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Celebrating 40 years of business

May 2, 2018 No Comments

Cornish Holiday Cottages making memories since 1978

 

Cornish Holiday Cottages based in Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth is celebrating forty years of successfully looking after holiday home owners and holiday guests from all over the world.

‘It was a dream come true for my Gran when she launched the business in 1978,’ says Managing Director, Emily Boriosi. ‘Founder, the late Ruth Austen, started the lettings business with just a clipboard and her trusty Morris Minor,’ says Emily.

 

‘She would drive around collecting rental payments in cash and greeting each guest personally, often chatting for so long that husband Tony would joke that he had to send out a search party! Ruth’s beliefs and values are still at the core of Cornish Holiday Cottages to this day: kind, compassionate, honest, knowledgeable and with a passion for delivering excellent customer service’.

 

Ruth handed over the reins aged 82 when Emily bought out the business. ‘She was ready, reluctantly, to take on a gentler pace of life,’ says Emily.

 

And those traditional family and business values have continued with Emily and her team from their offices in the Mawnan Smith village, in the heart of the area they cover, with expansion over the last 14 years to a portfolio of almost 90 high-end holiday homes in the Falmouth and Helford River.

 

‘In the past forty years not much has changed in terms of the ambience of Falmouth town or the unspoilt beauty of the Helford River,’ says Emily. ‘However, holiday homes have evolved considerably to reflect guests’ desire for supremely comfortable, well-appointed and beautifully decorated abodes with wonderful features such as stunning sea views, large gardens, games rooms, wood-burners and contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.

 

‘We are pleased and proud to celebrate our 40th anniversary and also excited about the future as the area grows in both size and popularity. Gran would have been so excited at achieving this milestone anniversary and in promoting a place and business she loved so much.’

 

‘Customer needs are at the heart of everything we do’ Emily adds ‘some of our guests have stayed more than 30 times and revisit year after year in the same property. They know the family business well, they trust us, and many even remember Ruth and have shared their memories with us’.

 

For more information please contact Cornish Holiday Cottages on 01326 250339

www.cornishholidaycottages.net

Sweet dreams are made of this

March 24, 2018 No Comments

A good night’s sleep is so important. The healing effects of sleep are just like a holiday in Cornwall – it reduces stress, makes you more alert, bolsters your memory and helps your body to repair.  At Cornish Holiday Cottages we work hard to make sure all our beds (over three hundred of them) are cosy and comfortable to make sure you achieve the best rest and relaxation during your break.

As March is ‘National Bed Month’ we wanted to share a selection of some of our most unique bedrooms and comfiest beds from our portfolio.

Sunrise, Falmouth Bay

 

Time and time again our guests tell us about the sumptuous super king bed and luxurious linen at this dreamy holiday apartment just behind Gylly Beach. The view of the sun rising above the beach opposite is spectacular. The only question is, will you be able to leave the cosy comfort of your bed to view the sun rise for yourself? Just five more minutes…

Upper Deck, Port Navas

Upper Deck, a boutique waterside apartment in Port Navas, was completely renovated last year and it is the perfect base for anyone looking to escape the hustle the bustle. The master bedroom has a king-size bed with stunning uninterrupted views of the creek. Plan a holiday here for lazy mornings, with a good book and watch the world float by your window.

Fisher’s Hut, Falmouth

If you like a holiday with a sense of adventure, then Fisher’s Hut is perfect for you. Based on the style of a Shepherd’s Hut the compact and bijou space has a bespoke double bed plus a second narrow single. Currently, there is no television at Fisher’s Hut, so, why not go one step further, switch off phones and go completely off-grid. Imagine nights by the firepit, marvelling in the star show above and waking to sound of bird song.

The Boat House, Port Navas

Perfect for a romantic break for two, The Boat House is in an idyllic waterside location on the creek side of Port Navas. The mezzanine sleeping area has a king size bed and wonderful views through the trees. The wood burner in the sitting room means this wonderful retreat is comfortable and cosy all year round.

Carrick Treath, Feock

Carrick Treath is a beautiful and unique holiday home enjoying fabulous uninterrupted views of the water of the Carrick Roads even from the bedroom. Just meters from the beach the whole house is finished to a high standard and the bedrooms are no exception.

Treviades Melyn

If you love the great outdoors, then Treviades Melyn is the perfect base for you.  The large, south-facing, landscaped gardens are a wonderful space for the family and can be enjoyed from the master bedroom. High vaulted ceilings, wooden floors and a Juliet balcony make it the perfect space to rest and relax while enjoying elevated views over the rolling countryside.

Work Experience Week: Meet Iris

March 23, 2018 No Comments

Hello my name is Iris and I have been at Cornish Holiday Cottages for a week doing my work experience. It has been very interesting and a new experience for me; going on photo shoots and researching new ideas. I have recently been interested in interior design and thought this company would be a good start to a possible future career.

 

Monday: On Monday I got a taste of what the company does. In the morning Emily asked me to make a list of my ideas about two properties they let. I decided which colours and props I liked and disliked in both properties and wrote down any changes and improvements I thought would be necessary. It was a good opportunity for me to analyse a property and list some ideas of my own. Later that day I had a look on other letting businesses and what their photos looked like for their properties to see if I liked their style.

 

Tuesday: On Tuesday I visited a property near Maenporth called Tregullow. The views here were amazing. You could see right across the bay with the sun beaming down on the water. It was magical. In the house Becca and I did a shoot of the rooms to replace the old photos on the website. I really enjoyed setting the table and moving objects around to create a style that’s fit for the clients and customers. When we finished I wrote a quick shopping list for the upcoming photo shoots later on in the week.

 

Wednesday: On Wednesday I went to a photo shoot at ‘Treviades Melyn’ with my supervisor Emily and the photographer Anthony Greenwood. Here I learnt how long it actually takes to get a perfect photo of one room. It was worth it in the end. All the pictures were great and really captured the essence of the house and made it feel very welcoming. My job was to decide the throws and flowers that went into each room and I helped lay the kitchen table with food, plates, drinks and more.  It was really interesting learning how you see outside a window in a photo. You have to take many pictures gradually getting darker to allow you to see out the window. Then you merge all the photos together to create one perfect photo with all the correct lighting and exposures.

 

Thursday: On Thursday we finished the shoot at Treviades Melyn and then moved onto the next property, Calamansac West Wing. This property sits on fifty acres of land including a private beach and ancient woodland. The house itself is a great building with many facilities. The shoot went really well and we got it done in time. All rooms were easy to work with and we got some great shots. Plus, I got to eat some of the food we used on the kitchen table after we took the photos which was a bonus!

 

Friday: Today I am writing this blog to put on the website and so far I think it sounds okay. This week has been a great experience and I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else. All the staff are lovely and looked after me really well. The business in general is very welcoming. So thanks to everyone at the Cornish Holiday Cottages for having me and trying so hard to make this week enjoyable. I have had a great time and I’ve learnt so much in the last week.

Booking with us is easy, quick and secure!

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

Anvower

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

Gwel-an-Heylyn

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:

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Espressini

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

Potager

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.

Provedore

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.