The Herringbone, Minimooning in Cornwall | UK WEDDING BLOG

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When planning your minimoon, or a few days away in the UK, you might automatically think boutique hotel but my mind actually turns to something even more special than that.. a unique home stay. Bear with me, it’s a lot more luxurious than you may think. I’m not sure if you’ve ever visited Unique Home Stays website but if you’re anything like me you’ll be swooning over their insane properties to rent or even just getting interior inspiration as they feature the most amazing places you could ever dream of to stay. Which is why I think they’re perfect for a minimoon, you can book a hotel anytime but how often can you book a beach top cliff cabin or somewhere with a hot tub to watch the sunset? Or a boathouse on a lake? Or even a manor house. They all have extra little luxuries to make your stay special like a gourmet welcome hamper and you’ve got the option of booking in house spa treatments or a chef. I’ve been in love with Unique Home Stays for a few years now, booking a January jaunt away just after New Year to get over all the festivities has become an annual tradition. Last week Ben and I headed off to Cornwall to start the year off. We stayed in The Herringbone, a stylish nautical inspired loft in the prettiest little fishing village called Mousehole.

In fact it’s not just any pretty village, Dylan Thomas called it the prettiest village in the whole of England and it wasn’t hard to see why.

With a long drive down from Hertfordshire, we left early last Wednesday and headed to St Ives an old favourite of ours for lunch and a wander. We then stopped at a supermarket to pick up supplies before we could check in to The Herringbone. St Ives is just a twenty minute drive from Mousehole {pronounced mouzall} and both are true Cornwall at it’s very best, almost as far down the coast as you can get.
We knew that the Herringbone was right on the harbour, as close to the water as you can get without getting wet, but when you book somewhere you don’t appreciate just how special it is until you arrive. Literally a stone’s throw from all the boats piled up was a hidden passage to access the old fishing net lofts, with a lighthouse nautical door knocker nonetheless.
We stepped in and instantly fell in love. It was just my style, all grey white and panelled with some serious eye for detail. It was so perfect for the setting with the old coastal maps and vintage cute little Cornish books dotted around. It was small but perfect for a cosy stay for the two of us.
The best bit was that view from both the bedroom and the lounge, right on top of the harbour. At this time of year it was full of Christmas lights. Mousehole has a famous, and impressive, display every Christmas so we caught the last couple of days of it. Being mid-winter there weren’t many boats in the water but in the Spring and Summer this place will really come alive. We’ve visited a few times before, normally in September and when the sun shines, there’s really nowhere else in the world you’d rather be.
You can watch the boats bobbing around from bed which is such a treat and we took full advantage by having breakfast in bed both mornings. H E A V E N.
There was a small bathroom off the bedroom with quirky copper pipes the owner had fitted for a towel rail and sink base. The whole loft was super pinterest worthy.
It felt like a boutique hotel, with the added bonus of more space and the option to cook, with plush gowns to put on {which I will always make use of when away, it isn’t a holiday unless you’re relaxing in a nice gown right?!} and the comfiest bed in the world. With Unique Home Stays you’ll get greeted with a gourmet welcome hamper to start you off along with a digital house guide with recommendations of places to go.
With our stay being just a couple of days, and the weather being pretty grey outside, we wanted to stay in as much as possible to make the most of the gorgeous space. We explored Mousehole and did a couple of walks nearby but it was also a nice excuse to just do nothing for a while. The cottage had a smart TV with Netflix which is always a plus in our book. We watched back to back episodes of the Shooter {and got instantly hooked}.
The living area was light and airy even on a grey day, one of the reasons why it had been used as an art studio before it converted. It was somewhere you could just imagine yourself living in, there were a lot of ideas to take away with us for our house renovations.

I spent ages ogling at all the little details, trying to decide if I could sneak that black and white palm print home with me {just kidding}.

The kitchen, whilst small, was such a great use of space and we found it the biggest luxury after having ours at home knocked down back at the start of December! I also love it when Ben and I are away somewhere and we have time to cook together.
THESE open shelving with the gold brackets are definitely being added to my kitchen Pinterest board.
We ate out one night and cooked in the next, eating next to the woodburner.

With the fire roaring and those beautiful old cast iron radiators on we were toasty.

The harbour lights got lit at dark and it was magical to see them from our window.
 Such a pretty display reflected on the water. Of course, I imagine in the summer it would be a different kind of magic, you’d have the windows wide open until sunset, watching the boats bobbing around with a glass of wine.

 A little about the local area.. We adore Cornwall with the sheer amount of beaches, cute fishing towns, great restaurants, seafood and countryside but have never visited in January before. It was unfortunate that the week we’d chosen, just after New Year, was especially quiet with a lot of restaurants and shops closed up if not for the week but some until February or even March! Being so far down I guess they’re not expecting many tourists in the midst of Winter. The owners of the Herringbone had left us a list of places to visit and along with some of your Instagram suggestions we had a list as long as our arm of places to eat and hidden beaches to discover. Of course some are much more suited to the summer months but we had a fab few days nonetheless. And we took advantage of having some of the places to ourselves, some of the roads and fishing villages are so tiny down here that in the warmer months it can be a bit of a nightmare to get around.

Mousehole itself is definitely worth a visit if you’re not staying there, even with the grey skies we had the whole time it has such a sweet seaside charm that only Cornwall could manage. There’s not an ounce of tackiness that some seaside places seem to acquire and walking around, all the locals knew each other. It had a real community.

There are a couple of small shops and art galleries to wander around plus a deli, a few tea rooms, an ice cream parlour, two pubs {one very very good for food, The Old Coastguard Inn} and a restaurant which was recommended for seafood {although it was shut on our visit}. I had heard amazing things about The Rockpool Cafe – their hot chocolates look insane – but alas it was shut and in a way did me a favour for my detox. I would loved to have visited just for the setting over the sea. Next time for sure.

There’s a sandy beach in the main harbour and in the summer the sea shines bright blue. You can see St Michael’s mount in the distance, the castle in the sea near Marizon and Penzance. Also just a couple of miles down the road is Newlyn the working fishing harbour which in the summer is meant to be amazing for buying fresh fish on the cheap.

{St Ives} – I think I’ve talked before about my love for St Ives, we were staying there back in September 2012 when we got engaged in Cornwall. It’s a long way down in Cornwall but SO worth the drive with five beautiful beaches and the best restaurants. It’s always our first thought when thinking about Cornwall. So we started our trip there last week. You can see my photos from a sunny summer’s day, and the insane beaches, there here and more recently here but even last week it had a buzz about it with nearly everything being open. There’s the Tate gallery, gourmet beach cafes, bakeries, fish & chip shops and lots of shops to keep you busy.

{Sennen Cove} 

Sennen Cove was recommended by so many of you on Instagram and we drove here last week for a walk to Land’s End along the coast path from the bay. Again, I keep saying it but on a sunny day this place and the water would look incredible. There’s a really nice looking restaurant here called Ben something, like a futher south Jamie’s Watergate Bay type affair. I imagine the sunsets here are out of this world too.

On the way back we stumbled across a daffodil farm!! There were hundreds, thousands, of bulbs all ready for picking and sending to the supermarkets around the country. I’m not sure if we were allowed to walk in and have a look to take some photos but we made sure not to tread on any of the flowers obviously.

On our second night at the cottage we decided to go out for dinner so walked the short distance across the beach {!!} to the Old Coastguard Pub. We joked that it was like being in The Maldives again walking under the moonlight on the sand after dinner ha. It was pretty with the harbour lights and all the coloured string lights around the streets.

A perfect end to a gorgeous couple of days, in fact I just want to go and relive it all again please. Next up, the rest of our stay further up the Cornish coast.

And you can find more inspiring luxury honeymoon boltholes here.
R <3 xx
{I was a guest of Unique Home Stays but as always I would never promote anywhere that I didn’t truly love, all opinions are my own.}