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Luxurious Romantic Breaks in Cornwall

Wednesday 18th January, 2017

Luxurious Romantic Breaks in Cornwall

There is little better than a long weekend away with a loved one and spending time together away from the grind of daily life. Cornwall is the perfect bolthole for a romantic break. The county is magical all year round and has so much to offer for couples, with plenty of space to find some quiet privacy away from the family holiday madness.

Here are some tips for a great romantic escape here in Cornwall.

Walk the Coast

There are over 300 miles of glorious coast path in Cornwall. The path hugs some of the most breath-taking, awe-inspiring and romantic vista anywhere on the planet, which makes it the perfect day out for couples. The coast path has many well-known walks as well as less accessible and quieter routes, many of which can easily include a romantic picnic spot or cosy country pub.

Swim in the sea

Sharing an experience is truly romantic, sharing an exciting and new experience is even more so. Be brave in 2017 and take a dip in the sea with your partner. Be it quick winters dip or summer swim make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes for post sea warming up and always swim in a safe, preferably life guarded location.

Relax and unwind

Share some quality peace and relaxation time together in Cornwall and escape the routine of the working week. Book yourselves some treatments in a spa and truly unwind together. Recharging and rejuvenating is a must and helps bring you closer together, so make sure a spa visit is near the top of your romantic break agenda.

Indulge and eat

The staple of all date nights is a meal out. Fine wine, great food and a relaxing ambience all set the tone for a perfectly romantic evening. Cornwall is perfect for those couples who love to eat out, with a reputation for incredible restaurants across the county. You'll find fine dining restaurants as well as some of the finest gastro pubs and bistros around. Each establishment will prepare amazing food from incredible, locally-sourced ingredients. If you’re staying at Gwel an Mor be sure to share some tapas in The Terrace Restaurant here at the resort, with authentic Mediterranean dishes inspired by our head chef’s Spanish heritage.

Get off the beaten track

If you want to stray away from the usual then perhaps spend some time together exploring the moors or woods, some of which offer great trails for bicycles. Tehidy Woods around the corner form us has miles of picturesque trails and walks to explore and wile away the hours. If you want something completely different then there is also a theatre company that operates in Tehidy Woods, check out Rogue Theatre and see if they have a show whilst you are here.

Hunker down

Batten down the hatches and indulge in a little hygge here in Cornwall. Our lodges are perfect for romantic breaks, with roaring log burners and bubbling hot tubs. Sometimes the perfect day with a loved one is at home, watching a film and drinking a bottle of wine and generally unwinding. Here at Gwel an Mor our award-winning luxury lodges really do create the most cosy atmosphere for a little down time.

If you are planning a romantic break in Cornwall call our reception team on 01209 842 354 top see how we can help to arrange a perfect weekend away. We can even organise the all-important finishing touches such as rose petals and flowers! 

 

Top Tips for Wedding Planning in 2017

Friday 13th January, 2017

Top Tips for Wedding Planning in 2017

It's not easy planning a wedding, that's why we have a Wedding Coordinator here at Gwel an Mor to look after brides and grooms every whim. Outside the coordinators remit there is other work and plenty of decisions to be made. Don't fret if 2017 is to be the year for your big day though...we are here to help.

Here are 10 top tips for helping you to plan the perfect wedding day in Cornwall...

1 If you just got engaged you need not rush head long into planning the big day itself. Enjoy the moment and wait before you start to plan the wedding itself.

2 When you do start to actually plan your wedding it is useful to create a couple of lists. One is your 'wants' and the other is your 'needs', the difference is that without the 'needs' your day simply won't happen. Once they are looked after then the 'wants' can be looked at!

3 Set a stringent budget and be sure of it. The average cost of a wedding is estimated to be around £24,000! Make sure you have a budget and you work to it so as to avoid panic, frustration and unwanted or unforeseen costs!

4 A wedding is all about the couple getting married, don't lose sight of this. Make sure that your big day is a true reflection of yourself! Weddings should have a bit of character, so make sure you think about what makes you unique and work it into your plans.

5 When you are planning a wedding and working to a budget it becomes all too easy to over think decisions. There is simply no need, go with your gut instinct, it's probably what bought you to be with your partner, so don't fret and worry about each individual element.

6 Weddings take quite a bit of planning and plain old elbow grease. Delegate and accept help from family and friends as a problem shared is a problem halved. To get everything done on time and on budget you'll need help, so make sure you know who you can use!

7 Personalising your wedding day can make it truly unique and really memorable for your guests. Flowers from your own garden, decorating with family photos or using some of your guests talents for music are all great ways to do this.

8 When finding items for table centres and other decorations, etc make sure you seek out hidden treasures. Car boot sales, second-hand shops and antique dealers are hot beds of cool, quirky and unique additions to your wedding. Have fun and head out on a few adventures to find the bounty!

9 Keep an eye on the dates, they are important not only to you but also to your guests and suppliers. Keep on top of ordering things on time, getting invitations printed and sent and anything like pre-orders for food chased up and organised!

10 Don't panic. Although it seems like there is a mountain to climb when organising a wedding the day will come together, especially if you have your wedding at a venue such as Gwel an Mor. Let others take the weight off your shoulders and try to enjoy the build-up and excitement of wedding planning. Don’t stress and you'll have plenty of energy for the big day itself!

All that is left is for you to enjoy the day and set off on a nice relaxing honeymoon!

If you are getting planning on a wedding in Cornwall then drop us a line and come and see our beautiful venue. We'll put your mind at ease with our truly unique and bespoke weddings. Call 01209 842 354 or email events@gwelanmor.com to find out more.

 

2017 Food Festivals in Cornwall

Wednesday 11th January, 2017

2017 Food Festivals in Cornwall

Cornwall is a real destination for foodies. Over the years the county has developed an impressive reputation for fine producers and incredible eateries. On holiday in Cornwall you can eat at establishments such as Rick Stein's Seafood Cafe, Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant and Paul Ainsworth's No.6 in Padstow. Cornwall is home to fabulous producers too, many selling fine foods at monthly and weekly farmers markets, through local delis and farm shops and at larger scale events.

If you are on holiday and you want to absorb some Cornish food culture then a food festival is your best bet. At these festivals you'll find the producers and chefs in the same place. Sample foods and watch how the professionals prepare food in live demos and take some delightful ingredients home with you. Here are some great food festivals to check out.

Porthleven Food Festival, 21st-23rd April 2017

The picturesque fishing harbour plays host to a fine food festival. The festival itself has many stalls, a main marquee with producers and demo area as well as entertainment tent with live music and other entertainment for little ones. Spend a day sampling food and ale around the harbour and dance the night away with friends on full stomachs. This is one of our favourite events of the year, a great day out for folks of all ages with something for every taste.

St Ives Food Festival, 13th-14th May 2017

St Ives has a reputation for art and beautiful beaches.  St Ives Food Festival is based on the world renowned Porthminster beach. The beach itself is home to Porthminster Cafe, with its own notable reputation for fresh seafood and foraged ingredients. The festival boasts a multitude of suppliers and producers alongside an excellent programme of chef demos. Take the time to feel the sand between your toes whilst enjoying some fine food, then take in the delights of St Ives restaurants in the evening.

Great Cornish Food Festival, 22nd-24th September 2017 (TBC)

The big one. Three days celebrating everything that is both great and tasty in Cornish food. The festival is hosted by Cornwall Food and Drink on the Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro. The county's finest chefs deliver demos and the huge marquee and outside market area provides the space for hundreds of producers. This is a show not to be missed, and we love attending as our head chef Joe Lado-Devesa usually delivers a chef demo each year on the Friday of the event.

Fish Festivals...

Newlyn Fish Festival, Late August

The historic fishing town hosts an annual day long fish festival. Here the finest chefs deliver cooking demos with locally landed fresh fish and stall holders sell produce inspired by the sea. There is also live music and other entertainment such as gig spring races (Cornish rowing boats). Always busy, but well worth a visit!

Newquay Fish Festival, Mid September (TBC)

Into its 14th year this festival in Newquay brings together a craft and food fair alongside cooking demos, music and more on Newquay harbour. Be sure to take in the festival and enjoy a refreshing pint on the veranda of Newquay Rowing Club.

 

February Half Term in Cornwall

Thursday 5th January, 2017

February Half Term in Cornwall

February half term is perfect for family holidays in Cornwall. It can be a little quitter than the warmer school holidays in the year, meaning there is that bit more room to roam around the coast and fishing villages that our magical home has to offer.

We are already looking forward to another break as we are feeling a little January blues after a fabulous festive season here at Gwel an Mor. So, here are our top tips for a perfect half term here in Cornwall.

Attractions

Cornwall has an abundance of fabulous attractions to entertain children of all ages. Try the world famous Eden Project at half term where they will be running 'Storyfest', which includes storytelling in the Mediterranean biome. Other family attractions such as Newquay Zoo and National Maritime Museum always have great schedules and events during school holidays too. You could also check out a few National Trust properties, we are particularly fond of Goldolphin House and Trelissick Gardens.

Beaches

They really are the jewels in Cornwall's crown, and there so many to explore with your family. If you are in Cornwall for half term why not try surfing at Godrevy? Perhaps build a sandcastle on Porthmeor beach in St Ives? Or maybe just watch the waves crash at our home in Portreath? You are spoilt for choice, so just have a little look at a map then head off on an adventure.

Coast Path

With slightly cooler temperatures February offers great weather for coast path exploration. Take in breath-taking views and secluded coves whilst walking on hundreds of miles of beautiful coast path. We are particularly fond of the coast path near to our home, taking in Bassett's Cove, the North Cliffs and Hell's Mouth. If you want a change of scenery then head into the countryside, take in woodland walks at Tehidy woods and see plenty of wildlife.

Food

Cornwall is known as somewhat of a foodies favourite, so indulge the family with some quality meals. Eat on site at Gwel an Mor's own fabulous Terrace Restaurant or go exploring and try the likes of Rick Stein's, Fifteen and Paul Ainsworth. Alternatively you can go shopping in beautiful farm shops such as Trevaskis Farm (near us) and stock up on beautiful Cornish ingredients to cook an amazing meal in your well-equipped luxury lodge.

Relax

If you are really feeling the January blues then perhaps you simply need to relax during the break. If you are on a family break in Cornwall then we have lodges with their own hot tubs, perfect for recharging batteries. If dad is taking the kids surfing, or climbing at Base Camp (our indoor climbing facility) then you can book in for a relaxing treatment at the Wellbeing Spa. Bliss.

If you want to find out more about breaks here at Gwel an Mor give us a call on 01209 842 354 and speak to our reception team.

'Musts' for 2017 holidays in Cornwall

Friday 23rd December, 2016

'Musts' for 2017 holidays in Cornwall

Our beautiful home is the undisputed champion of UK staycations. All year round our county has enough to offer to keep young and old and couples and families happy. From beautiful beaches and coastal paths, to historic trails and fabulous visitor attractions, Cornwall really has it all.

So, here are a few 'musts' for a perfect holiday here in Cornwall.

A Food Festival

Cornwall is somewhat of a destination for foodies, we have some of the finest restaurants in the country, especially when considering our fresh seafood. As such there are numerous food festivals in the county each year. We highly recommend Porthleven Food Festival which also includes evening entertainment in the beer tent, St Ives Food Festival on the beautiful Porthminster beach and the always awesome Great Cornish Food Festival in the heart of Truro on the Lemon Quay. Each festival has chef demos and plenty of opportunity to try and buy fabulous Cornish produce from awesome producers.

Music Festivals

Much like the rest of the UK you will find plenty of music festivals throughout Spring and Summer in Cornwall. If you aren't feeling up to camping then a stay in a luxury lodge might be the perfect end to the day after visiting the famous Boardmaster's Festival in Newquay. If you fancy something a little smaller then there is the 'Don't Wake the Fish' festival at The Gurnard's Head n Zennor, or Looe Music Festival on the beach in Looe, South East Cornwall. All these festivals sell out, so make sure you book early to avoid missing out.

Beaches and Hidden Coves

The 'jewels' in Cornwall’s crown really are its incredible beaches, coves and coastal paths. There are firm favourites for the essential family beach days such as Godrevy, Perranporth and Sennen. We also advise you to get off the beaten track a little and visit smaller off-grid coves. Some of our favourites include Prussia Cove near Praa Sands, Lansallos at Lantic Bay and Bassett's Cove near our home in Portreath. Many of these coves are home to local legends like Ralph the Giant...you'll need to do a little research to find your own secret!

Cornish Culture

Cornwall is home to plenty of local history and culture, from mining heritage and historic houses to stories like Poldark and local folklore such as St Michael's Mount's giant. More modern culture can be taken in the form of shows and famous art galleries. Take in a magical performance in the woods from Rogue Theatre, explore mining heritage and see art at the Tate Gallery on Porthmeor beach, St Ives which re-opens after development in 2017.

Sport in Cornwall

Many people lead a pretty active and outdoors lifestyle here in Cornwall. When you are on holiday try your hand at some of the pastimes you may not be able to do at home. Rides the waves and have a surfing lesson, play golf at Gwel an Mor later in the year on our new par-3 9-hole course or try sea fishing - if that isn't possible then we have a fishing lake opening later in 2017.

 

Christmas in Cornwall

Wednesday 21st December, 2016

Christmas in Cornwall

We are really looking forward to Christmas here in Cornwall. It's a magical time of year! There is so much to see and do during the holiday period and your time is precious - so here are some of our recommendations for the festive break if you are staying on a family holiday in Cornwall.

Christmas Lights

Take in some beautiful Christmas lights whilst strolling around a picturesque Cornish village. Mousehole lights are well renowned and the village itself is picture perfect during the festive period. Have a drink in a quayside pub to warm up! There are plenty of other places with amazing lights too, with communities pulling together to create festive atmosphere, one of our favourites nearby is Angarrack - you'll have to google it to find out more though!

Christmas Day Swim

Across the county on Christmas morning you'll find many loosely organised swims in the sea. Those braving the water in swimming costumes and Santa hats embrace that festive spirit wholeheartedly. If you do participate stay safe and perhaps ensure you have a hot toddy with you for post dip heating!

Christmas Shopping and Sales

Try some more independent retailers for your retail therapy. Explore the likes of St Ives, Truro and Falmouth to find some unique post-Christmas bargains. You'll also find the usual suspects from the high street if you need to attend one of the more well-known January sales.

Catch a Festive Show

Cornwall has a great cultural reputation, with some of the UK's finest theatre companies right here. Our favourite is Rogue Theatre's Winter Woodland Ball, just down the road in Tehidy Woods. Visit their website to find out more. There is also the Miracle Theatre, who will be delivering Cinderella in Falmouth throughout the festive season.

New Year’s Eve

It's one of the biggest nights of the year across the world, the same applies here in Cornwall. The town of St Ives is hugely popular, with many festooned in fancy dress filling the streets. It's difficult to even get in restaurants and bars as the town is at its busiest. The atmosphere is amazing though, so well worth the effort. There are also quieter towns and villages, many with firework displays and warm and cosy pubs for a more sedate evening of entertainment. Make sure you are up bright and early to see the sunrise on a new year - maybe brave the sea again to wash away a night of over-indulgence!

 

Alternative New Year's Resolutions in Cornwall

Tuesday 13th December, 2016

Alternative New Year's Resolutions in Cornwall

It's the time of the year to take stock and look forward to 2017. All in all 2016 has been a fantastic year; we've had a lot of fun here in Cornwall and met lots of lovely folk having fabulous family holidays. We've enjoyed great weather and beach days, Poldark returned and the warmth of summer hung around well into October.

Now we are looking forward to some festive cheer andChristmas parties. Santa has been here at Gwel an Mor for the last few weeks, working with his reindeer down at Feadon Farm. Chef and his team are preparing to dazzle us on Christmas day with the perfect Christmas lunch and we’ll be eating and drinking in the restaurant on New Year's Eve before retiring to our hot tub to welcome in the new year!

So, we thought we'd share some more alternative resolution methods with you to kick off 2017...

Create a year bucket list

Make 2017 a year where actions speak louder than words. Write yourself a list of things to achieve, do and see and tick them off as you go. Here in Cornwall it could be visiting St Michael's Mount, making your own Cornish pasty or catching your first fish.

Set a 30-day challenge

Pick a month to achieve something amazing. This could be anything you like, but make it positive. We'd like to suggest 30-days of walking at least a mile a day; it's great for your health and a really great excuse to explore the miles of beautiful Cornish coast path on offer on holiday in Cornwall.

Set a challenge for the year

Mark Zuckerburg, founder of Facebook, sets himself a yearly goal, in the past this has included learning Mandarin. Set yourself an ambition for 2017 and make a real impact on your life. Learn to surf? Swim a mile in the sea? Run a marathon? Learn the Cornish language? Write a book?

Look forward

Make a list of things to look forward to in 2017, this way the special moments won’t just pass you by. Birthdays, celebrations and social events of importance should all be on this list. This will show you how many great things and people there are in your life.

Learn something you didn't as a child

Some skills we simply don't pick up when we are children pick that bit more tricky to learn, make 2017 the year to buck this trend. Learn to swim, crack riding a bike or learn the ropes of fishing. All of this is something you can do right here in Cornwall.

Keep your taste buds guessing

Try new food each month. Cornwall is home to some of the finest culinary delights in the UK, so a perfect spot to try new food. Book a table and enjoy fresh seafood, book a course and learn to cook game or try other local foods like pasties and fudge...yum!

Whatever resolutions you make just ensure you make time for yourself and your loved ones. Spend time together and appreciate those moments. Come to Cornwall to share magical moments and reboot yourself!

A festive cocktail form The Terrace Restaurant

Tuesday 6th December, 2016

A festive cocktail form The Terrace Restaurant

It’s the season to be jolly and for goodwill to all men. Celebrate this with a cocktail or two, its party season after all!

Here at Gwel an Mor we like a Christmas party and look forward to looking back on the year with friends, family and colleagues.

So, here is a quick cocktail recipe that’ll be sure to get your party started over the 2016 holiday season.


Amaretto Fizz

25ml Amaretto

50ml Orange juice

150ml Prosecco

Twist of Orange

 

If you don’t want to make it yourself then head down to The Terrace Restaurant during December to enjoy fine food, cocktails and great company!

Call 0209 844 132 to book a table.

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.

 

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