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2016 in Cornwall: The Best Bits

Friday 2nd December, 2016

2016 in Cornwall: The Best Bits

It's been a great year here in Cornwall, it’s passed by at some rate of knots but we’ve really enjoyed ourselves. We've met so many wonderful people who have stayed and worked with us and generally taken the time to explore Cornwall alongside us. It culminated in an unprecedented third time win from the Hoseason's awards we are again the 'Best in Britain' - certainly a nice way to welcome the festive season.

Here are some highlights of the year for us;

January

We enjoyed the start to the new year with a dip in the sea. There are few better ways to blow away the cobwebs and get the mind set for the year to come and to make those all important new years resolutions. 

February

We spent a lovely evening with the better half eating fine food in beautiful surroundings in The Terrace Restaurant. Chef and his team served up incredible sharing Beef Wellingtons and we shared a few drinks too. We also had fun with the kids enjoying a fabulous half term in the great outdoors, warming up in a hot tub afterwards! 

March

Easter is always good fun as there is very little not to like about chocolate eggs and time off with the family. We joined in with the kids here at Gwel an Mor and had an egg hunt with chocolate for all and a rather enjoyable party in the barn!

April

We took a little drive to the South coast to the pretty town of Porthleven for the Porthleven Food Festival. We ate delightful food and drank some awesome craft ales and also enjoyed some live music. It was a great day or so of over-indulgence. Afterwards we felt guilty, so made sure we spent a little time walking the coast path and doing something active to make up for the fun we had!

May

St Ives was visited for it’s great May Day Celebrations. We danced around the maypole and soaked up the Bank Holiday atmosphere in pretty fishing village. We also enjoyed the Floral Dance at Helston Flora Day.

June

As the weather started to warm up we took a trip to Wadebridge for the Royal Cornwall Show. We spent the weekend marvelling at the animals and exhibitions on show whilst taking on-board some refreshments from some great local producers. Closer to home in Penzance we enjoyed the carnival parade on Mazey Day, the end of the incredible Golowan Festival.

July

Stithians Agricultural Show was a great way to get out in the sunshine and see some amazing demonstrations and animals. The weather was really great this summer, so we spent as much time with the family on the beach as possible. The beaches were immaculate as ever.

August

Holiday time. We reverted to eating BBQs on the beach or the deck and relaxing with family. We explored the coast and the wealth of amazing attractions in Cornwall. Here at Gwel an Mor we opened Base Camp – our indoor facility with Clip’n’Climb climbing walls and 2000sq ft of soft play! We also took in Boardmasters Festival in Newquay, watching some surfing and some incredible music too.

September

Chef and his trusty fisherman headed to the Great Cornish Food Festival in Truro to wow visitors with a cooking demonstration. They shared their insight on sustainable fishing as well as some recipes for some truly tasty fish sauces. 

October

Another family fun week was had during October half term, we got all spooky exploring haunted houses in Cornwall and blew off some steam with a kids fancy dress party here at Gwel an Mor in our events barn.

November

Well, although a little early we got all festive in November. On the 26th and 27th November we hosted a magical Christmas Fair, with stalls, music and food to enjoy the kids met Santa and his real reindeer at Feadon Farm.

December

We'll be joining the kids throughout December and meeting Santa and his reindeer. Come Christmas we'll be ready for a relaxing break, some fine food and maybe a few presents! Then we'll toast the end of the year and look forward to another awesome year in 2017!

 

If you want to come to Cornwall in 2017 and stay with the most awarded holiday resort in the county then give us a call on 01209 842 354 or check out our last minute deals or special offers.

 

 

'Hygge' in Cornwall

Tuesday 29th November, 2016

'Hygge' in Cornwall

It's the Collin's Dictionary word of the year and the lauded as the second viking invasion in the UK. This invasion is of a different sort, as 'hygee' is exported from the Danes to us Brits as a way of life and method for enjoying the colder, darker winter months we are subjected to each year.

'Hygge' (pronounced hue-ugh) according to author of The Little Book of Hygge Meik Wiking, can be defined as 'Togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort. It all boils down to the pursuit of everyday happiness - the art of creating intimacy and cocoa by candlelight.' At its essence hygge is about a sense of cosiness and family, perfect for long dark nights in each other's company!

So, here are a few tips for bringing some hygge and spiritual wealth to your winter and Christmas this year...

Light some candles

When you think of those evocative film moments in bygone eras and romantic moments there are always candles and twinkling lights. The Danes burn more candles than any other European nation, it helps to create a relaxing atmosphere, so we strongly recommend the same! When you get home after a day at work or exploring a Cornish coast path light a candle and settle down.

Pasties

Aside from 'hygge' the Danish are particularly talented in the world of pastry. Danish pastries are the perfect partner for a cosy night in. Hygge suggests indulging in what you love, and if Danish pastries are something you’re fond of then carry on, it's all about things that make you happy.

Don't work late

Working till well after dark is tiring, stressful and the complete antithesis of hygge. To truly achieve the perfect hygee you must put family time at the top of your agenda, so come home early and enjoy some company with your loved ones. Play a game, eat together and tell stories till late!

Take lunch early

Have a big lunch early, around 11ish, that way you’ll have plenty of fuel to continue work for the afternoon and be done at the end of the day ready to get home and spend time with your family.

Cycle or Walk

Cycle or walk to work so that you get some exercise, it's a way of increasing dopamine in your brain which is a 'feel-good' or 'happiness' hormone. Make sure you get enough exercise on a day to day basis so that your work and life balance is in favour of hygge!

Here at Gwel an Mor Resort we have the perfect lodges for a little hygge. With a cosy open plan living area our wooden Scandinavian styled lodges offer perfect respite from wild winter weather. You can watch the sea from your living room whilst snuggled down with a hot chocolate (or mulled wine!) in front of your own wood burning stove. If you want to embrace the outdoor elements of hygge you can get on the beach, or simply relax in your own bubbling hot tub and look at the starry night sky!

If you need a family holiday in Cornwall that supplies hygge in abundance then come to Gwel an Mor.

 

A Beautiful Christmas Fair in Cornwall

Friday 18th November, 2016

A Beautiful Christmas Fair in Cornwall

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November we have a glittering Christmas Fair planned. There will be entertainment, merriment and opportunity for some early Christmas gift buying from our many Christmas stall holders. It is free of charge to come and soak up the atmosphere and peruse the stalls in our events barn, so be sure to drop by and have a look.

You'll be able to buy craft goods from the likes of Caitilin's, Sew Stitchy and the Creative Shed - all perfect for unique gifts for adults and children of all ages.

If you want to get your hands on some jewellery be sure to visit jewellery Designed by Brett and Leni and Tidal Treasures. You'll be able to pick up the perfect stocking fillers for loved ones.

Should you be more of a foodie fan then you'll be pleased to see Patnick's Preserves, Kennal Vale Cheese, Divine Cornish Foods (Deli Farm Charcuterie), Victoria Crumb and the Sweet and Party - you'll find something for all tastes!

 

There will also be a range of refreshments available from our bar and yurt on the day, so you can enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie to really get that festive feeling going. Around the barn and yurt will be music from a traditional fairground organ too.

If you have little ones you can also buy a ticket to 'Meet Santa' and his real Reindeer, Nadelik and Lowen. Each child will receive a gift and a return voucher for Base Camp in January and February 2017. Make sure you pre-book your slot to avoid missing out.

 

If you fancy making a long weekend of it you can book a luxury lodge here at Gwel an Mor, especially as there is an offer currently available. A Lowena Lodge is yours for just Â£395 with Â£50 of vouchers to spend at the resort on a meal at The Terrace Restaurant, a treatment at The Wellbeing Spa, a wildlife experience on Feadon Farm or fun and games at Base Camp.

 

Give us a call on 01209 842 354 to find out more and speak to the team.

The Most Award Winning Resort in Cornwall

Tuesday 8th November, 2016

The Most Award Winning Resort in Cornwall

We were proud to receive a number of awards at the Hoseasons annual conference and award ceremony last week. The event brings together over 400 lodge parks and resorts to celebrate everything that is amazing in self-catering holidays in Cornwall and the rest of the UK. We have won many awards over the years with various governing bodies and customer groups, but we are always proud to receive plaudits from industry leading self-catering providers like Hoseasons.


This year we took home 'Best Park in Cornwall' award to show that we really are the best place to stay for your holiday in Cornwall. We have won this award on a number of other occasions, but given the extra effort that has gone into Base Camp and other site developments, we are thrilled to be recognised for the hard work.

To top off the evening we took home the 'Best Park in Britain' award for an unprecedented third time. This really does fill us with pride. It demonstrates that the work and development that goes into Gwel an Mor is positive and a leading example of how to deliver luxury lodge holidays. We can safely say that we set the benchmark when it comes to luxury lodge breaks!

There are a few things that set us apart from the crowd and make us the best park in both Cornwall and the UK...

Customer Service

We put our customers at the heart of everything we do. From the moment you enquire about our 5-star self-catering resort in Cornwall you will be thoroughly looked after. Nothing is too much to ask of our team, from reception to housekeeping, from maintenance to conservation teams. We won the Cornwall Business Award for customer service in 2015 - further accolade to our efforts in putting our valued guests at the top of our agenda at all times.

Quality

If you seek the best then Gwel an Mor will suit you down to the ground. Contemporary and high-quality fixtures, fittings and furnishings and every conceivable item you could need. Beautiful log burners, high-end hot tubs and anything else you could need are all here at Gwel an Mor and provided to each guest to ensure the highest quality holiday in Cornwall. The same goes for the food in The Terrace Restaurant, the treatments and products used in The Wellbeing Spa, the facilities in Base Camp and any other area you can enjoy and experience at the resort.

Facilities

To deliver truly exceptional holidays we have always worked hard to provide all the facilities that our guests require. We have an excellent clubhouse with pool, sauna, steam room and gym, The Terrace Restaurant and it's incredible seafood, The Wellbeing Spa and it’s beautiful treatments, Feadon Farm and the amazing wildlife experiences and more recently Base Camp - providing climbing and soft pay for kids of all ages. We will also be adding a fishing lake and 9-hole par-3 golf course during 2017, continuing our commitment to incredible facilities for all.

Knowledge

After nearly a decade of operating, we certainly know a thing or two about perfect family holidays in Cornwall and all the best places to explore around our wonderful home. Our team are always ready to provide you with local knowledge and point you in the right direction for all your holiday needs. Although not a hotel we provide a service not dissimilar to a concierge desk, we feel that it is important share our experience and knowledge of Cornwall with all of our guests, meaning you have a whole team of personal guides to the county!

If you want to visit Cornwall in 2017 and are keen to experience the very best then have a look at our offering. We deliver award-winning luxury family holidays in Cornwall. Have a look at our accommodation and facilities and then find out if we have availability for your 2017 Cornish escape.

Alternatively give our team a call on 01209 842 354 or email enquiries@gwelanmor.com to start your adventure!

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 enquiries@gwelanmor.com 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

Mayonnaise

Spinach

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.

 

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