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Cornish Days Out: Trelissick Gardens [Feock, Truro]

October 20, 2015 No Comments

 

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The grounds of Trelissick Gardens will be familiar to those of you who have moseyed up the river Fal while staying with Cornish Holiday Cottages. The vast grounds of the estate arch their way down into the valley, dipping their toes into the water next to The King Harry Ferry. Trelissick house stands proud at the top of the headland.

Since last summer, and for the first time in Trelissick’s history, the historic house has been opened up to the public. A 17th Century manor house, peeking inside is an eye opening look into a house in transition. Whilst there are beautiful inlays, antiques galore and historic china decorated with rhododendrons, it is a house that has been, and is still lived in by the Copeland family. For those wishing to delve into the history of the estate there are knowledgeable volunteers on hand who are keen to tell you about the family and the house. As we enter we are told of their famous Spode China business and how the flowers from the gardens were used as patterns for their products.

After wandering through the house we exist through a high ceiling, art-deco conservatory, facing the river. It’s the sort of room you can imagine whiling away lazy summer afternoons in.

Entering the grounds themselves, the first thing to welcome us is a small, multi-sensory garden loaded with herby scents and smells. It’s a perfect hands on introduction and you are positively encouraged get tactile with the plants. We leave with the almondy vanilla smells of clemantis flammula clinging sweetly to our fingers.

The gardens are packed with azaras and photinias and over 350 hydrangeas – many planted before World War II. The meandering pathways are bordered by a mixture of exotic palms and shade giving trees and vegetation designed to give interest all year round. If you venture over a curving wooden bridge you will find a dominating cryptomeria japonica that was planted in 1898.

A cornucopia of apples greet us in the orchard. It’s a quite peaceful place and possibly my favourite part of the gardens. In the corner sits an ancient apple press, 6th wide. The orchard is home to more than 70 varieties of apple, including Pig’s Noses and Chacewater Longstems and they are ripe for the picking, some having already dropped to the ground.

At the beginning of October, Trelissick will be having a whole weekend dedicated to those apples. There will be info on a range of appley subjects and the ancient press will be in action! So there’s a good chance you could sample some of this year’s fresh apple juice.

Being a National Trust property you initially pay for parking and there are some fantastic woodland walks in the area that are perfect for dogs and family adventuring, if you don’t want to pay for the gardens themselves.

We definitely recommend their café. The home-cooked food changes seasonally and is good value for money: their sausage and bean stew is definitely a lunch time winner. Dogs are welcome with water bowls positioned next to almost every table.

 

 

 

A walk on the north Coast

August 13, 2014 No Comments

Around a 30 minute drive from Falmouth the north coast has many places for a walk but one of our favourites here in the office has to be around from Chapel Porth to St Agnes.

WP_20140810_001 There are a couple of options for parking, if you are a national trust member you can park at Chapel Porth beach for free, non members can park for £5. There is a lovely cafe selling lunch and extravagant ice-creams called ‘hedgehogs’ (vanilla ice-cream coated in clotted cream and rolled in toasted hazelnuts – yum!)

The other option is a free car park up on the cliff near the old engine houses, just off Beacon Drive. The walk along the coast is beautiful with views towards Newquay and the long Chapel Porth beach below. There is history along the way too with old engine houses reminding us of the old mining industry in the area. I (Becca) have even been lucky enough to see a shark in the waters below!

Chapel Porth beach is a long sandy expanse at low tide with lots of coves and rock pools, perfect for any young explorers.

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Day trip to The Roseland

April 29, 2014 No Comments

I have lived down here for quite a while and never been across to The Roseland, I think because it feels so far away! My grandparents always used to holiday over there so while my mum was visiting we decided to go for a day trip.

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We decided to get the King Harry Ferry (in Feock, 15 mins from Falmouth) as it saved a lot of time on the journey and it made it feel like a proper holiday! We got there just as the ferry left so had a while to watch it working and enjoy the sunshine. It cost us £8 for a day return, good value for the time it saved us driving around.

Once over the river we decided to first visit the famous church at St Just in Roseland. We parked at the top of the hill and walked down through the stunning graveyard, more of a tropical garden, with carpets of bluebells and wild garlic. Set into the hill and surrounded by beautiful trees, you can’t actually spot the church until it’s towering over you. We were there at low tide, but the water can reach right up to the church. It was a beautiful calm place, somewhere my grandparents used to visit on their holidays in Cornwall, so it was lovely to see especially with it being a beautiful sunny day to sit and enjoy the peace.

 

I have heard lots about the Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach, of their famous feast nights and their delicious food. So obviously now I was finally over there I planned our walk around eating lunch there! We decided to walk around from Portscatho, along the coast path, although on our way to the village we found a convenient car park at the top, it cost £3 for parking all day.

 

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We walked around the coast path, towards the Hidden Hut which was closer than I had expected, we got there a bit early for lunch but enjoyed a coffee and cold drink in the sunshine while we chose from the menu. They had a couple of soups and pasties, however we both went for the lamb and sweet potato curry with a flat bread. We could smell it being cooked outside so couldn’t resist, and it didn’t disappoint!

We bought a piece of cake to take away and carried on around the coastal path, the views were stunning and it was really quiet, we only bumped into a few other people who all commented on the beautiful weather. We carried on round to Porthbean beach (dog friendly), a beautiful sandy expanse and we were the only people there. The beach was covered in beautiful sea shells, we had never seen so many large shells on a beach before. We enjoyed our cake and just basked in the sunshine (we thought it was going to rain so had taken our raincoats with us!).

We spent hours on the beach, then wandered back along the coastal path and bought Mum an ice-cream (Roskillys gooseberry yoghurt flavour) before walking back up to the car.

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I would fully recommend a day trip to The Roseland for anyone staying in Falmouth. It was quiet and beautiful and felt like a mini holiday even though we were only out for a few hours!

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)