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Winter Weddings in Cornwall

Friday 14th October, 2016

Winter Weddings in Cornwall

Summer is often classed as the 'wedding' season, but here in Cornwall, we are really rather fond of a winter wedding. If you are planning your big day and haven't considered a winter wedding then read on below.

Here at Gwel an Mor we have delivered our fair share of festive weddings too, with brides and grooms electing to have photos with our real reindeer. They certainly make for some unique wedding imagery and our beautiful yurt is perfect in the winter when we fire up the rustic log burning stove.

Snow - It might/will/definitely will snow and that's romantic right? It might not though, but getting all wrapped up in the winter certainly is romantic. You might need to cross your fingers for a truly 'white' wedding though as Cornwall is well known for its snow!

Romance - As the day light hours reduce we get to spend more time surrounded by warmth and sparkling lights. Taking a windy walk and retreating back inside with a loved one’s is a romantic experience. Equally, these dark nights provide an intimacy for all your guests too, bringing family and friends together.

Frugal - You can drive a hard bargain with wedding suppliers in the winter as diaries become less packed. Photographers, florists and others will have less work on and you may be able to get a better price. This should leave more money to spend on the important things like...

Exotic Honeymoon - Escape the cold winter days of the UK and head as far afield as possible for guaranteed sunshine, sunbathing and cocktails by the pool. Return home to gloat with your tan.

Mulled Wine - Open fires and mulled wine is a match made in heaven, much like you and your spouse. With a winter wedding you can change your welcome drinks for something festive and warming and allow your guests to catch up in front of a roaring open fire.

Weather - Those booking summer weddings often obsess over the weather, but we all know that you cannot guarantee sunshine and fine weather in the UK at any time of the year. At least with a winter wedding you certainly won't be expecting it, so there is no need for a plan B.

Perfect Planning - As venues tend to be less hectic during the winter you'll have your wedding planner all to yourself, ensuring that the wedding is (quite rightly) all about you! You'll be able to spend more time with your planner making sure every detail is looked after so your big day is absolutely perfect.

Delicious - Winter is all about comfort food. Hearty, traditional and warming dishes are the order of the day for a winter wedding ensuring everyone is kept satisfied.

Stand Out - A winter wedding is that little bit 'different' from the usual. The experience is unique and creates some incredible moments to cherish and memories to look back on.

Family & Friends - Christmas is a time of year when many people will already have time booked off, so it should be a bit easier for those guests to schedule you into the diary. Also, with the calendar reaching party season they will be fully prepared for a real celebration.



Christmas Holidays in Cornwall

Thursday 13th October, 2016

Christmas Holidays in Cornwall

In just a couple of weeks it will be November. Yep. Christmas will be just a month away! If yo are planning a Christmas holiday in Cornwall then you may already be thinking about that festive period. If you're yet to set your yuletide plans in stone then read on to find out about some of the reasons to make Cornwall your home for Christmas in 2016.

Christmas Markets - You can soak up the festive atmosphere at various Christmas markets including Truro, Falmouth and Padstow. It's a real opportunity to buy some truly unique presents for loved ones from fantastic independent retailers and producers. The markets are always well attended and are a great way to get you in swing of the festive season.

Christmas Lights - Cornwall is a fantastic location to see beautiful Christmas light displays. The small villages often come together as a community to install and set-up displays. One 'must see' is the lights at Mousehole harbour near Penzance in West Cornwall. The Christmas lights in Mousehole have an amazing reputation as the whole village is adorned with vibrant and large installations. Head to Cornwall and take in the atmosphere! Lights turn on 17th December 2016.

Warming by open fires in country pubs - After a stroll on the beach or coast path you'll be spoilt for choice in terms of pubs serving warming winter fayre and Sunday roasts. Take your pick from various award winning pubs across the county and enjoy some local craft ale alongside your meal. We even serve Sunday roasts here at Gwel an Mor in The Terrace Restaurant.

Empty Beaches - Winter in Cornwall means empty beaches. Find your own slices of perfection all to yourselves. Walk across the sand safe in the knowledge that yours will be the only footprints left at the end of the day. Also, nearly all beaches will be accessible for man's best friend too as seasonal access only covers the summer months.

Spectacular scenery - The storms that may put many people off visiting Cornwall in winter can also be considered an attraction of their own. Head to seaside villages like Porthleven and St Ives, or Portreath down the valley from Gwel an Mor itself, and watch the waves crash over rocks and piers. Remember to keep a safe distance and ensure you aren't putting yourself in any risky situations.

Room at the restaurants - Cornwall is a foodie's delight. There are many incredible restaurants with great chefs using the abundance of amazing local ingredients. During the summer it can be nearly impossible to get a table at the likes of Fifteen, Paul Ainsworth and Rick Steins, but come winter as the volume of people holidaying reduces you'll be able to take full advantage of empty top-class restaurants.

Festive attractions - The main tourist attractions put an awful lot of effort into creating amazing festive experiences for your festive holiday in Cornwall. From meeting Santa and ice skating at the Eden Project to pantomimes at Hall for Cornwall there are plenty of options to pick from.

Dip your toe - Take the opportunity to bravely (or stupidly dependent on your proclivities) dip in the sea in your swimming shorts or costume. Across the county of Christmas day and new year's day there will be groups of foolhardy individuals swimming in the sea. It's a truly invigorating experience, and you can always warm up with a hot toddy or mulled wine afterwards.

Family time - It's the time of year when family and loved ones are the order of the day. Booking a holiday in Cornwall is the perfect way to ensure that you all have time for each other away from the distractions of day to day life. A self-catering lodge with all mod-cons, log burner and hot tub should certainly help to bring the family together for the festive season.

If you need to tick all of the above boxes then give some thought to Gwel an Mor, our luxury lodges are dressed to impress at Christmas and provide the ultimate festive hidey-hole for the whole family. With beautiful pool, gym and spa here at the resort alongside the sumptuous Terrace Restaurant for Christmas lunch and the newest addition of Base Camp with Clip'n'climb climbing walls. Drop us line on or call on 01209 842 354 to find out more about our current rates.


Reasons to try Clip�n�Climb at Base Camp

Friday 7th October, 2016

Reasons to try Clip�n�Climb at Base Camp

If you're on holiday in Cornwall, or live near to our home in Portreath, then you'll be able to visit Base Camp. Base Camp is home to 10 Clip'n'Climb climbing walls to test your skill and stamina against. We love having some fun on the auto-belay walls and seeing who can clock the fastest time on our timed walls. If you need some further convincing then here are some other great reasons for you and your family to try climbing in Cornwall at Base Camp.


1.       Climbing is pretty physical, which is great for all round fitness. If you want to keep kids (or yourself) active then climbing is the perfect way to keep moving.

2.       Our instructors will teach all participants the ropes (pardon the pun) so our climbing sessions are great for teaching younger children to listen and take instruction. It will transfer to other sports and activities they participate in too.

3.       Reaching the top of the walls at Base Camp will give you a great sense of satisfaction. As an activity, climbing is great for developing and encouraging self-confidence in children of all ages.

4.       Not only is climbing good as a form of physical fitness, it is also great for developing mental agility too. As participants climb they'll need to be great problem solvers, improving their focus and concentration.

5.       Climbing is you against the wall, so it's non-competitive nature makes it perfect for challenging yourself and working to your own ability.

6.       Clip'n'climb at Base Camp is a true family friendly activity. The walls cater for ages ranging from four years old to old as granny and grandad! There are few better ways to bring the whole family together and you can all fit in a single session too.

7.       Climbing in groups helps to encourage social interaction between children which is useful in all aspects of day to day life. Making friends and working as a team is also important to help each other through the various challenges.

8.       Indoor climbing is great fun and an awesome introduction to the wider sport of climbing. It could plant the seed for a long term hobby that gets the children or family climbing outdoors and exploring the countryside.

9.       Eleanor Roosevelt famously said you should try something that scares you every day. If you're in Cornwall and you’ve already tried surfing then your next stop should be Base Camp to try your hand at climbing to get the adrenaline pumping!

10.   It's loads and loads of fun! That really should be the only inspiration you need to get yourself down to Base Camp to try something new and accessible for the whole family!

Golf at Gwel an Mor

Monday 3rd October, 2016

Golf at Gwel an Mor

With the Ryder Cup over and the USA finally regaining the cup it's time to think about playing the game rather than watching. Here at Gwel an Mor we can't stop thinking about a round of golf here in Cornwall. There is a great 9-hole par-3 course nearing completion right here at the resort, and it is looking so good. We hope to be teeing off in spring/summer 2017.

The course is moving into the final stages of shaping and excavation, so the holes are looking incredible. Parts of the course have been seeded and are starting to look like the real deal. Moving forwards we will, much like your game, be a little at the mercy of the weather and nature, but we are still aiming for the course to be playable for a golf holiday in Cornwall in summer 2017.

We have worked with industry professionals to develop a course inspired by some of the finest golf courses and holes in the world.

It is a spectacular 9-hole course that will challenge and intimidate even the best golfers, with each hole inspired by professional golfers' views of some of the best golf holes around the world. We are calling it the 'The Famous 9' at Gwel an Mor.

Holes are inspired by St Andrews, St Augusta, Royal Troon, Sawgrass, Pebble Beach and Carnoustie.

These 9 holes are tough even for the best golfers and they have inspired us to create a course that everyone will want to play, with spectacular views out to sea every hole looks breath-taking and on its elevated coastal location, the weather will make every game different, every game a real challenge.

Here is the inspiration for our third hole:

Here is our version taking shape:

By using the latest in materials with all-weather greens and tees the course will be playable all year around.

Nearly 200,000 tons of earth has been imported to create this course with 20,000 tons dug out to create the water features, and it has taken 4 years so far to construct, the course is now seeded and will aim to open in the summer of 2017.

Golfers are finding it increasingly difficult to find the time needed to devote to their sport.

'The Famous 9' at Gwel an Mor suits modern golf, taking under two hours to play a round, it will not only attract hardened golfers who want to pit themselves against holes that even the most famous golfers struggle with, inspired by golf courses that can rarely be played on by most, but we also hope to attract many junior golfers, and introduce them to golf at its best and get more young people to play the sport. 

Alongside our soon to open fishing lake, Base Camp indoor soft play and climbing walls, The Terrace Restaurant and future developments 'The Famous 9' will provide yet another incredible facility for residents and locals alike.

Simple Fish Sauce Recipes from The Terrace Restaurant

Thursday 29th September, 2016

Simple Fish Sauce Recipes from The Terrace Restaurant

The Terrace Restaurant is well known and revered for its 'daily catch' board. Pick a fish, sides and a simple sauce to accompany your dish. Executive Head Chef Joe Lado-Devesa believes that quality ingredients should be treated with care and a simple approach. This approach lets the fish do the talking, whilst the sauce simply raises the flavour.

On Friday 23rd September 2016 chef and his local fisherman delivered a demonstration at the Great Cornish Food and Drink Festival on the Lemon Quay in Truro. It's an incredible event that showcases everything that Cornwall has to offer for the foodies! It's an incredible event that is well worth attending if you are on holiday in Cornwall at the time – even if it’s just to have a little stroll around the stalls and pilfer a few free samples!

Chef demonstrated how to cook seven varieties of fish and our three main sauce accompaniments. The fish was freshly line caught hours before and prepared by our local fisherman.

These are the recipes……

Romesco Sauce

2 ripe tomatoes

1 roasted red pepper

6 almonds

1 clove of garlic

Slice of white bread

60ml white wine vinegar

120ml extra virgin oil

Roast your red pepper then combine with all other ingredients except for the white wine vinegar and extra virgin oil. Fry them off for a few minutes before transferring to a food processor. Give the whole mixture a thorough mixing in the processor, then add the white wine vinegar slowly followed by the extra virgin oil.


Salsa Verde

50g capers (roughly chopped)

6 mint leaves (roughly chopped)

Handful parsley (roughly chopped)

10 anchovies (chopped)

120ml extra virgin oil

Simply combine and mix all of the ingredients together until consistent. Voila.

Sauce Verte



Soft Herbs (Parsley, Mint, Basil)

Put Spinach and herbs in a processor and mix well, add the mayonnaise.


If you don't fancy making these yourself then head to The Terrace Restaurant and let the chef do it for you. Call 01209 844 132 to book a table.

Rainy Days in Cornwall

Monday 26th September, 2016

Rainy Days in Cornwall

As we move into autumn here in Cornwall the weather tends to get a little wetter. It's not a problem though, as there really is plenty to do on holiday in Cornwall regardless of whether it rains on not. Here at Gwel an Mor we know a thing or two about keeping families and other halves entertained when the weather doesn't play ball, so here are our top ten things to do when faced with 'liquid' sunshine!

Eden Project - When the rain is falling the world renowned biomes at the Eden Project make perfect sense. You'll be both dry and warm in the tropical and Mediterranean domes, exploring plant life and learning about the world around us. It's perfect for adults and children and provides a full day out.

National Trust - There are numerous National Trust properties near our home in Portreath. Try the enchanting Godolphin House and warm up with tea and cake in the piggery cafe. Travel a little further to Lanhydrock House and spend a few hours taking in this magnificent house.

An aquarium - You can visit Blue Reef in Newquay or travel a little further to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Both are excellent options to get up close and learn about the world below the sea. Take in expert talks and tours and enjoy being underwater but not wet!

Walk the coast - There is no such thing as bad weather - just inappropriate clothing! Wrap up in warm clothes and head out on the many miles of Cornish coast path. Take in breath-taking views and reward yourself with lunch in a warming pub!

Embrace the water - If you are going to get wet anyway why not jump in the sea and try your hand at surfing? The water remains at its warmest till mid-October, so you have no excuses but to jump right in and ride the waves!

Catch a film - Head to a cinema and watch a film. There are cinemas near to us in Redruth and Truro as well as Penzance and Newlyn. Alternatively, you head to the Hall for Cornwall for a spot of theatrical entertainment and catch a show.

Take refuge in a kitchen - Cornwall is well-known as a destination for food lovers, so make sure you take advantage of it. Around the county are various places you can learn to cook new dishes, from Rick Stein's in Padstow to Philleigh Way on the Roseland Peninsula. Take home your new skills and impress family and friends.

Paint a picture - St Ives is just 25 minutes drive from Gwel an Mor and known for its heritage in art. Home to Barbara Hepworth, the Tate Gallery and numerous other artists workshops, studios and galleries it is a haven for those interested in art of all forms. St Ives is also home to various schools such as the St Ives School of Painting, or you could travel further West to the Newlyn School of Art.

Spoil yourself - Head to a spa or a restaurant and treat yourself to some of life's luxuries. We have the Wellbeing Spa here at Gwel an Mor or the Terrace Restaurant for gastronomic requirements! Alternatively, try some of Cornwall and the UK's finest restaurants.

Relax indoors - Stay in the comfort of your own home (or rented luxury lodge!) and enjoy a good film or book. Play games with the family and sit down to a family lunch or dinner. If you're staying with us you could brave the elements for a dip in your own hot tub, or stay snug in front of your log burning stove!

We have recently completed and opened Base Camp, an indoor facility with soft play and Clip'n'Climb climbing walls, perfect for those less than perfect days in Cornwall.


October Half Term in Cornwall

Thursday 22nd September, 2016

October Half Term in Cornwall

If you are on a family holiday in Cornwall this October you need to make sure you have a plan of attack for the half term. Cornwall is filled with plenty of free entertainment in the form of beaches and coastal walks, but there is also an abundance of attractions to visit. These attractions always have extra entertainment for the school holidays.

Here's what is happening in Cornwall at half term:

Eden Project - Halloweden - watch magical performances and ghostly goings-on, listen to story tellers and explore the biomes with your book of enchantments. Eden simply does not disappoint when it comes to putting on a show. Make sure your kids a enjoy spine-tingly good day out!


Newquay Zoo - Zoo Boo Halloween Week - Amongst the amazing collection of animals at Newquay Zoo you'll find extra fun for a spooky half term day out in Cornwall. There'll be hair-raising trails, face-painting, crafting and scary stories. Perfect to keep everyone entertained and on the edge of their seat.

Flambards - Firework Spectaculars - Flambards near Helston will have two spectacular firework displays during October half term. Pick from Monday or Wednesday and book tickets online for a full day out in the park followed by an epic firework display in the evening.


Land's End - Spooktacular Half Term - Visit the end of the country and take in the breath-taking views out over the open ocean. During half term you'll also be able to enjoy ghoulish goings-on such as a free Halloween Craft Fair and making your very own terrifying monster.


Dairyland Farmworld - Half Term -Learn all about dairy farming and other animals at Dairyland Farmworld. At half term, you'll also receive your own pumpkin that you will be able to carve and take home with you.

 If you are a member of the National Trust then you are spoilt for choice for a family holiday here in Cornwall. These are some of the events planned at National Trust properties and gardens through October half term.

Trelissick Gardens - Spooky Trail with clues hidden around the house and garden

Trerice - Become a ghost detective and discover hidden clues and ghoulish goings-on. You can also do this at night time for added fright factor!

Trengwainton - Pumpkin Day on 23rd October features carving and trail in the garden followed by pumpkin dishes in the tea room. Through half term there is apple-bobbing and toffee apple making alongside a trail. There is also spooky storytelling on 27th October in a bell tent in the orchard.

Lanhydrock House - Spooky trails throughout the garden and house to reveal spooky clues and history at Lanhydrock House.


Those with English Heritage membership may want to check out:

Tintagel Castle will be leading the 'Keeper of the Castle Keys' throughout half term. Join Florence, the custodian of the castle as she takes you on a journey to Victorian times, assisted by her cousin...and the audience!

At Pendennis Castle kids can take part in 'Shiver Me Timbers' a trail and story-telling event based around the pirate history of the castle and its associated bone chilling buccaneers! If you fancy something a little more spooky you can take an after dark tour of the castle to test your nerve!


Just around the corner from us, in Tehidy Woods, you'll find something for a truly alternative take on Halloween entertainment. Our personal favourites, Rogue Theatre, are a multiple award-winning, forest-based theatre company. During half term they'll be delivering the 'Dead of the Night Dance', with three versions for different age groups into the night. Expect the unexpected and some 'dead' good stories and entertainment.

Seasonal Cooking in September & October

Wednesday 21st September, 2016

Seasonal Cooking in September & October

Here at Gwel an Mor we have The Terrace Restaurant to satisfy your hunger for fresh ingredients fused with Mediterranean flair to create beautiful dishes. Executive Head Chef Joe Lado-Devesa and his team are true professionals, with a focus on local suppliers and seasonal ingredients.

We caught up with the kitchen team to see what ingredients we should be using in September and October...



Oysters - Best eaten in the colder months from September to April oysters are great in many different ways. Eat them raw, fry them, bake them or stuff them - all methods are great for this beautiful seafood. Make sure you only eat/cook the ones that are closed, or close immediately after a light tap on the kitchen surface. You could even visit the Falmouth Oyster Festival here in Cornwall from the 13th - 16th October.

Crab - Similarly to Oysters, Crabs are best eaten in months that contain the letter 'R'. Use the beautiful meat to create a perfect salad or sandwich, or serve with a beautiful bisque like the team in The Terrace do.

Duck - Early autumn is a great time to start cooking game, in previous years we have served varied versions of game pie. Duck lends itself to roasting, or the age old favourite Duck a l'orange.

Damsons - These beautifully juicy fruits are actually plums, as such they really lend themselves to excellent puddings and preserves. You can use them as a base for a more typical crumble or 'cobbler' and can also be used to make jam. One member of the team has even used it to create a cordial - lovingly named 'Dabina' in a nod to its famous, branded inspiration!

Sloes - This shouldn't require too much inspiration. Sloe Gin requires no cooking, just a little patience. You can use your wares as a sauce or marinade for your Sunday roasts through the winter too.



Mussels - Is there anything more satisfying than Moules and Frites? Serve your Mussels in a mariniere accompanied by chips or a great loaf of bread, the combination of mussels with a white wine sauce is fabulous. A beautiful seafood dish that is a real favourite of the team at Gwel an Mor.

Pheasant - Change your Sunday roast for a bit of game. A rich flavoured meat which will make an excellent roast, best served with seasonal vegetables and a red wine sauce or gravy.

Kale - A great complimenting vegetable for roast dinners, or pasta or as the base of a salad. Kale is a very popular vegetable at present, due to its 'superfood' status. Many use it as the base for smoothies to keep health and vitamins topped up through the winter months.

Pumpkin - Aside from carving your pumpkins for Halloween you can use this vegetable in a variety of winter warming dishes. Use it for traditional American pumpkin pie, served in shortcrust pastry and lightly spiced, or use it to make a great soup.

Apples - Apples are great for puddings and treats. Typically best spiced  as part of an Apple Crumble. You could also make toffee apples for Halloween or maybe even ferment them and make your own cider.

The Perfect Chocolate Brownie

Wednesday 14th September, 2016

The Perfect Chocolate Brownie

Is there a better cake for satisfying the sweet tooth than a well-made chocolate brownie? We are not convinced, but we are really rather partial to The Terrace Restaurant puddings!  Although there are plenty of other desserts on the menu at The Terrace we think that a brownie takes some beating.

We have prised chef's recipe from him, to share with you so you can impress friends and family - or keep it all to yourself.

This recipe will help you create 10-12 servings of perfect, moist brownie with a little crunch from mixed nuts - best served warm and accompanied by Cornish Cream or vanilla ice cream.


This what you're aiming for....


20oz Caster Sugar

8 Eggs

16oz Butter

6oz Cocoa Powder

16oz Dark Chocolate

6oz Plain Flour

8oz White Chocolate

8oz Mixed Chopped Nuts


Melt Dark Chocolate over Bain-Marie

Cream the butter and sugar

Add the flour and cocoa powder

Add the eggs gradually ensuring thorough mixing

Pour in melted chocolate

Add the nuts and white choc (in chunks)

Pour into greaseproof paper lined baking tray

Bake at 160c for 50 minutes or till a knife comes out clean

If you don't want to make your pudding yourself come and visit us at The Terrace and let chef and his team do the hard work for you! 

Call 01209 844 132 to book a table


Poldark's Back

Friday 2nd September, 2016

Poldark's Back

Sunday evenings are the highlight of the week again.

It's safe to say that the BBC's first series of Poldark was something of a success. It took ratings by storm and made Aidan Turner a heart-throb throughout the UK. Viewers were enthralled by the storylines that embroiled Ross, Demelza and Elizabeth. Here at Gwel an Mor (and most other Cornish folk/businesses ) we swelled with pride at the beauty of Cornwall, the perfect backdrop for a perfect Sunday evening drama.

Viewing figures during the first series of Poldark were immense, with in excess of 8 million people tuning in on a weekly basis for their Poldark fix! Since the series first aired it has been released in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland and Estonia amongst others. It is true testament to the quality of the production, the story of Poldark and the majesty of Cornwall.

Series two of Poldark will begin on Sunday 4th September at 9pm on BBC one. Millions are again expected to tune in to catch up with their favourite Cornish characters, with the supporting cast of beaches and coves.

The new series was filmed during summer and early autumn in 2015, with post production taking months. With many locations in West Cornwall, the principal cast elected to stay with us at Gwel an Mor during filming. It was an honour to be a small part of the phenomenon that is Poldark, with the cast often leaving the site before sunrise and returning late at night. We had the pleasure of spending time in The Terrace Restaurant with cast and crew members and talking about what we love about Cornwall.

We know where we will be come 9pm on Sunday night...make sure you don't miss it.

For the record, here are our top five Poldark filming locations in Cornwall:

  • Porthgwarra
  • Church Cove, Gunwalloe
  • Charlestown
  • St Agnes Head
  • Botallack Mine

We will leave the mystery and intrigue with you though, you'll need to search and visit them to find out what is so special about these places!

Or have a chat to our team about a Poldark break in Cornwall...


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