With the English school holidays starting on 22nd July and Google searches for the keyword ‘staycation breaks’ surging by 550% YoY, Carbis Bay Holidays, UK holiday letting experts based in the southwest of Cornwall, share their tips on how to avoid the crowds, get ahead of the traffic on Frantic Friday and experience the very best of the south-west.
1. Plan the best route
When travelling by car to the southwest, it’s best to check the best route to take in advance of making the journey. Many accommodation providers allow you to check-in mid-afternoon of the day of your arrival, giving you plenty of time to make your way to the coast.
Operations Manager, Alex Davies, comments ‘travelling to Cornwall by car gives you the freedom to explore the pockets of the Cornish coast you wouldn’t come across by using public transport. Travelling to Cornwall for the first time can be overwhelming if you’ve not thought ahead and considered the best route and planned your well-deserved pit stops. The main road into Cornwall is the A30, which can be highly congested in the peak summer months, so we recommend you plan your route ahead of time to make sure you don’t suffer the consequences of a highly anticipated traffic jam! This way you will also be able to gauge how long your journey is and where is best to fill up with fuel, both for the car and for the family!’
2. Mid-week stays to beat the traffic
With many accommodation providers offering Friday and Saturday check-in options, this adds further chaos to travel plans as Frantic Friday and Standstill Saturday are renowned to be manic. Carbis Bay Holidays’ properties are available to book mid-week if you’re looking for a more relaxing start to your holiday.
Alex Davies comments ‘Travelling mid-week on a Tuesday or Wednesday allows you to beat the traffic and get a head start on your journey without the carnage of the A30. There’s no need to get up at 3 am on a Saturday morning or use multiple modes of public transport to beat traffic delays as Carbis Bay Holidays allows lettings of cottages mid-week. This makes the journey to the southwest coast less stressful and more enjoyable for you and your family.’
3. Check for local news updates
With towns and cities in and around Cornwall welcoming visitors across the Summer months, it is best to check the local area for updates on local traffic, road closures, events and attractions. Summer events, festivals and attractions can highly influence traffic delays, causing disruption on your journey to your final destination.
4. Explore Cornwall off-season
Many Britons associate Cornwall with the Summer months. Of course, when the golden sands are baking in the sunshine, the clear blue waters are glistening from the rays and the buzz of tourists gives the small towns and villages energy – there is nothing better than the UK staycation scene. But Cornwall is just as beautiful out of season. The beaches are less crowded, with more space to explore the sandy landscape, the narrow winding country roads are easier to explore safely and the picturesque villages and their harbours are a scene of tranquillity. Cornwall thrives just as much in Autumn and Winter, and it is well-equipped for tourists too, with plenty of coastline cafes, restaurants and attractions open all year round.
Below, Carbis Bay Holidays has handpicked some luxury holiday cottages well-equipped for the cooler months, out of the summer season. From steamy hot tubs to roaring open fires, a holiday home doesn’t only flourish in the Summer…
Deserted Land’s End
Location: Fernhill Lodge, Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Price: From £1429 for 7 nights
This luxury holiday home, that sleeps seven, offers breathtaking coastal views overlooking Carbis Bay. This architect-designed property is built-in reverse levels to take advantage of the sea views all year round. Get cosy in an eight-seater hot tub to round off a breezy coastal trail walk around Lands End, the most westerly point of the UK which is just a short drive away. As an iconic tourist spot, when visited in the Autumn and Winter months, the Lands End landmark still delivers breathtaking scenery, cliff-top trails, pay-as-you-go family attractions and a warming hot drink without the swarm of summer tourists.
Iconic and Tranquil Sculpture Gardens
Location: Sea Dream, St Ives, Cornwall
Price: From £848 for 7 nights
Elevated on Windsor Hill in St Ives, Sea Dream is a traditional granite house that sleeps eight. Contemporary art, a wood-burning stove and interiors of a comforting home welcomes cosy evenings in front of the open fire after a cold autumn day exploring St Ives and its surroundings. A five-minute walk down the road takes you to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. As a popular tourist attraction in the small town of St Ives, the museum thrives in the off-season offering tranquillity and 360 degree views of Hepworth’s art without the swarm of tourists.
Whale Spotting in the Autumn
Location: Bayside, Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Price: From £2311 for 7 nights
Bayside is a luxury property suitable for a large family or group of friends. Equipped with a steamy hot tub and a roaring open fire, Bayside is a property that can be a cosy holiday haven for you and your family in the cooler months. Carbis Bay is a renowned area to experience some of the most beautifully clear waters and sandy beaches whatever the weather. A 20-minute drive takes you to Penzance, a spot on the coast which hosts the perfect environment for seal, whale and dolphin spotting in the off-season. The best seal, whale and dolphin sightings can be seen towards the end of summer or early autumn when the water temperatures are just right for potential sightings. Penzance is a renowned location to hop on a boat and take a trip around the coast, into the coves and discover what Cornish sea life has to offer!