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Home is where the heat is

November 10, 2014 No Comments

Polwheveral - woodburner

Many of our cottages eschew central heating in favour of wood burning stoves or ‘wood burners’. Far more efficient than gas electric heating, lots of country folk with easy access to wood swear by their wood burners for heating their house and in some cases their water too.

As a guest in one of our holiday cottages, there’s something comforting about the whisper of air being dragged into the warming stove and the crackle of wood as you cosy up on the sofa in the evening. It’s second only to an open fire (we have those too!) but gives you far more heat around the house.

But keeping a fire going is a lot like having a pet in the house. It needs regular attention or it’s in danger of sulking or running amok. With careful maintenance though, the dedicated ‘stovie’ can sometimes get the stove to burn through the night, providing they’ve got the right wood and weather conditions.

A few tips on how to run the stove efficiently won’t replace reading the instructions, but they will give you a helping hand getting it going and keeping it lit.

Firstly, you need to make sure that the wood you are using is dry. Wet wood has a water-content somewhere between 65-90% and produces large amounts of tar and soot, which can lead to chimney fires. Don’t worry though, the logs we provide are all dried and seasoned for your heating pleasure.

This video shows you how to position your logs in the burner. The important thing to note is to use plenty of paper at the bottom of the stove.

Next, use thin sticks on top of the paper for kindling. Also, make sure you have all the vents open on the burner when lighting and to leave the door open until the fire takes hold. Once it has, fill the burner three quarters full with wood and close the door.

To get the fire really hot, leave the vents open for a short while to build up the heat, then half close the vents to slow the burn down.

So there you have it. All you have to do now is keep that fire going!

To be in with a chance of keeping that warmth going through the night, you need to have had the fire burning for a few hours before you go bed to build up a layer of ash on the bottom.

You also have to specially select the wood you are going to use for overnight burning. It will need to be wood of a fairly regular size and shape to enable you to get plenty in with minimal air gaps. Fill your burner right up.

Once filled, you should allow enough air to enter the burner until the smoke stops and the fire is up to temperature, then close all the vents and head up to bed. With any luck and if you’re an early riser, you will still have a few embers to wake up to.

Remember, Remember…

November 4, 2014 No Comments

bonfire night - fireworks

The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and with Bonfire Night tomorrow, it’s almost time to say goodbye to the crisp leaves of autumn. For most, Bonfire Night is all about the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ of colourful fireworks, while for others it’s about gathering round a bonfire, wrapped up warm with a steaming hot cup of chocolate in their hands.

If you’re creating your own fireworks display, then make sure you stay safe, but if you are looking for something bigger we have three local suggestions that are all within approximately 20 minutes of your holiday home.

FALMOUTH Fireworks Display – Falmouth Cricket Club – Wednesday 5th November

A fantastic, grand firework display put on by the local fire brigade. If you’re at all worried about safety this will be the one to attend. The gates for this event open at 6pm and the firework display will be at 7pm.

Local Cornish radio station Pirate FM will also be attending and playing music along to the firework display. Last year saw around £6,500 worth of fireworks set to music and this year looks set to be even bigger, with fairground rides and fire performers, as well as a hog roast, burgers and more.

HELFORD PASSAGE – The Ferryboat Inn- Wednesday 5th November

Promising a more intimate affair than Falmouth’s display, The Ferryboat Inn will be holding a firework display with live music and best of all, a beach bonfire. Offering a special Bonfire Night menu and with their large terrace you’ll be able to enjoy the ferryboat’s fireworks with a glass of wine in hand. The display is billed as starting at 8pm.

PORTHLEVEN School Bonfire Night Fireworks – Friday 7th November

Porthleven is one of the best places to eat out in Cornwall and on Friday there is also a vibrant community fireworks display to couple with an evening out. There will be food, cakes, hot drinks, art & craft activities, and music from local artists, including Porthleven School’s own signing choir. It all kicks off at 5.30 and tickets cost £2 for adults, £1 for children with under 3 year olds going free. All children must attend with an adult and tickets are available from The Top Chippy, The Harbour Inn and Porthleven School. You can also book by email by contacting Katie Thurston: katiesthurston@gmail.com

Snotty sea sludge?!

October 10, 2014 No Comments


Love them or hate them – the Falmouth Oyster Festival is in full swing.

Head into Falmouth town for a wonderful array of events and culinary delights this weekend. (There is a lot more than just oysters on offer).

9th-12th October 2014

For the full program of events please click here.


Ten years….

October 1, 2014 No Comments

Ten years ago today Emily bought Cornish Holiday Cottages from her grandmother. Emily says, ‘To some extent holiday letting must have been in my blood as the business was formed a  year before my birth, but growing up in Cornwall, I didn’t ever forsee myself taking over the reigns. I moved out of county to go to uni and loved city life but as the years passed, the lure of moving back to live by the sea got stronger. Since 2004 I have never looked back. Running your own company is not always easy, but I am very fortunate to have a fantastic team behind me and an understanding family. I am proud of our portfolio, the company we have become and the positive relationship we have with clients and our huge database of regular customers. I look forward to the next ten years’.emily ten years

It’s a dog’s life

October 1, 2014 No Comments

It's a dog's life!The expression ‘It’s a dog’s life’ was perhaps made for Mingo in this pose. I am posting this picture in celebration of Falmouth’s beaches being open to dogs from now until Easter. Woo hoo!

Life is made for days like this

September 24, 2014 No Comments

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If you are looking for a fantastic day trip from Falmouth then I can wholeheartedly recommend Gwenver Beach in West Cornwall. Situated next to Sennen, which is accessible at low tide also, Gwenver is a glorious, sandy beach well known for its surf. When we arrived the red flags were out (no swimming) but the kids played on the sand and in a small water pool formed at the lower reaches of the beach. We adults sat back and basked in the heat and watched the surfers bobbing about in the sea.

After lunch the friendly lifeguards opened up a small area for us all to get wet. The rips can still be pretty strong for small children though so we went in with an adult/child ratio of 1:1. There were whoops and cheers a plenty as we caught waves on our bodyboards. When hunger loomed again we were forced to leave. It is a fifteen minute, fairly steep walk back up to the car park above but breath-takingly beautiful. As we approached the summit and looked down on the spectacular setting, my friend turned to me and said ‘life is made for days like these’ and I couldn’t have agreed more.

Gwenver to Falmouth is approx an hours drive. If you visit be sure to pop into St Just for a pasty and pint on the way home. There’s a lovely feel about the village and lots of interesting shops and galleries.

How frustrating it is to drive past this, this morning on my way to work…..

July 25, 2014 No Comments

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Chasing the sun….

April 28, 2014 No Comments


Newquay Harbour, Cornwall

The thing I love about Cornwall is that if you wake up and the weather is a bit grey, you can head out to the opposite coast and the weather can be completely different.   On Sunday we headed for Newquay to visit a wet weather attraction but on arrival the weather was so glorious we walked and sat in the sun instead.  Newquay harbour was looking absolutely beautiful in the Spring sunshine.

Nautical chic on the Helford River

April 16, 2014 No Comments

East Wing - Sitting Room - Port Navas - Holiday Home - Cornwall - 4

The East Wing, Calamansac is situated within fifty acres of meadow garden and woodland and has two beaches and an ambience so magical you may never want to leave! Decoratively the sitting room has undergone a total refurbishment and the style we adopted is nautical chic. Cotton ticking curtains, sumptuous cushions and throws, plus bespoke, luxurious settee seating , a woodburner and a 40″ wall mounted TV creates a wonderfully relaxing space for a large group.

The East Wing sleeps 11-13 and is in Port Navas, near Falmouth and offers direct access to the Helford River. Dogs and children are welcome.

Enjoy a massage, facial or reflexology treatment in your holiday home

April 8, 2014 No Comments


What better way to set your holiday off on the right footing, than having a masseuse visit you at your holiday cottage and pamper you for an hour or two. Hannah Darling of Darling Angels comes highly recommended, is local to the Falmouth and Helford River area, and as well as massage, Hannah practices reflexology and offers facials treatments.
Full Body Massage: £40 (1 hour)
Half Body Massage: £25 (30 mins)
Reflexology: £35 (45 mins)
Facials: £35 (1 hour)

Special offer: buy 3 hours at once and get 1/2 hour free.

Contact Hannah on:
01209 861797
07833 473716