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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.

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

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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?  

Chocolarder

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

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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!

11 of the Best Cornish Country Pubs- with fires!

November 6, 2019 No Comments

As the nights draw in and the mercury creeps lower and lower, we’ve enjoyed being reacquainted with one of the loveliest experiences that winter brings, and apparently so have you!

Last week we asked our Instagram followers for recommendations of the best Cornish pubs with a warm fireside, and they sent us their top tips for places to warm up, perhaps after a long walk or a winter dip in the sea.

So without further ado, here are the best pubs in Cornwall with a cosy fireside, as chosen by you!

1. The Gurnards Head, Zennor (or thereabouts)

It’s just outside Zennor, but really the Gurnards head could be in the middle of nowhere. With dramatic cliffs to walk along before settling down, and accessed via one of the most beautiful roads in the UK, you’ll have much to discuss beside the fire.

2. The Pennycomequick, Falmouth

A firm Falmouth favourite with a wonderful fire and a perpetually jolly atmosphere. We love a little snooze in the fireside armchairs after one of their fantastic Sunday lunches, and the fact that our dogs can curl up beside the fire makes it feel even more like home…

3. The Star and Garter, Falmouth

Between us, the team at Cornish Holiday Cottages have spent a few evenings (and afternoons!) cocktail in hand beside this very same woodburner. After a walk along the harbour or a windy boat trip a visit to the Star and Garter in Falmouth is just the tonic…

4. The Ferryboat, Helford Passage

A walk along the Helford River just wouldn’t be complete without stopping into the lovely Ferryboat Inn. A beautifully decorated space with a super fire to warm any cold hands beside.

5. The Trelowarren Arms

Recommended by one of our local neighbors, and affectionately known as the ‘Trelly’, this is a real country pub if ever there was one!

6. The Punchbowl and Ladle, Penelewey

A gorgeous thatched country pub perfect for winding down after a walk around Trelissick, the National Trust property alongside the river Fal. This recently renovated watering hole is perfect for warming up during winter.

7. Harbour Inn, Porthleven

Renowned for bracing winds and crashing waves during the winter, there can be few places where a warm fireside is more necessary than Porthleven!

8. The Victory Inn, St Mawes

Tucked up along one of many opways and alleys in St Mawes, this secret gem might only be familiar to the curious among us. As the oldest pub in St Mawes, and with a cosy fireside to boot, this is a great place to pop into after a ferry ride over from Falmouth.

9. The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith

Luckily for us this 15th Century pub is a very short walk from our offices – we can see it’s thatched roof and chimney from our desks!

10. The Royal Standard, Flushing

A perfect place to stop off and warm up after a walk along the banks of the River Fal, with great food too!

11. The Pandora Inn, Restronguet

Popular throughout the summer for an incredible pontoon for dining at sunset, the Pandora Inn cannot be overlooked during the winter months. With flagstone floors and low beams, this traditional thatched Cornish pub is a cosy delight.

If there is somewhere extra special that we’ve missed, of you would like to join the conversation and let us know what you think, we’ve love to hear from you! Let us know on instagram – @cornishholidays

Wild Swimming in Cornwall

August 2, 2019 No Comments

During these warm months, windows are open to tempt a breeze and here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we are looking at creative ways to keep cool.

Recent talk of the health benefits of wild swimming has brought about a new appreciation for our closeness to beautiful bodies of water. It seems strange to call it ‘wild swimming’, when for so many of us living in the Falmouth and Helford river area it’s simply ‘swimming’. Such is the way of life here in Cornwall, that it is routine to take to the ocean before or after work, during lunchbreaks, or when really you just meant to exercise the dog.

To be in the water is to be untethered. Phone, wallet and keys left on the shore allow a rare opportunity to simply be.

We can only tell you of the incredible feeling swimming in open water brings and urge you to be brave – after that initial chill you’ll find your muscles soothed, circulation increased, your mind clear and your soul revitalised. Below are a few of our recommendations of our favourite ‘wild swimming’ spots in Cornwall.

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1. Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

At first light on Gyllyngvase Beach, you’ll see swimmers of all ages taking to the water before work or school, the bravest of the bunch swimming all year round, even through the depths of winter. Some swim for companionship, others are solitary swimmers having a moment of escape. Gyllyngvase Beach offers safety in the water with an RNLI lifeguard during the summer months.  Go as early as you can for maximum atmosphere.

2. Grebe Beach, Helford River

The Helford River provides many a sheltered spot for swimming and it’s branching topography results in places for the water to reach warm temperatures. Grebe Beach close to Durgan holds a special place in many of our hearts. A favourite for a sundowner BBQ and a swim of an evening.

3. Maenporth, Near Falmouth

Maenporth beach with it’s golden sands is perfectly positioned to catch the very best of the sunlight rising over the horizon in the morning. Or with the Maen Valley behind creating the perfect channel for the evening sun to filter through, there are few places better than here for sheltered swimming in the ocean.

4. Castle Beach, Falmouth

For a peaceful dip within walking distance from your holiday home in Falmouth, the little coves to the left of Castle Beach are perfection, facing south to allow you to bask in sunlight after you exit the water.

5. Nansidwell Beach, Mawnan Smith

At high tide here the unique landscape creates calm, clear shallow waters (apart from in an easterly) and wonderful views over to Falmouth, with the lighthouse of St Anthony Head visible on the horizon.

The beach opposite Pedn Billy Boathouse -ideal for wild swimming

As with any outdoor activity, do make sure you are safe whilst you enjoy your wild moment with nature…

Holiday cottages available to rent from us here at Cornish Holiday Cottages which are perfect for a wild swimming holiday in Cornwall are

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.

 

 

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.

Sunrise

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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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Cornish Crabbing

April 4, 2016 No Comments

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Crabs are bizarre little creatures. Their hard shells and snippy pincers should instill a sense of fear in children, but instead they’re endlessly fascinating, funny little things. From their rock pool habitats to their sideways crab walk, they are the main event when rock pooling and the star of coastal exploration.

Crabbing is a truly British Seaside activity that keeps the children occupied and is surprisingly addictive for the adults. It’s the stuff of childhood nostalgia: fun, daring and occasionally hair raising.

It’s more fun in the sun, but crabs can be caught all day long and all year round. All you need is a bucket, a line, something to weight it and some bait: we have it on good authority that crabs are bacon fiends, so a try tying some to the end of your line.

There are loads of great crabbing spot around our Cornish Holiday Cottages. The most well known spot is down at the Pandora Inn, at the end of their pontoon. Sit down and have a pint while the children occupy themselves with the crustaceans.
Crabs like to hide and they tend to live in places where there is plenty of cover from rocks, seaweed or other structures. Favourite hideouts include around piers and harbour walls, and on beaches with larger rocks and stones. So if you are anywhere that meets these conditions grab your bucket and bacon and start crabbing.

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Cornish Holiday Cottages’ Top Crabbing Locations

1.    The Harbour! There are many quays in Falmouth with perfect spots for doing a bit of crabbing.

2.    The Pandora Inn at Mylor, enjoy delicious food on the pontoon and you can crab while you wait. Crabbing lines and bait are sold inside.

3.    Castle Beach, get your hands dirty at low tide and enjoy some rock pooling.

4.    Flushing Quay, enjoy the views of Falmouth from Flushing.

5.    Mylor Quay, the perfect spot for sitting and relaxing by the quay.

6.    Helford Passage, the rocky beach is the perfect spot for crab hunting.

The most important thing to consider when crabbing is the safety and happiness of the crabs themselves. These handy tips from the good people at gonecrabbing.co.uk have created a great guide to crabbing aimed at children and this handy dos and don’ts list:

Don’t …. put too many crabs in one bucket. Stick to 10 per pail
Do …. add rocks and seaweed to the bucket to help replicate the crab’s natural environment and reduce stress
Don’t …. keep them all day long – return them to sea
Do …. change the water every 10 minutes to avoid asphyxiation. Only keep the crabs in sea water.
Don’t …. store your bucket in the sun
Don’t …. use a line with a hook on. Either tie your bacon on or use an old pair of tights/bit of net to hold your bacon in.
Do …. hold your crab correctly – gently hold it either side of its shell or pick it up with one finger on top of the shell and one finger underneath – avoiding the claws though!
Do …. remove any crabs which are fighting – male crabs tend to be more aggressive than the ladies.
Do …. remember to take all your equipment and rubbish home with you.
Do … go crabbing. When done responsibly, crabbing is an excellent way to introduce children to the marine ecology.

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.

 

 

 

Star and Garter, Falmouth

March 2, 2016 No Comments

Last week we recommended Falmouth’s ‘The Star and Garter’ as the perfect place for Easter lunch. There’s a reason for that: it’s our new favourite foodie haunt.

Opening in August of last year, we were a little dubious at first – The old Star and Garter used to host a pretty mean jazz night and was pretty legendary in its own right – but were won over as soon as we sat down to a lunch of seafood linguine one autumn afternoon. The décor hits the right balance between vintage and modern, but its stand out features are the windows that stretch across the back wall offering an unparalleled view of the river.

The Star and Garter

The Star and Garter has a rich history, having been open since 1892, so new landlords, Elliot and Becca Thompson, have taken on a thick slice of Falmouth’s culture. In fact, if they hadn’t stepped in, it would likely have become a block of flats.

Being a trained chef, Elliot could well have stepped into the kitchen himself, but their kitchen is bursting with talent, manned as it is with three chefs from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. They have a lot of toys to play with too. An open-plan kitchen contains a ceramic bbq, pickling area and butchery room. So you know that there’s a lot of love and fun going into the food.

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There’s ideology to go with the expertise. ‘We have a strong ethic about our food, respect the animals and produce we use. We waste nothing – properly subscribing to the ‘nose to tail’ philosophy,’ Elliot has told Cornwall Living magazine. They do all their own butchery, make their own sausage meat and are always smoking or brining things.

The View From The Star and GarterCornish Holiday Cottage’s first experience of their home butchery was when we shared a platter of venison with friends one evening. Huge, roughly hewn chunks of venison melted in our mouths, accompanied with roasted fennel and a rich jus. Our window seat looked out over the Falmouth estuary and the lights of Flushing twinkled across the water. The atmosphere was buzzing.

You do have to be warned though: the menu is never going to be what you expect. Everyday there’s something different going on and they’re not afraid to experiment. Wood pigeon may be on the menu one night, a rabbit ragu at lunch time, so you definitely need to go in with an open mind. They make their own pork pies, scotch eggs and things do run out – so get there for an early sitting in the evenings.

Sunday Roast

We last visited the Star and Garter for Sunday lunch and luckily we had booked. People that turned up on the day were all sadly turned away. What set The Star and Garter’s roast apart was the seriously seasonal veg and the detailed preparation behind each joint of meat. The beef was a succulent medium rare with a delicate smokiness, whilst the pork was slow roasted to the point where it was more shredded than sliced. Chard cabbage, roasted beetroot, crisp high rise Yorkshire puddings and Beef fat roast potatoes offered a crispiness on a par with anything we’ve ever managed to cook ourselves.

The only complaint we’d have about the Star and Garter is that we wanted, no needed, more.

Great Holiday Cottages for an Easter Egg Hunt

February 25, 2016 No Comments

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We exist in an age where technology gives our children all their entertainment needs. Now, forgive us for sounding like old luddites but the Easter egg hunt is just as flash as any tablet game and is a great way of entertaining your little bunnies this Easter. What’s better than a mystery with an edible prize or the anticipation of a treasure trove of chocolate? Just pop on a pair of silly bunny ears and you’ll be good to go.

The most important part of creating your Easter egg hunt is the trail. Something cryptic that’ll get their brains working will do the trick. If it rhymes then all the better. But not all of us know our iambs from our kennings, so we’ve been brainstorming clues at the Cornish Holiday Cottage office that would suit any holiday home.

You could start off by sending your children to the fridge: somewhere cold.

The Easter Bunny has been today
Dropping off some eggs along the way
Follow the clues to find the gold
The first place to look is somewhere cold

Next, it’s up to the bedroom;

The second hiding place might be out of sight,
Think of somewhere cosy where you sleep at night

This clue could be in their wellies;

This clue is hiding in the dark
In somewhere squelchy and rather smelly
We put these on to jump in mud, puddles and bark
That’s right, it’s hidden in a ……….

Or hidden in the wardrobe?

Lambs have wool, chicks have feathers
How do you keep warm in colder weathers?

One for the bathroom;

You’re nearing the end of the Easter gold rush,
Now head to the place where you’d find your toothbrush.

You then just need to think of a place to hide that final payload. A large cooking pot will do the trick;

The end’s in sight so take a look
The last clue’s hidden in something you’d use to cook.

Now all you need is an establishment for your treasure trail. And boy do we have some holiday cottages that are practically crying out to be the venue for a cracking Easter hunt. We’ve got some Cornish holiday homes that would appear labrythine to your little egg hunters and accommodation with gardens almost jungle like in their abilities to hide chocolate from mini hoarders.

Calamansac (East Wing, West Wing and Sail Loft)
Calamansac’s garden wouldn’t just make the perfect venue for a sunny day egg hunt. It would be an awe-inspiring, super egg hunt. You could hide a lifetime’s supply of Easter eggs out there without difficulty. There’s the garden itself, a large meadow strewn with seasonal flowers. The garden then leads to a bracken and bluebell woodland which which takes you down to the creek’s edge. The children could be hunting eggs all day!

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Rose Cottage 1
There are a wealth of hiding places at Rose Cottage 1. There are wood beams, a stone hearth and loads of nooks and crannies to place your loot.

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The Coach House
The Coach House has access to the Trerose Estate Garden, it’s beautifully manicured lawns and immaculate boarders and beds. All perfect places to snaffle away a few chocolatey surprises.

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Willow Cottage
It may not look like there are many hiding places from the outside, but the large conservatory adds plenty of original and egg-siting hiding places.

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The Foreshore
With a garden that arches its way down towards the water, The Foreshore offers multi level chocolate seeking. In the multiple flower beds and small garden trees, you’ll be able to hide little treasures high and low.

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Tehidy House
This grand town house has so many hiding spots, I don’t think I’d know where to start when creating an egg hunt here. There are antique sideboards and lots of little pots for depositing mini treats within. The creak of the floorboards as your children scamper back and forth will let you know how their progress is going.