Cornwall Strikes Gold Again

Port Isaac, North Cornwall, home to Nathan Outlaw's award winning fish restaurant

Port Isaac, North Cornwall

This time with an award winning fish restaurant just a 30 mins drive from our luxury Cornwall holiday cottages in Trelash.

In our little corner of Cornwall on the North Cornwall coast is a Cornish fish restaurant that has been named best in the UK, toppling the previous winner’s five year reign of the Good Food Guide’s Best Restaurant List!

Port Isaac’s Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, named after its owner, is now The Good Food Guide’s No 1 restaurant ending Cumbria’s L’Enclume, winning run.  Traditional favourites such as Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and The Ritz have been beaten into 5th and 28th respectively in the Good Food Guide’s top 50 list.

Nathan Outlaw, a 39-year-old chef who founded the two Michelin star restaurant in 2007 and first made it on the list in 2009 at number 11, described the news as “phenomenal” and attributed the success to the “hard work of the team”.

The Good Food Guide, which is published by Waitrose, started ranking the UK’s restaurants way back in 1951. The guide restaurant list is assembled using thousands of recommendations sent in by the public. Inspectors are then sent to each of the chosen restaurants, incognito, before reporting back on their experience.

For many years North Cornwall has been ignored by tourists traveling down to the south coast, but with Nathan Outlaw, Doc Martin and Poldark all flying the North Cornwall flag, the message is getting across that we have so much more to offer than just a Cornish cream tea as tourist pass through.

Well done Nathan, a great achievement for North Cornwall, our local fishermen and the tourist industry.

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Bodmin Moor, North Cornwall; a Dark Sky Reserve

Dark Sky Reserve: Bodmin Moor, North Cornwall

Bodmin Moor, North Cornwall; a Dark Sky Reserve

Bodmin Moor, North Cornwall; a Dark Sky Reserve

Dark sky at night, Cornish delight.  North Cornwall is home to fabulous night skies, with clear views of the Milky Way stars possible on cloudless nights.  The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has now officially recognised that Bodmin Moor in North Cornwall has some of the darkest skies in the UK by designating it a Dark Sky Reserve.

On the  7th July, 2017, 80 square miles of Bodmin Moor in North Cornwall, already protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty, became one of very few locations to be designated a Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association. A status comparable to that of a World Heritage Site.

The International Dark-Sky Association designations are for places that have an exceptionally high quality night sky and have made a commitment to avoid light pollution. For example, new light covers have been placed over streetlights and guidance produced for home-owners on how to minimise light pollution.

Other Dark Sky Reserves in the UK with designations include Exmoor, Dartmoor, South Downs, Brecon Beacons, Elan Valley, Snowdonia and parts of Northumberland and Scotland

For an opportunity to view some of these amazing night skies for yourself, contact www.Luxurycornwallholidaycottages.co.uk a family owned business that has two fabulously stylish, country chic, holiday cottages situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor, yet only 10 mins drive to the North Cornwall coast.

North Cornwall also has spectacular sunsets – not seen on the South Coast.

How much more romantic can it be than sitting outside your holiday cottage with a loved one watching ‘sky rockets at night….’ or relaxing watching the sun go down?

A spectacular North Cornwall Sunset

A spectacular North Cornwall Sunset

 

 

 

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Leopallooza Festival Rag 'n' Bone Man

Leopallooza Festival

Leopallooza Festival Rag 'n' Bone Man

Leopallooza Festival Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Who would have thought that within in a 13 minute drive (4.2 miles) from The Cottage in Trelash, you could come across North Cornwall’s Leopallooza Festival. The independently run festival is hosted at Lower Exe Farm, Week St Mary, EX22 6UX. This year will be the 11th Leopallooza Festival, with over 100 acts performing across 7 stages.

Leopallooza Festival Location North Cornwall

Leopallooza Festival only 13 mins drive from The Cottage in Trelash, North Cornwall

The award-winning festival has built a reputation of hosting emerging new talent, with a strong history of booking artists just before they break into the mainstream. Bastille played low on the bill in 2012, before the release of their debut Bad Blood, and returned as headliners in 2013. Rag’n’Bone Man played on the main stage in 2016, a full six months before releasing his bestselling debut album. Eliza Doolittle appeared at the festival in 2010, and released her platinum-selling album the same summer.

This year’s headliners are the Indie trio,The Cribs, and Maximo Park, with Gabrielle Amber Run, Aplinm, Seafret, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Japanese House and Samm Henshaw plus many more confirmed artists. The festival is known for attracting and hosting new bands and artists in the UK, as well as the cream of the regional music scene, across seven stages. As well as homegrown talent, Leopallooza attracts bands, musicians & DJs from around the world.

This year sees the addition of two new stages in the 7 stage lineup, including the Punkomedy stand-up comedy stage, and a platform for the county’s local musical talent supported by BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall.

The gates will be opening at 10.00am on the 28th July, with the festivities ending at 11.55pm on the 30th July. Within 20 minutes of being released the1500 early bird tickets were sold out; an indication of the growing popularity of this North Cornwall event.

Over the 3-day festival, 100+ local, national and international acts will be appearing across the 7 different stages nestled in the little Cornish valley only a few miles from some of the best beaches in the UK.

Camping on site is included in your entry ticket, but if you want to taste a slice of laid-back Glamping during your Leopallooza weekend, then you could opt to book one of the ‘native outdoor’ bell tents costing from £210 for 2-3 people.

Families and those with young children are well catered for, with a dedicated kids’ area and crèche. The 20 food vendors at the festival will serve a wide variety of menus suitable for all tastes and price ranges.

 

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Save £hundreds, Book with Holiday Home Owners Direct

Save money: Book with Holiday Home Owners Direct

Set yourself free and save money by booking with the holiday home owners direct

There has never been a better time to save your hard earned money than when booking your UK holidays. Instead of using online travel agents such as Trip Advisor, HomeAway and AirBnB, consider booking with holiday home owners direct to save what could be hundreds of pounds in booking commission when using these agencies.

If you have ever found your ideal holiday cottage using one of these online travel agencies and then thought to search for the cottage owner’s independent website, you may have been staggered to see how much you could save by booking with the holiday home owners direct.

As a holiday home owner and a user of these agencies to market my home to you, my potential guest, I do of course expect to pay a commission when a confirmed booking is received via such a  website.   But what shocked me recently was the quotation I received when I play-acted as a potential guest and asked each of these agencies to quote me for a holiday in my own holiday cottage. I was staggered to find that each one added anything up to nearly £200.00 for the privilege of booking the holiday via their website!

Everyone has to earn a living so I have no qualms about paying a booking commission if someone books a holiday at my cottage via one of these online travel agents, after all they have provided me with a means to an end to renting my cottage. But to find that for guests looking to book accommodation are also charged a significant amount for using their website, it astounds me that more people looking for holiday accommodation do not take a little more time to search the web to find the holiday home owners direct, independent website in order to save themselves what could be as much as £100’s.

If you are looking to book a luxury, self catering cottage in North Cornwall, then start by looking at The Cottage, North Cornwall website and save yourself a substantial booking commission fee that you might otherwise need to pay by using an online travel agency.

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South West Coast Path

 

On the South West Coast Path looking back over Millhook and Widemouth Bay, North Cornwall

The South West coast path provides spectacular views along the North Cornwall coast line

May 2017 is National Walking Month so get your walking boots on, stretch your legs and enjoy quality time with family, friends and dog, on the South West Coast Path in North Cornwall.

National Walking Month is all about promoting the benefits of walking, no matter what your fitness level.  Walking is easy, free, healthy and good for your soul especially if you can breathe in clean sea air and enjoy stunning coastal views at the same time.

The South West Coast Path stretches along some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline for 630 miles and is the longest National Trail in the country. Coastguards originally created the footpaths as they patrolled the South West peninsula looking for smugglers.  Every inlet had to be checked, so their pathways were well trod and created the coats paths we all benefit from today. Over time, the paths were also used by fishermen seeking shoals of fish or to check sea conditions before venturing out. Today walkers seek out cream teas, seal spotting and local history along the paths.

The beautiful South West coast footpath starts at Minehead in Somerset, running along the coastline of Exmoor along the coast of North Devon and into North Cornwall. Joining the footpath here you can walk the entire coastline of Cornwall, across the mouth of the River Tamar and back into Devon.  Not that I am suggesting you do this in one go!

But a great way to experience the exhilarating sea air and the stunning cliff top views is to cherry pick your daily coast path walk whilst staying in a luxury holiday cottage, knowing that, even on the most blustery day, you have a cosy, warm cottage to return to where you can enjoy a relaxing bath and a steaming hot chocolate whilst warming your toes in front of the wood burner.

The Cottage, a luxury holiday cottage near Bude, is only a 10 mins drive to the nearest section of the spectacular South West coast path. So each day you can cherry pick which section to walk for a daily dose of WOW factor. You have 39.2miles of South West coast path between Bude and Polzeath to choose from, so every day will be a new experience.

The South West Coast Path is a wonderful national treasure; it’s free to walk and everyone should try it at least once.

Visit my dedicated Walking in North Cornwall website page for full information. http://bit.ly/WalkingHolidaysinCornwall

 

 

 

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Loving Spring in Trelash North Cornwall

Trelash North Cornwall for Spring Lambs, stunning gardens and much moreNo matter where you live, Spring always evokes a truly heart warming feeling as flowers emerge taking advantage of the first warm rays of sun. The sleepy little hamlet of Trelash North Cornwall, just happens to be surrounded by an abundance of nature’s beauty.

In Trelash North Cornwall my sister and her children breed sheep in fields close to The Cottage. After just a short stroll down a country lane, where daffodils and primroses polka-dot the hedges, your ears are greeted with the smile provoking sounds of lambs crying and their mothers bleating. If you stop at the field gate and remain quiet (sheep instinctively move away from loud noises), hopefully, you will soon be rewarded with the sight of new born lambs bouncing and frolicking, enjoying every minute of their exploration and play.

Sheep of all ages seem to love jumping and will follow their leader (usually the eldest of the flock). One unusual sight can be when sheep are moved from one field to another through an opened gate. As the flock (a minimum of 5 sheep) reach the open space where the gate once blocked their way, they can reward you with an amazing site of synchronised flying sheep! Each one jumping at least a meter high over the place where the gate was, just a moment before….

This exuberance really is infectious and makes one want to experience more wonderful natural Spring scenes whilst staying at The Cottage. Visiting Trelash North Cornwall in the Spring means less crowded roads, being able to stroll along almost deserted beaches and on particularly sunny days being able to enjoy some really beautiful locations.

Trelash North Cornwall for Spring flowers, stunning gardens and much more

A Few Recommendations:

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

A visit here in February / March is rewarded with the sight of the first pink flush of magnolia flowers as the Champion Magnolia campelli trees come into bloom. Visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pencarrow House & Gardens, Bodmin, Cornwall

You can benefit from a visit to Pencarrow as early as the Snowdrops peek their heads above ground at the beginning of the year, followed soon after in March when their fabulous display of camellias and rhododendrons are showing off their beautiful blooms.  Then again in late spring (May /June) to capture the sight and fragrance of English bluebells and wild garlic; probably one the South-West’s best display. With a variety of walks from woodland to formal gardening, incorporating great features like a genuine Iron age hill fort and an ice-house, there is a wide range of garden experiences – and of course, there’s always the Georgian mansion to explore.  Visit Pencarrow House and Gardens

Cotehele House, Gardens and Mill, Saltash, Cornwall

A personal favourite; Cotehele House, mainly built c1485-1627.  Today this wonderfully preserved Tudor house with its granite and slate-stone walls and the atmospheric labyrinthine rooms show off intricate tapestries, original furniture and armour. The gardens have been developed since the sixteenth century with 12 different areas to explore including a wild valley garden, orchards and ponds with Spring bulbs including daffodils and crocuses, camellias and magnolia trees are all giving their best performance usually in March. The Gardens are open all year round 10.00am till dusk. Visit Cotehele House and Gardens

Boconnoc Spring Flower Show, Lostwithiel, Cornwall

One of the earliest flower shows in the gardening calendar is Cornwall’s Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc Gardens. The event showcases the very best of Cornish gardens and produce.  There are hundreds of trade stands, stalls, gardening experts on hand, and show gardens to explore – it’s even dog-friendly!  This year, the dates are Saturday the 1st and Sunday 2nd April.  Visit Boconnoc Flower Show

Trelash North Cornwall

All these and many more wonderful sights can be enjoyed within a 40 minute drive from The Cottage in Trelash North Cornwall. For more activities and things to do in North Cornwall throughout the year visit the Out and About page on Luxury Cornwall Holiday Cottages website

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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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Visit England 5 star Gold Award

5 star Gold awards from Visit England (Quality in Tourism) for Luxury Cottages Cornwall available through Luxury Cornwall Holiday CottagesGREAT NEWS for those seeking exclusive, #luxury #self-catering #accommodation, in #Cornwall.  On July 22nd 2016 The Cottage received the highest accolade of a 5-STAR GOLD award for accommodation by Visit England (Quality in Tourism) PLUS a 100% CERTIFICATION FOR CLEANLINESS.

This is particularly important for discerning travellers looking for luxury dog-friendly accommodation where you can feel completely comfortable bringing your very young children.

The Cottage is not only a favourite with dog owners, but also with parents with babes-in-arms and a dog who just want to get away for a stress-free break. Up to 3 infants under 3-years old can be comfortably accommodated at no extra charge.

This is the first assessment The Cottage has undergone by Visit England (Quality in Tourism).  II have to say, not knowing what to expect was the worst part.  It turned out that the inspector was really friendly but I was unable to relax until we finally sat down for the all important chat about how The Cottage faired on the Visit England marking system. With great relief, The Cottage really did well, winning 5 stars for the high level of accommodation and customer service provided, with an additional 100% score for cleanliness.  What more could I have hope for?

The Cottage has two regular housekeepers who spend on average 5-hours each cleaning and tidying The Cottage before our next guests are due to arrive. They are very thorough, working to my philosophy that every guest who visits The Cottage feels as if they are the first guests to stay.

A BIG THANK YOU to my wonderful housekeepers for their commitment to delivering a sparkling holiday home that feels special as soon as you step through the door.

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Dog Friendly Holiday

Taking a UK Dog Friendly Holiday?

Britain is undoubtedly dog friendly, and we are renowned for being a crazy dog nation. A notion borne out by the fact we have a staggering doggy population of around 8.5 million dogs living with us in the UK. Many of us want to take our canine best friend(s) on a dog friendly holiday with us.  If you are seeking a luxury holiday home that welcomes both dogs and children, your search could well be over.

Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage in North Cornwall

My holiday cottage, The Cottage, in North Cornwall is dog-friendly, and welcomes dogs on a regular basis over its threshold.   I truly believe everyone who has brought their canine best friend(s) on holiday with them to The Cottage have been very considerate owners. But, with the pressure of loading up a vehicle with all the family’s holiday paraphernalia, it can be easy to forget your dog’s most basic requirements whilst travelling in a confined space for long hours in a hot car. So, please, if you are about to set out on a long motorway journey to your dream holiday destination, please take one or two moments to check your pooch will be comfortable and stress free.

Some Useful Dog Friendly Holiday Travelling Tips include:

  • Do not feed your dog within 2 hours of the journey.
  • Ensure your dog is comfortable with the space he/she will be allotted to travel in within your vehicle. If you have a crate this can be very useful to well define your dog’s space.
  • Make absolutely sure you have water readily available by using an anti-spill water bowl. Most importantly ensure you carry fresh water for refills, just in case you should suffer a motor-way hold-up.
  • Ensure plenty of fresh air is available and make regular stops along your journey for toilet breaks and leg stretching. For you, your family and your dog!
  • Ensure your dog’s ID tag information is up to date and that the tag is secured tightly to its collar.
  • Familiarise yourself with the country-code dog etiquette before you leave home. Chasing sheep and worse still killing sheep can result in your dog being legally shot by a farmer.

Packing list – the Essentials for your Dog Friendly Holiday

  • Seat belt clip for car travel
  • Bowl for water
  • Medication for travel sickness
  • Any other necessary medication
  • Old blanket to cover a sofa at your holiday accommodation
  • Towel(s) for drying your dog after a walk or a visit to the beach
  • Dog food (especially for fussy or sensitive dogs)
  • Bags to clean up after your dog

You can find a Pet-Etiquette guidance page on my website by clicking here:

 

 

 

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