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March 13, 2018 No Comments

We no longer charge any handling fees for using a personal credit or debit card when paying for your holiday with us (commercial and international credit cards are 1.96%). This new ruling came into force on 13.01.18.

While many holiday companies are charging a booking or admin fee to cover this additional business cost we have decided to absorb these charges. We won’t charge a booking or admin fee and we haven’t increased our prices so there’s never been a better time to book your break with us.

Call us for a chat on 01326 250339 or book online.


Cornish Holiday Cottages’ Team Photo Shoot at Trebah Gardens

March 8, 2018 No Comments

2018 is a big year for Cornish Holiday Cottages as it marks forty years since Emily’s grandmother started the company from her spare bedroom at West Bay, Maenporth. Here we are, all these years on, with an office in the square in Mawnan Smith, a portfolio of nearly ninety unique holiday homes and a team of six plus Mingo the dog.

To celebrate the anniversary we have some exciting treats coming up, so please do follow us on social media and make sure you are signed up to our newsletter here.

You know us as your local holiday home agent, specialising in the Falmouth and Helford River area, however how much do you really know about our individual team members? As part of  celebrating our heritage and sharing our story with you, we have redesigned our ‘about us’ section and we are soon to launch a ‘meet the team’ page… Which means we need new photos!

When thinking about the perfect place to use as a location for the portraits it was a no brainer really Trebah Gardens is a favourite of all of us here in the office and has a wonderful variety of natural backdrops, plus it is in the heart of the area we focus on.

Here are some behind the scene photographs.

With huge thanks to the Trebah Gardens Team for their warm hospitality and to Anthony Greenwood for his professionalism and good humour!

Easter Hunt Best Picks for 2018

February 21, 2018 No Comments

Chocolate eggs at the ready! We’ve put together some of the best gardens and houses (British weather eh?) for an Easter Egg hunt, so bring your baskets and hop down to Cornwall this Easter.


Weir Point Stables

Plenty of garden to hide those eggs, just don’t put them too close to the coastal footpath or you might lose some to the passing public!

Best hiding spot: There are some lovely old trees, hide some eggs in their bark.

See Weir Point Stables

Acorn Cottage

A proper cottage garden, plenty of flower beds and pots perfect for hiding those eggs. If it is a rainy day then there are lots of nooks inside for hiding too.

Best hiding spot: The garden has some great spots, try the stone path as people don’t often look down.

See Acorn Cottage

The Coach House

Plenty of space inside and out at The Coach House, in fact you will have to choose one area of the 10-acre garden or you could be there for some time searching for those eggs.

Best hiding spot: Well its got to be the garden, just make sure you leave a couple for Bob the grounds keeper.

See The Coach House


Little ones love the garden at Anvower, the covered soft play area with sensory garden will mean you can have your outside egg hunt come rain or shine.

Best hiding spot: The garden has lots of fences, plants and walls perfect for hiding eggs.

See Anvower

Pumpkin Cottage

A house made for egg hunts, plenty of nooks and crannies at Pumpkin Cottage to hide those colourful chocolate eggs!

Best hiding spot: Try and balance some eggs on the stone walls

See Pumpkin Cottage

Nancenoy Farmhouse

Another house perfect for an egg hunt, get creative with your hiding places both inside and out.

Best hiding spot: The kitchen has lots of places perfect for an egg hunt.

See Nancenoy Farmhouse


Grown-up getaways for Valentine’s

February 2, 2018 No Comments

With our busy lives is there a more romantic gift than taking time out with a break away? With its secluded creeks, sandy beaches and mild climate, Cornwall is the ideal choice for a Valentine’s getaway.

From traditional Cornish cottages, spacious townhouses and contemporary coastal apartments, Cornish Holiday Cottages have the perfect match for you and your other half. Imagine surprising your Valentine with an impromptu weekend away, a bottle of chilled wine, chocolates and some alone time.

Wood burners and roaring fires add to the romantic atmosphere and make everything even more cosy away from the February weather outside. Just right for a snuggle on the sofa with a good book or an old black and white movie on the tv.

Location is an important decision to make too. We have cottages tucked deep in the Cornish countryside on the banks of pretty creeks with rural pubs serving hearty grub. There are also sea view holiday homes in the heart of Falmouth with its selection of award-winning independent restaurants right on your doorstep.


Let us help you find your perfect romantic getaway. Here’s a list to inspire you:

The Boat House

The Brig


The Little Garage

Fisher’s Hut

The Old School Room

Rose Cottage 3

The Well House

Summer in Cornwall

January 30, 2018 No Comments


I’ll be 40 this year and with a young family, I am often caught trying to emulate my magical childhood summers spent on beaches on the Helford River. Of all that I can remember of being little, these are by far the strongest recollections I have.

The smell of freshly caught mackerel cooking on a barbeque instantly transports me back to those long, light evenings on Grebe beach, where a group of friends and I would be skimming stones and clambering boundlessly on the rocks, while the adults would languish on rugs on the beach and sup on red wine and get that little bit louder as the evening went on.

My Mum, partner, brother, dogs and I would spend the afternoon slipping and sliding on the shingly beach, splashing about in the clear blue sea and relishing in each other’s company, with not a care in the world. As daylight fell a crowd would form, a bonfire would be lit and the delicious treats would start to be cooked. Oh how I still love now, to be under the starlit sky, with flip-flops, damp hair and a cosy sweater – with my skin glowing from the heat of the day.

What gives me most pleasure now though is to create these moments for my children (10 and 7), who in a digitally challenged world, are transported to the same off the grid world on the Helford, where there’s little mobile signal, limited 4G and the only things that matter are life’s simple pleasures and our beautiful, natural world.

A few crab lines and a pack of bacon provides hours of entertainment, whoops of delight and unadulterated joy for small people. Sure I remember grumbling as a child, about having to walk back up to the car, but I think that was more about not wanting the evening to end.

So here’s to many more warm beach days with our loved ones. Magic.

Nadelik Lowen – A Cornish Christmas

December 11, 2017 No Comments

Between us, the team at Cornish Holiday Cottages have celebrated over 100 Cornish Christmases so we thought we’d share some of our best tips of what makes this time of year so special in the county. We’ve got some ideas for guests staying with us leading up to and over the festive period and some suggestions to welcome some Cornish flavour into your home even if you can’t stay with us this year.

Mingo at Christmas

What to eat and drink?

It’s not all pasties and cream teas (but, let’s face it, you can’t beat a good steak pasty after a coastal walk) Cornwall has a huge selection of top quality, local produce with tasty ingredients to make your Christmas the best ever!

Cornish Food Boxes have a simple aim to make it easy to for everyone to buy Cornish food and drink. Take a look at their website where they have a selection of delicious goodies available for your Christmas treats including Cornish turkeys, Baker Tom’s Christmas pudding and Berryman’s panettone. We were lucky enough to have a taster of Berryman’s panettone, mince pies and gingerbread in the office this earlier this week and we can confirm they are delicious.

If you fancy pushing the boat out with your festive tipple you can’t go wrong with Camel Valley, Cornwall’s biggest vineyard. We love their Pinot Noir Brut. It’s the perfect treat for this special occasion and you’ll be in good company, it was served at the Queens State banquet in July in honour of the King and Queen of Spain.

Cornish Orchards have a tantalizing selection of cider and apple juices. Their Wassail Cider is a delicious alternative to mulled wine. Serve it warm and enjoy the aromatic brew of cider and apple juice, infused with spices cosied up in front of the fire.

Bailey’s Country store in Penryn stock both Camel Valley and Cornish Orchards as well as products from over 60 local artisan produce.

Where to go?

Nothing says Christmas more than the warm glow of Christmas lights. Of course, Mousehole Christmas lights are probably the most famous and draw thousands of spectators every year. But the whole of the county seems to come alight at this time of year and all the towns and villages go all out.

The little village of Mawnan Smith near the Helford River, the home of our office, is looking really pretty this year and well worth an evening stroll if you are staying in the area.

Angarrack, near Hayle, is another small village with a big display. The whole community joins in to create an amazing display including seven swans a swimming on the river and a partridge in a pear tree.

The city of Truro also host a spectacular display. Make sure you visit the cathedral to see the shimmering tree outside. There are carol concerts planned at the cathedral throughout December – full details can be found on their what’s on page.

If you are in Cornwall next weekend, Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th December, then a trip to Pendennis Castle is a must. Fireside tales, music and dancing plus find your perfect present from the range of craft and gift stalls.

What to give?

Need to buy some last-minute gifts? Cream Cornwall have a fabulous shop in Falmouth. They specialise in luxury homewares inspired by the beauty of Cornwall. Cream Cornwall conjures up images of windswept moors and maritime, cliffs and coastline, cottages and clotted cream. They have stocking fillers and perfect presents under £20, as well as some very special gifts if you fancy a splurge.

Poppy Treffry products are all handmade in Cornwall offering something unique and beautifully made. We love the Christmas seagull dingly, dangly decoration.

Made for Life by Spiezia Organics produce organic skincare that nourishes your body both inside and out. They offer skincare for men, women and baby.

Wherever you are and whatever you do, we wish you a very Happy Christmas from us all at Cornish Holiday Cottages.

Where to find a good coffee

November 25, 2017 No Comments

Have you heard the news? Three coffee’s a day are good for your health, that’s happy news for an office of coffee drinkers.

Here are a few of our favourite places for coffee near us:



Taking coffee loving to another level, choose from different beans and get a yummy cake to match.


Sit by the log burner in the greenhouse and sip on your delicious coffee. The perfect place to read the paper or catch up with friends.


Delicious coffee in a lovely cosy café, try their latte bowl.

Wild Vibes

Based on the edge of Argal Reservoir, great coffee and views go hand in hand. This is also a great spot for a dog walk.

Cornish Maid

For a hearty Cornish welcome visit Sarah at the maid. Locally made cakes and coffee made with love.

And if you want to make some good coffee at home, why not buy some locally roasted Yallah coffee beans from just down the road.

Bonfire Night

November 1, 2017 No Comments


Bonfire night, dragging us away from the warmth of our homes and out into the starry night.

There is always such a lovely atmosphere no matter where you are. In Falmouth there is a large bonfire with fire works at the Cricket Club, organised by the Falmouth Fire Fighters. For a smaller affair The Ferry Boat Inn have their fireworks on the beach, this year they promise sweet treats including toffee apples – yum.


Returning home to a delicious meal always helps after all that fun, and there are lots of interesting meal ideas for bonfire night. Jamie Oliver’s smokey baked beans are sure to warm the cockles, and don’t forget the marshmallows for the fire, why not try making you own this year with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s recipe.



Family half term fun come rain or shine!

October 19, 2017 No Comments


The October half term holiday will soon be upon us and the children are desperate for a break from school.  We’re big fans on getting outside and love rounding the children up and taking them on an adventure in the fresh air.

We know there’s no guarantee with the weather but don’t let the rain spoil your plans. A rainy day doesn’t have to mean sitting inside trying to wrestle screens from the families’ hands.

A bracing rainy coastal walk can be an exhilarating experience but may not appeal to young children or teens. So, here is our guide to Family Rainy Days Out. You’ll find inspiration for local attractions to visit and cheaper/free suggestions too.

Many museums are undercover and free to enter. Museums can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences and these days, many of them have interactive exhibits and hands-on play activities so children can take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore at their own curiosities.

Have you taken the children out on rainy days? Let us know your favourite rainy days out in a comment below!

Raze The Roof– Fantastic indoor soft play area in Penryn. http://razetheroof.co.uk/

Granite Planet – Climbing centre http://www.gpclimbing.com

Eden Project – provides many undercover places to enjoy. Roald Dahl’s Halloweden is a must visit this half-term  http://www.edenproject.com/

National Maritime Museum – Lots of summer activities & performances at the fascinating and inspiring maritime museum https://nmmc.co.uk/

Mounthawk Skatepark– Indoor skateboarding, scooting and BMX playground. https://www.mounthawkeskatepark.com/

Tate St Ives – Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery situated overlooking the Atlantic ocean. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

One to Eleven -This is a great indoor play area for one to eleven-year olds which is open 360 days of the year. http://www.one2eleven.co.uk/

Crabbing Spots– Ferry Boat Inn Pontoon, Mylor Harbour, Port Navas Quay, The Pandora Inn.



Kitchens where meals and memories are made

October 3, 2017 No Comments

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and we couldn’t agree more.

It’s always exciting to experience local restaurants on holiday and Cornwall has its fair share of the best, from country pubs with roaring fires, fine dining and stunning beach front cafes.

Yet, there is still something very special about the whole family preparing, cooking and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal together and it seems so much more fun to cook on holiday.

If you’re planning a large group-getaway or a romantic couples retreat, here’s a selection of our holiday homes with kitchens that make cooking a special occasion.

When you’ve found your perfect holiday home we recommend talking to The Cornish Food Box Company. They have hundreds of Cornish products including fruit and veg, fish, meat and dairy which they will pack and deliver direct to your door.

Eat. Drink. Enjoy!

Perfect for large groups:

Calamansac East Wing


East Wing sleeps up to 11 people and the glorious open plan kitchen with granite worktops, two electric cookers and hobs plus two dishwashers is the perfect room for entertaining. After a delicious home cooked meal head into the playroom for fun and games, including two RS Barcelona Ping-Pong tables, piano, library, games, indoor swing and comfortable seating area.

Nancenoy Farmhouse


New to our portfolio in 2017, Nancenoy Farmhouse is a beautiful country cottage full of charm and character which extends to the kitchen. Sleeping 7 people it has a traditional Aga and log burner for the winter months along with big comfy sofas and a Nespresso coffee machine… bliss.

The Coach House


Originally build in 1904 as a coach house and stables, The Coach House is now a stunning, contemporary home in an idyllic position within The Trerose Estate. Perfect for up to 8 people the kitchen is a vast room with solid wood cupboards, two under counter fridges and two ovens, the perfect place to feed a crowd.

Grown-up Getaways:

Kerensa an Mor

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Another new property to the portfolio in 2017. The no expense spared interior of Kerensa an Mor exudes a feel of calmness and quality. The spacious kitchen with AGA and separate cooker and hob will appeal to keen cooks while everyone will enjoy dining on the sunny terrace.

Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven. Falmouth. Holiday-0335

With open vaulted ceilings and quirky interior the state of the art kitchen has breath-taking sea views of Falmouth Harbour. The kitchen is high-tech with black gloss units and wonderfully capacious drawers. Perfect for two couples.

Pumpkin Cottage

pumpkin cottage. selfcatering. mawnan (51 of 86)

Picturesque charm with a modern powder blue electric AGA in a large open plan kitchen/dining room, just perfect for a family get together. Pumpkin Cottage offers everything you need from your holiday home.


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Don’t be fooled by the elegant outer façade of this Edwardian period property. The interior is surprisingly contemporary, spacious with underfloor heating throughout. The quality of the fixtures and fittings are second to none.


Universally Accessible:

Calamansac Sail Loft


Guest comfort is paramount at The Sail Loft. If you have a mobility impairment this is the house for you. Equally if you are completely able bodied and looking for a five star retreat close to the sailing waters of the Helford River, two private beaches and fifty acres of meadow garden and woodland then this is also the place for you.

The kitchen is fully accessible, u-shaped with Corian work tops and a NEFF ‘slip and slide’ fan oven. The worktop and sink are capable of being lowered and raised to suit the user’s preference.

The Sail Loft really does cater for your every need.


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