Memories of Summer holidays in Cornwall? 2012; the year to make many more…

Ice cream drips, deckchair stripes, buckets and spades, crashing waves…that’s got to be family Summer holidays in Cornwall 2012… Result; you falling love with this county and creating those lasting memories to treasure forever during your luxury Summer holidays in Cornwall 2012.

The time spent on holidays is the most precious time of all with the people that mean everything in the world to you. So what’s the best thing about luxury Summer breaks in Cornwall 2012 other than actually being on them…? The memories that are created from them of course, that will always stay with you.

Looking back on past Cornish holidays, below are a few from my memory bank, I’m sure many of you will share similar ones. Never been to Cornwall? Then come and create some during your family Summer breaks in Cornwall 2012.

Exploring rock pools
Sand in my shoes
Wave chasing in the shoreline
Sun-creamed faces
Exploring pristine coves and valleys
Tree climbing in sun dappled forests
Fish and chips supper with a coastline view
Freckly faces from a day in the sunshine
Crabbing in the harbour
Hide and seek in the dunes
Making a ‘sand boat’
Cheap foam body boards from the local beach shop- hours of fun
Visiting picturesque fishing villages
The best night sleep after all that sea air!

We want to hear all about your Cornish memories, experiences or even just what springs to mind when ‘Cornwall’ is mentioned whether it’s our legendary pasties or stunning coastlines, so feel free to leave your comments and I wish you all wonderful memory- making family Summer holidays in Cornwall 2012.

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Looking for a luxury alternative to Centre Parcs?

Are you a faithful centre parcs visitor… unsure about trying somewhere like centre parcs but not the real thing? You love staying in a wooden lodge with the family, in a beautiful location, taking things at your own chosen pace with the added benefit of an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities on your doorstep?

I can understand why, it does all sound very appealing and we all know once you have found somewhere you love to holiday there can be a reluctance to try anywhere new and a centre parcs alternative can sound like a risk.

The time spent on holidays is the most precious of all, so you want to feel assured your centre parcs alternative in the UK is the right choice.

Like centre parcs, Gwel an Mor has self catering wooden lodges, but that’s where the difference ends, Gwel an Mor’s Lodges are nothing less than 5 star and some of the most luxurious accommodation in Cornwall

So much more than simply a holiday park like centre parcs, location is always crucial, how does a stunning sea view grab you and being surrounded by beautiful green countryside? And only a few minutes walk to a stunning sandy beach.

Similar to centre parcs activities are a plenty from wildlife activities, cycle hire, tennis courts, rock climbing, zip wire or the nearby surf school and horse riding to name a few.  Fantastic facilities on site include indoor heated pool, gym, sauna steam room, hot tub, restaurant and our brand new well being spa.

Thinking this alternative to centre parcs is sounding great already? I haven’t even scratched the surface…

We might not have the status acquired by big branding and national advertising but more often than not it’s the smaller players that come out on top, with our brand of personal service that will make all the difference on your alternative to centre parcs holiday.

Just see all the awards we have won!

It’s time to break the routine of booking the same holiday year on year, want a break like  centre parcs, but where you will have superb accommodation, and where you’ll find a hospitality team that really care about you?  Give Gwel an Mor a chance, take the plunge and discover this hidden gem in Cornwall.

Book your Lodge Holiday.

Alternatively, if you would like more information on Gwel an Mor’s accommodation & facilities call 01209 842 354, email – or fill in our easy to use enquiry form.

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May holiday in Cornwall to appreciate that weather from the outside not the office chair? Yes please!

If you are going to enjoy a May short break in Cornwall then you will more than likely be enjoying it in the sunniest place in the UK at this time of year.

It’s true glorious sunshine in this county has been consistent year on year and at any point during your May holiday in Cornwall there is a 45-50% chance of it being very sunny (  As well as these facts ask any locals and they will always tell you a May holiday in Cornwall will almost certainly reward you with the better weather reaching higher temperatures than a later Summer one.

This year the welcomed long weekend break comes early on the 7th with the arrival of the May bank holiday. Cornwall is buzzing on this weekend, with so much to see and do. So here are a few ideas to plan your May bank holiday break in Cornwall around and any other May holidays in Cornwall for those of you who fancy a quieter period…

1st May
Padstow May Day
4th-18th May
Finn Festival, Falmouth
5th-12th May
St Ives Literature Festival
8th May
Helston Flora Day
9th-20th May
Daphne du Maurier Festival
19th May
Olympic Torch Relay

And some beautiful spots to discover during your May short break in Cornwall…

St Ives
The Lizard
Isles of Scilly

St Mawes
St Agnes

As the month progresses, the length of the daylight hours becomes very long, and it won’t get totally dark outside before 10pm on many days in late May. What a perfect period for those late barbeques on the beach, evening surf sessions or just cheeky vino’s in the hot tub (see our VIP lodges).

I know when I’ll be taking my annual leave this year, a May holiday in Cornwall it is, I’m just lucky it’s all on my doorstep! It could be on yours too…literally….

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Endless list of why she deserves a Mothers Day Short Break? Cornwall it is this year.


Out of 365 days, surely she deserves spoiling much more than just once a year on a single mothers day? Short break in Cornwall for 3 nights surrounded by beautiful countryside so she can truly relax, sound more like it? We thought so…

The Oxford dictionary defines a mother to be ‘A woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth’ but we all know it takes a lot more to earn this sacred title than that alone.

So if your planning a mothers day short break UK or abroad this year to show her just how special she is, then we want to know all those things she has done for you as a child and as an adult that make you love her even more. Big or small they all add up to make her deserve this mother’s day short break and your love all year round.

Here are a few of our own to get you started…

‘Used to cut the crusts off my sandwiches in my packed lunch’

‘Brings my dinner on a tray to me when I’m poorly’

‘Buys me Christmas pants (every year without fail!)’

‘Always has a shoulder for me to cry on (mostly over boys)’

‘Most patient shopping partner’

‘Still makes the best cup of tea ever’

‘Puts a blanket over me when I fall asleep watching TV on the sofa’

Check out our great deals for mothers day short breaks in Cornwall in March here
Check out our special mothers day afternoon here

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What can I do during my Easter Break? Cornwall has it covered

Spring is in the air and fast approaching are the Easter holidays. Cornwall comes alive earlier than most at this time of year due to its mild climate, evidence can be seen in our spectacular gardens and hedgerows. Snowdrops emerge from their winter sleep and the fields are a blaze with daffodils.

As much as we would all love to think this beautiful landscape alone is enough to keep the little ones entertained for the duration of their  Easter break in Cornwall,  realistically we all know that the wonders of a coastal walk, playing ‘chicken’ in the shoreline or hide and seek in the woods will only last so long! Thankfully Cornwall not only has an abundance of natural beauty spots to discover but also has an abundance of great events going on too, perfect to plan your Easter Short Break in Cornwall around this year.

Easter Events Cornwall 2012

Music Easter Festival, Church of St Endelientra
31st March-14th April

Art in the City, Truro
31st March-14th April

Easter Egg Trail, Paradise Park
31st March- 15th April

Trereife Easter Food & Craft Fair, Trereife Park
6th-9th April

Titanic the Musical, Minack Theatre
6th-14th April

Gweek Food & Craft Fair, Gweek Village Hall
9th April

Hunt the Easter Bunny, Flambards
9th April

Cornwall Wildlife Trust Open Garden Day, Poldowrian Garden
12th April

Storytelling & Workshops, Eden Project
Throughout holidays

As well as these Easter events in Cornwall, here at Gwel an Mor we are doing our very own Easter Egg Hunt, a big hit with children every year who enjoy an Easter Break in Cornwall with us, details can be found here.

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Last minute panic for February Half Term 2012? Cornwall has it all planned for you!

Still recovering from entertaining the children for weeks over Christmas? Before you have had the chance to put your feet up and finish the remains of the Christmas Pudding, they have another half term break from school fast approaching and will no doubt be looking to you for inspiration to keep them occupied.

Well fear not this February! Half Term in Cornwall is the answer. Packed with days out ideas, from ice skating at Eden to a Family activity trail at the Tate Gallery St Ives, a half term break in Cornwall whether it be for a long weekend or a week stay, is sure to keep the whole family happy.

If attractions aren’t your thing during your February half term break, Cornwall’s natural beauty alone provides a beautiful playground for all to enjoy and trust me the sea air alone will make for very tired children at the end of the day!

Being locals here at Gwel an Mor, we have the inside knowledge of all the best places during your February half term holiday in Cornwall saving you precious time trawling through the tourist leaflets, leaving you more time to do what’s really important- that quality time with your family this February half term break in Cornwall.

Ice Skating, Eden Project
Story Telling, Eden Project
Science Spectacular Supersize Weekend, Maritime Museum
Half Term Trail, Pendennis Castle
Pirate Week, Paradise Park
Hepworth Family Activitiy Trail, The Tate Gallery
Myths, Monsters and Magic, Maritime Museum
Folklore & Fairytales, Maritime Museum
GhoST Hunt, Pendennis Castle

For an extensive list of events this February half term in Cornwall 2012 visit

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North Cornwall A Birds Eye View

Amazing birds eye views of the North Cornish Coast from the Cornwall Tourist board

North Cornwall A Birds Eye View

View more video of the amazing Cornish Coastline here


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Cornwall Tourism Awards 2011; we’re winners!

Here at Gwel an Mor we’re proud to announce that we’ve scooped gold in the “Holiday Park and Holiday Village of the Year” category at the 2011 Cornwall Tourism Awards. If that wasn’t enough our exceptional team has been given a special award – “Outstanding Customer Service” – thanks to way we look after our guests.

The 10th annual Cornwall Tourism Awards, organised by VisitCornwall, was held at St Mellion International Resort on 10th November and celebrated the best that the county has to offer when it comes to making people’s holidays special. The bar gets raised very year in terms of the standard of entrants, which is great for the Cornish economy and if we’re winning awards shows our commitment to excellence.

Malcolm Bell, Head of Tourism, explained:  “In this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards I don’t believe the judging could have been any tougher. When I was first involved in tourism 20 or so years ago the decisions were relatively easy and we were often deciding between good and mediocre.  Now we are judging degrees of excellence, sometimes with very small or negligible differences between the entries – hence you’ll see this year that we have awarded several joint awards.  Gold, silver and bronze winners alike should be immensely proud.”

As winners we will now go on to represent the county in the South West Regional Awards and ultimately the National Excellence Awards which take place next year, fingers crossed!

For further information and a full list of winners please visit

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Choose a Holiday in Cornwall this Christmas

When most of us think of Cornwall we think of the summer, hitting the beach to top up the tan or brave the county’s famous surf. Cornwall isn’t just a sunshine destination however, there’s loads to do when the nights draw in, making it the perfect location to stay during the festive season.

  • Mousehole Lights: Mousehole is one of Cornwall’s prettiest harbours and at Christmas its’ lit up by sea creatures and festive favourites, with old fashioned lanterns adorning the villages lanes and harbour walls. The lights will be officially switched on, on 17th December.
  • Feadon farm: Our very own British wildlife sanctuary complete with tame foxes who made the news thanks to their endearing relationship with the farm’s pet dogs, birds of prey, reptiles, lots of cute furry things and nature walks, designed to introduce the whole family to Cornwall’s native wildlife.
  • Gwel an Mor’s Christmas festival: At Gwel an Mor’s first Christmas Festival, visitors will have a chance to meet Father Christmas and resident reindeer, Nadelik and Lowen. Taking place from the 10th – 11th December, the festival is set in our magical woodland complete with a barn filled with real life nativity animals.
  • Ice skating in Eden: The Eden project, home to Cornwall’s instantly recognisable biospheres, gets all winter wonderland from the 22nd October to 23rd December with its very own ice rink. This year, Eden is offering ice skating lessons for all the family; from on-ice games for children as young as six to Superskate sessions for experienced skaters.
  • Lappa Valley Steam Railway: Running on one of the oldest railway track beds in Cornwall, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway consists of three miniature railways running through a conservation area, perfect for children and train enthusiasts alike. At Christmas, the railway plays host to Father Christmas with train rides to his grotto and mulled wine for the adults.
  • Serious surfing: While most associate the beach with the summer, serious surfers hit the coast in the winter when the waves are bigger and the tourists have gone home. Head to north Cornwall for the best surf. The Surf Academy in St Ives boasts a 92% stand up rate, with world class teachers and lessons for all abilities.
  • Winter walks: The Cornish coast takes on a whole new energy in winter months with brooding sky’s and waves crashing against the shore. Away from the coast, Bodmin Moor provides plenty of wild walks for the avid rambler, complete with the chance of seeing its famous beast. A guide to the best walks in the county can be found on the Visit Cornwall website.
  • Christmas at The Residence: Luxury lodges complete with wood burning stoves make The Residence a seriously cosy destination when the nights draw in. Available to buy under shared ownership, residents at The Residence will enjoy Christmases to remember with a delicious festive feast at its on-site restaurant, The Terrace and a visit from Father Christmas complete with real life Reindeer.
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Want to own a holiday home in Cornwall? Share in our paradise

You’ve spent a lovely summer in our beautiful county; wouldn’t it be nice to have a piece of it for yourself? Holiday homes for sale in Cornwall are often expensive – a big outlay for somewhere that, realistically, you may only spend a few weeks of the year in.

We have the answer at The Residence, Gwel an Mor’s very own holiday lodge complex, boasting luxury accommodation sold in a way that makes five star living affordable. The Residence’s eco lodges are sold in shares so ownership is divided amongst a number of individuals.

Though popular in the States, shared ownership is a relatively new concept in the UK and gets unfairly perceived as a timeshare. Accommodation in Cornwall such as this is unique and out of the financial reach of most people and if it was a timeshare, involved parties would only have right of use to a property over a specified and clearly defined period of time.

Shared ownership means buying a proportion of the freehold so investing in something which you actually own and can sell-on or leave as inheritance to family members or friends. As a freehold there is no time limitation so this little slice of luxury can be yours to keep forever. Plus, unlike a timeshare, owners will have access to the complex at any time subject to availability. There are obviously more popular times so we have guaranteed certain weeks during the most desirable dates of the year which are rotated annually amongst owners.

Holiday lodges, such as The Residence, just aren’t for sale in Cornwall – it’s not only the property you to buy in to, but all the trappings that Gwel an Mor has to offer. As a resident at The Residence, you will get to use all Gwel an Mor’s excellent facilities – swimming pool, spa, Feadon Farm and The Terrace Restaurant; we really are providing an opportunity to share in our paradise!

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