Enjoy a UK holiday escape alongside your wedding at Treseren
As a UK destination wedding venue, we are lucky with our location – Treseren is located in the countryside near the North coast in Cornwall, and so there are plenty of wonderful options when it comes to enjoying the day after your wedding.
One of the things our couples tell us they love most about their wedding at Treseren, is the feeling that they can relax and spend time enjoying the experience. Our Micro Weddings and intimate wedding weekends take place over three days, so nothing has to be rushed, and our couples can spend quality time with those they have chosen to come away with to celebrate their wedding. The wedding is at the heart of the stay, and of course the most important day, but what is lovely is that everybody gets a ‘day three’ to relax and enjoy our very special location the day after the wedding. Time to reminisce about the wedding day over a late brunch, before heading off to explore and make even more memories!
Here are some of our favourite places and ideas for enjoying the day after your UK destination wedding at Treseren, to make the most of our beautiful location.
1. Head to the local beaches
It has to be top of the list! Crantock Bay and Holywell Bay are just 4.5 miles away, so within ten minutes you are at the most stunning sandy beaches. Both of these beaches have National Trust car parks, so if you are a member, parking is free. Holywell was used as the location for filming many of the Poldark scenes for the recent BBC 1 series. Some of our couples and their guests have enjoyed surfing, swimming and paddle boarding as part of their stay. If you are not an experienced surfer, then we recommend the local surf school at Holywell Bay School of Surf Run by Head beach lifeguard, Lee Griffin, you will be in very safe hands. Lee is married to our brilliant head housekeeper, Marie – so she can always help arrange a last-minute lesson! If you want to try your hand at stand up paddleboarding, a favourite spot is the Gannel Estuary which runs in to our other local beach, Crantock. The best time to enjoy the estuary is on the approach to the high tide and you can hire paddleboards and wetsuits from Big Green which is located in the car park next to the beach.
The walks you can enjoy on the coastal path extend for miles. One of our favourites is the circular walk between Holywell and Crantock. We love to start this at Holywell, and on arrival at the cliff top overlooking Crantock, pop in to C-Bay, a great café / restaurant on the cliffs which has an al fresco terrace where you can enjoy a well-deserved coffee looking out to sea.
2. Explore Padstow
A favourite spot in Cornwall, Padstow has so much to offer for a day out. Just 25 minutes by car, it’s within easy reach of Treseren and you can also drive the coast road which is a beautiful, scenic route past Watergate Bay, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth – all wonderful spots for a beach and coastline explore en-route.
When you arrive, there really is something for everyone! Emma grew up in Padstow, so knows it really well and can chat over the best things to make the most of your day. Here are some lovely initial ideas… mooch around the pretty harbourside where you will find lots of independent shops to browse, fabulous ice-cream and our favourite award winning Cornish pasties, cooked up daily by The Chough Bakery. Another personal favourite is Bin Two a great spot by the harbour. They serve great coffee and have a fabulous wine terrace where you can enjoy a relaxing drink. Similarly, The Padstow Wine Company is great for a glass of bubbles and nibbles.
For the more energetic, the Camel Trail which stretches 18 miles from Padstow to Bodmin is one of the most scenic cycle routes in the UK (read more about it and our other favourite cycle routes here). There are plenty of boat trips from the harbour, or you can book on to a wildlife sea safari, enjoy speed boat rides, or hop on the ferry to Rock which takes you to the beaches and walks across the estuary. A favourite walk Rock side, is through the dunes to discover the lost Church of St Enodoc which was buried in sand for many years. Here you will find poet, Sir John Betjeman’s grave, who celebrated the beauty of the surrounding area in many of his poems.
3. Visit beautiful gardens, or a National Trust property
Be inspired by the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan – just beautiful and intriguing at any time of the year and worth seeing in all seasons. We always enjoy a trip around Easter to see the blossoming of the gardens into spring, and you can read more about exploring Heligan in our previous blog post.
There are also great days out to be had at some beautiful National Trust properties in Cornwall, such as Lanhydrock House – a favourite place with stunning grounds, a great café and wooded bike trails
We also love St Michael’s Mount. A fabulous ancient landmark in Cornwall, it sits in Mounts Bay, separated by the sea from the coastal town of Marazion and it is a lovely adventure to get there, walking across the causeway at low tide, or taking a little boat at high tide to cross the water.
4. Choose to eat out in a fabulous restaurant
Cornwall has a growing reputation for its food, attracting Michelin starred chefs who are drawn to the area where so much wonderful local produce and seafood can be sourced.
We are very lucky to have so many amazing restaurants on our doorstep. Here are some of our favourites…
The Lewinnick Lodge located on the cliffs overlooking Fistral Bay, on the edge of Newquay. It’s a stunning location with fantastic views and a wide-ranging menu. Serving good gastro pub food, this is the place most people choose! (And it’s only a 15 minute drive from Treseren).
We also love The Plume of Feathers, in Mitchell. Just a ten minute drive from Treseren, it’s a lovely country pub with good gastro pub food and our favourite for a Sunday roast.
Another great restaurant which deserves a mention is The Fish House in Newquay, fantastic for seafood lovers, and a very laid back beach side setting next to Fistral Beach which is just a 15 minute drive from Treseren.
Back in Padstow, there are many fabulous restaurants to choose from and Rick Stein’s famous Seafood Restaurant and other eateries including the Bistro and Café are all great options and would be high on our list. Probably our favourite is Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 in Padstow – Michelin Starred and completely fabulous. If fine dining is a little too much and you prefer a more relaxed eating experience, Italian restaurant Caffe Rojano, also owned by Paul Ainsworth is a great option – lovely for family dining as well as for couples.
5. The most incredible bespoke picnic in a stunning location
How about a completely fabulous picnic set up in a location of your choice? After 8 years working in the hospitality industry on Super Yachts, Briony who runs Dine with Iris set up this new dining concept in the summer of 2020 – and we love it!
Briony can come to Treseren and set this up for you in the gardens or on the terrace, or alternatively the dunes at our local Crantock Beach is a pretty special spot. We enjoyed this experience for a surprise birthday celebration! Alongside the wonderful food with homemade chutney and sharing plates overflowing with goodies, we loved the cushions and throws and flowers on the table that made this set up so amazing.
We enjoyed this as a family of four, but we can see how this could be very special and romantic just for two, or lots of fun with a group of friends the day after your wedding.
Although weather dependent, Briony is used to being flexible and she can set up your picnic in the gardens at Treseren if the coast is too windy, or as an indoor grazing table of goodies as a plan B. Great for a summer’s day, but also pretty fabulous in Spring and Autumn – go for a beach walk, and then find your picnic awaiting in the dunes. Wear a jumper and enjoy the Dine With Iris Hot Chocolate Bar as a really lovely addition to her offer. She even provides a Bluetooth speaker for you to connect your music via your phone!
6. Enjoy relaxing in the house and gardens
There is no need to rush off – and some people love to just be and enjoy everything the house and gardens have to offer. Start your day with a late brunch and then relax! There are two acres of gardens to explore, with established camelias, magnolia trees and hydrangeas and even an ancient cork tree. If you look closely, there are tiny wild strawberries which grow near the walnut tree in the summer, plum trees and lots of varieties of apple in our orchard in the autumn (please help yourselves!!).
There’s an organic children’s organic play area to keep children occupied and the south facing terraces are the perfect spot to read a good book.
Finish your day with either a Dine with Iris grazing picnic, or we can organise one of the brilliant chefs we work with to come in and rustle up a gourmet barbecue for you. And then there is always our fire pit to end your stay toasting marshmallows under the stars.
Photo credits –
Dine with Iris