Welcome back to our staff pick of the month series, where we ask members of the team about their favourite Beach Retreats property. This month we speak to Portfolio Manager Ashleigh Allwood about her chosen retreat, The Croft in Coverack.
I’m Ashleigh, the Portfolio Manager for West and South Cornwall. I moved to Cornwall just over seven years ago and now live in St Erth, Hayle with my partner and dog, Ronnie. I have spent the past year and half renovating my home, after buying at auction during the midst of the Cornwall property boom. I love nothing more than exploring everything the county has to offer and feel so lucky to be able to call Cornwall my home.
My chosen retreat is The Croft, a decadent and stunning retreat overlooking the ocean in Coverack, a small cove in the remote Lizard Peninsula.
What is it you like most about this property?
There are so many things to love about this property; the quality interiors, the generous sized rooms, the beautiful characterful features… but for me it’s the position. Nestled on the shoreline with access to its own private beach is what makes The Croft so special. You instantly feel a sense of calm as you walk into the property, with seemingly endless vistas of the sea from almost every room.
What will be your favourite part of the day when staying at this retreat?
This would have to be in the morning. Coverack is a bustling town during the day when visitors and beachgoers arrive late morning, but the early morning hours around sunrise are so peaceful and quiet here. Being situated on the south coast means the sea is often very calm and you’re treated to some sensational sunrises, all of which can be admired from the sanctuary of The Croft.
What is it that you like about the local area?
There’s so much to explore around Coverack and The Lizard peninsula. As someone who loves hiking with my dog it provides endless footpaths and trails to discover. The coastline is rugged but enchanting, dotted with beaches and quiet coves, many of which are only accessible from the water. The sea here is a haven for divers, snorkellers, kayakers and paddle boarders, so there’s plenty of activities to choose from.
What’s the nearest beach like and how far is the walk?
The Croft has access to its very own stretch of private beach, which adjoins the main beach at Coverack. The winding path from the property leads you down through the garden on to some stone steps, which give you access to the beach. The sea here is generally very calm, making it a great spot for swimming and paddle boarding. After a chilly dip you can wash off and sink into the bubbling hot tub to warm up.
Is there a particular restaurant in the area that you would choose to eat at?
There are plenty! Like most of Cornwall, the Lizard peninsula offers some fantastic restaurants and cafes. My all time favourite place is Jumunjy – an authentic Thai restaurant situated in Cury Cross Lanes. The restaurant used to be a former post office, but has been extensively renovated by the current owners to create a simply unique dining experience. Stepping through the doors is like entering a Thai jungle, the décor alone is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. The food here is amazing and uses locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables. The staff are also really helpful in giving advice based on your food preferences if you’re not familiar with some of the Thai dishes. It’s a must visit!
Can you catch a good sunset or sunrise here?
Sunrise! From the private beach, in the hot tub, on the patio with a cup of tea or whilst lying in bed with the doors wide open – there are so many spots to enjoy a sunrise here.
What would you say is a must-see or do in this area?
Take advantage of all the watersports activities on offer in the bay, as there’s so much to choose from. For those who don’t like getting their feet wet, then exploring the rugged coastal paths is a must! Kynance Cove is only a short drive away and is a great place to spend the afternoon, though I would recommend visiting this out of season where possible as it does get very busy. Ensure you check the tide times and only visit at low tide. For those that enjoy surfing and hot chocolates, the beach at Poldhu usually has some decent waves and the café on the beach serves quite possibly the best hot chocolate in Cornwall!
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