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Cornwall with Babies and Toddlers

Friday 12th February, 2016

Cornwall with Babies and Toddlers

Although Cornwall is an amazing place for people of all ages, you are never too young to experience it for the first time. Coming to Cornwall with a baby or toddler is a great option, especially when the older children are in school and you can have the place to yourselves!

Here are a few ideas of things to do with the little ones whilst you are here:

Build a Sandcastle: A rite of passage for dads and little ones alike. There can be little more pleasing than getting the sand between your toes and constructing a good old fashioned sandcastle. Many beaches also have streams that the toddlers can enjoy, building dams and splashing to their hearts’ content.


Meet some Wildlife: There are many options for meeting wildlife in Cornwall, some are free and others you can pay for. Why not invest in a crabbing line and some bait and see what you can catch in the rock pools or harbours? If you want something a little more extravagant, Feadon Farm, here at Gwel an Mor, offers some truly up close and personal experiences. Meet and feed Foxes, fly birds of prey and learn about native British wildlife - all a stone's throw from your own luxury lodge!


Eat an Ice Cream: If you need to satisfy a small sweet tooth then you can't go wrong with Cornish Ice Cream. From Jelbert's in Newlyn to Roskilly's Farm you are never too far from beautiful, fresh Cornish treats. Sit on the beach or enjoy in the comfort of the abundance of excellent cafes and bars or better still grab one from an Ice Cream van on the beach!

Swim in the Sea: Maybe not all year round, depending on the age of the little ones, but certainly a must for any trip to the seaside! From Easter to end of October there are lifeguarded beaches throughout Cornwall. Always stay safe, and swim between the yellow and red flags on lifeguarded beaches. It’s an exhilarating experience and something truly special first time round for younger children.

Get on your bike: Cornwall has miles of heritage trails, forest and cycle routes to explore, including the famous Camel Trail. As a result, there are loads of spots to hire baby/toddler seats and pull-a-longs to get the small ones out in the open air. It's a perfect day out with ample opportunity for a traditional picnic en route! We have bikes, tag-a-longs and more available to hire here at Gwel an Mor, with mining trails and woodlands to explore right on our doorstep!

Relax: Sometimes it's just nice to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of merely being 'away from it all'. Here at Gwel an Mor this is what we excel in. We have everything you could possibly need for baby and toddler breaks provided at no extra cost, from black out blinds to travel cots and bouncers to plastic cutlery. Have a look here and see what makes Gwel an Mor the perfect choice for baby and toddler breaks in Cornwall.

 

A Valentine's Cocktail

Tuesday 2nd February, 2016
If the route to your loved one's heart is through their stomach then you can't go wrong with a cocktail!
 
Valentine's Day calls for luxury indulgence, so perhaps it's the time to push the boat out when it comes to drinks?
 
Yes, there are some very flamboyant and pretty cocktails out there to choose from, many with very seductive names, but here at The Terrace Restaurant we prefer to keep it a little more classy.
 
Here is a Champagne based cocktail recipe for you.....a Barbotage.
 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. cognac or brandy
  • 1/4 oz. orange liqueur (like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 4 oz. dry (Brut) sparkling wine, very cold
  • 1 slice of orange

Directions:

  1. Measure the cognac/brandy and orange liqueur into a brandy snifter or Champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine. Add a slice of orange.
 
If you'd rather not make the drinks, or cook, then head to The Terrace Restaurant for your Valentine's meal. Beautiful sharing plates for a simple and romantic Valentine's day in Cornwall.
 

Foodies in Cornwall

Friday 29th January, 2016

From fine dining to secret feasts. From pasties to beach cafes. Cornwall is one of the greatest places to come and explore culinary delights as well as beautiful countryside! 

Here is a neat little guide for you......are we missing any of your favourites?

Maybe take a short break here in Cornwall and try a few locations for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Alternatively stay in our luxury lodges and eat at The Terrace Restuarant here at Gwel an Mor, the most authentic Mediterranean experience in Cornwall.


Half Term in Cornwall

Friday 22nd January, 2016

Half Term in Cornwall

Cornwall is brilliant for family holidays and February Half Term 2016 is no exception. Imagine relaxing in a luxury lodge looking over the sea, the log burner flickering and the hot tub bubbling. Although this may sound like a dream, here at Gwel an Mor it is reality. That's why we have so many awards, we aim to create perfect holidays in Cornwall.

To help with your holiday and holiday planning here is our recommendations for February Half Term in Cornwall with the family. Five are paid for attractions...the others are coastal and rural fun free of charge

Paradise Park, Hayle. Just 15 minutes from our home at Portreath is this amazing bird sanctuary. It has an amazing collection of species, whilst also boasting an indoor play barn. At Half Term they'll be running Little Pirates and Princesses, a family quiz/adventure around the site with a free treat at the end of the trail.

2.      Whilst you're in Hayle take a stroll along St George's Walk. This quiet road runs alongside the estuary and has won many awards for its flower arrangements. It's perfect for working off lunch and letting the kids ride their bikes with next to no traffic. (the road is closed to vehicles on a Sunday!)

3.   Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek. An amazing place, always worth a visit. The team at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary never fail to impress, and this Half Term they want you to don your wellies and take on the Piskie Puddle Trail and have a go at welly wanging. If it is too cold and wet there'll be woodland crafts - a perfect family day.

4.      If you're planning on visiting the Cornish Seal Sanctuary then it is well worth a trip to the nearby coast. From the pristine harbour at Porthleven (with many great cafes and restaurants) to exploring the Lizard. Kynance Cove is a must for any holiday in Cornwall, especially when the more dramatic weather is in full effect!


5.    Eden Project, Bodelva. What Cornish holiday is complete without a visit to the internationally acclaimed Eden Project? At Half Term there will be adventures with Stickman and a final opportunity to ice skate.

6.      A short hop, skip and a jump from the Eden Project is Fowey. It's a picture perfect Cornish fishing village, with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, whilst also hosting some amazing independent shops and delightful eateries.

7.    National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth. The best spot for exploring Cornwall’s rich maritime history. It’s a great place to explore and spend a day. At Half Term there’ll be out of this world experiences! You and the family can take in the Planetarium with 360 degree views of our amazing solar system – a real star of a day out ;)

8.      Falmouth is an amazing place, quirky with plenty to explore. Heading a little West of the town you can explore the Helford River and its many creeks, getting muddy and refuelling at the Ferryboat Inn. A little bit of solitude and a nice alternative to beaches and coast paths.


9.    Newquay Zoo, Newquay. A firm family favourite for the holidays. A visit to the zoo is sure to please kids of all ages. At Newquay Zoo there will be lots to see and do at Half Term. Come along and meet animals of all shapes and sizes; from creepy crawlies through to big cats.

10   Just ten miles to the East is an area known as 'the seven bays', a collection of incredible beaches centred on St Merryn, a rural Cornish village. You'll need time to walk the coastal path and feel the sand between your toes at Treyarnon, Constantine, Harlyn and Mother Ivey's Bay...but you'll have fun doing so!


 

If this list has you reaching for your walking boots and you need a good base for a holiday in Cornwall then have a look at our luxury lodges. The resort is minutes from the A30, the main transport link through Cornwall, perfect for exploring all of the above and more.

On the crest of a wave in Cornwall

Monday 11th January, 2016

Surfing is a popular pastime here in Cornwall, and if you are on holiday in Cornwall you may be planning to hit the surf or maybe learn to surf for the first time. Well, you've come to the right place and you're spoilt for choice, especially from our home in Portreath. We can organise lessons and guides to take you on a surf safari or get you or your children stood up for the very first time.

On our doorstep are some of the finest surfing beaches in the UK, and for the adventurous and knowledgeable some amazing 'secret spots'. Here is a rundown of some nearby beaches to get in the sea and get hooked on surfing in Cornwall.

Portreath - Just down the hill from our home here at Gwel an Mor. The left side of the beach is great for learning, whilst the right side (along the pier) is a notorious rock bottomed wave. Beginners are best to keep to the sandy side of this beautiful beach, where a more gentle wave can be found, perfect for paddling into your first waves. It is lifeguarded through the main season and has a car park and plenty of other facilities (although you can run up the hill if you're staying with us!)


Godrevy & Gwithian - Just ten minutes along the coast road is the National Trust managed Godrevy Beach. Take in the scenery and marvel at seals and the lighthouse, but more importantly, ride some of the best waves in Cornwall. From Godrevy to Hayle river mouth is four miles of golden sand with waves for everyone. There are lifeguards and surfboard hire available, as well as some excellent cafes and a lovely pub at Gwithian. The waves are suited for beginners and experts alike, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy this incredible stretch of coast with far reaching views to St Ives in the West.

 

Porthmeor - This beach in St Ives boasts one of the more unusual backdrops, the Tate St Ives Gallery! In terms of surfing it is a great spot for learning and perfecting your surfing skills. Lifeguarded through the main season it offers more gentle waves in the middle of the beach, as well as more critical powerful waves off the rocks at either end of the beach. The crystal clear waters and renowned St Ives light make this a magical spot to surf - well worth an early rise for a 'dawny' or sunrise session, or at the other end of the day. You can reward yourself with a drink in any of the numerous great bars and pubs.


Porthtowan - A little East of our base at Portreath this beach is hugely popular with surfers with good reason. It offers some of the best waves in the county, whilst also being safe for learners. The beach is truly magnificent, with lifeguards on hand. If you want to find some quieter waves, you can at low tide head East or West along the sand to other beaches such as Chapel Porth - be aware that the tide WILL come back - make sure you know when you need to return!

Praa - On the South Coast, near to St Michaels Mount is Praa Sands. It's a huge expanse of perfect white sands that is lifeguarded throughout the season. There is surfboard and wetsuit hire available as well as the much needed bar and cafe! The waves are suited to all abilities, with the more challenging waves situated to the right of the beach. Where the lifeguards mark with chequered flags will be more forgiving and offer gentle waves, the perfect starting point for a life-long passion for surfing in Cornwall!

Valentine's Day in Cornwall

Friday 8th January, 2016

This year the big day itself is on the Sunday, so you can really make a weekend of it with a short, romantic break in Cornwall. How about staying here at Gwel an Mor? Luxurious self catering lodges with hot tubs and log burners - it really doesn't get any more romantic than that!

A Coastal Walk - There are few things that compare to a break in Cornwall for Valentine's  Day accompanied with walking the glorious Cornish coast path. Although we probably aren't impartial, we highly recommend Portreath to Godrevy, taking in the breathtaking North Cliffs, Bassett's Cove and Hell's Mouth. A more gentle approach can be adopted walking from Lelant (from St Uny) to the picturesque fishing village of St Ives. 


Get your heart rate going - No. We know what you are thinking. There are plenty of other adrenalin experiences to share with that someone special here in Cornwall. Jump off a cliff at Adrenalin Quarry, fly over the Eden Project on a zip line, hit the surf or try your hand at coasteering. Share an experience with the one you love and reward yourselves after your extreme escapades with a romantic candlelit dinner!


Learn together - You can combine a coastal or countryside walk with a bit of knowledge and food here in Cornwall. Try your hand at foraging at any number of excellent locations. Try the Fat Hen, Philleigh Way or 7th Rise for a truly unique experience. You should be able to cook up a storm for your other half once you are done too!

Buy your partner a special gift- Not for the faint of heart this one. Head into Truro for a spot of shopping, or perhaps stroll through Falmouth, St Ives or Fowey to take in the wares of the smaller, more quirky independent shops and producers. In St Ives you can find jewellers who will help you to make a ring for your loved one!

Eat out - There are an awful lot of great restaurants in Cornwall. We are going to recommend The Terrace here at Gwel an Mor (yes, of course we were going to!) Throughout Valentine's weekend, our chef and his team will be delivering an incredible 'sharing menu', including simple, romantic dishes you can share. Starters including either a Meat and Fish or Vegetarian Sharing Board, mains of Fillet of Beef or Vegetarian Wellington followed by an amazing Terrace Sweet Sharing platter. 


New Year's Resolutions

Monday 4th January, 2016

New Year's Resolutions...

It's that age-old process of thinking of changes you'd like to make, improvements in life and work that seem a good target for the year ahead. Perhaps best taken with a pinch of salt as many have failed by the end of January! Well, let's see if we can make those resolutions a little easier, and tie them in with a break in Cornwall!

Get fit.

By the end of January the gyms are at full capacity, with space at a premium and the whole experience being particularly uninspiring. Head to Cornwall, get outside and enjoy real space! You'll find plenty of options here in Cornwall. Run the coast path and take in the scenery, ride the waves and surf your way to fitness, or join any number of beach based boot/fit camps to share the experience with others. All you need to bring to Cornwall is an open mind!

 

Eat healthily.

This one is always a little trickier in the cold dark months at the start of the year, returning home to an empty fridge and a take away menu! Cornwall can help, as a well established 'foodie' destination you'll be sure to find some exquisite, healthy cuisine. Eat fresh fish and vegetables but avoid the pasties and you can enjoy good grub without the guilt! If you can't get to Cornwall then get Cornwall delivered to you - with companies like Cornish Seasalt and Cornish Seaweed you can enjoy the fruits of the sea wherever you are!

 

Try something new.

Whether you are a thrill seeker, or prefer something a little more sedate, Cornwall has so much to offer in terms of learning and trying new experiences. Surfing, coasteering and kayaking will allow you to dive right into new experiences in Cornwall. Alternatively, tackle crafting and painting with revered art schools by the sea. Learn a new skill such as cookery, at award winning cookery schools throughout the county.

 

Spend more time with family.

A holiday is a great way to spend time together, enjoying each other's company and catching up. A holiday in Cornwall will enable you to spend quality time together, from playing on the beach to sitting around the dining table in the evening. There is no better place, with that 'home away from home' feeling, than Cornwall - so add it to the list for the year!


Appreciate what you've got and be thankful!

Sitting on the beach or a cliff top looking out at the Atlantic sea is a beautiful thing, Cornwall has a magical feeling that will let you appreciate everything that you have. If you need convincing, come and stay with us here at Gwel an Mor. We can show you the beauty of Cornwall and let you appreciate family, friends and good times for what they are!


Fantastic places to see in the New Year in Cornwall

Thursday 31st December, 2015

St Ives - This iconic seaside town comes alive on New Year's Eve. Thousands flock to the town for its atmosphere. The harbour side and surrounding cobbled streets are filled with music and frivolities as the strike of the bells draws nearer. You need to be early to get a table as most of restaurants won't take bookings for the night, but if you get a seat in one of the best spots, The Hub or The Sloop Inn, then you are sure to have a great night. The roads are closed to traffic and fancy dress is encouraged, to keep the party atmosphere.  St Ives is one of the best spots in Cornwall to see in the New Year, with fireworks at midnight and plenty of bars to continue the party into the early hours of 2016!

 

Looe - Much like St Ives, Looe is a pretty fishing village with a reputation for a great party. The streets are closed and the pubs and restaurants are full, with fancy dress adding to the occasion. To keep both families and revellers happy Looe has two fireworks displays! For those going home early there is a display at 6pm and then a second at midnight. The aim of the game is to find a spot, either on the street or in one of many lovely pubs, and soak in the atmosphere for the whole night.

 

Newquay - For the younger generations, or the more inclined to party, Newquay is a must. The town offers so many options, from pubs to restaurants and bars to night clubs. The town is perfect for grand celebrations and you’ll be sure to have a great night, capped off with the most fantastic half an hour long firework display at midnight - it really is something special! If you want to dance your way into 2016 then you can't go far wrong with a night out in Newquay!

 

A local pub - Cornwall is full of beautiful villages and quaint countryside pubs. Why not head off the beaten track and find your own slice of heaven to see in the New Year? Ask around and you'll find recommendations for places with good food, fine wine and live music to see in the start of 2016. We'd love to name a few, but that would take the fun out of it! Although, if you are staying with us here at Gwel an Mor I’m sure we can point you in the right direction!

Christmas Illuminations in Cornwall

Tuesday 15th December, 2015

Christmas Illuminations in Cornwall

Here at Gwel an Mor we love Christmas, we love the atmosphere in Cornwall as picturesque villages and communities light up with beautiful Christmas light displays. Here in Cornwall you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a mulled wine or cider by the sea, it's a magical combination.

We are going to share our top five locations to soak up the atmosphere and take in the beautiful Christmas lights...

1.      Mousehole. The classic Cornish fishing village makes a spectacular effort each and every year. The secluded harbour and surrounding cottages are decked out in a quaint yet grand fashion. With lights around the harbour and even in the water you'll soon be feeling festive.

2.      Angarrack. A slightly less well known location. Angarrack is a small village, just a few miles from us here at Gwel an Mor. The village has a long standing reputation for its community's delivery of fabulous Christmas lights. From entering the village just off the A30, all the way through to the viaducts and wholesome village pub you’ll find a huge array of Christmas lights - from leaping lords to turtle doves! It's the perfect festive tonic!

3.      Padstow. Another picture perfect fishing village in Cornwall with a Christmas light display to match. Aside from an amazing Christmas fair, the lights that adorn the beautiful coastal village of Padstow are truly magical. The harbour and pretty back streets are dressed in festive splendour, so you can wonder and enjoy the delights of the village, including fish and chips from Rick Stein, or a pint in a real Cornish pub with roaring open fire. The Cornish would call it, 'ansum'.

4.      Looe. Ok, so there is somewhat of a recurring theme here. Looe is another pretty fishing village in South East Cornwall. The village is decked out to be in ship-shape festive fashion throughout December. The winding streets offer plenty of other opportunities for taking in the Christmas atmosphere, with pubs and independent traders plying their trade. Walk the famous 'banjo pier' and look back to the shore to see Looe in all of its Christmas glory!

5.      Truro. Cornwalls' city always puts on an amazing display for Christmas, with The City of Lights Festival and Christmas markets and fairs. The city itself boasts some great Christmas lights, the cobbled streets playing host to a most festive atmosphere, especially on late night shopping nights.

Home or away?

Friday 27th November, 2015

Home or away?

Of course, travelling abroad can be fun, but we sometimes forget about the many advantages of a 'staycation'. Today, more and more people are finding travelling abroad too much of a hassle and are opting for the much more relaxing option - a holiday right here in Cornwall.

It used to be the case that you had to travel overseas to find a top class luxury resort by the sea with five star facilities. Gwel an Mor has changed all that.

At Gwel an Mor, we love to fly the flag for holidays in glorious Cornwall, which we think can offer even more than most overseas destinations. So here are ten good reasons to choose Gwel an Mor for your next trip.

1.       You are within easy reach of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

2.       Luxurious accommodation with your own private deck and hot tub.

3.       Fascinating history to be discovered.

4.       Wonderful walks, scenery and wildlife.

5.       Superb food made with delicious local ingredients.

6.       Great things to do, whatever the weather, including indoor pool, fitness, gym, spa and wildlife centre.

7.       Fantastic local festivals and carnivals.

8.       Amazing pubs!

9.       Exhilarating sports, from cycling and sailing to surfing and coasteering.

10.   No baggage restrictions. In fact...you can even bring your pet!

If all this doesn't persuade you, then we may have to play our trump card....

11.  A delicious cup of tea, made just the way you like it! At Gwel an Mor this can even stretch to an amazing Cornish Cream tea, whenever the mood takes you.

So forget about the security checks, the queues and all the other things associated with overseas travel these days - and just look forward to relaxing in utter luxury.

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