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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 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.

A Magical December in Cornwall

Tuesday 24th November, 2015

A Magical December in Cornwall

A holiday in Cornwall is beautiful at any time of the year, but December is a truly magical time to visit. Get in the festive mood with events, fayres and more in Cornwall this December.

Here is our pick of perfect Christmas crackers to get you in the mood for the arrival of St Nick!

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, 25th - 29th November, Truro

A huge array of crafts, gifts and all important food will be on offer at the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair. Pick up unique gifts for family and loved ones or just treat yourself! There will be gifts to suit all budgets and the chance to get something that little bit different, all in one place, with fantastic food available from award winning local producers. Magic.

Fifteen Winter Fayre, 28th November, Watergate Bay

This is one for the foodies! Amazing local chefs and superb local producers will display their skills and products for the day at Jamie Oliver's iconic Fifteen Restaurant overlooking the sea at Watergate Bay. Learn a trick or two for Christmas lunch, or stock up your pantry for an exquisite festive feast.

Padstow Christmas Fair, 3rd - 6th December, Padstow

Family entertainment, crafts and gifts and fabulous food. Padstow Christmas Fair is a perfect day out for the whole family, with the opportunity to get unique Cornish gifts and sample some of the finest food that Cornwall has to offer. From jewellery to jam and artwork to toys, you'll find it all in Padstow.

Fowey Christmas Market, 4th - 6th December, Fowey

Now in its 11th year the Fowey Christmas Market showcases the products and skills of Fowey's shops, traders and craftsmen and women. You can get anything and everything here, whilst enjoying food and drink from around the local area too. This is a truly festive experience, sure to set the tone for a magical Christmas.

Mousehole Lights, 12th December, Mousehole

Mousehole is both iconic and beautiful. As well as its famous cat the picturesque fishing village is renowned for its incredible Christmas lights. Lights adorn every nook and cranny of the beautiful harbour, whilst local traders will be sure to provide both entertainment and refreshment to suit the festive mood! This is one not to be missed!

Montol festival, 21st December, Penzance

Displays, dancing, fire, food and entertainment. Montol is a full day of entertainment in historic Penzance, with acts and processions filling the streets and live music in most establishments. Enjoy fire displays and more and get ready for a fabulous Christmas ahead! Penzance has lots to offer in terms of shops too, with plenty of unique independent traders to grab that special, unique gift!

Autumn Colours in Cornwall

Thursday 22nd October, 2015

As the seasons change so too does the Cornish colour palette. Various hues of reds and browns prevail as the leaves fall and the scenery takes on a more rugged demeanour. With the coast path to explore and a wealth of woodlands and moorland, Cornwall is the perfect place to explore in Autumn... and there is always a good country pub to warm up in at the end of a day of adventure. Or a hot tub if you're staying at Gwel an Mor.

Here are our ten favourite spots to take in the changing of the season...

  1. Tehidy Woods. Just around the corner from us here at Gwel an Mor and offering over nine miles of paths to explore. These peaceful woods are the largest in West Cornwall and also host a pristine lake, plenty of wildlife and a lovely cafe.
  2. Bodmin Moor. Here you can see every colour in full effect. Miles upon miles of empty space to roam and explore and maybe even the chance to spot the now infamous 'Beast of Bodmin'....or eat a picnic instead.
  3. Lansallos. Ok, this little known beach tucked away is included as a favourite of a team member. Walking to a secluded empty bay through a mile or so long blanket of leaves on a crisp Autumn day takes some'll have to do a bit of research yourself for this one, but it is a special place.
  4. Minack Theatre. Is there a better place to watch the Autumn sunsets? Wrap up warm and take in a performance perched on the cliffs above the beautiful Porthcurno beach and gaze across to the dramatic Logan's Rock. There are few places that can feel as special, intimate yet utterly at mercy to the elements as the Minack Theatre. A must.
  5. Coastal Path. Nearly 300 miles of coast path means that you can be assured some peace and quiet to absorb the scintillating views that Cornwall has to offer. Watch heather flicker in the wind and marvel at the sea and sky. Our personal favourite is Godrevy to Portreath, although we are not exactly impartial.
  6. Trebah Gardens. A beautiful sub-tropical garden with its own private beach on the Helford River. With changing seasons comes changes in colour and this is an exceptional garden to marvel at!
  7. Lanhydrock. A beautiful National Trust property steeped in history and surrounded by exceptional gardens and copses. Take a wander around the house, take in a cream tea and explore the rainbow of colours in the grounds.
  8. Godolphin House. A National Trust property that is somewhat of a hidden gem. The gardens are incredible and the nearby Godolphin Hill offers extensive views. Walk the 'Barefoot trail' and the wonderfully maintained gardens in this beautiful location where time almost seems to stand still. A more overlooked National Trust property that takes you back in time. (The house is only open for one week each month – check opening times if that's what you want to explore!)
  9. Enys Gardens, Penryn. Another slightly less well known option for taking a stroll and enjoying the colours of Autumn. With regular events such as pumpkin trails and craft fairs it's somewhere a bit different to spend some time.
  10. Golitha Falls. Another team member favourite. A babbling stream running through ancient woodland on the outskirts of Bodmin Moor. A truly relaxing place to explore the various routes around the valley.

Find out more about events and places to see in Cornwall through Visit Cornwall here...

The Beauty of the Barn; venue for weddings in Cornwall

Tuesday 7th August, 2012

The popularity of barn venues for weddings in Cornwall has had a recent surge and for more and more couples wedding barn venues are becoming the top choice.

The beauty of barn venues for weddings, as more couples are discovering, is that you can create your own backdrop against a fairly neutral background in a party barn venue. A clash of colours with the bridesmaids dresses or floral wallpaper that is not to your taste is not a worry when you choose a barn venue for weddings or parties.

The neutral backdrop allows free reign to create your own unique setting in your wedding barn venue meaning you can make a huge impression with carefully positioned floral displays, table decorations, balloons, chair covers and more.

Wedding barn venues in Cornwall in particular also have the added benefit of invariably being set in the most beautiful rural scenery as barn venues for parties in Cornwall have usually been adapted from original farm buildings.

The unique charm and atmosphere our party barn venue in Cornwall offers is extremely hard to beat. It's intimate and romantic feel is the perfect setting for your big day. If you are about to start looking for your wedding venue in Cornwall or are getting tired of seeing venues that just don't match your expectations take a look at our barn venue for weddings. Cornwall is a beautiful location and our party barn venue gives you the freedom to let your imagination and creativity run wild!

Click here for more information on our barn venue for weddings and parties

One of those hidden gems in Cornwall

Saturday 12th May, 2012

Nestled under rugged coastline, this small secluded sandy beach on the North coast of Cornwall boasts natural beauty, it's one of those secret spots in Cornwall that never fails to impress.

Once at the edge of the cliff peer down and prepare to be taken back by the splendour that lies before you. After the initial pathway fades, it is a fair tricky trek down to this secret cove so care must be taken, although a rope half way down does lend a helping hand.

As this place is so secluded, very few are aware of it, for this reason the first time you go, as I did, you might feel like an intruder discovering a hidden island (especially if there are folk already down there). However this just adds to the experience and if respected this spot will welcome you back time and time again.

The day can swiftly pass in a number of ways here by enjoying a snorkel around the rocks, reading a book in the afternoon sun, having a surf if the tide is right, or simply just by lapping up the feeling of exclusivity that this spot offers you

Of course it goes without saying, a picnic must be packed if it's a full day your planning on, as thankfully a bustling beach café can not be found here for miles!

Even if you feel the ramble down is too much, you need not miss out. The astounding view of this secret spot in Cornwall means it can still be appreciated from above. Just a few steps down presents you with a flattened area amongst the grassy knolls, perfect to layout that picnic blanket out on and take it all in.

The thing I love the most about this place is its sheer modesty; it's in no tourist guides or on any postcards, it's not commercialised in the slightest and its infamous innate presence makes it all the more appealing.

From the old piece of weathered rope that someone once thoughtfully placed half way down the cliff, offering assistance to those select few, to the seldom swum inviting sea, this spot truly is a small slice of paradise.

Known to us as 'the secret spot' this place, I am sure will be enjoyed by my family generation for many years to come, perhaps it can be too by yours.

We think it's these secret places in Cornwall, these hidden gems in Cornwall, these effortlessly stunning places in Cornwall that really make it a truly beautiful county.

Where is special to you and your family in Cornwall? We would love to hear about it – and if you're luck I may just tell you where my hidden gem is…

Other “Hidden” Cornwall Gems:

  • Golitha Falls
  • Luxulyan valley
  • Polridmouth Beach
  • Chapel Porth Beach
  • Zennor Church
  • Caerhays Castle
  • The Hurlers

Looking for a luxury alternative to Centre Parcs?

Friday 16th March, 2012

Looking for a luxury alternative to Centre Parcs?

Are you a faithful centre parcs visitor… unsure about trying somewhere like centre parcs but not the real thing? You love staying in a wooden lodge with the family, in a beautiful location, taking things at your own chosen pace with the added benefit of an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities on your doorstep?

I can understand why, it does all sound very appealing and we all know once you have found somewhere you love to holiday there can be a reluctance to try anywhere new and a centre parcs alternative can sound like a risk.

The time spent on holidays is the most precious of all, so you want to feel assured your centre parcs alternative in the UK is the right choice.

Like centre parcs, Gwel an Mor has self catering wooden lodges, but that's where the difference ends, Gwel an Mor's Lodges are nothing less than 5 star and some of the most luxurious accommodation in Cornwall

So much more than simply a holiday park like centre parcs, location is always crucial, how does a stunning sea view grab you and being surrounded by beautiful green countryside? And only a few minutes walk to a stunning sandy beach.

Similar to centre parcs activities are a plenty from wildlife activities, cycle hire, tennis courts, rock climbing, zip wire or the nearby surf school and horse riding to name a few. Fantastic facilities on site include indoor heated pool, gym, sauna steam room, hot tub, restaurant and our brand new well being spa.

Thinking this alternative to centre parcs is sounding great already? I haven't even scratched the surface…

We might not have the status acquired by big branding and national advertising but more often than not it's the smaller players that come out on top, with our brand of personal service that will make all the difference on your alternative to centre parcs holiday.

Just see all the awards we have won!

It's time to break the routine of booking the same holiday year on year, want a break like centre parcs, but where you will have superb accommodation, and where you'll find a hospitality team that really care about you? Give Gwel an Mor a chance, take the plunge and discover this hidden gem in Cornwall.

Book your Lodge Holiday.

Alternatively, if you would like more information on Gwel an Mor's accommodation & facilities call 01209 842 354, email – or fill in our easy to use enquiry form.

Luxury accommodation in Cornwall, hot tubs, log burners…what are your expectations?

Wednesday 18th May, 2011

Luxury, it's that little 6 letter word that can mean so many different things to so many different people.

The Oxford dictionary describes the term using words such as indulgence, elegance, comfort or desirable. But what does it mean in terms of luxury accommodation in Cornwall?

From lodges with hot tubs in Cornwall, spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished accommodation, 5 *concierge service, a relaxing hot stone massage, to a simple chocolate on the fresh crisp white pillow, what is considered as luxury is certainly something that can be personal to you.

One popular addition to a holiday which is deemed as the 'ultimate luxury' by many globe trotters is self catering accommodation with a private hot tub.

According to a survey hot tubs are on the top 10 list of most searched for holiday home facilities. So what is it about these bubbling baths that is so sought after and deemed as luxurious by so many…? Perhaps it's the feeling of soaking yourself in open air bliss, lying back and enjoying a soothing massage from the jets, this water therapy is proven to promote the release of endorphins; a natural product that your body produces and it is considered a “happy drug”. This experience of a little pampering after a tiring day of biking, sightseeing or swimming is certainly something that fits well with a Cornish holiday.

It's not just us humans who love them, nicknamed the snow monkey, these cheeky-looking Japanese macaques live a chilly existence in Yamanouchi, Japan. They like nothing better than keeping warm in steaming-hot pools, I just love this video of them.

Luxury lodges in Cornwall with hot tubs is certainly something that we have covered here at Gwel an Mor, but you will be thankful to hear there are no monkeys in our ones!

We would love to hear what you love about hot tubs and what 'luxury' means to you, comments most welcome...

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