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Over recent years Cornwall has seen something of a renaissance as a foodie destination. Traditional fare includes Cornish pasties, saffron buns and Cornish heavy (Hewa) cake. Celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein have also highlighted Cornwall's abundance of fresh local produce, especially seafood. The quality of restaurants is generally high and the Cornish people value their food and drink industry as an important part of the local economy. Rick Stein's own seafood restaurant is in Padstow: a holiday cottage in Padstow will give you the chance to eat at Rick Stein's establishment, as well as all the other excellent restaurants that have sprung up this part of the UK. Cornwall's farmers are gaining a reputation for high standards of animal welfare and environmental awareness; the UK's boom in organic produce is particularly strong here. Cornwall's drinks offering isn't too bad either - there are some fine real ales, local wine and mead. Camel Valley Vineyard offers a grand tour and sine-tasting between April and October.

The Lizard peninsula is the Southernmost part of Cornwall. Geologists claim that the peninsular is a fragment of ancient oceanic crust that rose out of the sea to meet the mainland. Central to this area are the Goonhilly downs which are made up of vast rugged heathland. If you're choosing a cottage in this area, you'll enjoy the drive across this landscape to the coast, where you'll find granite harbour walls, pretty fishing boats and white-washed cottages - perhaps one of them yours!

There are some truly picturesque villages in this part of Cornwall, including Lizard village itself. From here you can walk a mile out to the most southerly part of the whole of the UK. Take in the stunning scenery and keep your eye out for seals, basking sharks and dolphins. After you've built up an appetite walking, check out the famous Ann's pasties back in Lizard village. Pothleven, St Keverne and Cadgwith are also lovely, either as a main base or for day trips. Coverack Bay is a must for divers with its well-populated reefs and historical wrecks.

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