News and Blog

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...

 

September

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.

 

October

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....


Ingredients

20oz Caster Sugar

8 Eggs

16oz Butter

6oz Cocoa Powder

16oz Dark Chocolate

6oz Plain Flour

8oz White Chocolate

8oz Mixed Chopped Nuts

Method

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...

 

Food at Base Camp

Thursday 1st September, 2016

Food at Base Camp

Cornwall's newest indoor play facility Base Camp has some of the highest quality softplay in the area alongside the only Clip'n'Climb climbing walls in West Cornwall. There is plenty to wear out young and old alike. Once you have worked up a sweat and an appetite the Base Camp cafe will be the perfect place to grab that much-needed nourishment and refreshment.

The menu was developed by the kitchen team at The Terrace Restaurant here at Gwel an Mor, which means local, fresh ingredients combined to create wholesome food for children and adults. The menu features a number of adapted favourites from The Terrace Restaurant as well as some lighter lunches developed just for Base Camp.

You can expect to have your hunger satisfied with some excellent food, replenishing your energy before you take to our climbing walls and soft play once again. You don't have to have children to come here either, if you are simply after a light lunch from the menu you can drop in at any time.

Here is our main menu.

These are some images of the food available at Base Camp throughout the day.





 

Breakfast at Base Camp

Tuesday 30th August, 2016

Breakfast at Base Camp

It's the most important meal of the day. It's even more important if you plan on exerting yourself with rock climbing and soft play for a few hours.

At Base Camp we have West Cornwall's only Clip'n'Climb climbing walls, 2000 plus square feet of soft play and a great cafe serving fresh food all day. Whether you're staying here at Gwel an Mor on a family holiday in Cornwall, visiting the area or are local to Portreath you are welcome to enjoy these excellent new facilities. Come and test your skill and co-ordination 7-days a week at Base Camp whatever the weather.

The kitchen team from The Terrace Restaurant have develop the menu in the Base Camp cafe, here you'll find an appetising breakfast menu. Using local ingredients, the team create fresh traditional and continental style breakfasts to suit everyone's taste buds. Whether you want to keep it healthy with a fruit bowl or granola or go all out with Eggs Benedict or a full English fry-up you'll find something to enjoy at Base Camp. 

View the menu here.





 

Water Vole Conservation in Cornwall

Monday 29th August, 2016

Water Vole Conservation in Cornwall

During recent months the rangers have been working on a project based on the River Meon in Hampshire, aiming to aid the growth of Water Vole population in the UK. Water Voles are found living in burrows near to slow moving water and are often mistaken for rats because of their brown fur and long tails. As one of the rarest mammals in the UK Water Voles are a protected species and its preservation is of great importance to the wider ecology of river banks across the UK.

Since the 1960's British Water Vole numbers have dwindled, accelerated by predators such as American Minks that had escaped from Fur Farms. It is believed that the Water Vole population has decreased by nearly 90 percent in recent decades, so projects such as this, in tandem with Derek Gow Consultancy are really important in securing a future for this species of British wildlife.

The project has involved Feadon Farm looking after a 'breeding pair' of Water Voles, ensuring a safe environment for breeding. It has been a very successful summer, with 15 young Water Voles that have now been taken to Devon where they will be released into a monitored natural environment.

Here are some shots of the team counting and collecting the Water Voles ready to take to their new home.

If you'd like to find out more about this endearing little creature you'll find projects all around the UK, many backed by the National Trust and other environmental agencies.

At Feadon Farm the team are always working on valuable conservation projects, helping to preserve and promote awareness of native British wildlife and those from further afield.




August in Cornwall

Thursday 11th August, 2016

August in Cornwall

It's summer. Cornwall is bustling with excited families and couples exploring the wonderful sites and attractions on offer. With the sun shining and time on your side it can be difficult to fit everything you want to do into your holiday in Cornwall. Here are a few of our favourites and essentials for August in Cornwall.

BBQ - Either on the beach, or at your rented accommodation (we can provide you with a BBQ at Gwel an Mor) it is essential that you make the most of the fine weather to cook outside. Throw some burgers and sausages over an open flame and liberally apply ketchup and relish, voila, the taste of the Great British summer!

Food Festival - For those of you with an appetite for Cornwall's finest food and drink there are always food festivals and farmers markets to get your fill. On August 13th you can enjoy the Padstow Beer and Seafood Festival, where you'll find excellent producers of food and craft ales and more. You could always visit a vineyard for a wine tasting tour whilst you are in Cornwall, a glass of wine is certainly an ideal way to cool down!

Ice Cream - A seaside holiday is not complete without an ice cream or two. Here in Cornwall you are never far away from an ice cream van, parlour or cafe selling handmade Cornish ice cream. Near to Gwel an Mor you can try Mr B's in Hayle, Jelberts in Newlyn or enjoy Roskilly's ice cream right here at The Terrace.

Fish and Chips - A Cornish rite of passage. Freshly landed fish and perfect crispy yet fluffy chip-shop chips served with mushy peas (or whichever side takes your fancy) whilst sat on a picture-perfect harbour side. When in Cornwall you have to eat fish, and it is always best served with fish.

An attraction - Throughout the summer the main attractions such as Flambards, Eden Project and Newquay Zoo will have extra entertainment for kids. Make the most of these great attractions and dedicate a day to the children. (The above fish and chips and ice cream make an excellent after attraction menu!) Alternatively, you can enjoy climbing and soft play right here at Gwel an Mor at Base Camp, Cornwall's newest indoor play facility.

Find your personal nivana - There are nearly 400 beaches and coves here in Cornwall. This August head off the beaten track and find a quiet, hidden gem to share with your loved ones. Ask around or do a little research before you arrive in Cornwall. Groundwork is always rewarded with perfect sand and turquoise waters for cooling off!

Find your sea legs - You have to get out on the water on your holiday in Cornwall. You're spoilt for choices of vessel and levels of activity too. Try surfing or stand-up paddle boarding with our partners Ebo Adventure, hire a motor boat in St Ives or book a discovery cruise from Falmouth.

Stretch your legs - Over 300 miles of coast path mean that you'll never be short of scenic views and perfect picnic spots. Have a look at our walks leaflet here at Gwel an Mor, or use the South West Coast Path website to plan a few days of exploration. Reward your efforts with a drink in a beer garden with a view of the sea!

Take up building - What is a Cornish holiday without a sandcastle? Every family holiday deserves some time dedicating to building something on the beach. Elect for traditional bucket shaped sand-castles, or the old dam in a stream or go extreme and build something Brunel would be proud of. Cornwall's engineering heritage is world renowned, so add to it whilst you are here!

A New Indoor Activity Centre in Cornwall

Wednesday 10th August, 2016

A New Indoor Activity Centre in Cornwall

There are 101 things to do with your children in Cornwall, aside from the 300 plus miles of coast bath and over 400 beaches to explore. Sometimes you need an activity for a rainy day in Cornwall, somewhere inside, away from the elements with enough to keep young and old happy for a few hours.

That's why we built Base Camp here at Gwel an Mor Resort, it provides a kidzone for children to really let off some steam. Soft play is great for younger children, and ours is perfect, with over 2000 square feet of fun and adventure to be discovered in Base Camp there is scope for a full indoor activity day. The new facility aims to provide some of the best soft play fun in Cornwall, for our residents and local visitors.


In addition to the excellent soft play areas we thought it wise to add a little something extra. At Base Camp you'll find indoor climbing walls so you can really reach new heights for indoor activities on rainy days on holiday in Cornwall. Our 10 climbing walls are made by innovative climbing company Clip'n'Climb, offering auto-belay technology that allows children as young as four years old to safely climb. Base Camp provides the only Clip'n'Climb climbing walls in West Cornwall, meaning that those on family holidays in the area now have some of the best facilities in Cornwall to climb in.


Whilst keeping little people entertained is often the priority we also understand that parents and grandparents need to be looked after too. The cafe at Base Camp serves food throughout the day, accompanied by coffee, tea and even a glass of wine. The menu will suit little ones as well as grownups. The Terrace Restaurant head chef and his team have developed a cafe menu that has a focus on fresh local ingredients, meaning that you can enjoy freshly made food whilst children run amok. Base Camp serves breakfasts that include Eggs Benedict, Homemade Granola and Full English as well as light lunches such as paninis and heartier dishes such as the Base Camp Burger.

Whether you are staying at Gwel an Mor or are on holiday in Cornwall looking for a day out with the kids, you are welcome at Base Camp. Come and share the fun with us! 

Menu
Mobile logo
Book Now 01209 842354