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Why autumn is the perfect time to retreat to Cornwall

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

Summer. After June it didn't quite happen did it? So don't dwell on it. Instead, step positively forward – and into - autumn. It is the perfect season to give yourself some ‘you’ time. Free of the attractions, distractions, and commitments of summer, autumn is the ideal time to refocus your attention on what’s important to you. To create a strategy, work on goals, and make plans for the future. The ones you temporarily shelved in favour of driving the family to the beach (when it finally stopped raining) or attending next door’s barbeque.

And where better to award yourself some ‘you’ time this autumn than Cornwall? There’s so many reasons why it’s actually a better time to visit than summer.

  • There are far fewer tourists. You can appreciate its most picturesque towns and villages without endless jostling and queuing, confident you’ll not need to spend half your morning finding a parking space. You may even get whole stretches of beach or coast path to yourself. Bliss. Plus nearly all beaches become dog friendly in October should you bring your four-legged friend with you.

  • The weather. Statistically the county enjoys less rainfall than in summer yet it’s still warm enough to be outdoors. Autumn light renders Cornwall’s beautiful views even more magnificent. And when those Atlantic lows do form, you can be sure of some spectacular storms.

  • It’s better for most outdoor activities. The sea is still warm for swimming, the surf is better, and coastal walks or runs won’t require you to carry ten litres of water.

  • It’s flora. Spectacular displays of autumn colours abound from October to November, all the more interesting when they’re near water, such as around the Fal and Helford estuaries. The Helford (near Falmouth) is also home to two of Cornwall’s famous gardens, Trebah and Glendurgan. During autumn is when many of their sub-tropical plants reach their full height or burst into flower.

  • Food! It’s harvest time after all. There’s the Fal Oyster Festival in October; the orchards will be giving up their bounty; it’s a great time to forage, and you’re less likely to need to book to eat at the county’s many excellent restaurants. On the contrary, they will welcome you with open arms.

If that’s wetted your appetite you’ll want somewhere to stay. With our two and three night personal coaching retreats you can enjoy a restorative break in Cornwall, sampling what the county has to offer, yet return home having made valuable progress on matters most important to you. Couple that with a top up to your wellbeing and you’ll be readier than ever to achieve your goals, solve those challenges, or just face the British winter. Since we also offer private bed and breakfast (and have a five star rating on Air BnB no less) you're also welcome to extend your stay for as many days as you like afterwards to enjoy more of what the area has to offer. For details of retreats and stays including our new Life Re-creation retreats see or just drop us a line.

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