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Milly & Martha / Real Cottage Holidays in Cornwall

Welcome to Cornwall, our wild and magical home. Come and discover this beautiful, rugged coast. Embrace the elements. Soak up the sun. Set your children free to splish splosh their way around rock pools and secret coves.

Indulge in Cornish ice creams, hearty pasties, fresh mackerel and wonderful local beer. Watch outdoor theatre with the glistening sea as the backdrop. Explore the rich and diverse pleasures of Cornish art.

Experience the real Cornwall.

Come and get snug in your home for a week or two. Each of our homes have plenty of our touches to make it a special place for you. Every guest receives their own Bespoke Holiday Guide. We have the perfect places for you to stay whilst discovering this remarkable and wonderful place.

Contact us to let us know what you're looking for…

Be nurtured by Milly & Martha. Real Cornish Holidays.

Milly & Martha / Real Cottage Holidays in Cornwall

If you would like some help choosing the best place to stay in Cornwall for you, have any questions or comments, please get in touch!

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The Lizard Lighthouse

The Lizard Lighthouse

Well and truly a fantastic day out and well worth a visit. The Lizard Lighthouse is Cornwall’s most southerly land lighthouse and one of the largest in the world. This real Lighthouse has been shining a light for over 260 years, guiding ships safely home, and it is the only Lighthouse you can climb in Cornwall. With one amazing journey to the top you will come face to face with the lens, see breathtaking views and lose yourself in the romance of these amazing icons. Situated on the SW coast path and next to the stunning Lizard Point which you can wander down to and explore.

With the help of the National Lottery, the Lighthouse Engine Room has been developed into an interactive learning centre.  There’s something for everyone.  Be that powering up the foghorn, understanding satellite navigation for the Mariner, to the food you need on rock Lighthouses. Listen to Lighthouse Keepers stories, track ships live as they battle through stormy waves, build a giant foam lighthouse, as tall as you! Send a message using Morse Code and learn to spell your name, using Semaphore Flags.

If you plan to take children they must be at least 1.1metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided.  Under no circumstances can children or babies be carried up or down the staircases in the lighthouse.

Sensible footwear must be worn and anyone suffering from vertigo, heart of respiratory conditions is advised not to ascend the tower.

Parking is free for National Trust members or you can park in the village which is about a ten minute walk away.

Please check the website for opening times and prices as it is only open in the summer months:

https://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouse-visitor-centres/lizard-lighthouse-visitor-centre

Stay at:

Gull Rock Cabin – nr. Mullion Cove – sleeps 2

Ruan Dinas – River Fal – sleeps 6

The Chace – Portreath – sleeps 6

Fourways – Townsend – sleeps 8

Perranporth

Perranporth

In the 19th century Perranporth was a tin mining village. Located on the rugged North Cornwall Coast it is now a family resort with sand dunes, miles of golden sands, attracting surfers, sunbathers and sand yachters. It is also has a golf course and boating lake and there are wonderful cliff walks in the area. For those who are a little more adventurous, there are caves to explore and interesting rock formations to investigate and the area is jam packed with wildlife.  

We think it makes a pretty impressive location. Surrounded by countryside that inspired Winston Graham’s swashbuckling Poldark novels, (Winston Graham wrote his first Poldark novel whilst living in Perranporth). There are lots of old engine houses from the former tin mines protruding from the landscape. In addition, there is Wheal Towan, the remains of an eighteenth century copper mine. The Perranzabuloe Folk Museum in Oddfellows Hall may be worth a visit.

The busy village has plenty of family eateries serving up traditional food along with many cafes and bars that cater for the beach crowd. For the more active, there are surf and kite buggy schools on the beach and from the village the coastal footpath provides some great walking 

North-east of the village is the Piran Round, an Iron Age hill camp. It is believed the amphitheatre was once used for games and mystery plays. At the opposite end is a more recent addition, the giant cliff top Millennium Sundial. But beware if you are thinking of setting your watch by it! It tells Cornish time which is 20 minutes ahead of GMT.

Other neighbouring resorts are St Agnes, Porthtowan and Holywell Bay, formerly the home of W.J.Burley, the creator of Cornish detective, Wycliffe.

Situated about 25 miles north from St Ives.

Stay at:

The Chace – Portreath– sleeps 6

Fourways – Townsend – sleeps 8

The Tack House – Hayle – sleeps 2

The Mexico Inn

The Mexico Inn

We recently visited this brilliant foodie pub in Long Rock . Locals are raving about The Mexico Inn since it has been taken over in 2017 by new owners. It’s been given a real rustic, cosy charm with an informal, relaxed atmosphere and great food and drink at decent prices.   

So if you’re planning a trip to Marazion, Long Rock beach or Penzance it’s worth making time to stop by.

The Mexico has occupied pride of place on the village’s little high street for 200 years but has recently undergone a major revamp. The owners, husband and wife team Tom and Amy, are both talented chefs, who have worked side-by-side in the kitchens of some of the South West’s most buzzed-about eateries, including The Scarlet, The Gurnard’s Head and The Old Coastguard. The Mexico fulfills their dream of a place of their own and is also currently the family home, for the couple and their two young children. Making their story even more special, Amy grew up in Long Rock, the pub was her parents local when she was a child and two of her sisters (one of whom designs all the pub’s beautiful posters) as well as Tom’s sister all work here too. And her parents live right next door.

The pub’s exotic name is all down to Long Rock miner Bill Trewartha, who founded the local mine and became the pub’s first landlord, after returning from his adventures mining silver in Mexico. His fellow miners began referring to it as ‘The Mexico’ and it stuck.

We visited on a Tuesday night, which was pleasantly busy without being packed. On the menu were a mixture of pub classics and more creative dishes that boasted a great mix of flavours. I chose the Goan fish curry and chocolate and clementine cheesecake which were delicious.

The Mexico also offers take-away fish and chips and proper coffees to-go and hosts weekly offers on Chippy Tuesday and Smashin’ Thursday, when they serve Trelawney sausages, with mash, seasonal veg and gravy, for a steal at £8.50. The Sunday roasts are everything you hope for and on the last Sunday of every month they host an acoustic evening, which we are both looking forward to going to soon.

It’s also very child-friendly (and dog-friendly too). There’s a big cupboard of games and toys to keep the kids amused yet it still feels like a grown-up drinkers pub, with various tables in the bar area and a particularly inviting corner, filled with armchairs and sofas by a roaring log burner that would be perfect for whiling away a rainy afternoon, while the other half is windsurfing perhaps.

It’s great for families and friends looking for a good feed or a place to enjoy a couple of pints. Walkers, windsurfers and kitesurfers after a day on the water. There’s a small courtyard garden out the back that’s a suntrap in the warmer months but only space for a handful of tables.

The prices are very reasonable for such exceptional pub food, with starters from £6 – £6.50 and mains from £12 – £16.

The Mexico Inn, 4 Riverside, Penzance Cornwall TR20 8JD. Tel: 01736 710625.

Stay at:

The Lifeboat House - Mousehole - sleeps 4

Trenow - Perranuthnoe - sleeps 4

Fourways – Townsend – sleeps 8

St. Petry – Goldsithney – sleeps 6

Property Marketing Services

Property Marketing Services

With 25 combined years of experience in tourism, holiday letting and surveying, Milly and Martha offer a new service available to Cornish homes to make your property stand out whether marketing for sale, long term rental or holiday rental.


We have a variety of services to enhance your existing marketing, or assist in getting your property ready for sale or rental. We can also provide advice to potential purchasers on a holiday rental investment.

Read a full detailed guide to our affordable services here

Services include:

Photography, including property styling and room dressing

Pricing

Information Packs

Rental SOS

 

Trengwainton Gardens

Trengwainton Gardens

Trengwainton is a country house and garden situated in Madron, near Penzance, which has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1961.

Nestled away just inland of Mounts Bay are these truly beautiful exotic gardens that are definitely worth a visit for any age group. It is one of our favourite places to visit with lovely walks, streams and private areas to sit and ponder and take in the surrounding beauty. There are wonderful views towards Mounts Bay, St Michaels Mount and The Lizard from the top of the gardens and a lovely walled garden with a delightful second hand bookshop and gift shop.

Our small children love coming for a day out. There is lots to explore and plenty to keep short imaginations captivated, Trengwainton is a fabulously family friendly garden. There are children's trails to follow, children's menus in the tearoom and well-equipped baby-changing facilities. This summer they are, weather permitting, running den building in the woods, (stout shoes recommended). They also have a selection of games in the Orchard that will change weekly, including hoopla, giant versions of Jenga and dominoes, junior archery and horseless show jumping.

For those of you with a nose for gardening, this horticultural hotspot is home to magnificent walled gardens growing species not seen anywhere else on mainland Britain. Marvel at the styrax, eucryphia, stewartia and the 'Lobster Claw' - Clianthus puniceus, and discover hybrids created from plant-hunting expeditions to Assam and Burma.

There is a fee to enter the gardens (no charge for NT members), but you can access the very yummy tearoom for free. The food is wonderful, especially the savoury cream teas, soups and between 3pm – 4.30pm you can order a delightful afternoon tea.  

This year they are hosting, ‘Summer Sounds in the Orchard’ on June 30th. Relax to the sounds of some of Cornwall’s finest live bands. They invite you to bring a rug and make the most of the food and drink available to buy.

Free car parking but please check their website for opening times.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trengwainton-garden

 

Stay at:

Badger’s Croft – Lelant Downs – sleeps 4

St. Petry – Goldsithney – sleeps 6

The Lifeboat House – Mousehole – sleeps 4

Fourways – Townsend – sleeps 8

 

Review - Higher Pencobben

Review - Higher Pencobben

'We loved this house. The views, the decor, the fire, the books, the music, the comfy beds....everything.
Our highlight was being so close to the coast path and coming back to a cosy house and a record player and fire.
We hope to return!'
Dodd family, April 2018

Lizard Peninsula

Lizard Peninsula

There's nowhere quite like the Lizard Peninsula, the southern most tip of Britain. From the rugged rocks of Lizard Point to the fishing village of Cadgwith and the sandy beaches at Kynance and Gunwalloe, it has a lot to offer. So if you choose to sail, walk, swim or picnic - you won't be disappointed!

The scenery is quite different to the rest of Cornwall. The rare geology of the area creates a haven for exceptional plants and flowers. Around the coastline you’ll find little fishing ports with huge granite sea walls to protect from the Atlantic gales, restaurants specialising in freshly caught seafood, and gorgeous sandy bays with jagged black rocks jutting out in to the sea. In pubs by the shore there’s folk music and traditional Cornish singing. 

There are many reasons to visit The Lizard Peninsula – here are just a few:

  • Numerous picturesque coves and sandy beaches for you to enjoy such as Kynance Cove, Kennack Sands, Coverack beach and Polurrian Cove
  • Walk the South West Coast Path from The Lizard to Coverack
  • Stroll along the harbour walls at Mullion Cove dramatically surrounded by stacks of black volcanic rock
  • Visit the Lizard Lighthouse and find out about the local maritime history and enjoy the magical views from the top
  • Watch ice cream and local fudge being made at Roskilly’s farm
  • Munch your way through one of Ann’s famous pasties whilst looking out across the ocean
  • Visit the camels at Rosuick Organic Farm
  • Find out about the fascinating radio telecommunications history surrounding the Marconi Centre at Poldhu Cove
  • Take part in a diving trip to discover numerous shipwrecks off the notorious Manacles rocks
  • Catch your own supper on a sea fishing trip
  • Explore the many quaint villages including Coverack, Cadgwith, Portholland and St Keverne

Stay at:

Gull Rock Cabin – Nr. Mullion Cove – sleeps 2 + sofa bed

Ruan Dinas – Fal River – sleeps 6

Fourways – Towsend – sleeps 8

St. Petry – Goldsithney – sleeps 6

Review - The Lifeboat House

Review - The Lifeboat House

'The standard of the property is exceptional in our experience of staying in rental properties for many years. It position is excellent with spectacular views from the bay windows. Both bedrooms offer spacious and very comfortable en suite accommodation and there is plenty of space in the lounge/kitchen. You could not expect more.'

Ryley - April 2018

Review - Trenow Cottage

Review - Trenow Cottage

'Fantastic location. Lovely walks out and great pub and cafes in village.

Our highlight was Spending time on the beach. Lovely walks.

A stairgate would have been useful for the little ones.

The Milly & Martha service was fantastic. Always very helpful.'

Cawston family - April 2018

 

May Festivals

May Festivals

May is a fabulous time of year to visit Cornwall. The villages and towns come alive with numerous festivals such as the Obby Oss Parade in Padstow, the St. Agnes Bolster Festival, the Black Prince Flower Boat Procession in Torpoint and of course Flora Day in Helston.

For hundreds of years these springtime traditions have taken place. Pagan? Most probably. Culturally important? Without doubt. Colourful, loud and busy? Always. With drumming, singing and plenty of dancing each of these annual events is a spectacle to behold.

In Helston and Padstow the houses and shops are decorated with greenery and flora to mark the arrival of new vitality and fertility, with the trees and flowers bursting into life. Why not come and join in the revelry, welcome the Spring, watch the dances, celebrate local folklore and honour ancient ceremonies?  

Stay at:

Gull Rock Cabin - Mullion Cove - sleeps 2 + sofa bed

Ruan Dinas – Fal River -sleeps 6

Trenow – Perranuthnoe – sleeps 4

Dog Friendly Cornish Holidays

Dog Friendly Cornish Holidays

The Cornish coast paths, dunes, woodlands and many of its beautiful beaches are a dog walkers dream. Fabulous views, miles of uninterrupted walking and always a nice dog friendly café close by.

Putting your dog in kennels can work out as more expensive than taking your pet on holiday when you rent a self-catered cottage, cabin or house in West Cornwall. We have some lovely properties in beautiful spots, comfortable retreats for you and your four legged friend. We also know all the best places to visit, where and when you can access the beaches, which galleries, restaurants, pubs and cafes are dog friendly and the best walks from and around your desired location.

We warmly welcome you and your family, dog included and know you will enjoy a holiday in picturesque Cornwall.

 

Stay at:

Badgers Croft – Lelant Downs – sleeps 4

The Tack House – Hayle – sleeps 2

Gull Rock Cabin – Mullion Cove – sleeps 2

Nanquidno House – Sennen Cove – sleeps 7

Cottages for 2

Cottages for 2

Cosy, comfortable, quiet, close to a beautiful beach, a great restaurant and café serving really good coffee.

If that’s your idea of a no brainer starting point for a great coastal getaway, then Cornwall is the place for you. Home to some of the best foodie spots in the country, always within a stones throw of a spectacular seaside walk and with some excellent cosy cottages available for two, this is the ideal place to whisk your partner to enjoy a bit of time together.

We will provide the picturesque property, the insider’s guide as to where is great to eat and drink, ideas for fabulous day trips and walks close by - the rest we leave up to you.

Stay at:

Lower Crofty – Goldsithney -sleeps 2

Gull Rock Cabin – Mullion Cove – sleeps 2

Cherry Tree Cabin – St. Ives – sleeps 2

The Tack House – Hayle – sleeps 2

Access Statements

Access Statements

At Milly & Martha, we aim to make everyone’s stay as enjoyable as possible, and help you find the property that is right for you. We know all of our properties very well and can advise if you have any special requirements. We aim to accurately describe all of our properties on our website through text and photos.

We have ‘Access Statements’ for each of our properties which we can provide for you on request or alternatively please do get in touch by phone, email or by letter to ask any specific queries or concerns.

 

Lower Crofty, Goldsithney near Marazion

Lower Crofty, Goldsithney near Marazion

Lower Crofty is new for Milly & Martha in 2018.  A gorgeous little retreat for 1 or 2 people in beautiful rural Cornwall.  Located just a short distance from Praa Sands, Perranuthnoe and Marazion, this is the perfect place to stay to relax and unwind.

Short breaks available from just £207 for 3 nights.

Golf in West Cornwall

Golf in West Cornwall

There are some really spectacular golf courses in West Cornwall with stunning scenery. If you want to tee off with the dramatic Atlantic Ocean facing you then a memorable golfing day while on holiday can be found at West Cornwall Golf Club, Cape Cornwall Golf Club, Mullion Golf Club, Praa Sands Golf and Country Club, Tregenna Castle Hotel Golf course, Falmouth Golf Club and Perranporth Golf Club. All of them are positioned on the coast boasting fine views and excellent facilities.

Cape Cornwall Golf and Country Club is the first and last 18 hole golf course in Britain with spectacular views overlooking the only Cape in England and the rugged North Cornwall coastline. Additional facilities include: indoor heated swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and gymnasium. Buggy hire available. No handicap certificate required. Clubhouse Bistro open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunches and evening meals. Sunday carvery and bar snacks also available.

West Cornwall Golf Club is a true Links course with fine turf and numerous natural qualities where hardly an unnatural feature offends. It has the unusual charm of being a test for both the low and higher handicap player alike. The oldest Club in Cornwall overlooking St. Ives Bay. Facilities include: bar, a la carte restaurant, pro-shop, putting green and practice ground. 

Praa Sands Golf club welcomes all visitors and non members to this lovely seaside course, situated on the A394, midway between Penzance and Helston and overlooking beautiful Mounts Bay. From every green on the course you can see the sea, and it provides a deceptively challenging Par 62 for men, Par 64 for ladies. Bar snacks, meals and clubs for hire. Open every day of the year. 

The Tregenna Course is set amid sub-tropical parkland overlooking the spectacular St Ives Bay. Its 18 holes present a challenge to even the low handicapped golfer with its narrow fairways and small greens. The magnificent Tregenna Castle provides hotel and self-catering options with restaurant and bar facilities open to both residents and non-residents. With no handicap certificate required, all are welcome!

Mullion Golf Club is the most southerly course in England where golf is played in the most beautiful scenery and where you are assured a friendly welcome.

A mature and beautifully maintained course, Falmouth Golf Club is a good challenge for most golfers. Stunning sea and coastal views, excellent greens, visitors welcome.

And there’s Helston Golf club and Greenacres Short Golf course in St Erth near Hayle which is also home to Penwith Pitch and Putt, a great day out for kids and has and a lovely café and kids outdoor play area. Or check out Gwinear golf pitch and putt near Hayle.

Stay at:

Gull Rock Cabin – Mullion Cove – sleeps 2 + sofabed

Nanquidno House – Sennen Cove – sleeps 7

Annie’s by the Sea – St. Ives – sleeps 5

St. Petry – Goldsithney – sleeps 6

 

Horse Riding Cornwall

Horse Riding Cornwall

Whether you want to gallop along the sand with the sea breeze in your hair, trot across the countryside or plod steadily along the bridleways, horse riding in Cornwall offers an equestrian experience to suit all levels of rider. In fact one of the best ways to discover the beauty that Cornwall has to offer is on horseback. There are many licensed stables throughout the county that provide riding lessons and a variety of trails that will take you through undiscovered parts of the countryside. Trek through woodland, farmland, moorland or along the beautiful Cornish coastline.

Higher Tremenheere Riding stables in the heart of West Cornwall is situated in Ludgvan overlooking Mounts Bay and St Michael's Mount. They are located within a short walk to the beautiful Tremenheere sculpture gardens and café. Friendly fun stables open to all riders and abilities. They offer beach rides at picturesque Marazion beach at the foot of the majestic St Michael’s Mount and Long Rock beach.

Newtown Equestrian Centre is at the heart of the picturesque Lizard Peninsula which is the UK’s most southerly point. Situated in Mullion they provide exhilarating beach and countryside treks across The Lizard for all abilities. 

Set on a 92 acre farm, Bosvathick Riding Stables in Falmouth is a lovely location who offer  lessons and escorted riding across their own private farmland and woodland away from the busy roads. They have a selection of horses and ponies for all ages and abilities of rider. Lessons are held in a purpose-built arena, taught by BHS qualified staff. Alternatively, you may ride out with experienced and friendly escorts, along fields, lanes and woodland.

Penhalwyn Trekking Stables just outside Halsetown near St Ives offer a wide variety of Trekking, in one of the most beautiful locations in Cornwall. Catering for all abilities with rides around  the moorlands behind Zennor area of West Penwith where there are places of historical interest. 

Reen Manor Riding Stables are based close to Perranporth on the north Cornish Coast famous for it’s 3 mile long sandy beach. They offer a number of different types of rides including beautiful beach rides along the dunes and inland rides through the Cornish countryside. There have designated children’s rides and can cater for groups of riders whether as a family or group of friends.

 Stay at:

The Tack House - Hayle - sleeps 2

Ruan Dinas - River Fal - sleeps 6

Trenow - Perranuthnoe - sleeps 4

The Lifeboat House - Mousehole - sleeps 4

 

Review - Nanquidno House

Review - Nanquidno House

We enjoyed the ease of socialising in the house and the cove.

The upstairs layout is slightly inconvenient (the double bedroom is accessed via the triple bedroom), but this is compensated for that it's such a lovely house in a beautiful location.

Newton - Christmas 2017

Review - Ruan Dinas

Review - Ruan Dinas

THank you so much for everything you did to help organise our New Year break. We loved the house and location. It was he perfect start to our year.

We loved pottering around the creek. A highlight was doing a lovely circular walk right from the front door (one which was marked as the favourite in the info provided) then returned home, lighting a fire and battening down the hatches on New Year's Eve.

We loved how well equipped it (Ruan Dinas) was and the comfort / quality of things like the crockery, bed linen, mattresses, music speaker, sofas etc.

We will definitely come back to you as a first point of call for future breaks.

Ball - New Year 2018

Review - Ruan Dinas

Review - Ruan Dinas

The highlight was the location and being able to relax in a beautiful home.

The favourite place we visited whilst there was the Eden Project.

Please pass on out thanks to the owners! They have a beautiful home, and it's the best Christmas we have had!

Royall - Christmas 2017

Review - The Lifeboat House

Review - The Lifeboat House

The property was absolutely beautiful and has clearly been finished to a very high standard.

We got some wonderful weather considering the time of year and got to do a lot of the walks that we would usually do in the spring. It's a great time of year to visit.

We spend a lot of time in Cornwall so have done most things, but this was the first time we have ever driven over to Godrevy to see the seals, which was fab.

This was probably our favourite property that we have stayed in both in Mousehole and elsewhere. We will definitely be back!

I had never come across Milly & Martha before but we will definitely use you again.

Roberts - November 2017

Review - Ruan Dinas

Review - Ruan Dinas

The boat swinging mooring was splendid and the arrangement of the accommodation was splendid for our extended family needs.

Our highlight was messing about with the family in our boats in the river.

Our favourite thing to do was visiting the sandy beaches for picnics.

Burgess - August 2017

Milly & Martha Bespoke Holiday Guide

Milly & Martha Bespoke Holiday Guide

Join us locals and experience the Real Cornwall.

For all our guests, we create a “Bespoke Holiday Guide”, tailored to where you are staying and when. Milly & Martha share local secrets, tell you what is going on during your stay, what might need booking in advance, the best restaurants for you, where to get a surf lesson and what outdoor/indoor theatre and concert tickets to buy.

We can book your family in for a kite surfing lesson, coasteering adventures, hire you a mountain bike guide or arrange for a masseuse to visit you in your holiday home.

We don’t want you to miss out on what we consider to be the ‘real Cornwall’, whether that be the local sand castle building competitions, village rubber duck races down the river, local farmers markets and hog roasts and apple picking days at the local farm.

We want you to feel excited before you arrive, make sure you don’t miss out on the brilliant things going on in Cornwall and help you make the most of your holiday!

Higher Pencobben, Godrevy

Higher Pencobben, Godrevy

New for 2018 is Higher Pencobben.  Located at Godrevy, the sea can be found just a short distance from the end of the garden.

This wonderful 'beach-house' styled rural retreat is great for family holidays or 'couples retreats' in quieter months.

Sleeps 9 in 5 bedrooms. Available to book in 2018.

The living room is upstairs, and the sun pours in through the large windows where you can sit and gaze at the surrounding countryside.

Just a short distance away is Godrevy and Gwithian, with lovely cafes, surf schools and super sandy beach.

 

Godrevy

Godrevy

Godrevy is located at the far end of St Ives Bay and is owned by the National Trust.  

In the warmer months, it is a wonderful family beach with rock pools to play in, lovely sand, beautiful views of the lighthouse and it takes some beating really.

In the colder months, the beach is the perfect place for a stroll and you can walk the whole 3 miles all the way to Hayle.

A haven for surfers, the beach is perfectly placed for the Atlantic swells.  There are a few surf schools to chose from should you wish to give it a go, including Gwithian Academy of Surfing and Shore Surf School.

One of our favourite cafes, Godrevy cafe, is located at the edge of the car park at Godrevy.  In the summer, the grassy knoll outside is packed full of families and upstairs people can enjoy the view across the sea.  The breakfasts are legendary and all of the food creative, delicious and locally sourced.

There are other great cafes, bars, restaurants and a lovely village pub in nearby Gwithian to try out too.

Take a walk up past lighthouse and take a look down at Mutton Cove to view the large grey seal colony there.  They are amazingly camoflaged against the beach and the rocks, and we have counted up to 150 at times.  Quite special really.

If you are lucky you can often spot dolphins, porpoises, occasional basking sharks and plenty of seabirds at Godrevy.

The beach is dog friendly outside of the seasonal dog ban (1st May - 30th September 08.00am - 19.00pm).

St Agnes

St Agnes

St Agnes is a picturesque village on the north coast of Cornwall which sits in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Steeped in mining history, the village retains a traditional friendly Cornish atmosphere and makes a wonderful place to visit, with four different beaches.

There are dramatic coastal walks and breath-taking scenery filled with relics from the past, including the iconic Wheal Coates engine house, as well as friendly places to eat in a warm atmosphere. There is a thriving community with a choice of shops as well as galleries and craft workshops where beautiful gifts are made by hand. Sample the beautiful scenic coastline, fantastic beaches, arts and craft shops and mining heritage. If you are a fan on the TV series Poldark then you might be excited to hear that some of the filming took place at St Agnes Head!

Things to do in St Agnes:

• St Agnes Museum on Penwinnick Road is open daily with free admission from Good Friday until the end of October and is full of fascinating artifacts and information about the Parish of St Agnes
• A variety of craft shops, art galleries and workshops around the village well stocked with local artists’ works
• There a four sandy beaches nearby to explore; Trevaunance Cove Beach, yChapel Porth, Trevellas Porth and Porthtowan. All unique and full of rock pools, caves and popular with families and surfers
• Great events calendar: including annual occasions like the Bolster Festival, St Agnes Carnival and the World Bellyboarding Championships, to one-off gigs, coffee mornings and market days
• Take a walk along part of the famous South West Coast Path and enjoy stunning scenery or choose one of the other 70 footpaths that St Agnes has on offer

Salt Bar, Hayle

Salt Bar, Hayle

If you are looking for somewhere with a relaxed atmosphere and great food then Salt Bar in Hayle is ideal. Set on Foundry Square in one of the most historic buildings in Hayle with an outside seating area.


It’s a great place to pop in to for lunch, dinner or a late night drink, or simply chill out with a cold beer, a tasty food platter to share and watch the world go by with family or friends.

You can chill out on a sofa, stool, floor (well maybe not the floor) and relax with a coffee plus surf the internet with free wireless connection. Live music once a week, Quiz night on Thursday & regular D.J. nights.

Close to Hayle Harbour and Hayle Estuary if you fancy combining a visit with a walk. A 2 minute walk from the train station.

Kernow Adventure Park

Kernow Adventure Park

An amazing family day out in Cornwall. Kernow Adventure Park is an outdoor adventure centre, set on a secret, freshwater lake sunk deep into the earth between Falmouth and Helston.

With activities on land and water for fun-searchers and a lakeside clubhouse, cafe and bar for the comfort- seekers.


It’s not just the activities that are off the wall, they’ve gone overboard to make sure you’re safe on the lake and the land. When you are on the water, you’re never more than 150 metres from the shore, and there’s always a rescuer nearby, whether on a stand-up paddle board, rescue board or jetski. wetsuits, impact vests and helmets are also standard. And, whether you are relaxing, playing or training hard on land, a first aider will always be on hand throughout the site.

This is the best place to go wakeboarding in Cornwall. It’s the only UK wakeboard centre set on a freshwater lake inside a quarry. With two cables, eight obstacles and top-level coaching you can choose your level of extreme.

You can also enjoy an exhilarating ride on the cable tow systems which are suitable for beginners or for more seasoned riders. Or for further thrills there’s the bouncy castle-style circuit Wipeout at one end of the lake - a 60-metre, floating, inflatable assault course with free-fall slides, trampolines, and narrow, slippery platforms.

Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods

Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods

A truly enchanting experience is to catch one of Rogue Theatre’s iconic performances while on holiday in Cornwall. They really are a sensual delight and the have won numerous theatrical awards since forming 4 years ago.

Rogue Theatre is an inventive and imaginative performance company based in Cornwall. Over the past few years they have developed a wild home for their work and their audiences among the trees of Tehidy Woods, a local public woodland on the North Cliffs.

Perfect for family fun, and a magical afternoon or evening. This is theatre but not as most people know it. It’s an immersive theatre adventure for all the senses and ages, outdoors for those who love to be close to nature and feel the call of the wild.

Famous for their Wild Woodland Summer Ball.

Flambards, Helston

Flambards, Helston

Flambards Theme Park in Helston is a really memorable family day out with its fun mix of rides, indoor attractions and entertainment. From thrill seekers to those who prefer a gentler pace, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Take a spin on the Hornet Rollercoaster, check out the amazing views from the top of SkyRaker - the drop, twisting ride, brave the Thunderbolt or journey into the dark on Space Race and prepare to get wet on the Colorado River log flume! Traditional fun is guaranteed on the Carousel and Teacup rides as well as the Cornwall Eye and Balloon Race.


There’s loads of undercover soft play for little ones, plus outdoor adventure play, a hands on science zone with laser maze, disorientation tunnel and more to fascinate and plenty of cool stuff for kids in Ferdi’s Funland.

Spot life-sized dinosaurs on the Jurassic Journey. Don’t miss the stegosaurus, a five metre tall brachiosaurus, awesome tyrannosaurus rex and giant triceratops as you track down dinosaurs.

Plus take a walk through history in Flambards’ award-winning undercover exhibitions. The ‘Victorian Village’ has over 50 authentically recreated shops and scenes of everyday life, while the ‘Britain in the Blitz’ exhibition presents a life-size recreation of a street during WWII.

Situated adjacent to Flambards is one of Cornwall’s favourite indoor soft play centres, One2Eleven, which is great for rainy days! With comfy seating positioned around the toddler area, grown-ups can feel at ease and enjoy a hot drink whilst watching the children have fun. Separate admission charges apply.

Fat Hen Foraging

Fat Hen Foraging

A wonderful idea for a very different day out exploring the natural beauty of this part of West Cornwall. Particularly if you like the countryside and enjoy trying, and understanding, different foods. Wild food foraging and 'catch and cook' experiences are becoming ever more popular so why not think about giving it a go with Fat Hen Foraging, based near St Just, who offer unique courses and events.


Anyone, from the serious foodie to the slightly inquisitive, will love the culinary adventure of a wild food foraging experience with Caroline Davey from the Fat Hen team, exploring the wild landscapes of West Cornwall: seashore, hedgerow, woodland and farmland, to forage for seasonal wild edible herbs, vegetables, seaweeds, fungi, roots, seeds and berries.

Fat Hen has been chosen as one of the top ten best foraging courses in the UK by Countryfile. And was chosen by the Telegraph as one of the best sustainable living courses in the UK.
Check out their calendar of events on their website.

Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor Tin Mine

Located in Pendeen on the dramatic Cornish coastline, Geevor Tin Mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country. A must visit – our families love it here. Whether it's sunny or wet there is so much to see and do at this multi- award winning attraction! And it’s been awarded The 2017 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor!


Geevor was the last mine to work the world famous St. Just Mining District finally closing in 1990. Set in fantastic coastal scenery, Geevor is the largest complete mining site in Britain. Many of the coastal scenes from the BBC Poldark series were filmed around here!

With FREE all day parking, they offer many activities on site throughout the year that are FREE with site entry. See the website for details. Put your hard hat on and explore the mine, get interactive in the Hard Rock Museum, discover how the rock was mined and brought up from 2000 feet below the ground and even go underground! Have a go at panning for 'gold' and gems; take home what you find for FREE!

The Mine Shop stocks a huge variety of Cornish items, and the Count House Cafe serves delicious home-cooked food, including our world-famous pasties!

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

If you want to eat fresh, local produce and dine out while taking in one of the most magnificent beachside views in the country then we recommend a visit to The Godolphin Arms in Marazion. A really beautiful location with both outdoor and inside dining.


Perched overlooking the beautiful St Michael’s Mount with views across to Penzance, Newlyn, Mousehole and The Lizard, you can enjoy a Cornish cream tea, bar snack, 3 course meal or just a drink. The stylish restaurant is set along a two mile stretch of beach in the historic market town of Marazion and is family friendly with a great children’s menu.

The South West Coastal Path runs through the town and the RSPB nature reserve is home to Cornwall’s largest reed bed and an abundance of plants and birds. The iconic destination of St Michael’s Mount is just across the water from the Godolphin Arms - a short boat trip away or, when the tide opens and reveals the historic causeway, you can walk across to the island.

The Lizard Lighthouse and Heritage Centre

The Lizard Lighthouse and Heritage Centre

Well and truly a fantastic day out and well worth a visit. The Lizard Lighthouse is Cornwall’s most southerly land lighthouse and one of the largest in the world. This real Lighthouse has been shining a light for over 260 years, guiding ships safely home, and it is the only Lighthouse you can climb in Cornwall. With one amazing journey to the top you will come face to face with the lens, see breathtaking views and lose yourself in the romance of these amazing icons. Situated on the SW coast path and next to the stunning Lizard Point which you can wander down to and explore.


With the help of the National Lottery, the Lighthouse Engine Room has been developed into an interactive learning centre. There’s something for everyone. Be that powering up the foghorn, understanding satellite navigation for the Mariner, to the food you need on rock Lighthouses. Listen to Lighthouse Keepers stories, track ships live as they battle through stormy waves, build a giant foam lighthouse, as tall as you! Send a message using Morse Code and learn to spell your name, using Semaphore Flags.

If you plan to take children they must be at least 1.1metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided. Under no circumstances can children or babies be carried up or down the staircases in the lighthouse.


Sensible footwear must be worn and anyone suffering from vertigo, heart or respiratory conditions is advised not to ascend the tower.

Parking is free for National Trust members or you can park in the village which is about a ten minute walk away.


Please check the website for opening times and prices as it is only open in the summer months.

Antoninis, Hayle

Antoninis, Hayle

Being a lover of Italian food and having sampled many Italian restaurants in this part of Cornwall I can safely say Antoninis in Hayle is one of my favourites. It is a small authentic restaurant with a great atmosphere, great service, stunning food and good wine.

The chef is from Italy and they change the menu monthly and use fresh local produce where possible. The meat balls are delicious and the pasta Pomodoro very yummy and my daughter loves the beef ragu. It is also worth ordering the home made balsamic vinegar with breads…….out of this world!

Great for a special occasion or just a casual bite to eat. Worth booking in the busier weeks as it is very popular but they are often very good at finding you a table if you just turn up.

Closed Sundays and Mondays.

The National Trust's Trengwainton Gardens, Penzance

The National Trust's Trengwainton Gardens, Penzance

Trengwainton is a country house and garden situated in Madron, near Penzance, which has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1961.

Nestled away just inland of Mounts Bay are these truly beautiful exotic gardens that are definitely worth a visit for any age group. It is one of our favourite places to visit with lovely walks, streams and private areas to sit and ponder and take in the surrounding beauty. There are wonderful views towards Mounts Bay, St Michaels Mount and The Lizard from the top of the gardens and a lovely walled garden with a delightful second hand bookshop and gift shop.

Our small children love coming for a day out. There is lots to explore and plenty to keep short imaginations captivated, Trengwainton is a fabulously family friendly garden. There are children's trails to follow, children's menus in the tearoom and well-equipped baby-changing facilities.

For those of you with a nose for gardening, this horticultural hotspot is home to magnificent walled gardens growing species not seen anywhere else on mainland Britain. Marvel at the styrax, eucryphia, stewartia and the 'Lobster Claw' - Clianthus puniceus, and discover hybrids created from plant-hunting expeditions to Assam and Burma.

There is a fee to enter the gardens (no charge for NT members), but you can access the very yummy tearoom for free. The food is wonderful, especially the savoury cream teas, soups and between 3pm – 4.30pm you can order a delightful afternoon tea.

Free car parking but please check their website for opening times - please note the venue is only open on certain days of the week and closed between 1st November to mid February.

Review - Gull Rock Cabin

Review - Gull Rock Cabin

Location was perfect for having lots of walks and the view was amazing. Sailing and kayaking was my daughters highlights.

Thank you for such an amazing, peaceful holiday in such a delightful little cabin, in the most perfect spot by the sea.

Thompson - August 2017

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Truly one of the most beautiful locations within Cornwall and the UK. Just 4 miles from Lands End, The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay high above the Atlantic ocean.

The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. Day visitors can explore this world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade. The sub-tropical gardens have become an established favourite, especially for gardeners with a taste for the exotic. The succulent plants thrive on the open cliffside providing an added dash of colour to the Minack all year round

Definitely worth a visit, even if there isn't a play on, you can pop along and see this amazing place built by the hand of a lady with a dream many years ago, and it is still going strong. Combine it with a walk on the coast path East or West, but going east is not for those that suffer from heights. If going to watch a play remember something warm to sit on, something waterproof to wear (just in case), and please don't take an umbrella nothing worse than sitting behind someone with a Brolly!

For a full programme of events and opening hours check the website.

 

The Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

The Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno

Just around the corner from the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno is the superb Telegraph Museum. Discover the fascinating story of how submarine cables from a Cornish beach changed the world. Many people have told us this has unexpectedly been the highlight of their trip. A fascinating look at how communication took place before email and mobile phone had even been thought of. Be sure to take a wander down toward the beach and see the hut where the cable actually arrives on the land as well.


A very hands on experience and well worth every penny for all ages! You can learn morse code, send messages by flags and telegrams and the World War II tunnels are very interesting with the chance to go out through the escape tunnel. The holds a designated collection of objects including the only complete working telegraph station left in the world.

You park in the car park next to the museum and then walk through the beautifully tended gardens as you walk up towards the entrance (3 mins). As you enter the museum there is a wonderful shop that sells brilliant things for all ages - all great quality with various prices to suit all budgets. The cafe is great - well priced and a really good menu and the staff very friendly.

Free for under 5’s. For prices and opening times check the website.
Minack visitors enjoy 20% off Museum entrance price.

Photo Credit - The Telegraph Museum

Penlee Park, Penzance

Penlee Park, Penzance

Penlee Park is a beautiful place to wander around or to take a picnic. Set within the gardens surrounding Penlee House and Gallery in the heart of Penzance. It is a beautiful wooded park with sub-tropical plants and mature trees, which includes a superb childrens play area with play equipment for a variety of ages. The tranquil Memorial Garden and Sensory Garden offer places for quiet enjoyment. There is a Victorian pond, open air theatre and also the courts for Penzance tennis club. It is an ideal place to wander around before or after a visit to the gallery.

The Licensed Orangery Cafe has outdoor seating on the terrace and serves cakes and light lunches using the best of local produce. Child portions available. Dogs are welcome on leads within the park, but dogs are not permitted in the house or gallery.

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre - The summer season runs from June until September, presenting both professional and amateur theatre, opera, comedy and music of the highest quality from both national and local touring companies.

Photo Credit - Penlee Open Air Theatre

Tate, St Ives

Tate, St Ives

Visit the iconic Tate St Ives, situated in a stunning location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a stone’s throw away from Porthmeor Beach. Part of the Tate family of venues that includes Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the rich history of modern art in St Ives. Today that history continues to inspire its seasonal exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art, presented within the gallery’s dramatic spaces with breath-taking views of the beach.

2018 EXHIBITIONS and DISPLAYS

REBECCA WARREN - ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS - Until 7 Jan                                              Rebecca Warren's first major UK solo exhibition in eight years opens the new Tate St Ives.             A significant British artist, Warren’s exuberant, roughly-worked sculptures and neon vitrines engage with the canon of art history. Warren first came to prominence in the 1990s and exhibits widely in Europe and the United States. This new exhibition will draw connections between her practice to date and the geographical context and artistic legacy of St Ives.

VIRGINIA WOOLF - AN EXHIBITION INSPIRED BY HER WRITINGS - 10 Feb - 29 Apr 2018.    Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author. 

PATRICK HERON - 19 May - 9 Sept.                                                                                         The exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the very end of the 20th century, showing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract paintings.

NASHASHIBI/SKAER - 29 Sept 2018 – 13 Jan 2019                                                               Travel to Gauguin's Tahiti through the work of two British filmmakers

MODERN ART AND ST IVES - Explore the history of modern art in St Ives with their new display. For the first time, Tate will be able to dedicate spaces to exploring the history of modern art in St Ives, giving key artists a permanent presence in the town where they lived and worked. This new display will follow those artists across the 20th century, revealing their relationships to international art histories. From the unique perspective of St Ives, visitors will be able to bridge geographical and chronological boundaries and discover new connections through familiar artists.

OPENING TIMES

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00–16.20. Exhibition admission includes free daily guided tours, access to online books in the Studio Resource Room, family trails and activities. See website for prices. 

Tate St Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, which gives a remarkable insight into one of the 20th century’s most influential sculptors.

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

The National Maritime Museum is one of the best family days out in Cornwall where you can jump aboard a Viking ship, go under the sea without getting wet, learn how to sail & more. A museum to have fun in, whatever the weather!
With over 15 galleries, a boatbuilding workshop, interactive exhibits and a collection that spans The National Small Boat collection, exciting temporary exhibitions, artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and other objects there’s plenty to explore. Climb to the top of the 100 foot Look Out Tower for breathtaking panoramic views over Falmouth harbour. Then travel down to the Tidal Zone and go underwater.


2018 EXHIBITIONS

TITANIC STORIES - 8 Mar - 7 Jan 2019.                                                                                    An exhibition which will examine the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking on 15 April 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around one of the most well-known historic events of the 20th century.

AWESOME ADVENTURERS - Explore the pacific islands playzone - until March 2018. 
Inspired by the heroic voyages of exploration by ships such as Captain Bligh’s HMS Bounty, join the crew of HMS Adventure in the Play Zone to explore the Pacific Islands.

 

 

The Museum is open every day of the year from 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Buy a full price individual ticket and get in free to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for a year! Adults £12.50, Children (Under 18s) £5.00, Children (Under 5s) Free

In love with SUP!

In love with SUP!

Emma is the newest recruit to Milly and Martha Real Holidays and has lived in Cornwall near Penzance with her family for almost 4 years. With the meteoric rise of Stand Up Paddleboarding over the years along with many of her local friends trying to persuade her to try it, including Milly Martha who are devotees of the sport, she decided it was time to give it a go. Quite a challenge for someone who only learned to swim as an adult and has a fear of deep water!


“I’d always watched other people going in the sea on a paddleboard and wondered what all the fuss was about as I’m not really a water person. People I knew who paddleboard kept telling me how amazing it is and living by the sea I thought one day I really need to give it a go. A couple of friends had tried to persuade me to have a lesson with them but I chickened out thinking I’d be too frightened due to not being a confident swimmer, especially in the sea. After they raved about how much they loved it and didn’t fall in the water, I decided to pluck up the courage and book onto a small group lesson with Ocean High SUP in Marazion.

Having never been on a surfboard or bodyboard due to my fear of being underwater I was rather anxious at the start of the lesson. After having walked to the shoreline with this huge paddleboard and paddle I was feeling convinced I wouldn’t be any good and that I’d not enjoy it and panic. The conditions were a little windy and the sea little bumpy but Lawrence the instructor put me at ease and was brilliant at teaching the necessary techniques. Within 20 minutes I was standing up on the board, it took a while to actually paddle in a straight line mind but once I relaxed into it and stopped looking down at my paddle I began to rather enjoy the experience and understand what all the fuss was about! It helped having my husband and 2 children cheering me on at the shore and doing the lesson with a neighbour and friend. I even surprised myself by doing some yoga on the paddleboard! And I didn’t fall in the water!

The views across Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount were incredible and it was wonderful to be able to look down at the seabed and to be so close to the marine life. Seals and dolphins have even come up close to paddleboarders here. It was magical to see the coastline where I live from a totally different perspective and it was an utterly beautiful and inspiring experience. Mounts Bay being a shallow sea was the perfect environment for someone who’s not confident in the water to learn. Lawrence also teaches beginners in Penzance harbour where the water is always flat.

I could really feel myself getting a work out at the same time and my legs, arms and core were aching the next day.

SUP is so much fun but also really serene and rather like a meditation on the water in that it just allows you to be totally in the present moment. I’m a convert and I’ve since gone back out hired a board all by myself and am getting the SUP bug. My four year old daughter has sat on the board with me in shallow water and she can’t wait to be able to do it one day and I know people who take their dogs!

I really surprised myself that I feel so calm on a paddleboard given my anxiety for deep water. You don’t have to be mega fit to do it and it’s so accessible for anyone of any age or ability. I’m really pleased that living by sea I have found a water sport that I can do and enjoy.

Why not try it yourself?

For more information:

Ocean Sports Centre, Carbis Bay, St Ives

Ocean High, Mounts Bay, Penznace

SUP in a Bag, mobile centre, mid Cornwall

Little Bo Cafe, Sennen Cove

Little Bo Cafe, Sennen Cove

On a camping weekend with the family near Sennen we decided to go to eat out for breakfast one morning and thought we’d try a small unassuming cafe called Little Bo's in Sennen Cove. It has a great location sitting nicely near the small harbour and overlooking the stunning beaches. The staff are friendly and you can sit in or outside while watching the waves and surfers. They prepare and serve great and delicious lunch dishes and yummy cakes together with really tasty and smooth local coffee. They also cater for vegetarian and gluten free diners.


I had the vegetarian breakfast and the sausages were accompanied by a beautifully cooked fried egg (something that can easily be cooked badly) baked beans, hash browns, grilled tomato and Halloumi, mushrooms and Avocado, served with toast. My husband had the delicious full English and they also catered for our little ones with serving small portions too.

I would not hesitate to recommend Little Bo's as a breakfast or lunch time venue great food and a great view of the Cove too. Other family members who camped nearby enjoyed delicious ice creams, cream teas, salads and crab sandwiches to eat in and take away. A great spot and highly recommended!

Caffe Pasta, St Ives

Caffe Pasta, St Ives

This gem of a restaurant is a firm favourite amongst Emma's family. She says, 'We have been eating at Caffe Pasta Pizzeria, The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1PZ, for the last 15 years whilst holidaying in Cornwall and now as locals we continue to frequent it often. The food is always delicious, the prices extremely reasonable given the spectacular setting situated right on St Ives Harbour.

It's lovely to sit and eat and just watch the world go by and take in the wonderful views. There is outside dining and they are child friendly. My 4 year old daughter loves their cheesy pasta and pizzas!. My personal favourites are the stir-fried squid, the chicken and tarragon tagliatelle and my husband adores their pizza calzone! There is always fresh fish on the specials board too.

If you love pasta, pizza and seafood and are looking for a great restaurant in St Ives with stunning seaviews then you’ve just found it. A word of advice, you generally need to book ahead to guarantee a table due to its popularity.'

Amelies, Porthleven

Amelies, Porthleven

I always look forward to going to Amelies. This award winning restaurant is situated 12 Miles from Penzance, 3 Miles from Helston and 16 Miles from Falmouth on the Harbourside in the picturesque Cornish village of Porthleven.

Very friendly serving locally caught fish/shellfish, plus burgers and grills from a wood-fired oven and they have an amazing and varied kid's menu. You can gaze out through the glass-fronted restaurant doors at boats bobbing in Porthleven harbour, or sit in the conservatory where there is a beautiful view across the harbour, whatever the weather. Give it a try and be very pleasantly surprised!! Dine on lobster plucked fresh from the waves, or tuck into one of their famous burgers. They regularly have music nights and on Sundays, chill-out live music from 1pm on their baby grand piano.

They are fast growing a reputation for themselves after winning Best Cornish Sunday Roast at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards in 2016 and were Highly Commended in the Best Restaurant Category at the Cornwall Tourism Awards. They have also featured in The Times Newspaper’s Top 20 places to Eat Seafood by the Sea. In 2015 they featured on Alex Polizzi’s Chefs on Trial on BBC 2.

The White Hart, Ludgvan

The White Hart, Ludgvan

If you are looking for good old fashioned pub food then The White Hart in the quiet village of Ludgvan is well worth a visit. A traditional and historic pub dating back to the 14th Century. Situated within the realms of the pilgrims footpath to St. Michaels Mount from St. Ives it's the perfect refreshment spot for walkers too.

Most of the food is locally sourced from the farm down the road and the vegetables come from local allotments. The trio of local sausages and steak are always worth ordering and the desserts, particularly the chocolate brownie, are delicious. This is the very definition of a Cornish village pub, the locals pop in via tractor and via horseback, the roof is low, the ales are cold and you will always find a warm welcome.

Limited serving times so phone and book rather than pop in on the off chance, seek the nooks and corners of the old parts - very romantic with roaring fires in the winter. Dogs are welcome, plenty of seating inside, out the front and to the rear in the garden. Parking is available at the front and also along the roadside by the historic church.


From the A30 turn at the Ludgvan crossroads, head up the hill and you can't miss it.

 

Porthleven

Porthleven

We think a trip to the lovely harbour village of Porthleven is a must. It exudes Cornish charm and tradition and remains unspoilt and uncluttered and the atmosphere is very relaxing. There are plenty of Cornish café’s, restaurants and inns and some delightful local craft shops to explore. Porthleven’s reputation is growing as a foodie hotspot due to its wide selection of incredible restaurants with Rick Stein having opened a new restaurant here just recently.

Set in the middle of a huge sweeping bay, the 3 mile golden beach at Porthleven is ideal for a relaxing family holiday. Porthleven has arguably one of the most impressive harbours in Cornwall, construction commenced during Napoleonic times and some sources state that it was built with the aid of French prisoners of war. Small fishing boats land their daily catch here, much of which is sold in Porthleven cafes and restaurants and the award winning Quayside fishmongers. The harbour was completed in 1825.

The harbour is the most southerly port in England. It is also unusual as the mouth of Porthleven harbour faces directly to the south west and some of the strongest gales. This is because the harbour was developed in the early 19th century as a safe harbour for ships caught in stormy seas.

There are panoramic views of Mount's Bay in this area of outstanding natural beauty. When the tide is out, stroll along to Loe Bar, Porthleven's neighbouring beach 2 miles away, with the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, from the sea. Visit Penrose Estate, a mixture of rich farmland and woodland around Loe Pool, through which there are many paths to explore. Take some time to visit the church of St Winwalloe, which huddles low against the wind in the lee of a rocky headland at Church Cove. Either side of this headland are two sandy coves and the Gunwalloe valley reedbed provides a haven for a wide variety of birdlife

Walk part of the South West Coast Path from Porthleven to The Lizard, this stretch without a doubt is unique and exceptionally beautiful. The path is fairly level and easy beyond Porthleven, but then becomes narrow in places with some steep ascents and descents 

St Michael's Mount, Marazion

St Michael's Mount, Marazion

A truly magical place to visit while on holiday in Cornwall. St Michael’s Mount is a memorable day out for the entire family and you can easily spend a whole day here learning about its history and legends, exploring the sub-tropical gardens and ancient castle, strolling around the village, harbour and visiting the charming town of Marazion and its beautiful sandy beach. When the tide is out you can walk across to the iconic island via the cobbled causeway or sail across on the short boat ride when the tide is in.

Take a picnic and sit in the village, harbour or stunning gardens or there is a café and restaurant on the island. St Michael’s Mount is a National Trust attraction and there is a charge to enter the gardens and castle (free for NT members) but there is no charge to walk over to the island and to walk around its village and harbour.

Set in stunning Mounts Bay the Mount offers wonderful views over towards Penzance, Mousehole, Marazion, Perranuthnoe, Cudden Point and the Lizard Peninsula. You can walk or cycle along the 2 mile level coast path from Marazion or Long Rock to Penzance. Or take part of the coastal path the opposite way from Marazion towards Porthleven which passes through many beautiful coves, villages and beaches including Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove, Cudden Point and Praa Sands. Marazion beach is a popular stretch of beach offering a range of watersports including kayaking, stand up paddlebarding, kitesurfing and swimming. The low level estuary river is a popular spot for little ones to play in - my daughter loves to sail down it on her bodyboard. And Marazion Park next to the beach is a great play area for young children.

The Godolphin Arms directly opposite St Michael’s Mount is a wonderful place to sit with a cream tea or local cider to take in the panoramic views of Mounts Bay. Daily at 11am and 2pm (except Saturday), join island guides for an informative tour of the village and harbour - a great way of getting an insight into island life.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a major new attraction near Penzance in Cornwall. A beautiful sheltered valley in west Cornwall, surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic vista, provides the perfect setting for this 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden. The dramatic gardens provide the backdrop to contemplative and inspiring art. International renowned artists such as James Turrell RA and David Nash RA have interacted with the garden to create site-specific permanent works, all harmonising with their garden setting


Emma said, 'My family and I love going to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, infact we visit so often we are almost part of the furniture. We mainly come to drink and eat at the very yummy café and restaurant with it’s gorgeous view of St Michael’s Mount and to wander around the small garden nursery, its galleries and craft shop. Taking a stroll around the Sculpture Gardens is highly recommend and you will not be disappointed. They are truly magical and the views from the very top of gardens overlooking Mounts Bay and The Lizard Peninsula are breathtaking.


The gardens are great value for money and free for under 11’s. Even if you don’t want to visit the gardens it is worth going to the café/restaurant just for the food and drink! The restaurant is open each day 10am until 4pm, serving food until 3pm, and opens in the evenings on Friday and Saturday nights. The gardens are open daily 10am until 5pm.

Check the website for exhibitions, plat fairs, and other events. Tremeneheere is also partnered with Silent Space; a not-for-profit project taking place in a growing number of UK gardens that open to the public. For a few hours at a time, each garden reserves an area where visitors have the opportunity to switch off their devices and to enjoy the restorative benefits of being silent in a green place without distraction.'

 

Photo Credit - Tremenheere

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange offers a wide and varied exhibition programme across its two sites, presenting contemporary work in all media by regional, national and international artists, with a supporting programme of events. For more than 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. In 2007 the gallery was redeveloped and a second venue was opened, The Exchange in the centre of Penzance.


Formerly the town’s telephone exchange, the huge space retains the original industrial feel of the building and features a large t-shaped gallery and a striking glass facade that runs the entire length of the building. It is well suited to installation and social participation projects and its international reputation allows to bring some of the best art being produced around the globe to Cornwall. The Exchange is located off historic Chapel Street, within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. There is a well-stocked book and gift shop plus a café serving snacks and light lunches.
Well behaved dogs are welcome to both venues, but may not be allowed in the exhibition spaces during certain times.

Newlyn Art Gallery has a stunning seaside location with two elegant garden areas and the café is fully glazed, with panoramic views over Mount’s Bay and Newlyn Harbour. –

 

Gull Rock Cabin, Mullion Cove

Gull Rock Cabin, Mullion Cove

Gull Rock Cabin is new to Milly for Summer 2017. This gorgeous cabin is moments from the South West Coast Path at Mullion Cove.

Sleeps 2 (+ sofabed) and dog friendly by special request.

Please get in touch as soon as possible to make your booking.

 

Pampered Pooch

Pampered Pooch

Dog-lovers needn’t leave man’s best friend at home as they venture on their travels this summer.  We are excited to introduce a pre-bookable service available in a host of dog-friendly cottages around the county, designed to make your dog’s holiday as memorable as your own.

Milly & Martha’s Pampered Pooch Service enables guests to arrange for their dog to enjoy a range of treats during their break to Cornwall, from a hamper of Cornish-baked doggie treats waiting for them on arrival, to walks on a host of dog-friendly beaches and a pampering cottage visit from a specialist dog-groomer; ensuring they look their best on their travels.

As part of the service, Milly & Martha also give all guests bringing dogs along a bespoke holiday guide to Cornwall, outlining dog-friendly beaches, restaurants and attractions in close proximity to their cottage.

Available as a pre-bookable service, experiences available as part of Milly & Martha’s Pampered Pooch service include:

• Gourmet Dog Hamper – Milly & Martha will arrange for a hamper crammed full of friendly dog-friendly treats and a fancy new dog bowl to greet your pooch in the cottage on arrival, all sourced locally to give your dog a taste for the local delicacies. These include Paws for Cake natural dog treats, all hand-made from their base in Hayle, Cornwall. Priced from £20.

• Explore the Beaches with an Expert- Many of Cornwall’s best beaches remain dog-friendly throughout the summer holidays and Milly & Martha knows exactly where to find them. As well as giving you a Bespoke Holiday Guide on arrival, detailing all of the best dog-friendly beaches, restaurants and pubs to head to near your cottage, Milly & Martha can arrange for an expert dog-walker to take your dog on a walking adventure during your stay; allowing your pooch the time to explore beaches, coast paths and woodlands to his heart’s content whilst you sit back and relax. Priced from £10.

• Blowdries and Paw-dicures... – Spa days shouldn’t just be reserved for the humans on holiday. To truly help pooch unwind on his travels, Milly & Martha can arrange for a mobile dog groomer to visit your holiday cottage, giving your dog a pampering full wash, cut and blowdry, as well as the option to have his nails taken care of, too. Priced from £20.

 

* All services subject to availability. 

* Contact us for a quote for your Pampered Pooch requirements.

Photo Credit - Adam Gibbard / Visit Cornwall

A trip up the creeks of the River Fal

A trip up the creeks of the River Fal

Further up the river from Falmouth are beautiful creeks and tributaries which are wonderful to explore. Whatever your craft, there is much to discover.

The river is lined most of the way by unique ancient oak woodland creating a peaceful and dramatic scene for the journey ahead;

Pass the King Harry Ferry and enjoy the clunk, clunk of the chains pulling it from one side to another. Then find the beach at Trelissick, where you can pull in and walk up the hill to the National Trust estate with its beautiful house and gardens and of course a cream tea at the café.

Moor up at Roundwood Quay and explore the Iron Age Fort, cunningly sited in a semi-concealed position guarding the confluence of the Fal and Truro Rivers. The site has never been excavated but the earthworks have never been clearer as the National Trust have worked hard logging out all the alien trees.

Look out for stags on the hillside up above the woods in the Tregothnan Estate, home to the first grown tea in England. In late August as you travel along the shores keep your eyes peeled and there are fabulous Kea plums to be scrumped, hanging over the water’s edge, which make the most fabulous Cornish jam.

Pull into any one of the small shingle beaches along the riverside where you could make a fire and lay out your rug and enjoy the birdsong and gentle lapping of the water. You are likely to have the place to yourself.

Discover our secret fishing spot at the old brickworks on Ruan Creek. Catch mackerel, bass and if you are lucky even a guilt-head bream.

Park your canoe, rowing boat or sailing vessel at the top of Ruan Creak and head to the fabulous King’s Head pub at Ruan Lanihorne. It is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a Cornish ale and has great food too.

We have enjoyed these creeks under sail, motor and man power on our kayaks and stand up paddleboards. There is a way for everyone to get themselves on the water and leave the car behind for a day out with a difference that helps you to see this beautiful and hidden part of Cornwall.

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, Roundwood Quay, River Fal - sleeps 6

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

The Old Coastguard in Mousehole is a perfect mix of laid back ambience; attentive, knowledgeable staff; excellent food and amazing views. Blissfully relaxed, yet the attention to detail is spot on.

Comfy leather armchairs in front of the large sea facing windows - for those wanting to while away an afternoon with a nice glass of red and some homemade bar snacks. Or enjoy the traditional Brasserie menu around a large oak table, most with sea views. Their head chef, Matt Smith is well deserved his Gold Award in 2016 from Taste of the West. His menus are simple, using the best ingredients to produce great, properly done British food. Largely influenced by the proximity of Newlyn fishing harbour and with local estate game and Cornish beef featuring and a cracking cheese board.

You can eat al fresco on the terrace, looking down over the fabulous palm filled garden and out over the sea to the small rocky St. Clement’s Isle. It is said a hermit once lived there, tending a guiding light for the pilchard fishing boats. Children and dogs are both welcome at The Old Coastguard, with board games, toys and books for all to enjoy. A wonderful place eat, drink and relax.

Stay at:

The Lifeboat House, sleeps 4, Mousehole

St. Petry, sleeps 6, Goldsithney

Trenow Cottage, sleeps 4, Perranuthnoe

 

 

The Lifeboat House, Mousehole

The Lifeboat House, Mousehole

Located in the picture perfect Cornish village of Mousehole, The Lifeboat House is a luxury cottage which sleeps 4 with sea views from every room.

The perfect retreat all year round this gem of a cottage has a lot to offer. 

On warm summer days, take a picnic on the beach and watch the little boats bobbing up and down and then stroll just a couple of minutes home for an early evening BBQ in the sunny courtyard.

When the weather becomes cooler there is nothing better than to relax in the boutique living room, feeling the warmth from the stylish wood burning stove whilst watching the ever changing sea.

Please contact us now to book and for further information.

 

 

Mousehole

Mousehole

Mousehole is one of the most picturesque seaside towns in Cornwall. An iconic harbour facing Mounts Bay, this little fishing port has retained its original character, charm and beauty. Lying within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about three miles west of Penzance, its network of tiny, narrow streets are great for exploring. Wander around the yellow lichened houses and discover tucked away art galleries, restaurants and café’s as well as numerous historic buildings, chronicling its rich seafaring history, dating back to the 16th Century.


For many wandering round Mousehole is enough. The well protected, sandy harbour beach is great for tchildren and sunbathers alike, well sheltered from the wind. There are some decent galleries too, Prince Charles bought a pot from local ceramicist Essex Tyler, whose distinctive raku-style pots are for sale at the Tyler Gallery. Fine dining can be found at 2 Fore Street, with stunning views out over the harbour and bay. The Old Coastguard is a firm favourite of ours and has a fantastic menu, combined with a great laid back ambience, ideal for a lazy Sunday roast.


If you fancy taking in some of the world’s most awe inspiring coastline, we would recommend first buying a homemade pasty from the Old Pilchard Press Café, putting on your walking boots and heading west on the coast path. It truly is stunning, we promise.


Stay at:

The Lifeboat House, Mousehole - sleeps 4

 

Review - Colvennor Farmhouse

Review - Colvennor Farmhouse

The location is really handy for Helston, the Helford River, lovely beaches, great walks, and there's great coffee in Porthleven. The house was ample for us, and we thought the garden was beautiful and the horses made it magical for the kids. The house had great instructions for what to see and where to eat. The owners were incredibly friendly and welcoming - they could not have been nicer.

Our highlights and favourite places were the Seal Sanctuary (kids) and amazing coffee in Porthleven (grownups) and Kynance cove and Poldhu cove.

Representation of property on website - It was fine, though the picture of the house is maybe slightly misleading as it looks like you have the whole house and it also looks freestanding. Inside, the house is probably a little better than shown.

Monie - April 2017

Review - Sea View Studio

Review - Sea View Studio

The house was very clean and well presented.  Bedroom is very roomy and nice views.

We love St Ives, town and beaches.

Flanagan - April 2017

Review - The Chace

Review - The Chace

The location was excellent, closer than it seemed on the map!

The highlight of our trip was the beach and sea pool in Portreath.

We had a lovely time, thank you very much.

Harris - April 2017

Secret Garden Trail of Cornwall

Secret Garden Trail of Cornwall

Green-fingered holidaymakers dreaming of a floral foray in the UK this Spring/Summer have new help at hand. Milly & Martha has launched a brand new Secret Garden Trail’ of the county; an easy-to-follow map trail of some of Cornwall’s best under-the-radar garden destinations, created to give garden-lovers all they need to create a flora-themed break.

Comprised of 10 different ‘secret’ gardens across the county, each of which is open to the public, the map trail has been created to encourage you to seek out these lesser-known floral hotspots when visiting the county. The map trail reveals some of the best under-the-radar gardens in Cornwall, including details on what you can expect to see there, where to find them and how they link to gardens nearby should you want to follow the trail.

Helston

Helston

Helston is a busy market town, situated at the northern end of the Lizard Peninsula, 12 miles east of Penzance and 9 miles south-west of Falmouth. Famous for the annual Furry Dance or Flora Day, a day-long celebration of the arrival of Spring which dates back to the medieval period and is one of the oldest British customs still practiced today.

There is a nice traditional feel to the old mining town, with thick set stone cottages, numerous pasty shops and pubs. The boating lake and park are great for families and there are plenty of things to see and do close by. Originally a thriving port, the river long ago silted leaving Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake. A few miles from the town lies Porthleven, accessible via car (10 mins) or along the cycle path (1 hour) a bustling foodie seaside town, with plenty of excellent restaurants and cafes as well as a sandy beach and working harbour.

Helston has a number of attractions. The most well-known pub in town, The Blue Anchor Inn, is possibly the oldest private brewery in the country, dating from the 15th century. Locally famous for its strong brew, Spingo – the Inn retains its original character, with live music played every Thursday night and an 18th century skittle alley, with bowls and skittles made from solid sycamore.

The Helston Museum is a treasure trove of memories and curiosities. Free entry into this old butter market is a window into the past. Explore the culture and industry at the heart of Helston. A short walk from the museum is St. Michael’s Church, also well worth a visit. The Earl of Godolphin, whose family represented Heslton in Parliament for many years, donated an impressive 24 branch chandelier and some fine Elizabethan brasses.

At the bottom of the town lies the boating lake, with a large children’s playground, café and skate park. From here you can walk through the woods on a flat, well tarmacked foot & cycle path to the National Trust run Penrose Estate, which has a great take away café in the Old Stables, then continue on the path, running alongside the freshwater lake all the way to Porthleven.
Flambards theme park is at the top end of town, with rides and attractions open throughout the year.

A few miles away is the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, Europe’s leading seal rescue centre and a great day out. If you head towards the Lizard peninsula you will not only access some of the country’s most beautiful coves and beaches but some wonderful days out too. Roskilly’s Farm, home of the delicious, award winning ice cream is open daily for trips around the working farm and meeting the animals. Cornwall Segway offer rides around Goonhilly Satellite Station, just out of Helston town. Gliding around the tarmac under the huge, iconic listed Arthur satellite dish is an experience like no other!

Stay at:

Colvennor, Cury, near Helston, sleeps 5

Fourways, Hayle, sleeps 8

The Godolphin Estate

The Godolphin Estate

The Godolphin Estate, situated between Helston and Hayle is a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, managed by the National Trust. Surrounded by beautiful woods and the starting point of a great walk up to the top of Godolphin Hill, this property was quite literally built on top of the minerals that funded it. Every Thursday at 11am the National Trust host a guided walk around the estate. Taking in the stunning views, the 3 or 5 mile ramble is an excellent way to discover the natural and historical importance of this area.

Successive generations of the Godolphin family were responsible for creating a house which was a status symbol as much as a dwelling. The gardens surrounding the main buliding date to the 16th century and are some of the best preserved Tudor gardens, filled with a wealth of seasonal plants. The gentle climb to the hill top is well worth an exploration, with fabulous views from St. Michael’s Mount to St. Ives Bay.

The piggery has been converted into a café, serving excellent cakes and cream teas with tall windows looking straight out into the chicken run. Blankets are provided for those who wish to picnic in the orchard and honey made from native black bees, hived in the side garden paddock, is on sale. The potting shed has a wealth of well-thumbed books and some comfy chairs, for all green fingered visitors to relax and read in.

Families are well catered for. Not only the riverside walks, with wooden troll bridges and shallow pools for wading in the summer months, but also closer to the main house there is a barefoot trail, taking you on a multi textured walk through the woods and mud pie making at their very own mud pie kitchen, numerous seasonal events are put on, such as an Easter Egg trail and a Soundscape trail during the summer.

Stay at:

St. Petry, sleeps 6, Goldsithney

Trenow, sleeps 4, Perranuthnoe

The Tack House, sleeps 2, Hayle

Fourways, sleeps 8, Townshend, Hayle

Review - Sea View Studio

Review - Sea View Studio

It was lovely, great location to walk into St.Ives or Carbis Bay without getting caught up in the traffic.

Perhaps make the garden more secure so the dogs could be let out to relax out there. It wasn't fenced or gated in at the sides which meant the dogs couldn't sunbathe out there without being supervised.

Our highlight was b
eing so close to some of the most stunning beaches in the UK.

Our favourite places were St. Ives, Minnack Theatre, Porthcurno beach, the Hayle estuary and Porthkidney beach, and many more!

Pierce - March 2017

Response - Thanks so much for your feedback regarding the garden. We will take up this with the homeowner. - Milly

Review - Trenow Cottage

Review - Trenow Cottage

Just to let you know that we had a great week at Trenow Cottage. Such a lovely place and a great location. The cottage was very well fitted out and extremely comfortable.

We had lots of walks along the cliff tops and enjoyed the spectacular views and managed to see quite a lot of Cornwall on our daily excursions.

We will be recommending your company to our friends and informing them of the great accommodation that we stayed at.

Many thanks!

Brooks - March 17

Review - Sea View Studio

Review - Sea View Studio

Fabulous time, property was everything we'd hoped it would be and St Ives was as amazing as it always is, counting the days till we're back!

Many thanks - Bowler, February 2017

Review - The Chace

Review - The Chace

We all had a lovely holiday the property was clean and very comfortable and the location really made it special for us, less than a minute from the beach! We will definitely be back!
Thank you - Clark, November 2016

Review - Annie's by the Sea

Review - Annie's by the Sea

The apartment was just as lovely as depicted in your website. Our host, Marianne, was extremely helpful. She was always available to offer suggestions regarding places of interest in the area, provided us with excellent DVDs and there was plenty of reading material in the apartment should one require it. It was great to find that St Ives has so many interesting things to do, places to visit, walking tours by well informed guides and marvellous restaurants.Many thanks for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us. - McIntosh, October 2016

Review - Ruan Dinas

Review - Ruan Dinas

The property was in fact spotless, the young couple making it ready were so helpful and obliging on our arrival it gave our holiday a fantastic start. Everything was so comprehensibly equipped that it is difficult to think of any shortcomings in this area without extremely picky.THE VIEW what can I say ,the outside space helped make the most of it. A highlight was a trip across King Harry Ferry to ST. Mawes and a wonderful seafood lunch at The Watch House. Please keep on doing what you are doing so well. - Norman - September 2016

Review - Ruan Dinas

Review - Ruan Dinas

The property was in fact spotless, the young couple making it ready were so helpful and obliging on our arrival it gave our holiday a fantastic start. Everything was so comprehensibly equipped that it is difficult to think of any shortcomings in this area without extremely picky.THE VIEW what can I say ,the outside space helped make the most of it. A highlight was a trip across King Harry Ferry to ST. Mawes and a wonderful seafood lunch at The Watch House. Please keep on doing what you are doing so well. - Norman - September 2016

Review - Annie's by the Sea

Review - Annie's by the Sea

We loved the garden and the views over the harbour.

We had a pefect day body-boarding, surfing and rock-pooling on Godrevy beach.

We loved St Ives and Annie's by the Sea. It was perfect for a family with young children. We'll definitely be back!

Croxton - September 2016

Review - Ruan Dinas

Review - Ruan Dinas

It was lovely and clean. It was a lovely touch to have a welcoming gift of scones, clotted cream, fudge, flowers etc. Highlights - waking up to the stunning view and a walk around from Geevor to Botallack, as we saw a pod of dolphins along the way.

Davis Family - September 2016

 

Review - The Chace

Review - The Chace

A fine time was had by all and we will be back.

Highlight - besides Portreath itself which my grandsons love for the waves and body-boarding we all like Godrevy because it has beach for boys, lovely setting for me(Granny!) to sit and relax & read or enjoy the view and the seals and cliff walks there too.

McCartney - August 2016

Besides Portreath itself which my grandsons love for the waves and body-boarding we all like Godrevy because it has beach for boys, lovely setting for me(Granny!) to sit and relax & read or enjoy the view and the seals and cliff walks there too.

Review - St Petry

Review - St Petry

It was very clean and tidy and the cakes were welcome.

The condition of the property exceeded our expectations.

We thought that the bathrooms would have been improved with mirrors above the sink.
Curtains (or blinds) at the patio doors would have allowed easier viewing of the TV (although we didn't watch too much!)

We had a very enjoyable week and wanted to stay longer.

Godmon - August 2016

Review - Badger's Croft

Review - Badger's Croft

The whole house and the garden were just a dream, we never expected it so nice! There were many highlights, one of them is definitely the Badgers Croft, then of course some nice places like Lands End and St.Ives... It was very professional, on the other hand also very personal. Milly and Marta were evertime so helpful, thank you so much again!

Andrea, August 2016

Review - Annie's by the Sea

Review - Annie's by the Sea

Fabulous place with amazing views and wonderful garden.

Highlights - Swimming in the sea and Lost gardens of Heligan.

Thank you for a fabulous holiday!

Mylius - July 2016

Thank you for a fabulous holiday!

Art activities in St. Ives

Art activities in St. Ives

The light, colours and shapes of St. Ives have inspired artists for generations. Why not enrol your children on one of these amazing arty workshops, courses or activities - a brilliant, unusual and memorable addition to any family holiday. Release the budding artists in your family!

Tate Create. Drop in to one of these classes at the newly re-opened Tate St. Ives, on Porthmeor Beach and explore the chosen theme for the month. Investigate with new materials, make art together and explore the exhibitions. Free to under 18s and accompanying adults pay the standard admission price.

31st March – 17 April 10 am – 4pm

27th May – 4th June 10am – 4pm

29th July – 3rd Sept 10am – 4pm

The Barbara Hepworth Museum run a family activity trail, designed to help younger children enjoy exploring the museum and gardens. Armed with a sketch book and simple art materials the kids will be able to interact with this magical environment. There is also an online treasure hunt available at http://kids.tate.org.uk/games/barbaras_garden/

Barnoon Workshop:  Every Mondays 10am-12 noon– an open art class for all abilities, children and adults welcome. This fabulous workshop at the top of Porthmeor Beach are also putting on some special, one off classes such as ‘Printed Sea Monsters’ on Thurday 1st June or Fabric Printing Stamps on Friday 14th July. See their website for all upcoming classes.

16th & 30th July - Porthmeor Young Artists Group. For 13-18 year olds this workshop is led by a professional artist who will inspire and add a creative spark to your holiday. Held at St. Ives School of Painting in the Porthmeor Studios, you’ll be provided with all the art materials you could wish for and fantastic guidance in a real working art setting.

Or enjoy a self-guided art tour of St. Ives as you follow the directions and drawing activities in the family art trail run by the St. Ives School of Painting available to buy from the Porthmeor Studios.

Build your own Teddy Bear – The Wonderful Bear Emporium on Fore Street. Choose and create your very own teddy bear in this amazing shop. There is no need to book and bears take a minimum of 15 minutes to build. You choose the bear, stuff it, and then choose the clothes – a great rainy day activity for any bear lover!

Make your own chocolate bars at I Should Coco on Fore Street. Junior workshops (7yrs+) are run at the shop during holidays, call 01736 798756 to book. You will learn how chocolate is made, then practice being a chocolatier yourself, decorating then wrapping your very own chocolate.

Leach Pottery Clay Days – Children can enjoy hands on, family friendly, creative sessions at the world famous Leach Pottery. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the school holidays the Leach opens its workshops to children age 6-12. The one hour messy sessions cost £7, (parents are free), and involves making a clay item from the theme of the day - which can then be posted out to you after the drying, firing and glazing process.

 

Stay at:

Annie’s by the Sea, sleeps 5, St. Ives

Thyme Cottage, sleeps 4, St. Ives

Coast House Cottage, sleeps 5, St. Ives

Paradise Park, Hayle

Paradise Park, Hayle

Paradise Park – Hayle TR27 4BH

Opened in 1973 by avid bird collectors Mike and Audrey Reynolds, (and partly funded in those early days by Mike’s work in advertising – coining the phrase ‘The Milky Bars are on me’), Paradise Park has grown from strength to strength. Now focusing on conservation as well as providing a wonderful day out, many rare birds and mammals are helped through the parks programmes and support. In 2005 a large indoor play area was opened, allowing families to not only enjoy the tropical gardens, wildlife sanctuary and aviaries, but space for the kids to let off steam whatever the weather.

Daily events such as penguin and otter feeding, an eagle flying display and a free flying bird display offer year round attraction, as well as many seasonal events - with trails and quizzes for all ages. The park gardens extend for 14 acres and are designed to complement the exotic wildlife. There are benches for pic-nics or a restaurant and café to choose from. The walkways around the subtropical gardens are pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

Walk alongside flamingos, view the rare Cornish red-billed choughs, feed nectar to Lorikeets, enjoy hands on activities at the fun farm, feed the penguins or otters and give the kids plenty of space both inside and out to run about. With over 140 species and over 650 birds this is truly a fantastic place for a day trip.

Stay at:

The Tack House, sleeps 2, Hayle

St. Petry, Sleeps 6, Goldsithney

Fourways, sleeps 8, Townsend

 

 

Review - Fourways

Review - Fourways

Of all the places in Cornwall we have stayed this has been 100% the nicest. Extremely family friendly, our 4 year old particularly enjoyed the garden and Wendy house whilst we spent our nights playing the extremely large variety of games. Overall this has been one of our best experiences in Cornwall to date! Thank-you we will be back.

Nicholson Family - Summer 2016

Review - Fourways

Review - Fourways

The house was clean and welcoming on arrival. The garden was a perfect suntrap and brilliant for the kids to play safely! The whole holiday was the highlight of the year. Really enjoyed it and would seriously consider the other Milly & Martha properties.

Trevor - Summer, 2016

Fourways - perfect cottage for families

Fourways - perfect cottage for families

Fourways is located in Townshend, Hayle and sleeps up to 8 people.  It is a wonderful house for families with lots of space inside and out.

The garden is spacious, sunny and fully enclosed.  There is a huge lawn and a patio for those perfect summer BBQs.

Inside, there are a few different spaces for adults and children to interact or have your own space. There is lovely choice of boardgames or superfast broadband depending on how you wish to fill your relaxing time.

Nearby, you will find lots of family friendly beaches with seasonal lifeguard cover.  Godrevy, Praa Sands, Long Rock at Marazion to name a few.  

There are numerous lovely family walks to be discovered from the door or just a short drive away.

St Ives and its cobbled streets and lovely shops and cafes is just a 15 min drive or picturesque train ride.

The fabulous art deco Jubilee Pool in Penzance can be highly recommended as can a trip to the fabulous and picturesque St Michael's Mount, Marazion.  There is the beautiful boating lake in Helston and the bike tracks that run all the way through National Trust land to Porthleven.

Other nipper attractions on your doorstep are numerous.  There is Country Skittles, Paradise Park, the Jump4 trampoline park in Pool, Lazer Tag in Pool, Flambards, Lands End Tourist Attraction and The Minack theatre.

It truly is the perfect place for your summer visit to Cornwall.

 

The Blue Bar - Porthtowan

The Blue Bar - Porthtowan

The Blue BarEast Cliff Beach Road, Porthtowan Cornwall. TR4 8AW

The minute you turn down the small road towards Porthtowan beach you feel like you are on holiday. You will notice how sand appears on the road verges, blown from behind the bleached wooden fence posts holding back the small dunes. Here, sitting at the base of a rugged cliff, right on the sandy Blue Flag beach, lies The Blue Bar.

Established in 1999 this beach side café, bar, restaurant and music venue is well loved by the locals. The large terrace and bay window seating area face the beach and are excellent for watching surfers and the sunset.  Brunch, lunch and dinner are all simple and classic, the coffee is barista made and the vibe is most definitely laid back.

The Blue Bar puts on open mic nights, comedy nights and has a cracking live music line up, running from April to September. If you’re wondering how the surf is looking today, you can look via their webcam, dogs are welcome and there is a pool table and plenty of space inside for large families and groups. Just 30 minutes from both Newquay and St. Ives this bar is well worth a trip. If the weather isn’t great for sunbathing, and you don’t fancy a surf, take a hike up the cliff towards Chapel Porth Beach, about 45 minutes away by foot. The cliff top views are spectacular and the little National Trust take away serves the famous ‘hedgehog’ ice cream – well worth the walk!

Stay at:

The Chace, sleeps 6, Portreath.

The Tack House, sleeps 2, Halye

Tregothal, sleeps 8, Goldsithney

Truro City

Truro City

Truro is the only city in Cornwall. The striking gothic spire of its cathedral dominates the skyline. Home to an intriguing and eclectic mix of art galleries, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, a cinema, the Hall for Cornwall, the Royal Cornwall Museum and numerous independent and well known shops. In a compact city centre, this strong and diverse mix is unique - Truro is a great little City.

The warren of Georgian streets centre around the main shopping plaza, Lemon Quay. Here you will find various local markets and fayres running throughout the year. Truro has a vibrant café culture, with hip coffee houses - we particularly like 108 Coffee House, cocktail bars - we highly recommend The Hub,  and artisan ice cream shops dotted across town.

Small businesses thrive in the UK’s most Southerly City. Take a trip through Lemon Street Market, home to some of the county’s most exciting and innovative interior design shops, or wander around the cobbled streets surrounding the cathedral, home to numerous independant shops. There a various parks and open spaces. Victoria Gardens, a two minute walk from the town centre and close to the impressive railway viaduct, offers peace and tranquillity, with an elegant bandstand, formal gardens and fountains.

The city has well placed car parks and is easily accessible from both the train station and from the river. To truly enjoy the landscape surrounding the city, take a pleasure cruise or water taxi to Falmouth or St. Mawes. The one hour trip, with options to disembark at various points – (a cream tea at Trelissick Gardens shouldn’t be missed) down the River Fal is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Take the boat back or catch the picturesque branch line from Falmouth.   

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, sleeps 6, River Fal

Fourways, sleeps 8, Townsend

The Chace, sleeps 6, Portreath

Rodo, sleeps 2, Hayle

 

 

 

Trencrom Hill, St Ives

Trencrom Hill, St Ives

Trencrom Hill is located on the outskirts of St Ives and is one of our favourite places to go. A little walk from the car park up to the top and you get stunning views from coast to coast.  St Ives Bay over to Mounts Bay at Penzance.

Trencrom was an Iron Age hill fort which was previously a single walled Neolithic enclosure.  Cairns or hut circles can still be found.

Legend has it that the hill was also a favourite place of giants.  The giants of the hill would gather for a game of ‘bob-buttons’.  St Michael’s Mount served as the ‘bob’ where giant granite masses served as ‘buttons’ and the hill was the ‘mit’, the spot where the giants threw from to try to hit the buttons.

Discover this special place for yourselves and stay at the footstep of the hill at one of our Trencrom cottages.

Badgers Croft, sleeps 4, dog friendly – available July – August 2017.

Holding House, sleeps 5, dog friendly – available July – August 2017.

Porthminster Beach Cafe restaurant review

Porthminster Beach Cafe restaurant review

If you’re looking for the best restaurant in St.Ives, you’d be hard pushed to beat the Porthminster Beach Café. The food, service and incredible location are all 5 star. The menu is inspired by the lightness of Asian cuisine with Mediterranean influences, using herbs and vegetables from their own garden opposite the restaurant. It has retained its two AA rosettes for a number of years and was ranked number 61 in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards 2015. Its head chef, Ryan Venning, a South African who has cooked for the late Nelson Mandela teamed with the consultant chef, Michael Smith, make a formidable team, pushing the restaurant forward year after year.

Using local, sustainably sourced fish (and awarded the highest rating from fish2fork for their ethos and policy) the menu is filled with exciting seafood dishes such as: baked halibut fillet with celeriac galette, salsa vede, parma ham and an almond paté or the famous Porthminster monkfish curry with sweet chilli tamarind. Their steak is from Cornish herds and the secret formula used in their fish and chip batter has won numerous awards. They offer a full vegetarian menu and are happy to cater for those with food allergies.

The restaurant itself is perched above the golden sands of Porthminster Beach, with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across the bay to Godrevy Light House. You are paying for the view in many ways, but this restaurant will not disappoint. Lunch on the decked terrace on a sunny day or an evening meal watching the sea change colour as night draws in is a real treat. Table 4 is our favourite, with a large window to enjoy the view, booking is essential and the restaurant is closed from January 4th 2017 for a month.  

Stay at:

Annie’s by the Sea, sleeps 5, St. Ives

The Coast House, sleeps 7, St. Ives

Sea View, sleeps 2, St. Ives

Thyme Cottage, sleep 4, St. Ives

Badger’s Cross, sleeps 4, Lelant Downs

Ben's Cornish Kitchen retaurant review

Ben's Cornish Kitchen retaurant review

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion, ‘a small, gloriously civilised restaurant of quiet ambition’ as summed up by Jay Rayner in the Guardian, is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. Passionately run by head chef Ben Prior, with help from his younger brother Toby. I have recently eaten here, and can’t recommend it enough. The unassuming, understated excellence has not gone unnoticed by those who award such passionate chefs, voted the best restaurant at the Trencherman’s Awards 2016.

The menu is clever but not extravagant, with flavours that are combined perfectly and with 3 courses for £29 you can’t go wrong. Starters such as egg yolk and truffle ravioli or smoked duck leg with pickled rhubarb followed by main course options including hake with artichoke, pinenut and gnocchi or beef rump with chickpea chips and roasted garlic custard are just fabulous. The sweet curry plate dessert is must, and the wine list is varied and paired with the food served that night.

We were a little early for our reservations so we killed some time watching the sunset, sipping a cocktail at the Godolphin Arms, overlooking St. Michaels Mount – which is located just over the road from Ben’s.  It was the perfect start to a perfect evening. Ben’s Cornish Kitchen serves excellent food, provides great service and a wonderfully relaxed ambience – it is a small restaurant which has got it all right.

Stay at:

Trenow, sleeps 4, Perranuthnoe

Tregothal, sleeps 8, Goldsithney

Hendra, sleeps 3, Perranuthnoe

Fourways, sleeps 8, Townsend

Falmouth

Falmouth

The third largest natural harbour in the world, home to four sandy beaches, a bustling marina, excellent shops, cafes and bars. This lively place, steeped in maritime history and full of trendy art students, is definitely a must visit destination while on holiday in Cornwall.

The long, flat main street is packed with boutique shops as well as high street brands, old book shops, record stores, vintage collectables, independent shops and galleries as well as numerous coffee bars, cafes and restaurants. Stretching from Events Square - overlooked by the Maritime Museum, all the way to The Moor- an open space surrounded by shops and bars, there is ample, easy parking at each end of town, making Falmouth a great place to visit any time of year. The often forgotten Old High Street itself, running up hill slightly from the Prince of Wales Pier is definitely worth a visit, with gems such as the fantastic Finisterre clothes shop, the award winning Star and Garter gastro pub, hidden courtyards and an eclectic mix of boutiques.

The sea is ever present in Falmouth. The main shopping street runs parallel to a stretch of water known as the Carrick Roads, over which you can see the pretty village of Flushing and further still the beautiful pastel coloured houses of St.Mawes. A small ferry will whisk you over for lunch, an even smaller ferry will take you to Place, a beautiful and deserted part of the Roseland, excellent for a walking adventure down to St. Anthony’s Head Lighthouse.

The working docks is home to some impressively huge naval ships, and beyond that, Pendennis Castle sits proudly on the rocky headland, guarding the Fal River estuary for nearly 500 years. From this vantage point you can see how the 4 beaches stretch out to the South West below you. Castle and Gyllyngvase Beaches are a 10 minute walk from the Maritime museum. Swanpool and Maenporth are about 1 and 2 miles respectively along the coastal path. Gylly Beach Café comes highly recommended - the outside seating area allows parents to sit and relax while the kids play on the white sands just below.

Falmouth is the jewel in the South Coast's crown, and rightly so. It’s vibrant, quirky and bustling. The restaurants are numerous and cover all types and styles of cooking; the shops are mostly independent and boutique; the beaches offer opportunities for all types of water sports; the English Heritage run castle offers wonderful tours and the views are spectacular and the Maritime Museum is one of the best in the country.

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, Fal Estuary, sleep 6

Chy Gwel Enys, Mullion, sleeps 8-10

Trenow, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 4

 

St.Michael's Way, West Cornwall

St.Michael's Way, West Cornwall

Cornish walks don’t come much better than this.

St. Michaels Way, the only footpath in Britain designated a European Cultural Route. A 12.5 mile tour, taking approximately 7 hours – if you include a pub lunch and a pint. From the huge sandy beach of Lelant (nr St. Ives) to Marazion (nr Penzance) and the iconic St. Michael’s Mount.

Your route, marked by the original Pilgrims symbol of a stylised scallop shell, dates back to pre-historic times (10,000 BC – 410 AD). It is believed that it was this journey that assisted in Cornwall’s rapid conversion from Paganism to Christianity. It is one of the pilgrim networks criss-crossing Europe, which all lead to the Cathedral of St.James in Santiago de Compostela, Northern Spain.

We chose to walk from the South to the North coast. Starting our route in the Lelant Park and Ride car park and following the coastal path along the dunes above Porth Kidney beach, turning inland once we reached Carbis Bay. The footpath is well signposted, just keep an eye out for those scallop shells. A short sharp climb up to Knills Monument and the scenery suddenly changes, from marram grass to moorland scrub bushes and wild flowers. The views are incredible, looking down over St.Ives Bay and out to Godrevy lighthouse.

Next climb to the top of Trencrom Hill - where you truly feel on top of the world, looking down over both coasts. Your destination is now in sight – the glorious St. Michael’s Mount. Downhill from here!

We stopped for well deserved drink and a bite to eat at The Coldstreamer Pub in Gulval – which I can recommend highly. We then continued across a delightful stream and headed towards our destination. The tide was in so we couldn’t cross to the Mount, but consoled ourselves by having a cocktail at the Godolphin Arms, just opposite.

Stay at:

Badgers Croft, sleeps 4, Lelant Downs.

Trenow, sleeps 4, Perranuthnoe

Tregothal, sleeps 8, Goldsithney, Marazion

 

Short Breaks

Short Breaks

Throughout Autumn, Winter and through to Spring we offer short breaks at all of our properties.  If you are interested in an escape for some sea air then please get in touch with your requirements and we can book you in.

 

St Just to Lands End

St Just to Lands End

Land’s End has enjoyed a revamp in the past few years – the attractions have got better, with a 4D film experience, an interactive journey into the world of King Arthur and the actually very good Shaun the Sheep experience. However there is so much more to see and do around this stunning coast line, things that don’t all require a ticket for entry!

As a West Penwith local I can recommend a few hidden gems to get the most out of your stay down on Britain’s most South-Westerly coast. For a start, stop at the Apple Tree Café for food when visiting Land’s End, just 1 mile away, this fabulous family run café offers wonderful home cooked food, great coffee and runs a live music night throughout the year.

The Lafrowda festival in St. Just is the highlight of the summer calendar, taking place on the third Saturday in July. A great little festival with a friendly atmosphere and everything from music to comedy - all with a good helping of pagan ritual. A stunning little beach, a mile outside of St. Just is nicknamed by the locals – dinosaur egg beach. A gentle walk through the subtropical Cot valley, littered with old tin mines and following a bubbling stream will lead you to Porth Nanven Cove, designated an S.S.S.I area due to the ovoid boulders shaped by the sea 120,000 years ago. Well worth a visit.

If you fancy a bit of a relax, or just want to entertain the family on a rainy day, Boswedden House, right down by Cape Cornwall allows you to privately book out is deliciously warm indoor pool, (heated to 30°C). You must book in advance (01736 788733), £4 for adults, £2 for the under 15’s – with a minimum of £6 to reserve the pool for the hour. A brilliant antidote to a blustery walk around Cape Cornwall.

This part of Cornwall is famed for its prehistoric standing stones. From the Merry Maidens near Penzance, to Men-A-Tol near Madron it’s well worth visiting at least one of these Ancient Sites. If a cream tea or pasty will not suffice after your archaeological ramble then head to one of the wonderful restaurants dotted about. The Gurnard’s Head, on the St.Just to Zennor road and Ben Tunnicliffe at Sennen Cove are the obvious highlights, but the Little Bo Café in Sennen Cove, and Trengwainton Tea Rooms are also worth checking out for home cooked lunch.

Stay at:

Nanquidno House, sleeps 7, St.Just

Springfield Fun Park, near Newquay

Springfield Fun Park, near Newquay

Most attractions boast a, ‘great day out for all the family,’ and in the case of Springfield Fun Park, this really is true.


In June 2015 a family bought the somewhat run down Springfield Pony Centre and have spent the last year or so tirelessly transforming it into the most amazing place. What this park has in abundance is space - and they have filled the gardens, lakes, woodlands and 10,000 square foot barn with the most fantastic play equipment you could possibly want.


A morning could easily be spent inside in the vast indoor play area, but - weather permitting - the ‘all ages’ fun starts outside. I would recommend a trip on the land train first, to get your bearings, but be sure to pick up a leaflet timetabling the bottle feeding of the lambs, as this is not to be missed.


Outside there is so much going on I am tempted to just write a list. For £9 entry fee (under 3’s are free) you can go down the new zip line, play on the pirate ship or wooden castle, feed the goats or carp or ducks, row around the lake, go on the pedal go-karts, stroke an alpaca or a rabbit or a guinea pig or a pony; pan for tin, slide down the astra mat slide, ride on the land train, walk around the ancient woodland or just sit at any one of the picnic tables and enjoy watching your family have a great deal of old fashioned family fun together. For an extra £2 your child can ride on one of the ponies.


This is what holidays are made of. Grumpy teenagers, bored dad’s and whining toddlers all disappear today – for this place really is a great day out for all the family.


Stay at :

Fourways, Townsend, sleeps 8


Ruan Dinas, Fal River, sleeps 6


The Chace, Portreath, sleeps 6


St.Petry, Goldsithey, sleeps 6

 

 

Poldark Trail

Poldark Trail

In honour of Poldark’s much-anticipated return to TV screens this Autumn,we have launched a brand new ‘Poldark Trail’ across the county; an easy-to-follow guide showcasing where to find filming hotspots across Cornwall, as well as what to do when you’re there.

Where to stay on your Poldark adventure:

Nanquidno House, Sennen Cove, sleeps 7 + dog friendly

The Chace, Portreath, sleeps 6

Chy Gwel Enys, Mullion Cove, sleeps 2-10 + dog friendly

Photo - Wheal Coates by Matthew Jessop courtesy of Visit Cornwall.

The Wheel House - Falmouth

The Wheel House - Falmouth

I’ve hesitated a few times about writing this article – The Wheel House in Falmouth is so damn good and gets booked up so far in advance, I really wanted to keep it all to myself. But it’s so good, you should really know about it.


Do you like shellfish? If the answer is no, this place is not for you. If yes, you are in for a sublime treat. Phone to reserve right now – there’s no online form, no website and all you’ll get is an answer phone telling you with a bit of luck they have some space available. The number is 01326 318050.


This is by far the best shell fish restaurant I have ever been to. No nonsense, no frills, messy, tasty, fresh and local. The crabs, mussels, oysters & lobster are brought to your table inside a wonderful Portuguese cataplanas (lidded metal bowl), with the option of skinny salty fries or French bread. Superb. Unbeatable. Fantastic.


The reasonably priced crabs are listed on the blackboard, and when they’re gone they are gone. Spider crabs are particularly tricky to crack, but the ridiculously friendly staff will show some nifty techniques and provide bib and finger bowl. Wine is red or white, coffee is black or white and a beer is a beer. It’s loud, cosy and fun. 24 hours ago the shellfish was in the river or sea 10 miles away or less – what more can you ask for?


Stay at:


Ruan Dinas, River Fal, sleeps 6


Chy Gwel Enys, Mullion Cove, sleeps 8-10


St.Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6

Tanglewood Gardens, near Penzance

Tanglewood Gardens, near Penzance

In October 2001 a patch of land covered in brambles was bought by a pair of ambitious gardeners who visualised a ten year project of clearing and replanting. After visiting this remarkable place, I was struck by the similarities to that of the late Rowena Cade at the Minack Theatre– tirelessly and somewhat obsessively passionate about their land and transforming it for others to share and appreciate.


I took my 2 year old and dog for a morning out, unsure of what to expect but knowing there were no frills – litter must be taken home, toilets are compostable and no café. We packed a picnic, had the right change (£5 for adults £2 for kids over 5yrs) and left the pram at home. At the first sighting of a tiny door in a tree my daughter was in love with the place, eager to ring the fairy bell and continue down through the woods to see what else we could find.


Tanglewood is a place shared equally by humans and wildlife. Brambles, nettles and thistles are not looked on as weeds, but essential habitat and food source for birds, animals and insects. The grass – where mowed – is left at 4 inches and the carvings, topiary, statues and games are discovered as you walk about, rather than presented to you. It’s a wild garden, with 4 ponds full of waterlilies and geese when we visited. Numerous birds and insects and even the occasional badger are sighted here. Picnic tables are available in various shapes and forms. We sat down under a shady tree on a bench made from an old free standing bath – while my daughter lazed in a hammock/climbing net slung between the lowest branches of a large oak tree.


A trip through Tanglewood is a wonderful day out. I am thankful that such passionate gardeners took on this project and that we are able to experience their beautiful, wild garden.

Stay at:


Fourways, Townsend, sleeps 8


St.Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6


Cherry Trees, St.Ives, sleeps 2


Thyme Cottage, St.Ives, sleeps 4

 

10 Things to Do in Cornwall on a Rainy Day

10 Things to Do in Cornwall on a Rainy Day

1. Go in the sea.
- Well you are going to get wet anyway, and you’ll feel absolutely amazing I can guarantee. Whether it’s surfing, SUP-ing, body boarding or just running in for a quick dip, that après hot chocolate will never have tasted so good.


2. Have lunch in a really nice place, with space for the kids to play. We recommend:
- The Front Room in Penzance , they will put the stair guard across the upstairs room, empty a big box of toys for the kids and deliver excellent cocktails and lunch to your table.
- The Old Coast Guard in Mousehole, sit on the comfy sofas overlooking the gently sloping lawn and sea. The kids can play in the garden under your watchful eye if there is a break in the weather, or play any one of the board games, puzzles and colouring in provided. Excellent bar snacks too, for a leisurely afternoon watching the waves.
- Pottager Garden near Falmouth. Open Thursday – Sundays this is a haven on any day. Explore the rambling gardens and have some food in the brilliant vegetarian café. Then go next door to the huge Victorian Greenhouse and play table tennis amongst the vegetables, vines and flowers.
- West Beach Bakery - Porthmeor Beach, St.Ives. The indoor/outdoor seaside café. Fabulous food ,coffee, bread and gin & tonics in this take away with a very cool twist. Seating in the covered and heated area with one of the best beaches in Cornwall literally at your feet, the kids can venture out while you sit and enjoy the view.


3. Go down a tin mine.
- Geevor Tin Mine, near St.Just offers the whole family an experience you will never forget. Put on your hard hat and experience life as a tin miner I the largest preserved mine site in the country.


4. Visit a museum with interactive displays – we recommend the Falmouth Maritime Museum (Viking battle re-enactments every Thursday during School Holidays) or National Telegraph Museum with codes to crack and seasonal events.


5. Go Swimming
- go off the beaten track with your choice of pool – try the heated outdoor ozone pool at Trelowarren Estate, dip and dine at Praa Sands Holiday Park or enjoy the luxury of Una Spa pool.


6. Retallack Aqua Park
- Jump, splash, bounce, climb and slide at the brand new 'total wipeout' style floating inflatable Aqua Park, the first of its kind in the South West. Tried and tested (in the rain) by the Milly and Martha – read our News Article on our website!


7. Visit Country Skittles for a truly unique day out
- Indoor activities like nine pin skittles, air rifle shooting, giant draughts and air hockey. A very Cornish rainy day out!


8. Visit some Ancient Stones in the mizzle
- The atmosphere is enhanced by a bit of mist and drizzle. Essential to earmark a good cream tea establishment - for drying off and refuelling afterwards!


9. Pick your own Strawberries
- The poly tunnels are great fun in the rain and you can spend a bit of time with the kids dipping the strawberries in chocolate and leaving them in the fridge for pudding later. We recommend Mitchell Fruit Garden in Newquay, and Trevaskis Farm in Connor Downs.


10. Visit Cornwall’s first Escape Room
Get locked in a room - communicate using your problem solving skills, within a set time limit (60 mins). This will not require a genius brain, as all clues and elements needed to escape are within the room! Hilarious fun.


Stay at:


Tregothal, Goldsithney, sleeps 8


Badgers Croft, Trencrom, sleeps 4


Trenow, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 3


The Holding House, St.Ives, sleeps 5