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

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 

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

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