Join author and journalist Sue Kittow for a magical Trelowarren no fly holiday – the latest instalment in Sue’s Daphne du Maurier-related travels, research for her next book
Coming down the long drive at Trelowarren you are immediately aware of the ancient estate, peaceful and serene.
I could see exactly why Daphne du Maurier found it such a refuge, for once you enter this estate, you leave the troubles of the world behind.
To experience the true magic of Trelowarren, you have to stay here
We stayed in Polwyn, a luxurious, warm, lodge, though there are numerous timeshare lodges and cottages on the estate.
Polwyn had a large kitchen/diner/living room with a floor of ceramic tiles – ideal for wet dog paws. It also had a woodburner and French doors that open out onto a big terrace and fenced garden. Upstairs were two large double bedrooms, one en suite and the other with a bathroom next door, both beautifully warm.
After a cuppa and very welcome chocolate biscuits, we headed off through the woods for Tremayne Quay, which was built in 1847 by Sir Richard Vyvyan for a visit by Queen Victoria. Unfortunately she never came, although her great grandson, Edward, Duke of Windsor, did visit in 1921 when he was Prince of Wales.
Later, we relaxed on the sunlit terrace with a glass of wine and our dinner, then walked back up the drive to see the pool, gym, spa, restaurant, gallery and pizza venue, before making our way back and falling into very comfy beds.
The next morning, I met Victoria Vyvyan to talk about the famous Clara Vyvyan, who had been a close friend of Daphne du Maurier, for my next book, Walks in the Footsteps of Daphne du Maurier.
I also learned more about the biodiversity of this 1,000-acre estate, requiring an army of workers, including Victoria and her husband Ferrers, to look after it.
After a fascinating interview, we took the dogs on the Haliggye walk around the estate, which incorporates the Iron Age fort and fougou, beautiful old cottages, and the Restoration Gates.
That evening, we had dinner in the New Yard restaurant: fabulous steak, home made treacle sourdough bread with rosemary and orange butter, washed down with a very nice bottle of house wine. (We noticed several members of the Emmerdale cast, dining there as well.)
The comprehensive welcome pack lists many nearby beaches and other attractions, but we were happy.
The dogs loved it too, and we just wished we could have stayed longer.
For the perfect get away and ultimate in relaxation, I couldn’t recommend a Trelowarren no fly holiday more.
How to get to Trelowarren without flying: your Trelowarren no fly holiday
From Helston take the A3083 towards Culdrose and The Lizard. Just past Culdrose, turn left at the mini roundabout onto the B3293 to Goonhilly/St Keverne. At the top of the hill (Mawgan Cross roundabout) take the third exit (do NOT go into Mawgan village) drive past Garras Primary School and just round the corner take the left turn signed to Trelowarren. Drive down the slip road and in, right, through the gates. At the top of the drive turn left for reception.
Words: Sue Kittow for Feet on the Ground