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Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas in Cornwall

December 20, 2019 No Comments

Christmas is in full swing here at Cornish Holiday Cottages HQ, we thought we would share with you a few of our favourite things to do in Cornwall this time of year as well as some of the local food and drink we will be treating ourselves to this holiday season. Wherever you are this Christmas, be it Cornwall or somewhere else, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Food and Drink

An image of the Star and Garter in Falmouth lit up for Christmas
The Star and Garter in Falmouth

Tinkture Cornish Gin

Presented in a beautiful glass apothecary bottle, Tinkture Cornish Gin is handcrafted in the South West using organically grown David Austin Roses – yes you heard correctly! This delicate pink gin is certainly going on our Christmas list this year, and you’ll find it served in delicious cocktails at The Star and Garter on the High Street. Any gin-lovers to buy for this year? Why not treat them to one of Tinkture’s limited-edition gin filled baubles? The bottles are perfect to keep and upcycle into something beautiful or why not refill with a Tinkture refill gin pouch?  

Chocolarder

Anyone who knows us will tell you that we love chocolate. Local artisan chocolatiers, Chocolarder have created what can only be described as chocolate slabs of goodness, in more ways than one! Their 72% Ashaninka Dark chocolate is delicious and about as ethical as you can get, fairly traded, vegan, and produced in partnership with rainforest charity Cool Earth.

Stones Bakery

Stones Bakery is our go-to bakery for anything from their own homemade artisan breads, cakes and even delicious hand stretched pizzas. We can’t walk past this festive season without popping in for a coffee and one of their homemade mince pies!

Things to Do

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Festive scenes in Falmouth

Christmas at Trelissick

The National Trust’s Trelissick House and Gardens are full of colour this Christmas. Wander the halls and rooms of this beautiful Georgian House, adorned with festive decorations and be transported to Christmas time in a bygone era. Wrap up warm and take a stroll through the estate’s woodland garden, with trees a-glow it looks truly breath-taking.

Mousehole Christmas Lights

If there is ever an excuse to get into the festive spirit, take a trip to one of Cornwall’s most picturesque fishing villages for a spectacular Christmas lights display. Illuminated figures including boats, Christmas trees, sea creatures and, of course, the Mousehole Cat – take to the water in a magnificent display which lights up the harbour, attracting visitors from far and wide.

If you’re in Cornwall for New Year and looking for more of a low-key way to celebrate, the harbour will still be alight. Take to the beach to toast in the new year, or duck into a nearby pub for a celebratory glass!

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Get inspired by Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum Cornwall and it’s festive Lights and Lanterns take on Christmas this year. Learn how to make macramé lanterns or help to create a flotilla of paper lit boats at the museum’s Christmas workshops. Alongside the festive fun, don’t miss out on wandering through the Museum’s 15 galleries and take a trip to the lookout tower for those extra special panoramic views over Falmouth.

Princess Pavilion

Get swept up in this festive Cornish version of the classic tale of Long John Silver, naughty pirates and of course, buried treasure! Brought to you by Miracle Theatre and showing at The Princess Pavilion in Falmouth, this is one for the whole family to revel!

Foraging walk on Gyllyngvase Beach

Are you here on 28th December? Turn a winter beach walk into something spectacular and let Matt from Cornish Wild Food lead you on an unforgettable wild winter forage along Gyllyngvase Beach. Learn about different edible plants and seaweed that embellish our Cornish coastline. You may even finish your exploration with a delicious wild feast using the collective goods found on your adventure!

Falmouth’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

Pendennis Castle’s New Year’s Eve firework display is not one to be missed. If you are staying in Falmouth over the New Year you might choose to hunker down in one of our waterside homes with a bottle of bubbly and revel from afar. Certainly, some of us will be wrapping up warm and heading out to find ourselves the perfect viewpoint, maybe we will see you for a mulled wine!

Things to do in Cornwall this Winter

December 14, 2019 No Comments
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A winter walk in Falmouth.

Oh Cornwall! Famed for sandy beaches and temperate climate. We’re all familiar with visions and memories of Cornwall during the summer, but in winter when the crowds disperse there’s a magic to the landscape. We’re in love with Cornwall whatever the weather, so read on below for our list of the very best things to do in Cornwall this winter.

1.Walks

Cornish folk spend a lot of their time on their feet during the winter, and with the South-West coast path offering over 300 miles of coastline to explore it’s no wonder why! Hike some clifftop walks on the north coast, or visit the calm and sheltered banks of the Helford River.

2. Tate St Ives

Wandering around the newly refurbished Tate St Ives will allow you to look at the Cornish landscape with fresh eyes. The perfect day out for a rainy day in Cornwall. Drink a hot chocolate on the top floor and enjoy wintry views of the sea over the rooftops stretching out towards Godrevy.

3. The Eden Project

Make use of the ice-skating rink at The Eden Project before warming up in the sub-tropical biome. There are few better ways to escape the chill in Cornwall this winter!

4. National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Explore Cornwall from the comfort of this incredible museum in Falmouth, with exhibits on all things maritime certain to delight anyone with even a passing interest in boats.

5. Visit a famous Cornish garden

The famous Cornish Gardens of Trebah, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are wonderful for crisp winter walks in Cornwall. Get lost among the plant life and wonder at what can grow in Cornwall during the winter months.

6. Go storm watching at Porthleven

Images of Portleven make the news at least once each winter, as storms roll in and batter the harbour side in the most dramatic fashion. Watching the waves from the safety of one of the cosy pubs is a firm favourite pastime of ours during the winter, one of our favourite things to do in Cornwall just gets even better when the weather is really wet and windy.

7. Visit the Minack Theatre

Sitting outside in the winter to watch a play might not sound like one of the best things to do in Cornwall this winter, but The Minack is not your normal theatre! Hewn from the cliffs above Porthcurno especially for a performance of ‘The Tempest’, it’s worth a visit even if there’s nothing playing.

8. Have a hot chocolate taste test

With a thriving coffee and cafe scene, we’ve set ourselves the challenge of tasting every hot chocolate in the county. Whilst our final verdict is not yet in, we can say that they always seem to taste better with a great view! Try Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth, or The Unicorn in Porthtowan.

9. Go swimming

Whilst swimming in the sea might be out, Ships and Castles in Falmouth offer a great fun way to get into the water.

10. Watch a film at an independent cinema

The Poly in Falmouth plays a range of movies from old classics to new ones. Visit the Newlyn Film House on your way home after an afternoon in Mousehole.

11. Take a scenic drive

When it’s a bit too windy for a clifftop walk, seeing the dramatic scenery from the road is the second-best thing. Journey from St Ives to St Just along the B3306, stopping off at the Gurnard’s Head for lunch.

12. Visit a country house

Often decked out for Christmas, step into a vision of Cornwall past by visiting a country house. Trelissick and Godolphin are two of the best, looked after by the National Trust. A visit to St Michael’s Mount is an unforgettable experience at any time of year.

11 of the Best Cornish Country Pubs- with fires!

November 6, 2019 No Comments

As the nights draw in and the mercury creeps lower and lower, we’ve enjoyed being reacquainted with one of the loveliest experiences that winter brings, and apparently so have you!

Last week we asked our Instagram followers for recommendations of the best Cornish pubs with a warm fireside, and they sent us their top tips for places to warm up, perhaps after a long walk or a winter dip in the sea.

So without further ado, here are the best pubs in Cornwall with a cosy fireside, as chosen by you!

1. The Gurnards Head, Zennor (or thereabouts)

It’s just outside Zennor, but really the Gurnards head could be in the middle of nowhere. With dramatic cliffs to walk along before settling down, and accessed via one of the most beautiful roads in the UK, you’ll have much to discuss beside the fire.

2. The Pennycomequick, Falmouth

A firm Falmouth favourite with a wonderful fire and a perpetually jolly atmosphere. We love a little snooze in the fireside armchairs after one of their fantastic Sunday lunches, and the fact that our dogs can curl up beside the fire makes it feel even more like home…

3. The Star and Garter, Falmouth

Between us, the team at Cornish Holiday Cottages have spent a few evenings (and afternoons!) cocktail in hand beside this very same woodburner. After a walk along the harbour or a windy boat trip a visit to the Star and Garter in Falmouth is just the tonic…

4. The Ferryboat, Helford Passage

A walk along the Helford River just wouldn’t be complete without stopping into the lovely Ferryboat Inn. A beautifully decorated space with a super fire to warm any cold hands beside.

5. The Trelowarren Arms

Recommended by one of our local neighbors, and affectionately known as the ‘Trelly’, this is a real country pub if ever there was one!

6. The Punchbowl and Ladle, Penelewey

A gorgeous thatched country pub perfect for winding down after a walk around Trelissick, the National Trust property alongside the river Fal. This recently renovated watering hole is perfect for warming up during winter.

7. Harbour Inn, Porthleven

Renowned for bracing winds and crashing waves during the winter, there can be few places where a warm fireside is more necessary than Porthleven!

8. The Victory Inn, St Mawes

Tucked up along one of many opways and alleys in St Mawes, this secret gem might only be familiar to the curious among us. As the oldest pub in St Mawes, and with a cosy fireside to boot, this is a great place to pop into after a ferry ride over from Falmouth.

9. The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith

Luckily for us this 15th Century pub is a very short walk from our offices – we can see it’s thatched roof and chimney from our desks!

10. The Royal Standard, Flushing

A perfect place to stop off and warm up after a walk along the banks of the River Fal, with great food too!

11. The Pandora Inn, Restronguet

Popular throughout the summer for an incredible pontoon for dining at sunset, the Pandora Inn cannot be overlooked during the winter months. With flagstone floors and low beams, this traditional thatched Cornish pub is a cosy delight.

If there is somewhere extra special that we’ve missed, of you would like to join the conversation and let us know what you think, we’ve love to hear from you! Let us know on instagram – @cornishholidays

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.

Christmas in Cornwall – What matters?

September 8, 2016 No Comments

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Every family has different ideas of the perfect Christmas. From sitting around a large dining table with all the gang, to a walk on the beach, or playing monopoly in the comfy living room. Lots of people like to make the most of the time off work and get away, for many that means a trip to Cornwall. There is nothing like a dip in the sea on Christmas morning (no wet suits allowed) before you tuck into your turkey.

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We’ve got something for every one, from cosy cottage for two complete with log burner to decadent house by the sea to fit all the family. The girls in the office know all our properties well, tell them what is important to you and we will help you find that perfect property to help make Christmas 2016 a gooden.

Try us on 01326 250339

Cottages with family dining areas

June 9, 2016 No Comments

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When you’ve got all your friends and family in one place meal times bring the whole group together. It’s the one time of the day when everyone is in the same place at the same time.

 

Even when you’re all inhabiting one area children, husbands and wives can end up as disparate satellites, remembering how to play together or talking shop. Some people wander the shops of Truro, others hit the beach for a surf lesson and yet another group zoom off to the Tate St Ives.

 

Everyone has to eat. Not only do we have to eat, but if you ask us at Cornish Holiday Cottages, it’s one of life’s pleasures. While smart phones and tablets have given us connections to the rest of the human race, meal times bring us closer to our own clan.

 

The Italian’s have it right. Family meals are epic undertakings spanning afternoons and evenings, often stretching long into the night. If you’ve been invited round for an Italian lunch or dinner you can cancel anything else you have planned for the day. Yes, the food is great and hours upon hours of preparation have gone into it, but the secret ingredients are family, friends and good conversation. They are multi-generational affairs where grandchildren and grandparents learn to converse together, the source of family in jokes and the time when you realise that yes, there’s nothing like mum’s home cooking.

 

Many of our best holiday memories centre around dinner tables. There’s the time we all watched a cousin end up covered in chocolate mousse, or an auntie have a few too many Chardonnays and spill some embarrassing stories about our parents. Or the time we made a Thai curry that was far too spicy everyone…but Granny went back for seconds.

 

They can be stressful affairs, especially for those in the kitchen but the effort is worth it when you see everyone sat round the table together. Amidst the hubris of our busy lives, mealtimes unite us.

 

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Wills Cottage

The huge, open-plan kitchen and dining area has space for everyone. Push open the two south facing patio doors to let the summer breeze through, or bring everyone outside to unwind in the summer sun. Two huge patio tables can be pushed together for family style dining and the garden opens out onto sixteen acres of south facing garden and fields, ending up at the Helford River.

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Ridifarne

Ridifarne’s old style country kitchen can really take you away from it all. Although the Ferryboat Inn is only a couple of hundred metres down the road, you’d be foolish not to play with their Aga. With a dedicated dining room with views over the river Helford, getting the whole family round the table, away from electronic devices is no problem whatsoever.

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Roseladen House

A large Georgian fireplace dominates Roseladen’s dining room. Cosy in the winter, bright and airy in the summer with a fabulous woodland view.

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Calamansac East Wing

If you love spending time in the kitchen, East Wing is the place to be. Spacious seems too stuffy a word: you could film a BBC food show in there and sit the whole crew round the table.

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Calamansac West Wing
A giant round table sits in the middle of West Wing’s dining area. There’s no table end to put anyone at the head of, orchestrating conversation and affirming family hierarchy. It’s a pure joy for the jumble of family dining.

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Trolver

Trolver’s dining room opens out on a rear garden through beautiful French doors. At its centre is a weighty country style table that sits eight.

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Helford Point

Part of Helford Point’s pulling power is its position on the Cornish coast path. So expect to sat round the table with weary legs. This kitchen diner has got everything you need to whip up a family meal and have the whole family joining in before sitting round the solid oak table that sits in the centre.

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The Garage

A stunning hand crafted dining table with built in bench and beautiful views of the Port Navas creek. Perfect for the whole gang – seating 15!

 

 

 

Christmas is here

December 22, 2015 No Comments

Just a few photos of some of our cottages in their Christmas gear! Not all of our cottages get dressed up but here is a couple that have:

Trenant at Polwheveral Creek.

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Melyn Goth at Polwheveral Creek.

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Tops’l Cottage in Falmouth.

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thecornishhighstreet.com

December 8, 2014 No Comments

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Remember that lovely little shop in that quaint harbour town you visited while staying in your Cornish Holiday Cottage in the summer? There was that perfect Christmas present there, wasn’t there? If only you’d bought it then and there.

Last week we hinted at something Cornish that would help with your present buying from out of county; something that will give you hope if you’re wanting something unique and Cornish. That thing is thecornishhighstreet.com

With a mission to help small independent Cornish designers and producers reach a larger online audience, The Cornish High Street aims to put you in contact with products special, unique and unavailable elsewhere.

The site was founded and created by Jenny Pickles and Emilie Calhaem. Who met at a Crowdfunder event and bonded over their love of the county’s artisan food brands and a desire to find a place for designers, creatives and artists to come together online. In interviews the pair have said: “We as a company do the hard work, promoting the site, developing customer loyalty so that producers and designers can concentrate on doing what they do best, making and designing more beautiful things.”
The online shop carries lots of one of a kind items like pendants and jewellery, changing on a regular basis, as well as sections specifically for men, women and children. You can even have traditional Cornish pasties delivered right to your door via FedEx, made the morning of delivery and ready to eat upon their arrival. Some of our CHC customers claim that they’ve managed to reach London with a still warm pasty.

In the long term, the pair wants to build on ‘Cornwall’ and ‘Cornish’ as a national brand and “further promote all the things that Cornwall has to offer.”
From our perch, here at Cornish Holiday Cottages, we feel that they’ve only really begun to scratch the surface of the creativity and produce we have down here, but they are off to a good start. And with your support they could build a lucrative co-operative away from the mass-marketed world of the high street and the shopping complex.

Just in time for Christmas too: they have a dedicated Christmas section of the site. They themselves have said it best: If only we had more time to potter about and explore all that’s on offer.

Get your skates on

December 4, 2014 No Comments

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One of our favourite winter time activities is ice skating. There’s nothing like the freedom of gliding over the ice majestically, your scarf tails flowing freely behind you as you spin in an elegant pirouette. Of course, the disconnect between our imaginations and the real world is all too sharp and hard on the ice. That doesn’t stop us having fun though.

The Eden project seems to feature a lot in our blog posts at the moment, but that’s only because it is a great autumn and winter time place to visit. And their magical ice rink is back for another year.

If you are staying in one of our holiday cottages in Cornwall and you’ve not had the pleasure of skating at Eden, then now is your chance.

With sessions to suit all ages and abilities, from beginners upwards and an ice disco on Friday evenings, Eden’s ice skating is popular amongst holiday makers and locals alike – especially as it’s the only place to skate in Cornwall this winter. There are half price sessions running, so it is worth ringing up to find out when the different sessions are on.

This season there’s a great new menu of rink-side food in case you’re in need of a snack, or a warm mulled cider if you’re stuck rubbing your hands together for warmth, watching others skate. There are crêpes, sweet waffles and sweet potato fries to snack on, as well as burgers and hotdogs for the meat lovers amongst you.

It’s a popular family treat for before the Christmas craziness, so don’t forget to book ahead.

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As we’ve mentioned above, Eden is the only place offering ice skating this winter. Unfortunately, Truro Cathedral are not be able to offer their own skating experience; something they have been doing for the past two years and express disappointment at not being able to provide.

Essential repair work is being carried out on the cathedral’s mullions. Mullions, for those who are just learning this piece of cathedral building vocab, are the dividing posts between a cathedral’s vertical windows. So now you know. Basically, they are kindly putting our health and safety and not our desire to slip and slide across a lake of frozen water first.

As part of their restoration work a new creative arts and music centre is being established, which is great news for continuing the cathedral’s reputation for concerts.

Cornish Craft and Gift Fairs

November 28, 2014 No Comments

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We’re experiencing a pressureless hinterland at the moment. I’m talking about Christmas of course. December the 25th is still miles away and it feels like giving it your full attention now is like caving in to the onslaught of high street consumerism and belittling the event itself.  But, alas if we don’t keep half an eye on it now, it’ll rear its horns and we’ll be back to the mid-December dash that we’ve promised ourselves we’ll avoid this year.

 

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to grab some unique stocking fillers at Truro’s Made In Cornwall Christmas Fair: a five-day extravaganza that takes place from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th November.

 

Closer to home, this Saturday sees the opening of Penryn’s Christmas Pop-up shop, on Islington Wharf. Islington Wharf is a small, hidden Penryn gem, housing one of our best-kept-secrets in ‘The Wharf’, a Spanish tapas restaurant, who do great king prawns and fried calamari, as well as a fish-mongers, and a deli, for those of you who fancy cooking with local ingredients while on holiday. The Pop-up shop itself is a quiet celebration of local produce and crafts with hampers of mixed food items, cushions, prints, woodcarvings and clothing.

 

A personal favourite on the gift front this year is produce by the Cornish Ketchup Company. For not much more than a bottle of Heinz, this small, growing business offer an intense variety of flavours. I think quite a few non-Cornish relatives of my own will be getting a bottle this year.

 

So, there are no excuses for not getting ourselves Christmas ready at a more leisurely pace this year. And for those of you who are reading this away from Cornwall, but with something Cornish in mind this Christmas – watch this space. We’ve just caught a glimpse of something that may hit the spot, but more on that next week.

 

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