Spring has arrived in Cornwall!

Finally, the evenings are gradually getting lighter again, which can only mean one thing…spring is just around the corner.

And what’s more, with Easter at the end of March this year, we’ve got plenty of space in March and April for the perfect spring break on the Roseland Peninsula.

Let’s be honest, Cornwall is a great place to be all year round, so what makes visiting in spring so special? There’s a few things that ‘spring’ to mind…

1. Visiting in spring is the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the best the Cornwall has to offer, with weather that tends to be good more often than not, before all the summer crowds arrive. Think beaches all to yourself, clear roads and more space to breathe than in the busier summer months.

2. All the amazing gardens start to come into bloom and it’s a feast for the eyes and the senses. There’s plenty to explore close by and on the 21st and 22nd April the historic Tregothnan Estate are throwing the doors open for the weekend to the usually private gardens. Also close to home is Caerhays Castle where you’ll find a stunning selection of magnolias.

3. On the same weekend, there is also the annual Porthleven Food Festival. A lovely day out from Roundhouse Barns, Porthleven is quietly gaining a superb reputation for great food in a perfect setting. It’s a lovely day out about half an hours drive from us, but well worth it if you like discovering new places.

4. Spring is a great time to explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding Roundhouse Barns. Dodge the April showers discovering the Fal Estuary where it’s easy to get around with a Fal Mussel Card – Cornwall’s answer to the Oyster Card and perfect for enjoying the network of ferries, buses and trains that link Falmouth, St Mawes and Truro.

5. This spring also sees the Falmouth Flower Festival make a welcome return on the 24th and 25th March. Glorious displays of locally grown flowers, floral arrangements, specimen plants, photography and local trade stands. It’s the first in a line of successive flower shows which take place around Cornwall to showcase the best of Cornwall spring flowers. Many growers exhibit here.

The great thing about coming to stay with us is there’s always something to do if you want to do it. However if you don’t want to be busy every day you can kick back, relax and unwind in our beautiful cottages. All you need to do is pop the kettle on, tuck into a homemade scone and the rest will look after itself.

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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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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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

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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.

Romance at Roundhouse Barns

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It’s no surprise to us that Cornwall has yet again been voted Britain’s most romantic holiday destination. Cornwall captures the heart of everybody that visits and ignites a passionate love affair that lasts a lifetime.

So head to one of these romantic spots if you are planning a proposal, celebrating an anniversary, booking a honeymoon or just want some time together…

St. Just-in-Roseland Church has been described as one of the most beautiful churches in the UK and for £3 an hour you can pay for the church to be floodlight at night creating the perfect atmosphere for popping the question. With a magical ‘yes’ ringing in the air, complete the perfect proposal with a moonlit walk along the beautiful River Fal and take your pick of the Roseland’s amazing restaurants  to celebrate and ‘talk weddings’ into the small hours.

The Driftwood Restaurant, Rosevine not only has a Michelin Star for the quality of it’s food, it’s also set on the cliffs above Porthbean Beach with stunning views of Portscatho, Nare Head and blue sea stretching out into infinity. Having drinks on the candlelit terrace before your meal just adds to the romance.

St Mawes Castle, this charming and romantic castle is in a magical setting above the sea making it a winner for that sought after romantic proposal spot. You can even hire it for your wedding –  the outdoor terrace, tiered gardens and above all those breathtaking views make it a fairytale location.

Of course all of the above are within ten minutes of Roundhouse Barns – the very best place for a couples romantic break or honeymoon.

Exclusively for adults, with just three, one bedroom cottages, we are located in a quiet spot just a couple of fields away from the Fal River estuary. Without fail our guests always comment on just how peaceful it is here, it is so quiet the only thing you will hear is the birds singing.

Why not spend your time here:

  • Chilling out in our beautiful gardens with a glass of bubbly
  • Taking a romantic stroll along parts of the stunning Coastal Path
  • Relaxing with a picnic along sheltered sandy coves and beaches
  • Sampling some of the best in Cornish cuisine at some of Cornwall’s finest restaurants
  • Check out some Poldark locations – guaranteed to make hearts flutter!

We can provide those additional touches to make your stay with us especially memorable – perhaps champagne on ice with strawberries, locally made chocolates or a stunning bouquet?

We’ll do whatever we can to make your romantic break extra special, because we fell in love with the romance of Cornwall a long time ago and we just love sharing it!

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Things to do on the Roseland in July

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The Cornish love a bit of a summer fete, flower show, carnival or even a sports day and The Season definitely starts in July!

The National Trust are having a Big Beach Picnic at Towan Beach on the 4th July and the following day Gerrans residents are opening their gardens for charity – always great for a good look around a “normal” garden and not to be compared to the vast delights of Heligan or Eden.

St Mawes has a fun fashion show for charity on the 5th July and their annual flower show – with hotly fought competitions – is held on the 18th July – again maybe not up to Chelsea standards, but you will see some amazing talent on display.

The first Dog and Hog (does what it says! a family dog show and a hog roast) at Philleigh is on the 22nd July and the first Philleigh Fayre of the summer is on the 29th July – a proper old fashioned affair where you can easily spend a couple of hours wandering around, before maybe popping into The Roseland Inn for supper.

Throughout July our friends at Philleigh Way Cookery School are holding evening Wood fired barbeques (9th July and 16th July) as well as their day courses on everything from Cornish/Italian cookery to Simple Suppers, check them out and book online at www.philleighway.co.uk

Finally, our very own St Just in Roseland Carnival and sports day is on the 24th July at the playing field in the village – see the Carnival Queen and her attendants, laugh out loud at the two teams competing for the fancy dress team prize – its always the W.I. vs the residents and in the lead up, who is going as what, is a closely kept secret!

You may have come to Cornwall for it’s stunning scenery, arts and museums and famous gardens but alongside all that are multi-generation local communities who still know how to get together and have a bit of fun.

Visitors are always made welcome and if you get chatting to one of the old ‘uns you will learn more from them about the history of Cornwall than you ever will from a book.

Our space for July is filling fast so get in quick if you want a break with a difference.

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Best Restaurants to Visit in Cornwall

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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 just a few of our favourite restaurants:

Porthminster Beach Cafe, St Ives

A multi award winning seafood restaurant.  The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, they specialise in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and it is an oasis of taste and visual beauty.  Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and dinner. Our favourite on the menu is the starter of crispy fried squid with citrus miso dressing, squid ink and black spice – we think there would be outrage if they ever tried to take it off the menu!

The Driftwood, Rosevine

Just three miles from us,  Chris Eden – the only Cornish born and bred chef to have a Michelin Star. However, the restaurant is not pretentious in any way and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.  Their aim is simply to awaken your taste buds with delicious flavours and textures obtained through the hard work of a  dedicated team, and incorporating only the freshest seafood and finest, west country meats. Always worth getting there a bit early to enjoy an aperitif on the deck overlooking the sea.

Rick Stein’s, Falmouth

Since not everyone can afford the sublime Seafood Restaurant at Padstow (and it can be hard to get booked in) we thoroughly recommend the Falmouth outpost! The seafood restaurant in Falmouth serves Rick’s favourite dishes such as grilled sea bream fillets, moules marinière, grilled lobster, shucked oysters as well as classic fish and chips. As well as the seafood restaurant, there is a takeaway serving fish and chips, tiger prawns, fish chilli burgers, battered oysters and more.

No 2 Fore Street, Mousehole 

Now we are letting you into a big secret here, we adore this relaxed and stylish bistro-style restaurant on Mousehole harbour front with views across Mount’s Bay as well as a beautiful secluded garden to enjoy the long summer days. The menu changes regularly to reflect the freshest of local produce with an array of mouthwatering options from a hand-picked crab salad, to a delicious homemade burger to grilled lemon sole fillets with samphire.

The Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe, Truro

Offers the very best in fresh local produce. A great favourite of ours is either the mussels or the fillet of turbot, crab crushed jersey royals, brown shrimp, cucumber and almond butter sauce, mmmmm….mouthwatering!

These are just a little taster of the fabulous restaurants in Cornwall and we haven’t even mentioned the pubs yet….

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Our Five Favourite Cafes on the Roseland

Best 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 Pendower Beach. Walk  through Lower Mill and up the hill to reach Melinsey Mill. The walk is absolutely worth it. (Of course you could just drive there!)

Freshly home baked cakes and pastries, home made sandwiches, Origin coffee – all set around a lake, with the original Mill wheel restored and working. To top it off there are are some quirky art installations around the lakeside walk. A beautifully quiet spot, where you can relax to the sound of a tinkling stream and glorious birdsong.

The Hidden Hut

Just behind Porthcurnick Beach, which is a lovely beach for swimming in the summer. Made famous by Caroline Quentin’s Cornwall TV programme.

Again all the food is home made – try Gemma’s mum’s home made cakes, yummy! Or enjoy a tasty lunch. Sit just above the beach, watch all those sandcastles being built and listen to the waves and the sounds of summer.

Tea by the Sea

A pop up summer treat in the car park behind Carne Beach. In it’s first year so needing all the support we can give it.  Try the Sticky Ginger Cake with Lemon Fondant Icing or  seriously gooey chocolate fudge Brownies. As well as freshly filled focaccias, warm steak pasties, hot & cold drinks, Callestick Ice Cream tubs plus lots of other goodies. All served from beautiful vintage van, ideal if you need a break from coastal path walking – you definitley need sustenance before tackling the uphill trek that is Nare Head.

The Thirstea Co  

Just by the car park and beach at Towan.  In its second year, another tea van, supplying homemade sandwiches, home baked cakes, ice creams, tea, etc. We recommend the applecake, and the chewy flapjacks. Towan is a beautiful beach and if you take the coastal path to Killigerran you may well see grey seals along the way as well as being able to spot all sorts of birdlife.

Porthluney Beach Cafe

Just on the beach and right in front of Caerhays Castle and Gardens.  The most picturesque position, behind  a castle – in front blue seas and golden sands. They stock lots of local products, the pasties and ham come from Tregonissey Butchers, they also sell Callestick Farm Cornish ice creams and, believe it or not, the cakes are baked in the right hand turret of the castle!

So there you have it, no excuse to not go for a swim or a walk and then indulge yourself. We can assure you that you will not find another one of these anywhere, each one is unique, they all deliver great service in stunning locations and not a Starbucks in sight….

Fancy exploring these cafes and more on your holiday to Cornwall? Check out our availability now and book your stay…

Inspections, Inspections, Inspections

Phew,  three hours today with the inspector from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, two hours last week with the Quality Inspector for the B&B and the same a few weeks back for the Self Catering.

Pleased to say we have retained our Five Stars and Gold Awards and the Breakfast Award for the B&B.

Thursday sees Barbara speaking at a Cornish Tourism Conference on why tourism businesses should get graded, apply for awards and enter awards competitions, can’t think why we were asked…..



Glorious Weekend

Hooray!! Two sunny days in a row,  OK so it’s not much more than 6C but it’s so nice to see the sun. The dawn chorus was the loudest it’s been for weeks and down the lane towards Turnaware we had a yellowhammer and a cirl bunting both trying to out sing each other just a few yards apart.

Had a lovely walk around Messack point this afternoon as well,  lovely to see the river Fal glinting in the sunlight.

Remember last March – best weather we had all year

So why is The Dairy free from 1st March for a week? – it’s the first time it has had a whole week available for months, so get booking now before the sun goes away….although as Caroline Quentin keeps telling everyone on Monday evenings Cornwall is the UK’s sunniest county. If you fancy it you can even pop over to Perranporth on Sunday 3rd March and join in the St Pirans Day festivities. Follow this link for more info http://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on/st-pirans-day?utm_source=vcnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=main&utm_campaign=Mar2013

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 www.hiddenhut.co.uk  Everything from lobster and crab to burgers, scallops and sticky ribs.  You can also follow the guys on Twitter @thehiddenhut

We’re already looking forward to our meal there this summer.

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 see our pristine beaches and the wonderful variety of marine life, give yourselves a huge pat on the back. Your donations are making a real difference.

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 the weather begins to warm up.  What better than a pasty, a pint and keeping an eye out for the river traffic and wildlife…

We’re going to pay them a visit soon and will report back.