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

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. 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.