Hot New Film Starring David Beckham

Tintagel Castle a local attraction 20 mins from our luxury holiday cottages in Trelash from Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages

Tintagel Castle a local attraction 20 mins from our luxury holiday cottages in Trelash

Hot New Film Starring David Beckham: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.  Yes, I do mean the David Beckham! But you have to wait until 24th March 2017 to spot Mr Beckham in this new, action packed film: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The film, which has been directed by Guy Ritchie, features a star cast including Charlie Hunman in the title role alongside Jude Law and David Beckham among others.

With the last of the current and brilliant Cornwall based Poldark series leaving our screens last Sunday, King Arthur fever looks set to take over. The film relives the classic story of the legendary British King’s rise to power. From joining the rebellion and meeting Guinevere to uniting the British people to defeat Vortigern, the dictator who murdered Arthur’s parents and stole his crown.

The legend tells how King Arthur was conceived at Tintagel Castle, an iconic clifftop castle ruin in North Cornwall, just 20mins drive from our luxury holiday cottages in Trelash.

This summer (2106) a project was undertaken to learn more about Tintagel’s past. Trenches were dug in two previously un-excavated terrace areas in the hope of finding out more about how the people of Tintagel lived in the Post-Roman period from 5th to 7th centuries AD.  Throughout the excavation samples of soil, ceramics, glass, iron, bone and molluscs were collected and are now undergoing analysis. Excavations will continue in Summer 2017.

At a new exhibition launched in 2015, you can view for the first time, some of the finds from Tintagel Castle. The exhibition explores how legend and reality have uniquely combined to shape Tintagel through the ages.

Whilst visiting Tintagel Castle, take time to walk down on to the beach where, close to Merlin’s Cave, you will find a discreet carved face representing Merlin, who has been associated with the site since the 12th century.  Another interesting feature is an 8ft bronze sculpture inspired by the legend of King Arthur created by artist Rubin Eynon, Gallos (meaning power in Cornish).

To round off your visit and to re-energise before walking back from the cliff top castle, over the famous footbridge, to Tintagel rest a while and take refreshment in the recently refurbished Beach Café.

Just a note of warning; personally, I have not found the walk out to the castle ruin to be suitable for anyone with walking disabilities or young families with pushchairs.

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19 Local Dog Friendly Beaches

Dog Friendly beaches near this holiday cottage, The Cottage, is a luxury Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage Cornwall from Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages keyholder to two Visit England 5 star gold luxury cottages Cornwall

Book our cottages and enjoy all year round access to dog friendly beaches

As the Autumn sets in and October arrives, our wonderful North Cornwall beaches become totally dog friendly. From Easter onwards during the summer months some, not all, Cornish beaches apply dog walking restrictions, which means having to plan ahead when taking your four-legged friends to the beach.

This all changes annually, come 1st October, when you can arrive at any beach and know that your dog is welcome.  To help plan your next holiday to either of our luxury Cornwall holiday cottages in Trelash, North Cornwall I have listed our favourite local dog friendly beaches below.  With a minimum 19 local dog friendly beaches within close proximity to our 5 star gold awarded luxury cottages in Cornwall, and with many of them being dog friendly all year round, The Cottage and Meadowview Cottage are perfect year round holiday cottages.

All year round dog friendly beaches:

Northcott Mouth
Stanbury Mouth
Sandymouth Beach
Summerleaze beach, Bude (leads in summer)
Widemouth Bay (south side, known as Black Rock)
Millook Haven
Trebarwith Strand
Bossiney Cove
Port Isaac
Daymer Bay

Seasonal access (ie between 1st October and Easter Day)

Stanbury Mouth Beach North of Bude
Duckpool North of Bude, a wild yet romantic cove with a westerly facing beach
Crooklets, Bude
Widemouth Bay
Crackington Haven
Port Gaverne
Port Quin
Lundy Bay between Polzeath and Padstow, accessible at low tide
Epphaven Cove near Padstow, accessible at low tide

For full information about our choice of two independent luxury holiday cottages in North Cornwall see www.luxurycornwallholidaycottages.co.uk

 

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Cornwall and Bude British Travel Awards

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Bude open air swimming pool – a great coastal attraction

Cornwall and Bude were both winners of The British Travel Awards. To us locals it comes as no surprise that our beautiful home county of Cornwall and the seaside town of Bude in North Cornwall, just 20 minutes drive from our luxury holiday cottages, both won awards in the British Travel Awards November 2015.

Best UK Holiday Destination/County was awarded to Cornwall for the seventh year in a row. Bude, which has become an updated, on trend coastal resort, was voted the Best Coastal Resort in the UK, for the first time.

Cornwall has long been popular with holiday makers from within the UK and much further afield. With star attractions like The Eden Project holding on to the Gold trophy for Best UK Leisure Attraction, ahead of Legoland at Windsor and Longleat Safari Park, and many more fabulous family friendly attractions, it is no surprise that Cornwall received Best UK Holiday County yet again.

With its first ever Best Coastal Resort award, at last Bude has the recognition it so rightly deserves. Runners up were Bournemouth and Woolacombe.   Everyone staying at our family run 5-star GOLD holiday cottages, both with 100% Cleanliness records, are perfectly positioned to easily explore the beautiful North Cornwall coast, countryside, award-winning beaches and of course, Bude.  With easy access to the main arterial road through Cornwall, the A30, guests are no more than a one hour drive from Cornwall’s major attraction at The Eden Project.

Neighbouring Devon came in third behind Northumberland, which means that when staying at our family friendly and dog friendly luxury holiday cottages in North Cornwall you can experience the best of both worlds; staying in Cornwall, minutes from Bude and 15 mins from the border into Devon.

“We couldn’t be more delighted with this award,” said Mark Hibbard, tourism officer and a director of Bude Area Tourist Board. “All the vision and local investment that is going into the Bude area – creating new places to eat, places to stay and exciting things to do for visitors to Bude, is clearly appealing to day visitors and holiday visitors alike.

“The fact that this award is voted for by visitors makes it all the more special. We represent many Bude tourism businesses working together to provide a thriving and continually improving visitor destination – we look forward to welcoming even more visitors in 2016.”

The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel. Categories span all types of holiday experience from transport and accommodation to customer service and the winners are decided by public vote. The 2015 edition of the British Travel Awards attracted 1 million votes from over 250,000 voters confirming its standing as the largest consumer voted awards in any industry, not just travel.

Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages can be viewed at www.luxurycornwallholidaycottages.co.uk

 

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Walking Brown Willy the Highest Point in Cornwall

Bodmin Moor: home to Brown Willy and Roughor in North Cornwall close to Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages 10 mins from our luxury Cornwall holiday cottages, luxury cottages Cornwall

Bodmin Moor: home to Brown Willy and Roughor in North Cornwall

Only 15 mins drive from our luxury holiday Cottages in North Cornwall is the highest point in Cornwall known as Brown Willy. For centuries people have roamed and lived on the moors eking a living from the land.   Others have benefitted from fabulous views taken at the top of the tor having trod the public right of way to Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor, one of the most iconic and rugged spots in the South West of Britain.

On the face of it Brown Willy does not conjure up romance and poems, however, the name derives from the Cornish words Bronn Wennili, meaning “hill of swallows”.   At the summit it features two manmade cairns offering far reaching views across much of Cornwall. Looking down from the tor, remnants of Medieval field patterns and old settlements are still visible.   There are also pockets of woodland which provide a habitat for woodcock and red, fallow and roe deer.

Earlier this month the present private owners announced their planned departure from Brown Willy to start a new life in New Zealand, necessitating the sale of the tor and the extensive 1,225-acre lot of land and a traditional Cornish granite farmhouse, reminiscent of Ross Poldark’s house in the popular Poldark TV drama, that comes with it. All for £2.8m

Fortunately, for guests staying at the luxury holiday cottages in Trelash, the sale of Brown Willy and its surrounding land will not affect the public right of way to the tor. Owners of The Cottage, Jacqueline Bolt and Meadowview Cottage, Debbie Bolt highly recommended to their guests a tramp over the moors to the tor or, to Brown Willy’s neighbouring tor, Rough Tor.  For some, tracing the trail may be too challenging during hot summer days, however, trekked out of season in the Spring or Autumn the walk can be particularly rewarding with few other walkers and cooler days.

The luxury holiday cottages can be viewed at www.luxurycornwallholidaycottages.co.uk

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Cornwall Hosts a Top 20 Best British Beach

Cornwall plays host to at least one of the top 20 best beaches featured by World Travel Guide. There has never been a better time for a Great British beach holiday. So grab your bucket and spade, kids, wellies, your four-legged best friend and head to the South West peninsula for a luxury beach holiday Cornwall.

Rated best for surfing, strolling and summer holidaying, Widemouth Bay, near Bude, Cornwall, a long time favourite of local residents, is a striking expanse of rugged North Cornwall coastline. As you approach the bay from either end of Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay and the connecting southerly beach of Black Rock, reach out in front as far as the eye can see.

Lying on the Atlantic coast the water might be a little chilly even on the hottest day, but there has never been a better time to enjoy our British beaches, particularly Widemouth Bay, that has the endorsement of the Marine Conservation Society (MSC).

Once a haven for smugglers, Widemouth Bay now has a far wider appeal. During the summer the sandy beach attracts swimmers, sunbathers and strollers throughout the day and local fishermen, dog walkers (on the south Black Rock beach only until October), joggers and families enjoying an early evening BBQ during late afternoons and balmy evenings. The winter months bring pounding Atlantic surf, luring surfers, hardy outdoors types and locals who never tire of watching the thundering waves crashing onto the beach during high winds and storms.

Widemouth Bay can be found on Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0AW just 10.8 miles (19 mins drive) from our luxury 5 star GOLD awarded cottages by Quality in Tourism for Visit England. Family owned and run, both holiday cottages provide excellent family friendly and dog friendly holiday accommodation of the highest level. Both cottages also enjoy a 100% Cleanliness records by QIT for Visit England, so you can be assured of a high standard of accommodation and customer service on booking your holiday.

Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages provides two luxury cottages in North Cornwall for your luxury beach holiday Cornwall.

 

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Luxury Cottages Cornwall Royal Cornwall Show 40 mins from the luxury cottage Cornwall one of our Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages

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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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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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

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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