MY PERFECT DAY IN CORNWALL: PAOLA MARRA
Imagine spending a day in Cornwall, where you could go anywhere, do anything. Relaxing or invigorating; sedate or sporty; creative or adventurous; and eat anything you like.
We caught up with Paola Marra, founder of iheartwhippets – a fundraising project and specialist whippet home-boarding and daycare service in Cornwall – to find out what her perfect Cornish day would consist of.
RISE AND SHINE
I would wake up at home, a converted granite cow barn set within eight acres of planted woodland and surrounded by farmland. The day would start with an early morning stroll around the land with my whippets, Luigi, Stanley, Bella and Coco, while still in my PJs.
After a Tregothnan peppermint infusion tea to get me going, I’d load up the whippets and drive to Gwithian Towans for a run around – either on the beach or dunes (depending on the tide and time of year). Afterwards, we would sit outside at Sunset Surf and have leisurely breakfast of eggs benedict with chips and a big mug of tea.
On the way home, I’d pop into Trevaskis Farm to buy some fantastic local produce. They make the most wonderful bread, cakes and baked goods (they also take daily deliveries from local suppliers such as Baker Tom’s and Vicky’s Bread), plus other favourites include fresh wild garlic pesto by Wild Pesto, good quality dogs treats by Paws For Cake, and depending on the season you can pick your own fruit and veg – all grown on their 28-acre farm.
Off again with the dogs to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, near Gulval, Penzance – it’s a mix of modern art installations and exotic plant-filled gardens that offer panoramic views of the bay and has a fabulous café, The Kitchen. The vegetarian board is delish (chilli & mint falafels, mushrooms a la grecque, smoked aubergine, char-grilled seasonal vegetables, hummus and spiced flatbread). Afterwards we’d explore the gardens, gallery and small nursery.
View to Marazion from St Michaels Mount. Photo credit Matt Jessop and Visit Cornwall.
My afternoon would be spent wandering around Marazion’s small shops and galleries. I’m always on the look out for dog-themed pieces by local artists that may be suitable for one of the iheartwhippets auctions (such as Helen Gray, a member of East Cornwall Society of Artists, who has made a wire sculpture especially for the 1st May auction). Afterwards, I’d pop by Godolphin Arms for a peppermint tea one of their stunning chocolate brownies.
As a pre-dinner treat, I would spend a quiet hour or two at The Walled Garden Spa at Trelowarren Estate. It’s a unique spa that offers a range of treatments using 100% organic products designed and made locally by Spiezia.
Afterwards, I’d stroll through Trelowarren Stableyard and have a look around the Craft Centre – the main exhibition and retail space for the Cornwall Crafts Association since 1978.
I would eat dinner at New Yard Restaurant– a lovely restaurant offering locally sourced, seasonal Cornish ingredients, cooked simply and served in a welcoming atmosphere.
PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY
Rather than going out, I like to spend my nights in with my partner and dogs tucked up together on our rather large sofa watching a film.
Paola founded iheartwhippets in July 2012 to raise much-needed funds for organisations that rescue sighthounds from cases of neglect and abuse. To date iheartwhippets has raised in excess of £46,000 for various sighthound charities.