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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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