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Visit the real Poldark country

June 6, 2018 No Comments

The popular BBC1 show, Poldark, returns to our screens this Sunday, 10th June at 9pm.  The series showcases some of Cornwall’s most spectacular rugged landscapes, stunning beaches and historic buildings.

If it’s just too tempting and you feel the yearn to follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps, firstly call our friendly team to help you find the perfect base for your break, then read on for our handy list of beautiful filming locations and must-see attractions to visit during your holiday.

 

Botallack Mine – Wheal Owles, on the Tin Coast, near St Just

The abandoned buildings, owned by the National Trust, were the perfect location for the Poldark family mines. The ruined engines houses, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, are set on the side on the cliff with breath-taking views.

Read more at the National Trust website/Botallack.

 

Charlestown Harbour, St Austell

Built in 1792 by Charles Rashleigh, Charlestown is still a working harbour for china clay exports. Now privately owned the port has been used in well over one hundred shows and films. It’s just like stepping back in time as you walk along the flagstones and explore the 1939 Tall Ship “Kajsamaoor”.

Read more at Charlestown Port

 

 

Wheal Coates, St Agnes Head

Wheal Coates Engine House is perched on the side of the cliff at St Agnes over looking Chapel Porth. This is Poldark country at its best with purple heather, yellow gorse and miles of ocean.

Visit Wheal Coates’ National Trust website

 

Bodmin Moor

A great place to stop on your way to Falmouth. Used as the location for Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, and the dramatic horseback scenes.

Read all the Poldark filming locations at the BBC website.

 

 

 

Poldark Tin Mine, Wendron, Helston

Although the Poldark Mine has not featured in the current series it was seen by millions all over the world when it featured in in the original BBC drama in 1970s. The only complete tin mine open for underground guided tours for a real atmosphere of times gone by.

Opening times and prices are available on the Poldark Mine website.

 

Kitchens where meals and memories are made

October 3, 2017 No Comments

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and we couldn’t agree more.

It’s always exciting to experience local restaurants on holiday and Cornwall has its fair share of the best, from country pubs with roaring fires, fine dining and stunning beach front cafes.

Yet, there is still something very special about the whole family preparing, cooking and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal together and it seems so much more fun to cook on holiday.

If you’re planning a large group-getaway or a romantic couples retreat, here’s a selection of our holiday homes with kitchens that make cooking a special occasion.

When you’ve found your perfect holiday home we recommend talking to The Cornish Food Box Company. They have hundreds of Cornish products including fruit and veg, fish, meat and dairy which they will pack and deliver direct to your door.

Eat. Drink. Enjoy!

Perfect for large groups:

Calamansac East Wing

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East Wing sleeps up to 11 people and the glorious open plan kitchen with granite worktops, two electric cookers and hobs plus two dishwashers is the perfect room for entertaining. After a delicious home cooked meal head into the playroom for fun and games, including two RS Barcelona Ping-Pong tables, piano, library, games, indoor swing and comfortable seating area.

Nancenoy Farmhouse

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New to our portfolio in 2017, Nancenoy Farmhouse is a beautiful country cottage full of charm and character which extends to the kitchen. Sleeping 7 people it has a traditional Aga and log burner for the winter months along with big comfy sofas and a Nespresso coffee machine… bliss.

The Coach House

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Originally build in 1904 as a coach house and stables, The Coach House is now a stunning, contemporary home in an idyllic position within The Trerose Estate. Perfect for up to 8 people the kitchen is a vast room with solid wood cupboards, two under counter fridges and two ovens, the perfect place to feed a crowd.

Grown-up Getaways:

Kerensa an Mor

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Another new property to the portfolio in 2017. The no expense spared interior of Kerensa an Mor exudes a feel of calmness and quality. The spacious kitchen with AGA and separate cooker and hob will appeal to keen cooks while everyone will enjoy dining on the sunny terrace.

Seventh Heaven

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With open vaulted ceilings and quirky interior the state of the art kitchen has breath-taking sea views of Falmouth Harbour. The kitchen is high-tech with black gloss units and wonderfully capacious drawers. Perfect for two couples.

Pumpkin Cottage

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Picturesque charm with a modern powder blue electric AGA in a large open plan kitchen/dining room, just perfect for a family get together. Pumpkin Cottage offers everything you need from your holiday home.

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Don’t be fooled by the elegant outer façade of this Edwardian period property. The interior is surprisingly contemporary, spacious with underfloor heating throughout. The quality of the fixtures and fittings are second to none.

 

Universally Accessible:

Calamansac Sail Loft

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Guest comfort is paramount at The Sail Loft. If you have a mobility impairment this is the house for you. Equally if you are completely able bodied and looking for a five star retreat close to the sailing waters of the Helford River, two private beaches and fifty acres of meadow garden and woodland then this is also the place for you.

The kitchen is fully accessible, u-shaped with Corian work tops and a NEFF ‘slip and slide’ fan oven. The worktop and sink are capable of being lowered and raised to suit the user’s preference.

The Sail Loft really does cater for your every need.

 

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Cottages with an Aga

March 16, 2016 No Comments

They’re not really about cooking, are they? They’re about lifestyle – welly clad youngsters drying socks on the handles, dog baskets nestled against their edges and as a grandiose conversation piece at the centre of the kitchen. There’s nothing like the charm of an Aga.

Cornish Holiday Cottages knows that it’s great to have a new gadget to play with on holiday and for families that seem to spend their time congregating in the kitchen, rather than the lounge there’s no better gadget than an Aga. But the first time I lived in a house with an Aga I was so scared of its hulking iron that for weeks we lived off microwave meals. They’re actually easier to use as a conventional oven, all the knobs have gone for a start. Not only that but everything that came out of it was utterly delectable. The deep, thick walls of the double ovens produced an incredibly unctuous pork shoulder and the spongiest of cakes.

Like any converts, we were evangelical and bored our friends rigid with tales of roast chickens, the fluffiest of jacket potatoes and trancendent toast.
It is the most straightforward, responsive, forgiving cooker you will ever use. Just think of the Aga as a normal cooker, with two hot plates and four ovens, which just happen to be on constantly, with the ovens set at constant temperatures suitable for all types of cooking.

If you enjoy slow-cooked food, just leave your favourite dish in the appropriate oven, head off for a long coastal walk, visit a country garden, an atmospheric ruin or a bustling market town and when you return…perfection. And the kitchen will have a cosiness that no electric fan oven or gas burner can even hold a candle to.

 

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Primrose Cottage
Primrose really puts the cottage into Cornish Holiday Cottages. There are so many features that set this old cottage apart it’s hard to know where to start. Positioned at the end of a lane you’ll not be interrupted in your peaceful idyll. An outside shower takes the fuss out of dog washing and wetsuit rinsing, whilst the low beamed ceilings and vintage furnishings create a provincial cosiness inside. The kitchen is full of vibrant colours, one wall dominated by a large granite hearth, and built into the hearth is its Aga.

 

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Ridifarne
Inhabiting one of the best spots on the Helford river, Ridifarne has the country kitchen. From the farmhouse dining table and rustic fittings to the Aga itself (which is infact a new electric Aga) it has an informal feel at odds with the spectacular gardens and estuary vista. A cottage perfect for a large family holiday.

 

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Trolver
At the end of Tolver’s kitchen perches a high shelf laden with pots and pans dangling from hooks. Along with the shining black Electric Everhot they create an image straight out of Country Living. With views onto Restronguet Creek, the village of Feock within walking distance and Falmouth and Truro both within 15 minutes drive, Trolver is well situated for exploring Cornwall.

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Selangor

Nestled in the kitchen the Aga really is the heart of the home here at Selangor. The open plan kitchen/dining means cooking your meals here can be quite sociable. On the Helford River it’s just a 5 minute stroll down to Helford Passage beach.

Living On The Beach

February 9, 2016 1 Comment

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There are many perks to Cornish living, but none are as evocative as the pull of the ocean. People travel here, move here or stay here to be as close to the beach as possible. And for most, even those of us that live here, we get the opportunity to actually plonk our houses within a stone’s throw of the beach. And there’s nothing like having the beach on your doorstep.

Even as we write this, in the post-Christmas wait for spring, we still love the beach. Wrapping up and taking a stroll along a deserted beach is a uniquely invigorating experience.

There’s no excuse to be bored either. Ever. The beach is an adventure playground for children and even if you’re just sitting on the beach, that’s a perfectly fine way of whiling away the hours.

Living by the beach awakens all the senses: there’s nothing like the sound of lapping waves. As you’re lying in bed with the window open, the reassuring sound will soothe you to sleep, it’ll be there to accompany you as you have a lazy morning coffee and it’ll be a soothing soundtrack to reading a novel in the afternoon. There’s also no better smell than fresh, salty sea air. It’s air that has been cleansed by miles of ocean, instead of towns, cities and A roads. And even if you stayed with us for a month or more, you’d never get tired of the sunsets and sunrises painting the sky different shades of pink, purple and orange, or of looking at the deep blue sea melt into the horizon.

Our cottages are all self-catering. It seems a bizarre thing to mention in a post about the beach, but what better kitchen to have than the beach itself. Every day can be a barbeque day, and with a little creativity, you can still get those greens in.

That’s why we at Cornish Holiday Cottages feel privileged to be able to offer you some fine self-catering holiday homes only a hop, skip and a jump from sandy shores. Below is just a sample of our Cornish beach side cottages.

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Little Nest
Little Nest is a romantic cottage for two perched on the edge of Maenporth beach. Despite its generous views of the beach and its open plan living space, it is a snug and well insulated cottage, even in winter. A fantastic romantic retreat after skimming stones, rock pooling or sauntering along the coastline.

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Carrick Treath
Sitting at the northern end of the Carrick Roads and boasting luxurious furnishings and ample space, Carrick Treath is perfect for large groups. If you choose the right room you can even wake with the ocean just beyond your toes. Otherwise there’s the floor to ceiling windows of the living area to admire the view of Loe Beach from.

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Ridifarne
Perched just above the beach at Helford Passage, Ridifarne is a large home that sleeps eight in its four expansive bedrooms. It’s less than a minute from a beach just perfect for launching kayaks and rowing boats from.

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Chy-An-Dour and Rose Cottages 1, 2 and 3
We love being able to offer four seperate cottages in the tiny fishing hamlet of Durgan. They are all cottages that would have been owned by working fishing families who would have dragged their boats onto the shore and practically up to their front doors. Chy-An-Dour is a large, recently refurbished cottage with open beamed ceilings and plenty of character, whilst the 3 Rose Cottages, built in an L shape, all ooze old Cornish charm and are perfect for dog loving families.

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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Durgan Regatta

August 22, 2014 No Comments

Durgan.Helford.Cornwall-8 Durgan.Helford.Cornwall-11The Hamlet of Durgan is getting ready for their regatta this Sunday. The bunting is out and it’s sure to be fun for all the family (and even your dog) if you’re in the area.

We have 4 cottages in Durgan, see them here.

New Kitchen at Carvinack

April 20, 2014 No Comments

Carvinack Cottage - Mylor - Holiday Cottage - Cornwall - Kitchen DiningLast week I went down to Carvinack Cottage to photograph it’s brand new kitchen and shower. It was a beautiful day and I was greeted by the neighbours chickens who are very tame. The blossom was out and the cottage garden was looking vibrantly green. The kitchen has undergone a huge transformation and looks brilliant, with brand new oven and hob and kitchen units.

Carvinack is surrounded by the Enys Estate and is perfect for a relaxing break. Walking distance from Mylor, Penryn or Flushing and a short drive from Falmouth.

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.

Cornish Gardens in Spring

February 19, 2014 No Comments

 

Spring is when the gardens in Cornwall are at their best. People flock to see the beautiful rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and magnolia all in bloom, and they are a spectacular sight!

 

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Trebah Garden

Just on the outskirts of Falmouth in the village of Mawnan Smith, Trebah has its own private beach on the Helford River, the wonderful Planters Café, beautiful gardens and a great gift shop. With fun for all the family the different walks around the garden can keep you busy for hours.

Nearest Cottages:

The Haven

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Glendurgan Garden (National Trust)

Leading down through beautiful gardens with a brilliant maze into the hamlet of Durgan. Glendurgan is a National Trust garden and has a wonderful open air café.

Nearest Cottages:

Rose Cottages

Chy-an-Dour

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Trelissick Garden (National Trust)

On the River Fal with stunning views out towards Mylor Harbour and the sea, Trelissick has plenty to keep you occupied for a day out! With an art gallery selling local work, a second hand bookshop with some hidden gems, and that’s not even mentioning the garden.

Nearest Cottages:

Creek House

Trolver

Carrick Treath

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Enys Garden

Known locally for its stunning displays of bluebells, Enys Gardens is found near Mylor and Penryn.

Nearest Cottages:

Acorn Cottage

Trehovel

Cavinack Cottage

 

A little further away

Eden Project

One of the UK’s biggest attractions and it’s down here in Cornwall! About a 45 min drive from our cottages with the three iconic biomes, a brilliant café, shop and restaurant. A must see for many when visiting the area.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Also about a 45 min drive from our cottages but with 200 acres of beautiful gardens to explore it’s worth the drive. An incredible garden that was lost and has been brought back to life.

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.

Emily:

  • 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….

 

Dawn:

  • 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.

 

Debbie:

  • 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.

 

Becca:

  • 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.