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OUR HOLIDAVE; James Nursey and his fiancee Marcie follow in the PM's footsteps to North Cornwall.

Byline: James Nursey

The Cornish sun wasn't kind to David Cameron when he visited Polzeath on his summer hols. On our visit to North Cornwall there was no sign of the lobster-frazzled Prime Minister. But the beaches were so vast it meant plenty of room for everyone, whether on the left, right or centre.

And there was fresh seafood aplenty too - although we avoided the Dave-style sun-baked red lobster.

If Cornwall was good enough for the Old Etonian PM with his expensive tastes, it was certainly good enough for us.

And by the end of our stay, Cornwall definitely had our vote for its stunning coastline and warm welcome.

It is so beautiful it is easy to temporarily leave worries behind - even if you are supposed to be running the country.

A two-night break at the St Moritz hotel was well worth the trip as we travelled down by train from London Paddington for some relaxation and outdoor pursuits.

Just a brisk 10-minute walk from the popular Polzeath beach, this recently refurbished hotel proved cracking hosts.

Soon after arriving on a weekend break for our "babymoon", my pregnant fiancee Marcie enjoyed an "udderly gorgeous" full-body maternity treatment at the hotel's Cowshed Spa.

I went for a round of golf at the magnificent St Enodoc church course in nearby Rock.

Opened in 1907 and designed by James Braid, the famous links is a fabulous, interesting course providing stunning views of the Camel Estuary and headland. And despite coming a cropper on its notoriously tough 457-yard 10th hole, it was a pleasure to play on a balmy September afternoon.

The fresh air fuelled our appetites and throughout our stay we dined on top-notch seafood including local Porthilly mussels, crab and even (non-PM) lobster.

The food at the St Moritz restaurant lived up to expectations under chef Jamie Porter, who has worked with Rick Stein in Padstow and Michel Roux.

I had two of the biggest, most delicious fillets of lemon sole I've ever been lucky enough to devour and also a splendid lobster salad.

Marcie enjoyed plenty of moules mariniere - some even cooked with the local Doom Bar beer.

When it was sunny, we strode out for an invigorating coastal walk before lunch on the balcony at No.1 Rock Road, where the food was also excellent. From there we enjoyed picturesque views of nearby Padstow, which is a short boat ride south over the estuary.

Given you cannot rely on the UK weather, the St Moritz also provided a wealth of options whatever the conditions.

And even though clouds and rain arrived on our final day, it did not dampen our spirits.

I ventured into the sea at Polzeath for a surf lesson with Matt of WaveHunters (wavehunters.co.uk).

The water was 16C and thanks to a wetsuit I didn't feel cold during a two-hour stint.

And Matt's expert tips helped to keep my embarrassing tumbles to a respectable minimum.

It was great fun and afterwards, as the weather took a turn for the worse, the hotel shuttle bus even picked up me and Marcie, who had witnessed my less-than-impressive attempts to hang ten. Later we hit the well-equipped gym and indoor pool - rather than the outdoor version - before dinner in our spacious suite, utilising the new fully fitted kitchen.

It proved an active but relaxing break aided by charming, friendly and infinitely cheerful locals.

With Marcie The 2013 summer will be remembered in Cornwall as a vintage year for sunshine and we were lucky enough to catch our fair share when we visited last month.

The hotel is called St Moritz after a favoured destination of the former owners - but this was a thoroughly British trip to a prime stretch of coast.

Baby Luca arrived last week weighing 7lb 3oz and the family would like to thank the wonderful NHS staff at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital.

Get there

First Great Western has advance single fares from London Paddington to Bodmin Parkway from PS15.50. firstgreatwestern.co.uk, 08457 000125. Rooms at the St Moritz Hotel at Trebetherick, near Wadebridge, start at PS145pn on B&B. stmoritzhotel.co.uk, 01208 862242.

Tourist info: visitcornwall.com.

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Date:Oct 26, 2013
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