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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.


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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

Family half term fun come rain or shine!

October 19, 2017 No Comments

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The October half term holiday will soon be upon us and the children are desperate for a break from school.  We’re big fans on getting outside and love rounding the children up and taking them on an adventure in the fresh air.

We know there’s no guarantee with the weather but don’t let the rain spoil your plans. A rainy day doesn’t have to mean sitting inside trying to wrestle screens from the families’ hands.

A bracing rainy coastal walk can be an exhilarating experience but may not appeal to young children or teens. So, here is our guide to Family Rainy Days Out. You’ll find inspiration for local attractions to visit and cheaper/free suggestions too.

Many museums are undercover and free to enter. Museums can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences and these days, many of them have interactive exhibits and hands-on play activities so children can take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore at their own curiosities.

Have you taken the children out on rainy days? Let us know your favourite rainy days out in a comment below!

Raze The Roof– Fantastic indoor soft play area in Penryn. http://razetheroof.co.uk/

Granite Planet – Climbing centre http://www.gpclimbing.com

Eden Project – provides many undercover places to enjoy. Roald Dahl’s Halloweden is a must visit this half-term  http://www.edenproject.com/

National Maritime Museum – Lots of summer activities & performances at the fascinating and inspiring maritime museum https://nmmc.co.uk/

Mounthawk Skatepark– Indoor skateboarding, scooting and BMX playground. https://www.mounthawkeskatepark.com/

Tate St Ives – Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery situated overlooking the Atlantic ocean. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

One to Eleven -This is a great indoor play area for one to eleven-year olds which is open 360 days of the year. http://www.one2eleven.co.uk/

Crabbing Spots– Ferry Boat Inn Pontoon, Mylor Harbour, Port Navas Quay, The Pandora Inn.

 

 

Kitchens where meals and memories are made

October 3, 2017 No Comments

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and we couldn’t agree more.

It’s always exciting to experience local restaurants on holiday and Cornwall has its fair share of the best, from country pubs with roaring fires, fine dining and stunning beach front cafes.

Yet, there is still something very special about the whole family preparing, cooking and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal together and it seems so much more fun to cook on holiday.

If you’re planning a large group-getaway or a romantic couples retreat, here’s a selection of our holiday homes with kitchens that make cooking a special occasion.

When you’ve found your perfect holiday home we recommend talking to The Cornish Food Box Company. They have hundreds of Cornish products including fruit and veg, fish, meat and dairy which they will pack and deliver direct to your door.

Eat. Drink. Enjoy!

Perfect for large groups:

Calamansac East Wing

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East Wing sleeps up to 11 people and the glorious open plan kitchen with granite worktops, two electric cookers and hobs plus two dishwashers is the perfect room for entertaining. After a delicious home cooked meal head into the playroom for fun and games, including two RS Barcelona Ping-Pong tables, piano, library, games, indoor swing and comfortable seating area.

Nancenoy Farmhouse

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New to our portfolio in 2017, Nancenoy Farmhouse is a beautiful country cottage full of charm and character which extends to the kitchen. Sleeping 7 people it has a traditional Aga and log burner for the winter months along with big comfy sofas and a Nespresso coffee machine… bliss.

The Coach House

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Originally build in 1904 as a coach house and stables, The Coach House is now a stunning, contemporary home in an idyllic position within The Trerose Estate. Perfect for up to 8 people the kitchen is a vast room with solid wood cupboards, two under counter fridges and two ovens, the perfect place to feed a crowd.

Grown-up Getaways:

Kerensa an Mor

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Another new property to the portfolio in 2017. The no expense spared interior of Kerensa an Mor exudes a feel of calmness and quality. The spacious kitchen with AGA and separate cooker and hob will appeal to keen cooks while everyone will enjoy dining on the sunny terrace.

Seventh Heaven

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With open vaulted ceilings and quirky interior the state of the art kitchen has breath-taking sea views of Falmouth Harbour. The kitchen is high-tech with black gloss units and wonderfully capacious drawers. Perfect for two couples.

Pumpkin Cottage

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Picturesque charm with a modern powder blue electric AGA in a large open plan kitchen/dining room, just perfect for a family get together. Pumpkin Cottage offers everything you need from your holiday home.

Sunrise

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Don’t be fooled by the elegant outer façade of this Edwardian period property. The interior is surprisingly contemporary, spacious with underfloor heating throughout. The quality of the fixtures and fittings are second to none.

 

Universally Accessible:

Calamansac Sail Loft

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Guest comfort is paramount at The Sail Loft. If you have a mobility impairment this is the house for you. Equally if you are completely able bodied and looking for a five star retreat close to the sailing waters of the Helford River, two private beaches and fifty acres of meadow garden and woodland then this is also the place for you.

The kitchen is fully accessible, u-shaped with Corian work tops and a NEFF ‘slip and slide’ fan oven. The worktop and sink are capable of being lowered and raised to suit the user’s preference.

The Sail Loft really does cater for your every need.

 

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Fish ‘n Chips in Falmouth

September 22, 2017 No Comments

Whilst the precise origins of the humble British fish & chips might be shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to say that the simple combination of battered fish and fried chips have become one of the country’s best-loved dishes, evoking memories amongst many of childhood family holidays by the sea.

Here in the Westcountry; home of cider, pasties, farmers and some of the best stereotypes around. We do things differently down here, and much like everything else, even our fish and chips are different from ale batter to pollock instead of cod; from bog-standard to posh nosh, you’ll see a great variety of chippies in Cornwall.

But whilst no one doubts the popularity of the dish, with more than 10,000 chippies selling a staggering 382 million portions of fish & chips in the UK each year alone, the best chippie invokes some hearty debate amongst the Cornish.

So, if you want to sample some true Westcountry-style fish and chips, (here at the CHC office, we’re not brave enough to pick a side), here’s our completely non-biased take on the local fish & chip shops around, here in Falmouth.

 

Harbour Lights – Arwenack Street, Falmouth, TR11 3LH T: 01326 316934

http://www.harbourlights.co.uk/

It would be rude not to note that the Harbour Lights were crowned ‘Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year 2017’ at this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards in London.

Harbour Lights use fish from fully sustainable sources and they are currently the only MSC certified restaurant in Cornwall!

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Rick Stein’s Fish– Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR112XA

https://www.rickstein.com/eat-with-us/rick-steins-fish/

Rick Stein’s Fish on Discovery Quay is a foodie’s favourite and a highlight of a visit to the town.

Steins Fish and chips

 

Gylly Beach Café– Cliff Road, Falmouth, TR11 4PA

http://www.gyllybeach.com/

Open throughout the year the Gylly cafe is the ideal place to enjoy everything from a relaxing coffee to tasty locally caught fish and chips.

 

Penmere Fish & Chips– 2 Penmere Hill, Falmouth, TR11 2RD

http://www.penmerefishbar.co.uk/

Traditional values from a family run business since 1980.

 

Gem Fish Bar– 6 Quarry Hill, Falmouth, TR11 2BP

http://www.thegemfishbar.co.uk/

Outstanding food quality and very friendly service.

 

Perham’s Fish & Chips– 103 Boslowick Road, Falmouth, TR11 4QD

 

There can’t be many people who don’t have their own views of precisely what constitutes the ideal fish & chips, and where to find them. What’s yours?

Haddock, Cod, Skate or Pollock, what’s your poison?