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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.

 

 

 

A Celebration of Autumn at Enys Gardens

October 21, 2015 No Comments

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It’s A Celebration of Autumn down at Enys Gardens this weekend. In the house they have been sweeping out the chimneys in order to light some warming and crackling log fires: the perfect backing for some light music and some tasty seasonal food.

Dotted around the house will be a large number of local craftsmen with a whole range of local, artisan gifts and products. Jimagination Creations’ [http://www.jimaginationcreations.com/shop/4585410684], with a range of bespoke woodwork products, will be just one of the 40 exhibitors on show.

In the gardens it’ll be a parade of vintage vehicles and a few Halloween treats. From classic cars to vintage tractors there will be lots to intrigue the family petrol head.

They haven’t forgotten that it’s Halloween either. A creepy Halloween trail will wind and snake its way through the woods in order to spook foolhardy youngsters. And for the competitive amongst you there’s the chance to enter a pumpkin carving competition. Just bring your most ghastly of carvings along with you.

Enys’ fine gardens are noted in the 1709 edition of Camden’s Magna Britannia and are considered to be one of the oldest gardens in Cornwall. From its inception Enys stayed in the family for over 300 years, but as the family’s fortunes changed, Enys became derelict. In 1980, when the estate was inherited by Prof. G.L. Rogers, a recovery programme was instigated.  He increased the number of garden staff and endowed a charitable trust in 2002, known as The Enys Trust, to secure the long-term future of the garden. It’s a slow process and funding is hard to come by, but The Trustees aim to restore the garden and house to its former glory and its events like this that are helping to fund that goal.

The Autumn Celebration is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm and is £3 for adults.

The Joy of Sailing

January 5, 2015 No Comments

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Casting off from Mylor Harbour and sailing out into Falmouth Bay is one of life’s great pleasures. The feeling of escape associated with the slow shrinking of land into the distance, is like nothing any land-dwelling activity can offer. Sailboats conjure up romantic visions: blossoming sails arching in the wind or silhouettes of boats against the fading sun at dusk make it easy to think about chucking it all in and heading off into foreign seas.

In reality though, a sailboat is a few tons of fibreglass and steel you do need a little bit of skill to operate. We have a boat in our family. What started off as Dad’s little retirement project quickly became a family affair: he’s the skipper and we’re the crew, mostly. There have been some epic adventures around the Rock of Gibraltar and there have been many a leisurely day spent cruising the Carrick Roads and Helford River. There have also been the days where I’ve nearly run us aground cruising up the river, paying too much attention to the wind direction instead of the depth gauge.

My favourite part of sailing is pushing the boat as fast it will go. Essentially making a boat go at speed means trimming the sails so they are the right shape and angle for the wind that’s pushing across them. There are a variety of ways of controlling the sails: bending the mast, flattening the sail bottom to make it curve and hook the wind or a billion other things. But the best thing is that you are reacting to the environment around you and harnessing its power. It makes you feel awake, alive and in tune with your surroundings.

Sailing involves so much more than just understanding how a boat uses the wind to move through water. Sailing requires a certain appreciation for what’s around you. If you don’t respect whatever amount of water you’re sailing in, whether it’s a pond, river, lake, or ocean, nature will not be nice just for you. The trick to treating your surrounds with respect while sailing is to constantly stay vigilant so that if the wind begins to shift, you can stay on top of it and alter your course accordingly so that you aren’t caught off guard later. Of course, it’s not hard to keep your eyes peeled when you are surrounded by such beautiful views.

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At Cornish Holiday Cottages, one of the joys we take from boating is the opportunity it gives us to connect as a family. There’s no TV or internet out at sea, there’s no mobile phone signal. There’s just us and none of the daily clutter that widens the gap between us. Some of the most memorable parts of sailing as a family are of us drifting, sail down, as we tuck into lunch under the sun, nothing but the sound of the waves lapping at the hull and the lulling rock of the boat.

Boat ownership has allowed us to avoid the holiday throngs of Falmouth in August, too. While most were fighting through the street traffic during the Tall Ships weekend we were at sea, racing the ships, drawing up alongside them and, later on, admiring their hulls, anchor down, with a bottle of Prosecco, celebrating a birthday.

If you’re keen to get some sailing in yourself whilst in your Cornish holiday cottage, there are many places you can charter a yacht or get involved in a sailing course. Falriver.co.uk have a pretty good guide for boat hire.

There’s not only boat hiring though, for those of you wanting your first foray on the waters, there’s the Mylor Sailing School, who offer introductory courses, helping you to get afloat.

Or if you really fancy a treat why not go for a trip on a beautiful old sailing boat, Pinuccia is owned by the Tresanton Hotel in St Mawes and runs half or full day sails from May to September (photographed at the top).

 

Crabbing in Falmouth: not just for children!

September 27, 2014 No Comments

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Our top tips for places to go crabbing in and around Falmouth. Grab a bucket and line and visit one of the local butchers to grab some bait!

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

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.

 

Best Bait Tip: Visit one of the local butchers and try and get an old ham bone. The crabs love it, although you may need a larger net!

New Kitchen at Carvinack

April 20, 2014 No Comments

Carvinack Cottage - Mylor - Holiday Cottage - Cornwall - Kitchen DiningLast week I went down to Carvinack Cottage to photograph it’s brand new kitchen and shower. It was a beautiful day and I was greeted by the neighbours chickens who are very tame. The blossom was out and the cottage garden was looking vibrantly green. The kitchen has undergone a huge transformation and looks brilliant, with brand new oven and hob and kitchen units.

Carvinack is surrounded by the Enys Estate and is perfect for a relaxing break. Walking distance from Mylor, Penryn or Flushing and a short drive from Falmouth.

Mylor Headland Walk

April 18, 2014 No Comments

Just enjoyed a beautiful walk from Mylor Quay around the headland stopping off for some refreshment and a relaxing rest at the Pandora Inn.  Including our many stops to enjoy the fabulous views the whole walk back to the village took less than three hours.  Ideal if you are staying in one of our village properties such as Acorn Cottage, Trehovel or Fox Cottage (coming soon to CHC)