MY PERFECT DAY IN CORNWALL: AMANDA HINES
Imagine spending a day in Cornwall, where you could go anywhere, do anything. Relaxing or invigorating; sedate or sporty; artistic or hedonistic; and eat anything you like.
We caught up with Amanda Hines, owner of luxury holiday properties Polpier and Penpol near Mevagissey, to find out what her perfect Cornish day would consist of.
RISE AND SHINE
I would wake up in Penpol. A lovely, peaceful environment with beautiful views from the bedroom over Mevagissey Harbour and the countryside.
I’d be far too relaxed to go out for breakfast. Instead I’d have a full English with eggs, bacon and sausages from Lobbs Farm, cooked in the Aga, with a big pot of Cornish Tregothan tea. Toast would be made from Baker Tom’s delicious bread, with Rodda’s butter and Boddington’s raspberry jam which is made in Mevagissey.
I would stroll around Polpier and Penpol’s two acre gardens with the dogs. Cornwall’s mild climate means there is always something to admire. Morning coffee would be on The Garden House terrace, an absolute sun trap even in winter with a stunning view of the sea.
An extra treat would be a walnut brownie from the Number Five Café in Mevagissey – the best I’ve ever tasted. Then a visit to nearby Porthluney beach so our labrador-dalmatian cross dog Mr Bolli can swim in the sea. It’s a got a gorgeous sweep of sand and is also a popular destination for our wedding couples to have their photos taken.
Would walk with the dogs to Heligan Gardens and have lunch at their café – freshly made soup, quiche and salad. Then a walk around the garden, particularly the kitchen garden, which is an inspiration, and check out their nursery for more plants for our garden. We particularly like their herbs.
It’s always fun to check out the art galleries and quirky antique shops in Mevagissey. I am always searching for old pieces of pressed glass for the houses. We would definitely visit Hurley Books, a great selection of new and second hand books and plenty of fiction based in Cornwall. We always come away with something for our guests to enjoy.
Afternoon tea would be back at Polpier. Our property manager makes delicious homemade scones and cakes. It’s blissful to relax and chat to friends in the drawing room in front of the woodburner. There is also a pile of Cornwall Today magazines to browse through and learn what is going on throughout the county.
It would have to be big portion of locally sourced fish and chips at the cosy 15th century Fountain Inn in Mevagissey which stocks St Austell Brewery ales. It has a real fire, friendly staff and dogs are allowed too.
PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY
We’d party at Polpier. It has plenty of room for a hundred friends to join us and with a snooker and table tennis room and disco, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We would serve Camel Valley sparkling wine and Tarquin’s Gin and tonics, and have Skinner’s beer in barrels on the terrace for guests to help themselves.
Canapés would be provided by The Round Kitchen caterers, along with a big selection of Cornish cheese supplied by the Cheese Man, Thomas Hanson. The Cornish Blue is always particularly popular. It’s also fun to have some Cloud Nine marshmallows, Trenance chocolates and Buttermilk‘s Cornish fudge for our guests.
AND SO TO BED
I’d go to bed at Polpier, which means the party could carry on late and I could spend the next day with a group of friends enjoying the swimming pool and tennis court. We love having friends and their dogs to stay.
Polpier House, overlooking Mevagissey Harbour on the south coast of Cornwall, is a luxury holiday property sleeping up to 16 people. Designed in 1892 by Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail, it has seven bedrooms, including six en-suites, and a separate honeymoon suite (which sleeps two, luckily).
There’s also an outdoor heated swimming pool, a disco hall with DJ booth, tennis courts, gardens, a vegetable patch and outdoor dining areas.