Cornwall Living 2018

News & views

New build properties: what’s the snag?

If you hate DIY, then buying a new-build certainly has its appeal: move in, put your feet up, and relax. But what happens when you start discovering that some of the doors won’t shut, and your apples are rolling off a wonky kitchen worktop? The answer is a snagging survey.

Minor problems, known as snags, are common in newly-built homes. Ideally, you want to pick up on these before you move in – after all, the developer has far more incentive to fix things fast before you hand over your money! A snagging survey will pick up on issues so that you can get them resolved in advance.

Your solicitor should also make sure specific provisions are included in the contract, requiring the developer to resolve any on-going issues that might have been missed. You can then enjoy your new home, without worrying about bruised apples!

For more information call 01288 353542 or visit

Carbis Bay Hotel’s C Bay Spa receives a 5 Bubbles rating!

The Good Spa Guide reviews spas based on their trademark ‘bubble rating’, which ranges from one to five. The Guide recently praised Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate for C Bay Spa’s coastal setting, describing the views as ‘hard to beat’ and adding that the spa is thoughtfully designed to make the most out its distinctive position, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Owner and director of C Bay Spa, José Baker says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to retain our 5 Bubble rating with The Good Spa Guide. It’s a testament to our highly skilled and trained team who perform our treatments with the greatest care.” The spa has now earned a ‘5 Bubbles’ rating for three years running, so the team is certainly doing something right. From all of us here at Cornwall Living, congratulations!

For more information call 01736 792811 or visit

Made for life, not just for Christmas

Just in time for Christmas, the Made for Life Organics team has put together a range of beautiful and thoughtful gifts, all packed with natural active ingredients and botanicals and designed to nourish and scent the skin and uplift the mind.

Products include Mindful Moment Bath Baubles for £10, a Restore and Rejuvenate gift set worth £50, beautifully presented Festive Orange, Clove & Cinnamon Candles at just £30 and Made for Home Hand Wash and Hand & Body Lotion, worth £25.

All gifts are prepared by hand with great care and passion, and delivered to your door in eco-friendly boxes, hand-tied with ribbon and adorned with a gorgeous handmade ceramic Christmas Tree, perfect for decorating the home with. What’s more, all packaging is eco-friendly, made in the UK and fully recyclable!

For more information call 01825 791010 or visit

Trevisker Garden Centre announces Christmas Fringe

There’s been a lot happening at Trevisker in 2017, with new shops opening including Paws in Padstow, Roses Florist, Blossom Clothing and Julie Duggan Designer Jewellery.  There’s also been an extension to the wonderful gift shop along with the summer opening of a brand new restaurant, Margot’s, all of which is making Trevisker a must-visit at the gateway to Padstow. What’s more, Trevisker has just announced an action-packed Christmas Fringe, running from 8th to 10th December. Guest chefs will host special foodie evenings with fabulous tasting menus and wine matching at Margot’s. All of the shops will have new Christmas gift ranges; Trevisker’s famous Christmas trees will be on sale; there will be a Christmas Craft Market with lots of traders selling unique gifts, plus storytelling for the children, carol singing and mulled wine around the Christmas tree! It certainly isn’t one to miss in the build up to the festive season. Turn to page 108 to discover more.

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A dress to impress

The team at Cargo Clothing has been helping girls choose their prom dress for more than 17 years. Indeed, it’s the biggest prom shop in the south west, with over 800 dresses there to try on in store. You can book a one-on-one appointment if you like, or simply pop in.

“We can take care of every fitting worry! With a little nip and tuck we will make sure that your prom outfit fits perfectly. We have an expert network of seamstresses, hairdressers and make-up artists on call, so we’ve got all your needs covered!”

The team at Cargo tracks current trends and the team can let you know about the colours and styles that are currently in vogue.

“We’re a friendly store, and we want you to have the best prom possible, so why not pop along?”

For more information call 01326 376486 or visit

Kernow Springs’ Roaming Wild Spa seeks permanent location

Kernow Springs has appeared throughout the West Country in all kinds of locations, from manor houses to clifftops and now, the company’s popular Wild Spa is seeking a permanent, year-round home.

We speak to Project Manager, Nicola Dean, who explains: “Sometimes your typical spa experience can seem too clinical. Our approach is much simpler. Our Wild Spa is really stripped back, allowing clients to immerse themselves in all the traditional elements of water, earth, fire and air in a blissful spa experience that’s unlike anything they’ve tried before.

“We’ve had quite a few offers on the table so far, from private manors to country estates. We’re keeping our options open, and hope to find just the right location to suit our business model soon.”

What could be more appealing than Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs; Finnish wood-fired barrel saunas; hot showers; cold plunge pools; a Bedouin relaxation lounge; furnished changing yurts and bell tent treatment rooms, all sited in a beautiful, Cornish, outdoor location?

If you think your business or venue would suit a collaboration with Kernow Springs, be sure to get in touch.

For more information call 07779 374017 or email

New season stock available at Alexander Miller Opticians

Offering fresh coffee with every visit, the Alexander Miller team recognises that, while eye health is crucial, it needn’t be at the expanse of fashion. This is why you’ll find a huge range of well-designed, innovative frames on offer, including those from Tom Davies, in various colours, fitted in-house by Alexander Miller’s team of optical experts.

In time for the changing of the seasons, this Cornish optician has just introduced a new range from Prodesign. According to the website, just like true architects, Prodesign rethinks eyewear design, and at Alexander Miller, frames from this top manufacturer have fast become bestsellers.

Why not pop in and see for yourself?

For more information call 01326 313092 or visit

Get back that sparkly smile

Want something to smile about this Christmas? Return your old smile with a tooth whitening treatment at Cathedral Dental Practice. Simple and effective, tooth whitening is a great way to enhance the appearance of your teeth without the need for invasive treatment such as veneers or crowns. It can also be used to complement other cosmetic treatments.

At Cathedral Dental, the team uses the Boutique home whitening system, which involves comfortable, custom made whitening trays that can be worn either during the day or night. It gently whitens your teeth over the course of a few weeks from the comfort of your own home.

Why not arrange a consultation with one of Cathedral’s friendly and professional dentists, who’ll be happy to take you through all your options?

For more information call 01872 261999 or visit

Expert guidance on foraging in Cornwall

Emma Gunn is set to publish her new autumn book, the third in the Never Mind the Burdocks series.

Having worked at the Eden Project for nearly 20 years, Emma Gunn is a garden designer with a passion for plants of any use, whether they’re edible, medicinal or simply aesthetic.

“I do the wedding flowers at Eden. My foraging is separate and I do monthly walks at Heligan from April to October, and have done for the last three years.”

This year, Emma was also involved with St Michael’s Mount, leading a monthly foraging walk from July to September, focussing on seaweeds, coastal edibles and traversing the island’s north woods.

Emma’s books make a fascinating read, and you’d be surprised at how much there is in our county to be foraged, so why not keep an eye out and pick up a copy?

For more information visit

Eco Clean Tech’s drive to impress

Surface cleaning specialist Eco Clean Tech understands the desire for a drive or patio with kerb appeal, without the associated stress. With this in mind, after selling its product nationally, the team has decided to offer Cornwall an exclusive cleaning service.

With the help of European partners, Eco Clean Tech has introduced the Terrazza Mc brush to Cornwall. Designed in Belgium to clean any external and internal surface, this unique, patented system will restore stone, decking, block paving or one of countless others, with just a small amount of water and no damaging high-pressures. Indeed, this environmentally friendly company leads the way in patio and driveway cleaning, offering a bespoke service that enables you to protect the home you love.

For more information call 07817 574450 or visit

The Royal Opera House and National Theatre dazzle the St Mawes Hotel

St Mawes, with its luxurious waterside setting, has long been the dream destination for those looking to escape the everyday for a slice of paradise. Another reason to visit is the fabulous St Mawes Live Arts Season, hosted by the St Mawes Hotel. This laidback, boutique hotel, sister to the Idle Rocks, offers casual dining and seven chic rooms.

But the real beauty is the Hidden Cinema, a new state-of-the-art 25-seater cinema, which, on special, exclusive evenings, live-streams performances from the Royal Opera House and National Theatre. So far audiences have been wowed by recitals of classics The Magic Flute, La Bohème and Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The Live Arts Season is the perfect way to enjoy world-class theatre from the big city in an intimate coastal setting. Keep a look out for upcoming performances, including The Nutcracker. Also available for private hire, this wonderful new entertainment and events and space, for both guests and locals, truly is St Mawes’ new gem.

To book your seats call 01326 270270 or visit

Exhibition success for three local artists

In issue 63, we mentioned that Linda Matthews and Richard Horner were set to showcase their recent works that focus on landscapes, and now that the exhibition has finished, we can officially say it was a great success!

Kevin Harris, who also exhibited his stunning crafted woodwork tells us he’s very happy with the way the exhibition went, while Richard Horner tells us: “The event exceeded all hopes and expectations; I sold 12 paintings!”

Linda, who sold around 10, tells us that the Bank Holiday weekend was the busiest period. “The lovely weather brought in a high volume of guests. Overall, we’re really happy at how well the exhibition went!”.

To find out more about the work of the artists, call Linda on 07957 615435, Kevin on 01736 761 994 or visit

Enjoy a proper Cornish Christmas in Penzance

Nothing helps you get into the Christmas spirit more than festivities in a Cornish town, with the turning on of the lights, live music, markets and great food. So we are always excited about Christmas in Penzance, which ticks all the boxes. Over six days, Penzance is hosting a whole host of festive events across the town. It all starts with the turning on of the lights on 25th November and continues there on in, with great shopping at the various craft, gift and food fairs, Christmas market and grotto. Marvel at the fabulous window displays as you wander the Town Trail, take in the Celebration of Light, witness the Humphry Davy Lantern Parade and be amazed at the Montol Festival.

Christmas in Penzance truly is as unique as it is fabulous, so if you’re looking for something new to do this Christmas, you know where to go! Turn to page 120 to discover more about what’s instore.

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Magic memories

Up Memory Lane is a little gem of a shop tucked away in Redruth, offering high quality painted furniture, vintage, interior solutions, lighting, giftware, paint classes and furniture commissions. It’s also an official Frenchic furniture paint stockist.

Owner Louise stocks the full range of Frenchic paint which has no smell, is voc and solvent free, EN71:3 certified and needs no stirring. Available in 45 colours, the much-anticipated matte wall paint is now in stock, a paint for walls which has all the qualities of silk paint but has a velvet finish and is washable, available in ten on-trend colours.

Louise is on hand to offer friendly and professional advice. Up Memory Lane is open every day, apart from Wednesday and Sunday, 10.30am to 5pm. On Saturdays it is open 9.30am to 3pm. Click here for a chance to win some Frenchic paint.

For more information visit

Longrock Windows introduces cost-effective alternative to bathroom makeovers

Already an authority on quality windows that can stand up to the tumultuous Cornish weather, Longrock Windows is set to add bathroom wall and ceiling cladding to its already extensive product list.

So what does this mean for your bathroom? In effect, it means giving your tired and dilapidated bathroom the makeover you both deserve can now be achieved with a one-stop-shop, and at a fraction of the cost!

A much easier, cheaper alternative to tiling, most people with general DIY skills can give fitting cladding a go, but fear not – if you’d rather let the professionals handle it, the friendly and experienced Longrock team is more than happy to come round and install your new purchase for you.

For more information call 01736 363113 or visit

Relax the Moroccan way at Sands Resort Hotel & Spa

Spa days at Sands Resort are fantastic for a day spent with friends catching up, or enjoying some quality time with your other half. If you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate, Sands Resort’s Moroccan Spa has everything you need. Moroccan Spa Days offer you the chance to experience the beauty and tranquillity of a Moroccan indoor garden.

Enjoy 90 minutes use of the Moroccan Spa’s cedar hot tub and barrel heat room before being served cakes, fresh mint tea and a glass of Cava in the Moroccan lounge. Next, choose from a 35-minute foot and leg, hand and arms or face and head treatment or, if a 25-minute back massage or vanilla and rose facial sound more like you, you can opt for one of these instead. Finally, tuck into a sumptuos two-course lunch. Whoever you’re spending the day with, a Moroccan Spa Day at Sands Resort is an all-round treat for the mind, body and soul.

For more information call 01637 876 363 or visit

Get everything you need for Christmas at Penperth Farm Shop

If you’re out and about this winter enjoying the beautiful walks that the Roseland peninsula has to offer, you’re bound to find yourself in need of a coffee break. Fortunately, Penperth Farm is open from Thursday to Sunday throughout the winter, offering coffee, cake as well as a sumptuous breakfast and lunch menu that champion the region’s rich produce.

You’ll also find the shop, which has plenty of festive gift ideas ranging from Christmas puddings, fudge, Christmas sauces and everything you’ll need for that all-important Christmas lunch.

If you prefer to stock your cupboards with Cornwall’s rich seasonal produce, or you’d simply rather support a local business than heading to the supermarket, be sure to pop into Penperth Farm Shop!

For more information call 07908 637349 or visit Penperthfarmcornwall

Oltco teams up with Noah Community Project to help local community

The Noah Community Project is appealing for presents for children and adults, as well as food, wrapping paper and Christmas decorations for families who are struggling in Cornwall. Referred via Social Services and the Food Bank, The Noah project provides support throughout the year through public donations. This Christmas, it aims to provide a festive hamper and food hamper to families in need so that they too can enjoy the festivities. Local business Oltco is fully supporting the campaign, acting as a local drop off point for donations and leading an online appeal for gifts. On Saturday 9th December, the Oltco office – 64 Tower Road, Newquay – will be transformed into a festive fun zone, which will include a Santa’s grotto and festive helpers, who will be presenting hampers to families in need, families invited by the Noah Community Project.

For more information or to be involved, call Diane Jones on 07503453207 or email

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