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A Dose of Vitamin Sea at Tempest

Posted to Travellers' Tales by Hattie on 15th October 2015

I had been so excited to stay at Tempest since I’d booked back in March. Being used to a more hectic city lifestyle in Bath, my partner and I relish the occasional restful weekend by the coast.

What a warm welcome we received from the owner, Tina, who told us that she’d bought the beach hut back in 1982 and went on to raise her family there – and what a wonderful place it must have been for her three boys to grow up.

Walking inside Tempest took my breath away, resting on the cliff edge, the view was completely unbroken and the ocean unfolded in front of us. Tina kindly provided fresh homemade scones with jam and clotted cream - I can’t think of a better way to kick off a weekend away in Cornwall! We felt truly spoilt.

The house is stunning, the décor is really something special and everything had been thought of. We slept so well and awoke to the sound of the ocean stirring outside, well rested for a day of exploring the beaches and villages nearby. It was hard to drag ourselves away after enjoying breakfast on the deck in the glorious sunshine, where we even spotted a pod of dolphins swimming past.

We explored the coastal paths and a nearby fishing village called Polperro, hurrying back to Tempest to watch a brilliant sun downer from our private deck. We considered reserving a table at recommended restaurant The View, but decided our view was just as good so settled on supper at the house, snuggled up with blankets and relaxing to the sound of the ocean. Completely stress free and satisfyingly full, we curled up on the sumptuous sofas and fell asleep in front of a film.

Waking to a stormy sea on Sunday we watched the dramatic skies change colour, bringing the rain in from the horizon, it was totally mesmerizing. I think I could sit there for the rest of my life just watching! We had a lazy brunch and decided to battle the Cornish weather with a wet, windswept walk, leaving a chicken to slow cook in the oven for our return. Thoroughly drenched but feeling exhilarated I sunk into the bathtub, enjoying the scented candles.

With one last evening at Tempest we enjoyed supper in our haven protected from the pounding rain and snuck into bed for an early night before the long journey back to reality.

If you’re looking for ultimate relaxation and ease, Tempest is the one for you and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It really is a special place; I just wish we could have stayed longer. Driving away on Monday morning filled me with sadness but thankful that we had spent such a special time there, we will most definitely be returning!

Properties featured in this article: Tempest

15th October 2015
by Hattie


Living in Hong Kong and Borneo before the UK, this cosmopolitan girl acquired a lust for adventure from a very young age.

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