Cornwall Living 2018

News & views

100 reasons to visit Porthleven’s Customs House Gallery

Art should be enjoyed by everybody, and thanks to the innovative Own Art scheme, it can be! The scheme, funded by Arts Council England, encourages ownership of original art, making it more accessible to all, by enabling the coast to be spread into ten monthly instalments, with no extra costs to the customer and no deposit to pay

One gallery that has wholehearted signed up to the scheme is Porthleven’s Customs House Gallery, which has just reached the amazing milestone of 100 applications! Louise from gallery says “We’re really proud to part of the scheme and are delighted to be helping people get original artwork into their homes!” Applications can be processed via email if buying from the gallery’s website, or in just 10 to 15 minutes in the gallery. What’s more, you can take your art home with you that day. So if you thought that beautiful piece you’ve pined after was out of your reach, it’s time to think again!

For more information call 01326 569365 or visit

Enjoy a scenic escape at Boscrege

Boscrege Caravan and Camping Park is hidden deep in the countryside near Helston and just a short drive from Praa Sands beach. The site covers 12 acres with static holiday homes available all year round,  situated amongst a planted garden area. Luxury holiday homes from Boscrege are available to hire or buy, complete with private garden, parking and picnic area.

If you have your own motor home, the site provides easy access, whether you’re towing a caravan or a trailer for your camping holiday. The seasonal camping park has generous sized pitches with electric hook-ups suitable for touring caravans, tents and motor homes.

Facilities include a children’s play area, laundry room, shower and baby changing facilities, dog walking fields, a kitchen area to wash up cooking utensils and wifi.

The park is also on the Natiional Trust walking route, so what more could you need? Let the holiday begin!

01736 762231

Lucky lottery leads Liana to London

Liana Clough from Truro has just had the surprise of her life, winning £4,000 on the Cornwall Hospice Care Lottery. The rollover prize – which at its maximum can reach up to a staggering £10,000 – was handed to her during a surprise presentation at the charity’s Truro department store.

On Friday 23rd June, Liana’s number came up. It turns out she’s been an avid computer game player for 11 years and has recently been saving to attend a gaming convention in London this September. A tearful Liana tells us: “That’s just amazing. It’s wonderful, wonderful timing. Thank you so much to everyone involved!”

Sarah Vincent, Lottery Manager for the Cornish charity, says: “It was lovely to hear of Liana’s plans and to know this win has made a difference to her. All this celebration for just a £1 line!”

To learn more about Cornwall Hospice Care, visit

Marine Conservation Society joins forces with Waitrose

Aimed at creating the biggest beach and river clean event series ever, this new partnership will help mobilise the public in the fight against the rising tide of plastic litter on our beaches.

Tor Harris, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability at Waitrose, tells us: “The marine environment is important to all of us, so the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) cleans were an obvious choice when thinking where to donate some of our plastic carrier bag funds.
It’s our first step in donating £1 million to projects to tackle plastic pollution.”

MCS Beachwatch Manager, Lauren Eyles, says: “Our beaches are suffering, but we can all do something positive to help – find your nearest event and get stuck in!”

To find out more visit

ACT Studios launches professional holiday photography service

Perfect if you’re enjoying a staycation, ACT’s new service allows you to crisply and conveniently capture your trip to Cornwall, with quality images that you only get from the trained eye of a professional.

Ready to join you anywhere at anytime, whether it’s for a birthday, big anniversary or just just a jolly on the beach, having an expert on hand to capture those magical, lifelong memories is a real holiday luxury.

Photoshoots, which are taken by one of a network of local professionals, last about an hour and take place at your location or event of choice, costing just £79. What’s more, you can download your images straight from your very own mobile app, meaning you can select your favourites, whether it’s for printing, albums, framing or posting straight to social media. Handy!

To find out more, call 0208 979 9896 or visit

Get the coastal Scandi look!

Owner of chic homewares boutique Coastal Scandi, Isabel Humphreys, gives us her advice on achieving a cool interior this summer. “Inspired by our love of the coast, nature and the outdoors, we share an affiliation with our Nordic friends,” says Isabel. “Scandinavian homes have a pure, pared back style that centres around clean lines, simplicity, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance.”

So how to create the look? Isabel starts from the floor upwards. “Carpet never took off in Scandinavia and most interiors will have wooden, preferably light, flooring in all rooms. Think white walls, floors and ceilings, with cool grey and subtle blues. Add a contrast colour such as yellow, blue or black to add that contemporary feel.” Finally, as Isabel explains, you should declutter.
“Simplify your space with functional, useful pieces. Choose furniture that is simple and elegant with clean lines – less is more! We love the elegance of Tom Raffield’s Arbor Chair in oak and grey wool, teamed with the fun quirky Shorebirds print, and bright injection of a yellow lambs wool throw.”

All items are available to buy at Coastal Scandi in Wadebridge, so pop in to see how you can create the look in your own home.

For more information visit

Bring in the outside!

Cornish weather is slowly becoming more unpredictable, affecting how much time we can spend outdoors. Installing an awning on your outdoor area can help you make the most of your outside space, whether it’s hot, cold or throwing it down with rain.

An awning from Stylehome is completely bespoke, from the colour and the fabric used, to built-in lighting, heating and remote control. That’s right – you can open and close your new awning at the touch of a button! Quality and style is also guaranteed, as Stylehome is Cornwall’s leading Luxaflex Inspiration dealer.

The Luxaflex range of awnings and canopies is state of the art and comes with a five-year guarantee, so you’ve got plenty of time to discover just how good it is!

To find out more, call 01872 560500 or visit

Spark ignites ambition of new business Guanchitas

A recipe handed down for generations has been the inspiration for Guanchitas, a new business launched in Falmouth. Guanchitas is the female version of a Guanche, which translates as
‘cave people’.

The recipe for the authentic, traditional chilli sauce came from business owner Jennie Merilion’s grandmother who lived in a cave in the Canary Islands. Jennie has perfected the sauce, and signed up to the Spark programme to launch her business, a fully funded project by the European Regional Development Fund. If you have a great business idea, or you have registered in the last 12 months, why not contact Spark to start your journey.

For more information call 01872 308236 or email

Dream doors

Matt Jones from Dream Doors is “immensely proud” of what the company has achieved so far!

Having now been trading for a whole year, Dream Doors provides friendly, local and personalised service, with a focus on providing you with top quality products and attention to detail.

Matt tells us: “The thing that sets us apart is that our doors are made to measure, so you can get new doors to fit your existing units and inject a new lease of life into your current kitchen.”

In financially uncertain times, we all need to tighten our pockets and make sure we get value for money, so why rip out perfectly good units when you could simply replace the doors and drawers? It’s not just your pockets that will feel the benefits, but the environment too, with any waste wood that Dream Doors removes being used to create new, manmade boards!

For more information, call 01872 885703 or visit

Saddle up for summer

Now that the schools have broken up for the holidays there are lots of excited children looking forward to a summer of fun. One of our family favourites is a visit to Newton Equestrian in Mullion who has just announced their pony days and pony camps for this summer. With experienced instructors and countryside hacks in the heart of the Lizard Peninsula, this is the perfect place for budding equestrians.

All of the horses and ponies are suitable for all riding abilities and a pony day includes a half hour lesson, an hour’s hack and stable management. Pony summer camp takes place at the end of August (31st to 2nd September) and includes evening entertainment, games and swimming in the onsite pool. Booking
is essential.

For more information, prices and bookings visit call 01326 240388 or visit

Friends to collaborate in exciting exhibition at Porthleven Lifeboat House

Linda Matthews, known for her atmospheric paintings based on the coastline around Rinsey and Praa Sands, will be working with Richard Horner as they showcase their recent works that focus on local seascapes.

Richard’s representational landscapes reflect his deep feeling for the Cornish coast, where he can often be seen scrambling about with sketchpad and camera in hand. His aim is to make you believe that you’re there, dipping your toes in the water; feeling the dizzying height of the cliffs.

The event, which will take place from Saturday 26th August until Friday 1st September follows a very successful show in St Ives in June, and it’ll also include some beautifully crafted woodwork from Cornish artisan, Kevin Harris.

To find out more, call Linda on 07957 615435 or visit

Experience a Bank Holiday weekend with a difference at Summer Fest in Falmouth Events Square, this August

Hosted by business start-up experts Outset, Summer Fest is a brand new festival style event that’s set to celebrate the very best of Cornwall’s creative talent.

Browse a plethora of arts and craft stalls selling bespoke goods, from handcrafted jewellery and furniture to designer swimwear and vintage clothing, and tempt your taste buds with an eclectic range of international cuisine. The square will take on a party atmosphere, with entertainment from talented local musicians,        a catwalk fashion show as well as performances by martial art experts. You can even join in fitness demonstrations! There’ll also be children’s entertainment and a fun beach hut selfie booth, meaning this Bank Holiday weekend event promises to keep everyone happy!

Outset Cornwall is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, DCH and the Outset Foundation.

To find out more visit

Check out the Hoxton Special!

With amazing views toward St Michael’s Mount, The Hoxton Special is a new and exciting venue for watersports and coffee lovers alike. Putting to use the abandoned lifeguarding hut, just along from the station house car park in Marazion, the hut offers fun and excitement for all the family.

With Stand Up Paddle Board rental, kitesurfing lessons, yoga classes, and the best coffee on the beach, it’s a great venue for those that want to kick back with a lovely coffee having sent the younger ones off to do some activities under the watchful eye of the team.

Easy going and approachable, the whole crew is super friendly and always happy to help, and with their wealth of experience and qualifications, you know you’re in for a great day out.

For more information call 07572 432402, visit or

Retallack Kitchens proves that big things come in small packages

Customer-led, friendly and local, Retallack Kitchens is firmly established as a small Cornish company doing big things, with years of experience and a vast knowledge of the kitchen industry.

Husband and wife team, David and Jo Retallack, understand the importance of getting to know you and your individual taste and style.

They also know how tricky getting a new kitchen can be for anyone leading a busy lifestyle, which is why they’re happy
to arrange appointments during evenings and weekends.

Retallack specialises in mid to high-end projects of all sizes, so whether you need them to work alongside your existing tradesmen, or to tackle the whole job from the ground up, why not pop into the Lostwithiel showroom and see what
the team can do for you?

For more information visit

Exciting new additions to Carvynick Country Club

Carvynick Country Club offers mixed holiday accommodation for all, just ten minutes from the stunning beaches around Newquay.

The fantastic facilities include conference rooms, a five-star toilet and shower block and The Signature Spa, as well as the leisure centre, which now opens from 8am until 9pm daily, for both members and pay as you go visitors, and locals are more than welcome. Recently, on top of Carvynick’s touring pitches and luxury holiday cottages, the team unveiled 30 new tent pitches – a number that’s only expected to rise – meaning you can enjoy a classic camping holiday with the added benefits of Carvynick’s exclusively fabulous facilities!

For more information visit

Capture your coastal style

As the summer sun illuminates the various spaces of our homes, it’s now that we start to see just how worn out our old bathrooms look. Sound familiar?

Fortunately, The Cornwall Tile Company team, with its comprehensive range of tiles and sanitary ware, is here to help add some coastal class to your tired-looking bathroom.

Based in Newquay, CTC is the only showroom that displays bathrooms from world-renowned Spanish company, Porcelanosa, with its award-winning designs and high-quality tiles.

The team, committed to delivering the highest level of service, has plenty of experience when it comes to transforming luxury homes, and with owner Simon Paul himself installing tiles in the highest end properties for more than a decade, you know you’re in safe hands.

To find out more, visit

New this year, The Croust Hut is already a firm Cornish favourite!

With a love for all things Cornish, The Croust Hut aims to use only the freshest, local produce. And, having only opened earlier this year, it’s already established itself as a fantastic year-round stop, whether you fancy coffee and cake or a hearty, sit-down meal.

The establishment is located next to King Edward Mine Museum which, combined with it’s ‘open all year round’ policy, makes it a great spot for a family day out, whatever the weather.

What’s more, The Croust Hut calendar is filled with events throughout the year, with barbeques and feast nights going down a storm. Word is that the recent South African feast night was exceptional!

For more information call 01209 612635 or visit

New flooring showroom opens!

This September marks the opening of a brand new flooring showroom, displaying a range of stunning flooring options to help make your home or holiday let as beautiful as it deserves to be.

MH Flooring Specialists, established in 2001, has long held a reputation for its quality service. The brainchild of Mark Honeychurch, who started his flooring apprenticeship in the mid 1980s, the company has seen its profile rise steadily thanks to recommendations and repeat business.

The new showroom will be managed by Mark and his wife, Catherine. “Our displays include Amtico, Victoria Carpets, Atkinson & Kirby Hardwood flooring,” says Mark, “of which we probably have the largest hardwood flooring show floor in Cornwall.”

So, if you have a project that needs a specialist finishing touch, head down to the new showroom this September and meet the team.

For more information call 01209 213701 or visit

Celebrating 20 years of industry expertise at H Everett Interiors

Committed to a personalised service and dealing quickly and efficiently with any questions that arise at any stage of your project; with ‘Which? – Trusted Trader’ accreditation, H Everett Interiors knows a thing or two about fitted kitchens and bedrooms.

Established in 1997, the team is dedicated to achieving exactly what you want, with an aftercare service that’s as important to them as it is to you. What’s more, each of the team’s experts is there to take the hassle out of choosing and installing your new room, whether you’ve got a firm idea of what you want or are looking for someone to help piece the puzzle together.

So, if you’re looking for an independent, family-run kitchen and bedroom specialist with years of industry experience, why not pay H Everett Interiors a visit?

For more information, visit

Discover the incredible work of artist Jeremy Sanders

Here at Cornwall Living, we are always interested in discovering artists, so it was a delight to happen upon Jeremy Sanders, a Cornish based artist working in oils and using credit cards as tools to paint with. Jeremy specialises in light and colour and his originals can be viewed in galleries across the region, including Imagianation in St Ives, The Summerhouse in Marazion and The Little Picture Gallery in Mousehole.

Jeremy’s work can also be seen by appointment in his studio, from where he also provides tutorials and technique demonstrations upon request. Off-season art holidays with accommodation for up to six people are also available, so you can have a go at creating a few masterpieces of your own.

For more information visit

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