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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?  


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

An image of Falmouth High street with Christmas lights in the snow and children playing the the snow
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!

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



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


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.


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

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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December 8, 2014 No Comments

Cornish high street

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


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.


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.


Our Favourite things to do at Christmas in Cornwall

October 24, 2013 No Comments

Here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we’ve been talking about what our favourite things to do in Cornwall at Christmas are! It may seem a bit early but with all the shops already geared up for Christmas and mince pies already being eaten, Christmas is sooner than you may think…

So here’s a little snippet of what we love about Christmas in Cornwall.


  • Nearly all of my Christmas’ have been in Cornwall and whilst I am lucky to be able to walk my dogs on one or other beach, everyday of the year,  the post Christmas dinner walk is a special one. The atmosphere is that bit more special and I am surrounded by my nearest and dearest in a place that I adore.
  • My children are young, (5 and 3), so Christmas is hugely exciting for them of course and it is impossible not to get caught up in this frenzy. Last year we saw Father Christmas row ashore onto Durgan beach on the Helford River – pure magic.
  • Lots of my friends left Cornwall for pastures new in their late teens, but at Christmas most return, so I love this time of year for catching up. You know what they say about old friends….



  • Last year we went for a walk around the coast to the beach at Prussia Cove on Christmas day, it was really beautiful and surprisingly busy!
  • Going to a midnight service at my local church, it’s lovely to see all the children getting excited about staying up late.
  • Playing a variety of card games around the table with all the family, my favourite thing about Christmas.



  • Christmas starts for me in Mylor my village, with the switching on, of the Christmas lights.  The village turn out in force to await Santa’s arrival then residents gather around the Christmas tree to join in singing some carols, for me this marks the start of the festivities.
  • A trip to Truro to visit their amazing “Christmas Victorian Market” held on Lemon Quay is a must, I can always find something a little different for gifts.  Usually produced or crafted locally.
  • Weather permitting Boxing Day is usually the day to get out and walk off some the of extra calorie intake.  A favourite of ours is to travel over to the North Coast, usually Gwithian and walk along the long sandy beach or on the cliff top.  At this time of year you can look down on a sheltered cove at Godrevy and if you are lucky spot the baby seal cubs venturing out with their mothers.  Hot chocolate and marshmallows is a must if the cafe is open.



  • Going to Rogue Theatre’s ‘Winter Wood’ at Tehidy, perfect for getting excited in the run up for Christmas.
  • Doing all my Christmas shopping at the markets, Truro Christmas market is a good one or Trebah Gardens.
  • Christmas baking! I don’t like mince pies so make jam tarts instead! And of course stained glass window biscuits to hang on the tree. I don’t do any of the cooking on Christmas day as my dad monopolises the kitchen so it’s good to do some before/after.