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Cottages with an outdoor shower

April 14, 2016 No Comments

 

The sun’s out, it’s a perfect day for the beach, but you only own one wetsuit. And it’s wet. Most probably because you spent yesterday playing in the surf and plan on spending tomorrow the same way. It’s a recurring problem for Cornish Holiday Cottages.

 

Dragging a cold, damp wetsuit over your limbs is not going to inspire a love of the sea in anyone. While us adults might be able to suck it up, children are definitely not going to be enamoured by a clammy neoprene clamour. A soggy wetsuit takes ages to wiggle into and immediately gives you the chills.

 

The other option is to have a family’s worth of wetsuits hanging up in the bathroom and a bath or shower full of sand underneath. Those wetsuits need a good rinsing after being in the sea to keep them at their best and the bath is a good place to give them a good dowsing – this does tend to lead to clogged drains though.

 

Of course, there are better places to prep your swim wear. In fact, the thought of all that outside inside, dirtying up the sinks and tiles will give some people nightmares; especially dragged through by tiny feet. But that shouldn’t let that temper your love of being outside and some of our holiday cottage owners feel exactly the same way, having created designated wetsuit washing, drying and storing.

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Carrick Treath is the perfect home for the water sport lover. It’s south facing bedrooms and dining room offer an unparalleled view of the glistening Carrick Roads. And at the bottom of the garden there’s Loe Beach and Loe Water Sports centre for all your sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding requirements. Back at the property there’s a wet room with a double shower for washing the beach from yourself and plenty of airy space to hang your suit.

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Chy-An-Dour sits on the banks of the Helford Estuary and whether you’ve been surfing over on the north coast, or are scampering back from the river after a paddle , the heated outdoor shower will expunge the sand and salt from children, dogs or swimwear, before using the washing line to dry out your gear ready for tomorrow .

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Roseladen Cottage’s cosy living room and large kitchen make it the perfect spot for couples on a surfing holiday. Attached to the side of this idyllic farm cottage is an outdoor drying area with hooks for hanging wetsuits and space for dunking buckets, wellies and muddy leads. Set at the top of an idyllic country valley and a stone’s throw from Falmouth, you may find you spend so much time exploring what’s on your doorstep, you never actually make it up to the north coast.

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Primrose Cottage’s new porch includes an outdoor heated shower perfect for washing down you, your dog and your wetsuit. Just inside the porch you will then find the utility room with plenty of space to hang your wet gear up to dry for the next day. Then you can cuddle up by the Aga for a hot chocolate after your days adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

Falmouth Week

February 6, 2016 No Comments

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Falmouth Week: it’s kind of a big deal round these parts. You could say it’s the jewel in Falmouth’s summer. Half sailing regatta, half a celebration of summer, the week sees both locals and visitors alike letting their hair down with an array of family friendly events during the day and a variety of opportunities to get your glad rags on and paint the town red in the evening. Attracting over 100,000 visitors (80,000 more than your average summer week), the event is a massive boost for Falmouth and a fine reason to book a Cornish holiday cottage in the centre of Fal Town. In fact, some of you have already begun booking!

 
While a lot of sailing regattas can feel quite cliquey to those not in the boating community, Falmouth week is as inclusive as they come. There’s a carnival that weaves its way through the town to the beat of samba drums, fireworks and a gravity defying appearance from the Red Arrows. The atmosphere is almost Mediterranean.

 

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The roots of Falmouth Week go all the way back to 1837 and it has now become the biggest sailing event in the South West. 450 yachts race over eight days on the picturesque waters of the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay. Keel boats, dinghies and traditional craft all have their own classes, with the larger yachts engaged in the 25 mile champagne race – no prizes for guessing what the winners get.

 
With all those boats in the water, the River Fal blooms with the swaying colours of sails. There are loads of great vantage points for watching the races. From Flushing to Tremayne Quay, each race has its viewpoints. Keep your eyes on our blog nearer the time for our list of spectator spots. It’s also immensely important to scope out the best places to watch the Red Arrows deliver their dazzling display above the glittering Falmouth waters.

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The Moor and the Events Square become centre points for the daytime festivities. Local musicians play throughout the week and Falmouth Art Gallery setting up workshops and interactive exhibits. Climbing walls are set up and days are given over to scientific experimentation. Whatever your family’s interests, there’s something to get stuck into.

 
Last year’s week was one of the best yet – partly thanks to the Outlaw Food and Drink Festival, who brought a much needed foodie focus. There’s street food from some of Cornwall’s finest vendors, so make sure you grab some free samples.

 
As the sun sets each evening, the Events Square comes alive with jive dancing, Caribbean nights and performances from 80s and 90s pop bands. Each ticketed event comes with its own implied fancy dress theme, making the streets of Falmouth buzz with a bizarre mixture of 50s wear, grass skirts and 90s fashion.

 
It’s a great time to visit Cornwall and experience Falmouth at its best. The beaches, bike trails and quaint villages are all still there, only Falmouth Week adds some extra fizz to your holiday.

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.

 

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).

 

Tall Ships 2014 – Parade of Sail

September 4, 2014 No Comments

The whole of Falmouth has been looking forward to the Tall Ships Festival for over a year. And it did not disappoint!

The Parade of Sail on the Sunday filled the whole bay with the most boats I have ever seen on the water. They sailed across the bay and got ready for the start or the race, with lots of boats joining in for a good view from the water. The coast was covered in spectators, watching all the boats parade along, a real spectacle.

We would like to thank the organisers of the festival for we all had a brilliant time, and we know all of our guests did too.

Sailing on the Fal River

June 25, 2014 No Comments

It’s hard to miss the sailing boats here in Falmouth, with racing on every day of the week except Mondays. They are a beautiful sight! Here are a few photos from last night.pin-8 pin-1 pin-2 pin-6 pin-7