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Real Wedding - Charlotte & Stephen

Monday 16th April, 2018

Real Wedding - Charlotte & Stephen

Planning a wedding and want to know what it's really like getting married in our yurt or barn? Our Events Assistant, Leah, is here to take you through all the details of one of our gorgeous recent weddings...

Your first wedding when working in Events is always a big deal, it’s the wedding you will always remember and the one you learn and grow from.

For me, Charlotte and Stephen were the best couple to have as my first. They knew me from the beginning of my role here and fully embraced this, involving me in every way they could.

I booked their wedding after only a few days of being in my position (DAUNTING!!) and I couldn’t wait to get started. Knowing that we only had 4.5 months until the big day meant we had to get stuck right in. The date was set for November 2017 and the fun began.

So let’s just get into it…

The proposal story?

‘Our proposal story is so unromantic that it was perfect for the both of us! We were sat on the sofa one evening, Stephen was playing a game and I was reading my book, when he just turned to me and said, do you want to marry me? I simply replied…… YES, that night we went online and ordered an engagement ring. Totally unconventional but the proposal couldn’t have been more perfect for the two of us.’

This proposal story just sums up Charlotte and Stephen, their stress-free nature and laid back approach to everything really shines through, as long as everybody is happy and having fun then what more could you want? We tried to carry this approach throughout the wedding day to really make the day personal to them both and it worked perfectly.

The planning

Throughout the planning stages of the wedding, I regularly met with Charlotte to run through the ideas she had and to make sure we were all on the same page with her plans for the day. This meant catching up on whether she had made anything new at home. Charlotte is a DIY queen and really found her forte with the décor as you will read further on. Looking back on the months leading up her big day, Charlotte says that she loved the whole experience of planning her special day ‘Everything ran so perfectly there was no need to be stressed. The staff at Gwel made sure there was nothing for me to worry about, they really put me at ease.’

The day

The wonderful Charlotte and Stephen were married on a wintery day in November 2017. After a short engagement, although they had been together for 12 years, the couple tied the knot in the glorious Yurt, later followed by their scrumptious wedding breakfast that was enjoyed by all of the guests, including the couples three Jack Russells. The couple weren’t able to pinpoint a particular part of the day that was their favourite, they said ‘Everything was perfect! The day ran flawlessly, every single one of our guests said how wonderful our wedding day was.’

The food

Running through the wedding day was their laid back approach. The couple opted for a hog roast for their wedding breakfast which went down a treat with their guests and was a more relaxed way of dining that suited the couple impeccably. For their evening food, they chose a pasty supper, which gave their guests a quick refill so they were able to carry on dancing the night away.

As a sweet treat alongside the wedding cake, they created a doughnut tower - seven tiers of yumminess surrounded by an array of sweets for all of the guests to enjoy, including some delights for their four legged friends. This was such a great way to incorporate the whole family's love for scrumptious deserts.

The decor

Charlotte and her mum totally took over the decoration side of the wedding. From origami butterflies for the place cards to the cake topper and table plan, everything was made at home. Charlotte's Nan even helped with the flowers for the centre pieces, creating a truly bespoke look and turning the room into a flowery Eden which smelt amazing!

The couple went for burgundy tones throughout the décor, flowers and bridesmaids dresses, which was perfectly for the time of year, carrying the autumnal vibe throughout the whole venue, Charlotte recalls her wedding day being absolutely perfect, when asked if she would change anything her reply was ‘Everything about my wedding day was perfect, although due to it being a cold November day we didn’t get the chance to take as many photos as I would’ve liked. But we all have the memories.’ The couple’s photographer, Simon Winters, did a fabulous job of capturing the day with some beautiful candid shots of the pair.

The Groom also had a large role within the decoration, he swagged the yurt with fabric creating a beautiful area for the pair to deliver their vows. All these things helped the couple stay within their budget, because they wanted a short engagement they were realistic with their money, Charlotte recalls ‘Make sure you are clever with your money; spend the money on things that are a priority for you. Make sure you have a realistic budget to start off with and go from there.’

The honeymoon

Following the wedding day, Charlotte and Stephen didn’t go overboard on a big honeymoon, they relaxed and spent time together staying in one of the beautiful, pet friendly lodges at Gwel an Mor for two nights with their dogs. Charlotte says ‘Stephen and I spent the weekend together with our three dogs. We didn’t really do much, apart from just celebrating our first few days of married life together. We also took a trip to Dartmoor Zoo for a fun day out.’ I asked if the couple’s life had changed at all, since becoming husband and wife, and they simply said ‘Life is no different! Everything is still as perfect as it was before we got married; Stephen and I were just truly meant to be together. After 12 years of being together we are pretty settled in life, marriage is what you make it, so enjoy every second!’

Advice for future couples

Charlotte says, ‘Have faith in your wedding planners, they know exactly what they are doing and nothing will ever be too much for them, for me Leah and Lucy were amazing, and I cannot recommend them enough. Everything about Gwel an Mor was perfect, the staff, the venue and the accommodation was out of this world. Stephen and I chose to have our dogs as a big part of our wedding day, the staff couldn’t have been better with them, they looked after them all night, making sure they didn’t escape, keeping them occupied during the speeches and most importantly, giving them lots of cuddles! Nothing was a problem for the staff and they were so laid back and relaxed it made the day perfect.’

Since Charlotte and Stephen’s wedding day back in November, I have grown into my role as Event Assistant wonderfully. I've been taking on tasks I didn’t think I’d be able to and creating a confidence I never would’ve had before. The pair will always be remembered by me and I will hold their wedding day close to my heart for the rest of my career within this industry.

 

Leah

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Suppliers

Trevarno Marquee and Event Hire  - Chairs

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Jody Drone - Hair and Beauty

Bridal Elegance Cornwall - Dress

Eco holidays in Cornwall

Sunday 8th April, 2018

Eco holidays in Cornwall

We're doing all we can to prevent our beautiful beaches looking like this.

We know how lucky we are to have such a stunning coastal location and we're committed to doing all we can to help the environment. Here's what we have done so far...

  • Banned the use of plastic straws on the resort and joined The Final Straw movement
  • Reduced single use plastic across the resort 
  • Installed solar panels on our Clubhouse and office roofs to produce electricity
  • Invested in electric vehicles for our staff to use on the resort and for local journeys
  • Encouraged all staff and guests to reduce, reuse and recycle with recycling bins and a recycling point
  • Won several conservation awards including a 2017/2018 Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award, we’re a BBKA Honey Bee Friendly Holiday Park and we’ve won 5in5 Awards for Hedgerow Conservation
  • Established Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre where we rescue and rehabilitate animals
  • Built new eco lodges from natural materials that meet the BRE rating code level 4 and an eco-home rating of 'excellent'
  • Landscaped with native tree species and wild flower grass
  • Supported the water refill scheme in our restaurant and cafe
  • Used sustainable and local produce in our menus

Conservation is at the heart of what we do and always in our minds, we'll be adding to this list as much as we can to keep Cornwall the amazing place it is.

Top 5 things to do with kids on a rainy day in Cornwall

Tuesday 3rd April, 2018

Top 5 things to do with kids on a rainy day in Cornwall

The holidays have arrived, and of course we get a little ‘Cornish’ weather thrown in for good measure! To stop the kids getting bored and driving you up the wall we’ve come up with the great and the good of rainy day activities in Cornwall so you can keep those smiles going even when the sun is hiding.

Base Camp Cornwall

Distance from Gwel An Mor: On the resort!

Over 2,000 square feet of indoor soft play and ten climbing walls will keep the kids happy while you sit back and relax in the Base Camp Café with breakfast, lunch or just a treat of coffee and cake. 

Heartlands, Pool

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 3 miles

Lots to explore at this World Heritage Site, from learning about mining to seeing artists to working in their studios or just cosying up in the café. And if the weather clears up there is an adventure playground too!

Badger Watch, Feadon Farm

Distance from Gwel An Mor: On the resort!

Settle down in the cosy hide for a dusk experience to see badgers and other nocturnal visitors in their natural habitat. Even if the animals don’t appear, you’ll see plenty of previous visits captured on our night vision Badger cam. Hot chocolate and cake will keep you cosy!

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 16 miles

Be inspired by heroic sea voyages, explore the Pacific Islands in the Play Zone and get involved with storytelling, activities and live performances

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 20 miles

Discover what lives under the water from the Cornish coast to the tropics! From seahorses and turtles to pulsating jellyfish and toothy sharks!  

Wondering why we've changed our name to Landal Gwel An Mor?

Sunday 1st April, 2018

Wondering why we've changed our name to Landal Gwel An Mor?

We're pleased to announce our partnership with Landal GreenParks UK and the appointment of our new Resorts Director, Matt Way.

Matt brings a wealth of experience to us, with many years in the UK and European holiday markets - he's already doing a fantastic job!

We're still the same lovely resort you know and love, and we're still independently owned.

What differences will you notice from our Landal partnership?

  • Some fab new activities will be available such as archery, fencing, zorbs and more!
  • Our already famously wonderful customer serive will become even better with the arrival of Landal's Hostmanship programme
  • Some new signs and staff uniforms around the resort
To find out more about Landal click here
 
Don't forget to give Matt a wave as you're sure to see him out and about around the resort when you next visit us!
 
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What's On In Cornwall This Easter

Thursday 22nd March, 2018

What's On In Cornwall This Easter

Chocolatey treats, sunny beach walks and egg hunt fun! We've rounded up the best of the month, so you can get out and explore...

Kids Easter Parties at Feadon Farm - 4th & 11th April

Lots of fun for the kids including meeting our chicks and bunny from Feadon Farm, Easter arts and crafts, soft play, Clip n'Climb taster sessions, a disco, party games and a buffet with drinks. FREE for guests staying with us or £10 for locals. Book now on 01209 844164.

Easter at Eden - 24th March - 15th April

Fun for the whole family! Go eggsploring on an egg hunt, take on a giant inflatable challenge and find your way through the spring maze.

Easter Sunday Roast at The Terrace Bar & Restaurant – 1st April

Let us look after the cooking and washing up this Easter Sunday! Sunday Roast from £9.95 with a FREE glass of bubbly for each of the grown-ups! Veggie and vegan options available. Served from 12pm - 8pm. Book on 01209 844132 or click here

Explosive Easter at Flambards – 24th March - 15th April

Experiments, explosions and a chocolate egg trail are all part of an action-packed Easter at Flambards.

New Activities at Landal Gwel an Mor - 31st March - 6th April

We've got heaps of exciting new activities for you to try this Easter! From Sea Scootering in the swimming pool to fencing, body zorbs and water walkers! Call 01209 842354 to find out more.

Make Furry Friends at Feadon Farm - 31st March - 6th April

Come and hand feed foxes, fly owls, uncover critter in rock pools, watch badgers and lots more! Call 01209 842354.

The Man Engine Resurrection Tour 31st March - 6th April

The award winning arts project is back! Watch the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain come to life.

For all the activities at Gwel an Mor this Easter click here to download our timetable!

Escape to Cornwall for Easter with a break at Landal Gwel an Mor. 3 night breaks from £628 for up to 5 people. 7 night breaks from £1,015 for up to 5 people. 

Don't forget, kids eat FREE for the whole of the Easter holidays at The Terrace Bar & Restaurant!

To book a break - click here

Top 8 Tips for Planning Your Rustic Wedding in Cornwall

Thursday 8th March, 2018

Top 8 Tips for Planning Your Rustic Wedding in Cornwall

Dreamy venues

Nail this and you’re 90% there. The right venue is the back bone to your big day and you can make your rustic wedding dreams come true by finding a venue that mirrors your theme. Whether it’s a handfasting on the edge of a dramatic cliff with the colours of the sunset as your backdrop, a yurt wedding with the scent of woodsmoke weaving through the air and the flickering light of dozens of candles or a country church filled with wildflowers and smiles. Think green, natural and wild.  

Props to the stylist!

Rustic wedding styling is all about embracing nature. Simplicity is key and thankfully this is easy on the wallet too. Take a woodland trip and forage for pine cones, log stumps, conkers and autumn leaves. Collect mason jars, candles, hessian strips and pieces of old lace. Pintrest soon becomes your BFF as you uncover secret tips, how-to’s and ideas for your countrified wedding.

Inside tip – Use hay bales and woolly throws to create a cosy area around a fire pit, where the two of you can find some late-night solitude, sit under the stars together and reflect on your magical day.

Relaxed dining

Food is a huge part of a wedding and one of the bits the guests look forward to most (after seeing the two of you get hitched of course, tissues at the ready!). Lots of couples don’t realise you can really tie it into your theme. A formal, sit down wedding breakfast doesn’t work so well with a rustic theme, so go for a more laid-back approach – BBQ’s, hog roasts, picnics or afternoon tea. Do away with the stiff table plans and let guests choose where they sit to give a chilled-out vibe to your day.

Stay natural

Say goodbye to stiff, posed photos and say hello to gorgeous candid shots filled with love and laughter. Go for a relaxed approach and discover creative, organic spaces for your photos that help capture the emotion, connection and essence of the day. From woodland valleys to secret Cornish coves and windswept fields, you’ll be left with gorgeous photos for wonderful memories of your wedding. Take the countryside as your influence; wild flower headdresses, hessian, lace, breezy flowing gowns for the girls and modest suits for the guys.

Inside tip - Don’t rush things, let everything flow naturally, the rustic wedding is laid back so let each and every one of your guests feel this too.

DIY brides

DIY weddings are super on trend. Keeping it simple and personal means so much more and handwritten invites and homemade favours will make your day truly authentic. If you’re organising a wedding on a budget or you love making things and being creative then this is the way to do it, head over to Pinterest and YouTube and you’ll soon be able to make anything at home. Pinterest will give you heaps of ideas for homemade décor and how to style the day. Create a board, download the app and it’ll help you stick to the theme when you’re out shopping.

Stick to the budget

The hardest part of any wedding! But a rustic wedding can be really simple and with lots of DIY bits and bobs for your décor you can keep the costs down and keep your other half happy!

Inside tip – plan your budget right at the start and when looking at quotes always plan for the higher end of the quote so you won’t have any nasty surprises. If something comes in under the quote you’ll then feel super smart and like you’ve made a saving!

Be prepared

Cornwall’s weather can be a little tempestuous. From rainy days in August to snow in spring, it’ll always try to catch you out. Whether your wedding day is partly set outside, or you’re being brave and going for a marquee wedding, make sure you’re prepared. Incorporate blankets, umbrellas and wellies into your venue décor, and if the weather does take a turn for the worst your guests will love how prepared you have been.

Feel the love

With all the stress of ‘wedmin’ and the disagreements over flowers and colours, don’t lose sight of the reasons you are doing this. Keep your day romantic and all about the two of you. Dim the lights, share memories, take photos and as the sun goes down use candle light to guide the paths. Take time out for the two of you, even if it is just for 5 minutes for a little stroll to reflect on your day and remember all the reasons why you are, where you are.

Still searching for the perfect rustic wedding venue in Cornwall? Click here to take a peek at our wedding Barn & Yurt

For more information on a wedding a Gwel An Mor call our Events Team on 01209 844135 or email events@gwelanmor.com


Cornwall’s most romantic sunset watching spots

Monday 29th January, 2018

Cornwall’s most romantic sunset watching spots

Gwel An Mor is famous for its fabulous sunsets and with every lodge having a westerly sea view it’s easy to see why! Taking time to just sit and watch the light changing is good for the soul and one of the most romantic things to do on holiday as the sky puts on a magical show of colour. Earn some brownie points by packing up a snuggly blanket, a bottle of chilled fizz and whisking someone special away to one of these spots…

Your private hot tub

Treat yourselves to a luxury lodge with a private hot tub and you can gaze at the sunset while the warm bubbles soothe away the stresses and strains of the 9-5, with a glass of something cool and bubbly in hand. Bliss.

Chapel Porth, St Agnes

Earn extra points by taking the special person in your life to one of Poldark’s filming locations. Follow the cliff path up to Wheal Coates tin mine, and watch the sun glint off the Atlantic waves as they roll in.

Cape Cornwall, St Just

A magical landscape of rolling cliffs, tin mines and rushing seas – as the sun drops you’ll be able to see the Isles Of Scilly on a clear day and feel like the only two people on earth.

Perranporth Beach

Our top tip is to skip the busy beach and head up into the sand dunes, where you can find a cosy little hollow just for two and hide away from the world as the sun dips below the horizon.

Nanjizal Bay, near Lands End

A very special and secluded beach that’s well worth the walk to get to it. Home to Song of the Sea, a tall narrow natural arch, the colours of the sunset couldn’t look better anywhere in the world.

We'd love to see your sunset photos so share them with us on Facebook or Instagram using #mygwelanmor

 

10 great reasons to make visiting Cornwall your New Year Resolution

Monday 1st January, 2018

Have you made a New Year resolution to come to our beautiful part of the world in 2018? Here is our list of 10 great things to look forward to on your Cornwall holiday this year. 

And if this is your very first trip to Cornwall – then you’re in for a real treat!

1. The best beaches. If you love gorgeous, unspoilt beaches, then we have over 400 to choose from!

2. Amazing walks. From the spectacular Cornish Coast Path to the rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor, there are always new horizons to enjoy.

3. Stunning gardens. Our mild climate has helped to create some of the most famous gardens in the world, including Trebah, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.

4. Fantastic restaurants. Featuring Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and many more.

5. Picturesque villages. Including delightful seaside gems like Polperro, Mousehole and Port Isaac (famous for the Doc Martin TV series).

6. Exciting watersports. Take to our crystal-clear waters for surfing, coasteering, sailing, paddleboarding, or some exhilarating sea fishing.

7. Inspiring history and legends. Everything from King Arthur to Poldark Country.

8. Brilliant attractions. Try Camel Creek Adventure Park or Flambards Theme Park for a day packed with fun.

9. Fascinating arts and culture. Experience the spectacular clifftop Minack Theatre or the newly-expanded Tate St Ives.

10. Superb golf. Cornwall is home to some of the most spectacular courses in the country, and Gwel an Mor has now added its very own challenge, The Famous Nine Golf Course. Our unique all-weather course takes its inspiration from the very best golf holes from around the world. 

 

It is no wonder that Cornwall was recently voted the UK’s Best Holiday Destination for an incredible ninth year in a row at the British Travel Awards.

You can see from our top 10 list that Cornwall has so much to offer that you could never fit it all in to one holiday….…so you may just have to come in 2019 as well!

Book your 2018 break in Cornwall now 

 

Five fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations to enjoy in Cornwall

Saturday 18th November, 2017

 Five fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations to enjoy in Cornwall

The people of Cornwall have a long tradition of hosting spectacular New Year’s Eve parties. Fancy dress and fireworks are particular favourites! Here is our selection of five of the best New Year’s Eve events in Cornwall this year.

Newquay is an especially popular destination for the younger generations. Musical performances start in Central Square during the afternoon, to get everyone in the party mood. Thousands take to the streets in fancy dress to enjoy Newquay’s famous bars and nightclubs. Everyone gathers in the square for the bells and to sing Auld Lang Syne. This is followed by an awesome 30 minute firework display which lights up the whole harbour.

St Ives creates a superb family party atmosphere on New Year’s Eve. The picturesque cobbled streets leading to the pretty harbour are filled with revellers in fancy dress and there are special parades for the children. The main festivities start around 8pm and build to a climax with the huge firework display at midnight, after which many partygoers continue their celebrations on the beach!

Looe is a friendly fishing village which many people from around the area travel to for their popular New Year’s Eve party. Everyone joins in the fun of fancy dress and the local fishing boats are all lit up for the night. Looe is unique in having two firework displays, one at 6pm and the other at midnight. This means that even the very little ones can enjoy the party. The crowds gather on the promenade to see the dazzling fireworks being launched from Looe’s famous Banjo Pier.

Falmouth is staging a New Year’s Eve firework display for the very first time this year. The fireworks will be launched from the towers of the imposing Pendennis Castle so that they will be visible from many vantage points in the town. Falmouth has an excellent selection of waterside bars and restaurants where you can soak up the lively New Year’s Eve party atmosphere.

Padstow is a picture - perfect fishing village, dotted with cosy restaurants, pubs and galleries. Over the festive season, it has glorious illuminations. On New Year’s Eve, what could be more magical that watching the fireworks in the harbour?

Book your New Year’s break at Gwel an Mor now.

5 great reasons to take a winter break in Cornwall

Saturday 11th November, 2017

 5 great reasons to take a winter break in Cornwall

Have you ever thought about coming to  experience the wonderful atmosphere of Cornwall in the winter time? Cornwall takes on a very different personality at this time of the year, but one that is just as special as in the spring or summer. Many of our guests tell us that this is their favourite time to visit. So here are five good reasons to join them this year…

1. It’s SO peaceful

You can enjoy the wonderful scenery and coastline without any crowds, seeing the Cornish landscape at its natural, unspoilt best. The roads are so quiet that this is the ideal time of year for exploring more of this beautiful county, when it is much easier to get around and park wherever you want. Many of our famous attractions stay open for much of the winter but with one big difference – no queues.

2. The mildest winters in the UK

Due to its southerly position and the influence of the warm waters from the Gulf Stream, Cornwall typically has much milder winters than the rest of the country. Heavy snow is very rare in this part of the world, especially in the coastal areas. Spending time in a milder climate at this time of year can really help to recharge your batteries. You may even see daffodils blooming in December…

3. Nature and the local wildlife are stunning

See the trees in their changing colours against the backdrop of some stunning winter sunsets. Winter in Cornwall is a paradise for bird-watchers, with everything from rare migrating birds to night time owls. The coastline can be full of surprises, with inquisitive seals popping their heads out of the water and pods of dolphins following fishing boats home to harbour. Many of our famous gardens stay open through the winter months, including Trebah, Lanhydrock, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the amazing Eden Project.

4. Cornwall is a great place to get active

Blow away those winter cobwebs and enjoy a fantastic playground with all kinds of outdoor activities. Hike the stunning coast path. Cycle the famous Camel Trail. Play on some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country, including our brand new all-weather course The Famous Nine. Go fishing. Take a boat trip. Enjoy dog-walking on glorious unspoilt beaches. And believe it or not, our surfing friends tell us that the waves at this time of year are at their cleanest and most exciting (wetsuit required, of course).

5. Wonderful food and drink

After some fresh air and exercise, you’ll love some hearty local food. Treat yourself to a delicious Cornish Pasty, some fabulous fish and chips or locally-caught seafood, or relax over a classic Cornish cream tea. Unwind with a sumptuous meal at a cosy countryside pub. Or sample one of our many famous restaurants – at a time of year when it is much easier to reserve a table.

Whatever reasons tempt you to take a winter break in Cornwall this year, we are willing to bet that it won’t be your last.

And if you are quick, you can grab 25% off winter breaks
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