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May 7, 2020 Comments (2)

Cornish Holiday Cottages new Flexible Booking Policy

We know how uncertain things feel at the moment. Holidays are important. They give us something positive to focus on, so to enable you to plan ahead, with confidence, we are introducing some flexible terms, contrary to our standard terms and conditions.

Welcome to a temporary, flexible, booking policy for any new booking for a 2020 stay that is made prior to 31st December 2020, while we all get back on our feet again. For any booking for a 2020 stay, made prior to 31st December 2020, we will be happy to offer a transfer to an alternative date, in the same property, to be taken no later than 31st December 2021. You may transfer your booking to a higher or lower value period however please note that you will be liable to pay any difference should the value be higher. If you defer to a cheaper time then you will be credited with the price difference.

We will not charge an administration fee for any change to your booking made prior to 31st December 2021.

Please be aware that any existing or new insurance policy may not cover you for any cancellation related to COVID 19 but we recommend that you take out insurance to cover all other events that may result in your booking being cancelled. Please note that the flexible booking is available only in relation to any cancellation that arises directly as a result of Government advice against travel in your home location or the property location, or due to you, or one of your party becoming unwell with COVID 19. For all other cancellations our standard terms and conditions apply.

In order to book using our flexible booking policy you will need to opt in at the booking stage and transfers will only be available on the basis that you give notice of your intention to transfer at least 48 hours before your arrival due date.

These terms are a temporary variation to our standard terms and conditions

COVID19 UPDATE – Tuesday 12th May 2020

The safety of our guests, property owners and housekeepers is very important to us. We have been reviewing our existing policies and terms and conditions to align with the latest Government directions. We will keep this page under review and will update it from time to time, so please do keep checking as the situation develops.

If you have an existing booking that is to commence in the next two weeks please contact us to discuss if we have not already spoken with you. Tomorrow we will start the process of contacting everyone with a holiday scheduled from 4th June to 4th July.

For guests due to arrive on or before 4th July 2020

You are entitled to transfer your booking to a new date with no administration charge. You will be entitled to request a date change to your booking up until the end of 2021. We will endeavour to transfer your holiday to your preferred new date, subject to availability. In the event that we cannot accommodate you with your choice of dates we will try to look at other options for you. In the event that you choose a stay that is of a higher value than your original booking then we will add the additional amount to your final payment. If the price is lower then you will receive a discount on your balance payment.

In the light of the circumstances, our property owners have kindly agreed to freeze the 2020 rates for 2021, so the rate change will only occur if you move to a different time period.

We will be reviewing existing bookings and the dates stated above on a regular basis in line with Government guidelines.

We desperately hope that we can welcome you back to Cornwall in July.

With much love and best wishes

Emily, Mel, Debbie, Lizzi, Alex and Chris

COVID-19 Update 17.04.20

April 17, 2020 No Comments

Dear Guests

We are in our fourth weekend of lockdown. We send you our kind thoughts and we hope amongst it all, you are able to find some peace, calm and at least a little joy in this different way of life.

Our thoughts are with those frontline keyworkers, working for the sake of all others and for those affected and struggling as a result of COVID19.

We have reached out to each of you that has a booking up until 4th June. If your booking is yet to resolved please contact us ASAP on hello@cornishholidaycottages.net

If you have a booking from 5th June onwards then please note that we will not be automatically be taking balance payments. We will be in touch around four weeks prior to your planned arrival to discuss options with you. You are welcome to make a tentative booking for holiday stays from 5th June onwards and subject to it being safe to do so, we will honour your reservation. No payment will be taken at this stage.

We desperately hope that we might be able to welcome you here again before too long, however we await further guidance from the UK government.

With much love and all our best wishes

Emily, Mel, Debbie, Lizzi, Alex and Chris
To see the Frequently Asked Questions please click here.

Safe at Home Activities For Easter Weekend

April 8, 2020 No Comments

We know more than anyone how disappointing it is not to be able to go on holiday this Easter. We’ve done our best to think of a few things that might help to keep you and your family entertained while you stay safe at home.

Below you’ll find a few ideas of how to while away the long weekend, from creative crafts to tasty cookery. Why not download and print the activity pack using the button below, and spend the weekend offline? We’d love to see how you get on, so please share your attempts at any of these activities over at @cornishholidays on Instagram, or @CornishHolidayCottages on Facebook.

This Easter lets also take a moment to think about our older and perhaps more isolated friends and family, giving them calls to check in on their health and sharing a few laughs along the way.

Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter. Stay well and and have fun.

Love, Emily and the CHC team x

What’s in bloom?

Easter is the time when Spring really gets it’s groove on. We’d love to know what you can spot growing outdoors.

Play eye-spy with us and see if you can catch a glimpse of any of these spring flowers from your window, garden or on your walks this weekend. We’ve included the Latin names here, see if you can learn them and impress those around you!

  • Magnolia (Magnolia Grandiflora)
  • Primrose (Primula Vulgaris)
  • Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
  • Daffodil (Narcissus)

How to pull off the best egg hunt…

We asked our in-house Easter ‘eggs-pert’ Rosie (aged 10 and a bit) to share her top tips for an egg-hunt in the house or garden.

Rosie’s guide to egg hunts

  • Don’t put them where dogs can get to them.
  • Put them in a shady space so that they don’t melt.
  • Remember where you hide the eggs otherwise you might not be able to find them again.
  • Don’t buy the eggs too small or they will be very tricky to find.*
  • Buy fair trade wherever possible.

*Parents heed caution with this particular tip… we suspect it may be a clever ruse for even more chocolate this Easter…

Make an embossed fish ornament…

This easy little craft can be made with just a few things that you might already have in your kitchen! Use an empty tube of tomato purée to make this lovely little fish to hang inside your home. If your tube of puree is full, perhaps making this is the perfect excuse to have pizza for dinner…

What you’ll need…

  • An empty purée tube
  • A pair of scissors
  • A spoon
  • A biro
  • Someone to help you if you are young (or clumsy)

How to do it…

Take your empty tube of purée and carefully cut off the top and the bottom (you might need someone responsible to help you with the sharp edges)

Cut one of the long edges of the tube so that you can unfold it into a flat piece. Rinse it and you’ll see the inside is golden! Using the back of a spoon smooth it out all nice and flat.

Print out or copy our drawing of a fish and using a biro trace around the outline on top of the metal. You’ll see the outline transfer to the metal. Carefully cut out the fish shape.

Smooth your shape down with a spoon again and go over the template again to add some detail. Make sure you put in an eye, some scales, and the detail in the fins!

Finally, make a hole in the fish and tie on some string. Your ‘golden’ fish is ready to hang pride of place, or to dangle over your veg patch to protect seedlings.

Bake an Easter cake

A tasty way to spend time at home this Easter, we’ve adapted this recipe from one we found on BBC Good Food. You might already have some of these ingredients lying around at home. For this recipe you’ll need…

For the cake

  • 200ml vegetable oil
  • 250g plain flour
  • 6tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 280g soft brown sugar
  • 250ml milk (add 1tbsp lemon juice to this before you begin)
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

For the frosting…

  • 150g butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 4tbsp milk

Method

Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Oil and line two round cake tins (about 20cm wide is best). Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb, sugar and a large pinch of salt to a bowl. Whisk it all up and squeeze any big lumps of sugar through your fingers. You should end up with a mix a bit like sand.

Add a spoonful of lemon juice to the milk, and after waiting about 5 or so minutes whisk the oil with the milk in a jug. Stir in the vanilla and eggs, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix until there are no more streaks. Split the mixture between the tins and bake for 25 mins. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for 10 mins, then transfer to wire racks to cool down.

To make the icing, beat the butter, cocoa, icing sugar and milk together until smooth, adding a splash more milk if it’s still to thick. Stacking the sponges with icing in between, topping with more icing. For an extra touch, put some chocolate or mini-eggs on top!

Colour-in Cornwall

Oh dear, it looks as though someone left their stargazey pie out on the table, and it’s been spotted by a hungry cat. Save the image below to print off to colour in. We’d love to see some grown-ups have a go with this too!

We hope you all have a lovely Easter at home, and have fun with these activities.

COVID-19 Update 03.04.20

April 3, 2020 No Comments

Dear Customers

I hope you are keeping well and are not feeling too challenged by this situation we find ourselves in.

It has been lovely talking to so many of you these last few weeks and knowing that despite the circumstances you are safe at home and keeping well.  

Enormous thanks to those of you that are keyworkers and are tirelessly working and selflessly supporting humankind. Our hearts go out to families seriously affected by the virus and those struggling as a result of it.

To update you on where we are at with your booking management to date, we have been in touch with each of you that has a booking up until the end of April and we are now chronologically working onwards, up until the 4th June. We hope so much that we might be able to welcome you here again from 5th June, however we await further guidance.

A little shout out to the wonderful team here at Cornish Holiday Cottages, who are working long hours, to assist with your insurance claims, or moving your bookings to another time. And thanks also to our property owners, who despite facing a huge loss of income, are all showing so much compassion.

Never have I felt such a huge sense of community, thank you for being an integral part of this.

With love

Emily (Mel, Debbie, Lizzi, Alex and Chris)

Cancellation – Frequently Asked Questions

I am unable to make my holiday as the UK is in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Please refer to your travel insurance company and notify them that under government legislation you are unable to come to Cornwall.

Travel insurance is to cover such eventualities as this virus pandemic and if you can refer to them, we would be so grateful. It will help our small business and that of the holiday home owner and it means you receive a refund on receipt of the claim.
We will waive our cancellation fee in this circumstance. Please email info@cornishholidaycottages.net if you would like us to provide you with the relevant documentation to fulfil your insurance claim.

What happens if I do not have travel insurance?

If you paid by credit card it is worth checking with your card handler as you may have insurance cover with them.

If you do not have any insurance to fall back on then please email us on info@cornishholidaycottages.net with your booking details. We will reply with 48 hours and subject to availability you will be offered alternative dates, up until the end of 2021.

Will the Cornish Holiday Cottages team be available to talk to, during the coming weeks?

Yes, we remain here for you throughout.

Once the spread of Coronavirus starts to dissipate, what do Cornish Holiday Cottages foresee happening?

We anticipate (and desperately hope for) a huge surge in last minute and late summer/autumn bookings in the UK. We are currently taking tentative bookings from the 5th June onwards.

This page will be updated frequently, in accordance with government guidance.    

Please take a look at our terms and conditions here.

Romantic places to stay in Cornwall

February 10, 2020 No Comments

Cornwall is no stranger to love. From the many books written by the likes of Rosamunde Pilcher and Daphne Du Maurier to the movies and TV shows like Poldark- where the Cornish landscape that rises and falls from the ocean like a heartbeat is a character of its own. Artists like Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson have also favoured the romance of a life lived away from the hustle and bustle, where the light reflected from the sea seems to make everything (and everyone…) just that little bit more beautiful.

Love runs deep through Cornwall’s folk legends too. The tale of the Mermaid of Zennor sees a beautiful mermaid living in a cove beneath the windswept cliffs and moors of the North Cornwall coast. She falls in love with a local man who dives into the ocean to live with her happily ever after. Some say that those with sharp hearing can still hear them singing their song at sunset from the cliffs that overlook the water…

Romance blossoms within the famous Cornish gardens, and the first day of Spring is heralded by The Great Gardens of Cornwall – but only when each of their champion Magnolia Campbelli trees have 50 blooms each. Spring usually arrives in Cornwall much earlier than the rest of the UK due to the milder climate. Trebah Gardens in Mawnan Smith, Tregothnan, Trewidden, Trewithen, Caerhays Castle Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan each have one of these Magnolia trees. The first day of Spring has rather romantically fallen upon St Valentine’s Day for a few years now.

For a romantic night out in Cornwall the food and drink scene here is ideal. Head along to Indidog in Falmouth for a harbour view, or settle down at Hooked on The Rocks overlooking Swanpool Beach for seafood. If you are lucky enough to secure tickets to a feast night at The Hidden Hut or Nancarrow Farm you’re sure to make memories that last forever.

Poets, philosophers and playwrights have argued about love for as long as can be, yet the only thing they seem to decide upon is that when time, place and that most special person collide it can feel like magic. In honor of St Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a list of five of our most romantic properties that are perfect for retreating to with the person that you love.

The Giggle

The Giggle One Bedroom Dog Friendly Apartment in Falmouth

Nestled in the heart of Falmouth, The Giggle is a romantic one-bedroom dog-friendly apartment with nods to nautical elements running through it’s beautiful interior. Snug and cosy, the harbour and restaurants of Falmouth lie right on the doorstep.

The Boat House

The Boat House Port Navas Modern One Bedroom Studio Cottage on the Creekside.

A contemporary retreat set into the creekside in Port Navas, away from the hustle and bustle. The Boat house was previously an inspiring artists studio and provides a blissful escape for couples who want a Cornish holiday cottage with a twist.

Chy an Dour

Chy an Dour romantic cottage in Durgan on the Helford River

Being just a few steps away from the beach at Durgan makes Chy an Dour a perfect holiday home for a romantic break in Cornwall. Sit beside the water in the evening wrapped cosy in a blanket and share a bottle of your favourite wine at sundown…

Fisher’s Hut

Fishers Hut Cornwall Glamping

Our first foray into the world of wild glamping, Fisher’s Hut offers guests a way to escape into the Cornish wilderness. Sit beside the firepit under a blanket of stars and fall in love with one another all over again.

Shearwater

Shearwater romantic holiday home right on the quayside in port navas overlooking the Helford River

What could be more soothing than the water lapping against the quay as you cosy up beside the wood burner in this picture perfect cottage in Port Navas? There’s even a mooring in the event that you want to take a romantic boat trip out to Frenchman’s Creek.

Take a look at our collection of romantic cottages, and have a very happy Valentines Day.

A winter evening in Durgan on the Helford River

January 20, 2020 No Comments

As a winters day draws to a close, a hush envelops the Helford. The only sounds are those of waves rocking pebbles on the shore and a cormorant splashing as he catches dinner in the last of the light.

All year round, the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River has an enchanting draw- nestled as it is against the water, cocooned by woodland. Durgan was originally a collection of fisherman’s cottages, and protected from over development by the hard work of the National Trust, it timelessly remains one of the most idyllic waterside villages in Cornwall with just 17 properties.

Guests staying at our cottages in Durgan often regale us with stories of swims before bed or of taking their morning coffee down to the water, enjoying the peace and quiet before the day ahead.

Upriver from Durgan you’ll find the villages of Helford Passage and Helford, along with various inlets and creeks like Frenchman’s Creek, made famous by Daphne Du Maurier in her novel of the same name.

On a clear evening the crisp light that you only see in winter makes marvels out of the everyday, and even things like lobster-pots become beautiful. The waters of the Helford River run clear even in the winter.

The occasional walker will pass by with a nod and a smile as if to say ‘we are both here, both so lucky’… and aren’t we just.

Holidays on the Helford River are inspiring and rejuvenating all year round. To see our cottages in Durgan, click here and start planning your holiday to this beautiful and secluded part of Cornwall.

2020 Bank Holidays in Cornwall

January 10, 2020 No Comments
Children and a dog running through the woods at the Calamansac Estate in Cornwall on the Helford River near Falmouth.

We’re all back into the swing of things after the Christmas holidays and coming around to the idea of it being a whole new decade. One of the lovely things about early January (when our New Year’s resolutions are still clear in our minds) is looking forward to what the year ahead will bring. Spring lies just around the corner and 2020 is set to be one very exciting year!

For many of us filling in our new calendars, we’ll be jotting down dates and starting to get excited about the many bank holidays coming up in the New Year. There are eight bank holidays in England and Wales this year, and those planning a holiday to Cornwall might want to think about booking over a bank holiday weekend to take advantage of an extra day without taking away from their annual leave.

In Cornwall, the bank holidays often mean getting outdoors and a day on the beach might be just the thing we need.

During the Easter weekend we can start to see Cornwall beginning to blossom, and in May the two bank holidays serve as a taste of the long summer holidays that lie ahead. Our bank holidays offer precious time to wind down with loved ones and enjoy some adventure time.

Visitors to Cornwall for the early May Bank Holiday, which takes place on a Friday this year, will enjoy the fact that it falls on Helston Flora Day. This dancing festival dates to pre-Christian times as a way to welcome in the summer. Dancers line the streets and even dance in and out of houses!

Falmouth’s Fal River Festival falls this year upon the late May Spring Bank Holiday. This ten-day celebration is a community festival with over 150 events varying from the Arts to gig racing.

See below a list of UK Bank Holidays for 2020, and start planning your holiday in Cornwall!

  • 1st January 2020 – New Years Day
  • 10th April 2020 – Good Friday
  • 13th April 2020 – Easter Monday
  • 8th May 2020 – Early May Bank Holiday (VE Day)
  • 25th May 2020 – Spring Bank Holiday
  • 31st August 2020 – Summer Bank Holiday
  • 25th December 2020 – Christmas Day
  • 28th December 2020 – Boxing Day (substitute day)

Whilst you have your calendars and diaries are open, make a note of these other key dates in the Cornish Calendar, and plan your holiday accordingly!

  • Valentine’s Day: Thursday 14 February 
  • St Piran’s Day: Thursday 5 March
  • St Patrick’s Day: Sunday 17 March
  • Mothering Sunday: Sunday 31 March
  • St George’s Day: Tuesday 23 April
  • Father’s Day: Sunday 16 June
  • Halloween: Thursday 31 October 
  • Bonfire Night: Tuesday 5 November

Christmas in Cornwall

December 20, 2019 No Comments

Christmas is in full swing here at Cornish Holiday Cottages HQ, we thought we would share with you a few of our favourite things to do in Cornwall this time of year as well as some of the local food and drink we will be treating ourselves to this holiday season. Wherever you are this Christmas, be it Cornwall or somewhere else, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Food and Drink

An image of the Star and Garter in Falmouth lit up for Christmas
The Star and Garter in Falmouth

Tinkture Cornish Gin

Presented in a beautiful glass apothecary bottle, Tinkture Cornish Gin is handcrafted in the South West using organically grown David Austin Roses – yes you heard correctly! This delicate pink gin is certainly going on our Christmas list this year, and you’ll find it served in delicious cocktails at The Star and Garter on the High Street. Any gin-lovers to buy for this year? Why not treat them to one of Tinkture’s limited-edition gin filled baubles? The bottles are perfect to keep and upcycle into something beautiful or why not refill with a Tinkture refill gin pouch?  

Chocolarder

Anyone who knows us will tell you that we love chocolate. Local artisan chocolatiers, Chocolarder have created what can only be described as chocolate slabs of goodness, in more ways than one! Their 72% Ashaninka Dark chocolate is delicious and about as ethical as you can get, fairly traded, vegan, and produced in partnership with rainforest charity Cool Earth.

Stones Bakery

Stones Bakery is our go-to bakery for anything from their own homemade artisan breads, cakes and even delicious hand stretched pizzas. We can’t walk past this festive season without popping in for a coffee and one of their homemade mince pies!

Things to Do

An image of Falmouth High street with Christmas lights in the snow and children playing the the snow
Festive scenes in Falmouth

Christmas at Trelissick

The National Trust’s Trelissick House and Gardens are full of colour this Christmas. Wander the halls and rooms of this beautiful Georgian House, adorned with festive decorations and be transported to Christmas time in a bygone era. Wrap up warm and take a stroll through the estate’s woodland garden, with trees a-glow it looks truly breath-taking.

Mousehole Christmas Lights

If there is ever an excuse to get into the festive spirit, take a trip to one of Cornwall’s most picturesque fishing villages for a spectacular Christmas lights display. Illuminated figures including boats, Christmas trees, sea creatures and, of course, the Mousehole Cat – take to the water in a magnificent display which lights up the harbour, attracting visitors from far and wide.

If you’re in Cornwall for New Year and looking for more of a low-key way to celebrate, the harbour will still be alight. Take to the beach to toast in the new year, or duck into a nearby pub for a celebratory glass!

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Get inspired by Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum Cornwall and it’s festive Lights and Lanterns take on Christmas this year. Learn how to make macramé lanterns or help to create a flotilla of paper lit boats at the museum’s Christmas workshops. Alongside the festive fun, don’t miss out on wandering through the Museum’s 15 galleries and take a trip to the lookout tower for those extra special panoramic views over Falmouth.

Princess Pavilion

Get swept up in this festive Cornish version of the classic tale of Long John Silver, naughty pirates and of course, buried treasure! Brought to you by Miracle Theatre and showing at The Princess Pavilion in Falmouth, this is one for the whole family to revel!

Foraging walk on Gyllyngvase Beach

Are you here on 28th December? Turn a winter beach walk into something spectacular and let Matt from Cornish Wild Food lead you on an unforgettable wild winter forage along Gyllyngvase Beach. Learn about different edible plants and seaweed that embellish our Cornish coastline. You may even finish your exploration with a delicious wild feast using the collective goods found on your adventure!

Falmouth’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

Pendennis Castle’s New Year’s Eve firework display is not one to be missed. If you are staying in Falmouth over the New Year you might choose to hunker down in one of our waterside homes with a bottle of bubbly and revel from afar. Certainly, some of us will be wrapping up warm and heading out to find ourselves the perfect viewpoint, maybe we will see you for a mulled wine!

Things to do in Cornwall this Winter

December 14, 2019 No Comments
An early morning scene from Swanpool Beach of people walking. Pendennis Castle and St Anthony lighthouse appear in the background through sea-mist.
A winter walk in Falmouth.

Oh Cornwall! Famed for sandy beaches and temperate climate. We’re all familiar with visions and memories of Cornwall during the summer, but in winter when the crowds disperse there’s a magic to the landscape. We’re in love with Cornwall whatever the weather, so read on below for our list of the very best things to do in Cornwall this winter.

1.Walks

Cornish folk spend a lot of their time on their feet during the winter, and with the South-West coast path offering over 300 miles of coastline to explore it’s no wonder why! Hike some clifftop walks on the north coast, or visit the calm and sheltered banks of the Helford River.

2. Tate St Ives

Wandering around the newly refurbished Tate St Ives will allow you to look at the Cornish landscape with fresh eyes. The perfect day out for a rainy day in Cornwall. Drink a hot chocolate on the top floor and enjoy wintry views of the sea over the rooftops stretching out towards Godrevy.

3. The Eden Project

Make use of the ice-skating rink at The Eden Project before warming up in the sub-tropical biome. There are few better ways to escape the chill in Cornwall this winter!

4. National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Explore Cornwall from the comfort of this incredible museum in Falmouth, with exhibits on all things maritime certain to delight anyone with even a passing interest in boats.

5. Visit a famous Cornish garden

The famous Cornish Gardens of Trebah, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are wonderful for crisp winter walks in Cornwall. Get lost among the plant life and wonder at what can grow in Cornwall during the winter months.

6. Go storm watching at Porthleven

Images of Portleven make the news at least once each winter, as storms roll in and batter the harbour side in the most dramatic fashion. Watching the waves from the safety of one of the cosy pubs is a firm favourite pastime of ours during the winter, one of our favourite things to do in Cornwall just gets even better when the weather is really wet and windy.

7. Visit the Minack Theatre

Sitting outside in the winter to watch a play might not sound like one of the best things to do in Cornwall this winter, but The Minack is not your normal theatre! Hewn from the cliffs above Porthcurno especially for a performance of ‘The Tempest’, it’s worth a visit even if there’s nothing playing.

8. Have a hot chocolate taste test

With a thriving coffee and cafe scene, we’ve set ourselves the challenge of tasting every hot chocolate in the county. Whilst our final verdict is not yet in, we can say that they always seem to taste better with a great view! Try Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth, or The Unicorn in Porthtowan.

9. Go swimming

Whilst swimming in the sea might be out, Ships and Castles in Falmouth offer a great fun way to get into the water.

10. Watch a film at an independent cinema

The Poly in Falmouth plays a range of movies from old classics to new ones. Visit the Newlyn Film House on your way home after an afternoon in Mousehole.

11. Take a scenic drive

When it’s a bit too windy for a clifftop walk, seeing the dramatic scenery from the road is the second-best thing. Journey from St Ives to St Just along the B3306, stopping off at the Gurnard’s Head for lunch.

12. Visit a country house

Often decked out for Christmas, step into a vision of Cornwall past by visiting a country house. Trelissick and Godolphin are two of the best, looked after by the National Trust. A visit to St Michael’s Mount is an unforgettable experience at any time of year.

11 of the Best Cornish Country Pubs- with fires!

November 6, 2019 No Comments

As the nights draw in and the mercury creeps lower and lower, we’ve enjoyed being reacquainted with one of the loveliest experiences that winter brings, and apparently so have you!

Last week we asked our Instagram followers for recommendations of the best Cornish pubs with a warm fireside, and they sent us their top tips for places to warm up, perhaps after a long walk or a winter dip in the sea.

So without further ado, here are the best pubs in Cornwall with a cosy fireside, as chosen by you!

1. The Gurnards Head, Zennor (or thereabouts)

It’s just outside Zennor, but really the Gurnards head could be in the middle of nowhere. With dramatic cliffs to walk along before settling down, and accessed via one of the most beautiful roads in the UK, you’ll have much to discuss beside the fire.

2. The Pennycomequick, Falmouth

A firm Falmouth favourite with a wonderful fire and a perpetually jolly atmosphere. We love a little snooze in the fireside armchairs after one of their fantastic Sunday lunches, and the fact that our dogs can curl up beside the fire makes it feel even more like home…

3. The Star and Garter, Falmouth

Between us, the team at Cornish Holiday Cottages have spent a few evenings (and afternoons!) cocktail in hand beside this very same woodburner. After a walk along the harbour or a windy boat trip a visit to the Star and Garter in Falmouth is just the tonic…

4. The Ferryboat, Helford Passage

A walk along the Helford River just wouldn’t be complete without stopping into the lovely Ferryboat Inn. A beautifully decorated space with a super fire to warm any cold hands beside.

5. The Trelowarren Arms

Recommended by one of our local neighbors, and affectionately known as the ‘Trelly’, this is a real country pub if ever there was one!

6. The Punchbowl and Ladle, Penelewey

A gorgeous thatched country pub perfect for winding down after a walk around Trelissick, the National Trust property alongside the river Fal. This recently renovated watering hole is perfect for warming up during winter.

7. Harbour Inn, Porthleven

Renowned for bracing winds and crashing waves during the winter, there can be few places where a warm fireside is more necessary than Porthleven!

8. The Victory Inn, St Mawes

Tucked up along one of many opways and alleys in St Mawes, this secret gem might only be familiar to the curious among us. As the oldest pub in St Mawes, and with a cosy fireside to boot, this is a great place to pop into after a ferry ride over from Falmouth.

9. The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith

Luckily for us this 15th Century pub is a very short walk from our offices – we can see it’s thatched roof and chimney from our desks!

10. The Royal Standard, Flushing

A perfect place to stop off and warm up after a walk along the banks of the River Fal, with great food too!

11. The Pandora Inn, Restronguet

Popular throughout the summer for an incredible pontoon for dining at sunset, the Pandora Inn cannot be overlooked during the winter months. With flagstone floors and low beams, this traditional thatched Cornish pub is a cosy delight.

If there is somewhere extra special that we’ve missed, of you would like to join the conversation and let us know what you think, we’ve love to hear from you! Let us know on instagram – @cornishholidays