Devon & Cornwall in a Campervan
Updated: Sep 28, 2020
Over the August bank holiday, George and I enjoyed a long weekend on the South West coast of England.
We rented Olive, the vintage campervan from VWKamperHire in Sidmouth. She was an absolutely beauty and really comfortable for two adults. The first night we stayed in Salcombe, a beautiful seaside town on the south coast of Devon. We had a cosy movie night in the van whilst the rain tip-tapped on the roof.
We woke to sunshine beaming down. It was a stunning day with a delicious sea breeze so we had breakfast down by the harbour, watching the morning fishing boats coming and going.
Our second night was in Polperro at the lovely Great Kellows Farm. This was definitely the best campsite we stayed at on our travels. Incredible views out over the hills down to the ocean. The perfect back drop for Olive!
We walked into Polperro as soon as we arrived to catch some afternoon rays. The sun drifting in and out from behind the clouds now and it was the first time this year that I could feel autumn in the air.
We snagged a table on the roof terrace garden at The Three Pilchards and ordered a round of drinks. Polperro is one of the most beautiful little villages I've ever visited. I stayed with Mum and Dad a couple of years ago and have been dying to bring George back ever since.
The boats in the harbour and all the white washed and stone cottages, it's like tripping into a postcard!
That evening we ate at Michelle's, one of the best fish restaurants I've ever eaten at, another favourite I wanted to show George. With only six or seven tables, it's a really intimate family run place with a seriously good menu.
Next morning we were up and off early again.
But we did dawdle and watch the sunrise before making tracks.
We drove up to the North coast in search of a good beach. Perranporth Beach fit the bill!
We found a quite hideaway behind all of the rocks whilst the tide was out. We spread out the beach towels and admired the thousands of mussels that covered the rocks, looking for marine life in the rock pools.
After stopping for coffees at the restaurant on the beach we drove in search of some food, and when in Cornwall and all that... The cream tea at the café at the top of the Bedruthan Steps serves as good as I've ever had, with oodles of jam and cream.
We thought we better walk some it off, so ambled along the top of the cliffs, taking in the rugged coastline.
On the Sunday night we stayed in Polzeath, a small town about half an hour North of Padstow. We walked down to Baby Bay Beach that evening to find a place I've been dying to go to.
Taco Boys serves the most amazing (yes, you've guessed it) tacos, right there on the sand.
I almost wished I hadn't eaten so many scones...almost.
After watching the glorious sunset, we walked back up the hill to the campsite in the twilight.
A fantastic send off to the summer!