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Family half term fun come rain or shine!

October 19, 2017 No Comments

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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.

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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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Nay’s Yoga: Yoga and Catering In Your Holiday Cottage

May 3, 2016 No Comments

It’s been a long time since my head’s been this close to my toes. It feels good that they are getting reacquainted. There are many things that I’m doing today that I haven’t done for a long time: standing on one leg with the other stretched out behind me and my arms pushed out in front is one. I’m supposed to be as straight as a ruler, but I feel as wonky and wobbly as a meter long marshmallow. And bizarrely…it’s great.

 

We would like to introduce to you the services of Naomi, of Nay’s Yoga. In short, Naomi is a friendly Cornish yoga instructor. Having trained in Patnem, India, Nay has been busy creating a range of different yoga experiences: some are more traditional yoga classes, others offer something more in tune with Cornwall, such as SUP yoga – yoga on a stand-up paddle board, or beach yoga! But most excitingly, Nay offers personalised in-house yoga experiences.

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Imagine starting the day with a rejuvenating and energising session of Vinyasa Flow within the comfort of your holiday cottage, before jumping into a productive day of sightseeing, beaching or exploring. Then, upon your return imagine having your own personal chef preparing a three course meal of high quality produce, sourced locally by someone in the know (and with connections to the Cornish fish industry).

 

You see, not only is she a yoga instructor, but a chef as well. She’ll prepare a menu to compliment your yoga sessions and your holiday. Apparently her cakes are ‘epic’ and judging from her instagram page, she can whip up a delicious and healthy brunch.

 

Nay learned to cook aboard super yachts in the Caribbean. ‘I enjoy cooking social meals with lots of dishes: informal, family style meals,’ she says. ‘Meals are important for chatting to each other: food reflects the culture you’re in.’

 

Every part of the in-house sessions are tailor made. ‘Sessions are based on ability. They can be as slow paced as you’d like,’ says Nay. ‘There’s lots of communication. We can work towards whatever your family wants to achieve. If you’ve got a particular goal in mind that’s great, and you can get the whole family involved or it can be just the mums.’

 

If you’ve not been to a yoga session before, Cornish Holiday Cottages can highly recommend it. My session with Naomi, which starts with gentle breathing exercises and a series of moves called a Sun Salutation, quickly becomes quite a workout for my un-supple limbs. There are forward folds and times when our legs were tumbling behind our ears. I even keel over a couple of times. I’ve joined a class that had been running for over a year though. A personalised session, this is not.

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I ask about paddle boarding sessions. Having spent half our session on dry land rocking as if I was at sea, I can’t imagine being able to do that on a paddle board, actually at sea: ‘You can’t take it too seriously. Even die hard yogis find it hard on a surface that moves. But it’s great being away from the coast. It’s peaceful, tranquil.’

 

When I meet Naomi before our yoga session it quickly becomes clear why she loves her in-house work. She’s easy going and we quickly slip into conversation about yoga, Cornwall, India and our love of food among other things. As a first timer, she put me completely at ease.

 

‘Yoga is all about calmness and focus. If you can achieve a healthy balance of exercise and eating well whilst on holiday, you’ll be more likely to continue that holiday feel when returning home,’ Naomi says. And it gets me thinking: isn’t that the aim of going on holiday, to feel calm and relaxed?

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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.

Holiday Cottages with Moorings

September 1, 2015 No Comments

It’s up there with the best of dream holidays: stepping out of your front door, strolling down to the shore and launching your own boat into the waters. Setting out for days on the river straight from your Cornish holiday cottage, avoiding the roads and towns. It’s a romantic picture. Having your own mooring gives you that extra sense of freedom and connects you more intimately to the water.

Here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we are lucky enough to be able to offer have a number of homes with places to moor and launch kayaks, rowing boats or small tenders – all within the Helford Estuary. The Helford is a yachtsman’s paradise, completely unspoilt with sheltered waters and there is an extensive network of footpaths connecting many of the villages along its shore.
So if you have your own small boat, or want to hire one locally and have it waiting for you just outside your door, we have just the cottage for you.

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Shearwater, Port Navas

Shearwater holds a special place in the hearts of us all here at Cornish Holiday Cottages as it was the holiday home of choice, of our founder Mrs Ruth Austen. Situated just a few feet from Port Navas creek and with its own mooring, Shearwater offers the perfect opportunity for exploring the Helford River by boat. Rowing boats, small sailing dinghies, kayaks and motor cruisers can be roped up just in front of the cottage, at Shearwater’s quay – just make sure you check the tide times before you with to head out.

Port Navas is excellent for sailing, motor-boating or rowing and a perfect base for those wishing to explore the Helford River and its upper reaches, including Frenchman’s Creek, immortalised by the late Daphne Du Maurier. There is nothing quite like seeing the area from the water, enjoying a picnic on Tremayne Quay at sundown or dropping into a waterside pub for a pint of ale and some fresh seafood.

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Calamansac

Calamansac is a private 50 acre estate of meadow garden and woodland which forms the western headland of Port Navas Creek and overlooks the Helford River. There are 3 self-catering holiday homes to rent on the estate – East Wing (sleeps 11), West Wing (sleeps 9) and Sail Loft (sleeps 5) – accommodating up to 25 people in total and providing a unique holiday setting for large groups or as individual holiday homes.

Direct access to both the Helford River and Port Navas Creek provides a unique opportunity for sailing. A private road through the woods leads to the slipway, safe anchorage and a boat house. Visitors to Calamansac are also given free temporary membership to the Port Navas Yacht and Social Club.

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Rose Cottages 1, 2 and 3, Durgan

Durgan is a small, unspoilt fishing hamlet on the north bank of the Helford River principally owned and managed by the National Trust. Cornish Holiday Cottages has three cottages to offer in Durgan with use of a mooring, sleeping between a maximum of 4 to 5 people. There is space for one boat or kayak per cottage in the boat park, which is situated just behind the cottages, near to the pebbly shores of Durgan beach: safe for swimming and ideal for boating, windsurfing and sand castle building.

There is also one deep water mooring available at the west end of Durgan bay to accommodate boats up to 45′ long which is available to the guests of Rose Cottages. If you would like to keep your sailing dinghy (Laser, Wayfarer etc) on the mooring, there is a charge of £30 per week, whilst for boats above 20′ the charge is £60. The owners also have a small rowing boat, which is available for £50 per week.

 

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March 31, 2014 No Comments

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