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Christmas in Cornwall

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.

 

Home is where the heat is

November 10, 2014 No Comments

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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.

Truro City of Lights 2014

October 17, 2014 No Comments

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We’re not far now from this year’s City of Lights festival in Truro, where has time gone!

The wonderful hand made lanterns are paraded through the town, made by local schools, groups and businesses. It also marks the turning on of the city’s Christmas lights. There will be a market and lots of delicious street food to try!

This years theme is ‘Heroes’ so we’re all very excited to see what is produced. Highlights from last year must be T-Rex and the ballerina. The parade takes place on the 19th of November and starts at the earlier time of 6.30pm for 2014.

For more information visit their website.

Nautical chic on the Helford River

April 16, 2014 No Comments

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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.

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