Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hellangove offers a very merry pet friendly Christmas


A festive welcome awaits both man and his best friend at Hellangove Cottage, near Launceston. 

On arriving at the recently renovated 200-year-old property, with its beamed ceilings and cosy lounge with wood burning stove, guests will be treated to a ready-decorated Christmas tree and garlands.  Crackers, table napkins and a tablecloth will be provided for the Christmas meal as well as a bottle of champagne, mince pies, a Christmas cake and biscuit selection.

Up to two large friendly dogs are welcome at no additional charge and they will receive a treat from the cottage owner’s dog, Carrek, alongside the complimentary “dog box” with its biscuits, balls, bowls, towels, plastic bags and water bottles.

Hellangove is nestled in the heart of the village of South Petherwin, near Launceston, and is surrounded by miles of walking country and breathtaking scenery provided by Bodmin Moor, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nearby, see how the Victorians celebrated Christmas at Lanhydrock country house and estate.  With its Christmas tree in the Outer Hall, stunning dining room decorated for a Christmas dinner and the aftermath of Christmas celebrations in the male entertaining rooms, there is also the opportunity to meet Father Christmas, sing carols and make Victorian Christmas themed crafts.

Hellangove sleeps 4 people in two double rooms, it has a kitchen and separate utility room and a patio garden.  A week’s stay from Saturday 22 December 2012 costs £429.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

An autumn break in Cornwall on a shoestring


October is the perfect time to visit Cornwall; the county is winding down for the winter with much of the summer crowds and traffic jams a distant memory.

So load up the car up with food for the week, fill up with fuel, strap on the bikes and don’t forget some walking boots and waterproofs for a week’s budget holiday in Cornwall for under £500.

Stay:

Accommodation is much cheaper at this time of year, especially as holiday providers offer late availability discounts.  Nancenoy (sleeps 2), near Falmouth, is a delightful barn conversion featuring an open plan living area with log burner and views over the magical Helford River.  A great base to explore the area, there is off-road parking for one car and it costs £359.10 from Friday 26th October to 2nd November 2012.  Guests will also receive a £20 voucher towards a meal at the local yacht club.

Do:

Once food, fuel and accommodation have been accounted for, little else will need paying for.  It costs nothing to walk around towns and villages, or explore the natural beauty of the countryside. 

Here is a range of things to do, and more importantly they are free!

Sightseeing by foot

There are miles upon miles of footpaths in Cornwall, many of which are through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival takes place from the 19th October to 4th November and is a great way of exploring the area. Take the guided Autumn Ramble from Mawnan Smith around the Helford River.  Bring a drink and packed lunch and enjoy the views along the way.

Heartlands

Heartlands in Pool is a major new free attraction.  Talk a walk through the botanical gardens, art studios and galleries and be transported back in time in the World Heritage Site exhibition centre at Robinson's Shaft, a mine that was once a focal point of the tin mining industry.

On yer bike!

Another way to take in Cornwall’s culture is to follow the routes once part of Cornwall’s industrial past.  Cycle the Mineral Tramways Trail from Devoran to Portreath or the Clay Trails, a 12-mile series of off-road routes around St Austell, taking in the Eden Project and a new section to Wheal Martyn Country Park.

Art and Museums

Great works of art aren’t necessarily confined to the big museums and galleries.  The Falmouth Art Gallery houses an important permanent collection of works and the Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Penzance exhibit contemporary work from international and local artists.  As well as galleries, there are also many free museums including the Helston Folk Museum and the Padstow Museum.

Go to the beach!

Whatever the weather, a trip to one of Cornwall’s beaches is an absolute must. The opportunity to lie down and catch some sun will have passed, but nothing beats a walk alongside crashing waves like at Watergate Bay to blow the cobwebs away.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Falmouth celebrates oysters, ale and walking!

A host of festivals are descending upon Falmouth this month and there really is something for everyone to enjoy.  Seafood enthusiasts will relish the chance to sample some of the freshest and finest produce at The Falmouth Oyster Festival, walking fanatics will have the opportunity to be guided along footpaths around the stunning coastline throughout the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival and real ale fans will have the chance to try out a number of different brews from all over the country at the Beer Festival:

Running from the 11th to 14th October, The Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster-dredging season, and in particular the last remaining traditional oyster fishery in Europe still dredging by sail and hand punt.  A range of events will take place throughout the weekend including a cookery master-class from a celebrity chef and demonstrations by local chefs, children’s shell painting, sea shanties, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition, a Falmouth Working Boat race and stalls selling Cornish produce.

STAY:

Imperial Court (sleeps 4) is a spacious, light and airy luxury apartment located close to the centre of Falmouth and its shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants.  The kitchen leads into an open plan lounge and dining area with comfortable leather sofas and nautical themed artwork.  The master bedroom has a king size bed and en-suite shower room and there is also a twin room with separate bathroom.  Private off road parking is available for one car.

A stay from Tuesday 9th to 16th October 2012 is £305.15 (was £359) and a 10% discount is available for a couple using one room outside the peak season.

Don’t forget your walking boots for this year’s Fal River Autumn Walking Festival.  This is an excellent way of viewing beautiful coastal and in land areas throughout the Fal River, Roseland Peninsula, Helford and Truro. The festival takes place from the 19th October to 4th November and features over 60 guided and self-guided walks.

STAY:

A light and airy two-bedroom cottage in the picturesque village of Flushing, Janey’s Cottage (sleeps 4) is in a central location to explore the south Cornwall area.  The living room has an open fire and conservatory that leads out to the garden and the kitchen has a separate utility room, ideal for storing muddy walking gear.  There is a master double bedroom, twin room and separate family bathroom.  Parking is available on the street in front of the property.

A stay from Saturday 20th to 27th October 2012 is £449.10 (was £499) and a 10% discount is available for a couple using one room outside the peak season.

One of the largest events of its kind in the county, The Cornwall Falmouth Beer Festival runs from the 26th to 27th October and features over 200 real ales, in excess of 60 ciders and perries, bottled beers and fruit wines from all over the country.  The main festival is held in the recently refurbished Princess Pavilions, with an additional Cider Marquee out in the gardens.  With free soft drinks for all designated drivers, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes as well as hot and cold food, live entertainment and pub games.

STAY:

Nancenoy (sleeps 2) is located in the beautiful creek side hamlet of Port Navas, near Falmouth.  The accommodation comprises an open plan living room, with balcony to take advantage of the wonderful views of the Helford River, kitchen and dining area on the first floor and a double bedroom with separate bathroom on the ground floor. A parking space is available.

A week’s stay from Friday 26th October to 2nd November is £399 (last minute offers available).


Friday, 14 September 2012

Dogs Go Free!


Cornwall provides the ultimate holiday destination for the whole family, including man’s best friend.

There is plenty to do; the vast majority of its glorious beaches are accessible to dogs, there are miles of coastal paths to explore and many pubs and restaurants are dog friendly.

At www.cornwallscottages.co.uk, over half of its 237 properties welcome dogs, and its easy search tool allows visitors a convenient way to access the best cottages by region and availability. 

A small additional charge is usually applied for dog friendly properties, but this selection of cottages accept dogs for free:

Hellangove (sleeps 4) is a 200-year-old cottage that has been renovated to provide a comfortable and relaxed “home from home”.  Look forward to a cream tea and bottle of wine on arrival, as well as an extensive welcome pack for dogs including biscuits, balls, bowls, bags and bottles.  Up to two large dogs are welcome (please enquire if more).  Bodmin Moor offers spectacular walking and the coast isn’t far.  A week’s stay from Saturday 29 September to 06 October 2012 is £269.10 (was £299).

Even pets can enjoy the beauty of St Mawes by staying in CornerCottage (sleeps 5).  This cosy cottage is positioned within a minute’s walk of the harbour and benefits from a spacious triple aspect living room with polished wood floors, open fireplace and glimpses across the bay. Test the dog’s sea legs on a trip on the little Place ferry (until 4 November) to the dramatic St Anthony Headland with its coastal walks and sandy beaches or the St Mawes ferry to Falmouth.  Well-behaved dogs welcome.  A week’s stay from Friday 05 October to 12 October 2012 is £499.

Overlooking the whole of Widemouth Bay, Aalsmeer is a spacious detached bungalow with three bedrooms, large kitchen with aga and sitting room.  On a clear day, the magical sunsets can be viewed from the sitting room and master bedroom and the walled patio is a great place to enjoy a quiet drink. Dogs and owners alike will enjoy a brisk walk on the spectacular sandy beach, which is within easy walking distance, as well as cycle and walking routes around Bude.  Up to two dogs are welcome.  A week’s stay from Saturday 06 to 13 October 2012 is £379.

April Cottage (sleeps 5) is a pretty three-bedroom terrace cottage in St Just in Roseland with bags of character, complete with bright yellow window frames and door!  Water, walks and wonderful beaches are a short drive away and a trip to the incredibly pretty church and churchyard at St Just cannot be missed.  Up to two dogs are welcome at April Cottage.  A week’s stay from Sunday 30 September to 07 October is £305.10 (was £339).

Pendowr House (sleeps 10) is the only detached house in its own grounds in Watergate Bay available for holiday rental.  It has large rooms, a southwest facing lounge with wood burning stove and additional conservatory.  Storage is also available for surfboards.  Outside, there is a wonderful 1.25 acre garden full of rare and unusual plants and flowers as well as two streams. Watergate Bay with its golden sands and range of water sports is only a short walk away. Up to 3 dogs are welcome.  A week’s stay from Sunday 07 – 14 October is £899.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Last minute availability for Falmouth Week

View from Swallows
Falmouth comes alive with the arrival of one of the largest sailing regattas in the south west this month.

The Henri-Lloyd Falmouth Week (11th – 19th August) hosts more than 450 yachts racing in a range of competitive classes in the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay.

As well as the action on the water, there is a lively programme of shore side events including live music, a carnival, arts and crafts, theatre productions, a climbing wall and the Animal Bike Display.

Special highlights include The Blades, the only aerobatic airline, who will provide a spectacular daredevil display over the harbour on Wednesday 15th and the Fireworks Spectacular which will light up the skies on Friday 17th.

For those looking for last minute accommodation, www.cornwallscottages.co.uk have a range of self-catering properties available: 


Upper Bohella House (sleeps 5) is just a short walk from St Mawes Castle with its wonderful views over to Falmouth.  Positioned right in the heart of St Mawes, this luxurious apartment comprises two double bedrooms (with king size Vi-sprung mattresses and en-suite wet rooms), one single bedroom, a separate family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and an open plan kitchen and living area that leads out onto a balcony with sea views, seating and sun loungers.  Private parking for one car is available.  A week’s stay from Wednesday 08 August is £1799 (was £1999).


Take a boat trip to Falmouth from nearby St Mawes, where Seaspray (sleeps 4) is located conveniently next to the harbour.  A well-equipped apartment with one double bedroom and use of a double sofa bed, it also benefits from the use of a fully enclosed roof garden, which has panoramic views over the Purcuil River, St Mawes harbour and the coastline beyond.  A week’s stay from Friday 10 August is £479.20 (was £599) 


Watch the action from the comfort of your own living room whilst staying in Swallows (sleeps 2).  Just a short walk away from the attractions in Falmouth and boasting fabulous views of the harbour from the sitting room with its French doors opening onto a Juliet balcony, it is the perfect place to watch the wonderful seascape.  Features include a well-equipped kitchen, a mezzanine double bedroom with bathroom and private parking for one car is available. A week’s stay from Saturday 11 August is £543.20 (was £679). 

Friday, 27 July 2012

Stay in Falmouth's highest and most unique house

A restored 18th Century former meteorological tower with panoramic 360-degree views is the latest property to join the portfolio of specialist internet holiday cottage agency, www.cornwallscottages.co.uk.

Occupying the highest point in Falmouth, The Observatory Tower was built to watch and identify incoming weather, and after a complete renovation now offers unique and luxurious self-catering accommodation for up to four guests.

Due to the circular interior of the tower, most of the furniture is bespoke and the observation deck on the top floor offers unparalleled views of the town, marina, harbour and the Fal Estuary.

Set out over five floors, the accommodation features a private double bedroom with en-suite wet room on the ground floor.  There is also a useful utility room and access to a small courtyard area.

Upstairs, the living room is a flexible space that can be easily converted into a second double bedroom with a pull down wall bed.  The bathroom is stylish and is fitted with a double bath.

A bright and airy space, the kitchen is on the second floor and features quartz worktops and top of the range Neff appliances. Photographs, plans and original weather reports adorn the walls giving a sense of the tower’s history.

The main living room is on the third floor and boasts views of Falmouth Bay from the large window.  A TV, DVD player and iPod docking station provide entertainment.

The observation deck is on the top floor and after a climb of 66 steps, a drink from the bar area and a sit down to admire the spectacular 360-degree view will more than make up for the effort.

Teeming with maritime treasures, Falmouth is a short walk away with its range of seafood restaurants, pubs, galleries and attractions including the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Pendennis Castle.

Providing a spectacular backdrop to 9 days of sailing, the town hosts the Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week in August, running events both on and off the water.

A week’s stay costs £929 from 10 August. The Observatory Tower is not suitable for children under 12 and does not allow dogs.

August savings on luxury self-catering cottages in St Mawes

www.cornwallscottages.co.uk is offering up to £350 off some of its most luxurious self-catering properties in St Mawes this August.

Each property is superbly positioned overlooking the harbour and serves as a great base to explore its shops, pubs and hotels.  The harbour itself is a great place to relax – take in a coffee, read the newspaper, watch the boats come and go – or take a stroll to St Mawes Castle, a ferry to nearby Place or Falmouth, have an ice cream on the beach or a cream tea at the Hotel Tresanton.

Shellseekers
 

A stunning two-bedroom holiday home, Shellseekers (sleeps four) is laid out in reverse style with amazing views over the harbour and bay from both the first floor living area, with its bi-fold doors onto a decked balcony, and ground floor master bedroom.  The property features an open plan living room/kitchen with breakfast bar, Hypnos mattresses in both bedrooms and a flat screen TV in the bathroom. An off road car parking space is available.  A week’s stay from 24 August 2012 costs £1149 (a saving of £350).

Top Sails

Top Sails (sleeps four) is a perfect getaway for a couple or a family with children over 16. Outstanding views across the bay can be enjoyed from the living room, with its glass Juliet balcony, and master bedroom.  The kitchen is well equipped and a blue roll top bath takes pride of place in the bathroom.  The delightful roof terrace has a range of plants and a small seating area to enjoy alfresco dining.  A week’s stay from 10 August 2012 costs £999 (a saving of £200).  

The Watch House

Positioned right on the sea front, The Watch House (sleeps six) is a three-bedroom apartment boasting views of the harbour and bay from every room. Designed and refurbished in contemporary style, the kitchen is bright and modern and the lounge features a large comfortable sofa and a huge adult beanbag from which to enjoy the uninterrupted views.   A week’s stay from 18 August 2012 costs £1049 (a saving of £150).

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

On Holiday in Cornwall

Over Easter weekend I was lucky enough to take some time off and explore South West Cornwall. Living in Cornwall I often feel we don't explore what's on our doorstep enough. 

On the Friday I took some friends who were down on holiday out for the day. We decided to stop for lunch at Polkerris overlooking St Austell Bay. As expected Sam's on the Beach was fully booked but we were lucky enough to get an outside table at The Rashleigh Inn. It was just about warm enough to sit outside. The view was the best bit of, kids playing on the beach and a dinghy lesson out in the bay; golden sands and lovely blue sea. I've not had a proper prawn sandwich and chips for a long time. Perfect 'holiday' food. 

We then went down into Fowey, and I found it interesting to visit slightly out of season and to see so few boats in the harbour. I'm used to visiting during Fowey Royal Regatta Week when the harbour is completely packed full of boats. There are some great shops to explore, and we decided to sit on the harbour wall and enjoy the sun, view and peace of the river rather than explore the tea shops this time. 

Later in the day we went to St Mawes and stopped for a drink outside The Rising Sun. They have a great terrace, in a sheltered position looking towards the harbour. They serve all day so it is a very popular location when the weather is right. The obligatory ice cream was purchased and we wandered along the harbour wall. A lovely end to a busy day driving around the county.

I haven't been to Gylly Beach Cafe for years, and the next day we had a lovely long lunch. They are far more than a cafe, much more like a restaurant. We were celebrating and sampled some great food and drink, to include Camel Valley Brut, Smoked Haddock & Salmon Fish Cake and Grilled Halloumi Kebabs. We sat outside and when the weather turned they covered the terrace with awnings and put the heaters on. Along with the lovely fleecey blankets they provide it was great being outside right on the beach so early in the season.

Continuing the celebrations we went to The Roseland Inn at Philleigh for dinner. They very kindly agreed to seat all 14 of us even though it was Easter Saturday and they were very busy. They offer a great locally caught fresh fish menu in a thoroughly traditional pub setting serving local ales.  We were the last to leave and had a fantastic night. 

Porthcurnick near Portscatho is a great dog friendly beach, and the next day we took my springer spaniel and his tennis ball to the beach and had a fantastic walk in the sun. The tide was very low so we wandered across the rocks and found a quiet stretch of sand where the boys and the dog fought for control of the ball. 

It's weekends like these that remind me how lucky I am to live and work in Cornwall. For anyone who has yet to visit, I can't recommend the place enough. 

Monday, 26 March 2012

Cottages in Cornwall with Swimming Pool/Hot Tub

We've got some fabulous properties with pools or hot tubs offering wonderful facilities in a range of sizes scattered across Cornwall. Well worth a visit before the sea heats up... 

We have an extensive range of cottages with access to a shared heated pool (between 1st April and 31st September). 

The development at Tresooth near Falmouth also has a jacuzzi and sauna, a BBQ area, indoor games room, woodland walk, games lawn for volleyball, badminton, a children's play area with swings and a slide, and an enclosed pond with fish. These magnificence facilities make the following properties ideal for family holidays.

Budock Cottage & Karensa Cottage both sleep 6 people. 
Porthallow Cottage sleeps 4 people. 
Mousehole Cottage & Helford Cottage sleep two, great for active couples. 

Fistral Cottage near Goonhaven sleeps 4 people with access to the shared heated pool, large gardens, enclosed picnic area with children's play area and a pond with fish. 

Arguably one of our best properties on the Roseland Peninsula is Tideway in St Mawes, which is a stunning property with a private 6 seater hot tub. Tideway sleeps up to 9 people, every room has a sea view, and most bedrooms are en-suite. The property has a large lawned garden and extensive deck with garden furniture and BBQ. 

In Crackington Haven we have two large properties with outdoor pools heated between June and end of August. They also offer a 10% discount for full week bookings on 4 or fewer people using just the two bedrooms. Samphire House sleeps up to 12 people with two lounges, and a terrace/balcony over looking the pool. Tregather Cottage has a more modern decor and a pool set slightly down the garden. Sleeping up to 9 people with a lawned area leading down to the pool with summer house. 

Courtyard Apartment in Fowey has a covered shared pool heated all year round. The apartment is presented in very high standards by the owner and sleeps up to 6 people. It is an exclusive holiday residence with only two other apartments on site. 

Greenaway Lodge, near Portscatho sleeps 6 with glimpses of the sea is set on an estate of lodges and you have access to a small heated swimming pool all year round. Only open during the day, please refer to Trewince Estate website for more details. 

Green Acres Cottages outside Fowey sleeps 6 with the use of a sofa bed, and have access to a superb indoor heated swimming pool with changing rooms. There is also a children's play area on site.

The Beach House Apartments outside Newquay have access to the shared heated (between April and October) pool at Porth Veor Apartments where you also have access to a bar 'fine dining' restaurants and laundry facilities. The Beach House sleeps 4 people and Porth Veor up to 6 people with the use of a sofa bed. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Gwendreath - A "Wild Escape" everyone can enjoy this summer


Located on The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, a stunning and unique ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and England’s most southerly point, Gwendreath is perched in rolling fields sloping down to the shoreline of this spectacular stretch of coast.


Despite the area’s rugged beauty and wild surroundings, the two-storey farmhouse has recently been converted into an oasis of calm providing the perfect place to relax whether as a family or small group of friends.



As much a holiday home as a ‘home away from home’, Gwendreath boasts a large fully fitted kitchen with a range of modern equipment including an espresso machine. There is also a handy utility room that is separate to the kitchen with space to store beach/walking/surfing paraphernalia.



Boasting magnificent views, the dining room is the perfect place to enjoy meals with its spectacular vista and the lounge is great for relaxing after a day’s activities with comfy sofas, wood burning stove, flat screen digital TV & DVD player and a music system with iPod docking station.



Sleeping 8 in four bedrooms, the master suite has a king size bed and shower room and there is a further king size bedroom, both with sea views. There is also a double room and bunkroom and a separate family bathroom with freestanding bath.



Outside, make use of the external furniture and barbecue facilities in the semi-wild garden and a short walk away through a wooded valley is Kennack Sands, great for a day on the beach with its golden sands and clear rock pools.



Further along the coast path is Lizard Point with its lighthouse and the charming village of Cadgwith, a tiny fishing village forgotten by the 21st Century with its whitewashed thatched cottages and fishing boats drawn up on the sand and shingle beach.



As well as lazing on the beaches and swimming in the sea, more energetic activities are available including sailing, fishing, boat trips, bird-watching, surfing and body-boarding.



Gwendreath allows up to two well behaved dogs and a week’s stay costs from £799 in April to £1999 in July and August.


For full details please visit our website www.CornwallsCottages.co.uk

Easter Late Availability Discounts


Head to Cornwall this Easter for a fun-filled family holiday and join in with the many activities on offer around the county. Trereife House, near Penzance will be hosting its own Easter Fair from Friday 6 to Monday 9 April 2012.


There will be inspiring tours of the house, a delectable selection of locally produced food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s Easter Egg hunts, live music performances and cookery demonstrations from local restaurants and chefs. 

Where should you stay? 
Located on Higher Trewellard Hill Farm in St Just, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this delightful character cottage occupies one wing of a previously working farmhouse. Quiet and isolated, the cottage has superb views of the north coast and moors and provides a comfortable and welcoming stay for up to 4 guests (children over 5 only). A stay from 31 March 2012 – 07 April 2012 is £359.10 down from £399.


Spot the signs of spring and learn about gardening at Trelissick, near Truro from 31 March to 15 April 2012. A reward will be handed out on completion of the fun-packed Easter trail. There will also be a big Easter Egg Hunt with Cadbury’s Play and face painting on 8 and 9 April 2012.

Where should you stay?
kj Sunlight Cottage is centrally located in a peaceful and secluded setting just north of Truro. Occupying the entire ground floor of a traditional converted agricultural building, it provides a high standard of accommodation for up to 4 people with modern open plan fitted kitchen and living room area and two bedrooms. A stay from 07 April 2012 – 14 April 2012 is £314.10 down from £349.

Discover exploding plants, sticky plants, smelly plants and even carnivorous plants that bite back at the Eden Project’s Freaky Nature Easter holiday activity that runs from 31 March to 15 April 2012.

Where should you stay?
Glenleigh Cottage is a superb stone barn conversion in a rural position near St Austell. Spacious and very well equipped, there is an open plan kitchen, dining and living space with vaulted beamed ceiling and two bedrooms. There is also a well-stocked lake for those who like to fish, included with any booking. A stay from 01 April 2012 – 05 April 2012 is  £262.64 down from £262.64.

Crack the clues to complete the ‘egg-citing’ trails at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and Tintagel Castle from 31 March to 15 April 2012. Find the missing eggs to be rewarded with a yummy Easter prize.

Where should you stay?
The Old Chapel in Tintagel is a very quirky place to stay for up to 8 guests. Perfect for groups, there is plenty of space as well as a large dining table, loads of comfy sofas and activities to keep everyone entertained including table football and mini snooker table. A stay from 31 March 2012 – 07 April 2012 is £629.10 down from £699.

Just a short trip by boat from Falmouth is Number Eleven, located in the picturesque harbour town of St Mawes. Sleeping up to 6 guests in three bedrooms, this immaculately presented luxury Cottage has superb sea views from the balcony, dining room and both sitting rooms. A stay from 30 March 2012 – 06 April 2012 is £854.10 down from £949.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Tregothnan Charity Garden Open Weekend

Tregothnan Estate are once again opening for their annual charity weekend, this year on the 14th & 15th April 2012 10am - 5pm, last entry 4pm. This is the UK's largest charity garden opening, and tickets for the event are limited to ensure the event is a pleasurable experience. Please visit the Tregothnan Shop for further details. 

The gardens are not open to the public normally, but special guided tours can be arranged by appointment only. You can even arrive at the estate by river launch!

Tregothnan is home to The Honourable Evelyn and Mrs Boscawen and their family, and is run as a working country estate, and has been since 1335.  They also have an estate in Kent, Mereworth Woodlands. 

The Cornwall estate situated at St Michael Penkivel outside Truro is home to Tregothnan's extensive botanical gardens. Most popular for it's more recent expansion of its tea growing and producing facilities the garden also boasts an impressive range of 'Red Book' endangered planst and trees. The collection contains larger populations of certain varieties than are found anywhere else in the wild. Tregothnan is also home to the worlds only surviving travelling greenhouse, an original Wardian Case, testament to the family's long botanical traditions. 

In 2000 Tregothnan first experimented with tea production after being the first to grow ornamental Camellia outdoors some 200 years earlier. One of the larger plantations of tea on the estate sits on the River Fal opposite their restaurant Smugglers & Tea Bar at Tolverne on the Roseland Peninsula. You can sit in the sun with your cream tea and watch the plantation at work. Smugglers Cottage dates back to the 15th Century and as its name suggests has had an illustrious past. Smugglers was extensively renovated in 2010 and turned into Smugglers Restaurant & Tea Bar and control taken back by Tregothnan. They re-open for weekends on Mothering Sunday March 18th and every day from 8th April.

The estate has many 'Wild Escape" holiday cottages listed with Cornwalls Cottages. They are furnished to the highest standards and contain everything you could want in a self catering holiday cottage. Many have log burners, some have espresso machines and all have exceptional Cornish views. Please click on the below links for more information:

Coombe, near Truro
Riverside Cottage, Sleeps 2, £399-£999 for a week
Pencreek CottageSleeps 2, £399-£999 for a week
Bethel CottageSleeps 4, £489-£1349 for a week

The Lizard Peninsula
Wild Acres CottageSleeps 10, £899-£2499 for a week
Wild Acres StudioSleeps 4, £379-929 for a week
GwendreathSleeps 8, £699-1999 for a week


Friday, 9 March 2012

Falmouth celebrates the start of Spring with series of events


Spring has sprung in the popular harbour town of Falmouth in Cornwall and a special festival in its honour will run from the 17th to 25th March 2012.

Falmouth’s Spring Festival celebrates the fabulous open spaces, gardens and scenery around the town as well as its art scene and maritime heritage.

There is a packed programme of events including guided walks and talks, Guerilla Gardening, Gardeners’ Question Time, an art exhibition, spring fashion show and Spring Fair for all the family to enjoy.

Concluding the event will be an annual Spring Flower Show, which has marked the start of spring in Falmouth for over a century. Admire an array of spring flowers, rare plants, bonsais, orchids and stunning flower arrangements.

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall will also be hosting one of their most enthralling blockbuster exhibitions from the 16 March 2012. “Search and Rescue” takes visitors on an interactive journey into the role of the maritime rescue services. Objects of epic proportion include a 70ft Sea King helicopter on loan from the MOD and an interactive coastguard operations room.

A short distance from Falmouth is Mylor Yacht Harbour, which will be celebrating the last weekend of the oyster season from 30 March to 01 April 2012. The Oyster Gathering and Seafood Harvest invites visitors to see the last fleet registered in the UK to work only under sail and oar in action and sample fresh local seafood.

www.cornwallscottages.co.uk specialises in Cornish holiday properties and recommends the following last minute offers that are located in and around Falmouth:

The Sea House is situated right on the waterfront in Falmouth with balconies that hang over the sea. Every room, apart from the bathroom, has views overlooking the wonderful seascape. Sleeping four in two double bedrooms, guests also have access to a small communal garden with views. A week from 16 March 2012 is £341.10 (was £379).

Spacious and well equipped, Post Box Cottage is ideally located in the quiet rural village of Perranwell Station. The traditional cottage sleeps up to 5 people in a double, twin and single room and allows up to two well behaved dogs. A week from Saturday 17 March 2012 is £283.50 (was £315).

Polwheveral, in Port Navas, is a terraced barn conversion with wonderful views down the creek to the magical River Helford. With reverse level accommodation, there is a south-facing open plan living room/kitchen upstairs with a balcony to make the most of the vista. A week from Monday 26 March 2012 is £323.10 (was £359).



Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Pandora Inn


On the 24th March 2011 a fire destroyed the first floor and thatch of the 13th Century Pandora Inn at Restronguet. Fire fighters were however able to save much of the ground floors original features. This Friday, March 9th less than a year after the devastation she is fully restored and set to re-open. Much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. 

The Inn near Restronguet on the River Fal is one of the most popular pubs in Cornwall. The community was shocked when news of the fire got out, but luckily the owners and St Austell Brewery agreed to re-build the Inn as close to the original as possible. The outside looks exactly the same, but the first floor has been transformed into a stunning vaulted room with traditionally pegged green oak beams.  

Almost all of the structure of the ground floor including the bars, low beams and settles remain as before the fire, remarkably not a bottle was broken! So be warned, you will knock your head once or twice during your visit! The owners John Milan and Steve Bellman are conscious of the need to preserve the history of the original features, so you will find pictures, water damaged, now dried and back in their rightful place with wrinkles showing. They want to ensure the history of the Inn remains honest, and they have treated the fire as just another chapter in her colourful history. 

One of the features that ensure guests return visit after visit is the fantastic food Chef Tom Milby and his team create. The Inn may have new managers but the chef is returning, he uses the freshest, local, seasonal produce available. So be prepared for a fabulous fishy menu complemented by an extensive wine list and traditional local ales from St Austell Brewery. During the summer months there are plenty of picnic tables out front where you can sit and enjoy the creekside view. The roaring log fires inside make this an all year round attraction. 

At certain tides you can visit by boat and moor against the pontoons; be warned the river dries out to mud flats at low tides. You just have to ensure you time your lunchtime pint with the tide! Well-behaved dogs on leads are also most welcome and are allowed in the downstairs bar area. 

The Pandora Inn, Restronguet re-opens on March 9th 2012 at 11am. For more information do please visit their website.