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Dolphins in Falmouth Bay with August Rock Adventures

October 12, 2020 No Comments
A dolphin swims alongside the boat in Falmouth Bay

August Rock Adventures offer charter boat tours of the Helford River and Falmouth Area, and offer bespoke tours as far away as the Scilly Isles. In late September some of the CHC team were lucky enough to be taken on a tour of Falmouth Bay by rib. Read on to hear all about our exciting morning at sea.

We set off on the morning of the Autumn equinox and have arranged to meet our Skipper Iain on the pontoon at Helford Passage. It’s early enough in the day for the quietness that covers the Helford River to still be in place, and whisps of morning mist still cling to the surface of the water.

A friendly wave from a rib weaving through the moorings announces the arrival of our boat, Harbinger. After hopping in we don our lifejackets and run through a safety briefing. We’re faced with two options for our trip, one heads towards Falmouth for an exploration of the harbour, another takes us out to sea in search of dolphins. With two ten-year olds (and two very excited grown-ups) aboard there’s no question- so it is out to sea we go…

We make our way towards an oil tanker anchored out in the bay. These tankers are a common sight at the edge of the horizon, often seen from the seafront in Falmouth, so getting up close and seeing the scale was fascinating. As we pass along, Iain tells us the meaning of the term ‘Falmouth for Orders’ whereby large ships wait in Falmouth Bay for fluctuations in the price of their cargo or for instructions of where in the world to head out to next.

Flashes of white on the surface of the water beside the tanker are revealed to be gannets, huge birds which spear fish from the skies at speeds of up to 60mph. They swoop past the boat, giving us a close-up view of their blue bills whilst Iain regales us with snippets of insight into the wildlife of the bay. Iain lives alongside the Helford River and knows how to expertly navigate the area.

It isn’t long, however, before something else distracts us from the tankers and the gannets. Fins break through the surface of the water up ahead, and we spot what we’ve all been looking for. Hearts aflutter with excitement, we’re joined at sea by a pod of dolphins!

There’s a code of conduct for watching marine life in this way, which Iain at August Rock respects and adheres to like a true sea-going gentleman. One must never follow a pod of Dolphins, but simply pass on by. If the dolphins show interest, they’ll likely swim beside the boat to ride the bow-wave. If the dolphins do not deviate from their route, it’s safe to assume they have somewhere important to be, and are best left to it.

Luckily for us the pod that we come across are feeling friendly, and take a keen interest in us. They race alongside us to leap from the water inches away from the boat, and at times there are so many of them that our necks swivel at a dizzying speed to see as many as possible. These harbour dolphins are smaller than their bottle-nosed relatives. Their bellies are coloured a beautiful taupe, which we can see beneath the surface of the water as they corkscrew alongside us.

As one pod disperses, another one take it’s place, and we spend 40 minutes in awe by the amazing show provided by nature. We all talk about how aligned with the environment we feel, and how precious and memorable this moment is. In time, the fins become fewer and further between and the dolphins, no doubt distracted by some other source of amusement, part ways from the wake of Harbinger, into the horizon.

And with that, we whizz along towards the Lizard – in search of more adventure. Before long we pass the Manacles, a rocky outcrop just below the water made famous by worried sailors eager to avoid it when navigating the waters into Falmouth Bay. Although no match for modern GPS (which Harbinger is well-equipped with) the yellow buoy which marks the rocks tolls a bell, beautiful and haunting in equal measure as it hits its note with each rolling wave.

Coverack as seen from the boat

As we race across the coast we spot Mussel Farms, sea-salt pumping stations, and the harbour town of Coverack sitting idyllically against the sea in a flush of white painted cottages with thatched roofs.

We pull into a cove and note how the texture of the landscape has changed from the soft greeness of the Helford River to something entirely more wild, and ripe for exploration from the water. On a warmer day, Iain explains, we might have been able to take to the water from the boat and had a moment of wild swimming in total seclusion. With the dolphins just out in the bay there’s surely nowhere else to swim that would make you feel so connected to the world around you.

Making our way back to dry land after two-hours of fun, a calm point towards the horizon from Iain indicates what might just be the most thrilling part of the journey. A blowhole breaks the surface up ahead as a fin whale comes up for air. We spot it around four times, at five-or-so-minute intervals as the whale takes deep breaths and journeys below the surface.

Two very excited little girls, and two equally enthralled grown ups land at Helford Passage almost entirely speechless- two hours on the water felt like deliverance into an entirely different world. A world beneath the waves, seen from the land and heard about, but which never quite seemed real until a morning spent out on the water with August Rock Adventures.

Our Skipper Iain of August Rock Adventures at the helm of Harbinger

Visit augustrockadventures.co.uk to book your own adventure on Falmouth Bay.

Secret Cornish Gardens

August 25, 2020 No Comments
Beneath the Gunnera at Trebah

The famously mild Cornish climate allows plant life more familiar with the sub-tropical to thrive on British soil. So renowned, some Cornish gardens are household names. Once presumed lost to the annals of time, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered and restored to glory. The Eden Project, built into a disused quarry is world famous for the extraordinary biomes.

Whilst The Eden Project & The Lost Gardens of Heligan make for a brilliant day out, it’s the secret gardens that delight the budding botanist within us. These lesser known slices of paradise, away from it all, make discovering them something to whisper about. Below we have listed a few of these, but let us know if you’ve discovered a new favourite garden on your travels through Cornwall.

Lamorran Gardens

From Falmouth a boat trip to St Mawes leads to Lamorran Gardens, one of the best-kept secret gardens in Cornwall. The terraced Italianate garden where views of the sea are framed by Corinthian columns transports you to the Mediterranean.

Enys Gardens

Tucked away just outside of Penryn, a visit to Enys Gardens during the spring is unforgettable. A carpet of Bluebells surrounds an old manor house with charm and mystery in abundance. At Enys, landscaped grounds extend into a woodland that becomes wilder and more magical with each and every step.

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

The natural and creative worlds converge at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens just outside Penzance. Wander through acres of landscape dotted with immersive works by artists such as James Tyrell and Richard Woods, admiring beautiful plants as you go before stopping off at the cafe serving brilliant food.

The National Dahlia Collection

En-route to Tremenheere you pass the National Dahlia Collection– where you can roam through hundreds of varieties of this special plant, often without another soul to be seen. See everything from the trendy Cafe au Lait Dahlia to pom-pom varieties.

Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden on the Helford River might not be such a secret garden thanks to a recent feature in Vogue Magazine, but it’s our favourite. The way the garden winds down to a private sandy beach immersing you in the sub-tropical flora is almost mesmerising. Trebah features in our short video clip below- where you can see just some of the magic to be found there.

Properties in our portfolio for garden lovers;

The Coach House in Mawnan is set within established gardens of a beautiful country house beside the Helford River.

The Calamansac Estate in Port Navas is set within 50 acres of grounds, carpeted with Bluebells and Anenomes in the spring.

Gwel an Dowr in Polwheveral Creek opens out onto a rose garden.

The Arts in Cornwall

August 25, 2020 No Comments

From the artists of the Newlyn School who hid themselves away in Lamorna, to the Barbara Hepworths and Ben Nicholsons of the St Ives School, the legacy of art made within Cornwall has an international reputation.

So what is it that makes Cornwall so perfect for artists? Some say it might be down to the unique quality of the light, the way the sun reflects upon the sea on three coasts, creating a clarity perfect for painting. For others the people offer inspiration, with the laid-back way of living and a sense of community allowing galleries, studios and creativity to thrive.

The Hepworth Sculpture Garden

It is impossible to talk about Cornish art without thoughts of St Ives drifting into mind. Frequented by artists since the railway was built in 1877, it was during the post-war period that the most memorable artworks were produced. The outbreak of World War 2 brought Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson to St Ives, and with them the abstract avant-garde movement well and truly arrived in Cornwall. Hepworth’s sculptures in particular make reference the neolithic stone sculptures that appear all over West Cornwall. The Tate St Ives & Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden demonstrate the unique positioning of St Ives within the cultural landscape and permanent and visiting exhibitions bring artworks of worldwide acclaim to Cornwall.

Henry Scott Tuke

Closer to home in the Falmouth and Helford River area in which we operate, Falmouth Harbour and the clear glistening waters of Arthur’s Cove provided inspiration to famous British painter Henry Scott Tuke, whose images of local fishermen hang in The Royal Academy and the Falmouth Art Gallery. Works by emerging Cornish talent can be seen at Beside the Wave, a beautifully curated gallery on Falmouth’s High Street with everything from bespoke ceramics to oil paintings.

Kestle Barton

Frenchman’s Creek on the Helford River may have been placed on the map by writer Daphne Du Maurier, but today it’s where you’ll find Kestle Barton, an award-winning centre for rural art. Site specific artworks and performances, drawing inspiration from the landscape, happen on a regular basis and the garden (designed by James Alexander Sinclair) is a living artwork in itself. Our top tip for a visit is to catch a ferry from the north side of the river at Helford Passage to Helford Village walk up the creek to the Art centre.

At CAST in Helston artist studios sit alongside exhibition spaces, and a vibrant series of events both indoors and out makes a visit very worthwhile. This former school is the place to be for an inspiring lunch or dinner followed by either a talk, film screening or poetry reading.

Carved into the clifftop at Porthcurno, the famous Minack Theatre was built by a patron of the local amateur dramatics society especially for a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. The dramatic clifftops and seascape would have paired extraordinarily well with a play that lays its scene with a shipwreck.

The Minack Theatre

Penzance is where you can find the Exchange gallery showcasing contemporary art, along with the creative galleries and shops on trendy Chapel Street. Close by is the famous Newlyn School of Art which runs short courses for creatives and the Newlyn Art Gallery, with a regular run of exhibitions and a cafe with sublime views out to sea. It was artists from the Newlyn School that chose to settle in Lamorna, a quiet hamlet of just a few houses not too far from Porthcurno. Among the artists who founded the Lamorna Colony were Alfred Munnings and Laura Knight, dramatised in the novel ‘Summer in February’ by Jonathan Smith (and later adapted into a film with the same name). Like Hepworth in the north, these artists were drawn to Lamorna by the light and the inspiring surrounding landscape. The relatively cheap rent and romance of the old fishermans cottages must also have been a pull towards this particular part of the world.

Take a look below to see our video clip of what art-lovers can expect to enjoy on a visit to Falmouth.

Properties in our portfolio with a creative link;

The Boat House in Port Navas is a restored artists studio.

The Old Kiln in Port Navas was once the home of a renowned sculptor.

The Gig and Giggle in Falmouth sit right beside the old Falmouth Art School.

23 Florence Terrace is a creative house a stone’s throw from Falmouth University’s creative Falmouth Campus on Woodlane.

A quick guide to the Cornish Language

August 25, 2020 No Comments
Sampling some traditional Cornish fare on Falmouth Harbour

On holiday in Cornwall, chances are you might bring back more than just a souvenir when you return home. The famous Cornish dialect is known all over the country thanks to TV shows such as Doc Martin or Poldark and during your stay chances are you’ll pick up new words to add to your vocabulary.

Useful Cornish Phrases

Dreckly

Cornish for ‘I’ll get to it when I get to it’, this useful and very non-committal phrase for an undefined unit of time can be used for anything from promises to finish the washing up to getting the homework done. Said to be from the English word ‘directly’.

Ansom

An affectionate greeting that can also be used to describe a job well done. Loosely based on ‘handsome’, but a few letters short.

Proper job

Similar to ‘Ansom’ this phrase conveying satisfaction or contentment can be used to oneself when taking the first sip of a cold beer after a busy day or paired with a high-five after completing a perfect sandcastle. Use in conversation next time you want to convey something along the lines of ‘brilliant’.

Bird

Used interchangeably with “Darling” or “Love”, this term of endearment is one of our favourites.

Wasson

“What’s happening?”, “What’s the news?” or simply “How are you doing?”

Diddy?

This contraction of “Did he?” can be used to say things like “Is that true?” “Did you?” or “Did he?” and is usually accompanied with a raised eyebrow or two…

Helpful Cornish Words

Although there are some turns of phrase to hear when you are down south, did you know that Cornish is more than just a dialect? The Cornish language dates back to Celtic times, and you can see evidence of it all over Cornwall in place names and street signs.

We’ve put our heads together and compiled this list of our favourite Cornish-language words that might just be useful to use on your next holiday to Cornwall.

Sea – Mor

Beach – Treth

Boat – Skath

River – Avon

Harbour – Porth

Falmouth – Aberfal

Seaside – Trethvor

Dolphin – Pyffyer

Fish – Pysk

Seal – Reun

Seagull – Golan

Swimming – Neuvya

Ice-cream – Dehen rew

Sandcastle – Kastel tewes

Holiday Home – Chy golyow

View – Gwel

Cheers! – Yeges da!

I love you – My a’th kar

Family – Teylu

Mum – Mammik

Dad – tas

Dog – Ki

Cat – Kath

Elbow – Elin

Arm – Bregh

Do you speak English? – A wodest’ta kewsel Sowsnek?

Try slipping some of these words into your next conversation!

Daphne Du Maurier’s Cornwall

August 25, 2020 No Comments
Du Maurier and family at Menabilly (Getty Images)

Much like visitors coming to Cornwall on holiday, Daphne Du Maurier retreated from London society to the landscape of Cornwall. It’s here that she would spend time with simpler pursuits, writing, fishing and sailing – free of the pressures and expectations that came from her life in the city.

Honeymooning in a cottage on the Helford River at Frenchman’s Creek (the setting that would later inspire the novel of the same name) Du Maurier’s love of Cornwall was all-encompassing. The Helford River is the perfect place to be immersed in the countryside that so inspired her writing.

You can tread the steps Du Maurier once paced easily from your holiday cottage, taking the ferry from Helford Passage over to Helford Village, following the coast path up Frenchman’s Creek to the cottage where she stayed. Here it’s easy to understand the magic and intrigue that this place once held and still continues to hold within the imagination. Frenchman’s Creek remains one of the quietest parts of Cornwall, with the tide lapping against the dense woodland that lines the creek you’d be forgiven for thinking that Du Maurier herself might just wander around the corner.

Frenchman’s Creek

Another place nearby, and one of many great Cornish houses that can lay claim to having some part to play in the inspiration for ‘Manderley’ in Du Maurier’s novel ‘Rebecca’ is Trelowarren. Rumour has it that after a muddy walk through the woods and fields alongside the Helford River, Du Maurier and her party were refused entry by staff who mistook them for travelling vagabonds. Du Maurier would later describe Trelowarren and it’s long sweeping drive amongst oak trees as ‘the most beautiful place imaginable’ in a letter, so it’s safe to assume that she must have returned later on in a slightly more presentable state and had a look around…

‘Rebecca’ is likely to be Du Maurier’s most memorable work, having never gone out of print since it was first published back in 1938 and selling over 2.8 million copies between then and 1965- a number likely to have quadrupled in the years since. Soon to be on the small screen is a Netflix adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s iconic ‘Rebecca’ starring Hollywood A-Listers Lily James and Armie Hammer.

Menabilly, the Country House that Du Maurier restored from a dilapidated state in Fowey and lived in is another fine house likely to have influenced the ‘Manderley’ of her imagination. Ivy covered and only visible from the water, with an ‘eerie and most ghostlike atmosphere’, Du Maurier would trespass here and pace the empty hallways and rooms for years before finally taking on the lease. Her relationship to Fowey is intimate and easily understood when you pause for a moment at it’s romantic and picturesque harbour.

A pensive Daphne Du Maurier

Familiar to all of our guests must be the iconic Jamaica Inn, which can be seen towering over the moorland on the journey down along the A30. The scene for the novel of the same name, the inn still operates as a pub, and recently harboured stranded drivers during a snowstorm. Jamaica Inn is a dark tale that references the smuggling past of Cornwall, now known for beaches rather than pirates. Nevertheless, Jamaica Inn is an important work which uses the setting of rugged moorland to great effect. Jamaica Inn was recently adapted into a 3-part series by the BBC starring Jessica Brown-Findlay, so readers and non-readers alike can absorb themselves into this story.

Visit Cornwall from the comfort of your sofa (or chaise…) by ordering a book set in Cornwall from The Falmouth Bookseller.

Introducing… Le Coin Perdu in Falmouth

August 19, 2020 No Comments
Harbour view from Le Coin Perdu, a pet-friendly holiday cottage in Falmouth

The newest property to join our portfolio here at Cornish Holiday Cottages is a tucked away two-bedroom retreat sleeping four people in Falmouth.

Freshly renovated to an exacting standard, this 200 year old character cottage sits high above Falmouth Harbour and enjoys elevated sea-views from almost every window. A bright and airy interior fills the space with light, and the walls are decorated with origional artworks to inspire your time spent on holiday.

Bright and airy open-plan living at Le Coin Perdu in Falmouth

Pets are welcome at Le Coin Perdu, and at this dog-friendly holiday home in Falmouth they’ll enjoy their holiday just as much as their owners. Be it curling up beside the woodburner or exploring the delights of the Cornish countryside a short drive or boat trip away- dogs simply love Cornwall.

Harbour views from bed

Skip down the steps into the heart of Falmouth for your provisions, amazing local bakeries and fabulous shopping spots are mere moments away. With a highly-prized allocated parking space and two outdoor seating areas, Le Coin Perdu could prove to be the ideal base for your next holiday in and around Falmouth.

Views of the harbour stretching out from the terrace

Cornish Holiday Cottages are excited to present this property for your next holiday in the Falmouth and Helford River area. Read more about Le Coin Perdu by following this link.

Extra Vigilant Cleans this Summer

July 8, 2020 No Comments

As we welcome visitors back to Cornwall, the health, safety, and well-being of our guests is of utmost importance to us. Our caretakers will have worked hard to prepare properties to an exacting standard, carrying out an extra vigilant cleans prior to guests arrival.

Departing guests will need to vacate their properties by 9am to allow caretakers a longer window of time to prepare properties. Incoming guests will access to their holiday homes from 5pm. Soft furnishings and items such as books & board games will be removed to limit touch points.

This checklist indicates just some of the measures in place to ensure a comfortable stay in Cornwall.

Entrance, Hallway and Porch

  1. Keys disinfected
  2. Door handles, frame and front door disinfected.
  3. Wash off any marks on walls.
  4. Shake out doormat and clean underneath.
  5. Stairs vacuumed and brushed.
  6. Sweep and tidy approach down to the front door.

Kitchen

  1. Disinfected water taps, cupboard handles, appliance handles, level surfaces and all metal.
  2. All crockery, glassware and cutlery run through a cycle in the dishwasher.
  3. Dishwasher checked and filter cleared.
  4. Fridge/freezer cleared and defrosted if necessary.
  5. Cooker top and grill cleaned.
  6. Oven cleaned.
  7. Saucepans checked and cleaned if necessary.
  8. Glasses, cutlery and crockery checked.
  9. Shelves in cupboards/drawers checked and cleaned.
  10. Dustbin cleaned out.
  11. Place mats checked and cleaned.
  12. Kitchen floor washed.
  13. Tumble drier filters cleared.
  14. Cleaning products topped up and clean cloth, two tea towels and an oven cloth/glove provided for incoming guests.
  15. All food items removed.

Sitting Room

  1. TV remotes wiped with a damp cloth sprayed with antibacterial solution.
  2. Welcome folder wiped with disinfectant.
  3. Dusted and polished furniture, with a slightly damp cloth and anti-bacterial spray.
  4. Carpet thoroughly vacuumed.
  5. Sofas misted with a diluted antiviral solution. Curtains misted on main touch areas.

Bedrooms

  1. Wiped down everywhere where hands may have been with antibacterial spray.
  2. Checked blankets, duvets and pillows are clean.
  3. Fresh mattress and pillow protectors fitted to all beds.
  4. Mattresses checked and washed if necessary.
  5. Underbed areas checked and cleared.
  6. Rooms dusted and vacuumed.
  7. Drawers checked.
  8. Re-make beds with freshly laundered linen.
  9. All used linen removed from the property.

Bathrooms

  1. Cleaned WC thoroughly with disinfectant and toilet cleaner.
  2. Cleaned bath and shower with cleaner.
  3. Cleaned basin and taps with disinfectant.
  4. Checked plugholes for hairs. Leave two loo rolls per bathroom.
  5. Make sure there is a loo brush and that it is hygienic.
  6. Fresh bathmat and hand towels supplied.
  7. Shelves, bathroom cabinets and mirrors cleaned.
  8. Floor washed, brushed and vacuumed.
  9. Shower curtain checked and cleaned.

Additionally

  1. Windows checked externally and internal handles disinfected.
  2. Vacuum cleaner emptied

Extra Notes

To enable a full and rigorous cleaning regime and to avoid contact between yourselves and housekeepers/trades/owners we require you to arrive no earlier than 5pm on your arrival day.

  1. Whilst your holiday home will have been thoroughly cleaned, we recommend you revisit the touchpoints (handles, light pulls, switches yourself with some anti-bacterial cleaner, (taking care not to wet light sockets etc), to give yourself that extra peace of mind.
  2. Departure is no later than 9am please on your check out day, so that we have a minimum 8 hour window to thoroughly clean the cottage and prepare for the next guests.
  3. Please leave windows and all the internal doors open on departure, to allow for maximum air flow. Please do not leave the windows open in the event of high winds and driving rain.
  4. Please strip your beds and place the duvet cover, sheet and pillow case in a fabric laundry bag, that will be left in the master bedroom on arrival, and stow at the foot of each bed.  Mattress and pillow protectors are to be stripped and placed in a separate black refuse bag please. All towels, tea towels and bath mats should be bagged and left in the bathroom. (Three separate bags: Linen/Towelling/Protectors). This is our standard practice but please do check in your property for any specific property requirements.
  5. Please remove all your refuse and recycling from the property and stow, securely in bin bags/the appropriate containers, outside of your holiday home.

Unfortunately, if the above matters are not complied with then we may have to appoint a specialist contractor and this will come at a charge that will be passed on to you. 

COVID self-certification

Before your stay we will ask you to self-certify your health in respect of COVID19. These questions include:

Confirmation that you, or anyone in your party, are not displaying any of the main Coronavirus symptoms:

  • High temperature
  • A new persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath

Confirmation that you, or anyone in your holiday party, have not been in contact with anyone who has displayed the above symptoms, or tested positive for COVID19 in the last 14 days.

Confirmation that should you or anyone in your party develop symptoms between now and the departure date of your holiday you will contact Cornish Holiday Cottages immediately.

We will ask you to confirm acceptance of the changes to the Housekeeping service.

Thank you so much for your assistance

Book with confidence

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.