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Honeymoon In Cornwall | Special Stays After Your Small Wedding

By 23 July 2023 No Comments
Photo from a cave at sunset picturing a rock at sea

Located just minutes from the stunning Cornish north coast in a beautiful rural spot, Treseren is perfect for a destination wedding in the UK. A small wedding at Treseren always includes a two or three night stay in our gorgeous Mine Captain’s House. And after time relaxing in the house and gardens with your loved ones after your wedding, you can go on to enjoy some wonderful days unwinding together on your honeymoon in Cornwall.

Lined with miles of sandy beaches and clear seas, Cornwall has all the natural beauty going for a magical honeymoon. Historical sites nestle in craggy coves and ancient inland spots are wrapped up in an air of romance, laying waiting to be explored. Local flavours are sure to excite and with plenty of culture to indulge in, there will be lots to reminisce on after your honeymoon in Cornwall.

Beaches are what the Southwest does best. With turquoise coves and white sandy stretches there is no need for a long flight to enjoy tropical tastes on your honeymoon. Stripping out the airports and tedious journeys, an English honeymoon can be more relaxing as well as sustainable. A win win! 

Cornwall is bountiful with special spots to stay. We have featured a few gems here; ranging from luxurious couple-only retreats to family-friendly beach lofts a paddle away from the surf. Nearby to sunset spots and horse rides at Worlds End, we have so enjoyed gathering inspiration for some romantic downtime.

The Scarlet

Nestled on top of the cliffs with the sands of Mawgan Porth stretching below, this hotel in Cornwall is a special spot to unwind together. Only a stones’ throw along the coast from Treseren, you can nip here for some unwinding after your wedding. Welcoming adults only, gorgeous rooms open to the quiet coastal fringes, offering a calming sanctuary. This is a lovely option for you to relax further into your Cornish elopement following your special stay at Treseren.

The Tranquil Spa

The Cornish cliffs invite you to take a few breaths and reflect after your special day. The offer to relax in the Scarlet’s sauna, steam room and pool is open to all guests. A bracing dip in the sea just below is as appealing an option – for some! It is tricky to imagine a more romantic setting than that of clifftop, candlelit hot tubs which melt into nature. Inspired by the calming constant of waves below, the spa offers a Couples Journey to relax together with treatments. You can further indulge in some luxury at the end, sharing an Epsom salts bath with a glass of English sparkling wine. There is even the option to take on a couples’ massage lesson, continuing the relaxation after your honeymoon. The Scarlet extends the option for gift vouchers which makes one lovely wedding gift idea. You could get writing that list now…

Walk For Miles

A few sandy steps lead down from the gardens to an open bay stretching from the hamlet of Mawgan Porth to the sea. Your dogs can also explore caves and rock pools lining the cliffs, since the beach is dog friendly year-round. The Scarlet can welcome your dogs on your retreat, kitting you room out with cosy dog beds and towels. We love dogs at Treseren, so they can join you throughout your dog friendly wedding and honeymoon.

For more time spent exploring, follow the Southwest Coast Path which weaves past The Scarlet for as many miles as your legs desire. If you fancy a true north coast adventure, the lovely guys at King Surf offer thrilling lessons in the surf.

Carbis Bay Cottages

These beautifully presented cottages make the perfect retreat from which to venture into buzzy St Ives. Brook Cottage, with three characterful bedrooms, is a gorgeous honeymoon cottage for the whole family. The children’s fun and games can continue after your Treseren wedding, in the games room set with ping pong, table football and a dart board. Carbis Bay beach is a 15-minute stroll away, ideal for keeping the kids busy with beach toys. If you are enjoying time alone together on your honeymoon, Penhallow Cabin is a haven enveloped by mature gardens and a stream.

St Ives’ Foody Delights

Carbis Bay Cottages are tucked just a 30-minute walk or short train ride away from St Ives, which itself offers a whole honeymoon package. Alternatively, the Cornish Way cycle track stretches from Penzance for longer rides if you are feeling energetic! Great cafés and weather-beaten pubs may entice you to St Ives harbour where you can watch the sun setting, perhaps with a good ale in hand. A stroll along the beach is often rewarded with sea glass treasures to take home. Of course, The Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden are sure to spark the imagination and make for a unique honeymoon visit.

Looking directly out over Carbis Bay, talented chef Adam Handling has his Michelin star restaurant, Ugly Butterfly. Their beautiful food is based on sustainability and zero waste, and you probably could not wish for a better location for a special meal.

Intriguing Zennor

This 4000-year-old village is nestled in mysterious and enchanting coastline. A day can be well spent exploring coves and pondering the myths and tales surrounding this place, known for its air of romance. Some even say that they can hear the Mermaid of Zennor and her lover singing from ‘Mermaids Cove’ as the waves come in… Ancient fields surrounding Zennor are steeped in Cornish history; along with old mines there are Bronze and Stone Age sites to wander past.

Hotel Tresanton

Having enjoyed the famously gorgeous beaches ten minutes from Treseren on the day after your wedding, you might like to spend your honeymoon soaking up St Mawes. In under an hour’s drive, the dramatic and wild north coast swaps for the tranquil calm of the southern shores. The best of both worlds. Your family can also join you here after your small wedding; Hotel Tresanton has 30 individual rooms each beautifully adorned with paintings from Cornish artists. A rather special stay, Tresanton even boasts a chapel renovated by Olga Polizzi.

An Evening Spent Boating

Overlooking a waterline lush with green and blues and dotted with sail boats, your English honeymoon may feel reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Especially with a glass of wine in hand. The skipper could take you out on Pinuccia, their Italian classic yacht, for a day exploring the Helston and River Fal. You can take in views of Henry VIII’s castle at St Mawes, sharing a fresh picnic and a bottle of very good wine. A lovely idea for a romantic evening together, you could take a bottle of prosecco on an evening sail.

Meandering From St Mawes

A historic fishing hamlet settled on this intriguing coastline, St Mawes makes a calm and enchanting base for your honeymoon in Cornwall. Peaceful walks along the Roseland Peninsula are rewarded by gems such as the Hidden Hut, serving a small menu of wholesome lunches. The renowned chef, Simon Stallard, also hosts feast nights at Porthcurnick beach. Echoing our welcome meal you will have enjoyed the evening before your wedding, this social sharing is sure to make a memorable honeymoon supper.

A lovely, relaxed morning can be spent taking a boat to Flushing or Mylor, short hops along this pebbly stretch of coast. A table on the Pandora Inn’s jetty, jutting out amongst sail boats, makes a perfect fish and chip spot to suit a Cornish honeymoon. An enchanting stroll is to be had through nearby National Trust Trelissick Gardens. The house, built in 1755, shares character and Cornish history of the same era as Treseren. You can also soak in the culture of vibrant Falmouth, which is just a short boat ride from St Mawes. With its arty atmosphere and emerging galleries and restaurants, a day spent in Falmouth may enrich your honeymoon.

The Cornish Treehouse

Perched in a 200-year-old copper beech tree amongst 5 acres of lush woodland, this retreat makes for a unique honeymoon. Sleeping in the canopy below the stars in this characterful treehouse crafted from local oak and ash, you feel a million miles from anything. The interior is enriched by regional crafts including the beautifully hand sculpted oak bed. A generous welcome hamper, fluffy robes and abundant logs make for a cosy stay, with a touch of luxury. Cosied up by the fire or in the copper bathtub, you would be forgiven for never leaving your honeymoon hideaway! Nevertheless, an array of activities in Looe might tempt you beyond the surrounding woodlands.

Wine tasting

For a day where you can really kickback into honeymoon mode, you could make a visit to this vineyard nearby in the East Looe Valley. Since 2008, Looe Valley Vineyard have been creating high quality artisan wines. There is the chance to sample delicious wines on summer tastings and offer guided tours.

Wildlife boat around Looe Island

Look out for seals, bluefin tuna, sea birds and dolphins around Looe Island, on a Sea Safari which makes the most of honeymooning by the coast. Trips around this marine nature reserve show off the Cornish coast from a different viewpoint. A longer outing around Eddystone Lighthouse can be shared with dolphins who are often seen on this route. And, for an even more adventurous jaunt, on a ‘trip with a dip’, the skipper will make a stop in a secluded cove for you to jump in.

Watergate Bay Hotel

Only 20 minutes from us, Watergate Bay is a breath taking and lively beach; a fantastic option if you are honeymooning with young children. Watergate Bay Hotel is really family friendly, and their bright beach lofts allow special family time to continue after you are married. You could not be closer to splash and bodyboard in the waves or watch from the pool whilst the children have surf lessons. A lovely way to continue your small wedding celebrations, there are a few great restaurant options at Watergate Bay. Zacry’s offers a family menu, as well as cocktails and candlelight for after little ones’ bedtime. With the Watergate Bay cliffs looking out as the sun sets, an evening could be well spent searching out a perfect spot with a blanket and bottle of wine.

North Coast Gems

Watergate Bay is a great stretch of beach to walk along, especially at low tide when you can go for miles along the sand. Newquay is a decent walk along the Coast Path or a short drive, where you can explore world famous surfer spot, Fistral Beach. Crantock and Holywell beaches are one stretch along, and these make for fantastic family days out during your honeymoon, if you have not already popped down whilst at Treseren.

Degibna Lower Pentire Barn

For a relaxed Cornish honeymoon, this 18th Century barn conversion makes a stylish and comfortable base. The quiet surrounds of Carminowe Creek with its leafy Cornish hedgerows make this stay a tranquil retreat, sleeping just yourselves. Nearby to the Lizard, the most Southerly point of Cornwall, there is plenty of opportunity for long walks taking in the crags and coves of this coastline. You can stand alone on Worlds End, charmed by the space where the cliffs meet the sea.

Gallop In Poldark’s Hoofprints

One idea for a romantic Cornish activity, you could try a horse ride along the cliffs which inspired Poldark. Rides out from Newton Farm stretch along the sands of Pollurian Cove beach, taking in fields and cliffs too. For a longer adventure, your guide and horses will take you on a four-hour hack round Church Cove, taking in wonder-inspiring views and pirate tales.

World Renowned Kynance Cove

Famed for its turquoise waters and white sands, some would say this beach has the essence of tropical honeymoon holiday destinations. It would seem hard to dream of another holiday whilst sharing a cold bottle and watching the sun set over the endless Atlantic. An eco-friendly café or tidal caves offer cosy shelters to soak up the views from when the weather isn’t so balmy. Walks up the coastal paths leading from Kynance Cove are sure to blow the cobwebs away on an exhilarating day.


We hope that these special stays and spots in Cornwall have given some inspiration for a gorgeous honeymoon in Cornwall. If you are convinced that your wedding will be perfect without going beyond England’s southern tip, do take a look at Treseren for your magical intimate wedding.



Nellie is the Sustainability and Events Coordinator at Treseren. She loves chatting to lots of lovely guests and taking in the atmosphere at our beautiful weddings, inspiring ideas for content afterwards. Previously a chalet host, she enjoys cooking up breakfasts and watching the chefs' creations on the wedding day. She loves exploring Cornwall and, if not in the kitchen or cocktail bar, she can probably be found in the sea!

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