I love luxury as much as the next person, and there's certainly a time and a place for unbridled opulence. But sometimes, I just want to get away from everything and everyone. Escape from the entire world and hole up somewhere simple, beautiful and lonely with a stack of books and a good view. This weeks gorgeous getaway looks like my idea of heaven for a bit of peace and quiet.
I really love Cornwall - I've written about it before and I'm sure I'll write about it again. This lovely little cottage near Penzance looks simple and unassuming at first glance, but it's deceptively spacious inside, and fitted with every luxury you could need for a quiet weekend. Cozy bedroom under the eaves, clawfoot tub, walls of well worn books and that invitingly worn red chesterfield. Full of character, but not too pokey - I particularly love how the floorboards were swept up on the beach from an old shipwreck. Unless they're haunted by the souls of dead sailors, who cause them to creak at night. Maybe I'm not so keen on them after all. But no matter, there's so much else going for it - a hamper of delicious local food on arrival, a pleasant 20 minute walk to the village and the coast, and an awe-inspiring view across the wild fields that lead down to the sea. I think it's particularly perfect for dog lovers like myself - you can take Fido for long tramps across the countryside and bracing beach swims, before trundling home to curl up by the fire. I would suggest you stock up on supplies - involving a lot of sweets, fashion mags and bubble baths - and eat and sleep your way through a gloriously quiet weekend.