks for sharing!

    Angela from daysinbed xx

    • 14 August 2015 / 3:10 pm

      There are so many brilliant places in the UK to visit without going far at all :)

      Stevie x

  16. Sarah ASlett
    14 August 2015 / 12:24 pm

    I love Cornwall, it reminds me of my childhood holidays we would always be in the UK never abroad and we loved it. I’m hoping next Summer we can take our family holiday in this area. #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Cornwall is fantastic for family holidays :)

      Stevie x

  17. 14 August 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Looks like a really cool place. It’s wonderful when there is so much to do so close to home. I found an old fort about an hr from home yesterday that the little really enjoyed exploring.

    • 14 August 2015 / 3:30 pm

      An old fort sounds like a lot of fun :)


  18. 14 August 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Oh my! You have made me want to go away! We aren’t having a holiday this year to save some pennies but I do love a staycation especially in your neck of the woods!! Beautiful photos #PickNMix xx

    • 14 August 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks Rachel, we’ve been away 3 times already so I suspect if we do get to go away it’ll be the last time for a while ;)

      Stevie xx

  19. 14 August 2015 / 3:42 pm

    You’ll have to stop posting about all these beautiful places in Cornwall as you’re making me want to visit!!

    As for staycations, we’re planning on taking the girls for a weekend to Haven, Pwllheli (which is about 40mins away) when we feel the youngest is old enough to go swimming. Or rather, when we’d feel comfortable taking her!

    One of the best staycations I’ve had was going for the weekend to Llandudno to celebrate Taid’s birthday. It’s only 50mins away and somewhere we’d visit on Saturday to do some shopping. But that weekend we did all the toursity stuff with him. Was fab!

    • 14 August 2015 / 3:54 pm

      Aw sounds fantastic :) and it doesn’t matter how close the place you stay is, if you’re with family and doing fun stuff it still feels like a fab holiday in my opinion :) You should definitely come to Cornwall ;)

      Stevie x

  20. 14 August 2015 / 4:33 pm

    Wow! Such a beautiful place! I’m going to have to add that to the (already long) list of places to take my boys when we visit the UK! (And gorgeous photos from Darren Strick!) ~Jennifer via #picknmix

    • 14 August 2015 / 5:08 pm

      Darren has some serious talent, and I owe him a favour for this ha :) There are loads of stunning places in Cornwall :)

      Stevie x

  21. 14 August 2015 / 4:49 pm

    This looks amazing. We will definitely have a staycation this year, possibly to Cornwall I’m not sure where we’re heading to yet. The photos have inspired me to head down that way though, St Michael’s Mount looks amazing. My cousin lives in Mount Maunganui in New Zealand, it reminds me a little bit of this place. Can’t wait to get to the beach, your blog posts always give me beach envy!xx

    • 14 August 2015 / 5:11 pm

      If it’s to Cornwall give me a shout and we could grab a coffee (cream tea!) somewhere ;) I would LOVE to go to New Zealand, if I could cope with the flight!

      Stevie xx

  22. 14 August 2015 / 6:39 pm

    The photo with the boat. Thats so perfect right there. The water, the view. Perfect. You dont need to go far to see perfectness!

    • 14 August 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Definitely agree hon :)

      Stevie x

  23. Jen @ 4,128 miles
    14 August 2015 / 7:10 pm

    I would love to go to Cornwall! I’ve never been and I know that there are so many beautiful places to see there. I also love being a tourist in York (where I grew up), it is such a beautiful city – you should try it next summer! X

  24. 14 August 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I don’t think anyone who lives in Cornwall needs to go anywhere else it really is so beautiful and so much to do! We are doing a ‘staycation’ in Cornwall next week, so excited!! Love your pictures by the way. I love St michaels mount too and the beach there is gorgeous too x

  25. 14 August 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Wow the photos are stunning – I agree, we often try and have a staycation each year. Last year we stayed in Kent and found some lovely places we would never have discovered and the bonus is they are not far away which means we can visit again :) Thank you for hosting #PicknMix

  26. 14 August 2015 / 10:55 pm

    This sounds like an awesome holiday idea! I love cornwall and really must make my own plans to get back there soon! #picknmix

    • 16 August 2015 / 10:47 pm

      I’m very biased, but even I love holidays down here despite living here!

      Stevie x

  27. 14 August 2015 / 11:38 pm

    The photos in your post are amazing! We rarely go abroad, and mostly go to Wales which we love. My dream staycation destination would be the Yorkshire Dales, as I have never been but understand it’s breathtaking #picknmix

    • 15 August 2015 / 9:14 pm

      I’ve never been to Yorkshire, but from Vicki (Honest Mum)’s photos I’ve seen, I think I’d love to!

      Stevie x

  28. 15 August 2015 / 5:50 pm

    That sounds and looks like a beautiful place to have a staycation! :D x

  29. 15 August 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Beautiful photos Stevie! Really envious of you living in beautiful Cornwall. We are going on our own staycation at the end of the month to Woolacombe in Devon. Really looking forward to it, and packing the wellies just in case! I think it will be a while before we venture abroad, baby number 2 is due in January so I think it will be a few years before I am brave enough! Lovely post Xx

    • 15 August 2015 / 9:53 pm

      We’ve had 2 holidays to that area before, Woolacombe is lovely :) We stayed in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage not far from there one year and it was amazing, so cosy and I’d love to do something like that again! Congrats about baby number 2, I swear there’s been a blogger baby boom as I know loads due in December and January ;)

      Stevie x

  30. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    16 August 2015 / 10:56 am

    A staycation is a great thing, especially with kiddies. St Michael’s Mount looks so gorgeous, I’d love to go there someday!! Best of luck to you in the competition & thank you for hosting #PicknMix x

    • 16 August 2015 / 11:33 am

      Thanks lovely, we’ll definitely be going to St Michael’s Mount even if it’s just for a day trip ;)

      Stevie xx

  31. 16 August 2015 / 4:32 pm

    We’ve had a staycation 2 years in a row and its been brilliant. We go down to Bristol for a week to stay with Agent D’s family then over to Spalding for a week to stay with my mum. Its alot cheaper and to be honest, i prefer to spend the time with family. I’m glad you had a lovely time and i love the pics :)

    Thanks for co-hosting #PickNMix xxx

    • 16 August 2015 / 8:12 pm

      We definitely love a staycation :))

      Stevie xx

  32. Ashleigh
    16 August 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Looks like you’ve had a brilliant time! I’m always one for sticking to the UK rather than all the faff what comes with flying! linked to you from #PicknMix

    • 16 August 2015 / 10:40 pm

      We will definitely have a good time if we go there :)

      Stevie x

  33. 16 August 2015 / 10:16 pm

    I love staycations, they only need to be a few days and we try to get away for a couple of weekends a year :) These photos are stunning! They make me want to add St Michaels Mount to our bucket list! Thank you for hosting #PickNMix

    • 16 August 2015 / 10:44 pm

      We’re online now looking at places to stay for a mini staycation down there :) it’s one of my favourite areas of Cornwall

      Stevie x

  34. 17 August 2015 / 10:34 am

    We love a UK break too – we are actually trying to work out where to go for our last minute break before E goes back to school. This places looks stunning though – you are very lucky to be so close! I hope you manage to organise your next staycation soon! x #picknmix

    • 17 August 2015 / 9:32 pm

      We are looking in to one, but we’ve been away three times this year already and I didn’t win the competition so we’ll see ;)

      Stevie x

  35. 21 August 2015 / 8:40 am

    The last time I went to St Michael’s Mount must be over 20 years ago. We had a lovely time when we were there but now with children and 2 large dogs a holiday is like a military operation :-)

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:10 pm

      I can just imagine! Packing takes a lot longer with children as well doesn’t it?! ;)

      Stevie x