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The Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall Show, Cornwall’s largest event in the social calendar

The Royal Cornwall Show is surely Cornwall’s biggest annual event. Dating back to 1793 and attracting in excess of 120,000 visitors; locals, folk from neighbouring counties and, of course, holiday makers. There is a huge diverse range of exhibits, activities, competitions, information stands, shopping and an array of food suppliers and farming paraphernalia.

Cornish folk meet old friends year on year, conduct business from banking to buying new farm machinery and smaller delights from ice-cream to an Aga. The show really does highlight all that Cornwall has to offer and give a hugely warm welcome to hundreds of thousands of show visitors every year.

This is 223rd year of the show! Over the 30+ years I have been attending, the standard of the show has definitely kept rising. It’s great for agriculture, good for tourism, brilliant for the economy and the environment, not to mention ice-cream and pasty sales!

Ultimately, this is a high-class agricultural show attracting increasing numbers of farm and pet animals all entered into the multitude of classes culminating in a grand procession in the main ring. The show continues to attract farmers traveling greater and greater distances in the hope of going home with an award.

In addition to the farm animals, there are dog and goat sections with rare breed classes. A fabulous (not be missed) flower tent and excellent countryside area are particularly popular with visitors. There is even room for rabbits, cage birds and the UK’s very important countryside contributor, the honey-bee.

It is no surprise that Cornish-grown and Cornish-produced food are supported and promoted in the trade section, the cafes and restaurants found within the show ground.

The main ring with its seated grand-stand, is a grand affair with entertainment ranging from traditional steam engines to wonderful cart horses. Live with music, song and dance can be found on stages and avenues throughout the grounds.

Almost anything you would want to purchase from cars to tractors and crafts to wedding planning can be found at the show.

With the show ground only 40mins drive from The Cottage, it is a really great day out for the whole family. The Royal Cornwall Show takes place over three days, Thursday 9th, Friday, 10h and Saturday 11th June. Opening times 8.30am to 6.30pm daily.

For more information on the availability of our holiday cottages visit our Luxury Holiday Cottages pages. For full information, prices, tickets, opening times etc visit The Royal Cornwall Show

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Cornwall’s Bumper Summer

With the Met Office anticipating 2016 to be the hottest year on record, I know that I and fellow holiday home owners are hoping for a bumper summer this year.

Over the past few years terrorism, and particularly recent events including the Zika virus, have led to changing holiday patterns. Who knows whether this change will be here for long or short term. Two recent online surveys by travelmole.com revealed statistics that confirm 58% of travel agents believed the threat of terrorism is the biggest barrier to achieving sales targets in 2016. 34% of agents confirmed that they have already received cancellations due to the Zika virus.

Even well known high-street travel providers have noted changes in booking patterns for 2016.  It would seem that whilst we are veering away from holidays abroad, there has been a buoyant start to 2016 with increased bookings indicating that holidays are still important to us; we are just choosing to take them closer to home, with no compromise on the quality of our accommodation.

Over the past few years the UK has been quietly upping its game with notably higher standards of characterful, high quality accommodation, such as The Cottage, and Meadowview Cottage both situated in stunning North Cornwall, now available to discerning travellers. The good news is that leisure activity providers and experiences have upped their game too making UK holidays far more enjoyable than ever before.

Even better news for dog owners is that more and more luxury cottages in Cornwall have woken up to the fact that man’s best friend, really is just that and if holidaying at home in the UK, most people want to take their dogs with them. The Cottage and Meadowview Cottage both embrace dogs making them feel welcome with dog treats and outdoor washing facilities.

Not wanting to be left out, North Cornwall has seen a vast foodie revolution over the past 25 years. Rick Stein, was one of the first of the big name chef’s to lead the way, with other established names such as Nathan Outlaw (Port Isaac) and Jamie Oliver (Watergate Bay, Newquay) providing an abundance of outstanding eating experiences across North Cornwall.

For hard working parents, there’s help at hand from a wealth of high quality family activities in Cornwall guaranteed to leave the whole family feeling happy and content. Take a look at our recommended list of activities

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The Cottage Cornwall Brochure

Introducing The Cottage Brochure

The Cottage, is a 5 star Gold Luxury self catering Child Friendly Cottage: This luxury cottage Cornwall is available from Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages, keyholder of two Visit England 5 star Gold awarded luxury cottages Cornwall

The Cottage brochure now available online

The Cottage, Trelash in Cornwall now has a downloadable/printable brochure. I have finally given in to popular request…and produced the brochure  for The Cottage for you to keep in your pocket, share with family and friends or just to have lying about on your desk reminding you to book your holiday soon.

I had not thought it would be a popular requirement given the easy access we all have to the internet but like me, many people like to have something tangible to browse or peruse.

It was a challenge choosing which images to use on the brochure as I have so many but as soon as the words started to flow the images fell into place.

You can view The Cottage newly introduced brochure here

 

 

 

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A few minutes drive from our Luxury dog friendly and holiday friendly Holiday Cottages in Cornwall will take you to our local fishing harbours to watch the catch of the day being brought in like Port Isaac Cornwall

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw Moves to Port Isaac Cornwall

Port Isaac Cornwall will now play host to Two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw 

Two Michelin star fining dining Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, which has been located for the past 5 years at The St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, North Cornwall is on the move.

This fine dining restaurant is relocating to the fishing village of Port Isaac Cornwall on the North Cornwall coast, also well known for its association with the Doc Martin TV show. The restaurant will be opening in Spring 2015 This move is great news for guests staying at Meadowview Cottage, our luxury holiday home in Trelash, as this fabulous restaurant in now only a 30 minute drive away.

The restaurant will now be situated in a spacious, modern building currently known as The Edge, Port Isaac and will complement the one Michelin star Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen already in Port Isaac.

Here in North Cornwall we feel particularly fortunate to have such wonderful fine dining on our doorstep. One great reason why renting a luxury holiday home in this part of Cornwall makes good sense.

Nathan Outlaw’s third restaurant in North Cornwall, Outlaw’s at St Enodoc Hotel, Rock will remain open for hotel guests and non-residents.

www.nathan-outlaw.com

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Luxury Cornwall Cottage Floor Plans

Luxury Cornwall Cottage Floor Plans Now Online

A luxury Cornwall cottage can be described in many ways, making it difficult to decide which cottage to choose when looking for your ideal escape to the country or the coast.  The benefit of choosing my luxury Cornwall cottage is that unlike many that provide quite cramped, albeit traditionally small rooms my cottage has benefitted from a fabulous refurbishment allowing me to add a real heart to my home in the form of a large spacious kitchen/diner.

To make it even easier for you to make a decision, I have now uploaded ground and first floor plans to my website for your perusal.

View the Floor Plans here

 

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The Cottage, Trelash Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd, this how you will feel when staying as my guests at The Cottage in Trelash, North Cornwall.  Only 6 miles to the nearest stunning beach and rugged coastal foot paths and even less to beautiful moorlands and the Wilsey Forestry where doggies love to take their owners for walks.

For those of you not familiar with the term “Far from the Madding Crowd”, it is the title of Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel, first written in 1874.   Later Hardy amended the novel a few times and it wasn’t until 1915 that the novel made the metamorphosis to film.  Following this, two further films based on this romantic drama, were released in 1998 and 2013.

Thomas Hardy became familiar with our little corner of Cornwall in 1870, when he undertook an archeological mission to restore St Juliot parish church near Boscastle, just 6 miles from The Cottage, Trelash.  During his stay here, Hardy, an English novelist and poet met and fell madly in love with Emma Gifford.  They married in 1874 but sadly, later became estranged.  Following Emma’s death in 1912, Hardy revisited North Cornwall to reunite himself with places linked to his courtship of Emma.  His love for Emma was the inspiration for many of his poems and stories.

The novel, ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, is a romantic drama involving Bathsheba Everdene, (an independent and headstrong farm owner) and three devotees: Gabriel Oak (shepherd), William Boldwood (a wealthy local bachelor) and Sergeant Francis Troy (a local sheep farmer).  Having dismissed Gabriel’s affections, Bathsheba decides on marrying Troy but sadly finds that he gambles, is no sheep farmer and her suspicions that he doesn’t love her are confirmed when it comes to light that Troy had a relationship with servant Fanny Robin resulting in her death during the birth of his child. The story twists when Boldwood (who desperately wants her to marry him) shoots Troy in front of Bathsheba and Gabriel, albeit still in love with her, decides to emigrate…….

You will need to watch the forthcoming new release of ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ out on Friday 1st May to see how the story unfolds.  This romantic drama stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple; a line up that will hopefully provide us with great entertainment.

During your stay at The Cottage you are only 6 miles from St Juliot church which is well worth a visit, after which a visit to the beautiful little harbour at Boscastle is highly recommended. St Juliot church it stands in an isolated location above the valley of the River Valency (Boscastle) at grid reference SX 129 912

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Boscastle Festival 2015: Walking Week

Boscastle Festival 2015: Walking Week 

Introduced 9 years ago, the Boscastle Festival Calendar kicks off the 2015 Festival with the Boscastle Walking Week commencing Saturday 18 April through to Saturday 25 April, 2015.

It is difficult to resist a visit to this picturesque North Cornwall coastal village where you can choose to walk the coast paths, or just take in the splendour of the lush green valley leading down to the staggering high cliffs that protect the little fishing harbour below.

The Festival’s walking week has become a very popular event with somewhere in the region of 120 walkers taking part in 2014. With walks planned along the dramatic North Cornwall coast, this exhilarating event is the perfect activity for seasoned ramblers, dog-walkers and families.

Walks included in the week are:

  • The Pentargon Circular walk along the stunning coastal foot path to Beeny, near Tintagel.
  • A discovery of geological secrets at Crackington Haven with geology expert Jane Anderson as your guide
  • Or enjoy a moderate walk and learn more about the intriguing Cornish language by exploring the meaning of place names along the route between Bossiney and Boscastle.
  • Take a moderate stroll for an hour or so around the Padstow Estuary, during which you can view the Victorian and Gothic delights of Prideaux Place.
  • Gentler still is a delightful evening at The Rectory, St Juliot (where Thomas Hardy met his first wife, Emma Gifford) entitled the ‘Pasties, Puddings and Poetry Evening’. Just bring along a book of Cornish themed poetry.

Overall the Walking Week is a great way for people to explore the stunning, rugged coastline and adjoining scenic countryside. It will provide a unique opportunity for all to experience parts of North Cornwall that they would not normally seek out. Best of all the week’s experiences are under the guidance of local walkers, experts and historians.

Guided walks start at a very favourable £5 and can last from one hour to all day. During the week you will also have the opportunity to benefit from various special offers provided by local businesses.

Boscastle Walking Week has become a firm fixture in the Cornish holiday season but Boscastle is a beautiful location to visit at any time of year. Our family owned cottages in Trelash are only 6 miles (15mins drive) from Boscastle and provide the ideal rural retreat to ramblers and families all year round. Dogs are very welcome to bring their owners to The Cottage.

For full details of the Boscastle Walking week, visit http://www.boscastlefestival.co.uk/walkdetails

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A Rare Glimpse of Total Solar Eclipse North Cornwall 5 star gold luxury cottage Cornwall Holiday Cottages

A Rare Glimpse of Total Solar Eclipse North Cornwall

20 March 2015

What an experience! We watched an extremely rare site this morning as a total solar eclipse of the sun unfolded before us. Between 8.00 and 9.00 this morning, the moon slowly moved in front of the sun blocking out most of the sun’s light. It was really eerie as we stood in the moon’s increasing shadow, as the light dimmed significantly at the most extreme point of the eclipse and birds took to the trees. Unfortunately North Cornwall is too far South for us to have seen the total eclipse and after a couple of minutes there was a sense of relief as the sun began to shine down on us once again and brighten our lives as usual.

The accompany photograph is one we managed to capture of this magical moment, even though the sky was a little cloudy.

For most of us this will have been a once in a lifetime experience, as the next total eclipse is not expected until 2090!

Scientists predict another “deep” partial eclipse that we will be able to see in the UK on August 12, 2026.

Other notable solar dates are:

  • August 11 2018: A small partial eclipse on the northern coast of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.
  • June 10 2021: A partial eclipse across Britain ranging from 50% in northern Scotland to 30% in south-east England.
  • October 25, 2022: A partial eclipse across Britain with north-east Scotland
  • August 12 2026: An eclipse which is total across Iceland, the Atlantic Ocean and Spain
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Poldark 2015 Cornwall

Are you ready for what has been described by some as a “racy” new adaptation of the swashbuckling 18th century Cornish drama, Poldark?

Set in the same period as The Cottage, Trelash was built, this new adaptation of the fictional stories by Winston Graham will capture the hearts and minds of all those who love Cornwall, and hopefully convert a few others as this new BBC period drama is sure to be shown all over the world.

The story of this Cornish drama begins when Ross Poldark, a British Army officer, returns home to his beloved Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War when he discovers life has changed dramatically while he has been away, resulting in a series with hardship, intrigue and romance in equal measure.

Ross is heartbroken to learn that his fiancée, Elizabeth Chynoweth, is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark. Having not heard from him for so long, Elizabeth believed that Ross had been killed in the war. Ross is then distraught to hear of his father’s death and the loss of the family wealth. In an attempt to restore his fortunes Ross reopens one of the family’s tin mines. After several years he marries Demelza Carne, his maid, and is gradually reconciled to the loss of Elizabeth’s love. By then, Elizabeth has become a widow and marries George Warleggan, Ross’s arch-enemy……..

How can you possibly miss his heart wrenching drama?

It would appear from the trailers and news reviews that viewers are in for a real treat. With a chest baring Aidan Turner portraying the handsome, heart-torn Ross Poldark and fabulous scenic views of Cornwall in awe inspiring magnificence with rich rolling heaths, crashing waves and dramatic cliff scenes we will be glued to our TV screens for the 8-weekly episodes starting this Sunday, March 8th at 9.00pm on the BBC

Filming took place during the summer of 2014 in a number of locations across South West England, but primarily in Cornwall. Locations closest to our luxury self catering holiday cottages in Trelash, The Cottage and 5 star Meadowview Cottage, include our wonderful Bodmin Moor and Charlestown Harbour.

Bodmin Moor

Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages Roughtor, second highest point in Cornwall 10 mins from our luxury Cornwall holiday cottages, luxury cottages Cornwall

Roughtor, second highest point in Cornwall 10 mins from our luxury Cornwall holiday cottages

A large part of the filming took place on Bodmin moor. In particular in the little village of St Breward, nestled in the rugged moor and boasts the highest church in Cornwall at 700ft!, Here a cottage is used for exterior shots of Nampara, Poldark’s home and other miner’s cottages in and around the village were also used in the filming. Look out for scenes of a duel shot on the Moor at sunrise and fabulous shots of the cast on horseback. Whilst staying at The Cottage or 5 star Meadowview Cottage, you can easily reach St Breward within 30-40 minutes. Step back in time as you seek out the various filming locations, visit the church or walk the surround moors. Then treat yourself to a well earned pub lunch or dinner at the fabulous old ‘The Old Inn.”

Another location, a little further afield, is the stunning seaport of Charlestown Harbour, near St Austell. Famous for its collection of resident tall-ships and traditional Cornish architecture, Charlestown, a Grade II listed harbour, has regularly been the backdrop for filming over the years, including Dr Who, The Three Musketeers, Alice in Wonderland and The Eagle Has Landed.   Charlestown is still a working port and is a fascinating place to visit. Whilst here treat yourself to lunch at the Rashleigh Arms, a traditional pub with a popular restaurant.

Happy viewing!

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A few minutes drive from our Luxury dog friendly and holiday friendly Holiday Cottages in Cornwall will take you to our local fishing harbours to watch the catch of the day being brought in like Port Isaac Cornwall

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw Moves to Port Isaac

Two Michelin star fining dining Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, which has been located for the past 5 years at The St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, North Cornwall is on the move.

This fine dining restaurant is relocating to the fishing village of Port Isaac on the North Cornwall coast, also well known for its association with the Doc Martin TV show. The restaurant will be opening in Spring 2015 This move is great news for guests staying at Meadowview Cottage, our luxury holiday home in Trelash, as this fabulous restaurant in now only a 30 minute drive away.

The restaurant will now be situated in a spacious, modern building currently known as The Edge, Port Isaac and will complement the one Michelin star Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen already in Port Isaac.

Here in North Cornwall we feel particularly fortunate to have such wonderful fine dining on our doorstep. One great reason why renting a luxury holiday home in this part of Cornwall makes good sense.

Nathan Outlaw’s third restaurant in North Cornwall, Outlaw’s at St Enodoc Hotel, Rock will remain open for hotel guests and non-residents.

www.nathan-outlaw.com

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