Day 5: Penzance → Weymouth. Max 15°C to Min 7°C.
We were very blessed to have found a country house that was not only spacious and cosy, the whole abode is a beauty filled with old charm and a flair of elegance. Although the quest to locate it on our first night was a little bit of an exciting adventure, given that we arrived after sunset, the bliss that this private accommodation provided us for the 3 nights while we were there was indescribably incredible.
Rosemerryn, Edwardian Artist House.
Hidden away in private woodland, the house was built as home and studio for artists Benjamin and Isabelle Leder. Off the beaten track, and yet close to both Penzance and St Ives, as well as some of the most beautiful sandy beaches and coves, this quaint beautiful house and its accompanying garden is reminiscent of a slower more pensive way of life – just what we needed for our holiday.
We spent most of our time in the large spacious lounge, that houses bold and arrestingly interesting art and sculpture that allowed us to embrace the peace of the environment and really relax among, and on the beautiful pieces of formal furniture.
The living room was spacious and bright. We felt at home sitting around the wood stove surrounded by the giggly chatter rising from our children playing together.
There were 4 double bedrooms, 2 on the ground level occupied by JMIDM, and the other 2 were on the second level, occupied by Dad and Mum, and us.
There were 2 other twin rooms, of which one was taken by Shen, while the other was an extra room.
There were altogether 5 bathrooms, more than enough for all 11 of us to use comfortably.
The lounge led us to a stunningly gorgeous conservatory that was adorned with hanging grapes and pieces of furniture that spells of the country life.
The big farmhouse kitchen was very well-equipped, complete with an AGA unit! It served as a frequent place of gathering where we all dined together as one big family around the communal table, and even had games of Scrabble among the grown-ups.
There was also a barbeque area in the garden and we had access to the 7 acres of woodland of which the house was situated in.
We had such an amazing experience staying in this beautiful house. It turned out to be the highlight of our family road trip! The house is perfect for big families with both young and old members. It was such a gem! We seriously thought that the house exceeded our expectations, especially the table tennis lodge that still smelled of new wood!
We had such a great time in the lodge, be it just the children playing and enjoying each other’s company…
… or a much-anticipated ping-pong competition between the brothers… The lodge served its purpose and provided us with a lasting memory of fun times.
Before we left the house today, we took a family picture in front of the “flaming tree” that aptly reminded us of autumn. It is such a precious photograph that we will treasure in times to come. I could still remember the dreamy orange glow that bathed the atmosphere while we were getting ready for the picture. It was so tranquil as the woods behind wooed us with winged creatures soothingly buzzing and bleeping into the birds’ song, serenading us as we departed the rather spectacular cottage. It was unforgettable.
Thereafter, we made our way towards Weymouth and made a stop at Kynance Cove first.
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
Described as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South West, Kynance Cove is a cove where rocks so beautifully carved and polished by the sea can be found on the Lizard peninsula found in Cornwall, England.
Before we reached the spectacular cove, we had to take a gentle stroll along the serpentine paths that cruised up and down the rocky terrain, with alluring views that peep at us at the crests.
As we approach the bay, the terrain evolves from a well-treaded pebbly path to become a rough rocky descent onto boulders and finally fine sand, with a little scrambling over rocks on the beach.
We had a great fun time on the beach as we watched visitors fought the tide that came rushing in, children gleefully chasing after the receding waves, while others patted moist sand moulding castles out of their imagination.
Little E and M were just happy to touch the powdery sand and grab handfuls of it, feeling the texture and seeing it slip through their tiny fingers.
We climbed the steep ascent and made our way back up towards the car park, to be ready for our next leg in the journey towards Weymouth.
We made one more stop at Plymouth to visit The Hoe. The Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breathtaking panoramic views across Plymouth Sound, touted as one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world.
We spent some time enjoying the park and savour its unique atmosphere – the culmination of a long and colourful history. The significance of the Hoe to the City of Plymouth has seen the park develop as the civic memorial site and major events space.
Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse.
Standing at 72 foot high, the landmark Tower offers a wonderful vantage point of fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room, which is open to the public year-round.
Besides the Tower, there were other sightings that speak volumes of the rich history that laid the foundations on the grounds of Plymouth – The Armada Memorial is a monument built in 1888 that celebrates the tercentenary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada (a fleet that unsuccessfully attempted a naval invasion of England), which was sighted by English captains stationed in the city.
We walked through the park admiring the sights and the expanse of land that The Hoe offers. We chanced upon a café that sells “Seriously Good Ice-cream Made in Plymouth”, and just had to give it a try!
Meanwhile, Dad was determined to locate the world famous Mayflower Steps, and J was more than eager to accompany him in the quest! The Mayflower Steps marks the spot close to the site on the Barbican from which it is believed the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for North America in 1620. The Mayflower Steps are flanked by the British and American flags and mark the final English departure point of 102 passengers who set sail on the Mayflower in 1620.
The actual steps the pilgrims left from no longer exist. A granite block bearing the ship’s name marks the approximate site, while a tablet commemorating the voyage was erected alongside in 1891. Below, are the pictures of Dad and J taken at the Barbican & Sutton Harbour.
As for the rest of us, we were chillaxing in Rhodes @ The Dome, a waterfront bistro restaurant and cocktail bar perched on Plymouth’s iconic Hoe with great views overlooking Plymouth Sound.
We ordered some finger food and a couple cups of hot chocolate with marshmallows to share while waiting for Dad and J to complete their mission in locating the Mayflower Steps.
Then off we went to our final destination for this long eventful day! Weymouth, here we come! We arrived at the quaint town after sunset, while Josh and J went out scouting for food to feed all of us, we spent some time chilling out in JMIDM’s and Shen’s family suite.
For dinner, Josh and J found the renowned Sea Chef, touted as the best fish & chips shop in Weymouth. All of us enjoyed the succulent cod fish and thick fries, and went to bed happy.
Dear loving Heavenly Father, thank You for the journey mercies You have graciously granted us throughout the many trips that we set forth this day. Indeed, You alone whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth. Show us Your way O’ Lord, that we may live as Your children, and strive for perfection, as You, our God and Father in Heaven is perfect in every way. Thank You for all the blessings, big and small, that You have showered upon us along the way each day. We love because You first loved us. May we learn to know and rely on the love God has for us. In the name of our Lord Jesus, we pray these. Amen.