Christmas in Cornwall, why I love it…

 

It’s that time of year already, when thoughts turn to the festive season, and in particular how we plan to spend our well earned holidays and time off work. It is becoming increasingly popular for families and friends to book to go away for their Christmas breaks. In Cornwall we see visitor numbers rise year on year. So why is it people are opting to pack their bags in December…?

Is it to escape the Christmas ‘mania’, to avoid having to rush around different houses visiting family or simply to get out of cooking the yuletide lunch! Perhaps…but here in Cornwall we feel there’s a little more to it than that. There is a genuine sentiment that visitors can’t help but absorb during this time of year in this beautiful county, drawing them to spend their New Years breaks in Cornwall and Xmas breaks in Cornwall for no other reason, than to enjoy all the charm it has to offer.

From storm lashed beaches under dramatic coastlines perfect for that boxing day walk and enchanting woodland surroundings which are even more picturesque in the winter months to illuminating Christmas light displays, the sound of children’s carol singing, late night Christmas shopping in the city of Truro, ice skating at the magical Eden project and countless traditional local festivities…all of this and more creates the spirit of Christmas for all to enjoy during their Xmas break in Cornwall.

What is it is that would make your Christmas break in Cornwall 2011 so special…? We would love to know.

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Slowing down in September, Holiday Breaks in Cornwall

Fewer cars on those country roads, easier to get to those ‘must see’ places in Cornwall, no queues at the ice cream van, quieter beaches, less seagulls and generally a much slower pace, surely that makes the obvious time for that long awaited short break in Cornwall, September.

During this month the county has seen some of its best year’s weather in Cornwall, September forecasts can be found here.  With wind speeds picking up slightly too, the surf is usually at its best and the water is still at a good temperature.

September holidays in Cornwall can be spent enjoying the array of local festivals such as…
The Newquay Fish Festival
The St Ives September Festival
The Cornwall Food & Drink Festival
The Bude Jazz Festival
Festival of Play at the Eden Project
The Proms at the Minack theatre are also showing during this month, certainly one not to be missed!

Of course another bonus to taking your holiday during this time is the out of season September holiday offers in Cornwall.  Check out our special September short break offer.

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Eco-Holiday Elegance, Cornwall Style…

As people become more aware of the fragility of the planet, eco-tourism has become increasingly important and quiet rightly so. Protecting and preserving the environment in which we live in is essential to the future of our world when at home and on holiday.

Can eco-friendly holidays be compatible with the luxury that would be expected from a 5* Cornish resort however…? We strongly believe they make the perfect match and there is no sacrifice of either in our new Residence retreats…

As an expansion of Gwel an Mor, The Residence is a new development of designer eco holiday homes in Cornwall, situated on an idyllic stretch of coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, these eco holiday homes prove that luxury and sustainability really can go hand in hand…

Each retreat at The Residence is designed to a beautiful, contemporary finish and offers endless indulgences for its residents, from outdoor hot tubs to spacious, open-plan living based on sustainable principles…

Eco-Friendly-evidence…

• The Residence retreats will receive a Code 4 rating, meaning that with regards to energy consumption; they are 44% more efficient than the 2006 Building Research Establishment recommendations.

• Some of the eco-credentials that contribute to this code 4 rating include…

• Air to air and air to water heat pumps, these provide an ideal efficient heating system in which outside air heat source is applied to heating home floors and water. The system means luxurious under-floor heating and air-cooling systems are included for all-year round temperature and comfort.

• The economical and ecological system not only lowers energy costs and CO2 emissions, but also provides various combinations of air and water solutions for heating and cooling that meet different user needs during the four Holiday seasons.

• The eco holiday homes are finished in ‘ThermoWood’ which not only blends beautifully into the landscaped surroundings it also has many environmental benefits…no chemicals are used in the production of the timber, just heat and steam making the timber bio-degradable, and because it is extra durable, it has a long service life, which means fewer trees need to be felled.

We are passionate about conserving natural areas, especially in this beautiful part of Cornwall where wildlife really thrives. That is why we have increasingly invested in our non-profit Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre, a neighbour of The Residence club, where extensive conservation work is carried out and provides a home to many rescued British animals that couldn’t otherwise live in the wild.

Eco-Friendly-ethos…

We realise that one of the main reasons people come on holiday to Cornwall is to enjoy its environment-both natural and built. We believe it is our responsibility to protect and preserve it now and for the future without impinging the holiday experience. Which is why we are committed to responsible and sustainable environmental management and have chosen this particular design for our new Residence retreats. With green views and green credentials a holiday home at The Residence creates the perfect green holiday…just as it should be.

The Residence properties are now available to purchase through shared ownership and are configured in 2 and 3 bedroom layouts. Give us a call to arrange a viewing or visit www.gwelanmorresidence.com

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Luxury accommodation in Cornwall, hot tubs, log burners…what are your expectations?

chocolates on pillowsLuxury, it’s that little 6 letter word that can mean so many different things to so many different people.

The Oxford dictionary describes the term using words such as indulgence, elegance, comfort or desirable. But what does it mean in terms of luxury accommodation in Cornwall?

From lodges with hot tubs in Cornwall, spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished accommodation, 5 *concierge service, a relaxing hot stone massage,  to a simple chocolate on the fresh crisp white pillow, what is considered as luxury is certainly something that can be personal to you.

One popular addition to a holiday which is deemed as the ‘ultimate luxury’ by many globe trotters is self catering accommodation with a private hot tub.

According to a survey hot tubs are on the top 10 list of most searched for holiday home facilities.  So what is it about these bubbling baths that is so sought after and deemed as luxurious by so many…?  Perhaps it’s the feeling of soaking yourself in open air bliss, lying back and enjoying a soothing massage from the jets, this water therapy is proven to promote the release of endorphins; a natural product that your body produces and it is considered a “happy drug”. This experience of a little pampering after a tiring day of biking, sightseeing or swimming is certainly something that fits well with a Cornish holiday.

It’s not just us humans who love them, nicknamed the snow monkey, these cheeky-looking Japanese macaques live a chilly existence in Yamanouchi, Japan.  They like nothing better than keeping warm in steaming-hot pools, I just love this video of them.

Luxury lodges in Cornwall with hot tubs is certainly something that we have covered here at Gwel an Mor, but you will be thankful to hear there are no monkeys in our ones!

We would love to hear what you love about hot tubs and what ‘luxury’ means to you, comments most welcome…

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One of those hidden gems in Cornwall

Nestled under rugged coastline, this small secluded sandy beach on the North coast of Cornwall boasts natural beauty, it’s one of those secret spots in Cornwall that never fails to impress.

Once at the edge of the cliff peer down and prepare to be taken back by the splendour that lies before you.  After the initial pathway fades, it is a fair tricky trek down to this secret cove so care must be taken, although a rope half way down does lend a helping hand.

As this place is so secluded, very few are aware of it, for this reason the first time you go, as I did, you might feel like an intruder discovering a hidden island (especially if there are folk already down there). However this just adds to the experience and if respected this spot will welcome you back time and time again.

The day can swiftly pass in a number of ways here by enjoying a snorkel around the rocks, reading a book in the afternoon sun, having a surf if the tide is right, or simply just by lapping up the feeling of exclusivity that this spot offers you

Of course it goes without saying, a picnic must be packed if it’s a full day your planning on, as thankfully a bustling beach café can not be found here for miles!

Even if you feel the ramble down is too much, you need not miss out. The astounding view of this secret spot in Cornwall means it can still be appreciated from above. Just a few steps down presents you with a flattened area amongst the grassy knolls, perfect to layout that picnic blanket out on and take it all in.

The thing I love the most about this place is its sheer modesty; it’s in no tourist guides or on any postcards, it’s not commercialised in the slightest and its infamous innate presence makes it all the more appealing.

From the old piece of weathered rope that someone once thoughtfully placed half way down the cliff, offering assistance to those select few, to the seldom swum inviting sea, this spot truly is a small slice of paradise.

Known to us as ‘the secret spot’ this place, I am sure will be enjoyed by my family generation for many years to come, perhaps it can be too by yours.

We think it’s these secret places in Cornwall, these hidden gems in Cornwall, these effortlessly stunning places in Cornwall that really make it a truly beautiful county.

Where is special to you and your family in Cornwall? We would love to hear about it – and if you’re luck I may just tell you where my hidden gem is…

Other “Hidden” Cornwall Gems

  • Golitha Falls
  • Luxulyan valley
  • Polridmouth Beach
  • Chapel Porth Beach
  • Zennor Church
  • Caerhays Castle
  • The Hurlers

 

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Tails up Ears High, their invited to our dog friendly accommodation in Cornwall!



With cliff top costal paths, endless beaches, wooden valleys and wild moors, Cornwall really is one of the best places to visit if you love to roam free with your canine friend.

Finding dog friendly holiday in Cornwall at a 5 star standard can be a real struggle though, however here at Gwel an Mor we offer 5 star allocated lodges specifically for those who want to holiday with their hound!

Within walking distance to us there is the Portreath tram road; bursting with industrial and natural history, it was the first of its kind in Cornwall, linking tin and copper mining areas with the harbour at Portreath. It also links up to the trail to Deveron, perfect if you want a longer walk. Watch out for those runners though, probably best to keep your dog on a lead for this one if he has a tendency to chase after them like my one does!

Alternatively there is a huge selection of beaches where they can really stretch their legs, many of which allow dogs all year round, a list can be found here www.thecornishcoast.co.uk. Prepare for one very sandy (and possibly wet if he fancied a paddle) dog after though, but fear not there is ‘Pampered Paws’ a dog grooming parlour just down the road, perfect to get him looking in tip top condition again, www.pamperedpawsportreath.co.uk.

Also for a small charge we can arrange for a maid service in our pet friendly accommodation in Cornwall if he does bring half the beach in!
The beautiful Tehidy Woods, a real social spot for dogs to meet, is a short walk away from us with lots of trails to discover, the woods are magic at anytime of the year but particularly spectacular in spring.

There are many other walks which emit from Gwel an Mor and we can provide you with a leaflet of walks tested by our gardener and her dog Flash.

Whichever walks you choose you are likely have a very tired dog by the end of it, who will happily curl up in front of a wood burner in your cosy lodge for the rest of the evening I’m sure…the Cornish air really takes it out of them!

The countryside is the best place to enjoy with your dog and here in Cornwall there is plenty of it. Our pet friendly lodges in Cornwall provides the perfect base for you all to explore this beautiful county from together…woof woof

Download the excellent VisitCornwall’s guide to Dog Friendly Beaches

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