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Introducing… The Old Kiln in Port Navas

August 21, 2019 No Comments
A waterside Holiday Home in the Helford River, Near Falmouth in Cornwall available to let with Cornish Holiday Cottages

One of the newest properties in our portfolio is a unique renovated Lime Kiln in Port Navas.

A modern masterpiece of design with an extraordinary history dating back to the 1800’s, The Old Kiln has recently been restored and is now a truly breathtaking waterside holiday home sleeping up to 6 people.

We here at Cornish Holiday Cottages are delighted to be able to offer this property for your next holiday on the Helford River in Cornwall.

The Old Kiln was formerly a working Victorian lime kiln, accessed by boat via passage up and down the river. Reshaped in 1968 by a female architect from a commission by the then owner Mrs Shaw, a Cornish Bard who worked as a missionary in Angola at the time. Dear Mrs Shaw lived largely in solitude in the house on the creek up until she passed away in her 90’s. During this time the sole access was unbelievably via a very steep, ladder like staircase, which the current architects have incorporated elements of into the double bedroom, an homage to her long service and fascinating relationship to the building.

The Old Kiln has now emerged from its current cocoon as an exceptional boutique holiday home for up to six.

Floor to ceiling windows within the vast open plan living area bring the activity of the creek indoors, a delight to watch pass by. Tiling from Fired Earth ensures your interior view is just as good-looking as the exterior.

A large balcony runs along the full width of the building and wrapping round the western perimeter is a considerable decking area with seating and a BBQ. To the rear of the house is an enchanting garden with river views and a captivating array of trees. 

The Old Kiln is available to book for holidays. Although if you stay be prepared – you may never want to leave….

The view from a waterside Holiday Home in the Helford River, Near Falmouth in Cornwall available to let with Cornish Holiday Cottages

The Old Kiln in the Press

Wild Swimming in Cornwall

August 2, 2019 No Comments

During these warm months, windows are open to tempt a breeze and here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we are looking at creative ways to keep cool.

Recent talk of the health benefits of wild swimming has brought about a new appreciation for our closeness to beautiful bodies of water. It seems strange to call it ‘wild swimming’, when for so many of us living in the Falmouth and Helford river area it’s simply ‘swimming’. Such is the way of life here in Cornwall, that it is routine to take to the ocean before or after work, during lunchbreaks, or when really you just meant to exercise the dog.

To be in the water is to be untethered. Phone, wallet and keys left on the shore allow a rare opportunity to simply be.

We can only tell you of the incredible feeling swimming in open water brings and urge you to be brave – after that initial chill you’ll find your muscles soothed, circulation increased, your mind clear and your soul revitalised. Below are a few of our recommendations of our favourite ‘wild swimming’ spots in Cornwall.

An evening at Maenporth

1. Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

At first light on Gyllyngvase Beach, you’ll see swimmers of all ages taking to the water before work or school, the bravest of the bunch swimming all year round, even through the depths of winter. Some swim for companionship, others are solitary swimmers having a moment of escape. Gyllyngvase Beach offers safety in the water with an RNLI lifeguard during the summer months.  Go as early as you can for maximum atmosphere.

2. Grebe Beach, Helford River

The Helford River provides many a sheltered spot for swimming and it’s branching topography results in places for the water to reach warm temperatures. Grebe Beach close to Durgan holds a special place in many of our hearts. A favourite for a sundowner BBQ and a swim of an evening.

3. Maenporth, Near Falmouth

Maenporth beach with it’s golden sands is perfectly positioned to catch the very best of the sunlight rising over the horizon in the morning. Or with the Maen Valley behind creating the perfect channel for the evening sun to filter through, there are few places better than here for sheltered swimming in the ocean.

4. Castle Beach, Falmouth

For a peaceful dip within walking distance from your holiday home in Falmouth, the little coves to the left of Castle Beach are perfection, facing south to allow you to bask in sunlight after you exit the water.

5. Nansidwell Beach, Mawnan Smith

At high tide here the unique landscape creates calm, clear shallow waters (apart from in an easterly) and wonderful views over to Falmouth, with the lighthouse of St Anthony Head visible on the horizon.

The beach opposite Pedn Billy Boathouse -ideal for wild swimming

As with any outdoor activity, do make sure you are safe whilst you enjoy your wild moment with nature…

Holiday cottages available to rent from us here at Cornish Holiday Cottages which are perfect for a wild swimming holiday in Cornwall are

Ideas for dog friendly days out in Cornwall

June 21, 2019 No Comments

The Falmouth and Helford River area of Cornwall is the perfect place for a day out with your dog and these tips are bound to get tails wagging. In celebration of today being ‘bring your dog to work day’, we’re championing everyday as bring your dog on holiday day! With over 50 dog-friendly properties in the portfolio of Cornish Holiday Cottages and with our resident doggy experts on duty, we’re well qualified to advise you on the very best days out with you and your beloved pet in Cornwall!

Beaches

We are spoilt for choice with beautiful beaches in Cornwall. Long stretches of golden sand with clear waters line the coast. But come the summer, many of them become off limits to our hairy companions.

Luckily, the waters of the Helford are full of little coves and beaches which are dog-friendly all year round. You and your dog can scamper to your hearts content along the 2,000 foot long stretch of sand at Prisk Cove, or the sheltered cove of Port Saxon. Grebe Beach near Mawnan Smith is perfect for a spot of sunbathing, and for a swim with your pet.

Pubs

We Cornish folk have a soft spot for our dogs and our pubs, so we love being able to combine the two with the welcoming dog-friendly places to eat and drink in Cornwall. We love the Pandora Inn outside Mylor near Falmouth, where dogs are welcome to sit outside with owners on a pontoon stretching out onto the water.
The Ferryboat on the banks of the River Helford in the village of Helford Passage is another marvelous option for drinking and dining with your dog in tow. Dogs are allowed inside and outside of the restaurant.
If looking out onto the ocean and the beautiful Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth at sunset appeals, dinner on the terrace at the award winning Gylly Beach café is an absolute must. With outdoor heating and blankets on standby, it’s cosy for everyone even as dusk settles and the moon rises over the ocean.

Walks

The South West coast path. Need we say a single word more? So much of beautiful Cornwall is accessible to walkers via the footpath that hugs the coastline, taking in all of what makes this part of the world truly magic. Walk with your dog along the Roseland Heritage Coast for wonderful views of the sea, or along the Lizard peninsular for dramatic cliffs. The Penwith Heritage Coast provides all the drama and mystery of Poldark country. Not to mention the gentle lanes and pretty paths that criss-cross all along the Helford and Falmouth area. You and your dog will find that there is so much scenery to explore, you’ll simply have to come back year after year to see it all!

Shopping

Sometimes we just need a bit of retail therapy. Here is where the harbourside market town of Falmouth comes into its own. A farmers market on Falmouth Moor every Tuesday, and a market on a Saturday provide ample opportunity. Browse for music at Jam in Falmouth, or search through tomes for a ‘tail’ to read at the dog-friendly Beerwolf Books.

On the Water

Visitors come from far and wide to Cornwall in order to delight in being on the water. With ferries to get from A to B in leisurely style or for a scenic sightseeing trip with your dog, catch one of the many boats departing from Falmouth pier. Perhaps you’ll be bound for a beautiful trip up the Helford river, or set for a lovely day out in beautiful St Mawes for ice cream and fish and chips.

Attractions

Trelissick House and Garden is a dream day out for dogs and owners. Whilst our four-legged friends might not be permitted within the main House and Gardens of this spectacular historical estate on the banks of the River Fal just outside of Falmouth, there are dog walking opportunities aplenty in the acres and acres of historical woodland and meadows. After a scamper around, the wonderful courtyard café has sheltered seating outdoors for you and your best friend to enjoy a cream tea.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the Helford in Gweek allows dogs on leads, so curious pooches can finally get a glimpse of the marine life within the blue waters of the Cornish coast.
Pendennis Castle in Falmouth is run by English Heritage, and allows dogs on leads both indoors and outdoors. With exhibitions on the Tudor history of Cornwall, along with fascinating insights into our maritime past. Great views are to be found from over the battlements to Falmouth bay and the mouth of the river Fal (smaller dogs might need to be picked up to appreciate the views!)

We hope this gives you some idea of just a few wonderful things you and your dog can get up to on your holiday in Cornwall. Don’t forget to browse our pet friendly properties to find a place to snuggle up after your busy days out!

Where will you be this Easter?

March 12, 2019 No Comments

The four day break brings so many possibilities. Why not wake up to birdsong and creek life at the delightful Rocky Waters which nestles on the high bank of Port Navas creek and has an interior so dreamy that you may struggle to leave of a morning.

Rocky Waters at Port Navas

Set off you must though as trigging, on Good Friday is a once a year tradition on the Helford River and so much fun! Bring a spade, a bucket and your wellies and comb the shore at low tide for cockles. Marvel in the direct ‘shore to plate’ food journey and cook them in a little white wine with shallots, pancetta and basil.

Ramble across the cliffs on the Lizard, the UK’s most southerly point and give yourself space to connect with the sea, the sheer beauty of the rugged edges where the land meets the sea and where the power of nature is at its most enchanting. Ann’s Pasties, reportedly the best in the west, will provide sustenance and a warm, full feeling in your tummy, just like the miners of foregone years enjoyed.

The view of Gyllyngvase Beach at Sunrise

Wake up by the beach at Sunrise on Easter Sunday and breakfast the Cornish way with a saffron bun, toasted with hot butter, on the south facing balcony. Stretch those legs along Falmouth seafront and search for shells on the sand. Easter, whatever your ideology, is a time to connect with nature, to be grateful for life’s rich abundance and to be together.


Canine escapades in dog-friendly Falmouth

March 1, 2019 No Comments

Loyal and ever present, my boys and I venture into Falmouth town several times a week to run errands, grab a coffee (me not them) and do some shopping.

Mostly we go the ‘long way round’ and head to Gyllyngvase Beach for a scamper on the beach (them not me – although it has been known!) and we meander our way across the rocks at low tide to Castle Beach. Marvin likes to chase the birds, although at only five months old his lack of sure foot means he some times ends up submerged in a rock pool! Mingo, the Spanish street dog rescue, now aged 6, stays close and together we navigate the textures and variances of the rock below us. What is it that is so satisfying and life affirming about clambering the rocks on low tide? Is it that the ebb and flow of the tide uncovers delights each time it does its thing, or that there’s only a certain window in each 24 hours where access is possible and the knowledge that in just a few hours, all will be at one with the sea again.  Whatever it is we are there, breathing in the essence of the sea and the life force energy.

From Castle Beach we head back along the road a little, passing Port Pendennis Harbour village and the Events Square at Discovery Quay, also the home of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. First stop has to be Espressini for what is undoubtedly the best ‘Flat White’ Falmouth has to offer. (For convenience there is an Espressini at either end of town). I perch on a high stool in the window, with the former, iconic Harbour Commissioners building opposite. Now a pizza/pie/cider restaurant, The Stable; here you and your four legged can delight in some carbs (or a salad if you must) on the ground floor and adjacent to the harbour and Customs House Quay. 

Nearly every trip to Falmouth includes grabbing some provisions from the Natural Store. Organic fruit and vegetables, delicious yoghurts, vegetarian delights and the best chocolate selection in town means I often come out with more than I intended. Mingo and Marvin reside on the front step outside tethered to the dog hook. As I tie them up I pray a postman won’t pass!

Lunch plays out at Good Vibes; Daniel Rossiter and his partner Jade make a brilliant duo. Daniel creates nutritious culinary delights and is always pushing the boundaries with the vegan and gluten free options. Mingo and Marv munch on a homemade doggy biscuit under the table, on high alert for any other scraps that might follow.

As we walk, we meet and greet many, such is the world of dog lovers and friendly Falmouth folk.

Calamansac Floor plans

January 19, 2019 No Comments

East and West Wing on the Calamansac Estate are perfect for larger group getaways and yoga retreats. Here are the floor plans for both wings, when booked separately the play room comes with the East Wing and the doors into it from the West Wing will be locked.

Cornwall Christmas Box 2018

December 18, 2018 No Comments

For the second year running we have donated a box of Christmas goodies to Cornwall Christmas Box. The box included everything a family needs for their Christmas dinner and some extra goodies.

Thank you to Cornwall Christmas Box for collecting and distributing these boxes to people who need them in time for the festive period.
A jaw-dropping 982 boxes have been donated so far.

Reindeer Rice Krispy Cakes

December 7, 2018 No Comments

We’ve been busy preparing for the village lights ‘switch on’ this evening. Each year we offer something for a small donation to raise money for the village lights committee. This year Mel found inspiration online for these fab Reindeer Rice Krispie cakes.

Here is the recipe if you fancy making some this weekend.

What you’ll need:

60g Unsalted butter

3 Tablespoons golden syrup

100g Milk or dark chocolate (cut into small pieces)

90g Rice Krispies

12 Pretzels cut in half through the middle (we have gone for Chocolate coated)

12 Red noses

24 Edible eyes

 

Method:

Melt the chocolate, then stir in the butter and the syrup.

Pour over the Rice Krispies and stir gently until all coated.

Spoon in to 12 bun cases and decorate with your antlers first, then add the eyes and nose.

Leave to cool and enjoy!

We’d love to see photos of your Christmas baking.

Visit the real Poldark country

June 6, 2018 No Comments

The popular BBC1 show, Poldark, returns to our screens this Sunday, 10th June at 9pm.  The series showcases some of Cornwall’s most spectacular rugged landscapes, stunning beaches and historic buildings.

If it’s just too tempting and you feel the yearn to follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps, firstly call our friendly team to help you find the perfect base for your break, then read on for our handy list of beautiful filming locations and must-see attractions to visit during your holiday.

 

Botallack Mine – Wheal Owles, on the Tin Coast, near St Just

The abandoned buildings, owned by the National Trust, were the perfect location for the Poldark family mines. The ruined engines houses, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, are set on the side on the cliff with breath-taking views.

Read more at the National Trust website/Botallack.

 

Charlestown Harbour, St Austell

Built in 1792 by Charles Rashleigh, Charlestown is still a working harbour for china clay exports. Now privately owned the port has been used in well over one hundred shows and films. It’s just like stepping back in time as you walk along the flagstones and explore the 1939 Tall Ship “Kajsamaoor”.

Read more at Charlestown Port

 

 

Wheal Coates, St Agnes Head

Wheal Coates Engine House is perched on the side of the cliff at St Agnes over looking Chapel Porth. This is Poldark country at its best with purple heather, yellow gorse and miles of ocean.

Visit Wheal Coates’ National Trust website

 

Bodmin Moor

A great place to stop on your way to Falmouth. Used as the location for Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, and the dramatic horseback scenes.

Read all the Poldark filming locations at the BBC website.

 

 

 

Poldark Tin Mine, Wendron, Helston

Although the Poldark Mine has not featured in the current series it was seen by millions all over the world when it featured in in the original BBC drama in 1970s. The only complete tin mine open for underground guided tours for a real atmosphere of times gone by.

Opening times and prices are available on the Poldark Mine website.

 

Summer is on its way

May 25, 2018 No Comments

We’ve been making the most of the fabulous weather to give our property photography a refresh. Our holiday home owners have been investing and upgrading their holiday homes and we are excited about sharing these changes with you.

Here are a few of our favourites…

One of our most striking properties Ridifarne at Helford Passage has always been a popular choice with guests, you can see why with views like this from the patio…

Strawberries and cream in the sun at The Foreshore anyone? Pure luxury…

If you’re looking for water access within walking distance to an award winning pub, look no further than Weir Point Stables which is just up the creek from The Pandora Inn; paddle, walk or swim to dinner (if you’re brave).

We often get asked for holiday cottages ‘on the beach’ and the Rose Cottages at Durgan are just a hop skip and a jump from the water!

The garden at Treviades Melyn looking lovely in the spring sun, the perfect spot for a group getaway.