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!

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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.