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Best Restaurants to Visit in Cornwall

Eating out in Cornwall is a true treat and we’ve picked out some of the best restaurants for you to enjoy. Ever since Rick Stein opened his first seafood restaurant in Cornwall 40 (yes that’s 40!) years ago, the food in Cornwall has just got better and better. Here are… Read more

Things to do in June from the Roseland

With the first proper summer days upon us, it’s time to get out and about exploring this wonderful part of Cornwall. Day Trip to Falmouth With the sun warming up and only gentle breezes, now is a good time to catch the foot ferry across from St Mawes to Falmouth…. Read more


Cornish Gardens to See in Spring

The Gulf stream ensures that spring comes early to Cornwall. The best time to visit the gardens is between March and May,when everything is fresh and lush with vibrant colours.   The Lost Gardens of Heligan Our personal favourite is The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular… Read more

Shark and Jellyfish Season!

Just a very quick blog to tell you that not only have we seen basking sharks and barrel jellyfish in Gerrans Bay already this year, Barbara also spotted a blue shark only a couple of hundred yards offshore. Blue sharks are quite rare in our waters and usually stay well… Read more


Our Five Favourite Cafes on the Roseland

One of the things that makes the Roseland in Cornwall so special are these quirky, individual cafes that have established themselves on or near to our favourite beaches: Melinsey Mill  Tucked away in a valley between Roundhouse Barns and Veryan. There is a beautiful walk along the stream, from behind… Read more

A Beautiful Roseland Walk

Straight out of the gates of Roundhouse Barn is a beautiful walk down to Turnaware Beach. Turn right out of our drive and follow the concrete road all the way down. On your left are amazing views across the Fal River – look out for Feock, Loe Beach and Mylor… Read more


Peace, quiet & Indian Summer!

Phew the kids have all gone back to school and we have heaved a sigh of relief! We know Cornwall relies on it’s tourists – especially us – but that does not mean we don’t despair every now and again about busy pubs/shops and roads. It reaches it’s peak at… Read more

Fabulous Weather

Grr when will the weathermen get it right? We were supposed to have heavy thunderstorms today – well we had one yesterday at 8pm and that was it. Its been glorious again today. Went to the beach with the boys and was sorely tempted to go for a swim but… Read more


Fine Weather at last

Phew… suffering a bit from a heatwave down here! Its been around 16c for the past week and its all set to continue.The dogs are moulting like crazy and I have an urge to do the summer bedding in pots outside the house. I won’t though as you never know… Read more

Storms Over for now!

Phew it’s definately been quite breezy down here for the last week and there is no doubt some places have suffered from the high spring tides, gusting winds and crashing waves but oh boy do the press like to make a drama out of it all You would think that… Read more


Record number of grey seals

Our usual colony of grey seals who come ashore to breed on a small beach near Towan started arriving in mid November and last week I counted a record number of 27 hauled up at low tide. – Last year the maximum was 16 and then after the local paper… Read more

Whats flowering this month?

Here are the first three Camellia to flower at Trewithen garden this year. A hybrid (Camellia ‘Yoimachi’), a japonica (Camellia japonica ‘Yuki Haki’) and a williamsii (Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’) all in flower in mid January! Also in flower is Daphne bhoula ‘Darjeeling’ Originally from the Himalayas, this plant… Read more


New ceilings complete

Phew! what a few weeks we have had, ceilings down in The Carthouse and The Dairy, plumbing redone, new sound insulation put in and now at last the painting has started. Furniture comes back on Thursday and the first guests to enjoy the newly soundproofed and decorated cottages arrive on… Read more

Green Woodpeckers, house martins and sparrows, its been a noisy summer!

The Green Woodpeckers keep appearing on the grass by Cockle Cottage, staying a while and then heading off to do some tree knocking!. The House Martins are nesting next door at Commerrans Farm – my what noisy birds they are swooping and screeching all day in search of flies. The… Read more


Dolphins and Basking Sharks in Falmouth Bay

Last week the first basking sharks were sighted in Falmouth Bay and yesterday the dolphins were following the St Mawes Ferry across to Falmouth. It’s worth a trip on the ferry just to see these beautiful friendly creatures. The whole of the Roseland  seems to be overrun with large numbers… Read more

Swallows at last …..

Hooray at last we have seen the swallows return, four on our walk around Messack on Wednesday and two in the fields at Percuil yesterday evening.  Last year it was April 17th when we saw them so they are only about a week late. Now it really feels like spring… Read more