For those of you look for a romantic spot in Cornwall to pop the big question, here are a few suggestions. In Cornwall, we’re spoilt for choice, but I hope my suggestions include a few ideas you hadn’t thought of.
1. Carn Brea
If you’ve never been up to the top of Carn Brea, you must. The views are stunning. And you have a choice of places of where to pop the question – the Monument, the Cup and Saucer Rock, or the Castle itself, which is now an atmospheric, candle-lit Middle Eastern restaurant.
2. Lizard Point
The most southerly point in mainland Britain, not only does it have stunning views out across the Atlantic, violent waves crashing over treacherous rocks and a picturesque, working lighthouse, there’s also a lovely cafe where you can celebrate your engagement afterwards. You can even bring your own champagne.
3. Minack Theatre
The Minack, near Porthcurno has got to be the most romantic theatre in the country. Cut straight out of the granite cliff, the setting is dramatic, its history inspiring and the views stunning.
4. Tintagel Castle
What could be more romantic than the legend of King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot? Whether you believe the stories or not, they really do add something to the windswept wildness of this stunningly atmospheric place.
5. The Highest point in Cornwall
The beautiful, stormy wilds of Bodmin Moor would make an amazing backdrop to your proposal of marriage. My choice would have to be one of its highest points – Rough Tor with spectacular views across the moors towards the north coast.
6. Best Beach….
Cornwall has many beaches, and we all have our favourite. One of mine is Pedn Vounder Sand Bar near Porthcurno and west of Logan Rock. It does require some effort to reach it – it’s not close to any car park, you need to climb down steep rocks to reach the beach, and it’s only accessible at low tide. But this beach really is worth it. And if you want to make your proposal even more memorable, you could use a boat.
7. Best Gardens…
Cornwall is rightly famous for its gardens, especially in the spring when the camellias and rhododendrons are in their prime. What could be more romantic than the Lost Gardens of Heligan on the Roseland? These amazing gardens have a moving history and an abundance of unexpected corners to give you all the privacy you need.
8. Best Restaurant…
If you prefer to stay in the warm, it has got to be Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant in Rock. If you’re going to pop the question, why not do it in style at one of Cornwall’s very best restaurants?
9. Breakfast With A View…
Fifteen Cornwall opens early for fabulous breakfasts, so why not get up extra early to pop the question? Great food, stunning views over Watergate Bay and prosecco on the menu to help you celebrate. Isn’t that a great way to start your engagement?
10. Say It With Pasties
Or why not simply buy a couple of Cornish pasties from your favourite pasty shop (or make your own, if you’re up to it!), take them with you to your favourite spot in Cornwall, then eat them to seal your love? What could be more Cornish than that?