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Visit the real Poldark country

June 6, 2018 No Comments

The popular BBC1 show, Poldark, returns to our screens this Sunday, 10th June at 9pm.  The series showcases some of Cornwall’s most spectacular rugged landscapes, stunning beaches and historic buildings.

If it’s just too tempting and you feel the yearn to follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps, firstly call our friendly team to help you find the perfect base for your break, then read on for our handy list of beautiful filming locations and must-see attractions to visit during your holiday.

 

Botallack Mine – Wheal Owles, on the Tin Coast, near St Just

The abandoned buildings, owned by the National Trust, were the perfect location for the Poldark family mines. The ruined engines houses, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, are set on the side on the cliff with breath-taking views.

Read more at the National Trust website/Botallack.

 

Charlestown Harbour, St Austell

Built in 1792 by Charles Rashleigh, Charlestown is still a working harbour for china clay exports. Now privately owned the port has been used in well over one hundred shows and films. It’s just like stepping back in time as you walk along the flagstones and explore the 1939 Tall Ship “Kajsamaoor”.

Read more at Charlestown Port

 

 

Wheal Coates, St Agnes Head

Wheal Coates Engine House is perched on the side of the cliff at St Agnes over looking Chapel Porth. This is Poldark country at its best with purple heather, yellow gorse and miles of ocean.

Visit Wheal Coates’ National Trust website

 

Bodmin Moor

A great place to stop on your way to Falmouth. Used as the location for Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, and the dramatic horseback scenes.

Read all the Poldark filming locations at the BBC website.

 

 

 

Poldark Tin Mine, Wendron, Helston

Although the Poldark Mine has not featured in the current series it was seen by millions all over the world when it featured in in the original BBC drama in 1970s. The only complete tin mine open for underground guided tours for a real atmosphere of times gone by.

Opening times and prices are available on the Poldark Mine website.

 

Truro: A City Of Lights

November 16, 2015 1 Comment

 

truro city of light

To celebrate the beginning of the festive season Truro is turning itself in to a dazzling City of Light with a procession of lanterns, music and dancing taking the streets by storm. The hugely anticipated parade is a worthwhile spark of colour for any visitor to Cornwall. The festival is an awesome display, bringing together vast swathes of the community and professional artists.

At its centre, the festival is a procession of giant, ornate and original tissue lanterns floating through the streets surrounded by firefly like lanterns held by the people of Truro.

The parade is joined by samba groups, brass bands and dancers from around the county, all decked out in colourful costumes and throughout the evening a smattering of musical performances will be dotted around the city, performing from 5.30pm onwards to build up the atmosphere before the start of the parade and afterwards.

Each year’s procession is given a different theme. This year’s theme is ‘Museum of Lost Stories’ and is curated by the Royal Cornwall Museum. So expect forgotten scenes from Cornish history and myth to be presented in an array of colourful floats.

The procession starts at the top of Falmouth Road in Truro at 7pm, before travelling down Lemon Street, around the city centre and finishing on the Lemon Quay.

As the procession winds through the city, there will be many spots along the way to take in the spectacle and visitors are advised to spread out along the route to get the best view. There are a couple of spots that get extremely busy, so Cornish Holiday Cottages recommend avoiding Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street if you’ve got small children with you. There’s also a viewing point for disabled visitors at the Royal Cornwall Museum on River Street.

Once the parade reaches Boscawen Street, the action will pause for a countdown to the illumination of the Christmas lights.

For further information on the event and a route map go to the City Of Lights website. http://www.cityoflights.org.uk/

Mother’s Day

March 9, 2015 No Comments

 

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With mother’s day just round the corner, there’s no better place to celebrate it than down here in Cornwall. Whether it be day trips or lunch time treats, there’s a plethora of ways you can thank your mother for all that hard work she put into raising you.

We’re beginning to get glimpses of spring here at Cornwall Holiday Cottages and that’s the best thing about Mother’s Day; it feels like the first of the season’s many celebrations. Because of this we usually get the whole family together and take the coastal path down to the Ferryboat Inn for Sunday lunch. It’s tradition.

But in case you are looking for another way of pampering your mum – or looking to be pampered – here are some handy suggestions.

 

Newquay Zoo flower show

Offering half price entry to all Mums and free entry to any children that bring their own posies, Newquay Zoo’s flower show attracts some very inventive flower displays in its competition.

With over 130 species of animals Newquay Zoo is always a great family day out and the abundance of beautiful bouquets complement the lions and llamas, red pandas and penguins well.

Also, the Lemur Cafe is on hand with homemade lunches and hot drinks, Newquay Zoo has everything you need to keep both you and your little monkeys occupied.

 

Glendurgan Gardens Posy Making

With its ornamental garden maze and manor house Glendurgan Gardens is perfect for Mother’s Day. The expansive grounds welcome dogs and open out onto the Helford footpath – a short walk from the Ferryboat Inn.

Plus the kids will get the chance to treat mum to a beautiful handmade posy, put together using lovely colourful spring flowers picked from the Glendurgan estate.

 

Visit a National Magnolia Collection

To continue the flower theme

The Woodland Gardens at Caerhays, near St Austell, are a real springtime wonder. Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons grow in abundance and are nothing short of spectacular. Gardens entry is priced from £8.00 and as a special Mothering Sunday treat all mums will receive a free Camellia with garden entry. Visitors can also book a special Mother’s Day High Tea within the beautiful grounds of Caerhays castle in the Magnolia Tea Rooms. Offering a selection of exquisite finger sandwiches, an array of little homemade cakes, and butter scones with Boddington’s strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, all served with a pot of Twinning’s tea or a coffee, High Tea is priced at £25 for two and booking is essential. For further information and to book Tickets, Tours or High Tea, please visit: www.caerhays.co.uk or call 01872 501310.

 

Sunday Lunch at the Pandora Inn.

Situated on the shores of Restronguet Creek, The Pandora Inn’s food seems to have jumped up a notch since reopening after 2011’s fire and they are offering a The children will enjoy crab fishing on the pontoon while you sip afternoon drinks. Park on the quay at Mylor Bridge and walk the coastal path for a full day out. Booking is essential.

 

March at Trebah Gardens

April 10, 2014 No Comments

Winter is not often a season associated with flowers, however late winter is one of our favourites here in Cornwall. Magnolia, Rhododendron and Camellias all flourish, the gardens are coming back to life and carpets of daffodils starting to appear everywhere.

Trebah is wonderful at all time of year with a large children’s play area and lots of interesting areas for exploring, the garden is built in a valley leading down to its very own beach on the Helford River. Even in March people are sitting enjoying the sunshine and eating ice-creams from the Boathouse Café, while dogs play in the water. Trebah is also home to the joint tallest Magonlia in the UK, an incredible sight which flowers in March.

There is a stream running down the middle of the valley leading into a beautiful pond, complete with a bridge and this year they have been building an outdoor amphitheatre.

Trebah also has a great restaurant and shop selling lots of local produce, these are free to visit without paying entry to the gardens.

It’s Doggy Competition time here at Cornish Holiday Cottages!

October 17, 2013 1 Comment

Here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we’ve been celebrating now the dogs are allowed on all the beaches again; although not as much as the dogs, they’ve been having a brilliant time running around on the sand.

Cornwall is very dog friendly all through the year, with dogs welcome in most local pubs and a wonderful choice of coastal path for walking. With just under a third of visitors to the county being dog owners, we’re proud to say we welcome dogs, nearly 50% of our cottages are pet friendly. Winter is one of the best times of the year to visit Cornwall, with vast expanses of sand to enjoy peacefully on your own and an incredible amount of pubs selling hearty local food. What better than a cosy Cornish cottage to snuggle up in front of the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a very sleepy dog by your feet after all that exploring!

To mark the occasion we’ve decided to have a little competition! We want to see photo’s of your dog on holiday here in Cornwall, it could be a photo of them enjoying the beach, or relaxing at the local watering hole. Our 5 favourites will win a pack of Hungry Hector dog treats! Made locally here in Cornwall, and full of lots of nutrients for your furry friend.

Click here to go to our facebook page

Or email your photo to info@cornishholidaycottages.net

Don’t forget to put your name, and your dog’s name with the photo. You’ve got till midnight on the 31st October!

 

Dog Friendly Falmouth

 

Here are some of our top suggestions for things to do when visiting Cornwall with canine companions in winter:
Trebah Gardens, Falmouth

1. Why not visit Trebah Gardens?   Beautiful sub-tropical plants, treelined walkways, a hidden koi carp pond and a monet-esque bridge all make this garden truly magical.  A private beach, fantastic cafe and a genuinely dog friendly welcome make this the best day out. Finished off with a brilliant shop selling local produce, to buy your Christmas presents. Click here for more information on Trebah Gardens.

Rosemullion Head

2. There’s nearly 300 miles of coastline to choose from in Cornwall, but one of our favourite bits has to be Rosemullion Head. The path from Maenporth to the Helford is a stunning stretch of coastline with hidden coves, all kinds of wildlife and beautiful wild flowers, and can be enjoyed by boat or foot. It’s perfect for a bit of swimming for both you and your dog, and you won’t have a shortage of sticks to throw! Rosemullion is perfect for a walk to explore the Cornish countryside and why not take a picnic to enjoy on one of the many benches along the way.

Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe

3. When in Cornwall, you must visit the beach!  Of course there are enough dog friendly beaches to go to one on every day of your stay but we recommend an hour at Gyllyngvase Beach.  Run the dogs on the beach and then follow the short cliff path walk to Swanpool Beach.  Walk around the lake and back to Gyllynvase Cafe for a much deserved brunch or Cornish cream tea! Click here to see the Gylly Beach Cafe (Gyllyngvase Beach is dog friendly from October 1st to Easter day)

Falmouth Castle

4. Teach the dogs a bit about history with a trip around an English Heritage property.  We recommend walking around the point to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth where you can see the castle Henry VIII built and learn about the history of our forefathers.  Dogs will love exploring the moat and meeting all the other dogs along the way, and even in Winter, you can usually get an ice cream! If not, why not pick up some fish and chips and drive up there to admire the view, the dogs will love it (the fish and chips we mean, not so much the view!) Click here for more on Pendennis Castle

 

View our selection of dog friendly cottages here.  For further information or advice on things to do with your dog, contact us on info@cornishholidaycottages.net

 

To check which beaches in Cornwall are dog friendly and when please click here.