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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!

Tel: 07703 859 106

Email: info@millyandmartha.com

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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 - Coast House

Review - Coast House

New Year's Eve, the accommodation, the weather, St Ives, everything was brilliant!

We loved going to Porthminster kitchen restaurant. The staff were so welcoming and efficient and the food was excellent. We went on New Year's Eve so they were very busy but still everything was amazing.

We will definitely stay in the property again when we return to st Ives.

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 - Holding House

Review - Holding House

Delightfully spacious upstairs , lovely finish and furnishings , decor etc , aswell as country view and sunsets.

Very attractive dining kitchen , loved all the Portmerion crockery too ..aswell as looking thru some great recipe books on the shelf. We really enjoyed all the little treats of delicious local produce left for us... and sourced a local farm shop to buy more ....also tracked down the Raw Choc Pie Co shop in St Ives to stock up on the delicious small bar you left us...the different tasters at the shop were sublime!

...and thanks for your tip to breakfast at Scarlett's place, we set off v early to avoid traffic, so that was a great nearby place to wait at, and the breakfasts and coffee were delicious . Still arrived a little early but Beth was most welcoming, and nearly done, so we went off on foot to explore the fabulous Tremcrom hill behind the house before unpacking. Great start to the hols!
Oh and Sat Nav worked fine every time.

Highlight - The heatwave probably...nowhere quite like Cornwall when the sun shines ..great combination..and it was mainly a beach holiday we wanted...so explored several. Carbis Bay was our favourite ..went twice. Young one's wanted surf, so Godrevy school and surfboard+wetsuit hire was great ... and rest of NT coast there all v good too. St Ives v busy, but did Porthminster and Porthmeor beaches, and quaint town and Choc shop, and fab dinner at Portminster Kitchen restaurant by harbour . Pity Tate shut for refurb. Glad young one's had GPS on phones to locate car parks .

Also went to Telegraph museum at Porthcurno, but Minack theatre there fully booked, and rain/fog came in making viewing the beach and coast road a no go that day . As to fave place ....if I can only choose one ...it would be Carbis bay , tho we also enjoyed a climb up Tremcrom hill one evening to take in the amazing views and stayed up there sitting on the stones watching the sun go down before walking back to the house. The whole week was a great success.

Think we 'll be back again ...it was really quite perfect ...and the week flew by ..would like to explore some more ..aswell as more of the same!

Thanks for all the extra touches ..am a real fan of the Yumchaa Ginseng tea now, the local breads and jam, raw choc pie and other goodies... tho they taste so much better in Cornwall!

Mrs Harvey - 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

 

 

 

Babymoon in Cornwall

Babymoon in Cornwall

The last chance for some seriously relaxing time before your baby is born, the babymoon holiday is one of the newest travelling trends, and what a brilliant idea indeed. We mostly hear about expectant parents moving house, undertaking some massive D.I.Y project and stressing themselves out - just when they should be enjoying every spare moment they have. A babymoon can provide the antidote to all the rushing about and getting your house ready for your newest arrival, so seize this opportunity when you have the chance.

One of the most relaxing things a mum to be can do is book a mummy-to-be-massage with My Personal Sanctuary, your therapist will come to your holiday house and give you a facial, back, neck and shoulder massage with lovely Neil’s Yard Organic Remedies, then massage your legs and feet and finish with a hand and arm massage – utter bliss.

Once your skin is glowing and your body rested why not head out towards Helston to visit the Frugi outlet store. A local Cornish company, selling scrumptious organic baby clothes and wonderfully practical and stylish breast feeding clothes for the mum to be. The outlet shop is a fantastic hidden gem, well worth a visit.

Then you should just relax, enjoy your last trimester by doing some of the things that will be tricky to do with a new born. Simple things. Peaceful things. Quiet things. Read a book – we’ve chosen some of the best properties to curl up, relax and settle down with your favourite book. Ruan Dinas, on the banks of the Fal River has spectacular views and lovely comfy sofas, excellent for an afternoon of peace and quiet warmed by the Aga. Nanquidno House, down on the rugged coast near Land’s End is quiet, remote and with a fabulous roll top bath – ideal for a leisurely soak with a great book. The Coast House in St.Ives looks down over the harbour and has a wonderfully long sofa to stretch out on and enjoy the view.  

Take this time to enjoy your pregnancy. A holiday is Cornwall will give you the opportunity to unwind without any of the stresses that being at home brings. Take it easy, pamper yourself and relax.  Milly&Martha properties are perfectly suited for your babymoon; comfortable, maintained to a high standard and away from your busy life at home.

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, sleeps 6, Fal Estuary

Nanquidno House, sleeps 7, St.Just

The Coast House, sleeps 7, St.Ives

The Tack House, sleeps 2, Hayle

Trenow, sleeps 4, Perranuthnoe

 

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.

 

Hygge

Hygge

Hygge – that Danish word which seems to have gone viral. It sums up exactly what you get from a winter's break in Cornwall: the feeling of taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary things special. In a county where phone signal can be iffy, where entertainment usually involves going outdoors and where you definitely can find the time to enjoy the simple thing in life, we’ve got Hygge in abundance.

So how do you find holiday Hygge in a hurry?  An open fire place, an excellent drink and a relaxed afternoon just enjoying. Cosy, content and comfortable. Open the weekend papers, order something delicious and enjoy the moment.

The following establishments offer Hygge on tap, all you have to do is get a table close to the fire…

Scarlet Wines, Lelant. With the wood burner cranked up, great music and a wonderful ambience, we recommend a sharing platter, a bottle of red (there are about 200 to choose from) then maybe a glass of Pedro Ximenez after desert. If you are about on Saturday 21st January – their Whisky Tasting/ Burns Night is a must.

The Tack House, Hayle, sleeps 2 - with a wood burner.

Logan’s Rock Inn, Treen. The ideal spot for a pint by the fire and some unpretentious pub grub after a blustery walk. This 16th Century cosy village pub was named after the famous Logan’s Rock, which balances precariously on the cliffs overlooking Porthcurno only a short walk away. Get your walking boots on in the pub car park, walk to the rock and back to work up a thirst and enjoy the spectacular views from the coastal path.

Stay at:

Nanquidno House, St.Just, sleeps 7 – with a wood burner.

 

Newlyn Art Gallery – Hygge is all about taking time to enjoy things which otherwise rush past us. So stop a while and look at some art, or indeed the wonderful view over the bay, framed excellently by the gallery café. Just next to the gallery is the Tolcarne Inn. Not just a great pub with open fires, but run by Michelin Star chef, Ben Tunnicliffe, with a fantastic menu based around the fish caught at Newlyn.

Stay at:

Trenow, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 4 – with a wood burner.

 

Live Bluegrass Music – The Star and Garter, Falmouth. Every Monday night get that Hygge feeling at this wonderful pub. The wood burners will be roaring and the food inspired by American style BBQ; so expect briskets butchered, cured and smoked by their passionate chefs. Enjoy one of the many, top notch whiskies or rums and look out over the harbour whilst listening to some great tunes.

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, Fal River, sleeps 6 – with a wood burner and a range cooker.

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

 

St Ives September Festival

St Ives September Festival

Every year during the second and third weeks of September, St.Ives becomes a somewhat different place. With the children back at school it’s time for the musicians, performers, artists and poets to take over. Over 200 events take place at various venues, the Festival brings a buzz and an ever so slightly New Orleans vibe to this little seaside town.


Started in 1977 by a group of passionate locals in the kitchen of a house in Teetotal Street - and featuring a very young Nigel Kennedy, the Festival remains true to its roots. Still run by a committee of volunteers, helped by the local council and the people of St.Ives it has now grown to attract to its stages this year, the likes of Fairport Convention and Rick Wakeman. The main music events centre around the Guildhall and the Western Hotel, yet it is not all about the music. Galleries put on open days and workshops, there are lectures, talks, walks and readings in every available location. The benches are filled with guitar players and beaches are often scene to impromptu performances by poets and story tellers.


I would recommend buying a few tickets in advance, as the headline acts always sell out. But - as at all good festivals - the spontaneous events are usually the ones that are talked about the most. So pick up a guide, wander about, drop in to any of the locations advertised and see what you can find. The cafés, bars, restaurants and pubs will all be open, often staging mini events of their own, so soak up the music and relax and be entertained.


Stay at:


Annie’s by the Sea, St.Ives, sleeps 5


The Coast House, St. Ives, sleeps 7


The Coast House Cottage, St.Ives, sleeps 5


Sea View Studio, St.Ives, sleeps 2


Cherry Tree Cabin, St.Ives, sleeps 2


Thyme Cottage, St.Ives, sleeps 2

 

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Trousers, Cassocks and Lifeboats

Trousers, Cassocks and Lifeboats

Walk the 4 ½ mile coastal path from Cot Valley to Land’s End and enjoy not only the spectacular views - but the stories behind the shipwrecks you will pass along the way.


Setting off down the beautiful, sheltered Cot Valley you’d be mistaken to think this lush, quiet place has always been a relaxed, sub tropical haven. As the small road winds down to Porth Nanven beach, (locally known as dinosaur egg beach due to the unusual shaped stones), Brisons Rocks come into view. These two jagged lumps of rock, 1km out to sea, were the cause of a fatal wreck in 1851 and the reason why a lifeboat was first stationed at nearby Sennen Cove.


As you walk along the Penwith Heritage Coast path and look out at the half concealed rock shelves, crashing waves and tiny coves you can imagine the men and women of the past rushing out to collect whatever the sea brought them. Cornwall is full of stories of smugglers and wreckers. During the height of the smuggling in the 18th century, a vicar in St.Just, whose service was interrupted by a man announcing a wreck on nearby rocks is said to have begged the congregation to remain seated until he’d taken off his cassock, “so that we can all start fair.”


The coast path flattens out when you reach the white sandy beaches of Gwenver and Sennen. If you’re lucky enough you’ll see a full display from the R.N.L.I during their lifeboat day. Continue walking up the steps away from the Cove and you’ll soon see the remains of the RMS Mulheim. On March 22nd 2003 the cargo ship was on a voyage from Ireland to Germany, transporting 2,200 tonnes of scrap car plastic. It ran aground in moderate weather, yet it was discovered that the chief officer – who had been on watch at the time- had caught his trousers in his chair when trying to get up, causing him to fall and rendering him unconscious. The six man Polish crew were airlifted to safety, and treated for shock at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station, all of the plastic was salvaged.


Just before you reach Land’s End look out to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse and listen carefully if you wish to hear the howling sounds caused by fissures in the rock, which haunted sailors of the past and gave the rock its name.


Stay at:


Nanquidno House, Sennen Cove, sleeps 7 + 2


Nanturras House, Goldsithney, sleeps 8


St Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6


Holding House, St.Ives, sleeps 5


Hendra Cottage, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 3

 

Ancient Cornwall

Ancient Cornwall

Cornwall has a lot more to offer than its glorious beaches and dramatic coastlines.


The interior is much overlooked - yet offers a fascinating, beautiful and different view of this incredible landscape. Penwith is littered with up to 90 standing stones, many moved by farmers and seen in gateways, but those left in situ offer a wonderful opportunity to get up close to the past, touch the stones and imagine the Cornwall of Ancient times.


The Merry Maidens near Penzance are the most well know stone circle. According to legend, a group of women decided to go dancing on the Sabbath and were turned to Stone for flouting God’s law. In reality we don’t know why this Bronze Age stone circle was built neither do we know why the holed stone of Men-An-Tol was erected near Madron around 3000 years ago. I’ve so far found out that it can cure infertility, rickets, small pox and unrequited love. Accessible via the path which passes the wonderfully named Ding Dong Mine, the number of times you should crawl through the very large Polo Mint shaped hole should be researched, depending on your ailment!


If you do take the Madron to Morvah road, be sure to stop at Lanyon Quoit. Although it was rebuilt after a storm in 1815 and now stands a few feet lower than its original builders intended, you can still sit underneath the impressive 12 tonne capstone, and enjoy the spectacular moorland views. Another strange, (yet wonderful for use in Scrabble), ancient structure is the fogou. Pronounced foo-goo. Only 15 have ever been found. If you get a chance, visit the Halliggye fogou in the Trelowarren Estate near Helston. I would recommend stopping at the New Yard Restaurant for a cream tea on your way through the Estate too.


Whichever Ancient Site you choose to visit, you can guarantee you will be pleased you took a step back from the seagulls and the sand. Visiting these stones is an all-weather activity - I even think the walks to get to them are enhanced by a bit of Cornish mizzle.


Stay at:


Fourways, Townsend, sleeps 8


Nanturras, Goldithney, sleeps 8


St.Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6


Trenow, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 4

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Portreath

Portreath

Located on the west coast between Porthtowan and Godrevy, Portreath is a lovely little village. It has a vast sandy beach with a tidal pool at one end. Access to the beach is easy with a few steps and parking right next to it making it a great place to go if you are a family who likes to take a lot with you for the day as we do!

The harbour wall is perfect for crabbing in the summer, it makes a great wave for experienced surfers in the right condition and in the winter storms the waves crashing over it attracts many photographers.

The little beach cafe is ideal for a sneaky early morning bacon sandwich and a simple cup of tea whilst watching the sea.  There are a few cafes, a number of pubs serving great pub food and a chinese restaurant.

If you find yourself walking through the village in the early morning you will be treated to the wonderful smells drifting from the Portreath bakery.  You absolutely must try out their delicious bread, pasties and cakes.  

Just up the road is Tehidy Woods with its twisting paths, pretty ponds and streams, yummy cafe and very friendly squirrels. It is also home to the fabulous Rogue Theatre. Their magical, family friendly performances are enchanting and not to be missed.

The Track at Portreath is great entertainment for children and adults who love their bikes (mountain bikes and bmx) with 5 acres of dirt track. Further family entertainment can be found at Cornwall Gold, with gold panning, crazy golf, 'The Bear Works', paint your own pottery and 'gem scoop'. A little further up the road is Heartlands, Cornwall's free cultural playground with interactive exhibitions, a fantastic children's playground and a variety of events and music.

Stay at :

The Chace, Portreath, sleeps 6.

SUP in a Bag

SUP in a Bag

As soon as we met Amanda our initial fears about Stand Up Paddle boarding - of our lack of skill and fitness - immediately disappeared. Her enthusiasm, confidence and guidance assured us we were in safe hands and in for a good time. We took our SUPs to the waters’ edge and paddled out around Roundwood Quay.

We were all on our feet and chatting away as we navigated the few boats and buoys in the Cowlands Creek. With the sun on our backs and the tide in our favour we thought we were pretty good at Stand Up Paddle boarding! As we gently paddled past the quiet, peaceful and completely beautiful forested riverbanks we saw herons, oyster beds, fish jumping and the occasional rambler waving back at us.

After about cruisy 45 minute paddle, we landed on a small island. With Trelissick Gardens opposite and the stately home of Lord Falmouth up river, we all agreed that this would have been the perfect spot for a pic-nic, (hindsight is a wonderful thing!)

Back on the boards, we suddenly felt the change paddling upstream, but Amanda assured us she had a few tricks up her sleeve for the return journey. We rested to watch the chains pull the King Harry Ferry across then continued paddling on our knees as the current and wind were now against us. Amanda then got us to pull our boards together in a long line, minimizing drag and making it so much easier to paddle.

An excellent 2 hours. A river adventure with a capable and fun guide and a chance to view Cornwall from a totally different perspective.

SUP in a BAG offer guided SUP tours, or a SUP hire service (with delivery).  For more information contact Amanda at : SUP in a BAG

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, River Fal, sleeps 6

 

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Hayle

Hayle

Hayle is a lovely seaside town located in the St Ives Bay.  Its stunning 3 miles of golden sands run from the Hayle Estuary all the way to Godrevy lighthouse.  The beach is wonderful, as are the Towans that run behind the beach.  Some of the beach is also dog friendly all year round which is worth remembering.

Different parts of the beach are great for different water activities.  The surf is best at Godrevy and generally gets smaller leading back to Hayle.  The estuary end is popular with kite surfers and windsurfers.

Two beach cafes come highly recommended - try out Blue Bay Cafe (uniquely run out of a blue storage container at the top of the dunes) - awesome coffee, burgers and cakes, and you must try Godrevy cafe (sit upstairs for the views) - the best breakfasts around, superb salads and food all round.

Hayle itself is set around one long high street.  Along this street you will find surf shops, a few boutique clothes shops, farm shops, craft shops, small art galleries, pasty shops and Mr B's ice cream parlour (the locals' favourite).  The road runs alongside the estuary with its fishing boats moored up along the edge.

On the far side of Hayle is King George's Walk, famous for its beautiful flowers & is traffic free on Sundays so in the summer there are often small markets & fairs to watch out for.  At the end of King George's is the awesome Hayle lido.

There are a handful of lovely local restaurants (we recommend Antoninis and Sanders fish and chips), some Cornish pubs and the Salt Bar right at the end.

Hayle is just a short and very picturesque train ride away from St Ives.  Perfect for leaving the car behind and not worrying about trying to park and find your way around the little roads!

Stay at

The Tack House, Hayle, sleeps 2 + Dog Friendly

Fourways, Townshend, Hayle, sleeps 8 (summer only)

Aqua Park near Padstow

Aqua Park near Padstow

We had to try out the new Aqua Park at Retallack!

We chose a rainy morning and it was perfect. A real fun morning out and we can see that it's going to be really popular. Think Total Wipe Out on the TV. For a very reasonable price you were kitted out with wet suit and life jacket and talked through the the inflatable obstacle course.  The best bits were the huge slide and the trampoline. It is suitable for children aged 8 and over and we went with a group of families and laughed and laughed!

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, Fal River, sleeps 6

Fourways, Townsend, sleeps 8

St.Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6

Badgers Croft, Trencrom, sleeps 4

 

Mullion and the Lizard

Mullion and the Lizard

The Lizard is the most south-westerly point on the British mainland and a very special part of Cornwall.  The area is well known for its unique geology and beautiful plants and flowers.

Around the coastline you will find cute fishing villages, lovely sandy beaches and hidden coves. Mullion Cove (pictured) is a stunning spot where you can try your hand at coasteering or hire a kayak and explore the coastline from the water.

The coast path walk from Mullion to the Lizard is stunning and perfect for bird and sealife watching.

There are wonderful places for days out, such as Roskillys Farm (home to the delicious ice cream) with its great cafe and farm walks, the fabulous Seal Sanctuary at Gweek and the Chocolate Factory in Mullion Village.

The Lizard is well known as a brilliant place to fish.  You can go deep sea fishing to catch your supper or seek out the best spot from the shore.

Visit the lovely Cornish pubs and quite often you will find folk music and the local version of the famous 'Fisherman's Friends'.

All in all it is another Cornish hidden gem which we highly recommend visiting.

Stay at:

Gull Rock Cabin, Mullion Cove, sleeps 2-4

Colvennor, Cury, nr Helston, sleeps 5

Perranuthnoe

Perranuthnoe

Perranuthnoe is one of our favourite places to head to all year round. It is an idyllic village located just north of Marazion and St Michael's Mount.

A sheltered, sandy beach awaits at the end of the village (with parking not far from it), steps leading to it or a ramp for those with buggys. At either end of the beach are fun rock pools for exploring.

Sometimes there is a little surf here, so when the other coast is getting a bit of a pounding, it is the perfect place to go. The rest of the time, the sea tends to be pretty calm and peaceful and I have enjoyed taking my stand up paddleboard out for a gentle cruise.

Just up from the beach is a lovely family friendly beach cafe, called The Cabin. Here you can grab an ice cream, hot chocolate or light lunch and sit in the sunny garden.  A little further (no more than 50 metres) up from the beach is the superb Peppercorn Cafe. The food here is delicious, as is the coffee and there is also a sunny garden for al fresco dining. Around the courtyard outside the Peppercorn are a few craft shops and a gallery.

Meander slowly through the village and you will come across another gem, The Victoria Inn, reputedly one of the oldest inns in Cornwall. Award winning food is served up alongside local ales, Cornish lager, ciders and fine wines.

From the village there are some stunning coast path walks. Walk south and you will be able to enjoy gazing at The Mount and across Mounts Bay.  Walk north and you will discover hidden coves, stunning coastline, Prussia Cove (another favourite of ours) and eventually Kenneggy Sands and Praa Sands.

Stay at:

Trenow Cottage, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 4 

Hendra Cottage, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 3

St.Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6

 

The Fal River

The Fal River

The Fal River, stretching from sandy beaches at the estuary mouth between Falmouth and St Mawes then along wooded valleys, creeks and quays to Truro, is one of Cornwall’s South Coast gems.

The river itself is a host of maritime activity; laid up ships at anchor; ferries run to and from the City of Truro, National Trust Trelissick House & Gardens and onto St Mawes & Falmouth, there is fabulous yachting with sheltered deep water anchorages, dinghy sailing from Ben Ainslie’s home sailing club of Mylor, some of the best canoeing in Cornwall, secret fishing spots and the King Harry chain ferry linking The Roseland Peninsula to the “mainland”.

On shore, there is some fabulous walking through the ancient oak woodland, sheltered orchard filled fields, cookery courses, feast nights cream teas.

In contrast to the serene green waters of the Fal River, the towns of Falmouth, Truro & St Mawes are on your doorstep. With plenty of wonderful restaurants, Rick Stein's fish & chips, bars and pubs, plus the sand beaches and rock pools to discover, there really is every reason to visit the River Fal.

Stay at:

Ruan Dinas, River Fal, sleeps 6

Beaches - Mounts Bay

Beaches - Mounts Bay

This area of Cornwall has some wonderful beaches which Martha and I love to visit. Here is a little round up.

Perranuthnoe - You will find us here, many a weekend. A fairly sheltered beach with rock pools at either end. You can park just up the road and there is a steep ramp which you can push a buggy down or carry a kayak. Occasionally there is a nice wave here too, when the swell is too big for the north coast. An added bonus are the two cafes. The Cabin is perfect for a cuppa or an ice cream and the Peppercorn Cafe has fabulous cake and very delicious lunches. Seasonal lifeguard cover.

Praa Sands - Another wonderful sandy beach with relatively easy access. On a summer's day the water is magical here and glistens. It is a great place to explore with a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard. There are a couple of cafes and a great bar, often with live music. Seasonal lifeguard cover.

Marazion & Long Rock Beach - A totally different feel to this beach and a place perfect to walk your dog all year round. St Michael's Mount looks over this beach and the feeling is very majestic.

Prussia Cove - A stunning little cove located on a private estate. You have to park your car at the top of the hill & walk down but it is worth it when this pretty little cove unfolds below. Not very child friendly to access, it does however feel like a secret getaway.

 Stay at:

Trenow, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 4

Hendra, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 3

Nanturras, Goldsithney, sleeps 8

St. Petry, Goldsithney, sleeps 6

St Ives

St Ives

St Ives is a place that captures many peoples' hearts and for many different reasons.

Famous for its unique light which has to be seen to be believed it has always been a place to attract artists. The Tate, located above Porthmeor beach has constantly changing exhibitions. 

Barbara Hepworth, one of Britain's most important artists found herself making St Ives her home & her sculpture garden is a tranquil haven and well worth a visit.

There are five beaches of St Ives and each has a very different feel and all only within a short distance of each other.  The best place to surf is Porthmeor (& the best place to watch the sunset too), Porthminster has the whitest sand and is always sheltered, Harbour Beach is buzzing with daily boating activity, Porthgwidden is a secret little cove and Carbis Bay the perfect place to give Stand Up Paddle Boarding a go!

Cobbled streets, galleries, cafes, quirky shops, award winning restaurants... there's more and more to be discovered.

Finally it is a place that changes along with the seasons. It feels a completely different place in the cold winter months with a relaxed and cosy vibe, where as the warm summer months feel vibrant and uplifting.

If you haven't been before we can highly recommend it.

Check out our St Ives cottages here.