Glorious Sunshine in April

Spring on the Roseland

Well, what amazing weather we’ve been having for April – no sign of those pesky April showers!

The Roseland has well and truly woken up to spring – there are lambs in the fields, camellias flowering along with primroses and violets – even the bluebells are coming through now.

All our favourite pop up eateries are back out for the season as well – The Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach, Miss V’s Tea Hut at St Just in Roseland Church, Earl the Thirstea van is back at Towan Beach and Tea By The Sea is at Carne Beach – we really are spoilt for choice here!

Curgurrel Farm shop has reopened for the summer and we have news of a deli/cafe/farm shop opening later in the season at Penperth Farm – on the way to the King Harry Ferry – we will keep you updated when it opens.

All year rounders Humphreys at Tregony and Lobbs Farm at Heligan shops are there for all your local produce and De Bara Cafe near Bessy Beneath Garage is having an amazing first year of trading with freshly baked bread, pastries,lunches, etc.

So to work up an appetite for these delights you will need to walk some of our beautiful coastal paths, visit some of our stunning local gardens or perhaps try out kayaking or paddle boarding on the Fal River.

There is so much to do here most of our guests wish they had booked two weeks as one is never enough – on the other hand that’s why they keep coming back!

Book your April holiday now – we have a few weeks left in April and every cottage has £100 off. But book quick because they are going fast! 


November, relax and unwind on the Roseland

Winter breaks on the Roseland

We are lucky to have several regular guests who stay with us every November – why you might ask? Good weather can’t be guaranteed and some of the attractions and gardens do close for the winter.

Well we can let you into their secret! It’s just lovely to take a few days or a week to get away from home and work, relax and unwind in 5-star luxury – if you do have a day of fabulous weather then that’s a bonus and you can get out, take a flask and find a sheltered spot on the beach to sit and read a book – no newspapers, you’re meant to be relaxing!

A coastal path walk even on a wet and blustery day can be fun and exhilarating and afterwards you have the perfect excuse for relaxing in a pub with a roaring log fire.

Places that are packed in high season become bearable with no crowds and if the weather is a little damp you have more excuses to keep popping in to cafe’s for coffee and cake.

St Ives, Padstow and even Truro are so much more enjoyable to visit in the quiet months. The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are open all year round as is the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

There are still plenty of events to keep you entertained -visit the St Austell Torchlight Carnival, held on the 19th November a full day celebration in St Austell, marking the beginning of winter, in the china clay capital of Cornwall. Live bands, stalls, music and dance and a Torchlight Carnival parades through the town.

Our personal favourite is Truro City of Lights on the 23rd November this hugely anticipated Festival and Parade lights up the city in in spectacular fashion delighting the crowds who gather for this spectacular festive event. It does get busy and parking can be a challenge so try out the new Park and Ride.

Also in Truro is the Cathedral City Markets Christmas Market 25 Nov 2016 to 27 Nov 2016 This annual Christmas Market brings the Cornish and our visitors a high quality selection of food, drink, arts & crafts. It’s the perfect place to buy a Christmas gift for a loved one.

Another firm favourite is the St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival 26th Nov 2016 – hosted in the unique surroundings of the old wine cellars and vaults beneath the Victorian brewery. Sample a selection of more than 150 beers (can anyone try that many in a day)! and enjoy music and entertainment. You may need to prebook a taxi for that one unless one of you is happy to not drink! If you can’t make it that day the Brewery is open all year for visits and tasting.

I have just realised that yet again my blog seems to mention a lot of cake and alcohol and somehow The Lost Gardens of Heligan creep into nearly every one I write – well they thoroughly deserve to – it truly is the best place in Cornwall to visit all year round, apart from Roundhouse Barns of course!

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Our favourite things to do in September

The King Harry Ferry, snapped from Trelissick at the start of September 2015.
The King Harry Ferry, snapped from Trelissick at the start of September 2015.

The summer crowds are gone in September which gives  visitors the chance to explore a calmer Cornwall and visit popular places with less people. You could visit the foodie destination of Padstow or the cultural haven of St Ives, both around 45 mins drive from us.


Here are our favourite things to do in September:

On the 9th to the 11th September in Redruth there is a celebration of the famous icon of Cornwall – the Cornish pasty.

The event encompasses the mining history that is inextricably linked to the meal and includes a Pasty Day, Miner’s Day and Memorial Day. Activities include cookery demonstrations and ‘make your own pasty’, exhibitions, displays, activities and live music. Redruth is also home to the Keltek Cornish Brewery, which began life in a small stable on the Roseland Peninsula… whist you can’t visit the brewery there are plenty of local pubs where you can try it or order online at http://shop.keltekbrewery.co.uk/

You can also visit the Great Cornish Food Festival which transforms Truro’s Lemon Quay into foodie heaven from the 23rd September for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall over the past 12 years.

Over the years the event has grown to become one of the South West’s top food festivals attracting more than 20,000 visitors. The festival has a number of trade stands promoting Cornish produce and crafts – plenty to try and taste – we defy you to come home without buying a few tasty treats!

Walking the coastal path, at this time of year you can still take your swimming costumes and take a dip on a secluded beach, before continuing with your walk. Keep an eye out for wildlife too- recent sightings include porpoises, dolphins, grey seals and even a minke whale. Inland walks along river estuaries will delight you with the number of overwintering wading birds – look out for curlews, whimbrels, sandpipers and on the Fal estuary we currently have a Dalmatian Pelican in residence!

Hire a bike and cycle the Camel Trail. The trail provides eighteen miles of  largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level path which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Our favourite is to cycle between Padstow and Wadebridge – plenty of restaurants and pubs at either end. Of course if you are passing by Bodmin it would be rude not to visit the Camel Valley Vineyard  to taste a few of their wines and bubbly.

Pop over on the King Harry Ferry to Trelissick House and Garden  enjoy a walk around the gardens, the extensive parkland and the recently opened ground floor of the main house. Visit the gallery, the garden shop and finish off with a cuppa and a piece of home made cake.

So that should keep you busy for a weeks holiday and there is still plenty more to do, maybe you need to book a fortnight??

 

 


A Sunny Summer Weekend

The view 5 minutes from the end of the drive!

It’ s been a busy weekend at Roundhouse Barns but we have still managed to find some time to enjoy the glorious sunshine.

It was a busy day Friday with changeovers in all three cottages and the B&B, so finally at 5.00pm Barbara left our B&B guests enjoying their cream tea and the sun on their patio whilst she took Barney and Lucia for a walk. Turn right out of our driveway and it’s only fifteen minutes down to the river beach at Turnaware. The dogs spent a while cooling off in the river, whilst Barbara spent some time ogling a rather nice yacht that was moored by the creek.

After a busy day we didn’t feel like cooking so ordered takeaway pizza from Tatums – check out their Facebook page. Mark pootled down to Portscatho to pick them up and they were enjoyed with a bottle of Camel Valley Rose Brut! (Yes we know, pizza and pink fizz is a strange combination but our excuse is that we were celebrating the fact that Mark has a new job!)

Saturday was just as glorious so once B&B breakfasts were done and the rooms cleaned, we settled down to paying some Roundhouse bills, especially those of our cleaners – really important to keep them happy and pay them on time. However, it was not too long before we were sat outside on our patio enjoying lunch in the sun – with two hopeful dogs sat nearby.

RHB Gallery

We walked the dogs along the coastal path from Porthbean to Curgurrel and back – gloriously sunny and both dogs enjoyed a swim, Barbara had a paddle – we should have taken swimming costumes and towels it was so tempting.

Dinner was pork chops from our lovely local butchers with new potatoes, broad beans and french beans all straight from our veggie patch, which is also well used by our cottage guests!

Sunday brought a changeover in the B&B so after saying goodbye to our lovely guests it was full steam ahead for a complete changeover – beds from twin to king size and a deep clean.

Midday was time for a quick Skype with Tommy our lovely digital marketing expert. The sun was still shining, so time to do our favourite Sunday walk around Messack Point, open fields, cool woodland and a scramble down the cliff for a quick dip in the sea.

Back by 4.00pm as we are expecting new B&B guests to arrive – but at least we can wait for them in the sunshine.

All in all a glorious weekend, lets hope there are many more this summer!

(As you can tell, we love it here! If you’d like to experience any of this yourself then we do have some limited availability left this summer which you can see here.)


August Gardens in Cornwall

Panoramic view of the geodesic dome structures of Eden Project

Many people think that Cornwall’s gardens are at their best in spring and whilst this is true for some, there is still plenty to see and do in the summer months, here are our top tips for August!

EDEN PROJECT

Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes, together with imaginative planting that covers all sides of the valley. On the 6th August you can learn to forage for wild food with Eden’s expert forager. Try a seasonal foray into the wider Eden estate, seeking out nature’s edible abundance.

TRENGWAINTON GARDEN

Visit this sheltered garden bursting with exotic trees and shrubs. This summer experience stunning views and an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs in a garden cradled just inland of Mounts Bay. If you love the sunshine warm yourself on Trengwainton’s Terrace with its wide sea views or if it’s shade you’re after, the garden has lots of cool, tree-lined paths that are perfect for gentle strolls.

LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN

The mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover romantic Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Get lost in the exotic outdoor Jungle whilst adventuring along raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo.

On Sunday 14th August, join wild food forager Emma Gunn for a wild food walk around The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Get back to nature with an experienced forager and explore the wild side of the Heligan Estate. Discover how to identify wild plants for culinary use and learn about their fascinating history.

BARBARA HEPWORTH MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDEN

Discover the magical home and unique garden of the artist Barbara Hepworth. Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. This summer is a great time to visit as they are celebrating their 40th Anniversary, you can see sculptures in bronze, stone and wood on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material. Don’t forget to ask us about the Park and Ride at St Ives – it takes the stress out of finding a parking space and has the added bonus of being the most beautiful train journey.

POPPY COTTAGE GARDEN

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula Poppy Cottage Garden covers about one acre full of colour for all year – round interest. Planted as a series of rooms, which are small gardens in themselves, it is brimming with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and even exotics, mainly colour themed, and with plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of home made cake. There is also a small orchard with unusual ducks and chickens, and a small nursery area with a wide range of herbaceous plants for sale.

At the end of your day come back to relax, unwind and catch the last of the evening sun in our courtyard garden, perhaps with a glass of wine!

Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in our three luxury cottages.

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August Adventures!

August sees regatta season in full swing across The Roseland and whilst you may not want to compete yourself, it’s lovely to watch everyone else doing all the work!

St Mawes Carnival is the first week in August with plenty going on – for the easy option just settle yourself in Chandlers Cafe outside area or watch from the harbour edge there is always something to see!

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is back on Summers Beach in St Mawes this year. You can book a lesson and its a great place to learn as there are hardly any waves. We have tried ourselves and it really is not as hard as it looks and is great fun. If you are worried about falling in there is even a wet suit hire stand on the beach for the summer. Also new for 2016 there are Open Water swimming lessons available on Summers Beach so if you have always wanted to but never taken the plunge now you can try in absolute safety.

If  a gentle kayak is more your thing, then you can hire these from St Mawes where you can potter round the harbour and beaches or head across to Place Manor. For an even quieter meander you can hire at Percuil and have a lovely drift along the river valley away from the hustle and bustle and here you can expect to see little white egrets, grey herons dunlins, whimbrels and lots of other wading birds.

The second week in August is Falmouth Week with a huge variety of events – take your pick from the extensive brochure and hop on the foot ferry from St Mawes to join in the fun, without having to worry about parking your car.  The highlight for us is always the Red Arrows display.

The joy of the estuary is that if you like crowds and atmosphere you can head over to Falmouth, but if you like peace and quiet then just find a spot on the river footpath between St Mawes Castle and St Just in Roseland Church and you can have what feels like your own personal fly past!

Not to be missed is a Fal River Boat trip from St Mawes to Truro – extra trips run in the summer and you can stop off at Trelissick Gardens on the way if you wish. We have to confess we have done this trip several times and it’s always wonderful with so much to see. If it’s low tide you are dropped at Malpas and a bus takes you into Truro or you can just stop at the Heron Inn and have a leisurely lunch… just check to see where the later boats are leaving from. it is a lovely walk from Malpas to Truro if you need to work off the lunch before coming home.

There are lots of spots to hire small motor boats for a day or half day and then you can go where you like on the water at your own pace or for the really extravagant you can hire Pinuccia, the most stunning, sleek and very fast yacht owned by the Tresanton Hotel, hire includes the crew and the most glorious picnic.  We are still saving for this one, but are determined to do it one day!

Of course if your enjoyment of the water ends at a quick paddle there are plenty of beaches for you to sit back and relax on, just check our earlier blogs for the best beaches in Cornwall.


£100 off the remaining weeks in July

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The view from the end of the drive!

We only have two weeks still available for a stay at Roundhouse Barns this July and there is now £100 off both of them.

Our late availability is as follows:

Cockle Cottage from July 1 – July 8 | £845 for the week – Discover Cockle Cottage…

The Carthouse from July 8 – July 15 | £745 for the week – Discover The Carthouse…

Both these cottages are 5* rated and wonderful places to spend a sunny week enjoying and exploring the very best of the Roseland and Cornwall.

We love it here but we’re a bit biased. So don’t just take our word for it. The below is our most recent review from TripAdvisor:

“This is truly a perfect holiday home to stay! If it’s unspoilt location and accommodation you’re after and where every little detail is catered for, you’ll never go wrong with Roundhouse Barn! Mark & Barbara Sadler have nailed self catering perfection just for you! 3 fabulous cottages – The Dairy, Cockle and The Carthouse.

“My most recent stay was in the latter. Modern decor throughout but sympathetic to the traditional build. Comfortable King Size bed and fully equipped kitchen. You’ll enjoy complete privacy throughout your stay, but if anything did go wrong you’re never more than a few steps away from your hosts and help!

“Loads of brilliant places to visit are all within good driving distances; Trelissick Garden, Lost Gardens Of Heligan, St Ives, Mevagissey, Falmouth and Truro just to name a few! You’re also in the beautiful unspoilt Roseland – so plenty of opportunity to take a good walk inland and along the fabulous coastline!

“I love this place and can confidently endorse a visit to anyone else checking this review!”

 

Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in our three luxury cottages.

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The Land of Poldark

Poldark Country Cornwall

So you may have to wait until September for the next series of Poldark to be shown, but if you come and stay with us at Roundhouse Barns you’re at least within easy reach of visiting some of those fabulous locations!

We hope you like the pictures – we took them on a coastal path walk in April earlier this year, as you can see we had fabulous weather, the blues of the sea and sky were truly amazing.

Poldark provides a window into Cornwall in the eighteenth century when the local copper mining industry was in turmoil because of the overwhelming competition from Welsh mines. Today the metal mining landscapes of Cornwall have World Heritage Site status.

Poldark Country Cornwall 01

 

The nearest film location to us is Charlestown, a perfectly preserved eighteenth century copper and clay port which is the stand in for Falmouth Harbour.  You would be unlucky not to see a tall ship in the harbour and you may even catch a film set working there as it’s regularly in use.

Make sure you find time to visit the Charlestown Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre while you are there and a choice of The Pier House or The Rashleigh Arms for a coffee or a spot of lunch.

Poldark Mine near Wendron had just the right atmosphere for lots of underground filming of the fictional Wheal Leisure (and we won’t mention the underground drowning in case you have not read all the books)! Do you dare go down what is the only complete tin mine in Cornwall open for underground guided tours? It’s regarded as one of the most historic locations in the annals of Cornish Mining.

Porthcothnan Beach near Newquay – a distinctly triangular inlet was used as Nampara Cove – the beach below Ross Poldark’s cottage.

Still on the beaches, Porthgwarra near Lands End, is a rugged cove with a distinctive tunnel dug by the St Just miners to allow farmers access for beach sand. This was the cove where Ross went for that famous swim! Whilst St Agnes Head was used as the sweeping valley setting for Nampara.

Many mines near St Just were used during the filming, including Botallack, which doubles as Grambler Mine, Levant Mine was used as the setting of Tresidders Rolling Mill and West Wheal Owles Mine was used as a setting for the fictional Wheal Leisure which Ross finds nearly derelict on his return from fighting abroad.

Let Roundhouse Barn be your base whilst you follow the characters and action at the many film locations within and around the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

Cornish Mining has produced a lovely guide to all the sites, which we have at Roundhouse Barns and there is more information at:

Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in one of our three luxury cottages.

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Celebrate English Wine Week with Cornish Wines

Our vine 'adoption' certificate!
Our vine ‘adoption’ certificate!

It’s English Wine Week  28th May to the 5th June 2016.

Vineyards across the country will also be opening their doors to welcome visitors, offering tours, tastings and special offers. While we’re not yet quite on the scale of Tuscany there are a growing number of wineries in Cornwall selling excellent wines.

Our most famous is Camel Valley, near Bodmin,  just a 30 minute drive from Roundhouse Barns. Run by the ubiquitous Lindo family, who are Cornwall’s best known wine growing experts,  having started the vineyard in 1989.  You’ve probably seen Camel Valley Brut – it’s won all sorts of awards and easily beats some of the French champagnes in taste – of course they’re not allowed to call it champagne but trust us it’s fabulous (as is the Brut Rose)!

Visit the website Camel Valley Vineyard to book a vineyard tour, a tasting or just to look at the shop – it’s cheaper here than in any other retail outlets (including Waitrose).

Much nearer to us is Polmassick Vineyard, near St Ewe which can offer you a self guided tour, wine tastings and sales and you are welcome to take a picnic and relax in the beautiful surroundings.  Also in St Ewe is Bosue Vineyard also with tours, tastings and a cellar door – both of these smaller vineyards have limited opening times so check their websites before you go.

New kid on the block is Knightor Winery. Located at Trethurgy, near St Austell they produce premium quality still and sparkling wines, have a great winery kitchen serving lunches and teas and offer tastings and a cellar door. Some of their vineyards can be seen at Portscatho – just three miles from us, we wonder if we could persuade our local farmer to grow vines…..

Another favourite of ours is Polgoon Winery. Just outside Penzance this fabulous little winery produces great wines – try the Bacchus – and also artisan ciders and fruit juices. The vineyard tours last 90 minutes and take you through the vines, through the production process and onwards to a tasting! Roundhouse Barns were so impressed with Polgoon we have sponsored a row of vines – see if you can spot our name on their sponsors board in the shop!

Well that’s just five to chose from and there are plenty more such as Trevibban Mill near Padstow, we hear of new vines being planted near Looe and in the Tamar Valley…… and don’t get us started on artisan beers and spirits in Cornwall – trust us though if ever you get a chance to try Tarquins Gin, go for it, but that’s a subject for another blog…..

We’re fully booked for English Wine Week but we still have some availability left in May.

Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in one of our three cosy cottages.

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Spring into Cornwall’s Gardens

Beautiful Trebah Gardens.
Beautiful Trebah Gardens.

Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees.

From wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous. Off the top of our heads we easily came up with at least 40 different gardens to visit! So here are just a few of the less visited gardens within 30 mins of Roundhouse Barns…

Trebah, Falmouth

A thriving sub-tropical valley garden which runs down to the Helford River near the fishing village of Durgan. Wind through the exotic gardens to meet the water’s edge. (Stroll across a couple of fields to get to the Ferry Boat Inn for a lunch with a stunning view).

Pinetum Park, St Austell

A 30 acre plantman’s paradise with over 6000 labelled rare & unusual plants. Colourful, inspired planting with fine herbaceous borders. Includes several water features, shrubberies, formal garden, cottage garden, pinetum, arboretum & a Japanese garden.

Trewithen, near Truro

Has champion trees and rare shrubs, a wildflower meadow and woodland glades, exotic fern collections and tree top viewing platforms, it would be hard to find anywhere more beautiful or more intriguing than Trewithen’s deservedly famous garden.

Lamorran Garden, St Mawes

Enjoy the glittering sea views over Falmouth Bay from this stunning Mediterranean-style garden. Lamorran boasts over four-acres of sub-tropical paradise. It is quite steep though, we gaily strolled down and then realised it is all uphill on the way back!  So avail yourself of a cream tea as a reward at the top of the hill.

Poppy Cottage Garden, Ruanhighlanes

Covers an acre of land, themed as a series of small rooms, each a garden in themselves. Brimming with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and exotics with plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake. This is a garden that we can all relate too and maybe pick up a few ides to take home. At the end of the garden is a small orchard with unusual ducks and those fluffy leg chickens!

We could mention more – Caerhays, Trelissick, Glendurgan, Heligan, Eden Project, Enys with its bluebell woods, to name but a few,but we think you can already see you are spoilt for choice!

It is rare for a week to go by when we don’t see a few plants being loaded into the back of a car as our guests depart, we can only hope that they all thrive when they get home.

So be quick, book your spring break at Roundhouse Barns, check out the Special Offers – and if you have missed your preferred dates for 2016 then why not be prepared and book ahead for 2017!

Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in one of our three cosy cottages.

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Christmas and New Year on the Roseland

Mousehole Lights

First things first – food of course! (there is a bit of a theme to our blogs lately..)

If you do want to eat out on Christmas Day you definitely need to book in advance – our top tip is The Rosevine – a small boutique hotel, let their chef cook you a 3 course traditional Christmas lunch with stunning sea views, the wood burner will be roaring and the Christmas tree will be twinkling. Follow it up with a walk along Porthcurnick Beach.

Talking of which The Hidden Hut  just behind the beach re-opens from the 26th Dec to the 1st Jan for lovely hot chocolates, lunchtime soups and stews and those delectable home made cakes.

But enough about food! Our top tips for things to do:

  • Go and see the Mousehole Christmas Lights – there is nowhere else quite like it!
  • Watch the Fireworks from The Lugger in Portscatho, 6pm on the 1st Jan
  • Blow away those Christmas (or New Year) fuzzy heads and walk the coastal path around St Anthony’s Head
  • Have a festive lunch at Olga Polizzi’s hotel  The Tresanton  in St Mawes – (sorry, food again!)
  • Go Ice skating at The Eden Project
  • Explore the “Mermaids, Women at Sea exhibition” at The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth
  • Visit  The Lost Gardens of Heligan as it opens its gates in aid of local charities on Boxing Day 2015 and New Year’s Day 2016
  • Release your inner child, it’s panto time! Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat are on at Hall for Cornwall in Truro – oh yes they are!
  • Discover modern art at The Terry Frost Exhibition at the  Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance
  • Enjoy a classy New Years Eve Party from 10pm at The Tresanton in St Mawes for just £40 including a glass of Champagne/entertainment

After all that fun you may just need to book another holiday with us in the spring or summer for some relaxation….


Foodie Heaven at Roundhouse Barns

Local produce cornwall

So your holiday is booked, if you are anything like us your next thought will be what are we going to eat? So, if you do intend to cook a few meals during your stay here are our shopping suggestions:

Think about putting in a food order with The Cornish Food Market – locally sourced meat, fish, veg, artisan bread, dairy products, wine, beer, etc, all delivered to Roundhouse Barns on your arrival day. Just remember to place your order at least 48 hours before you want it delivered.

We recommend Baker Tom’s organic sourdough bread, Trewithen dairy products and the freshest vegetables you can buy.  Of course the major supermarkets deliver here as well but you can’t beat the Cornish Food Market for quality and freshness and regularly their “shopping basket” is cheaper than the supermarkets.

If you are thinking of stopping off on your way down then pop into Lobbs Farm Shop  just next to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. They produce and sell quality food with a known provenance that you can eat with confidence. Three farming brothers, Terry, Ian and Richard Lobb, each have a farm supplying beef, lamb and fresh vegetables direct to the shop. The beef and lamb are born and raised on the farm where the animals graze traditional pastures and meadows. Our favourites are the beef and the venison and Mark is very partial to a Lobbs pork pie!

Pasties & Chocolates!

Also on your way or close enough for a mid week shop is Humfrey’s Farm Shop just outside Tregony  here you will find a wide range of fresh produce on offer, locally grown fruit and vegetables, dairy products, bread, cheese, eggs, sausages, bacon, burgers and fish. They also sell homemade cakes and pies, along with apple juices, pasties and many more unusual Cornish products. If you’re not in a hurry, why not stop and relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake in the outdoor covered courtyard. Personal favourites here are the pasties and home baked cakes and Trenance chocolates…

Nearest, (and dearest) to Roundhouse Barns is Curgurrell Farm Shop at Rosevine, just three miles away. This a seafood lover’s dream come true. Open 6 days a week the shop, run by Charlotte and Simon Taffinder, sells the very finest lobsters, crabs and fresh fish caught by sons Ben, William and Tom, and friend Chris.

Cornish produce at its best

The shop also sells local and home grown fruit and veg, free range eggs and homemade preserves. Curgurrell is truly unique, with its own tiny harbour, just below the farm, and often the day’s catch is on sale within an hour of being caught. This is Cornish produce at its very best. All fish and shellfish are caught within 5 or 6 miles of the farm, if you are lucky you will find hand line caught bass, mackerel and pollock, together with red mullet, sardines, brill, turbot, john dory lemon sole, haddock, plaice and scallops to name a few. We always buy scallops and John Dory here and they also supply us with our Christmas trees! They are now also licensed to sell wines and spirits.

Of course, as well as the above, there is a weekly market in Truro, regular food markets at Veryan, Watergate Bay and Padstow… to name but a few, anyone would think that we had a fondness for our food down here – it’s not all clotted cream and pasties you know! (Best local pasties are at the bakers on the harbour at St Mawes or Humphreys).

Check out our other blogs for local pubs and restaurants for those lazy evenings when you just want to relax and let someone else do the cooking.


Relax, recharge and rejuvenate in 2016

Winter Breaks on the Roseland

Start 2016 as you mean to go on with and relax, recharge and rejuvenate at Roundhouse Barns.

We know it’s only two weeks to go until Christmas but it’s never too early to think about enjoying a lovely break away after the madness of the festive season.

We’re starting to fill up fast for 2016 but we do still have availability through the winter months and into early spring when you can enjoy a short break as well as our full week breaks.

Winter on the Roseland is always a deeply peaceful time of year and the stillness, tranquility and quiet always helps our guests unwind and de-stress. Whether it’s enjoying the wonderful walks we have on our doorstep, curling up on the sofa with a blanket and a good book, enjoying the comforts of one of our local pubs or sinking into one of our baths armed with a glass of wine, winter at Roundhouse Barns is comfort for the soul.

With short breaks from as little as £218 for a three-night stay, it’s also a great chance for you to enjoy a stay in a 5-star luxury holiday cottage at a great price.

If you want to find a bit more about a winter stay with us please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Or you can simply check our availability and book online if you’d prefer!


December on The Roseland

Winter Breaks on the Roseland
A stunning winter sunset from the bottom of the drive at Roundhouse Barns.

Need a little break before the Christmas parties start or just want to do your Christmas shopping somewhere different for a change? Where better to relax and recharge your batteries than the Roseland?

Just think of blustery cliff top walks, checking out the grey seals and migratory birds, then stopping off in a cosy Roseland pub – all log fires and  special winter warming meals.

Our favourites are The Kings Head at Ruan Lanihorne, The Roseland Inn at Philleigh, The Victory in St Mawes and The Plume of Feathers at Portscatho – as you can see plenty of pubs on the Roseland to choose from!

Truro and Falmouth both have lots of little independent shops as well as the big chains for that perfect Christmas gift, late night shopping and Christmas markets abound so there is no excuse for leaving present buying until the last minute.

The King Harry Ferry runs late on Wednesdays for Truro late night shopping and not only may you be offered a free mince pie, Father Christmas has been spotted once or twice too, so let the chains take the strain.

Enjoy a short break through the winter

If you really want to get into that winter mood then take yourself to the Eden Project and as well as visiting the giant biomes you can also fly around the ice skating rink for a couple of hours, showing off your twirls and turns.

For foodies there are some great special offers around – check out Jamie Olivers Fifteen at Watergate Bay which has special Winter lunch for just £24 and the menu looks excellent.

Also The Tresanton in St Mawes always has great lunchtime offers available, including a glass of wine – it it’s sunny you can even eat on the terrace – patio heaters and blankets provided and a stunning view of the  harbour, St Antonys Lighthouse and Falmouth.

After all that walking, shopping and eating come back to your cosy cottage with full central heating, (test your fire lighting skills with the log burner in Cockle Cottage), glorious bathrooms with underfloor heating and the peace and quiet that is our speciality at Roundhouse Barns.

Don’t forget through the winter you can arrive any day as long as you stay for three nights or more, check out our latest availability for prices and keep an eye on our special offers.

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Enjoy a November break on the Roseland

city of lights 2015

With the clocks going back and the days shortening you can still find plenty to do on your holiday be it a short break or longer.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan truly are a year round delight, there is always something new to see and do. From Saturday 10th October until Sunday 8th November the Heligan Plant Sale is a not to be missed opportunity to grab a bargain. The highlight last year was a new variety of climbing fuchsia.

Or be organised and buy some early Christmas presents in their Christmas Shop, open now Tuesdays – Saturdays 11:00 – 16:30 until Christmas Eve. The Holly and the Ivy shop offers everything from handmade craft products to fair trade items and bears no resemblence to any other Christmas shop.

Buy a joint garden entry ticket for Heligan /The Eden Project and use the saving to go ice-skating! The Eden ice rink is open again now and will remain open until Sunday 28 February 2016. Even if you don’t skate it’s worth going for the people watching and somehow it always makes us start feeling a bit more Christmassy.

The foot ferry to Falmouth runs from St Mawes all year round so its easy to hop across and visit The National Maritime Museum, currently holding a fascinating exhibition exploring the hidden histories of women at sea.

From Mary Lang, who joined the crew on the last of the merchant sailing ships to journey from South Australia to Cornwall in the 1930s, to Dame Ellen MacArthur who blazed a trail for women in competitive sailing assuring herself a place in sporting history as the fastest woman ever to circumnavigate the globe, this exhibition tells the compelling stories of those who’ve challenged the establishment and made their mark in a male dominated world.

If you are here for the 18th November then don’t miss the City of Lights Festival in Truro at 7pm, the event sees a dazzling procession of withy and tissue lanterns float through the streets, handmade and carried by professional artists, Cornish school children and local community and youth groups.

The 2015 theme  2015 is ‘The Museum of Lost Stories’ inspired by the Cornish Archives and County Records Office. The event includes the official switch on of Truro’s Christmas lights, plus music and dance from Truro School of Samba and other local bands,

Try a brisk walk along the coastal footpath or a relaxing meander along one of our many rivers, followed by a trip to a local pub like The Kings Head – hearty local food and cosy log fires and of course, however you spend your day don’t forget to leave time to come back home to Roundhouse Barns to truly relax and unwind.

 

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Autumn Adventures in Cornwall

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Autumn from the pontoon at Trelissick Gardens.

The countryside is mellowing slowly into it’s autumn colours and Cornwall is easing itself out of the summer rush into a more sedate pace.

September is always a glorious month and if we are lucky the weather holds throughout October as well. There is still plenty to do, it’s just a bit more pleasurable without the crowds.

Gardens

Autumn gardens are still alive with exotic plants such as Japanese Maples, Australian Incense Bushes and Asian Ginger Lilies all providing vibrant flames of colour.

Top of the list to visit is Glendurgan – hidden from the outside world by shelter belts of woodland in a narrow and beautiful coastal valley. Intended to be a piece of heaven on earth, this secret and special garden also gives a glorious glimpse down to the bright waters of the Helford River.

Also good with vibrant autumn colours are The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trelissick.

Museums

We thoroughly recommend Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum – which among other things has exhibits exploring the rich and varied nature of Poldark’s 18th Century Cornwall.  The 12 internationally bestselling Poldark novels are set in Cornwall where author Winston Graham spent much of his life.

The museum has a unique connection with Winston Graham; as they hold many of the author’s original notebooks, showing his novels written in long hand and this has resulted in the museum being a site of pilgrimage for the many fans who arrive in Cornwall from across the world looking for traces of Graham’s original work

Always worth a visit even for landlubbers are the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth and The Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown.

Food – something dear to our hearts!

There are plenty of exciting food festivals taking place this autumn – The Cornish Food Festival in Truro from the 25th Sept for the weekend. It takes place on  Truro’s Lemon Quay, which transforms into foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall.

The Falmouth Oyster Festival starts 8th October in Falmouth – The weekend is packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale, sea shanties, and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.

As well as the above there is a pasty festival in Redruth, a honey fair in Callington and a beer festival in Falmouth… need we go on!

Walking

The coastal footpath becomes more interesting with basking sharks, seals, and migrating birds to look out for.  Try St Anthony’s Head, Towan and Porthbean Beach.

Take the binoculars and wander through the woodland and creekside walks where you will see a variety of migrating waders, maybe a great blue heron or a glossy ibis, but certainly sandpipers, red and greenshanks, stints and knots. Best spots are along the Percuil River, Tresillian River and the Fal of course.

Don’t forget at Roundhouse Barns we are on hand to advise about the best walks, gardens, activities, pubs and restaurants and even what to do on a rainy day.

So go on spoil yourselves book now for an autumn break in one of our three cosy cottages.

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October is filling up fast so if you’re thinking of coming it’s always best to book early