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2020 Bank Holidays in Cornwall

January 10, 2020 No Comments
Children and a dog running through the woods at the Calamansac Estate in Cornwall on the Helford River near Falmouth.

We’re all back into the swing of things after the Christmas holidays and coming around to the idea of it being a whole new decade. One of the lovely things about early January (when our New Year’s resolutions are still clear in our minds) is looking forward to what the year ahead will bring. Spring lies just around the corner and 2020 is set to be one very exciting year!

For many of us filling in our new calendars, we’ll be jotting down dates and starting to get excited about the many bank holidays coming up in the New Year. There are eight bank holidays in England and Wales this year, and those planning a holiday to Cornwall might want to think about booking over a bank holiday weekend to take advantage of an extra day without taking away from their annual leave.

In Cornwall, the bank holidays often mean getting outdoors and a day on the beach might be just the thing we need.

During the Easter weekend we can start to see Cornwall beginning to blossom, and in May the two bank holidays serve as a taste of the long summer holidays that lie ahead. Our bank holidays offer precious time to wind down with loved ones and enjoy some adventure time.

Visitors to Cornwall for the early May Bank Holiday, which takes place on a Friday this year, will enjoy the fact that it falls on Helston Flora Day. This dancing festival dates to pre-Christian times as a way to welcome in the summer. Dancers line the streets and even dance in and out of houses!

Falmouth’s Fal River Festival falls this year upon the late May Spring Bank Holiday. This ten-day celebration is a community festival with over 150 events varying from the Arts to gig racing.

See below a list of UK Bank Holidays for 2020, and start planning your holiday in Cornwall!

  • 1st January 2020 – New Years Day
  • 10th April 2020 – Good Friday
  • 13th April 2020 – Easter Monday
  • 8th May 2020 – Early May Bank Holiday (VE Day)
  • 25th May 2020 – Spring Bank Holiday
  • 31st August 2020 – Summer Bank Holiday
  • 25th December 2020 – Christmas Day
  • 28th December 2020 – Boxing Day (substitute day)

Whilst you have your calendars and diaries are open, make a note of these other key dates in the Cornish Calendar, and plan your holiday accordingly!

  • Valentine’s Day: Thursday 14 February 
  • St Piran’s Day: Thursday 5 March
  • St Patrick’s Day: Sunday 17 March
  • Mothering Sunday: Sunday 31 March
  • St George’s Day: Tuesday 23 April
  • Father’s Day: Sunday 16 June
  • Halloween: Thursday 31 October 
  • Bonfire Night: Tuesday 5 November

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.

 

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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

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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.

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