Posts Tagged ‘Cornwall’

  • Newquay and Truro Cottages with £50 OFF

    Date: 2012.10.21 | Category: Cornwall, Cottages, Latest News, Self catering, South West England, Special offers - time limited | Response: 0

    £50 OFF Cornwall CottagesIf you are heading to Cornwall in 2013 then take advantage of an excellent £50 Off discount voucher through Find Cottage Holidays.

    It’s not often we can give you a head start on a discount, so we are happy to recommend this great offer from the Find Cottage Holiday and Mardens Holiday Cottages teams.  You can find full deatils of the selected Cornwall cottages the offer is for and more details about the Cornwall Cottages with £50 Off.

  • 15% discounts on UK cottage stays of 7+ days in South West England in May and June. Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset self catering

    Date: 2011.05.06 | Category: Cornwall, Cottages, Devon, Dorset, holidays, Latest News, Self catering, Somerset, South West England, Special offers - time limited, Whitsun Break | Response: 0

    Let’s face it, 3 nights away in Cornwall Devon, Dorset or Somerset is just not long enough (after all, it was a pretty cold winter!) so give summer a proper welcome with a 7 night holiday and get a 15% discount.

    Our holiday partners Blue Chip Holidays are offering all guests who book a stay of 7 nights or more a very handy 15% off holidays from 6 May – 25 June 2011. Just click here and use the discount code ‘Jun11′ when you book and you’ll save 15%, leaving you with a little extra for your spending money too.

    Here’s the small print for the offer… your stay must be for 7 nights or more, and it must start between 6 May and the 25 June. You must also book between these dates to receive this discount, so why not plan an early escape this year and beat the crowds on the beach?!

    If you are looking for a holiday in the south west of England this May Bank Holiday then check out some of the following:

    Alterntiavely check out the new sites: Self catering in Dorset, Devon self catering and Find Cornwall Cottages

  • Over 500 new cottage and apartment holidays in South West England

    Date: 2011.02.12 | Category: Apartments, Cottages, Self catering | Response: 0

    Find Family Holidays has added 500 new self catering cottage and apartment holidays in the south west of England, including cottages in Cornwall, Dorset and Devon.

    The accommodation includes both cottages and apartments either located on the drammatic south west coast or at some beauty spots in the country.  Hundreds of these cottages and apartments are rated 4 stars or 5 stars and so if you are looking for a bit of luxury on your holidays then there is no better place to start especially if you are looking for luxuries like a swimming pool and hot tub.  If you are feeling romantic, check out our range of romantic cottages and apartments that include four poster beds and open wood fires. For the more active holidaycheck out those cottages with great walking near by or apartments close to watersports, golf and fishing.

    Whether you are looking for a holiday in Cornwall, Devon or Dorset for a couple, family of large group you are sure to find something just right at Find Family Holidays.

    Find Family Holidays has 10,000 cottages and apartments listed across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland ensuring you have the widest selection to choose from.

  • Fun and Screams at Eden Project this Halloween

    Date: 2010.10.23 | Category: Places to go, Special offers - time limited | Response: 0

    There is lots of family Halloween fun and scares at the Eden Project this year including Skate n’Scream and the Little Monsters’ Ball.

    Skate n’Scream (28-29th October)

    Venture deep into the Rainforest Biome after dark and awaken the primitive spirits of the tropics. All those who dare to take part will experience an original unsettling soundscape by Augustine Leudar as they set out on a terrifying exploration that features live storytelling and dramatic encounters.
    This experience is not suitable for the under 12s or for those with heart conditions or nervous dispositions. Tickets are £6 per person, or £10 per person to include a skate on our chilling ice rink.

    Visit the Eden Project website for full details>

    Little Monsters’ Ball (30-31 October)

    Get your fancy dress on and join us for a spooky evening of fang-tastic fun for all the family. There’ll be plenty of spooky activities, tasty treats in our cafés and restaurants and a bone-shaking disco in our Olive Grooveyard.

    Visit the Eden Project website for full details>

    Find Halloween masks, costumes and more

    If you are looking for Halloween costumes, masks, scary torches, candles, and so much more click here… Halloween Fun

    Stay near the eden Project

    Caravan and holiday parks close to Eden: St Austell, Cornwall, South West England

    Self catering and cottages close to Eden:  St Austell, Cornwall, South West England

    Lodges close to Eden: Cornwall, South West England

  • Beautiful Boscastle and Harbour, Cornwall, South West England

    Date: 2010.09.28 | Category: Been there, Places to go, Review 4 star | Response: 0

    When travelling around Cornwall you can become slightly accustomed to the spectacular views and pretty villages but one place well worth a visit is Boscastle. Situated a few miles from popular tourist attraction, Tintagel, Boscombe lies with in a narrow ravine that has been created by the rivers Jordan and Valency.

    You can drive to Boscastle, reaching the bottom of the ravine via some windy roads.  Conveniently a the bottom is a large car park which has public toilets. From the car park you can walk through the village and alongside the river towards the harbour entrance.  There are paths streching either side of the water that give you some spectacular views and a very pleasant circular walk.

    Not only is Boscastle pretty, it is also has some modern history that makes it a fascinatingplace to visit.  In 2004 Boscastle was devastated by a flash flood which destroyed many of the buildings along the riverside.  If you head in to the cafe on the riverside which has since been rebuilt you can see pictures of the devastation and the rebuilding – which included building the roof at an angle to keep with the original look!  Incidentally, the cafe also does a great cream team which was quite simply delicious while eating near the river.

    When you had back to the car park it is also worth checking out the Tourist Information board that provides lots of information on all the work being done to prevent another flash flood.

    Of course this is Thomas Hardy country and if you are interested in finding out more head to the Old Rectory on the road to St Juliot where you can stay in the authors bedroom and roam its extensive grounds.

    Where to stay?

    * Self catering and cottages in Boscastle, Cornwall, South West England
    * Holiday parks in Cornwall, South West England
    * Lodges in Tintagel, Cornwall, South West England
    * B&B’s in Padstow, Cornwall, South West England
    * Hotels in Padstow, Cornwall, South West England


    Boscastle was an enjoyable afternoon, even the children enjoyed the time exploring the harbour area!

    • Suitable for Family: 4 stars
    • Public facilities (toilets): 3 stars
    • Cafe/food: 4 stars
  • Find some great Family holidays this October half term

    Date: 2010.09.14 | Category: Cottages, Latest News, Places to go, Special offers - time limited | Response: 0

    So the summer holidays are over but that doesn’t mean there are no more chances to get away this year.  For example, why not get away and see the British countryside at its mellow best this October. Whether you are looking for a great family fun Half Term breaks to romantic hideaways for two, there is no better time to get out there and enjoy it. From the quiet calm of the West Country to the dramatic landscapes of Northern England…or anywhere else that takes your fancy…you’re sure to find a self catering family holiday that’s just right for you.

    Devon’s beaches are even more magical for family games or quiet evening strolls when the high-summer crowds have gone home. Or why not head for the Cornwall beaches for some of the best UK surfing weather. Whilst in Yorkshire it’s the perfect season for seeing moors and hills, villages and dales at their most seasonally spectacular, whether you’re with the family or just the two of you.

    Coast and country in South West England

    You can find some great self catering cottages both by the coast and at idyllic country locations this October half term. If you are looking at South West England, there is a great choice of luxury cottages, cottages close to the beach,  accommodation with easy walking close by and self catering with open fires.  Alternatively, you could look at some lodges in the South West of England that range from the luxurious with hot tubs to those that are ideal for the family pet

    Explore the moors in Yorkshire

    You can find some great self catering cottages in Yorkshire this October half term. If you are looking at Yorkshire, there is a great choice of cottages with hot tubs with easy walking close by and self catering with open fires and woodburning stoves.  Alternatively, you could look at some lodges in Yorkshire including the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Moors and Coast.

  • Polzeath Beach, Cornwall, South West England

    Date: 2010.09.13 | Category: Been there, Places to go, Review 4 star | Response: 0

    If you are looking for a good beach to learn to surf, improve your skills or to bodyboard and mess around in the waves then why not try out Polzeath Beach in Cornwall. Situated on the Padstow Bay, Polzeath gets good quality and consistent waves making this one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall.

    We arrived there on a blustery August day and because we arrived later in the day we managed to get parked at the beaches main car park.  However, there are other car parks close by so if you can not get in to this relatively small car park you will not be too far away.

    The beach itself is wide and sandy andwhen the tide is out it is a long way down to the water – so plenty of room for everyone.  During the summer months there are RNLI Lifeguards on duty making it a safe place to be out on the water for all the family.  There are toilets in the car park area but there is not really much in the way of shower facilities like you find at somewhere like Fistral Beach.

    If you are looking for surfing lessons, with equipment and wetsuits included then head straight to the beach car park, where you will find a couple of good BSA approved surf schools.  We took our own bodyboards and summer wetsuits and boarded for a couple of hours quite happily in the patrolled areas.  We were there on a windy day though and the openess of the beach doesn’t provide a great deal of shelter – even our beach tent was struggling to cope – and in that sort of weather , even with the sun out, it was worth wearing your own wetsuit or hiring one.

    There are a few shops relatively close to the beach in Polzeath – including a Spar mini supermarket, a cafe, some stalls and a pub.  So you can grab the odd thing to eat or drink but if you are mkaing a day of it, it’s worth taking a picnic with you.  There was also an ice cream van on the beach – which saved a walk!

    Within walking distance from Polzeath are some other magnificent places to visit including Rock, Daymer Bay, Pentire Point, St Minver and Trebetherick.  All can be reached by the local coastal paths that offer spectacular views over looking Cornwall‘s rugged coast line and out to the Atlantic Ocean.

    Where to stay?


    • Suitable for Family: 4 stars
    • Beach and surf: 5 stars
    • Beach facilities (toilets/showers): 3 stars
    • Cafe/food: 3 stars
    • Safety: 5 stars (RNLI Lifeguards during season)
  • Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, South West England

    Date: 2010.08.24 | Category: Been there, Places to go, Review 5 star | Response: 0

    One word comes to mind when thinking of Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall… surfing.  Fistral Beach is the home of British surfing, with the British Surfing Association based there, and so is a must for surfers of all experiences and levels.

    Before I go any further, if surfing conjures up images of Hawaii and young athletic people riding the waves… don’t be put off.  Fistral, particularly during the summer months, is the haven of the family amateur surfer, body boarder and the swimmer.  In fact with the RNLI Lifeguards present throught the summer months, keeping order and keeping you safe, Fistral Beach is a great place to take the family for safe water fun.

    Fistral Beach has a car park above it, but you will need to get there early or be lucky to find a space.  If not, there are a plenty of car parks in the town which are not too long a  walk away.  However, we always tried the car park first, if we were not lucky with a space then we dropped all our stuff and the passengers off and then went to park the car.

    Fistral itself is a large, generally flat, sandy beach.  It will get busy in the summer holidays when the sun is out but you can usually find yourself somewhere to sit.  We found our beach tent invaluable in securing a little bit of space and, more importantly, to help us find our way back to our stuff after being in the sea!

    The facilities at Fistral are very good, there are toilets and showers (50p token required) as well as a cafe and shops over looking the beach.  The food is not the cheapest – £2 for chips – but all in all, the facilities make it far easier to spend the day at the beach.

    So the surfing and bodyboarding.  Well the summer swells are not the best time of year for the serious surfer – it is much better in the Autumn – but it is a good time for beginner as there are usually good waves to learn and practice on.  As you would imagine there are a number of BSA approved surf schools that operate on Fistral Beach and lessons for a half day tend to be around £30.  It is well worth having a lesson at the beginning of your holiday to teach you the techniques and the safety basics nad then you can spend the rest of the holiday refining your technique. Surf lessons are appropriate for people of all ages – from 8 to 78, so there are no excuses not to give it a go!

    Your surf school will provide everything you need for your lesson – including boards and wetsuits – you just need to remember your swimming costume, a towel and the sunscreen (even on cloudy days)!  If you don’t want the lesson but don’t have the equipment, there are plenty of places on the beach or nearby that you can hire surf equipment including the wetsuits.

    Whether you are swimming, surfing or bodyboarding, there are specific areas for you to be in on the sea and the RNLI Lifeguards keep it well organised, meaning you can feel safe whatever you are doing.

    Newquay town centre is only a short walk from the beach and so at the end of the day it is easy to head for a bar or pub for a drink to celebrate your success!

    Where to stay?


    • Suitable for Family: 5 stars
    • Beach and surf: 5 stars
    • Beach facilities (toilets/showers): 4 stars
    • Cafe/food: 4 stars
    • Safety: 5 stars (RNLI Lifeguards during season)
  • Polperro and Looe – picture postcard Cornwall

    Date: 2010.08.24 | Category: Features, Places to go, Review 4 star | Response: 0

    If you are visiting Cornwall this year then a trip to the towns of Polperro and Looe are a must for anyone wanting to experience the traditional ‘picture postcard’ beauty of the Cornish fishing village.

    Set just a few miles apart these fishing villages can be found on the south coast of Cornwall near Liskeard and Plymouth.


    With a large car park for tourists set on the edge of the town its easy to arrive and set off into Polperro on foot.  The walk gives you plenty of time to look at the pretty streets and marvel at the houses perched all the way up the cliff sides.

    As you wander along you also have time to choose from the great range of Cornish pasties, Cornish ice creams and, of course, the Cornish cream teas… for research purposes, we tried many of these out and confirm that they are worth the effort!

    You can get short boat trips from the harbour so that you can appreciate the great views from the sea.

    While there is not lots for the kids to do, Polperro is a small village that can be easily walked and we found that the choice of ice creams easily distracted the children while we explored.

    Coast walk from Polperro to Looe

    You can follow a great coastal footpath that works its way along the top of the bays.  It is well worth doing to really appreciate the scenery of this rugged coastline and please allow plenty of time for the walk, as the path meanders its way following the coastline, and make sure you take drinks and appropriate clothing. Although you can walk there and back, we walked one way and caught a local bus back…. definitely not one for a pushchair though.


    Either a lovely walk or a short drive takes you from Polperro to the picture postcard Looe.  Again you are welcomed by the sight of cottages perched all the way up the cliffs that surround the town.  Looe has a bigger shopping centre with all the holidays momentoes you could ever want. And, of course there are lots of places to try the pasties, ice creams and cream teas.

    On the practical side, their is a big car park on the way in to Looe – but don’t rely on a quick get away as the car park exit can be a bit busy towards the end of the day!  We also found that Looe had a lot of the UK banks so it was a good place to to top up our cash reserves.

    Day trip details

    • Polperro: 1-2 hours exploring (including time for Pasties etc)
    • Looe: 1-2 hours (including holiday momento shopping)
    • Good for couples and families
    • Overall: 4 stars

    Where to stay

    We stayed in a holiday park in the Newquay area and traveled to Looe and Polperro by car – about a 55 minute drive. However there are plenty of great places to stay closer including:

  • Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall

    Date: 2010.08.16 | Category: Been there, Features, Places to go, Review 5 star | Response: 0

    One of the UK’s premier holiday attractions, the Eden Project is a fascinating and fun,
    5 STAR family day out in Cornwall.

    So what exactly is the Eden Project?

    First and foremost, it’s a garden – an amazing, incredible garden.  Discover plants that have helped humanity since the dawn of time explained in fun and engaging ways.

    Trek through steamy jungles, past shacks, waterfalls, and plantations – including the largest rainforest in captivity with a tree canopy 50 meters high.

    Travel to the Mediterranean without leaving the UK – perfumed citrus orchards and olive groves, all enclosed in a second Biome, transport you to warmer climes.

    Then you can marvel at the cutting-edge architecture and art.  Such as the world-famous Biomes which include the largest  greenhouse in the World. Explore the Core, a stimulating education centre, with a roof built the same way plants are.  See World-class art installations right across the site making Eden a huge gallery.

    And, of course, it’s a living example of regeneration and sustainable living – learn how they turned a clay pit in to a paradise.

    Fun for all the family?

    Whatever your age you will find plenty to entertain you at Eden.  During the School summer holidays the Eden team run lots of kids entertainment, which while we were there included building a den from items such as poles, ropes, canvas, tarpaulin, material and whatever else you could scavenge!  Also water challenges – including pumping water along family made river valleys.  The children had great fun at these and then sat down and watched and took part in the fire starting demonstrations for over 45 minutes.


    You can eat at the restaurants at Eden which are reasonable value for a major attraction.  However, if you are there after 4.30 in the summer you can also enjoy a barbecue which is superb value and well worth doing.  There was also a band playing to entertain you.

    Plan your day

    Before you visit Eden it is worth checking the website to see what is going on to make the most of your day.  It is well worth knowing that after 3.30pm there are reduced rates for adults and children go free – this made a saving of £30 for our party of 5! Not only did it save money, parking and wandering around the attraction was so much easier later in the day.

    Couple of other tips.

    • Don’t forget the sun lotion as it can be a major sun trap.
    • Its a long walk back to the car once inside, so make sure you take everything you need when setting off.


    St Austell, Cornwall, South West England

    Where to stay

    Caravan and holiday parks close to Eden: St Austell, Cornwall, South West England

    Self catering and cottages close to Eden:  St Austell, Cornwall, South West England

    Lodges close to Eden: Cornwall, South West England


    • Value for money: 5 star – especially after 3.30pm
    • All family entertainment: 5 star
    • Parking: 5 star
    • Overall: 5 star

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