Reindeer, log burners and Scandinavian lodges – spend Christmas in Cornwall

Imagine the scene, reindeer, log fires and crisp frosty air – and you haven’t even had to use your passport. Enjoy Christmas in Cornwall in five-star luxury your own way in the Scandinavian lodges at Gwel an Mor in Portreath.

Cosy Christmas lodges at Gwel an Mor

Cosy Christmas lodges at Gwel an Mor

Sit by your Christmas tree and crackling log fire while the wild Atlantic waves crash outside and you peruse the spa or restaurant menu to get you relaxed and ready for the hurly burly of the festive season.

Meet Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve at Gwel an Mor.

Meet Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve at Gwel an Mor.

Pop down to the resort’s Cornish Christmas Fair where you can meet Santa, reindeer and maybe stock up on an artisan gift or two before savouring the yuletide treats.

The Celebration of Christmas fair weekend at the end of November is a highlight of the Gwel an Mor calendar with visitors returning year after year.

Cornwall is a great place to stay at any time of year and the festive season is no exception. From beautiful Christmas lights and fabulous lantern parades, traditional Christmas festivals, food markets, craft fairs and ice skating at Eden and Truro to dramatic coastlines and beaches with spectacular natural beauty, perfect for winter walks.

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We love Tehidy Woods!

One of the fantastic things we have here to offer at Gwel an Mor, and indeed Cornwall itself, is that we are on the doorstep of so many amazing things.

A short hop from major attractions, a short stroll from the beach and a literal stone’s throw from the woodland wonderland that is Tehidy Woods.

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Bluebells at Tehidy Woods, Cornwall

Many of the Gwel an Mor team were lucky enough be born and raised in Cornwall and the woods have been part of many lives for as long as they can remember. Many happy days have been wasted in the leafy cover of Tehidy, from days away at camp with primary school to day trips on BMX bikes (in the days when kids still did those things).

Over the years Tehidy has undergone many transformations – the latest is into family friendly and accessible country park and in this incarnation it is flourishing.

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Tehidy is wonderful for families.

With over nine miles of paths, crisscrossing 250 acres of woods and lakes, it is no wonder why families flock to the site on those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer. Although that being said the wood is enchanting all year round.

One of the biggest draws for the wood, other than toilets and a lovely little café, is its abundance of wildlife. The very lucky see otters, the lucky see bats and owls and EVERYONE see the squirrels, ducks and swans. They won’t let you pass without some sort of toll.

It’s not just bread you bring to Tehidy, it’s handy to have a pocket of nuts as well as the squirrels are bolder that Tuffy (or Squirrel Nutkin if you’re that little bit younger).

Find your own hidden glen for a picnic, or use the designated spots – there’s a lot of choice. With five main access points including North Cliff car park, and South Drive car park your visit can be different each time, keeping you coming back again and again.

Keep your eye out for local theatre company Rogue who put on magical productions at various times throughout the year. Soon they will transform Tehidy into an enchanting wonderland for the Winter Wood – meet fairies, spirits and spites in a storytelling extravaganza.

And of course, Tehidy Woods are just a hop, skip and a jump from our luxury lodges at Gwel an Mor!

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For more information see www.roguetheatre.co.uk or for more on Tehidy Woods see http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/parks-and-open-spaces/tehidy-country-park/

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Family holidays in Cornwall by Gwel an Mor

Ready for a Cornish family adventure? Thinking about visiting Gwel an Mor, but just haven’t made it happen yet? If you need that final reason to book to visit, why not watch our new video?

Experience a holiday through the eyes of the Gwel family who not only experience all that’s great about the five star resort but also visit some of the fantastic local spots.

Our video follows the Perry family as they join Wildlife Ranger Gary Zammit on just one of the wildlife experiences, pond dip, fly falcons and feed tame foxes – all in one morning.

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Take five as the family relax in the sea field before heading to the swimming pool for some fun and games.

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Heading to Portreath Dad tries his hand at surfing before ice-creams in St Ives and action packed family fun at the Eden project.

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Watch as the family soak up the Cornish sunshine on a cycle ride along the glorious Cornish coast before a delicious evening meal in the Terrace Restaurant.

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Relax with mum as she enjoys a hot-stone massage treatment while dad tucks the kids into bed before finishing off the night with a glass of wine in the hot tub.

The perfect family holiday.

What are you waiting for?

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Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming! What’s that? It’s only August.

That it may be, but for us here at Gwel an Mor we need to ensure that the most magical time of the year is truly that…

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When you look for a Christmas holiday you have an idea of your perfect day in mind even before you book.  Whether you are looking to get away from it all, or you’re looking to get back to the simple tradition of family, Gwel an Mor wants to make your festive wishes come true.

That’s why we are here, in August at the end of a heatwave, talking snowflakes, reindeer, presents and mince pies.

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Do you want to know a little secret?  We’ve even had a chat to Santa already.

Father Christmas called into the office a few weeks back to check up on our seasonal plans (I’m not joking).  It seems that he loves visiting Gwel an Mor too.  He wanted to make sure that his reserve reindeer Lowen and Nadelik had started to grow their new antlers and that his helpers had stocked enough presents for his visit at the end of November.

So as you unpack your picnic and pour out the pimms, think of us little elves here at Gwel an Mor getting ready for Christmas.

You can celebrate with us at the Celebration of Christmas Fair with takes place on November 29th and 30th.

Why not book on to the exclusive weekend break – for more see here

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Hidden treats at Gwel an Mor

We had some unexpected visitors today at Gwel an Mor.  Friends from another hotel decided to pay us a visit and have a look at what we have to offer here at our site in Portreath.

We chatted about lodges, the swimming pool, the amazing views and the tranquil atmosphere.  As we talked we agreed the perfect holiday comes down to a few simple things that make guests know that they are important to us.

In short, the little things.

They may not cost money, they may seem incidental, but they are there making sure your holiday is heaven.

So with this in mind we put together a list of our staffs’ favourite things.  The bits you might have missed.

Gwel an Mor Eggs – suggested by Georgie, PR Manager


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If you are lucky you can grab yourself half a dozen free range eggs at Feadon Farm.  They are colourful, tasty and at £1 a really holiday bargain.  You can even thank the chickens yourself as they strut their stuff a few hundred yards away.

The Herb Garden – suggested by Tracey, Reception & Revenues Manager

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In the centre of the Gwel an Mor site is a herb garden stocked full with all you could need to spice up your cooking.  From mint to fennel you can help yourself to add a dash of flavour to your evening meal.  As our lodges are self catering you can’t remember everything from the kitchen cupboard, but you can rest assured that we have this one covered for you.

The Sea Field – suggested by Liz Marketing Manager

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Through the woods and over the stream is a hidden spot that is well worth a visit on a sunny afternoon.  The Sea Field is small but perfect, with spectacular views across Portreath bay and a picnic bench just right for soaking up the sun.  The peace of the spot chases all the stresses and strains of modern life away in your own private piece of Gwel heaven.

Buckets and spaces – Help yourself!  - suggest by Emma, Receptionist

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A family holiday would not be complete with a trip to the beach – but disaster you’ve forgotten your bucket and spade!  Well never fear you’ll find plenty at Gwel an Mor.  Help yourself to a bucket, spade and even some sand moulds and head to the beach.

Tapas – suggested by Liz, Events Manager

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The Terrace at Gwel an Mor is already riding high on a fantastic reputation – but have you tried the tapas?  Chef Joe is originally from Spain, so to say tapas is his passion would be an understatement.  Choose from a mouth-watering selection, or pick a sharing board.  The restaurant is open to locals and guests alike, so grab your friends and enjoy some tapas as the sun sets over the sea. Glorious .

Now that we have shared our favourites you’ll have to seek them all out when you next visit, but until then, what are your favourite things about Gwel an Mor?

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Busy day on the farm

You can tell it is almost summer here at Gwel an Mor when there are more animals that you can shake a stick at!

You can’t have failed to see all the lovely press on our adorable new rescue fox Forrest Stump. If you haven’t heard of him, let me recap. Forrest was brought to our ranger Gary Zammit having been found at four weeks old, cold and alone in a puddle in field in Newquay. Forrest had had his tail ripped off, presumably by another animal. He was taken by a lovely tourist to the nearest vet who, of course, called Gary.

Forrest the Fox is still going from strength to strength.

Forrest the Fox is still going from strength to strength.

After much care, support and around the clock care, Forrest has bounced back to health; he’s had a little help along the way from his best friend Barney.

Barney himself has a rather unusual story – he was discovered in the barn at Feadon Farm two years ago, just before Christmas. Here’s the twist. Barney is also missing his tail.

It was instant love with the pair and now they happily spend hours playing together. Forrest is due to join his new big brothers and sister, Todd, Copper and Meadow in the next few weeks – you’ll be able to see him on our wildlife experiences.

 

Forrest is growing at an alarming rate and will soon be old enough to meet his new brothers and sister.

Forrest is growing at an alarming rate and will soon be old enough to meet his new brothers and sister.

Watch a video of Forrest here

But there have been even more new temporary ‘residents’ joining us over the past few days. Two rooks, two blue tit chicks, a barn owl baby and, fingers crossed, one of our hedgehogs, Spiny Norma might also be pregnant! As you can imagine, life is rather busy in the Zammit household.

Gary has been hand-feeding a blue-tit chick that was brought to the farm having been rescued from the clutches of a cat. Fortunately the bird was in overall good health, but now has to stay at the farm until it is strong enough to join a new family. Gary will be taking the fledging down to the woods soon to release it near another nest where it is hoped that a new blue tit family will adopt the little fella.

A short time later, another blue tit also had a narrow escape from a feline foe and ended up at Feadon Farm – he too awaits release when he is ready to fly the nest.

Just one of the tiny blue tit chicks that was saved from the clutches of a cat.

Just one of the tiny blue tit chicks that was saved from the clutches of a cat.

It was thought for a little while that Rodney, our tame rook, would be getting a new friend or two with the arrival of two crows, but fortunately the pair of cheeky (and noisy) birds soon proved to be in perfect health and so will be released very soon.

Alyson with Rodney the rook, who was please to find he'll still be the only bird 'on the farm'.

Alyson with Rodney the rook, who was pleased to find he’ll still be the only bird ‘on the farm’.

Vigilance and an important message is also being spread this week through the local media as a barn owl was brought to the farm by a local runner. He spotted the very poorly bird by the roadside and brought it straight to Gary.

The bird was covered in cooking oil that made it impossible for the bird to fly, hunt or keep warm. Sadly it died less than ten minutes after it was brought in. You can see the full story here, but please be warned it is not for the faint-hearted.


Finally a second owlet was brought to the farm last week, also discovered by a runner. This little chap was thought to be injured, but in fact he was ok, unfortunately the well-meaning member of the public did not leave their name or an idea of where the owl was found. As there was nothing wrong with the bird it could have been returned to its home had a location been known.

Tawny owls leave the nest before they can fly and the mother will carry on feeding them, this often leads to people mistakenly believing that they have been abandoned. The owl has now been handed to the Cornish Bird of Prey Centre (www.cornishbirdsofprey.co.uk) who will continue to care for it and then release it.

So when we say it’s been a busy day on the farm, we’re not kidding!

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Do you bring ALL of your family on holiday?

When planning a family holiday there are plenty of things to think about. Plane or boat? Sunshine or snow? Home or abroad?

When it comes to taking your pets on holiday the choices get limited. But pets are family after all, so why include them when planning your holiday?

Here at Gwel an Mor we’re used to our visitors bringing their families to stay, we even provide a range of yummy (or so we’re told) dog treats for our four-legged guests when they arrive. So when we had a request for an extra special visitor, the answer was “Why not?”

The Morling family from Sidmouth bring their two pets whenever they visit – Maisy the dog loves the glorious beaches, the stunning woods, and the wide open spaces. Kevin just loves to travel, stretch his wings and see the sights. Yes, Kevin is a budgie, a budgie that likes style.

There are not many five-star lodge resorts that welcome birds, but as long as they are well behaved they are welcome here. Well, we say well behaved, Kevin has a slight potty mouth, but a visit from the Morlings would just not be the same without him.
See for us Kevin is just another example of our customer – we want to make his stay special, we also want to teach him to say Gwel an Mor, but that’s another matter.

We have special lodges allocated which are animal friendly so don’t forget to let us know who you are bringing and we’ll add them to the guest list.

Cornwall is a top class tourist destination – or should that be top flight? We have beauty, scenery and we’re on the doorstep of the UK making short family breaks a joy and a longer getaway a reality, no matter your budgie… er budget.

Peter Morling at Gwel an Mor near Portreath, Cornwall, with his 8 year old budgie Kevin who he always takes on holiday with his family. Picture by Colin Higgs

Peter Morling at Gwel an Mor near Portreath, Cornwall, with his 8 year old budgie Kevin who he always takes on holiday with his family. Picture by Colin Higgs

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Looking for a family restaurant in Cornwall? Try the Terrace at Gwel an Mor Resort

A family restaurant in Cornwall can be a tricky thing to find. You want somewhere with delicious food, a relaxed atmosphere, little extras to keep the kids occupied and of course, great value children’s dishes that don’t scrimp on quality.

If you’re looking for a family restaurant in Cornwall that ticks all these boxes and more, look no further than the Terrace Restaurant at Gwel an Mor Resort in Portreath. With a new Executive Head Chef at the helm, stunning sea views over the Atlantic, a bright and airy ambience and an exciting Mediterranean-inspired menu, this is one Cornish family restaurant that delivers on all fronts.

The Terrace is a family restaurant led by Joe Lado Devesa, a Spanish-born Executive Head Chef who has previously worked with Jean-Christophe Novelli and at the Tate Modern in London. Now at this family restaurant in Cornwall, Joe has created an innovative new menu, featuring plenty of Cornish produce, fresh fish and seafood and authentic tapas inspired by his Spanish heritage.

As well as the new main menu, Joe has designed new lunch and children’s menus, incorporating the same high quality, locally-sourced produce. Not only that, younger diners are kept amused by family table trivia and activity sheets themed around our Feadon Farm Wildlife and Conservation Centre. As part of the family-friendly holiday resort, Gwel an Mor, we pride the Terrace on being a real family restaurant in Cornwall, from the food to the atmosphere, the service to the take away, available to both residents of the holiday lodges and Cornish residents alike. The Terrace family restaurant in Cornwall provides delicious, homemade pizzas for take away, to be delivered to the lodges on site or available for local collection.

Cornish scallops with Chorizo, Puy Lentils and Lemon Oil at family restaurant in Cornwall, The Terrace

Cornish scallops with Chorizo, Puy Lentils and Lemon Oil at family restaurant in Cornwall, The Terrace

The Terrace family restaurant in Cornwall, see the menu here: http://www.gwelanmor.com/assets/file/Terrace-Main-Menu-2014.pdf

Find out more about the Terrace Restaurant, Cornwall here: http://www.gwelanmor.com/restaurant.html

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February half term in Cornwall; a great escape

Quality time with your family is precious, so when February half term rolls around you want to ensure that you have somewhere special to spend time together.

Getting away for half term in Cornwall is the perfect way to give everyone a break, especially to a place that has something for the whole family. It can be difficult to really enjoy time together at home, when household chores, work and the daily grind can all interfere with the family’s rest and relaxation, so spending half term in Cornwall can be the ideal solution.

Why not escape to Cornwall for half term, to your own five star luxury holiday lodge in the heart of a resort designed to put a smile on the faces of the whole family, even the four-legged members?

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Hit the pool with your family at Gwel an Mor for a great February half term in Cornwall.

We think that Gwel an Mor Resort has all you and your family need for a memorable half term in Cornwall, from truly unique family-friendly wildlife activities at our own Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre, a warm indoor pool and fitness centre, onsite restaurant and bar, cycle hire and tennis courts, and even two stunning spa treatment rooms for more grown up indulgences.

And if you book now, you can spend this February half term in Cornwall with us for a really fantastic rate and bring along your pet along for free too!

Click here to find out more about our offers for February half term in Cornwall.

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The perfect place for a happy New Year; Cornwall

If you don’t fancy the same old night in front of the TV or expensive night on the town, where’s best to see in the start of a brand new year? Cornwall, of course!

Getting away at New Year is a fantastic and memorable way to end one year and start another, it gives you a chance to reflect on the ups and downs of the year gone past and plan bigger and better things for the one to come. And where better to ruminate on your hopes for the new year?

Cornwall at New Year is a real hideaway. While the magic of Christmas is still in the air, much of the busy festive whirlwind has calmed down a far more peaceful, reflective pace.

Cold, crisp days can be spent taking bracing winter walks along the coast or in the woods and countryside, there’s plenty of seasonal, hearty food to savour and chilly nights are best enjoyed snuggled under a blanket or in a bubbling hot tub under the stars. If this sounds like your idea of a fabulous new year, Cornwall is the destination for you.

New Year in Cornwall at Gwel an Mor Luxury Lodges

New Year in Cornwall at Gwel an Mor Luxury Lodges

So break the cycle and treat yourself to a new year to remember in Cornwall this year. At Gwel an Mor, we think New Year in Cornwall should be all about peace and quiet, quality time and luxury, three things you’ll find here at new year. You’re free to spend your new year in Cornwall however you choose, with a cosy five star lodge to call home.

Think New Year in Cornwall, think Gwel an Mor.

Click here for more information about Cornwall for New Year at Gwel an Mor.

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