Wednesday, 29 February 2012

J Class Regatta Falmouth June 2012

From the 26th - 30th June the first of a series of J Class Regattas for 2012 will be held in Falmouth, hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club

Falmouth is perfect for these 140 foot long yachts. Falmouth Harbour is deep and the Bay is large enough to set great courses as well as having many vantage points around the shores for spectators alike. This is the first time in many years that more than four yachts will be racing together. Six yachts are expected in Falmouth, including the newly built Lionheart, launched in 2010. 

J-Class Yachts are experiencing a revival following the Associations decision to allow aluminium for hull construction. Only three of the original ten yachts but in the 1930's remain today, Endeavour, Velsheda and Shamrock V - the only remaining J to have been built in wood. Ranger is a replica from the original design and was launched in 2003. 

Yacht racing a J Class boat is like no other, described as follows: "No other class requires a crew of 30 plus experienced sailors, handling more than 10,000 square feet of sail, driving a 200 ton hull at 16 knots around the course". In anyones book that's pretty epic racing! 

There will be four races over 5 days in Falmouth Harbour, covering up to 30 nautical miles a day starting at 10am. Spectators are expected to line the shores from St Anthony Lighthouse round through St Mawes Castle on the Roseland side. Falmouth Headland, Gyllygnvase Beach, Maenporth round to the Helford River are all expected to be lined with spectators. 

The last world class event held in Falmouth was the Tall Ships Race in 2008 which saw the water literally bubbling due to the mass of spectator boats littering the harbour. Both commercial boat trips and pleasure craft turned out for this fantastic event. It is expected similar interest will be generated for just the six J Class yachts visiting this year. 

For more information on J Class Yachts do visit their blogspot for up to date information and news. Do also visit the J Class Regatta Falmouth 2012 website to view some amazing photos and help plan the best place to watch the event. To give you an idea of what to expect The Return of the Js short video below gives you a quick blast of the event.

For those of you wishing to come down and stay in Cornwall for the event the following selection of properties are situated in the best locations for accessing the event, currently showing availability:

New Quay Lodge, Flushing, arrival Friday 22nd June, sleeps 7, £949.00 for the week.
White Lodge, St Mawes, arrival Friday 22nd June, sleeps 7, £1699.00 for the week. 
Top Sails, St Mawes, arrival Friday 22nd June, sleeps 4, £629.00 for the week.
Swallows, Falmouth, arrival Saturday 23rd June, sleeps 2, £469.00 for the week. 
Cherry Cottage, Falmouth, arrival Saturday 23rd June, sleeps 6, £718.00 for the week.
Downholm, St Mawes, arrival Sunday 24th June, sleeps 12, £3999.00 for the week.
Pirate Cottage, St Mawes, arrival Sunday 24th June, sleeps 8 £949.00 for the week. 

To view all our available cottages in Cornwall please visit our website Cornwalls Cottages for full details on availability, to place a booking, or send us an email. 

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Roseland Triathlon 2012 Olympic Year

This year, the Roseland Triathlon takes place on August 4th in Portscatho on the picturesque Roseland Peninsula. 

Following two years of hugely successful Sprint distance races they have decided to expand their course and are offering both Sprint and Standard (Olympic) distance races on the same day. The day happens to coincide with the women's event in the London Olympic Games. 

The Roseland Triathlon features an open water swim across Gerrans Bay from Portscatho to Porthcurnick Beach, (twice in the Standard distance race!). A road cycle around the Roseland travelling through St Just in Roseland, St Mawes, and as far as Tregony in the Standard distance race. The change in course this year means the run has a partial road section and then joins the coastal path at either Towan Beach or St Anthony's Headland. 

For spectators this year the new route means so much more. The second transition is in the village of Gerrans so spectators can walk from the start to Transition 1, Transition 2 and back down to the finish. 

This year the charity event is in aid of the Mermaid Appeal which provides breast care for people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Roseland Triathlon Just Giving page is a great way to donate for UK tax payers as you can claim Gift Aid making your donation even more valuable to the Mermaid Appeal. 

Refreshments will be available all day in the village at Portscatho, where once again they are hoping to put on live music in the afternoon outside The Plume of Feathers. The Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach makes Transition 1 a popular location offering a range of homemade treats. 

The Roseland is a beautiful place to hold a triathlon, and we're lucky enough to have two each year, as St Mawes hosts the Nearwater Triathlon in September. 

If you're looking to stay near Portscatho, either to take part or to combine a visit to the region for this wonderful event we still have availability at the following cottages in Portscatho:

Old School House, £929.00, sleeps 6, Friday 3rd - Friday 10th August 2012

Merrose Barn, £799.00, sleeps 4, 
Friday 3rd - Friday 10th August 2012

Harbour Court, £499.00, sleeps 2, 
Friday 3rd - Friday 10th August 2012

For full availability of properties on the Roseland Peninsula all within easy access of the event, please visit our St Mawes Holidays website.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Properties on our favourites shortlist!

We have so many great properties for a wide range of reasons that we couldn't all just pick one. So here are the other shortlisted properties where we would love to stay:

Jenna: "If I had a big celebration I'd rent Samphire House, near Crackington Haven when the pool was heated between June and the end of August. I think this would be a fab place to rent for a group of friends and family. 

Jo: "For a coastal property I would choose New Quay Lodge, in Flushing. The decor has a nautical feel, while remaining in keeping with the style of the house, which works well and I love. It is a reverse level property which gives it incredible views across to Falmouth, with a beautiful terraced garden to the rear."

Caroline: "Purely for its quirkiness and stunning location, I do love The Boathouse in St Mawes. You can't get closer to the water in Cornwall."

Lucy: "Downholm in St Mawes for the pure luxury and location. It's right on the water, yards from the beach, and a few minutes walk from the centre of the village. The interior is wonderfully presented and there is a large garden overlooking the water. Just perfect."

Richard: "You can't beat Wild Acres Cottage, on The Lizard for the views (Jo agrees). The location is simply stunning. An incredibly remote, quiet property which has been filled with everything you need for your holiday by the sea. Spare pair of wellies, or a bucket and spade! If you're looking for a great traditional holiday cottage for the family then Brigids Patch in 
St Mawes has it all. A large garden, great sea views and ground-floor accommodation for the aged relatives."

To view any of the above mentioned cottages just click on their names to be directed straight to the property, or do feel free to visit our website to browse around for your own personal favourite. 

Friday, 10 February 2012

More than 200 properties!

We at Cornwalls Cottages are delighted to say we've now more than 200 properties on our website spread across the whole of Cornwall. We are throughly enjoying helping you pick the best property for your stay and thought you'd like to know which are our favourites. 

Jenna, Reservations: "When I first started work at Cornwalls Cottages in September 2009 I fell in love with Swallows in Falmouth and wanted to move in immediately. I still have a soft spot for the property! Maybe one day…" 

Richard, Director: "I would always stay at Toadstools on the Roseland Peninsula. It is a gorgeous traditional Cornish cottage with authentic kitchen and a large garden. I'd take the wife for a quiet weekend away, or the kids and dog if she made me!" 

Jo, Reservations: "
April Cottage, St Just-in-Roseland is my favourite property as we spent every family summer holiday here for 10 years. It has incredibly special memories for me and secured my love for Cornwall which resulted in me moving my family here!  It is warm and cosy, with comfy sofas and beds, the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surrounding area. It is a short walk to St Just Church, probably the most enchanting church in the country. 

Caroline who used to work on Reservations and now in Accounts: "The Engine House, near Portscatho, is beautifully light and airy with great views and near the Cornish Coastal Path. The Aga in the kitchen and the wood-burning stove in the lounge keeps the cottage toasty warm."

Jennie, Reservations: "If you want to be a stones throw from the seafront yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle, then Cobblestones in St Mawes is perfect. It's a really cosy cottage, beautifully refurbished and right in the heart of the village."

Lucy, Director: "Mine has to be Tideway, in  St Mawes. For the great open plan style kitchen/dining/sitting area leading onto a wonderful deck. Lovely views and tasteful decor."

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Escape the sub-zero temperatures; snow and ice by heading to Cornwall for a bargain break in a self-catering cottage.

All priced under £500 for a week, check out the following from specialist agency :

Corner Cottage

Enjoying views over the rooftops of St Mawes to the Percuil River and National Trust land in the distance, this delightful and welcoming property sleeps up to 5 people and accepts well-behaved dogs. It benefits from character features and a particularly spacious triple aspect living room with polished wood floors and open fireplace.

A 7-night break from Friday 24 February is £439.

Chypons Waterside

Located in spectacular wild moorland countryside just to the south of St Ives, this converted 200-year-old barn is a wonderfully peaceful and comfortable place to stay for four guests. With a spacious living area and the stress relieving sound of the river passing by outside, a relaxing stay can be assured.

A 7-night break from Saturday 25 February 2012 is £379.


Set on a 72-acre working farm in the heart of the Roseland Peninsula, Shelduck Cottage is perfectly positioned for exploring the area and is ideal for walkers with many footpaths around the farm. Farm trails and animal feeding for children are available and up to 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome.

A 7-night break from Saturday 18 February 2012 is £399.


Benefitting from a quiet rural position on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula with distant sea views, this two bedroom single storey Scandinavian style property is very close to the stunning coastal footpath and a number of secluded beaches. The open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge area leads on to a sun terrace and the property has one master double bedroom with en suite shower room and a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.

A 7-night break from Friday 17 February 2912 is £315.

For further information visit or call 01872 264441.