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3 great reasons to book your next luxury break in Cornwall

Tuesday 11th December, 2018

Today, Cornwall is attracting more and more discerning travellers from all over Europe.  Many of them are coming here not just for the coastline and beaches, but for the superb quality of experience that you can now enjoy in this beautiful part of the world. They have discovered a unique holiday experience that makes the perfect escape from the stress of the city.

Here are three great reasons why you should plan your next luxury break in Cornwall.

1. Travel links to Cornwall have never been better!

You can now fly direct to Newquay Airport from nine destinations around the UK, as well as Dublin. It is also much easier to get to Newquay from Europe, with direct flights now available from Copenhagen, Stuttgart and Duesseldorf.

And there’s great news for people travelling from London. From Spring 2019 there will be a new airlink between Newquay and London Heathrow. Flybe will be operating this service four times a day, seven days a week, opening up Cornwall to a global audience of travellers.

At the same time, rail links are undergoing a step-change. Great Western Railway has started introducing its new breed of intercity trains, specially designed for the Cornwall route. This will offer a faster, more frequent train service into Cornwall, with greater seating capacity and improved on-board services.

2. All the 5 Star facilities you could want!

When you arrive at Landal Gwel an Mor, you’ll find that our resort has everything you need for the perfect luxury break in Cornwall – right here on site.

We have luxury accommodation that can rival the best hotels in the country. Stay in one of our Residence eco lodges an you can enjoy contemporary living with some sensational designer features, such as an ultra-modern log burner, top quality music players, flat screen TV, full air conditioning and mood lighting. Take in the inspiring views of the seas from your balcony or unwind in your private hot tub while sipping champagne under the stairs. We can also provide a daily maid service for the ultimate in convenience and comfort.

Close at hand are all the luxury facilities anyone could need for a magical holiday. Our Clubhouse features a sparkling indoor pool with whirlpool and you also have full use of our steam room, sauna and fully equipped gym. Our Wellbeing Spa can provide a brilliant range of indulgent treatments to relax and revive you. We have our own tennis courts as well as a unique all-weather golf course, The Famous Nine, where we can also provide golf tuition to improve your game. Or you can enjoy the tranquillity of fishing at our lovely Clover Lake.

No luxury stay is complete without some amazing food and drink, and the chefs at our Terrace Restaurant never fail to impress, conjuring up delicious creations using the very best fresh, local ingredients. 

3. Some extra touches of luxury!

Nothing is too much trouble for our team and they will always go the extra mile to ensure that you have a fabulous luxury break in Cornwall. Just tell them exactly what you are looking for and they will pull out all the stops to make it happen, with a level of friendly, personal service that is hard to find. They can also make useful suggestions on things to do and places to visit, helping you map out your own bespoke itinerary for your holiday in Cornwall.

And for some special finishing touches you could add:

  • Champagne and canapes in your lodge on arrival
  • A bouquet of flowers, or even some rose petals sprinkled on your bed
  • A classic Cornish Cream Tea to enjoy on your balcony
  • Handmade chocolates
  • A luxury hamper for a special day out
  • Delicious, freshly prepared meals delivered to you lodge

Fire your imagination

It’s time to start planning your amazing luxury break in Cornwall. To inspire you, we have created a special 3D Video Tour of one of our Residence Eco Lodges, which you can view here.

Five essentials for a magical Christmas break or New Year break in Cornwall

Monday 26th November, 2018

Five essentials for a magical Christmas break or New Year break in Cornwall

The festive season is always spectacular in this part of the world and Christmas and New Year 2018 will be no exception! Here is our round-up of five activities you shouldn’t miss when you come to Landal Gwel an Mor for your special Christmas break or New Year Break.

1. Stunning Christmas Lights

See the wonderful harbour lights at the pretty village of Mousehole, in a unique festival that has been running for over 50 years. In Truro, the City of Lights festival features an amazing lantern procession and the biggest lights switch-on outside of London. Or visit the new After Dark experience at The Eden Project, to see the massive biomes illuminated with giant projections, combined with light sculptures and music.

2. Dazzling Christmas Markets

Short breaks in Cornwall make it easy to pick up those special Christmas gifts. Fowey Christmas Market features arts and crafts, local food and drink, festive gifts, music and entertainment for all the family. Truro Winter Gift Fayre is a brand new Christmas market for 2018, with quality festive treats and gifts, in a setting with evergreens, natural wood and twinkling lights. Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre is set in the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe County Park and features inspirational cookery demonstrations from leading west country chefs, local produce and craft and gift stalls. And on 24th and 25th November, we’ll host a Christmas Fayre right here at Landal Gwel an Mor.

3. Fantastic Festivals and Perfect Panto

Once again, the lovely town of Lostwithiel will host their sparkling Dickensian Evening, with Victorian dress, lantern parades, marching bands, stalls and festive food and drink. Food lovers will gather in Padstow for their Christmas Festival, which includes harbour lights, cookery demonstrations, food stalls and fireworks.

For Christmas 2018, the hugely talented Miracle Theatre Company will be staging Aladdin at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth. Come and share their unique interpretation of the famous oriental fairy-tale. Brace yourselves for all the fun of traditional panto and a whole lot more!

4. Meet Santa…and his reindeer!

For Christmas 2018, Santa will be coming to Landal Gwel an Mor and bringing two real reindeer with him. Visit him in his Grotto, where every child will receive a gift from Santa and a return ticket for Base Camp. A great opportunity to take some perfect Christmas photos. See details on how to book your place here.  And for some perfect Christmas Day food, we can offer you Christmas Day Lunch in our lovely Terrace Restaurant or a Christmas day Carvery in our magical Events Barn.

5. New Year’s Eve Breaks in Cornwall are unforgettable

Come to us for the perfect setting to celebrate the arrival of 2019. Enjoy a sumptuous New Year meal at our Terrace Restaurant. You could have your very own party in your luxury lodge, relaxing in front of a lovely log burner. Or sip champagne in your private hot tub under the stars. What a way to greet the New Year!

Discover Cornwall’s Luxury Alternative to Center Parcs

Monday 19th November, 2018

Discover Cornwall’s Luxury Alternative to Center Parcs

Are you looking for a holiday alternative to Center Parcs? Many of our guests have visited there at some point. They often then look for family holidays similar to Center Parcs but with a greater degree of luxury and more personal service. That’s what leads so many of them to choose Landal Gwel an Mor.

So if you are seeking Center Parcs alternatives, take a quick look at the reasons our guests have given for coming to us. You may find that Landal Gwel an Mor is exactly what you are looking for!

“We love Cornwall!”

Cornwall is by far the most popular holiday destination in the UK, with superb beaches, glorious countryside and fabulous attractions. Our guests tell us that we combine all their favourite features of these kind of holidays with a perfect Cornish location. No other Cornish holiday park can match our award-winning quality.

“Our family enjoy luxury lodge living.”

Our selection of Five Star lodges rivals the very best in the country. You can choose from our classic Scandinavian style wooden lodges or the stunning surroundings of our contemporary eco lodges at The Residence. Many of our lodges feature log burners and your very own private hot tub. You can tailor your choice of luxury lodge to suit the needs of your family, including baby and child friendly lodges or M3 assisted living lodges if one of your party has limited mobility. And you can add your own special touches of luxury to make your holiday even more memorable, such as Champagne and canapes on arrival or a daily maid service. The perfect luxury alternative to Center Parcs!

“We want a sea view.”

For many people, having a sea view is one of the things that makes a holiday magical and this is one area where we really stand out from many other holiday parks. All of our lodges feature lovely sea views which you can enjoy from your own private balcony or deck. There’s nothing quite like spending time together as a family watching a glorious Cornish sunset over the ocean.

“We like being surrounded by nature.”

One of the things people like about Center Parcs is the natural forest setting - but no other holiday park gets you closer to nature than Landal Gwel an Mor. We are in our own secluded rural setting, from which it’s just a short walk through a pretty woodland valley to one of the best family beaches in Cornwall. The lovely town of Portreath has soft, golden sands and crystal clear waters, making an ideal place to relax and unwind.

“We need plenty of on-site activities.”

No problem! If you’ve never visited Landal Gwel an Mor, you’ll be amazed at how many activities we have available at our peaceful site. We have our own indoor heated pool, with whirlpool, sauna and steam room, as well as a fully equipped gym. You can have an indulgent treatment at our Wellbeing Spa. Meet some fascinating animals at our unique Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre. Kids will adore our Base Camp indoor activity centre, featuring climbing walls and over 2,000 square feet of soft play. Our top quality outdoor activities include fishing at Clover Lake, golf at The Famous Nine par 3 course, tennis, croquet and putting. We have activities for all the family to enjoy, so if this is one of your requirements from Center Parcs alternatives, you will not be disappointed as our guest.

“Everything needs to be close at hand.”

Many people tell us that they do not like having to get around a large site to get to all the activities, which is what they experience at some holiday parks. At Landal Gwel an Mor, you will find that all our facilities are just a short walk from your lodge, meaning that your break will be as restful as possible and less stress for the kids.

“A good choice of food options.”

At Landal Gwel an Mor, we offer many great ways to keep your family fed and happy. You can self-cater in your luxury lodge or you can dine in our lovely Terrace Restaurant with a delicious range of dishes and a colourful Kids’ Menu. Using our Takeaway service, our restaurant team can prepare the fresh meals of your choice and have them brought to your lodge. Or our Base Camp café provides fantastic meals, drinks and snacks from breakfast through to dinner.

“Our family love cycling.”

If you enjoy cycling, then you will love the experience at Landal Gwel an Mor. You can bring your own bikes or arrange to hire them through our partners at The Hub in Portreath who will deliver them to your lodge. There is an amazing selection of cycle trails close to Landal Gwel an Mor that take you through beautiful countryside and fascinating history. We will provide you with our recommended route guides to help you on your way.

“The chance to get out and explore.”

On holidays like Center Parcs, some people find that they never leave the holiday park itself. Many people tell us that at Landal Gwel an Mor they get the best of both worlds: a holiday park with plenty of facilities plus the chance to get out and explore beautiful Cornwall. When you stay with us, you will find that you are within easy reach of Cornwall’s most famous beaches, landmarks and attractions, including St Ives, Hayle,  Land’s End, the Eden Project, the spectacular Poldark country, , and much more.

“I want individual service.”

Our loyal guests tell us that one of the things that brings them back to Landal Gwel an Mor is the personal service they receive from our friendly team. We always go the extra mile to ensure that our visitors have a wonderful holiday when they come to our resort. That starts from the first moment you contact us, where we will make sure that your holiday is tailor-made to meet the needs of you and your family.

For all these reasons and more, when you are seeking a luxury alternative to Center Parcs in Cornwall, you will find that Landal Gwel an Mor is an unbeatable choice.

To find out more or to book your break, contact our team on 01209 842354.

Planning perfect Three Generation Family Breaks in Cornwall

Tuesday 13th November, 2018

Planning perfect Three Generation Family Breaks in Cornwall

Multi generation family holidays are enjoying a surge in popularity – and it’s easy to see why. Grandparents get to spend more quality time with their loved ones, parents can get help with minding the children while they are on their holiday, and the kids themselves always have a grown-up on hand to look after them and help keep them entertained.

As a result, three generation family breaks can be a fantastic way for all of you to strengthen your relationships, share some great experiences, and create wonderful holiday memories together.

At Landal Gwel an Mor Resort in Cornwall, you can choose from accommodation which is just perfect for extended family holiday breaks. If grandad or grandma have a disability or limited mobility, you can take your pick from some of the most outstanding accessible accommodation in the UK. And everyone will be wowed by the stunning designer accommodation in the Residence, where there is even a TV in the bathroom as well as a bubbling hot tub and cosy woodburning stove to gather round.

Here are our suggestions to help you put together 3 Generation Family Breaks at Landal Gwel an Mor that will work like a dream…

  1. Do some advance planning so that you can do your best to cater for everyone’s preferences. For extended family holiday breaks like these, you need to take account of each generation’s needs when it comes to food and activities. Make sure everyone gets a chance to say what they would like out of the holiday. 
  1. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have to do everything as a group. On multi generation family holidays, it is important that each person gets some time to enjoy a favourite activity. Grandad might want to try fishing at our Clover Lake. Mum might like a spa treatment. Dad may fancy a round of golf at The Famous Nine. Grandma may enjoy a peaceful country walk. And Mum and Dad might appreciate a romantic meal together. Everyone should have room for some holiday “me-time.”
  1. Feel the magic! Holidays in Cornwall are about making memories that will last a lifetime. Many of us have treasured memories of beach holidays from our childhood. On a multi generation family holiday in Cornwall, you get to experience those magical moments all over again through the eyes of your children or grandchildren. Many people tell us that this is most special part of their trip. You can introduce the younger ones to many timeless experiences: building sandcastles, swimming in the warm sea, exploring rockpools, discovering wildlife. At the same time, grandparents and parents will remember the very first time they did those wonderful things together.
  1. Mealtimes are a great way of having quality time together. If you are travelling with very young children, you will need think about the ideal times of day to eat that will suit them and work for the adults as well. When you come to Landal Gwel an Mor for 3 generation family breaks, you will find there is lots of flexibility. You can self-cater in your luxury lodge, dine at our Terrace Restaurant, or take advantage of our Takeaway service, delivered to your door.  There is something for everyone!
  1. On multi generation family holidays it is great if you can plan days out that have something for all the generations. Here in Cornwall, there is an amazing choice available with stunning beaches, glorious countryside, great attractions and fascinating history. Attractions such as Newquay Zoo, The Eden Project and Land’s End have something to appeal to everyone. And our very own Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre provides unique experiences that will leave all ages spellbound. 
  1. When planning multi generation family holidays, it is always good to have some all-weather options for activities. Our sparkling swimming pool is open all year round, while we also offer our spectacular Base Camp indoor activity centre. Whatever the weather, kids can let off steam while the older generations relax over a coffee or a glass of wine. Always good to know!

Our team at Landal Gwel an Mor have years of experience in planning three generation family breaks like these. Speak to us and we will help put together a luxury break in Cornwall that the whole family will love.


Top tips for a wonderful 2018 winter break in Cornwall

Friday 9th November, 2018

Top tips for a wonderful 2018 winter break in Cornwall

Many people tell us that taking a winter break in Cornwall is their favourite holiday of the year. And it's easy to see why. If you've never experienced the magical atmosphere of Cornwall in winter then you are in for a real treat. Here are some of our top suggestions to fire your imagination...

1. The best weather in the country

It’s true! When it comes to the weather, you will nearly always find that ‘west is best.’ With its location in the far south west, and with help from the warming waters of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has much milder weather than the rest of the UK. You will often see narcissi and daffodils growing in Cornwall far earlier than anywhere else. So whenever you arrive for your 2018 winter break in Cornwall, you can still get out and about and enjoy all that this wonderful county has to offer.

2. Room to breathe

Without the crowds of holidaymakers that you find in the summer months, you can really relax and enjoy the Cornish countryside at its very best. On much quieter roads and country lanes, it is easier to travel around and see even more places during your time away. Many of our famous attractions, like The Eden Project, are open all year round. Whenever you take short breaks in Cornwall in winter 2018, you are much less likely to find a queue!

3. Fabulous walking and cycling

Get your walking boots on and hike the stunning Cornwall Coast Path, with so many beautiful locations to choose from. Walk the dog on one of our glorious beaches, most of which are dog-friendly throughout the autumn and winter months. Or hire a bike and cycle the famous Camel Trail. The team at Landal Gwel an Mor can arrange bike hire for you and provide you with guides to the best cycle trails in the area. For example, right next to our resort the Branchline trail links Portreath with the old mining village of Brea, following the route that the mineral trains would have taken. You can see details of this and other trails here. 

During a day’s cycling or walking, you’ll find plenty of atmospheric country pubs for a ‘rest stop’, many with blazing log fires! And when you take short breaks in Cornwall, self-catering in one of our luxury lodges, there’s no better place to unwind from all that exercise than snuggling up by your own cosy log burner or in your warm private hot tub, under a clear starry sky.

4. Amazing all-weather attractions

Whatever the weather, there is a great choice of attractions to visit during short breaks in Cornwall during winter 2018. Our favourites include Geevor Tin Mine, The Tate Gallery at St Ives, The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, and the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway. Or you could even try ice skating at The Eden Project. Then, of course, we have our own all-weather facilities here at Landal Gwel an Mor, with our sparkling indoor swimming pool, Base Camp and new golf course, The Famous Nine.

5. Stunning nature and wildlife

The landscape is stunning in winter, often at its very best on those crisp clear days when you can see for miles.  Depending on when you visit, you can sometimes spot rare migrating birds, seals and pods of dolphins. And don’t forget to visit incredible gardens like Trebah and the Lost Gardens of Heligan on your winter break in Cornwall. Or why not get up close and personal with amazing animals at our very own Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre?

Getting excited at the prospect of a winter break in Cornwall for 2018? You should be! Our friendly team will be delighted to help you with planning all the details!

Licence to kill

Tuesday 30th October, 2018

Licence to kill

An upsetting subject and one that is pretty shocking when you look into it, are the licences granted to kill some of our rare native birds.

The current law states that Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage are allowed to grant licences to kill a range of species for a variety of reasons such as public safety, for example where there is a risk of plane strikes, guarding crops and protecting game species.

Of course, there is no doubt there are legitimate reasons to remove some species at times, but what I find so appalling and incomprehensible are some of the allowable circumstances. Reasons such as culling buzzards to protect game birds for shooting. Another example, a licence was grated to kill Skylarks for no apparent reason. During the research of this article, it is terrifying the amount of species that licences were grated for including barn owls, black birds, robins, swifts, golden plover, grey partridge… and the list goes on, covering a shocking  34 species in total.

Back to the buzzard  - this is a species whose numbers were devastated by past persecution in the UK and is thankfully now making a comeback. Culling a native species to protect an alien species so we can shoot it makes no sense to me whatsoever. Also a question I ponder is what effects do these pheasants (35 million that are released into the countryside annually) have on our wildlife? For some predators it may be positive for others not so, with this increase potentially upsetting nature’s balance by increasing some predator numbers, which in turn may reduce the number of prey species.

I have digressed slightly but these subjects are definitely interlinked. We know that licences are granted to cull some birds of prey in order to protect game birds and some are illegally killed for the same reason. We also know huge areas of land are managed for pheasant shooting which benefits some species but we simply don’t know how much this benefits our wild life or how negative an impact it has on the whole.

What we do know is everything we do as a species has a knock-on effect on our wildlife. We need to remember that because we are the dominant species on the planet this means we have a massive responsibility to care for it and to do this may mean we can’t always have or do everything we want. What I am saying is that just because we can do something may not mean we should and there is a consequence to every action.

The culling of any species of bird should be looked at carefully and all other possibilities investigated before licences are granted. Can we ever justify culling a native species to protect an alien? And is it really ok to cull a species because it poops on your lawn, rips open you bin bag or steals your chips?

Maybe its time we looked at how we treat our wildlife and stop putting our wants before the needs of wildlife. 

Racing to the top – with the help of Landal Gwel an Mor!

Wednesday 24th October, 2018

 Racing to the top – with the help of Landal Gwel an Mor!

Fantastic news this week when racing driver Paul Maguire, who is sponsored by Landal Gwel an Mor, was crowned 2018 champion in the Davanti MX 5 5 Club Racing Championship.

This outstanding achievement came in what is only the third year that Paul has been racing his Mazda MX5– a superb performance.

This Championship is run by the 750 Motor Club and consists of 18 races for competition licence holders only. The base car is the popular Mazda MX5 mk1 1.6. There are strict regulations governing the specification of the cars, meaning that success is dependent on the skill of the driver, rather than the funds they have available to invest in their car. This helps to ensure close and exciting races – as Paul can testify!

The 18 race series saw Paul take no less than six wins and 15 podiums.

Despite having to cope with some technical problems with his car during the latter stages of the Championship, Paul’s performance over the series makes impressive reading:

18 races

6 wins

7 second-place finishes

2 third-place finishes

... and Paul also recorded the fastest lap time in eight of his races.

After the Championship, Paul thanked Landal Gwel an Mor for their sponsorship and his pit team for their support through the season. Paul will be presented with his big trophy at a special awards night on 19th January and is already making his plans for the 2019 season.

Many congratulations to Paul from everyone at Landal Gwel an Mor!


All about badgers

Thursday 11th October, 2018

All about badgers

Badgers in the UK have a chequered and colourful history - with this distinctive black and white nocturnal mammal loved by many, hated by some. The problem is the same for many of our native predators, which if you look back, in the past have all been persecuted at some point with bounties offered for killing them. In the early 1900’s there were over 20,000 gamekeepers in the UK and part of their job was to control predators or vermin as many of our native species were labelled - anything from corvids, the crow family, to mustelids, the weasel family including badgers. Foxes and birds of prey were treated equally as harshly with some of these species made extinct in this country and many others, such as the polecat, reduced to small, localised populations.

Throughout the last century numbers were reduced considerably with badgers sadly disappearing completely in some regions. However, following the First World War there was a noticeable reduction in the number of gamekeepers, which led to some species beginning to recover. In 1973 the Badgers Act was passed making it an offence to intentionally kill or injure a badger or to interfere with a sett, which helped numbers grow. However, in more recent years, the biggest issue for the badger is traffic, which has a big impact on all of our native species. As our landscape is being divided by more and more roads and with increasing amounts of vehicles, we are of course seeing more badgers killed in this way. The current figures are believed to be about 50,000 badger deaths a year on our roads, with the current population only numbering around 250,000.

Here at Feadon Farm we are extremely privileged to have four setts on the site, getting to observe these magnificent animals regularly with our Badger Watch experiences. With its one-way glass, visitors can book to come and sit in our warm, dry badger hide and enjoy a hot drink and cake, watch video footage from previous nights visits whilst waiting for the real thing to arrive. When the badgers make an appearance it always amazes me how many people say they have never seen a live badger before – having only seen them dead on the side of the road.

Just this week our visitors got to observe three adult badgers and two cubs feeding outside the hide for nearly an hour with some badger bickering and even some mutual grooming to keep us entertained. On a recent night walk at Feadon Farm the group spotted a badger climbing into some brambles and eating the blackberries, which was also a wonderful scene to witness. Badgers will in fact eat a whole variety of foods from earth worms, baby rabbits, mice, voles, carrion, wheat, maze through to apples, strawberries and much more. On one occasion a friend of mine was rabbit shooting at night and after hitting one, before he could retrieve it, a badger rushed out of the hedge and made off with it and this is very typical behaviour of an opportunistic forager like the badger. I saw on Spring Watch that a badger swam across to an island to get avocet’s chicks and know they have been recorded at deer carcass and even eating dead fish on the side of a lake – so voracious foragers.

If you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned the TB issue, well I feel people who are far more eloquent than me have said it all before. My main message as always, is that if you have any issues or gripes with any of our native animals, why not take some time to learn about them before passing judgement.  

What to look out for: it’s a great time to look out for badgers, jays and other species as they try to put on weight or build up food stores ready for the winter.

Come on a Badger Watch at Feadon Farm! Click here to find out more

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