BOCONNOC, CORNWALL, UK

2021 dates: Friday 26th February – Monday 1st March 2021 (7 places left)
Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th March 2021 (9 places left)
Price: £690

new: WINTER SWIMMING SHORT BREAKS in CORNWALL

join us to experience some SwimQuest magic in one of the most magnificant country houses in the UK - for a completely luxurious, totally enchanting, spoil-yourself escape. You know you deserve it.

Boconnoc in winter

Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel, Cornwall

WHAT TO EXPECT

Swimming

This short break will include spectacular, short, winter sea swims (or ‘dips’ – as you wish!) at some of the amazing beaches just a 15-20 minute drive from Boconnoc. Swims will be planned carefully taking into account weather conditions. In addition to our sea swims, there is an on-site lake for anyone who can’t resist an extra dip. You are welcome to swim with or without a wetsuit; swim distances are adaptable and guides will advise what is best for you depending on your ability, the weather conditions, and your swimming experience.

Eating

We are lucky enough to have historic, Boconnoc House as the base for this tour. All food is included during your stay and will be cooked on site. Expect plentiful continental and cooked breakfast choices, homemade soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch, and homely dinner options. Bring an appetite. Dietary requirements can be catered for, please advise SwimQuest in advance.

Walking

Winter walks

We have carefully structured the weekend to allow time for you to explore this beautiful area on foot; as a group or on your own (at your own risk). Swims may require a short walk so please ensure you bring comfortable walking shoes with you.  If you are a keen runner – pack your trainers, there are beautiful running trails around the estate.

Time out

Boconnoc Panel Dining Room

Panelled Dining Room in Boconnoc House

Boconnoc is a family owned estate with a fascinating history. This break is an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and enjoy Cornwall at its best. We endeavour to ensure that you have everything you need to completely relax and feel at home, despite any COVID restrictions which may still be in place when we run this trip. Enjoy log fires, unlimited tea and coffee, and afternoon teas (with plenty of cake), to help you unravel, and soak up your surroundings.

ABOUT BOCONNOC

Boconnoc is a stunning Cornish Estate situated in Lostwithiel, a tranquil hidden away sanctuary surrounded by rolling countryside, trees and wildlife.

Luminaries, royals, and other famous personalities have all found their way to Boconnoc: from King Charles I, who spent the night in what is now the King’s Bedroom, to Thomas “Diamond” Pitt, the former Governor of Madras. In fact, Pitt made Boconnoc his home after selling his infamous diamond—first discovered in Golconda, India—to the French Crown.

Boconnoc House, our home for the trip, sits in the middle of the estate and offers endless walking routes, and picture-perfect gardens to explore.

Indoors, indulge in sumptuous duvets, crisp white linen, contemporary interiors and cosy open fires. Get lost in a novel in the library, or cosy up with a hot chocolate and a paper in one of the many homely reception rooms.

We hope you decide to join us for a very special (if socially distanced) few days of cold water antics, a spot of luxury – and of course, some swimspirational fun.

IS THIS WINTER SWIMMING TRIP FOR ME?

Expect breathtaking accommodation, cosy home-cooked food, short swims / dips, life affirming sea temperatures and a friendly, fun and supportive vibe. This trip really is suitable for all swiming abilities. Come with a sense of adventure, plenty of warm kit and a big appetite!

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Sea temperature:  approx 7-10˚C
  • Daily swimming distance: up to 1km maximum (although more likely short winter dips!)
  • Swimming ability: This location is suitable for both beginners and more advanced swimmers, although ideally you should have some form of cold water acclimatisation for this winter tour. If you are not sure what we mean, feel free to give us a call and ask for some advice.
  • Are non-swimmers welcome? Absolutely – non-swimmers are welcome to join the tour and take advantage of this beautiful area.
  • Start and finish: Start – 5pm on day one, Finish – 9.30am on day 4

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Double / twin-share accommodation in Boconnoc House (please note we are currently only able to accept room-share bookings from those in the same bubble or household - if you are travelling on your own / in your own bubble a single room supplement of £175 would apply).
  • A winter swimming itinerary - escorted by swim guides
  • Breakfasts
  • Traditional home-cooked lunches
  • Dinners
  • Home cooked snacks and cakes
  • SwimQuest swim cap
  • SwimQuest dry bag
  • VAT

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Travel (given the situation with COVID-19, we would ask that you bring your own transport if possible. If this is a problem, please let us know and we can factor this into our planning).
  • Wetsuits and fins (if required)
  • Any alcohol (we usually run an alcohol kitty)
  • Single room supplement (£175)

ABOUT BOCONNOC

Boconnoc is a stunning Cornish Estate situated in Lostwithiel, a tranquil hidden away sanctuary surrounded by rolling countryside, trees and wildlife. Luminaries, royals, and other famous personalities have all found their way to Boconnoc: from King Charles I, who spent the night in what is now the King’s Bedroom, to Thomas “Diamond” Pitt, the former Governor of Madras. In fact, Pitt made Boconnoc his home after selling his infamous diamond—first discovered in Golconda, India—to the French Crown.

BOCONNOC HOUSE

Boconnoc House, our home for the trip, sits in the middle of the estate and offers endless walking routes, and picture-perfect gardens to explore. Indoors, indulge in sumptuous duvets, crisp white linen, contemporary interiors and cosy open fires. Get lost in a novel in the library, or cosy up with a hot chocolate and a paper in one of the many homely reception rooms. We hope you decide to join us for a very special (if socially distanced) few days of cold water antics, a spot of luxury – and of course, some swimspirational fun.

ROOMS

There are a beautiful selection of twin and double rooms at Boconnoc, each with their own bathroom (please note - some bathrooms are situated across the hallway from the rooms, rather than en-suite). Please note, at present we are only able to take bookings for shared rooms if you are in the same bubble / household as your travel companion. If you need your own, private room - a single supplement of £175 applies.

CHECK IN & OUT

Check in 5pm, check out 9.30am

ITINERARY

There are generally two planned swims per day. Please realise that the itinerary below is a very rough guide and that we will adapt each break carefully to suit the group and the winter weather conditions!

The spectacular Lantic Bay

  • N.B. All swim activities are planned with safety at their heart.  Open-water swimming is always governed by the tides and weather to ensure the safety of the group. As a result, planned swims may need to be changed, depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time. This itinerary is a guide and is likely to change at short notice.

DAY ONE

  • 5.00pm Mulled cider and welcome briefing on the terrace
  • 7.00pm Dinner is served

DAY TWO

  • 8.00am Optional pre breakfast dip in the lake
  • 8.30am Breakfast
  • 11.30am Morning swim (Menabilly)
  • 12.30pm Soup and sandwiches on the beach
  • 2.00pm Afternoon swim (Polkerris)
  • 4.00pm Afternoon tea
  • 7.00pm Dinner
  • 8.30pm Cheese and wine

DAY THREE

  • 8.30am Optional pre breakfast dip in the lake
  • 9.00am Breakfast
  • 10.30am Morning walk and swim (Lantic Bay)
  • 1.00pm Lunch at Boconnoc
  • 3.30pm Afternoon swim (Llansallos)
  • 5.00pm Afternoon tea
  • 7.00pm Dinner
  • 8.30pm Cheese and wine

DAY FOUR

  • 8.30am Pre breakfast dip
  • 9.00am Breakfast and departures (check out 9.30am)

TRAVEL TO BOCONNOC

We would ask guests to bring their own transport on this trip if possible to help with social distancing protocol. If you do not have access to your own transport, please do contact the office and we can factor this into our planning.

BY car

The Estate Office, Boconnoc, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0RG Note: do not follow your sat nav as it will take you into the estate rather than to the main house and you will get lost! Please follow the directions below:

FROM M5 / A30

  • From M5 take the A30 to Bodmin
  • At Bodmin come off the A30 and follow signs for the A38 to Liskeard
  • Get on the A38 and approximately 2 miles after Bodmin Parkway Station, turn right (signed to East and West Taphouse and Looe/Polperro - B3359)
  • Continue to the "T" junction. Turn left onto A390, go to East Taphouse Turn right onto B3359 signed Looe/Polperro
  • Approximately 1 mile along the B3359 take the 1st right signed Boconnoc (with a small sign). Then take immediate left signed Boconnoc.
  • About 1/3 of a mile down the road turn right, signed Boconnoc
  • Go to cross road with lodge and a white gate which says Boconnoc, Private Road.
  • Drive through and follow the signs to Boconnoc which take you past the obelisk, continue past another lodge and straight down the hill until you get to Boconnoc House.
  • Before the white gate of Boconnoc House, follow the road around to the right, through two stone pillars and take the next left. You will see a sign that says Grooms and Head Grooms parking, park here, and walk through the grey metal gates into the Stable yard. The Grooms House is on the left, and the Head Grooms House is on the right.

FROM M5 / A38

  • From M5 take the A38 to Plymouth
  • Travelling from Plymouth on the A38 towards Liskeard – continue past Liskeard staying on A38 bypass
  • After two miles and at next roundabout signed Twelvewoods, take second left,
  • A390 signposted to St. Austell At end of next village, East Taphouse, turn left on to B3359 signed to Looe / Polperro
  • Approximately 1 mile along the B3359 take the 1st right signed Boconnoc (with a small sign). Then take immediate left signed Boconnoc.
  • About 1/3 of a mile down the road turn right, signed Boconnoc
  • Go to cross road with lodge and a white gate which says Boconnoc, Private Road.
  • Drive through and follow the signs to Boconnoc which take you past the obelisk, continue past another lodge and straight down the hill until you get to Boconnoc House.

BY RAIL

You can also travel to Boconnoc by train, with the main London-Penzance line having stations at nearby Liskeard, Lostwithiel and Bodmin Parkway.

BY AIR

Cornwall Airport Newquay is just 25 miles drive from Boconnoc with daily flights to and from London Heathrow besides other UK and European destinations.

WHAT DO I PACK?

Make sure to bring lots of warm layers, clothes, hats, gloves and scarves! If in doubt ... PACK!

  • At least three swimming costumes
  • Wetsuit (if you would like to wear one - optional)
  • Head torch (optional)
  • Two Pairs of swim goggles – ideally one clear and one tinted
  • Towel for the beach (though bath towels are provided)
  • Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (although you will receive a 10L SwimQuest dry bag to keep)
  • Sandals/aqua shoes / flip flops – for getting wet
  • Walking boots / comfortable walking shoes
  • VERY WARM CLOTHING fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants for putting on immediately after swimming.
  • Slippers for keeping feet warm in the house and making you feel at home (optional)
  • Dryrobe / similar (optional)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Woolly hat, scarf and gloves
  • Insurance (for non-UK residents)
  • Entertainment (music, board games etc, optional)
  • Sense of adventure
 

COVID MITIGATION - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In light of the pandemic, we have had to make a number of changes to our operational procedures. You can read our general Covid Mitigation Plan here, however below are some key additonal aspects of this trip we need to make you aware of before you book. Please be aware that these measures are planned assuming the UK moves into the 3 tiered restrictions after December 2nd 2020. We may of course need to adapt these measures depending on the most up to date government guidance.

Indoor space will be laid out to comply with COVID guidelines

Accommodation

All households or ‘bubbles’ will have their own room and bathroom. If you have not booked a single supplement for this trip and are staying with someone not in your current ‘bubble / household’ – please speak to us.

Meals

All households / bubbles will be seated for meals in a socially distanced manner. Your food will be served to you by your kitchen team, who will be wearing masks for food preparation and service. You will be given a breakfast order slip the evening before, so that your breakfast order can be prepared and brought out to you that morning. Feel free to order breakfast in bed!

Drinks / bar

The bar will be open in the evening from 6-10pm. A member of staff will man the bar and will be wearing a face mask. We ask you to order drinks from the bar rather than helping yourself on this trip. Once you have paid into the kitty – drinks are free.

Socialising - indoors & outdoors

Given the mixing of households indoors is not allowed for those in Tier 2, we will ensure that each household / bubble is allocated a separate area indoors for reading / relaxing / enjoying the house. We will be organising extra outdoor activities to ensure we can enjoy each other’s company too, and will be adhering to the rule of six outdoors. Please bring lots of warm clothes to ensure you can make the most of this with us. Given the government is advising against travel for those in tier 3 areas, we would ask that if you are currently residing in a tier 3 area, or if you are moved into a tier 3 area before this trip starts, that you let us know so that we can move you onto a later trip or arrange a full refund.

READY TO BOOK?

We’re excited about meeting you at Boconnoc. To book your swimming holiday, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.

OUR FLEXIBLE COVID POLICY

Don’t worry! If we are forced to cancel or postpone the trip because of Covid-19, or if you are unable to travel because of restrictions in your area, or because you are isolating - we will give you the option of a full refund, or you can keep your money with us to use against another trip.

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QUESTIONS? CONTACT US ANYTIME.

If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Charlotte Benton | +44 7743 233803 | charlotte@swimquest.uk.com Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | alice@swimquest.uk.com

TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you are travelling from overseas (not a UK resident), you are required to have in place travel insurance that covers you for all activities you will be taking part in during your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully covered for these activities. Whatever travel policy you decide on, you will need to bring a copy of your current Certificate of Insurance to the safety briefing at the start of your SwimQuest holiday. Your Swim Guides will need to take a note of your insurer, policy number and the number to call in case of an emergency claim.

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