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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.

 

 

 

Living On The Beach

February 9, 2016 1 Comment

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There are many perks to Cornish living, but none are as evocative as the pull of the ocean. People travel here, move here or stay here to be as close to the beach as possible. And for most, even those of us that live here, we get the opportunity to actually plonk our houses within a stone’s throw of the beach. And there’s nothing like having the beach on your doorstep.

Even as we write this, in the post-Christmas wait for spring, we still love the beach. Wrapping up and taking a stroll along a deserted beach is a uniquely invigorating experience.

There’s no excuse to be bored either. Ever. The beach is an adventure playground for children and even if you’re just sitting on the beach, that’s a perfectly fine way of whiling away the hours.

Living by the beach awakens all the senses: there’s nothing like the sound of lapping waves. As you’re lying in bed with the window open, the reassuring sound will soothe you to sleep, it’ll be there to accompany you as you have a lazy morning coffee and it’ll be a soothing soundtrack to reading a novel in the afternoon. There’s also no better smell than fresh, salty sea air. It’s air that has been cleansed by miles of ocean, instead of towns, cities and A roads. And even if you stayed with us for a month or more, you’d never get tired of the sunsets and sunrises painting the sky different shades of pink, purple and orange, or of looking at the deep blue sea melt into the horizon.

Our cottages are all self-catering. It seems a bizarre thing to mention in a post about the beach, but what better kitchen to have than the beach itself. Every day can be a barbeque day, and with a little creativity, you can still get those greens in.

That’s why we at Cornish Holiday Cottages feel privileged to be able to offer you some fine self-catering holiday homes only a hop, skip and a jump from sandy shores. Below is just a sample of our Cornish beach side cottages.

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Little Nest
Little Nest is a romantic cottage for two perched on the edge of Maenporth beach. Despite its generous views of the beach and its open plan living space, it is a snug and well insulated cottage, even in winter. A fantastic romantic retreat after skimming stones, rock pooling or sauntering along the coastline.

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Carrick Treath
Sitting at the northern end of the Carrick Roads and boasting luxurious furnishings and ample space, Carrick Treath is perfect for large groups. If you choose the right room you can even wake with the ocean just beyond your toes. Otherwise there’s the floor to ceiling windows of the living area to admire the view of Loe Beach from.

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Ridifarne
Perched just above the beach at Helford Passage, Ridifarne is a large home that sleeps eight in its four expansive bedrooms. It’s less than a minute from a beach just perfect for launching kayaks and rowing boats from.

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Chy-An-Dour and Rose Cottages 1, 2 and 3
We love being able to offer four seperate cottages in the tiny fishing hamlet of Durgan. They are all cottages that would have been owned by working fishing families who would have dragged their boats onto the shore and practically up to their front doors. Chy-An-Dour is a large, recently refurbished cottage with open beamed ceilings and plenty of character, whilst the 3 Rose Cottages, built in an L shape, all ooze old Cornish charm and are perfect for dog loving families.

The Perfect Romantic Getaway

February 1, 2016 No Comments

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With holiday cottages nestled within secluded nooks, crannies and creeks, Cornwall is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway. Whether you are craving some time alone, celebrating an anniversary or looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day mini-break, Cornish Holiday Cottages has the perfect romantic bolthole.
So what makes the perfect romantic getaway? Well, imagine surprising your other half with an impromptu weekend away, their face lighting up as you pull up towards your holiday home. There’s a bottle of white wine, chilled and waiting to be sipped, there’s a generously filled bath fragranced with bath bombs waiting for you to pour yourselves into, and there’s the perfect solitude of the countryside.

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Our holiday homes come in a variety of designs. There are spacious townhouses with contemporary décor to wood-beamed cabins with rustic details. Some have roaring log fires and burners to create that cosy, romantic atmosphere, made even more snug by the cold February weather outside.

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Location-wise, we have cottages tucked deep in the Cornish countryside on the banks of deserted creeks, surrounded by walking country and rural pubs. There are also sea view holiday homes with spectacular sunsets and the sound of the rushing waves, as well as apartments and town houses in the heart of Falmouth, amidst its acclaimed restaurants and pubs.

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Whatever your perfect Valentine’s getaway, whether it’s enjoying champagne in front of a crackling fire, huddling together as the winter sun sets over the horizon, or the candle-light of a three course meal, Cornish Holiday Cottages want to help you create that special romantic moment.
So, let us get your romantic break off to a start with this list of some of our favourite romantic holiday homes.

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Willow Cottage
Little Trenant
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The Old School Room
The Boathouse
Acorn Cottage
Fisherman’s Haven
Chestnut Cottage
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Christmas is here

December 22, 2015 No Comments

Just a few photos of some of our cottages in their Christmas gear! Not all of our cottages get dressed up but here is a couple that have:

Trenant at Polwheveral Creek.

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Melyn Goth at Polwheveral Creek.

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Tops’l Cottage in Falmouth.

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