Cornwall Living 2018

News & views

A luxury bathroom without the price tag

When updating your property one of the first concerns can be the cost. Bathrooms can be one of the most expensive rooms and hardest to design but, as Charlotte Hall of bathroom and tiling specialist Interiora explains, this doesn’t have to be the case.

“As a family run business, we understand that you still want the luxury but not the price tag. Therefore we have invested a lot of time negotiating with different suppliers to provide the best quality bathrooms without paying for a designer label.

“We even offer a design service and have a qualified interior designer in house to help advise with these important decisions. Your bathroom is arguably the most used room within your home and is individual to each client.” So why not head to the Penzance showroom and allow the team to help you achieve your luxury bathroom.

For more information call 01736 802100 or visit

Renew your body and mind on the beautiful north coast

Now is a perfect time to set positive and healthy intentions for the year ahead. Often though, momentum can begin to fade as the weeks pass, with fad diets and fitness routines offering only a short-term fix. For 2018, the St Enodoc Hotel has teamed up with Perfect Week Retreat, whose focus is on helping people to understand what their bodies and minds need in order for them to be the healthiest, happiest version of themselves. Set on the stunning Cornish coast the retreat will help you to look beyond quick fixes and towards long-term lifestyle changes. Combining the best north Cornwall has to offer with guided fitness sessions, meditation, delicious local food from Chef James Nathan and wellbeing workshops, guest will experience a balanced, transformative ‘Perfect Week’. Retreats are available in March, May and September 2018 from £1795 per person, all-inclusive.

For more information call 01208 863394 or visit

Take care of your smile with Wadebridge Dental

Taking better care of our health will be high on many of our lists of New Year’s resolutions, yet dental care is all-too often overlooked. Fortunately, even if you suddenly find yourself in pain but aren’t registered anywhere, Wadebridge Dental offers emergency appointments for unregistered patients.

As a registered patient, you can make the most of evening appointments on Wednesdays with Practice Principle Andrew Taylor and associate dentist Kate Rowe, and private patients can even book online, making it easy to fit your check up around a hectic daily schedule. What’s more, the team also offers free teeth whitening when you’re having your teeth straightened, making the transformation you’ve been dreaming of a reality, at just a fraction of the cost!

Facial aesthetic treatments are also available, including botox and fillers, and there are even vouchers available, perfect for anyone who you know has been meaning to book an appointment.

For more information call 01208 813816 or visit

Enjoy an indulgent new addition from Spyrys Spas and Hot Tubs

Whether you’ve decided to make 2018 the year you really indulge yourselves, or you want to add value to your holiday let, Spyrys Spas & Hot Tubs has everything you need to maximise your luxury new addition.

Sharon, Brian and the team offer a warm welcome to the indoor Wadebridge showroom, ensuring an enjoyable buying experience for customers. With extensive knowledge and a reliable, award-winning aftersales service, purchasing a hot tub has never been easier. You can even try before you buy, with changing facilities, towels and robes all available at the showroom.

Supplying Canadian-built Arctic Spas hot tubs, as well as All Weather Pools and Vita Spas built in Arizona, the Spyrys range guarantees both quality of build and style. Sharon tells us: “We don’t just sell spas. We’re here to offer help, advice and support for the lifetime of your new spa.”

For more information call 01208 813760 or visit

Holiday home tips

George of Cornish Traditional Cottages offers his advice on buying a holiday home primarily as an investment

As George explains, holiday homes work as investments and you need to consider several important factors, such as generating income beyond the basic capital appreciation made simply from owning the property. Two of the most common options include long-term rentals and holiday letting, each with its own pros and cons.

“Long lets are the slow-burn, earning comparatively less than holiday lets – in Cornwall, they don’t tend to command high rents. That said, wear and tear will likely be less too, plus you may not have to furnish the house or deal with utilities. Furthermore, there shouldn’t be much downtime when the property is empty and not paying its way.

“During peak season, a holiday let can command as much, if not more, rent per week than a comparative long let would in a month. The opportunity is the greatest to generate the highest income. The challenge is to buy and to present a property that appeals to regular visitors, to increase your chances of filling more weeks across the year. However, more guests typically means more wear and tear and maintenance. But you’ll naturally have quieter periods to attend to this.

“The weekly rental rates during school holidays, even for an average property, offer healthy returns. But there are, on average, only 13 of those weeks: six weeks’ in the summer, two at Easter and Christmas, and one week in February, May and October. Off-peak times naturally command lower rent because there is less demand, so peak season is when you should expect to make your profit and take the pressure off filling the quieter weeks.”

For more information call 01208 893980 or visit

Huge clearance sale at current Cotton Mills showroom this February!

In preparation for the move to its new showroom in Truro, Cotton Mills Interiors is holding a stock clearance sale throughout February at its current showroom on Pydar Street, and there are some absolutely fantastic bargains to be had, brilliant if you fancy sprucing your interior on a budget.

The new showroom, known as Angel House, is due to open this spring on the corner of Charles Street and Infirmary Hill. It promises to be an interior design centre, featuring a wide range of interior products including soft furnishings, flooring, lighting and furniture. All of this, alongside the company’s award-winning bespoke services makes this new building an exciting development for Truro. The team also hopes to showcase the work of local artists and crafts people, a great way to complement Cotton Mills’ ‘Handmade in Cornwall’ ethos.

For more information call 01872 278545 or visit

Apeer doors most secure yet, from Collingtons

Collington’s ‘secured by design’ anti-bump, anti-drill, anti-pick, anti-snap, Kitemarked cylinder lock barrels are fitted as standard to every Apeer door. And, if that’s not enough, the doors are triple glazed with an anti-tamper glazing system. 

Apeer doors offer the very latest in design and materials, helping to keep the heat in and the cold out, making them some of the most energy efficient available. Indeed, at this time of year, keeping the heat in has never been so important, so perhaps it’s time you fitted a door that guarantees security, energy efficiency and style. Apeer doors, as well as being low maintenance, also allow you to choose from a wide range of robust RAL colours, in both cotemporary and traditional styles, so your new door promises to match you and your home seamlessly.

For more information call 01326 572599 or visit

Is 2018 the time to freshen your flooring?

Bright statement stairway carpets just keep coming back in vogue, and according to Melanie Alford and Alfords Flooring, “manufacturers are constantly designing new products to adorn our showrooms and help give our customers a wow factor for their home.” If you’re lucky enough to own a stairway that deserves to be shown off, perhaps a runner, plain, striped, boldly-patterned runner could help freshen your interior?

No stairs? No problem! Instead, why not brighten up your entrance hall? Use hardwearing and easy to maintain luxury vinyl tiling to give your home an instant lift, and impress your friends and family the moment they step through the door. Vinyl tiles allow an authentic look that lasts, and that’s easily and individually replaceable, should the worst happen!

Alfords has a seemingly endless range of options for you to spruce your floor, all available with quality installation and ensuring a look that lasts.

For more information call 01326 564860 or visit

Sign up, sign up! For The Cousin Jack Classic from Bys Vyken Events

The Cousin Jack Classic, from Bys Vyken Events, is a coast run like no other, spanning the coast path from St Ives to Cape Cornwall – one of the most remote locations on the South West Coast Path. The event was created for a historical purpose – to celebrate St Piran’s Day by running through some of the most treacherous and Atlantic-beaten terrain in the UK, learning about the Duchy’s glorious heritage along the way. Runners can run one or both ways (17.4 or 35 miles), passing several mines including Levant and Geevor, before passing through the mythical Zennor and descending finally on St Ives.

The best part is, Bys Vyken Events is completely plastic free and provides runners with Space Saver reusable cups. It’s also a proud user of Vegware and Ecotainers, placing the welfare of the environment at the very heart of its ethos.

For more information call 07970 920500 or visit

Under the weather? Consult your pharmacist first!

The Royal College of General Practitioners recently suggested that the burden on GP practices would be reduced if patients consulted their pharmacists for health advice. Graham and Gillian Brack of Reeds Pharmacy, Truro are happy to advise where they can. They offer a few pointers that will help make the discussion better for both parties.

Graham explains: “It’s much easier if you consult the pharmacy that normally prepares your prescriptions. They will have access to your medicines history, and can obtain it if you haven’t opted out of the NHS Summary Care Record.”

Gillian then tells us: “There are some occasions when we need to see the patient, and it helps if you have the answers to the following ready: what are the symptoms? How long have you had the problem? What have you already tried? What other medicines do you take?”

For more information call 01872 272106 or visit

Bosinver Farm Cottages scoops prestigious award

Bosinver Farm Cottages boasts 20 individual detached, luxury self-catering cottages, all set within 30 acres of beautiful farm and woodland. Within easy reach of St Austell Bay, the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and other Cornish attractions, it’s no wonder Bosinver was crowned winner of Visit England’s award for Best Family Friendly Accommodation 2017!

As well as making the most of outdoor adventures exploring the local area, kids can take part in daily animal feeding sessions and egg collecting with Farmer Dave. They can even take a ride on Bosinver’s friendly ponies! Of course, the older ones (and the grown ups) will want to have a go on the zip wire, a great way to get the adrenaline going!

For those hoping to enjoy a more relaxed Cornish retreat, a heated indoor pool, sauna and gym offer plenty of ways to wind down.

Each cottage enjoys its own stylishly unique and colourful interior,  with wonderful views of the Cornish countryside. What’s more, the staff
do their utmost to make guests’ experiences as personal and enjoyable as possible, which really sets Bosinver apart. Where better to base your Cornish adventure?

For more information call 01726 72128 or visit

Zebrafinch Hair set for an exciting year ahead

Regular readers of Cornwall Living will already be familiar with Zeb Luke Gethen – the talented owner of Zebrafinch Hair, Falmouth, who boasts experience across the country in a range of high-end salons. This year, Zeb hopes to grow his already-thriving salon.

“I’m looking to take the business forward by looking for someone else with the right skills and passion to join the salon. I’ll be heading up to London once a month, and will also be focussing on weddings and special occasions alongside the day-to-day work at the salon, so I need someone else to work alongside me.”

So if you’re looking for a professional to make your hair special for the big day, or would like to book an appointment at one of Cornwall’s best salons, why not give Zeb a call?

For more information call 07548 539267 or visit

£5,000 raised for Cornish charity in loving memory of Stuart Beaumont

Elliott Beaumont and his uncle Darren, who together took on the London-to-Paris cycle in July last year, did so in loving memory of their father and brother-in-law. They cycled the gruelling 300 miles to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care, the Cornish charity that cared for Stuart at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, St Austell.

Their fundraising alone raised an incredible £3,000, but this already-astonishing figure was increased to £5,000 after a generous contribution from retailer, TK Maxx.

Stuart’s sister Bev, who works for TK Maxx and approached them with the story, tells us: “My family are grateful to Cornwall Hospice Care for their care of Stuart, so Elliott and Darren wanted to do something for them. Their aches and pains were soon forgotten, but what the hospice did for Stuart never will be.”

For more information call 01726 839156 or visit

Make it a foodie February at The Lemon Arms, Mylor

Despite the cold, exploring Cornwall by the coast is a wonderful way to blow out the cobwebs, and it certainly beats being stuck inside all day. Why not head to Mylor and take a stroll along the creekside, where you can watch the boats bob and undulating waters surge in or out, depending on the tide, before retreating to the warm fire and sumptuous menus of the Lemon Arms?

Offering delicious homemade specials, often including local crab and seafood, as well as winter warms that we all yearn for at this time of year and a fully-stocked bar, you can sate that sea-air appetite while warming yourselves by the roaring fire.

Sundays see a full-blown roast dinner appearing on the menu, with fresh Cornish veg, succulent local meats and tempting vegetarian options promising a delectable foodie finish to your weekend spent exploring.

For more information call 01326 373666 or visit

Is 2018 the year that you’ll remodel your kitchen?

The festive season may be over, yet the kitchen remains the heart of almost every home. So, what better time to remodel your kitchen than now, as we gear up for the year ahead?

According to Adrian Core Bespoke Furniture, the cabinets and worktops you choose will make or break your kitchen, but working to a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for any less than your vision demands. As well as its range of prestigious, bespoke kitchen pieces, Adrian Core also has access to a vast number of standard kitchens, meaning you can achieve a truly personal creation.

The team prides itself on second-to-none personal service, creating bespoke kitchen spaces that are both stylish and tailored to you, laid out in a way that keeps everything exactly where you need it.

For more information call 01579 324174 or visit

Cutting edge tooth straightening system at Cathedral Dental Practice

Bring the confidence back to your smile with help from the team at Cathedral Dental Practice in Truro. Alex Willmore and Fergus Brown of the popular Cathedral Dental Practice each offer patients the system known as Invisalign Go. Invisalign is the world leader in clear aligner technology – an alternative to conventional wire and bracket-fixed braces.

The aim of the treatment is to provide patients with the smile they’ve always desired, using minimally invasive techniques. The benfits are not only cosmetic; it’s likely to vastly improve your daily oral hygiene, increasing your ability to keep your teeth clean and free of stains.

The best part is that the clear aligners are removable, comfortable and nearly invisible, allowing you to conduct your daily routine with minimum interference – something brace users have long been crying out for!

For more information or to book your complimentary Invisalign consultation call 01872 261999 or visit

Excitement as plans for incredible St Ives property take shape

A seafront property in St Ives sold last year for a staggering £1.4 million, thanks to its unrivalled panoramic views over the Atlantic.

Buyers Mr and Mrs Harris, who intend to spend their retirement at the property, quickly realised that it required significant improvement. Eventually, they concluded it would be more cost effective to replace it entirely.

Working closely with local architectural design firm RA Design and dedicated planning experts, GOLAY Planning, their aim is to provide an overall visual improvement on the current building’s ‘anywhere’ style, reflecting the local context and special character of St Ives via a traditional use of slate on the walls and roof, with contrasting crisp junctions and contemporary glazing. The new home will be more energy efficient, far more accessible and better suited to its surroundings. A planning application is expected to be submitted by early spring this year.

For more information call 01736 796111 or visit

Beer & Bird, St Ives set to take off in 2018

As we go to print, Beer & Bird in St Ives is preparing to re-open its doors after a brief period of refurbishment. Since opening in April last year, the family-owned bar and restaurant has quickly gained a reputation for its delicious free-range fried chicken and astonishing selection of craft beers.

Alongside some subtle decorative enhancements, customers can expect a more varied menu with greater options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diners.

Co-founder and head chef Sam Hanson says: “We’ve had a fantastic first year, but we’ve got some big plans for 2018. January has given us the perfect opportunity to be creative and come up with some really exciting additions to the menu.”

We’ll see you there!

For more information call 01736 793776 or visit

New owners and winter warmers at Harbour View Café, Porthleven

With scintillating views over Porthleven’s iconic and quintessentially Cornish harbour, as well as freshly cooked breakfasts and lunches, Harbour View Café is perfect for anyone looking to refresh themselves on a day spent exploring the south coast.

The café recently undertook new ownership and new owners, Keith and Penny Annear are already forming a fantastic rapport with locals and visitors alike. Indeed, the café’s Facebook page is already awash with rave reviews, with some hailing the polite, lovely staff and others marking on the relaxed atmosphere.

While the whole menu is cooked from scratch, winter warmers are certainly the order of the day at this time of year. With this in mind, Penny and Keith’s homemade soups come highly recommended!

For more information call 07495 752911 or visit

Transform the heart of your home with Retallack Kitchens

The choice of design and products for your new kitchen has never been greater, but this can be daunting. This is where Retallack Kitchens comes in. The team makes sure you’re made aware of new innovations and product ranges, including the latest trends and old favourites.

Getting to know you is vital. It means that Retallack owners David and Jo can guide you in the right direction, eliminating the need to plough through endless brochures and meaning you’re not left feeling confused and overwhelmed. Indeed, they pride themselves on finding exactly what you desire with minimum fuss or hassle, and they understand that, while they’re there to advise, it’s ultimately your decision. So if you want to be left smiling at a beautiful new kitchen, why not contact David and Jo and see how they can help?

For more information call 01208 873283 or visit

This half term enjoy food with a view at Greens of Padstow

A licensed café and crazy golf garden perched above Padstow harbour, Greens of Padstow has stunning panoramic views over the Camel Estuary and town and is fast becoming a haven for food and nature lovers from all over Cornwall.

This half term, why not pop in and make the most of the sumptuous breakfast, lunch and evening menus? Packed full of local flavours, with just a dash of foodie flair from the kitchen team, there’s something to tempt even the fussiest of diners, and you can wash it all down with your choice from a long list of local ciders, beers, cocktails and wines, including some from Padstow’s Trevibben Mill Vineyard and the popular Polgoon Vineyard in Penzance. Greens will be open daily from 10am until 8pm over the half term, so be sure to pay a visit!

For more information call 01841 532002 or visit

Mawgan Porth’s Catch becomes popular celebrity haunt

Known for its adventurous seafood dishes and sumptuous Sunday roast on the coast, Mawgan Porth’s Catch Seafood Bar & Grill is really taking the area by storm. Indeed, it would seem that this restaurant, with its green ethos (it was recently accredited by the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide for buying and supplying sustainably caught fish), has become something of a celebrity hotspot, welcoming A-listers including Minnie Driver, Robert Lindsay, Justin Lee Collins and Dawn French, as well as stars from Eastenders and Game of Thrones!

Clearly the team is doing something right! Catch is open on weekends, during school holidays and all day, every day from Easter to November, and owner and Head Chef Pat has a special menu lined up for the whole of Valentine’s week with the theme of eating with those you love, whether on a romantic evening for two, or a lunch spent with the whole family.

For more information visit

Traditional woodburners, traditional standards

2022 will see new Ecodesign regulations coming into play, meaning that lots of older-style stoves will not meet the strict new standards for emissions and efficiency.

Fortunately, Kuggar Stoves is ever ahead of the curve, and Amanda explains that Kuggar “already has a variety of stoves that are compliant, including those from a range of top brands, as well as some great deals on ex-display stoves.”

The Kuggar showroom also has a large selection of smaller stoves, perfect for heating up small outbuildings, boats and, indeed, any small space that tends to bear the brunt of the cold at this time of year.

So if you want the cosiness that a woodburner brings to your home, with the assurance that your stove lives up to contemporary standards, perhaps it’s time you popped into Kuggar Stoves!

For more information call 01326 573643 or visit

HomeShed reopens its doors

The store which recently reopened on the Kernick Road Industrial Estate, Penryn is currently holding a huge flooring sale and has just restocked brand new ranges throughout for 2018.

Passionate about all things interior design, the team searches worldwide for inspirational furnishings that will enrich your home.  From comfortable living and dining room pieces, to garden furniture and relaxing beds with luxurious mattresses, all complemented with matching elegant bedroom furniture, as well as a selection of new home accessories and Valentine gifts; if 2018 is the year you’ve decided to make your home the beautiful living space you’ve always envisaged, then it’s time to head to HomeShed.

For more information call 01326 377485 or visit

This year it’s in with the new at MEDfacials, Truro

2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for MEDfacials. Senior Aesthetician Anna recently joined the team, bringing experience as a former beauty therapist trainer and international examiner to the Truro clinic, which is now able to offer an even wider range of new treatments.

New for 2018 is the Galvaderm Facial, a fusion of science and nature that gently uses ionised gels containing plant extracts to balance, protect and hydrate the skin, giving it a healthy, youthful appearance. You can also now take advantage of the Hydra-Lift Collagen Treatment, which uses a 99% collagen veil, delivering a burst of moisture whilst softening fine lines and wrinkles. It’s perfect for dehydrated or sun damaged skin, leaving you with a young, even appearance!

Finally, there’s the Advanced Anti-Ageing Facial, a specialised lifting technique that helps restore suppleness and elasticity to slack or devitalised skin.

To find out more call 07886 250647 or visit

Bakehouse owners celebrate a year of culinary mastery

Penzance restaurateur Kim Reska Letchford is celebrating her first anniversary at the Bakehouse after taking it over on Valentine’s Day last year.

Kim’s love for the Bakehouse and dream of owning a restaurant began nine years ago, during her work experience at that very venue! This inspired her to study Professional Cookery at Truro and Penwith College, where she earned a Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery and a Level 3 NVQ in Patisserie and Confectionery.

Kim and partner Gary have taken the Cornish foodie scene by storm, winning a Taste of the West Gold Award in the Restaurant category, making the Bakehouse well worth a visit!

For more information about The Bakehousecall 01736 331331 or visit

For more information about Truro and Penwith College call 01736 335000 or mail

First-class half-term fun with Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Railway reopens after a short winter break, with steam trains running over half term, from 11th to 15th, and then on 18th February. The family friendly fun will include new activity and colouring sheets, along with the chance to learn more about the railway’s history and operations with the new dressing up box. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, you may be interested to know that kids travel for just £1 over half term!

There’s plenty for the grown ups too. In addition to standard stream train travel, why not book a Cornish cream tea in First Class on a Steam & Cream train on 11th or 18th February, or indulge in some railway romance with that special someone and book for First Class Valentines dining on 14th February?

For more information call 01208 73555 or visit

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