Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Nook, Northcott Mouth Beach, Bude

We at CornwallsCottages.co.uk already love The Nook near Bude, but here's an account from Mr Chatwin who stayed earlier in November this year for 4 nights... 

The proximity of the cottage to the beach made it feel like an exclusive private area just for us! Naturally with us visiting in November meant there were very few people about at Northcott Mouth which itself is beautiful, offering pleasant walks either way up the cliffs along the coastal path or when the tide is out, on the beach. At high tide the sea was less than 30m away from the cottage and we experienced heavy weather one dusk which lead to amazing views of the storm swell, thunderous waves and sea spray being whipped up. Sitting behind the comfortable double glazing with very thick stone walls and the log burner blazing away we felt safe, warm and privileged to be this close to nature. With shopping facilities in Bude being less than 5 minutes away, all the essentially were on hand easily. As for sight-seeing places like Clovelly and Tintagel, Port Issac, Boscastle and Padstow were all within easy strike. Even Bodmin Jail and the infamous Jamaica Inn are all within a half day trip reach. 

The Cottage 
I expected charm which it delivered admirably, but I was not prepared for the quirkiness! The owners have created an amazingly workable, comfortable and cosy holiday let that does not feel claustrophobic, but warm and inviting. The lounge area with its log burner was great for the dark evenings to settle down to chat about the day's events and watch movies! The kitchen was well provisioned with 2 fridges, a freezer, microwave, toaster, dish washer and cooker / hob everything is on hand. The dining area and front sitting room face out onto a large decking area and onto the beach which is simply delightful to watch the sunrise / sunset whilst eating either indoors or out. The downstairs double bedroom had a small shower and toilet room next to it providing near en-suite facilities. 

A lot of the internal doors are low height and with me being 6 foot had to be aware! Some of the doors and stairs leading up to the bedroom are narrower than normal which takes a little adjustment also. However these features and the fact the ground floor seems to be on about 3 levels all adds to the quirkiness which we loved. I would not take someone who is infirm or has mobility issues, or someone who expects 5 star hotel luxury because the property does have to contend with the direct effects of its location to sea and salt. The oil boiler pumped out hot water better than my own house and the central heating worked extremely well, so we were never cold or left waiting for 4 adults to get through our daily routines! 

In Summary
I would stay here again (we were two couples on a 5 day break leaving the kids at home!) and recommend others to do so, especially out of the high season if you wanted a quaint and peaceful get away because although it appears isolated (we hardly saw anyone else around), everything is available and nearby. In our opinion it offered the best of both worlds - a little escapism where we could get away from everything at night, whilst lunching out in some amazing North Cornish villages. It is warm, well provisioned, comfortable and the location is unbelievable."

Many many thanks to Mr Chatwin for the excellent review, we hope you get to return to The Nook soon.

If you would like to visit The Nook at Northcott beach near Bude, click this link to be directed to the website. Remember until the 24th December 2014 a 5% discount is applied to all bookings in 2015. 

For a full list of all our cottages visit www.CornwallsCottages.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Early Booking Discount with Cornwalls Cottages

We are delighted to be able to offer you all a little discount for booking your holiday nice and early with us. For all holidays taken in 2015, either a short break or full weeks stays, 5% discount is automatically applied when booking, or applying for a quote

This is valid until 24th December 2014, so plenty of time to choose which property you wish to stay in next year, and take advantage of this offer. With a 5% discount, that's approximately a nice meal out one night, or maybe, it allows you a bigger property that may have been out of reach before. Go on, treat yourself.

So don't delay, have a browse today at all our wonderful properties, click here to be taken to our wonderful website.

Unfortunately not all of our properties are offering this, but the vast majority are. Please be aware that only one discount is applied per booking, the higher value is always applied. So if you qualify for a low occupancy discount for example, unfortunately we are unable to offer an early booking discount as well. 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Bonfire Night Firework Displays in Cornwall

With Guy Fawkes falling on a Wednesday this year, the displays are spread over a whole week throughout the county. 

Here's a handy guide of some of the displays available, and where they are happening:

Saturday 1st November
Fowey, bar, BBQ, entry feeds apply, held at the Lankelly-Fowey Rugby Club
Port Isaac, beach display on Port Gaverne beach
Probus, YFC Charity night, fees apply, Probus Old Demonstration Gardens
Devoran, bar and BBQ, Devoran Quay 6pm

Wednesday 5th November:
Helford Passage, bonfire, live music and fireworks on the beach at The Ferryboat Inn
Falmouth, one of the biggest displays in Cornwall held at the Falmouth Cricket Club
Carbis Bay near St Ives, display from Carbis Bay Beach, donations of £1 per person suggested.
Bodmin, entry fees apply, at the Football Field Priory Road.
Truro, entry fees apply, bar and refreshments, Truro City Football Club

Friday 7th November:
Bude, held at the Rugby Club.
Porthleven, in association with the school, church and community group fees apply, held at Porthleven School

Saturday 8th December:
Tregony, BBQ, bar and entertainment, entry fees apply, Tregony Sports Field

If we've not mentioned your area, check out Into Cornwall who have an extended list of displays. However the best way is usually just to scout the local community boards for details. 

Happy (and safe) Guy Fawkes Day everyone!

Self Catering Yurts in Cornwall

We have nearly 400 self catering holiday cottages scattered across Cornwall and now we can offer you our first Yurts! They have proved incredibly popular when we've shared pictures on our Facebook page, I can now bring you a bit more information and some more tantalising pictures to whet your appetite. So get comfy with a cuppa on this dull autumn day and have a good old perusal of our latest venture. 

We have a total of five yurts all on the same site in Perranporth on the north coast. Each yurt sleeps up to 4 people with fantastic onsite facilities. 

Each Yurt has a 5 foot double bed, with 2 single futon beds. A wardrobe and 4 drawer chest. A 40 inch flat screen TV, round table with stools, and electricity is provide to e yurt. Each yurt has its own private decked area with seating and BBQ. 

The Carnebo site is open from the beginning of April to the end of September. There is a shared outdoor heated pool, garden and children's play equipment area. Shared facilities also include a communal kitchen (with private fridge and cupboard per yurt), separate women's and men's shower facilities, and a private disabled washroom also available. There are 2 washing machine's and metered dryers for shared use on site.

Pets are welcome at a small additional charge, it is a very pet friendly site. 

For more information on any of our yurts please see the individual links below, or our dedicated Yurts in Cornwall page on our wevsite. Or for all of our self catering cottages please visit www.CornwallsCottages.co.uk.

Orchid Yurt & Bluebell Yurt are both yurts with a 5 metre diameter.

Poppy YurtPrimrose Yurt & Lavender Yurt are yurts with a 6 metre diameter. 

We also have two self catering holiday cottages on the Carnebo site at Perranporth, if your family requires a mix of accommodation, see our website for details on Fistral Cottage or Towan Cottage.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Port Gaverne & Port Isaac, North Cornwall

Living on the beautiful south coast of Cornwall means that I don’t go over to the wild, north coast very often, so I was thrilled to meet up with some family in Port Gaverne. For those of you who don’t know, Port Gaverne is a small picturesque fishing village about a half-mile from Port Isaac, situated in a secluded cove.

It was a wild, windy day in Port Gaverne as we parked at the beach and grabbed our wellies and jackets. Four adults, four children and one springer spaniel set off along the slippery coastal path heading towards Tintagel. The coastline is rugged and the coastal path is right up on the edge of the cliffs, hence some amazing views out to sea. This particular day we only made it to Barretts Zawn a small inlet beach between Port Gaverne and Tregardock that was once associated with slate quarrying.

As the winds were so high and there was a distinct possibility of being swept off the cliffs we decided to head back to the Port Gaverne Hotel for some much needed lunch. We were given a warm welcome at this 17th century restored inn and tucked into ‘local crab salad’, ‘doombar battered haddock’ and ‘the pie of the week’.

After we had fortified ourselves with food we decided to walk up the hill in the opposite direction to Port Isaac for a dollop of ice cream. If you have never been to Port Isaac you are missing out! With narrow, cobbled, winding streets, old white washed cottages and traditional slate fronted houses, many of which are listed buildings this little village is a gem.

Its advisable to leave your car in the car park at the top of the hill as there is no chance of driving it through Squeezy Belly Alley, one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain at only 18 inches wide!

We had a wonderful time wandering down through the village, peering into the shops & galleries, which are a treasure trove of delights and finally stopping at the small harbour beach. During the summer months fishing and scenic trips can be taken from the harbour. After some exploring over the rocks in the harbour and licking the last of our ice creams, we said our ‘goodbyes’ and parted company.

I will definitely go back to Port Isaac, not only for the spectacular coastal path walks, the coves and beaches but because it is still majestic and unspoilt.

For more information on cottages near Port Isaac, please visit our website.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Top 5 Cottages in Cornwall

Here's our pick of our top 5 self catering holiday cottages in Cornwall, and some of our reasons why we think they're some of the best we offer. In no particular order:

Hideaway is a stunning ground floor apartment, below the owners house, but totally self contained. The views from the property are just stunning, looking straight out of St Mawes harbour all the way over to Falmouth Bay and the Helford River. Both bedrooms benefit from these first class views as well as the living room. So whether it is sunny summer or stormy winter, you can be tucked up next to the wood burner and enjoy the best Cornwall has to offer. With parking, free WiFi and just a short walk to the centre of the village with all the amenities you could need for a weeks stay (or even a month!) this truly is a fabulous place to stay.

Review extract: If you're looking for that dream holiday, in a dream location look no further! Sept 2014

One of three barn conversions set in stunning grounds in the centre of Cornwall. It's not only a great location from which to explore both the north and south coasts but the accommodation is also top quality. High Commended in the 2013 Cornwall Tourism Awards, and already shortlisted for 2014. As well as private garden facilities the property also offers shared storage space for sports equipment, games room and communal climbing frame and field. So perfect for the 4 legged as well as short legged guests!

Review extractPerfect place for perfect holidays! Best house we ever stayed in! Beautiful surrounds and good location to discover Cornwall! Aug 2014

Penjerrick, Coombe, sleeps 4
Coombe is the quintessential getaway from it all Cornish retreat, yet only 10 minutes from the city centre of Truro. Located on a tiny creek towards the north of the River Fal, Penjerrick is a sympathetically restored old cottage with everything you could possibly need, benefiting from elevated views down the river, and during the season you can hire kayaks or dinghies to explore the creek further.

Review extract: Coombe is a little hamlet where it feels like time has stood still. Penjerrick has been beautifully renovated and furnished and commands lovely views over the creek. May 2014

The Portloe Boathouse, Portloe, sleeps 6
With arguably some of the most dramatic views in Cornwall The Portloe Boathouse is set in the most right in the mouth of the picturesque fishing village. The property is tastefully decorated in a classic style, with gorgeous views from the master bedroom as well as sitting room and glass fronted balcony. Perfect for storm watching, or to wake up listening to the sounds of the sea. A hidden garden to the side is a wonderful sun trap and perfect space for a secluded family BBQ. 

Review extract: The Boathouse is in a wonderful spot with fantastic views, peace and quiet abound. It is a hidden gem that can only be found by the few to keep it's magic.

Fiddlers Green, St Mawes, sleeps 10 

Sat on the exclusive western side of St Mawes, Fiddlers Green offer guests a beautiful interior and landscaped gardens to match the simply breathtaking views from every room. A sweeping drive leads to the ground floor with sitting room and smaller living room, as well as one bedroom, opening out onto a wonderful balcony. This property would be perfect for a couple as well as a family with elderly relatives. Steps lead down from the garden making a walk into the village for the morning paper most enjoyable. 

Review extract: The ambience of the house and its amazing views exceeded all our expectations in every respect. The photographs don't really do it justice - it's WOW. 

For all our cottages in Cornwall, see our website www.CornwallsCottages.co.uk 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas in Cornwall is not just about the 25th, we have a host of activities, events and markets to enjoy, as well as all our wonderful beaches, cliffs and moorland to tromp around on all throughout the festive period. 

If you're looking to escape from the Christmas shopping, and take a mid winter break, here's some of inspiration for you:

Made in Cornwall Christmas fair, a fantastic opportunity to get all those wonderful Cornish products you see dotted around in gift shops around Cornwall, and all under one roof. 26th - 30th November. Truro Piazza.

Truro Victorian Christmas Market, does exactly what it says on the tin. The market is split into two halls, a food hall and an arts and craft area. There's a cafe, seating area and a hog roast during lunch hours. 9th - 14th December, Truro Piazza. 

Mousehole Christmas Lights switch on their famous display on Saturday 13th December at 7.30pm. An incredibly busy event, we recommend you get there early, you'll have to park on the outskirts of the village and walk into the centre for the best views. The lights are switched on between 5pm - 11pm from the 14th December until 3rd January, so plenty of time to visit them. 

For those of you holidaying here for Christmas, here's some local ideas to take the hassle out of Christmas:

Tregothnan Estate near Truro offer the most wonderful home grown Christmas trees ready for your own decorations. You can even go and cut your own from their forest. More details will be available on their website soon. 

The Cornish food box company offer deliveries to the whole of the UK, as well as collection at their Truro store. Whether you're just looking for a box of veg or the complete package with turkey, veg and pudding, they offer it all! Perfect if you're holidaying in the region and don't want to bring a car full of food. To see their full Christmas range or browse the website click here.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

October Half Term for Couples in Cornwall

Half term holidays so often focus on families and school children, but many of you are restricted to term dates but do not wish to holiday with either your own or other people's children. Here's a more grown up approach to holidaying in Cornwall in October. 

Why not treat your self to a Michelin Star or two? Chef Chris Eden and his team have retained his Michelin star for another year at Driftwood Restaurant in Rosevine. We highly recommend the Taster Menu if you're looking to reallllllly treat yourselves. For those of you who prefer the north coast, Nathan Outlaw provides you with a two Michelin star restaurant at Rock. He also has two more restaurants and a pub between Rock & Port Isaac - spoilt for choice!
South coast property - Carvinack Cottage, sleeps 4 from £495 for a week
South coast property - Number One, sleeps 2 from £347 for a week
Near the north coast - Willow Lodge, sleeps 2 from £320 for a week
North coast property - Fisherman's Cottage, sleeps 4 from £335 for a week

We enjoyed a day out to Zennor recently, at the Gurnard's Head pub we had the best roast beef Sunday lunch from a pub in a very long time (blog to come soon). From here you can head to the coast path toward Treen Cover. This leads to Lean Point and Carnelloe Long Rock, with names like that just imagine how good the view is! 
Nearby property - Higher Trewellard Hill Farm, sleeps 4 from £395 for a week
West Cornwall property - Bos Bugh, sleeps 2 from £299 for a week

The Lizard Peninsula, Britain's most southerly point has dramatic cliff top walks, and the stunning Lizard Lighthouse & Heritage Centre to explore. With traditional fishing villages such as Coverack, Cadgwith and Porthleven surrounding the headland there's plenty to see and do.
Nearby property - Woodpeckers at Nanplough, sleeps 2 from £323 for a week
Nearby property - Vellan Cottage, sleeps 4 from £341 for a week

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm, is definitely one for the grown ups. Makers of the famous Cornish Rattler varieties as well as the New Healey's Gold, this is well worth a visit. They offer tours as well as tastings in their well stocked shop. 
Nearby property - Gribbas Cottage, sleeps 2 from £377 for a week
Nearby property - Demelza, sleeps 4 from £239 for a week
For more information on activities in Cornwall, or self catering holiday accommodation, please visit our website www.cornwallscottages.co.uk

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

October Half Term Holidays in Cornwall

Half term in Cornwall runs from the 25th October to the 2nd November, this year incorporating Halloween, meaning there are many spooky activities being held during half term week. 

One of Cornwall's favourite winter attractions is the Ice Skating Rink at the Eden Project. Open from 18th October to 22nd February 2015 £6 per session with a valid Eden admission ticket. 
Nearby Property - Little Carwinnick, sleeps 4 from £351 for a week. 

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek are hosting a combination of half term halloween fun. With trails, games and crafts, this is aimed at the younger children, but the seals and wildlife will captivate the older children. Half price entry to those in fancy dress!
Nearby Property - Inglenook, sleeps 4 from £387 for a week. 

National Maritime Museum Cornwall is another great attraction offering a host of events throughout the year. Half term fun this year includes craft workshops focusing on fishy theme. At halloween they are hosting a torch list spooky Trick or Treat tour of the museum. 
Nearby property - Demelza, sleeps 4 from £239 for a week.

Lanhydrock House near Bodmin is one of our most favourite of the National Trust properties in Cornwall. It also has amazing gardens, so worth visiting at any time of year. All the National Trust properties in Cornwall put on activities during school holidays. Lanhydrock are hosting a 'spooky garden trail' this year. 
Nearby Property - Salmon, sleeps 4 from £377 for a week

For the grown up kids Falmouth Beer Festival is held from 23rd October to 25th October at Princess Pavillion, Falmouth. Check out their Facebook page for more info, prices, and recommendations. 
Nearby Property - Osbourne Villas, sleeps 5 from £399 for a week (adults only)

For more information on activities in Cornwall, or self catering holiday accommodation, please visit our website www.cornwallscottages.co.uk 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Falmouth Tall Ships 2014, Roseland Peninsula Accommodation

This follows from our first blog detailing self catering holiday accommodation on the Falmouth side of the River Fal, for those looking to watch the parade of sail and start of the Royal Greenwich Tall Ship Regatta Falmouth 2014.

Check out the blog here, for more info on the event and alternative accommodation ideas.

Here are our top pick of properties to stay in within easy reach of St Mawes & St Anthony's Headland, perfect for watching the awesome display of tall ships leave Falmouth.

St Mawes - within walking distance of some of the best views of the ships

Brigids Patch, St Mawes, situated at the top of St Mawes, this property enjoys elevated views of the harbour. A few minutes walk from one of the best spots to view the Tall Ships, St Mawes Castle. Pet friendly, plenty of parking, ground floor en-suite double room, perfect for all the family. Sleeps 6 people, from £975.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Coppers, St Mawes, is also slightly up from the centre of the village, once again giving spectacular views. If you're not one for crowds, this is the ideal property for you as you will be able to view the Tall Ships from this gorgeous window seat! Pet friendly, parking, free WiFI. Sleeps 8 people from £1135.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Fisherman's Cottage St Mawes, is another gem of a property with superb views of the bay right from the property. The wonderful deck at the back of the property offers private viewing of the harbour and Falmouth Bay, as well as a perfect spot for alfresco dining! Sleeps 5 people from £663.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Portscatho - a short drive from the famous St Anthony's Headland

Hillside Cottage, Portscatho, right in the centre of the village seconds from the beach, shop and pub. Lovely cute cottage garden at the back of the property and secluded parking. Perfect family holiday location. Sleeps 5 from £543.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Merrose Barn, Trewithian, near Portscatho is set in secluded land on the owners property just a few minutes drive from Portscatho. A double and bunk room offer perfect family or couple accommodation. Approximately a 20 minute drive to St Anthony's Head or 10 minutes to St Mawes. Sleeps 4 from £503.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Harbour Court, Portscatho is a one bed apartment right on the edge of the harbour, yards from the beach, pubs, and village shops. Perfect couples getaway. Pet friendly right on the coast path, 10-15 minutes to St Anthony's Head. Sleeps 2 from £359.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

We have many other properties available either for easy access to view the Tall Ships, or just for a wonderful Cornish summer holiday, visit our website to view what's available www.cornwallscottages.co.uk.  

Updated Friday 15th August

Tall Ships 2014, Falmouth Accommodation

Falmouth once again welcomes the wonderful Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta to our shores from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st August 2014. We're so lucky to have this prestigious event back in Falmouth, last seen in 2008 and before that 1998!

The ships arrive on the Thursday, and there are numerous events and viewing opportunities until their departure on Sunday 31st August.

Sunday is arguably the best day of the event when all the magnificent ships parade out of Falmouth, past St Mawes and St Anthony's Headland, along the coast past Gyllyngvase and Maenporth, towards Helford before starting their race towards the Manacles. 

So if you've not booked your holiday now is the time to do it! We've still got some great cottages perfect for staying in and watching the wonderful display. Our pick of our top choices as follows:

Falmouth - where all the action is and the ships are moored

The Sea House, at Packet Quays in Falmouth has one of the best views of Falmouth Harbour you could ever hope for. Double doors from the lounge lead out onto the terrace and practically have your feet in the sea. This is my top pick for watching the Tall Ships celebrations. Sleeps up to 4 people, in two double rooms, with parking, from £663.20 for a week, from Friday 29th August.  

New Quay Lodge, Flushing, looks across the Penryn River towards Falmouth, comes with parking and fantastic views. You can get a foot ferry from Flushing to Falmouth so you can enjoy all the fun of the activities but return home to a nice peaceful house. Sleeps up to 7 people, with parking and free WiFi, from £975.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

River Fal - Quiet tucked away luxurious properties a short drive, or boat trip away

Holly Cottage, Coombe, one of our most popular properties for 2014 miraculously with a free week! The peaceful creekside location is a fantastic getaway, with everything you could wish for in the cottage. Sleeps up to 6 people, easy reach of Truro & Falmouth, from £975.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Turn a Penny, Coombe, are you looking for a romantic getaway for two with the added bonus of a Tall Ships race? Book here now... This cottage is a perfect romantic getaway, or for those looking to catch up on their reading by the sea. Sleeps two people, in cosy luxury, from £743.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

The Lizard Peninsula - Wild rugged escapes, stunning views, beach on the doorstep

Wild Acres, The Lizard, enjoying a bumper season right above the beach at Kennack Sands. 20-30 minute drive will get you to a number of great viewing spots near the Helford River. West Cornwall is within easy reach, or if i were you I'd pack your kindle, cosy and a cork screw and have a very relaxing week. Sleeps up to 4 people, from £663.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Gwendreath, The Lizard is a fantastic house suitable for two families to meet and make memories to last a lifetime. With 180 degree views and scoring 4.8/5 on guest reviews, you don't need me to tell you why to book! Sleeps up to 8 people, within walking distance of the beach, from £1231.20 for a week from Friday 29th August.

Updated Friday 15th August

Monday, 28 July 2014

Lambs Barton Cottage, Crackington Haven

Dr Lee and family stayed in Lambs Barton Cottage in June and wrote this wonderful piece about their stay...

Lamb's Barton Cottage was my first choice cottage. When The Husband stepped into Lamb's Barton Cottage, he was thrilled to bits. The furniture here has character. The rooms are spacious. The floor is heated. The rooms open onto the terraced garden from where cheerful clumps of flowers smile in on us. A large table sits invitingly in the sunny outdoor eating area The television is of a decent size and the place is clean as a pin. A nice fat sofa faces a wood stove burner with ample provisions of kindling wood. Everything I can ever want is in the kitchen... even a handheld blender. I am quite happy just to stay in this house all week, reading, cooking and walking on the beach that is 10 minutes away. No need to sightsee.

The Husband grinned at me and said, "I don't mind staying here for a year." Gee... I also don't mind. 

We booked Lamb's Barton Cottage HERE. Do please book a cottage through a reputable website. NEVER transfer money straight into a strange individual's account. There have been many cases of fraud where you pay up and arrive to no cottage at all. ALWAYS pay TO a reputable agency like TripAdvisor or Cornwall Cottages (and they will in turn pay the landlord) so that you can have a fraud-less experience. In cases where the landlords insist on collecting payment directly from me, I decide not to book their property.

Lamb's Barton Cottage is a lovely place so I do hope that if readers come, they will respect the house rules. One must not throw bleach nor cleaning products into the toilet bowl (because human waste is treated via composting and bleach will kill all the bacteria needed to compost). The pretty wooden furniture can be fragile so please place hot drinks and pots onto the coasters. You would also need to water the flowers once in a while, or they will die and then other people cannot enjoy them. Just be nice to the house because it is such a lovely one.

To view more of Dr Lee's blogs please click here... If you visit any of our properties, we do love to hear how you enjoyed them. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

St Michael's Mount, Marazion

When friends from Scotland visiting Cornwall last summer asked me to recommend something to do for the day I suggested a trip to St Michael’s Mount...
Over the years I have taken many friends and family to see this wonderful medieval castle on an island in Mounts Bay.  Your first sight of St Michael’s Mount stays with you forever, it is truly breathtaking. 

Depending on the tide you can either stroll across the causeway with the aquamarine water lapping at your feet or go by boat. Once on the island I recommend you explore the castle, and the higher up you go the more spectacular the views!

Don’t forget to look out for the heart shaped stone, set into the pathway on your way up. Legend has it that if you stand on the stone you can hear the Giant’s heart beat.

St Michaels’ Mount has a rich history dating back to the 12th century. The Mount has been a priory, fortress, place of pilgrimage and is now the private home of the St Aubyn family.

On entering the castle, children are given a quiz to take with them, which is as informative as it is entertaining and leads them through the castle on a treasure hunt. There is so much to see from an armoury, a rococo Gothic drawing room and a 14th century church at the highest point. 

Once you have absorbed the history and taken in the magical views you can have a bite to eat in the Sail Loft Restaurant or the Island Café both of which use local produce.

Every time I have taken friends or family to St Michael’s Mount it has been a resounding success. Children love hiking up to the castle and sitting on the canons and taking part in the quiz! For adults the history, splendid views and beauty of the Mount and the bay exceed expectations. It’s worth a visit; you will have a fantastic time!

For more information on self catering holiday accommodation near St Michael's Mount visit our website.

Monday, 12 May 2014

May Half Term Holiday Cottages Cornwall

We've got some fantastic properties available for May Whitsun half term school holidays, many of which are offering late availability discounts. So hurry now and book before they are all gone!

See our website for the best deals over the next few weeks, click here.

Two fantastic reasons to visit Cornwall during half term, whether you're restricted to school holidays or not.

The Pendennis Cup is returning for the fourth year, following on from the success of last year, they're promising to be bigger and better than before. Racing starts on Tuesday 27th May and finishes on Saturday 31st. It's turning into quite a popular event, on and off the water. The wonderful boats the event attracts can be easily seen from the shore. This year at the end of the regatta the Red Arrows will be performing their famous display on Saturday 31st May best viewed from Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, but I suspect the view will be pretty good from St Mawes or St Anthony's Headland as well.  

Running for it's ninth year is the Fal River Festival. Held over 10 days from Friday 23rd May until Sunday 1st June, showcasing over 150 events all around the River Fal. The events include music & drama, the arts and local heritage, gig racing, swimming, walking, and lots more! You're bound to find something to interest you, check out their website and Facebook page for the full list of events. 

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Things to do in Truro, Cornwall

We are very lucky at Cornwalls Cottages to have our offices based in the beautiful cathedral city of Truro. Actually we can look out of the window and see the three magnificent spires towering over the city centre.

Truro has managed to retain its charm with lovely cobbled streets and parts of the centre are a car free zone. Strolling down Pydar Mews is such a treat where fabulous gifts and jewellery can be had or wandering through Walsingham Place with its beautiful Georgian terrace.

Not only does Truro have many of the usual high street chain stores (M&S, Debenhams, The White Company, Monsoon etc) we also have a unique blend of boutique and independent shops. For those of us lucky enough to work here we are surrounded by a city steeped in history, architecture, art, culture, bars and restaurants.

Every Wednesday there is a Farmers Market on Lemon Quay with some amazing stores offering olives, to curry, a fishmonger and freshly baked breads, pasties and cakes.

We had our best ever staff party at Sams in the City who offered a fantastic menu with great food, and we've all been back with friends and family. There are coffee shops galore, pubs and restaurants like Chantek an award winning Thai restaurant and the Falmouth Bay Seafood Café offering a champagne, oyster and seafood bar. Not to mention Manning’s that have a fabulous cocktail menu. We can thoroughly recommend the mojito’s.

There is more than enough to keep you busy for a day in Truro. Catch a play, ballet or musical at The Hall for Cornwall or wander through the Royal Cornwall Museum for a touch of art or to see the remains of an Egyptian mummy. Visit our Victoria Gardens at the foot of the viaduct complete with its own bandstand and fountain or catch glimpses of the Allen River behind the Cathedral and St Mary’s street.

Why not stay at one of our many lovely properties situated in and around Truro and take advantage of all this beautiful city has to offer. See our website for more details.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Park, Morgan Porth, Cornwall

The Park at Morgan Porth have been receiving some wonderful reviews from our guests so we thought we'd tell you a bit more about them. We have 40 different properties to offer you at The Park, all benefiting from the use of some wonderful facilities right on site. 

If you're looking for a self catering holiday where you don't have to cook then look no further. The Park Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and early evening dinner, perfect for when you're looking for a night off cooking. This is all on the same site so all within walking distance. The also offer a special menu for children, as well as being open for coffee and cake throughout the day. It's a great place to meet friends and family who are also staying in the area.

Relax in the indoor heated pool, sauna and steam room, send the hubby and the dog on the Coastal Cliff paths, and pop the children in the Kids Club (School holidays only). What more could you want? Oh an outdoor heated pool during the summer season, and an outdoor play area? Yep they've got them too. 

The site can offer eco-lodges and terraces, luxury houses and lodges, Superior and Classic Terraces as well as Summer Houses. Many are pet friendly and many come with a private hot tub (or two!)

Here's a review from Windsong one of the Luxury Houses, which sleeps up to 10 people:
"Despite the most incredible stormy weather we enjoyed a fabulous New Year at Windsong. The teenagers loved the den and we all enjoyed the hot tub. Our terrier had the most wonderful time on the beach and in better weather would have used the dog run outside. The house was well equipped, warm and cosy and a perfect place for a family get together. The Cafe and swimming pool at The Park were also a hit with the whole group. Highly recommended whatever the time of year!"

Many thanks to the Major family for reviewing their stay. We do hope you come back soon, maybe when Cornwall isn't underwater!!

Another review for you this time for Koweth which is a Superior Terrace sleeping up to 4:
"We stayed over New Year. The location of the resort is amazing, near a beautiful beach. The resort is well run and well equipped with a super cafe (great food) and a great indoor swimming pool. The cottage itself was a little dated but it was also better value than some of the more modern ones. Inside however everything was super - big bath towels on heated rails, comfy modern beds with lovely linen, well equipped kitchen, TV + VCT, good heating."

For more information and to book one of these wonderful properties please see our website for details. They are incredibly popular properties even out of season due to the wonderful facilities they offer. To avoid disappointment, see the full range of properties here.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

St Valentine's day in Cornwall

With Valentine's Day this year falling on a Friday it's the perfect opportunity to book a surprise break away. Coinciding with February half term for many schools, you may wish to combine your holiday to provide something perfect for the whole family. 

With more than 350 cottages to choose from, where do you start? Well, we have helpfully labeled our properties with to help you choose:

Romantic Holiday Cottages:
We can offer you more than 70 which we feel are romantic. Whether they are cosy little get-a-ways, or have dramatic views, or just offer that extra little something. Our list is by no means definitive so if nothing grabs your eye you can choose properties based on location or facilities on our website at anytime.

Couple only Discounts:
These properties offer a low occupancy discount for using just the one bedroom in larger properties. This is often an excellent way to treat yourself (or your loved one) to a little extra at a reduced rate. Some of our much larger properties offer discounts for up to 4 people in two bedrooms, so worth having a look even if you're bring the little ones.

Luxury Holiday Cottages:
If you're looking to truly impress then take a look at these. Many of our luxury properties still come at a perfectly affordable rate, and others are well worth the extra pennies. From properties with unrivalled views from which to sit and drink champagne, to those with private hot tubs or swimming pools. 

Once you've found your perfect cottage, what else? Well you'll need flowers and somewhere great to eat out...

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! 

If you're looking for a Michelin star then the best place to eat out is the Driftwood Hotel in Portscatho (booking early highly advisable). The Idle Rocks in St Mawes is newly refurbished and offers that extra something. For more of a Bistro style menu, Sam's in the City has recently opened in Truro and we had just the best Christmas lunch here so can thoroughly recommend. Rick Stein can offer you a very fishy menu in Padstow and Jamie Oliver is cooking up a school in Watergate Bay. 

For more information on places to eat and things to do visit our Holidays in Cornwall page on our website.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Summer Holidays 2014 Cornwall

Summer 2014 is looking to be a fantastic year in Cornwall. Following on from the success of 2013, the growth in the economy and all fingers crossed for another sunny summer, we're very excited to be welcoming you all to Cornwall soon. 

Cornwall has so much to offer the visitor, whether it's your first visit to the region or you're a regular on our cliff paths. Here's a couple of our must visit regions:

Famous for it's big harbour and long beaches, it is an incredibly popular destination. The harbour holds the National Maritime Museum Cornwall as well as welcoming many visiting cruise ships each year. Pendennis Castle sits at the top of the headland with fantastic views across the water to St Mawes and the Roseland to the left and Helford River to the right.

Potentially one of the most picturesque areas in Cornwall. The Roseland is home to many small coastal villages, with several fantastic beaches and pubs and restaurants. The Hidden Hut at Portscatho combines both these features in one unique package. 

We have a large number of pet friendly properties here in Cornwall. What better way to explore the region than with your trusty hound. Many of the pubs in the region also welcome well behaved pets. 

There are numerous activities and exhibits designed to keep the younger members of your party thoroughly entertained during even the dampest of summers. Our website has a host of information in our Holidays in Cornwall section.

For a full list of all we can offer for Summer Holidays 2014 in Cornwall do visit our website: www.CornwallsCottages.co.uk

Cosawes Barton Holiday Cottages Cornwall

Cosawes Barton near Falmouth won Highly Commended in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013 and are now adding a third wonderful barn conversion to their site. 

Carvosso Mill and Tremayne Barn have been welcoming happy guests since May 2013 and have achieved so much in such a short space of time. The Linhay at Cosawes has been in operation since May 2014. The site also benefits from a shared outdoor children's climbing frame and indoor games room. They are also introducing chickens to the holiday cottage family, hoping to welcome guests with fresh eggs daily.

The cottages are pet friendly, sleep up to 6 people each and are ideally located for exploring either the south coast of Cornwall, specifically the Falmouth area, or nipping up to the dramatic north coast. They are located between Falmouth and Truro and the Roseland Peninsula is in easy reach via the King Harry Ferry. 

The grounds of Cosawes Barton open up to the public for select days throughout the year, welcoming National Garden Scheme visitors. The grounds are a wonderful site and well worth a visit. The owners really do everything they can to make your stay wonderful.

To book any of these wonderful properties and read all the great reviews, please see the below links:

Carvosso Mill
Tremayne Barn
The Linhay at Cosawes 

If you're interested in staying in any of our properties near Falmouth, please click here. For a full list of all our cottages see our website www.CornwallsCottages.co.uk.