January has been quite a stressful month – particularly for Sara, who has been producing the local pantomime, as well as getting to grips with a new term for Warwick Uni Global Communications course. In addition, we’ve had the house up for sale and had to keep it looking good for potential viewings. So, as soon as the panto was over, we decided to get away in the van for a couple of days.

We decided to head back towards the house we want to buy in Cornwall, and check out what Mevagissey, the nearest village, is like in the quiet season. We booked a pitch at the Heligan campsite and set off on Friday (20th Jan) afternoon. We arrived at about 7pm and were greeted by Sarah who directed us to our pitch. We took the dog for a short walk and then settled in for the evening.

On Saturday we walked from the campsite to Mevagissey. Must of the shops around the harbour were open and there were a few people around. We then walked to the house at Portmellon and took another look around the outside. Happily, we still like it – even in winter. The view of the sea looked even more amazing! Then we walked back to Meva and stopped at a cafe for pasties and coffee. We wandered around some more. Sara bought new socks as her new walking boots were giving her blisters. Then we walked back to Heligan. In the evening we drove back to Meva via the shop Pentewen for more beer. Stopped at the Fountain Inn for fish and chips. Very nice. Then drove to Portmellon again and walked along the road in front of the house to see what the houses there were like. The road leads to the coast path but it was getting dark then so we went back to the site.

On Sunday, we took advantage of the excellent facilities at Heligan. The washrooms are really smart and clean. Then headed off. We went back to Portmellon again, and walked along the coast path until we reached Chapel Point where we saw seals on the beach. Then headed back to Worcester. A nice weekend and confirmed that the move to Mevagissey is the right move – as long as we can sell our house.