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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.

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.

 

Celebrating 40 years of business

May 2, 2018 1 Comment

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

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.

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

 

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.