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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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Are We There Yet?

August 4, 2015 No Comments

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In the back the children are slowly waking up. They’ve been sat with their heads lolling against the windows since our early morning departure, framed symmetrically in the rear view mirror. The 6 am departure is a move of tactical brilliance, one that would be applauded by any military general were it not for its precedence on many a family holiday. Firstly, it allows us to beat the traffic out of Cornwall. Secondly, the children normally drift back to sleep allowing us an hour or so of quiet.

We’re off for a week’s holiday – even the Cornish like to get away from it all occasionally – and we’ve chosen somewhere about seven hours away. A bit ambitious with the children, ‘but it’s a learning experience’ replies my wife.

We think we’ve got it covered. When I was a child my parents drove us all the way to the south of France in an epic two day road trip and we survived. At least I think we did. I definitely wasn’t ready to throttle my sister after day one. Besides, we’ve learned from our parent’s mistakes – their successes too – and we’ve bolstered this with handy tips from newspapers and the blogosphere.

There are plenty of snacks dotted around the car. We’ve got sandwiches, fruit, carrots, crisps, pork pies, chewy sweets, crunchy sweets, chocolatey sweets – everything you could possibly think of. And we’ve hidden some new games and toys, ready to whip out before they gnaw through the seatbelts.

The eldest is awake. She stares out the window, dazed. ‘Where are we?’ is the first question. We’re still in Cornwall. ‘How much further?’ The second question. It’s begun. Apparently, the average time between families departing on holiday and the words ‘there’, ‘yet’ and ‘are we’ being mentioned is two and a half hours. I glance at the clock.

‘A long way yet, Honey,’ My wife replies, twisting round in her seat.

For a while she’s sated and watches the scenery sleepily. The youngest snorts himself awake in his booster seat and we repeat the performance. Our daughter snorts a little derisibly at the repetition and he throws a glare at her.

She pulls a picture book out of her rucksack and starts flicking through the pages. We’ve allowed them to pack their own in car bag – the blogs say this gives them some ownership over the journey – but most of their choices get weeded out and replaced before they pass check point parent. Our son rummages through his own bag. I watch him in the mirror interestedly, but also a little warily. Out comes a ball.

‘Oh no, not in the car.’ My wife holds out her hand. A few tense moments later she pops it in her lap and offers a chewy sweet in exchange.

‘Can I have the IPad?’ He counters. We glance at each other. This is a line – hold off the electronics as long as possible. The new Lego comes out. We’ve got this sorted.

An hour later comes the second of the three unholy trinity of travel sentences.

‘I need the toilet.’ The services are only a few miles away and we breathe a sigh of relief. Regular breaks are good to keep morale going. We’re almost there when traffic slows to a crawl. My fingers grip the steering wheel and my knuckles turn a tense ivory colour. Civil unrest is barely contained in the back. More sweets are offered round, more games are unveiled. We even consider turning to BBC Radio 1.

Later on, after legs have been stretched, bladders emptied and coffee has been drunk peace has resumed. I pat my wife’s thigh – we’ve got this sussed. We’ve played it by the book. There’s a science to this.

An audible sigh blows a gust boredom from the back seat. A sea of plastic toys and wrappers covers the back seat and it finally arrives…

‘Daaaaaaaaad, are we there yet?’

Headphones get passed back alongside a tablet, a laptop and a wallet of DVDs. You have to love modern technology: I wished we’d had all that when I was growing up.

 

 

Cycle routes in Cornwall

January 19, 2015 No Comments

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Reservoir runs, mineral tramways, coast to coast pathways and clay trails: there are oodles of picturesque cycle paths in Cornwall, making for gratifying two-wheeled days out. Whether you’re out for a gentle, family friendly ride, or are looking for more of a downhill MTB (mountain bike) experience there’s something for everyone.

1. The Bissoe, Coast to Coast, trail

The Bissoe Trail is an 11 mile, mostly off-road trail that runs from Devoran, near Falmouth all the way to Portreath. The cycle route is built upon two old transport routes: the 1812 horse-worked Portreath tramroad, built to take copper from the mines around Scorrier to the docks at Portreath; and an old railway line which linked Redruth and the mines around Gwennap, then the world’s richest copper producer, to the port of Devoran.

Along the way, you cycle past old mine houses and areas of outstanding natural beauty. For the more adventurous rider, there are a variety of short downhill MTB trails that lead off the main path, using the old copper quarry.

2. Goss Moor

This meandering, circular route is great for a relaxing afternoon ride. Goss Moor is the largest remnant of the Mid-Cornwall moors. The mixture of wetland, heathland and scrub is the result of the activities that took place throughout the centuries and the view hides a labyrinth of marshes and waterways.

The 7 mile trail is mostly off-road and flat: perfect for novice cyclists and is even accessible to wheelchair users. There are food and toilet stops in all the neighbouring towns and villages, as well as sites of historical interest to round off a mid-Cornwall day out.

3. The Camel Trail

Snaking around the River Camel, The Camel Trail is one of the most popular cycle routes in the county. With a wide, friendly path and views that attract bird watchers as well as tourists, the most popular stretch of the trail is the 5.5 mile section between Wadebridge and Padstow. Parking at Wadebridge, the family friendly path leads straight into Padstow where there are a wide variety of eateries to lunch at, including Rick Stein’s popular Fish and Chip restaurant. It’s a bit of a foodie paradise.

The whole Camel Trail is 18 miles long, stretching from Wentfordbridge, near Bodmin to Padstow.

4. The Bodmin Beast

Set in Cardinham Woods, this one is for the mountain bikers among you. Although there are lots of family friendly paths, The Bodmin Beast itself is a 7.5 mile single track MTB run for moderate ability riders (blue with red sections, for those in the know). There are exhilarating downhill sections, exciting rollers and exposed, tight bermed corners. At the end of your ride you’re going to want to reward yourselves at the Woods Café, too.

There is a handy trail map online here.

5. Penrose

The Penrose estate is run by the National Trust and stretches all the way from Helston to Porthleven. The path leads you through Cornish woodland, past the manor house’s old stables before opening out on the wide expanse of Loe Bar – a section of beach, which cuts the lake off from the sea.  From here Porthleven is a short cycle along the coastal path and is another great Cornish foodie haven.

Beach Profile: Gyllyngvase Beach

December 10, 2014 1 Comment

We’re reminiscing about getting our feet wet, here at Cornish Holiday Cottages, and already looking forward to next spring. It seems a long way away at the moment, but trust me, come March time we’ll already be dusting off the flip flops and heading down to the beach on a sunny day. Christmas will soon have come and gone, so that’s what, ninety days – or twelve weeks – until we’ll scrunching our toes up in the sand?

In order to tease you, and ourselves, it’s time to start a series of profiles on our favourite beaches. All of which are in reach of our holiday cottages, of course.

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First up is a family favourite: Gyllyngvase Beach.

Now, Gyllyngvase is a beach that we take for granted. It’s 10 minutes walk from Falmouth town centre; it has a modern café overlooking its sandy shore, which we often frequent for after-work drinks; it’s sat at one end of a beautiful coastal walk that takes in castles, hidden gardens and other treats; we barbeque on it; we meet our friends on it; we take the children to it on spare afternoons. We see it everyday, basically. We’re spoilt.

Gyllyngvase is a crescent of sand framed by a beautiful garden, which is home to some exotic, but thriving plants.

Getting onto the beach is easy. With a nearby car park and good level access, buggies and wheelchairs can get on to the sand without a hitch. There’s even a sand chair for those with mobility issues that will go right to the water.

Low tide reveals rock pools teeming with life and just waiting to be discovered by children. From crabs to shrimp and lesser-spotted sea creatures, there’s a seemingly endless array of pools to explore. Apparently, right at the water’s edge you may even be able to spy the odd lobster.

With a Blue Flag award and a good lifeguard service during the summer, Gylly is a safe place for the children – and yourselves – to have a paddle. There’s also Gylly Adventures situated on the beach, offering kayak and paddle board hire, as well as courses in coasteering, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

Talking of paddle boarding, Gylly is also home to WeSUP a dedicated stand up paddle boarding centre. The sport has really taken off here, with the centre offering adventures all around Cornwall, if you can keep from falling off. But it’s not a balance sport, allegedly; it’s a paddle sport. Either way, many a fun afternoon has been spent rolling into the sea on those things.

Lastly, we can’t go without mentioning Gylly Beach Café. Over the last 15 years the café has built itself into an indispensible part of Falmouth’s summer. With its styling décor and sun-blessed terrace, there’s no better place to watch the sun go down while enjoying some fresh, contemporary food. If you’re lucky, you’ll even eat while being serenaded by some cool sounds. Last year, singer-songwriter, Nick Mulvey packed the place out on a warm summer’s evening, so keep your ear to the ground for whichever fledgling act they manage to book next.

 

 

 

 

 

Cornwall Voted Most Child-Friendly Holiday Destination in the World!

May 1, 2014 No Comments

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We’re very excited to learn that Cornwall has been voted the most child-friendly holiday destination in the world, we’ve decided to put together some of our favourite child-friendly things to do!

1. Visit Trebah Gardens – With large climbing frames, it’s own sandy beach, and gardens to explore

2. Potager Gardens for lunch, all vegetarian and with brilliant garden games to keep you busy

3. Pandora Inn for food and a bit of crabbing

4. A trip to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth – The helicopter alone will keep children entertained for hours

5. Pendennis Castle is perfect for getting lost in a bit of history, with stunning views of the harbour

6. Walk along the coast path from Swanpool to Maenporth, and of course there are ice-cream stops at both ends!

7. Visit one of the local parks, Kimberly park in central Falmouth is brilliant for children with lots of climbing frames

8. Hire a boat and go for a trip around the creeks on either the Helford River or the River Fal

9. A day out at the Eden Project, about a 45 min drive from Falmouth and brilliant for all ages

10. Cycle on the Camel Trail, it’s quite flat from Wadebridge to Padstow so brilliant for children

11. Visit Roskilly’s farm on the Lizard, with lots of animals and nice walks, see where the delicious ice-cream is created!

12. Build sandcastles at any of the sandy beaches in Cornwall

13. Take a trip to Kennel Vale a beautiful valley just outside of Falmouth

14. Go to the National Seal Sanctuary and see the local seals at feeding time!

15. Tackle the maze at Glendurgan Garden in Mawnan Smith and walk down to Durgan Beach