8 romantic locations to pop the question
White sand beaches, fiery sunsets and a magical coastline, Cornwall has all the ingredients for a romantic proposal this Valentine's Day.
With it being one of the most important questions you'll ever ask, we've hand-picked eight inspiring locations perfect for a romantic Cornish proposal. Do you have a favourite location already? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #beachretreats.
Offering not just one, but multiple places to drop down on one knee, St Michael's Mount in west Cornwall is our number one spot. Pop the question on the causeway, in the subtropical gardens, inside the medieval chapel or on the castle terrace. A family home since the 17th century, the castle holds mementos, memories and moments of magic at every turn. Will you create your own proposal memory here? Learn more about St Michael's Mount.
Surrounded by ivy clad trees, beautiful waterfalls and what is said to be Cornish piskies, fairies and spirits, St Nectans Glen is another romantic location, perfect for whispering those all-important words. Whilst you are serenaded by the wonderful sound of bird song, choose from three waterfalls, our personal favourite is St Nectans Kieve, where the river Trevillet has created a magnificent 60-foot waterfall and has punched a hole through the original kieve (basin). The water now cascades into a beautiful valley.
Moving back down to west Cornwall, our next romantic location is the stunning Minack Theatre. Carved into the cliffs and offering visitors a panoramic view over Porthcurno Bay, this is the perfect setting for your romantic evening. Steal a kiss under the stars as you watch an evening performance, cuddle up with a blanket and pop open a bottle of bubbly.
With a two mile stretch of golden sand, Watergate Bay leaves plenty of room for the enviable and creative 'Will you marry me' sand proposal. Get up early as the tide leaves untouched wet sand, carve your message and head back before she notices (you may need a little help with this one). After the big 'Yes' head to The Beach Hut for a glass of bubbly and a bite to eat.
The mystery of what was once a long-lost garden after WW1, hidden by bramble and ivy, makes The Lost Gardens of Heligan a unique and picturesque setting. With over 200 acres to discover, you're not short of places to pop the question. We recommend either a visit to the pleasure gardens, filled with romantic structures and hidden pathways, or a stroll past the sleeping mud maid, which beautifully changes throughout the season.
If you are lucky enough to catch one of Kynance Cove's fiery sunsets, then you are in for a treat...and the perfect proposal. Walk hand-in-hand along the rocky coast path, explore the secret coves as the tide flows out, then climb up to the headland where the views of the stunning scenery will not disappoint. For a more intimate proposal, visit Kynance in the Autumn/Winter months and early evenings before the sun sets.
Near Mawgan Porth
It was once thought that a giant named Bedruthan used these iconic rock stacks as a short cut across the bay. Now it is one of the most photographed locations in Cornwall and we can see why. No matter what the weather, the coastal path provides breathtaking views and plenty of places for you to feel alone for your fairy-tale moment.
Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by some, the famous Eden Project is a dramatic global garden, housed in tropical biomes the size of 30 football pitches. Head to the steamy Rain Forest Biome or feel closer to home in the Mediterranean Biome. If you really want to impress, then the Eden team are on hand to help. Enjoy exclusive access to the Canopy Walkway, a photographer to capture the moment, a delicious tapas board and champagne in the restaurant to celebrate.
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