Cornwall Living 2018

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Now Kitchens & Bathrooms unveils new showroom for 2018

Adding to its already impressive range of colours and textures, Now Kitchens’ beautifully refurbished showroom displays seven new painted colours, including five rich, vibrant shades, perfect for adding a statement accent colour to your dream kitchen.

Colour is a design tool that can alter the mood of your kitchen, change the perception of space and draw the eye to a feature.

Also showcased is a new, worldwide exclusive drawer box, finished in wonderful brushed steel.  This is just one of many unique internal storage systems on display, all designed to maximise efficiency, practicality and ease of use.

With 2018 as the year of the accent colour in kitchen design, the team promise to give you the opportunity of creating a beautiful new kitchen that’s truly unique to you.

For more information call 01326 565522 or visit

Sampson Solicitors offer their top tips on finding the right legal help

It’s important that you shop around, thinking about the type of legal service you’re looking to buy. Be wary of the cheapest option, and make sure you speak personally to the solicitor who would handle your case. Ensure your case is in safe hands and won’t be passed to a junior staff member. The next thing to consider is if the solicitor will be proactive for you, and finally, you need to be clear on the cost. Your solicitor should give you information about the cost and how it’s calculated.

As the consumer, you’re in charge of who you use and at what price, so you shouldn’t worry about asking your solicitor awkward questions. Finally, as an executor, you are not obliged to use the firm who drew up the will, and you shouldn’t agree to pay a percentage of the value of the estate!

For more information call 01288 353542 or visit

KINN Bar, Truro introduces a dynamic, Pan Asian-inspired menu

Offering craft Asian beers and Pan Asian inspired tapas, KINN Bar – a new cocktail bar opening in Truro – is definitely one to get excited about.

The bar, which will be open at lunchtime between 12pm and 3pm, and then in the evening from 6pm until 10pm from Monday to Thursday, offers both classic and Asian inspired cocktails, so if you want to reminisce about those months spent travelling Southeast Asia, you’ll certainly find something. What’s more, the menu is packed full of mouth-watering flavours, with sharing platters of tapas and authentic curries with Thai bread, plus a full Chantek menu, making it ideal for a spot of lunch or a full evening meal.

On the weekend, the bar opens from 6pm until 12pm, so if you’re out on the town but fancy something more sophisticated on your evening spent carousing, KINN Bar should definitely be on your ‘to-go’ list.

For more information call 01872 225071 or visit

Plymouth College of Art partners with British Film Institute

Budding filmmakers across Plymouth and the South West were taught by industry-leading figures in a new intensive short course designed to provide young artists with practical skills and confidence in creating moving images, thanks to a partnership between Plymouth College of Art and the British Film Institude (BFI).

The course included Masterclasses and talks from key figures in production, including Oliver Stapleton of The British Society of Cinematographers, famed cinematographer and co-head of the MA programme at the National Film and Television School, and lead-tutor Nick Hart-Williams, former C4 Documentary Commissioning Editor.

All participants received NCFE accreditation, also graduating from the short course as BFI alumni, allowing them access to year-round events such as BAFTA career surgeries and workshops.

For more information call 01752 203434 or visit

Make 2018 the year you transform your home

If you are thinking of decorating your home this year, you may be interested to hear why the team at Cotton Mills are recommending Sanderson as the paint of choice for 2018.

“As interior specialists who are constantly looking for the best product for the job, we have been really impressed by Sanderson paints,” Liselle Milner from Cotton Mills tells us.

“The colour pallet is gorgeous, ranging from subtle tones to bold statement colours. The price is less than other designer paints and delivery is free of charge on the mainland. The major benefit of this paint is the excellent quality. It is an absolute dream to use, with great coverage (around 16m² per litre in oil based eggshell) and beautiful end result.”

For more information call 01872 278545 or visit

Live life on the veg in 2018 with help from Riverford Organic Farmers

Want an alternative to the predictable New Year diet hysteria? Look to Riverford Organic Farmers. With 30 years’ experience, this company of veg experts knows a thing or two about the green stuff, and certainly doesn’t believe in fad eating trends.

Instead, they believe in eating real food, all year round. Steve and Lynn Allen deliver Riverford’s iconic veg boxes to homes throughout the Duchy. Delivery options include seasonal veg boxes, juicing boxes, meat boxes, recipe boxes and many more. All is 100% organic and produced in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.

Lynn explains: “At Riverford, we’re all about vegetables. As self-confessed veg nerds, we revel in inspiring customers to live life on the veg! We want to encourage them to cook beautiful, organic seasonal food from our boxes.”

For more information visit

Holiday home tips

In the first of a new series, George of Cornish Traditional Cottages offers his advice on why to buy property in Cornwall

“Kernow’s climate, geography, coastline and attractions make it Britain’s number one holiday destination,” explains George. “The demand for staying in a Cornish holiday home continues to grow. Whether you buy property to create a home away from home in Cornwall or to provide just that for paying guests, it’s typically a sound investment.

“Cornish homes are not especially expensive when compared to urban environments or the south east. While house prices can fluctuate, if you’re looking for a long-term investment, this is less of a concern. Letting out your home when you aren’t using it can cover the cost of ownership and in many cases actually return a good profit.

“The Cornish economy thrives on tourism. Visitor attractions large, small and artisan exist and grow across the county. With that, access to all parts of our diverse region is being improved all the time making it ever easier for tourists to reach the lesser known and often more sought-after spots. The already strong road network is improved each winter. Cornwall Airport Newquay brings visitors from London, the north as well as Spain, Germany and Ireland. The mainline railway runs all the way down to Penzance with many branch lines to access the smaller coastal resorts – some of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world.”

For more information call 01208 893980 , email or visit

Strictly educational – Truro High shimmies into the limelight

Picture the scene: it’s a cold winter’s evening and, while most of us are doing nothing more energetic than throwing another log on the fire, at one school in Truro, around 100 girls are dressed to the nines in glitter and sparkles and preparing to dance up a storm!

By day, these girls are the bright young engineers, lawyers and scientists of the future but, just for tonight, they’re showing off the other side of their personalities with a dazzling array of dance that cannot fail to bring the house down.

Dance has been a big part of the curriculum at Truro High School for a number of years, with pupils pulling on their ballet tutus from the age of four and learning their first hip-hop routines, aged nine or ten. Lunchtime and after school clubs offer STOMP and tap mash ups alongside ballet and lyrical, while sixth formers gain practical experience choreographing and tutoring younger girls for everything from the dance show to the school play.

Head of Creative Arts, Judith Tutin says: “Dance is a fantastic form of PE that calls on the girls to work as a team physically and artistically. It unites all the art forms, from music to visuals, dance and costumes, and it also unites the two sides of the brain, with the girls using reasoning to learn the routines, and creativity to make them both beautiful and emotional.”

Fore more information call 01872 242904 or visit

Add some vibrant colour to your home with Richard Cook

During the dark days of winter, Falmouth’s Richard Cook Furnishers are shining a light on bright vibrant colours in the home. Carpets by Crucial Trading add colour and texture to the neutral and grey soft tones of today’s market. The team at Richard Cook specialise in working with you to create a co-ordinated carpet scheme to bring your ideas to life and their advice and guidance, based on decades of experience, is entirely free. That striped carpet on the stair can be a statement piece, but must co-ordinate with the bedrooms and the hall flooring.

Right now these beautiful floor coverings feature in Richard Cook’s winter sale, with significant savings on wools, wool stripes, sisals and sea grass.

For more information call 01326 312422 or visit

Unwind in style at Court Farm

Whilst January heralds a new year, many of us desire some serious post-Christmas rejuvenation. For those seeking the restorative power that a deeper connection with nature brings, Court Farm Holidays in the tranquil village of Marhamchurch, near Bude on the north coast, could be your nirvana. Onsite, Vicky Barnes, a fully-qualified holistic therapist, offers a wide range of signature therapeutic massage and beauty enhancing treatments for both men and women using Spiezia’s Cornish, 100% organic Made For Life treatments. Part of a 500-hundred acre farming enterprise, guests are positively encouraged to interact daily with the animals and explore the natural raw winter beauty of the surrounding area on foot or bicycles, which are available to hire. Whether you stay in a house with hot tub, converted courtyard barn or traditional cottage with woodburner, an onsite indoor heated swimming pool and the village pub across the road, make Court Farm the perfect place to rediscover your soul.

Quote ‘Cornwall Living’ for your 10% off-peak booking discount.

For more information call 01288 361494 or visit

Half price frame sale at Alexander Miller Opticians

Falmouth’s Alexander Miller Opticians takes fashion as seriously as it does the health of your eyes, stocking a huge range of well-designed, innovative frames, including those from Tom Davies and Prodesign.

The good news is that this January, Alexander Miller Opticians is running a half-price frame sale on selected frames, meaning you can look after your eyes, look the part and all without costing the earth! So why not pop in and book your appointment, before it’s over?

For more information call 01326 313092 or visit

Hake is catch of the day in Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth’s Catch Seafood Bar & Grill is known for its adventurous fish dishes and its fabulous Sunday roast on the coast. Owner Pat has just returned from cooking alongside double Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett at Blenheim Palace. Pat tells us: “It was great to discover that we think alike on so many dishes, particularly Angela’s ideas about beef cheeks which we often use for our classic roasts and local seafood. She loves great Cornish produce as much as we do!”

A real favourite from the winter specials is pan-fried hake with salt‘n’vinegar mash, pea puree and crispy battered gherkins and capers. “Hake has been outstanding this season,” says Pat. “It has a gorgeous flaky texture and, of course, it’s sustainable which is really important to us. We make the mash with Cornish sea salt and an artisan malt vinegar produced in Coverack that has a mellow oak flavour. We then fry the pickles as our twist on tartar!” It all goes down a treat after a windy walk on the golden beach, just a stone’s throw from the restaurant.

For more information visit

Mount to Mont record breakers!

39 brave cyclists recently took part in the ‘Mount to Mont Challenge’ for Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care. We can now reveal that they raised a staggering £106,664.28! The record-breaking team rode from St Michael’s Mount in Marazion to Mont St Michel in Normandy last October, many of them in memory of loved ones cared for at the charity’s two hospices.

Oli Hoare, Head of Fundraising, was one of the cyclists. “Never before has an event or challenge raised such a phenomenal sum for Cornwall Hospice Care,” says Oli. “After costs, which for this type of event are understandably high, the team have funded the equivalent of 3,165 hours of nursing care or £59,055.78. I can’t say a big enough thank you to the team who took on this challenge. Their commitment has been phenomenal.” Congratulations from all the team at Cornwall Living!

For more information on the charity visit

Exemplary eco-friendly cleaning for your Cornish home or business

New for January 2018, Innoscent Cleaning will be offering Cornwall’s only exclusively eco-friendly cleaning service. The team’s 100% natural, non-toxic homemade cleaning products are guaranteed to eradicate 99.9% of harmful bacteria, while being safe enough to use even around new-born babies.

Modern cleaning products contain toxic, harmful chemicals, which is why you should only use them in well-ventilated areas and whilst wearing protective equipment. Innoscent’s wonderfully fragranced, all-natural products will ensure your family’s and pets’ health while protecting Cornwall’s stunning landscape and helping safeguard the future of our planet. These products can be used in domestic environments, offices, holiday lets – anywhere that they’re needed – and this unique Cornish company even offers specialist packages such
as ‘New Mum Relief’, ‘Honeymoon Homecoming’ and ‘Patient Privilege’!

For more information call 07876 829426 or visit

Mazda MX-5 RF named Best Sports Car at 2018 awards!

Leading review site has named the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF Best Sports Car in its annual awards. On sale since March, the RF now accounts for 62% of UK MX-5 sales, continuing to win praise from customers and the media alike. Designed to offer a new dimension of open-top driving, while remaining true to the underlying principles that have made the MX-5 great, the RF’s ‘fastback’ styling gives it a unique appearance, whether you have the roof up or down.

Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK says: “We’re delighted that Carbuyer has recognised the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF. It’s one that stands distinct, yet retains all the award-winning driver appeal that our sports car is famed for.”

This astounding new sports car is available at Vospers Mazda Truro. Why not pop in and take one for a spin?

For more information call 01872 226230 or visit

Natural Health Practitioner Charlotte Triggs  joins The Bodhi Practice

Charlotte Triggs is delighted to join the Bodhi Practice at Hawksfield, just off the A39 outside Wadebridge. Charlotte is a Natural Health Practitioner offering a variety of massage techniques, including Advanced Clinical Massage, depending on your individual needs. She also offers Systematic Kinesiology, a form of natural healthcare that focuses on keeping your body in balance. It boosts wellness and helps to monitor the health of your body by using muscle testing, which shows where imbalances lie.

Imbalances may be related to diet, emotions, your energy, or your physical body. Charlotte looks at each aspect for a truly holistic overview, and, where an imbalance is found, uses specialised techniques (including the Chinese five-element system, neuro-lymphatic massage, meridian tapping, nutritional supplements and Bach flower remedies) to bring you back into balance. Charlotte also practices near Cardinham, mid-Cornwall.

For more information call 07768 307897 or visit

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