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Two gloriously Sunny days in a row it must be summer!

Yes, at last two lovely sunny days in a row, sorry Devon you can keep your rain and floods….we are loving the weather we have. Spent a lovely relaxing Saturday evening in the Watch House in St Mawes, good food, plenty of wine, tide rolling in gently, fishermen on the… Read more

Pod of Risso Dolphins Sighted off Lamorna Cove

A pod of more than 40 Risso’s dolphins were spotted just off Lamorna Cove, these dolphins are normally only seen in ones and two’s off Cornwall and then often only by fishermen well away from the coast. The Risso’s dolphin is distinguished by its bulbous head and bulky anterior body,… Read more


National Awards for our business

We’re just about coming down off cloud 11 (that must be higher than Cloud 9 we’re sure).  Why so we hear you ask? Well, we toddled off to Leicester in late May 2012 to the VisitEngland National Excellence Awards.  It was a rather grand affair (hosted by a Viscountess no… Read more

Empty Beaches

Porthbean beach last night at 6pm – glorious sunshine and no – one there except me and the dogs and a couple of cormorants drying their wings on the rocks. It was the same the night before at Towan and the night before at Turnaware. There are definately less people… Read more


Summer is coming. First swallows sighted

On the day that it was announced that even Cornwall officially has a water shortage, we spotted the first swallows of the summer. Flying over the fields around Messack in the  late afternoon. Four of them swooped and swerved to catch small insects at dusk. What a beautiful sight. Swallows… Read more

Book your tickets fast for Summer Suppers at The Hidden Hut

Tickets sold out fast last year.  They’ll sell out even faster this year as word has gotten round that The Hidden Hut Team at Porthcurnick Beach cook up a mean meal. Check out the menu by clicking on their website  Everything from lobster and crab to burgers, scallops and… Read more


Generous donations help Cornwall Wildlife Trust

A massive thank you to all of you who made a donation to the work of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust when you booked your holiday on-line with us. In 2011/12 you helped us raise £176 for the work of the Trust.  The donation will go Marine Conservation. So when you… Read more

Roundhouse Barns in the National Finals!

After our success with two Silver Awards in the South West Region we were automatically asked to enter the National Tourism Awards, so we brushed off our entry forms and updated them where we thought we could improve upon the original submissions. With two silvers one each for Self catering… Read more


Pandora Inn Re-opens

What great news. Less than a year after the devastating fire, the Pandora Inn at Restronguet has re-opened for business.  We’re delighted for them all. It’s so nice to have another pub accessible from the river as well as the road.  It’s a glorious place to while-away an afternoon as… Read more

Bed and Breakfast open from 28th February

All painting and decorating work is finally finished and the new driveway lights look fabulous – and are more energy efficient. Just time for a quick tidy and a final spruce up, then the carpet cleaner comes on Monday – ready for B&B reopening on Tuesday 28th Feb. Phew, and… Read more


South West Tourism Silver Awards

Well we finally have time to tell you about the South West Awards. We were overjoyed to receive a Silver not only for the Self Catering, but also for the B&B – so a great night was had by all. It is always so nice to see the Cornish contingent… Read more

Roundhouse Barns Spring Clean Update

Well, after much chivvying of workmen we re-opened our self catering cottages again on Friday 3rd February, with only a minor heating glitch in Cockle, which was sorted by early evening. So that’s three sets of guest that have now enjoyed long weekends in refreshed style and comfort. We still… Read more


Monday Morning Workmen Extravaganza!

Today we may have actually beaten our previous total of workmen on site! So, three in the groundworks team, three in the plumbing team, two in the patio laying team, two in the heating team and Paul the painter, that’s eleven.  Oh and a skip lorry has just arrived! Mark… Read more

Groundworks nearly complete

We took the decision last October to move our oil tank up to the top of our driveway.  It was far too close to Cockle Cottage for our liking.  We knew it meant a bit of digging up, but little prepared us for the Somme-like conditions of our driveway.  We… Read more


Famous Guest at Roundhouse Barns

Who you ask? Well, Johnny Vegas and his wife Maia Dunphy stayed in The Dairy for New Year, as they left today they said the break had been just what they needed! Having travelled all the  way from St Helens to Cornwall via  London they arrived last Friday for a… Read more

Blooming Daffodils

Well, we know some of you have snow this week, but it is still mild down here and we are yet to have a frost. The first daffs are usually out by mid December but this year they were up and out by the 28th November! Not just one or… Read more