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Cottages near award winning pubs

March 9, 2016 No Comments

We go on holiday to relax, to saunter, to wander and to lounge. And there’s nothing like a good pub to saunter into, relax and lounge around in.

A good pub is a great place to soak up some atmosphere, get in touch with local culture (or local beer) and watch the world go by. We all have our favourite pubs here at Cornish Holiday Cottages; my personal favourite is The Front in Falmouth. It’s a vibrant local pub down on the waterfront an ever revolving selection of beers and ciders.

But we’re not here to talk about our favourites. There are award winning pubs within a stone’s throw – or a tipsy totter – of our holiday homes. These are the sort of pubs that our guests seek out before they ever cross the Cornish border. They are pubs that have history, individuality and excellent food. They have roaring fires in the corner, friendly staff and a fine selection of local ales, spirits and wines to choose from.

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Down on the banks of Restronguet Creek sits the Pandora Inn. Stepping into the 13th Century thatched building is like stepping back in time. Low beamed ceilings, crooked flagstone floors and warming fires create a cosy atmosphere inside;  whilst outside, a long pontoon stretches over the water for languid summer drinking.

That’s without mentioning their fantastic grub. Steamed mussels, fish and chips and doorstop sandwiches are the order of the day.

Nominated for Tourism Pub of the Year at last year’s Visit England Awards – it came third – as well as winning gold at the Cornish Tourism Awards, The Pandora is a short walk from our two holiday homes, Acorn Cottage and Willow Cottage, in the centre of Mylor Bridge. Both holiday homes boast wood burners for cosy nights in, beautiful modern furnishings and sun trap gardens.

Down on the Helford river there’s not one, but two award winning pubs within walking distance of our Cornish Holiday Cottages.

Our Polwheveral holiday homes, including Trenant, Gwel-an-Dowr, Little Trenant and Melyn Goth, and the famous Calamansac properties are both just down the hill from the Trengilly Wartha, a family run traditional country pub with a silver award from The Taste of the West. The bar staff are incredibly friendly and you are bound to bump into some loquacious locals. The Trengilly boasts one of the largest whisky menus in the counties and a food menu full of locally caught seafood and meat from nearby farms.IMG_8129-47

 

For those of you eyeing up our Durgan holiday cottages or the panoramic views of our expansive Helford Point home, the Ferryboat Inn is a holiday gem. Dating back to the 16th century the Ferryboat sits on the banks of the Helford river and is a mere stretch of the toe away from a sheltered beach, so you can have a drink while the children play. It’s the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. There’s a fine selection of local beers and a comfy sofa placed right in front of their fireplace to warm your cockles in front of on chillier days. Their menu offers a selection of seafood dishes and there’s an ever changing specials board to look out for.

The View From The Star and Garter

Finally, for those reading our blog posts on a regular basis you will have noticed us mention the Star and Garter in Falmouth a lot over the last few weeks. So it’s a pub that will need no introduction to our Cornish Holiday Cottage guests. An enticing view of Falmouth Harbour, creative food and a relaxed, stylish bar are ready to greet anyone staying  in our Packet Quays apartments and houses. There’s the Crow’s Nest with its unparelleled living room views, the newly refurbished Harbour View with its beautiful attic bedroom or Cross Trees with its 39ft balcony and lavish L shaped sofa. That’s without mentioning Janes Court and its slipway, or Cormorants. Basically, if you want to be close to the fine pubs of Falmouth, there’s no shortage of options.

 

 

 

It’s Doggy Competition time here at Cornish Holiday Cottages!

October 17, 2013 Comments (2)

Here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we’ve been celebrating now the dogs are allowed on all the beaches again; although not as much as the dogs, they’ve been having a brilliant time running around on the sand.

Cornwall is very dog friendly all through the year, with dogs welcome in most local pubs and a wonderful choice of coastal path for walking. With just under a third of visitors to the county being dog owners, we’re proud to say we welcome dogs, nearly 50% of our cottages are pet friendly. Winter is one of the best times of the year to visit Cornwall, with vast expanses of sand to enjoy peacefully on your own and an incredible amount of pubs selling hearty local food. What better than a cosy Cornish cottage to snuggle up in front of the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a very sleepy dog by your feet after all that exploring!

To mark the occasion we’ve decided to have a little competition! We want to see photo’s of your dog on holiday here in Cornwall, it could be a photo of them enjoying the beach, or relaxing at the local watering hole. Our 5 favourites will win a pack of Hungry Hector dog treats! Made locally here in Cornwall, and full of lots of nutrients for your furry friend.

Click here to go to our facebook page

Or email your photo to info@cornishholidaycottages.net

Don’t forget to put your name, and your dog’s name with the photo. You’ve got till midnight on the 31st October!

 

Dog Friendly Falmouth

 

Here are some of our top suggestions for things to do when visiting Cornwall with canine companions in winter:
Trebah Gardens, Falmouth

1. Why not visit Trebah Gardens?   Beautiful sub-tropical plants, treelined walkways, a hidden koi carp pond and a monet-esque bridge all make this garden truly magical.  A private beach, fantastic cafe and a genuinely dog friendly welcome make this the best day out. Finished off with a brilliant shop selling local produce, to buy your Christmas presents. Click here for more information on Trebah Gardens.

Rosemullion Head

2. There’s nearly 300 miles of coastline to choose from in Cornwall, but one of our favourite bits has to be Rosemullion Head. The path from Maenporth to the Helford is a stunning stretch of coastline with hidden coves, all kinds of wildlife and beautiful wild flowers, and can be enjoyed by boat or foot. It’s perfect for a bit of swimming for both you and your dog, and you won’t have a shortage of sticks to throw! Rosemullion is perfect for a walk to explore the Cornish countryside and why not take a picnic to enjoy on one of the many benches along the way.

Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe

3. When in Cornwall, you must visit the beach!  Of course there are enough dog friendly beaches to go to one on every day of your stay but we recommend an hour at Gyllyngvase Beach.  Run the dogs on the beach and then follow the short cliff path walk to Swanpool Beach.  Walk around the lake and back to Gyllynvase Cafe for a much deserved brunch or Cornish cream tea! Click here to see the Gylly Beach Cafe (Gyllyngvase Beach is dog friendly from October 1st to Easter day)

Falmouth Castle

4. Teach the dogs a bit about history with a trip around an English Heritage property.  We recommend walking around the point to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth where you can see the castle Henry VIII built and learn about the history of our forefathers.  Dogs will love exploring the moat and meeting all the other dogs along the way, and even in Winter, you can usually get an ice cream! If not, why not pick up some fish and chips and drive up there to admire the view, the dogs will love it (the fish and chips we mean, not so much the view!) Click here for more on Pendennis Castle

 

View our selection of dog friendly cottages here.  For further information or advice on things to do with your dog, contact us on info@cornishholidaycottages.net

 

To check which beaches in Cornwall are dog friendly and when please click here.