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Romantic places to stay in Cornwall

February 10, 2020 No Comments

Cornwall is no stranger to love. From the many books written by the likes of Rosamunde Pilcher and Daphne Du Maurier to the movies and TV shows like Poldark- where the Cornish landscape that rises and falls from the ocean like a heartbeat is a character of its own. Artists like Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson have also favoured the romance of a life lived away from the hustle and bustle, where the light reflected from the sea seems to make everything (and everyone…) just that little bit more beautiful.

Love runs deep through Cornwall’s folk legends too. The tale of the Mermaid of Zennor sees a beautiful mermaid living in a cove beneath the windswept cliffs and moors of the North Cornwall coast. She falls in love with a local man who dives into the ocean to live with her happily ever after. Some say that those with sharp hearing can still hear them singing their song at sunset from the cliffs that overlook the water…

Romance blossoms within the famous Cornish gardens, and the first day of Spring is heralded by The Great Gardens of Cornwall – but only when each of their champion Magnolia Campbelli trees have 50 blooms each. Spring usually arrives in Cornwall much earlier than the rest of the UK due to the milder climate. Trebah Gardens in Mawnan Smith, Tregothnan, Trewidden, Trewithen, Caerhays Castle Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan each have one of these Magnolia trees. The first day of Spring has rather romantically fallen upon St Valentine’s Day for a few years now.

For a romantic night out in Cornwall the food and drink scene here is ideal. Head along to Indidog in Falmouth for a harbour view, or settle down at Hooked on The Rocks overlooking Swanpool Beach for seafood. If you are lucky enough to secure tickets to a feast night at The Hidden Hut or Nancarrow Farm you’re sure to make memories that last forever.

Poets, philosophers and playwrights have argued about love for as long as can be, yet the only thing they seem to decide upon is that when time, place and that most special person collide it can feel like magic. In honor of St Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a list of five of our most romantic properties that are perfect for retreating to with the person that you love.

The Giggle

The Giggle One Bedroom Dog Friendly Apartment in Falmouth

Nestled in the heart of Falmouth, The Giggle is a romantic one-bedroom dog-friendly apartment with nods to nautical elements running through it’s beautiful interior. Snug and cosy, the harbour and restaurants of Falmouth lie right on the doorstep.

The Boat House

The Boat House Port Navas Modern One Bedroom Studio Cottage on the Creekside.

A contemporary retreat set into the creekside in Port Navas, away from the hustle and bustle. The Boat house was previously an inspiring artists studio and provides a blissful escape for couples who want a Cornish holiday cottage with a twist.

Chy an Dour

Chy an Dour romantic cottage in Durgan on the Helford River

Being just a few steps away from the beach at Durgan makes Chy an Dour a perfect holiday home for a romantic break in Cornwall. Sit beside the water in the evening wrapped cosy in a blanket and share a bottle of your favourite wine at sundown…

Fisher’s Hut

Fishers Hut Cornwall Glamping

Our first foray into the world of wild glamping, Fisher’s Hut offers guests a way to escape into the Cornish wilderness. Sit beside the firepit under a blanket of stars and fall in love with one another all over again.

Shearwater

Shearwater romantic holiday home right on the quayside in port navas overlooking the Helford River

What could be more soothing than the water lapping against the quay as you cosy up beside the wood burner in this picture perfect cottage in Port Navas? There’s even a mooring in the event that you want to take a romantic boat trip out to Frenchman’s Creek.

Take a look at our collection of romantic cottages, and have a very happy Valentines Day.

Family half term fun come rain or shine!

October 19, 2017 1 Comment

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The October half term holiday will soon be upon us and the children are desperate for a break from school.  We’re big fans on getting outside and love rounding the children up and taking them on an adventure in the fresh air.

We know there’s no guarantee with the weather but don’t let the rain spoil your plans. A rainy day doesn’t have to mean sitting inside trying to wrestle screens from the families’ hands.

A bracing rainy coastal walk can be an exhilarating experience but may not appeal to young children or teens. So, here is our guide to Family Rainy Days Out. You’ll find inspiration for local attractions to visit and cheaper/free suggestions too.

Many museums are undercover and free to enter. Museums can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences and these days, many of them have interactive exhibits and hands-on play activities so children can take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore at their own curiosities.

Have you taken the children out on rainy days? Let us know your favourite rainy days out in a comment below!

Raze The Roof– Fantastic indoor soft play area in Penryn. http://razetheroof.co.uk/

Granite Planet – Climbing centre http://www.gpclimbing.com

Eden Project – provides many undercover places to enjoy. Roald Dahl’s Halloweden is a must visit this half-term  http://www.edenproject.com/

National Maritime Museum – Lots of summer activities & performances at the fascinating and inspiring maritime museum https://nmmc.co.uk/

Mounthawk Skatepark– Indoor skateboarding, scooting and BMX playground. https://www.mounthawkeskatepark.com/

Tate St Ives – Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery situated overlooking the Atlantic ocean. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

One to Eleven -This is a great indoor play area for one to eleven-year olds which is open 360 days of the year. http://www.one2eleven.co.uk/

Crabbing Spots– Ferry Boat Inn Pontoon, Mylor Harbour, Port Navas Quay, The Pandora Inn.

 

 

Top Dog Friendly Pubs

December 1, 2014 No Comments

photo (4)Anyone who has been into the Cornish Holiday Cottages offices knows that we are massive dog lovers. There’s nothing better on a crisp autumn day than a coastal or woodland walk with man’s best friend darting between the trees, jumping in puddles or diving head first into the sea, playing fetch. These walks usually have us wrapped up warm in our hats and scarves, enmeshed in a cagoule and our feet are wrapped up warm in woollen socks and squeezed snuggly into a pair of wellies.

 

As dog lovers we know how important it is to be able to find those places that welcome dogs when you’re out and about: places that will allow you and your pet to dry off, enjoy a hot chocolate, a beer or a refreshing bowl of water.  Dogs are well catered for here in Cornwall, but we do have a few favourites in and around the Helford and Falmouth area.

 

The Trengilly Wartha Inn, Constantine

The Trengilly is a proper country tavern serving fantastic food, local beer and strangely, one of the longest lists of whiskeys we’ve ever seen. Tucked away behind the village of Constantine, and short walk from Port Navas, the pub itself has six acres of gardens to explore.

 

The Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage

With a prime location on the Helford River, The Ferryboat Inn serves as great base for visits to Trebah Gardens, Glendurgan garden or numerous coastal walks and boat-trips around Mawnan Smith, Durgan and the Helford Estuary. Dogs are made extremely welcome at anytime of day. There are various dog bowls dotted around and there are normally dog biscuits on the bar. With a small beach a literal stone’s throw away, you can enjoy a relaxing drink or nibble while your dog dips its paws in the water.

 

The Pandora Inn – Restronguet Creek, Mylor Bridge

All low beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and a thatched roof, parts of the Pandora date back to the 13th Century. A cosy and intimate establishment with lots of nooks to hide yourselves away in, The Pandora offers bowls of water for your dog and some stunning local food for yourself, whether you fancy a sandwich or a substantial three-course meal. For their recent website revamp The Pandora’s owners commissioned outdoor writer, Sue Viccars to create some circular walks around Restronguet and Mylor. On the site you’ll find a map with all the routes on as well some handy parking spots too.

 

5 Degrees West, Falmouth

5 Degrees West can be found near The Maritime Museum and is a modern, relaxed pub with no dog restrictions, water bowls, the odd dog biscuit and very friendly staff.  Their restaurant area is family friendly and unpretentious and there is an open fireplace to cosy up to as well.

 

Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe, Helston

Perched on the cliff top near Gunwalloe beach is the 500 year old Halzephron Inn. The pub is ideally situated for coastal walks south, towards Church Cove and The Lizard or west, across a mile of golden sand towards Porthleven. The beauty of this rugged coastline cannot be underestimated in any season. The Inn is home to Olly, the Red Irish Setter, and you just know they are a dog friendly bunch when they have a photo gallery dedicated to dogs propping themselves up at the bar, on their website.

 

 

 

 

Last work day for the dogs on Maenporth Beach

April 17, 2014 No Comments

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The dogs enjoyed the last run around on Maenporth beach on the way to work they’ll be having for a while. There are just two more days for the dogs to run around on the Falmouth beaches (Gyllyngvase, Swanpool, Castle and Maenporth).

We’re very lucky here to have the coves and beaches on the Helford River, which are dog friendly all year round, just a short drive from Falmouth.

March at Trebah Gardens

April 10, 2014 No Comments

Winter is not often a season associated with flowers, however late winter is one of our favourites here in Cornwall. Magnolia, Rhododendron and Camellias all flourish, the gardens are coming back to life and carpets of daffodils starting to appear everywhere.

Trebah is wonderful at all time of year with a large children’s play area and lots of interesting areas for exploring, the garden is built in a valley leading down to its very own beach on the Helford River. Even in March people are sitting enjoying the sunshine and eating ice-creams from the Boathouse Café, while dogs play in the water. Trebah is also home to the joint tallest Magonlia in the UK, an incredible sight which flowers in March.

There is a stream running down the middle of the valley leading into a beautiful pond, complete with a bridge and this year they have been building an outdoor amphitheatre.

Trebah also has a great restaurant and shop selling lots of local produce, these are free to visit without paying entry to the gardens.

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.