Enjoying incredible views out across Mounts Bay towards St Michael’s Mount, Tolver Spring beckons to those who want to escape to the countryside while still enjoying all the comforts of home.
Tucked away in the patchwork of fields that stretch between Marazion and Penzance, Tolver Spring is a stirring mix of coastal and rural delights. From the views over Mounts Bay to the fields filled with rabbits, panoramic tranquillity surrounds you, creating a dreamy escape in West Cornwall.
As soon as we walked in, we were wrapped up in the flickering glow of the wood-burner, which had been kindly lit before our arrival to create the warmest of welcomes. A spirited exploration of the beautiful cottage uncovered three gorgeous bedrooms, two of which enjoyed incredible views out across the fields to the sea beyond. Each bedroom called to us, but eventually we settled on the main room, which boasted a super-king bed, walk-in wardrobe, and one of our all-time favourite views – just wait till you see St Michael’s Mount bathed in the golden glow of morning!
Throughout the house, we were blown away by the attention to detail, from the quality of bedding that promised deep slumbers to the fresh flowers and plants that added a wash of colour to the living areas. The open plan kitchen and dining area grabbed our attention particularly quickly thanks to the stunning style, large range cooker, and well-stocked cupboards that promised to make cooking a dream – as coffee lovers, the cafetière caught our eye immediately!
With the wood-burner filling the living room with its toasty glow and the striking figure of the Mount in the distance, it became clear early on that we would have to tear ourselves away from Tolver Spring. Of course, with such a comfy sofa and a good book in our laps, we were perfectly happy settling in for our stay – not to mention the inviting modern bath that beckoned from the upstairs bathroom. Evenings were spent curled up on the sofa, or playing cards on the lovely dining table. There’s even a little snug with chairs and a TV, which would be perfect for families with children.
The cottage is surrounded by a huge garden, providing plenty of space for the kids and pups to run around – a washer and dryer is on-hand in the utility room to help mediate muddy adventures – while a lovely outdoor table is perfectly placed for morning coffees overlooking Mounts Bay and the garden. Even in February we found ourselves sitting here basking in the morning sun as the dawn chorus rose around us.
With such thought put into the cottage, we wanted for nothing during our stay - we especially loved the in-depth guide that provided advice on the area, from restaurants to boat trips.
In the area
As easy as it would have been to spend the entirety of our stay in the warm embrace of Tolver Spring, the wilds of West Cornwall beckoned, and we were eager to explore. A mere 400 yards down the lane from Tolver Spring lies one of Cornwall’s most intriguing places. A fascinating mix of Cornish garden and art installation, the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens makes for an inspiring day out. You can walk around the exotic tiered landscapes, sculpture spotting as you go, before heading to Tremenheere Kitchen for a bite to eat.
Speaking of bites to eat, we were spoiled for choice when staying at Tolver Spring. Marazion, Penzance, Newlyn, and Mousehole are all a short distance away, giving you easy access to some incredible eateries. While we opted for the mediaeval delights of the Newlyn Meadery (who can say no to jugs of mead and eating chicken with your bare hands) and the coastal calm of The Old Coastguard in Mousehole, the equally giddy delights of The Mexico Inn, The Godolphin, and The Victoria Inn (known for their show-stopping Sunday roasts) will certainly see us returning to Tolver Spring again. St Ives is also worth a visit for those wanting to satisfy their hunger in the best way, as the town’s combination of beautiful beaches and epic eateries creates a smorgasbord of delightful dining options.
With full bellies, it’s time to explore this wild and startlingly beautiful corner of Cornwall, which boasts some of the best beaches in the county. This section of the Cornish coast is also home to some incredible walks, alongside some of the prettiest spots for a picnic – and yes, a Cornish pasty counts as a picnic! We enjoyed a glorious stomp around Logan Rock, making the most of the turquoise views over Pedn Vounder and a pitstop at The Logan Rock Inn, where a roaring fire and local ales greeted us. We were lucky enough to spot two pods of dolphins and a group of seals during our walk, so we definitely recommend keeping your eyes peeled when exploring the wilds of West Cornwall.
For those looking for a more relaxing day out, we recommend the nearby Jubilee Pool in Penzance, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the fabulous art deco pool as well as a more indulgent dip in the geothermal pool. Or, for the historically minded amongst you, St Michael’s Mount is always a fascinating visit. Walk along the cobbled causeway and explore Cornwall’s iconic castle – it’s hard to resist when you spend your holiday overlooking the dramatic Mount.
Booking Tolver Spring
Tolver Spring is the perfect getaway, offering guests the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday while still enjoying easy access to the pretty towns and villages of West Cornwall. Sleeping six with a double, king, and super-king bed, this cottage is perfect for families and groups looking to get away together – dogs included! The sea views, rural setting, and soul-warming wood-burner promise many cosy evenings in your own personal hideaway, while the awe-inspiring west coast beckons for action-packed days out.