Monday, 9 December 2013

Late Availability Christmas Discounts

Thinking of a last minute get away? Or a present for Mr-Impossible-To-Buy-For? Well here's a selection of our best late availability deals and recommendations of places to visit.  Many of our properties are also offering short breaks for the period, perfect for those of you wishing to escape the festivities. 

Beach life: Driftwood, Porthtowan. Sleeps up to 4 people right on the sand dunes on the beach, pet friendly with parking. Friday 20th - 27th reduced to £511.20 (saving £127.80). Perfect for long walks on the beach, or cliff tops. Within easy access of Truro for all your supermarket or Boxing Day Deals. 

Village Life: Fern Bank, Portscatho. Sleeps 6, pet friendly, central village location near to shop, beach and pubs. Friday 20th - 27th reduced to £591.20 (saving £147.80). Wonderful relaxing village, right on the coast, yards from a pint of milk or a pint of something stronger. Perfect escape for you and your dog, with miles of cliffs to walk in both directions.

Romantic Retreat: Number One, St Mawes. Sleeps 2, luxurious studio apartment, central village location, within walking distance of many shops and pubs and restaurants. Friday 20th - 27th reduced to £367.20 (saving £91.80). Great location for eating out and exploring coastal life. 

Wild Escape: Bethel Cottage, Coombe. Sleeps 4, wonderfully romantic spot right on the river for perfect peace and quiet. Yet 10 minutes from the town centre and plenty of facilities. With wood burning stove, pet friendly. Saturday 21st - 28th reduced to £831.20 (207.80).

Town life: Imperial Court, Falmouth. Sleeps 4, within walking distance of the town centre. Views over the Port of Falmouth, a few minutes from the wonderful beach at Gyllyngvase. Saturday 21st - 28th reduced to £487.20 (121.80). Rare opportunity to visit this incredibly popular property. 

Family life: Pirate Cottage, St Mawes. Sleeps 8 with private annexe, affording you extra space and peace away from the grandchildren. Great views, central location, close to shops, pubs and restaurants. Sunday 22nd - 29th reduced to £871.20 (saving £217.80). 

For a further properties offering late availability discount visit our Special Offers page on our website. Alternatively email us and we can help you find your perfect property. Our website shows our full range of properties and has live availability so you can be sure if the property is available and what discount you can expect.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Royal Cornwall Show Wadebridge Cornwall

So once again will be at the Royal Cornwall Show Wadebridge from the 5th - 7th June 2014. This event is fun for all the family with a huge range of stands and activities to choose from. 

We have had two fantastic shows, we had to return for a third year. We're hoping to be even bigger and better than before. Watch this space for news on our plans.

The County Show is the biggest event in Cornwall's calendar. It has something for everyone, young and old, two legged, or four!

One of last years most popular attractions was 'Titan the Robot', everyone said he was simply 'awesome', whether you were young or old. As detailed on their website, Titan brings a blend of comedy, street theatre and music to create a unique show. We are very much hoping he returns next year to cheer up us during the event. 

Once again the RAF Falcon Parachute Display Team dropped into the show ground right about our heads. We had a fantastic view of the RAF Falcons as the wind direction brought them right over our stand. 

The Cornish Food & Farming Pavillion is perfectly situated just round the corner from us. Last year we regularly sampled lunch from the Cornish Curry Company, which was much needed in the bracing weather. Our friends at Helsett Farm (we have two of their holiday cottages, Helsett Farm & Ostlers) produce fantastic organic ice cream, which we hope we'll need in the wonderful weather we've order for the week. If you've never sampled Healey's Cornish Cyder, then you quite simply haven't lived! We'd recommend you take a bundle or two of Cornish Asparagus from Tregassow Farm home with you, and you're not allowed out of the show ground without having a Rodda's cream tea!

For those of you who can't spend the whole afternoon in the Skinners tent, Tregothnan will keep you refreshed throughout your visit. They were the first producer of tea in the UK. We were lucky enough to have a pop-up stand at the end of our row last year, perfectly placed for viewing of the main ring, combined with Rodda's they serve a cracking cream tea. They have plenty of holiday cottages for you to choose from in Coombe, as well as a fantastic property on The Lizard called Gwendreath.

The Flower Tent is another firm favourite, with local exhibitors as well as those further afield. We just about allow those from Devon, for example Lifton Farm. They also have a wonderful Farm Shop just off the A30, as well as a restaurant, so a great place to break the journey home the long drive home from Cornwall.

If you're looking for some lovely self catering accommodation near the event do visit our website, specifically paying attention to the Atlantic Coast region, towns including Wadebridge, Padstow and St Breock.  However if you fancy a property in the North Cornwall region, the show ground is also within easy reach.  If you've already booked accommodation in other areas of Cornwall do not dispair, Royal Cornwall Show is still very much accessible but do ask for some local knowledge on what times are best to drive and which routes. The Show is very popular and you could get held up in traffic.

Late Night Christmas Shopping

Tonight is the start of Christmas in Cornwall. Truro City of Lights Parade kicks of proceedings tonight. Starting at 7pm outside Truro High School the parade heads down Lemon Street for the first time. The route continues around the piazza and back to Boscawen street for the Switching on of the Christmas lights at around 7.45pm. Continuing along River Street and Frances Street ending at around 8pn at the Waterfall Gardens on St Georges Road. This years theme is 'Expect the Unexpected', which will hopefully bring up a few surprises to the already incredibly popular event. 

Late Night Shopping in Truro starts the following Wednesday 27th November. Shops will be open until 9pm and the streets will be filled with all the usual festive stalls and eateries. Highlights of the Christmas calendar in Truro include a visit from 'Reel Reindeer and Father Christmas' on Wednesday 27th November at 6pm Victoria Square.

Truro Ice Rink is back once again, open from Wednesday 20th November until 5th January 2014. Booking is advisable via the Hall for Cornwall or the Box Office in front of Truro Cathedral. 

Falmouth Late Night Shopping starts on Thursday 28th November, when they also switch their lights on. Shops will be open until 8.30pm unless otherwise stated. A Lantern Parade will start from Events Square at 5.30pm arriving at The Moor for switching on of the lights at 7pm. They also offer free car parking from 5pm for late night shopping.

St Austell Christmas lights switch on takes place on Tuesday 26th November on the Fore Street from 5pm - 7.30pm. Includes a procession through the town and switching on will be outside the street with a yet to be named 'celebrity' TV and radio will cover the event. This also marks the start of Late Night Shopping in St Austell. 

Ice Skating at Eden has also returned this year from Saturday 19th October to Sunday 2nd March, again booking is advisable, and they are also offering rink-side food this year.

Penzance have an all day Christmas Market on Saturday 30th November, withe switch on of their brand new lights from 4.15pm. More details in our Autumn Newsletter

Redruth illuminate their streets on Saturday 30th November, the Christmas Procession starts on Fore Street accompanied by Redruth School Samba Band. 

Bodmin, switch on their lights on Friday 29th November, the Town Band will lead the procession with music from Pirate FM. Pedestrianised shipping in Fore Street until 8pm. 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Nancenoy, Port Navas on the Helford River

We recently received this wonderful review from guests who have stayed at Nancenoy in Port Navas on the Helford River. 

It really is great to hear how you enjoy our wonderful county, which places you visit and sights you see, do please keep your reviews coming!

My partner and I found this cottage idyllic with its up side down living room and bed room. The cottage is beautifully fitted out and the bed and bedroom are bliss, very comfortable and you do get a great nights sleep. The log burner is superb at night for chilling in front of and everything is to close to hand. The cottage is based in the very quiet place of Port Navas but very central to Falmouth and other parts of the Cornish Coast. 

The owners were lovely and helpful and below are things we found which will help others looking to rent:

  • Port navas yacht club – great food and very pleasant people a walk away so easy to get to do take the torch if its dark
  • Trebah Gardens – well worth a visit and a lovely walk round especially to the beach
  • Seal Sanctuary – a must to see the excellent work the team do for distressed animals and worth any donation
  • St Mawes and Pendennis castles – if you like history these are great places to visit especially on clear days
  • St Anthony light house – views are stunning
  • Kynance Cove – a great walk to one of Cornwall’s stunning coves with white sand and aqua sea
  • Minack Theatre – a great night out literally with the performance and sea to take in the wonderful surrounds
  • Helford – a typical Cornwall town with thatched roofs and idyllic cottages and a great walk
All in all a great time and definitely Cornwall is now in our hearts.

We'd like to thank the Todd family for their wonderful comments, many thanks for sharing your favourite places. For more information on staying at Nancenoy or her sister property Polwheveral, please visit

We look forward to welcoming you all to Cornwall soon!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Cosawes Barton

A unique opportunity to stay in a beautiful and historic family home, not normally for holiday rental, is available for the first time this summer through

Cosawes Barton, near Falmouth, is owned by Louise and Andy Bishop and, along with their two children, they will vacate their house for 6 weeks in July and August to allow self-catering accommodation for up to 10 guests.

Perfect for a large family gathering, adults will love the spacious accommodation. There is a large reception hall, living room, separate dining room and kitchen with granite-topped centre island and Aga providing perfect spaces to entertain and relax, as well as the large patio area with exterior furniture and barbecue facilities outside.

Cosawes Barton is great for children too as there is so much space to explore.  The huge annexe, which was the original barn, has its own mezzanine sitting room, a perfect place to unwind and there is a separate games room in the adjoining courtyard.

Children can also go free-range outside, with the exclusive use of the private walled garden as well as a further 17 acres of woodland and fields. 

Sleeping arrangements are flexible with the choice of a master double bedroom with en-suite shower room, two twin bedrooms, a double bedroom and a double sofa bed in the annexe.  There is also a separate family bathroom and a further shower room in the mezzanine. Cots and high chairs can be arranged upon request.

The history of Cosawes Barton, that is the land and all of its owners, can be dated back to 1066 and the gardens are for the first time this year part of the National Gardens Scheme.

There are also two new barn conversions, Carvosso Mill and Tremayne Barn, on site, which will be available to rent from May 2013.  Both sleep up to 6 guests, allow up to 2 well behaved dogs and have full access to the woodland and fields.  A week from 26th May costs £699.

Cosawes Barton is available from 19th July to 30th August 2013 and costs £2,999 per week.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Long Commons, St Mawes, Cornwall - Wheelchair Friendly Cottage

Long Commons is a recently constructed luxury five-bedroom house, with disabled access throughout, and sea views in St Mawes, Cornwall, and is available to rent through

Set out in a reverse style of living, the property offers spacious accommodation for up to 9 guests, including those with disabilities. 

Leslie and Paula Brown built Long Commons four years ago for Paula’s father, who was confined to a wheelchair. Paula said:  “My father was very happy living in Long Commons for two years.  It was exceptionally easy for him to move about the house whilst still being able to enjoy the spectacular views from all the rooms and the garden. 

“The accommodation at Long Commons is extremely flexible and inclusive.  It can cater for guests with young children - cots, high chairs and stair gates are provided - as well as the elderly and those with disabilities, and because the entire house is accessible to all, no one has to miss out.”

An internal lift allows easy wheelchair access to the first floor open plan living area with its fully fitted modern kitchen, dining area and living room with leather sofas and bi-fold doors that lead onto a balcony with magnificent sea views over St Mawes Bay, the village and distant coast and countryside beyond.

The first floor also comprises a large bathroom specifically designed for those with disabilities and a master double bedroom with 5’ bed, access to the balcony and en-suite bathroom. Four further bedrooms, all with their own en-suite bathrooms and two with sea views, are on the ground floor.

Outside, a large landscaped garden and raised patio area, with garden furniture and sea views, are located at the rear of the property and can be accessed by a disabled friendly pathway.  Off road parking is available for up to six vehicles and, whilst the property is not normally dog friendly, guide dogs are welcome.

Long Commons is available to rent through (01872 264441). 

Friday, 18 January 2013

February Half Term, Cornwall

Here in Cornwall we have our half term break from 15th February. Our milder climate means you can still enjoy the county without the crowds. Just make sure you bring 'the right clothes'.

For those of you who favour a 'staycation' to skiing, here's a pick of some of our family friendly properties:

Raleigh Cottage, Padstow, Sleeps 4, Friday 15th - 22nd February, £419

The Old Dairy, St Mawes, sleeps 4, pet friendly, with parking, Saturday 16th - 23rd February, £439

Carvinack Cottage, St Just-in-Roseland, sleeps 4, wood burner, pet friendly, wifi, Sunday 17th - 24th February, £519

Hillside Cottage, Portscatho, sleeps 5, fishing village, with wifi, Friday 15th - 22nd February, £399

Brigids Patch, St Mawes, sleeps 6, ground floor en-suite double bedroom, pet friendly,  sea views, Friday 15th - 22nd February, £619

Church Close Cottage, Mid Cornwall, pet friendly, sleeps 6, Friday 15th - 22nd February, £499

Courtyard Apartment, near Fowey, sleeps 6, with shared heated pool, Sunday 17th - 24th February, £619

New Quay Lodge, near Falmouth, sea views, sleeps 7, Friday 15th - 22nd February, £619

Gwendreath, The Lizard, sleeps 8, (two families), pet friendly, wood burner, Saturday 16th - 23rd February, £799

Tideway, St Mawes, sleeps 9(two families), with hot tub, Friday 15th - 22nd February, £1999

The Old Dairy Tregavethan, near Truro, sleeps 10(two families), Friday 15th -22nd February, £699

Please note prices and availability were correct at time of writing.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

St Valentine's Day Breaks in Cornwall

What better way to surprise your loved one than a trip to a romantic self catering cottage in Cornwall. Whether you're looking for something secluded, luxurious, or with fantastic views, here's a selection of all we have to offer:

Perfect couple retreats
Pencreek Cottage, our most popular property of 2012 situated between Truro and Falmouth. This property has the following atributes: luxury, secluded, wild escape, wood burner, creekside location, 10 minutes from the centre of Truro. Pet friendly. Available Saturday 9th - 16th Feb £449.00, sleeps two. 

Bosun's Locker, tucked away in St Mawes, moments from the harbour. Available Saturday 9th - 16th Feb £289.00, sleeps two. Available Saturday 9th - 16th Feb £289.00, sleeps two. Within walking distance of The Watch House restaurant, who will be offering a 2 or 3 course menu on the night, or The Victory Inn for great food and local beer in an intimate pub setting.

Swallows, situated on the harbour front with a small balcony for sitting out. Fabulous sea view across the harbour towards Flushing. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, boat trips, and numerous pubs. 

Vineyard Cottage, gorgeous little reverse level cottage tucked away on an old vineyard. Glorious wooden beams, tastefully furnished, remote peaceful location. A short drive from The Roseland Inn, for fab food by a roaring fire. Available Saturday 9th - 16th Feb £319.00, sleeps two.

Short breaks: Toadstools, pet friendly, sleeps 4, available for a short break, Thursday 14th - 17th Feb £307.30. Lavinia Cottage, pet friendly, sleeps 3 available Thursday 14th-17th Feb £278.30, or a full week Sunday 10th - 17th Feb, £369.00. Mikes Place, with sea views, sleeps 3, with a seasonal discount, Thursday 14th - 17th Feb £201.30 or a full week Thursday 14th - 21st Feb £309.00.

If none of the above catch your eye do email us with your requirements and we'll send you some of our other great properties to look at.

If you're interested in eating out in Truro, we'd throughly recommend Mannings Restaurant. They have a popular cocktail bar as well as a great choice of food. Bustopher's Bistro, is where we all treat ourselves, excellent interesting food, with an extensive cocktail and wine list. Alternatively if you're looking to add a little spice to your night, then Baba Indian Restaurant is a great little place, please note they only accept cash. Booking is definitely advisable for all establishments for Valentine's Day, or weekend evenings at anytime of year.

As mentioned in our January Newsletter, there are many local businesses who can supply local flowers, here are two who grow and sell their own products: Tregothnan, specialise in sourcing local flowers and mixing with their own foliage. Fentongollan Farm, grow locally bred daffodils and can post simple splashes of colour to fill several vases! Do please note you must be present to received deliveries at your cottage, and we can't guarantee what sort of vases any cottage may provide. Best to take your own just in case!

Please note prices and availability were correct at time of writing.