Holiday home tips
George of Cornish Traditional Cottages offers his advice on buying a holiday home as a lifestyle choice.
George explains: “If you love Cornwall and keep coming back to the same favourite area, it may make sense to buy your own holiday property. You’ll save on accommodation costs and over time, you’ll be acquiring an asset that could become a valuable nest egg, or a retirement home in the future.”
But, he says, it’s important to buy with your heart, not with your head. When you’re certain that the property is wholly or largely for personal use, you can be guided by your heartstrings. This is okay – fall for the features and characteristics that you love most and make the home your own when decorating and furnishing it.
When it comes to making extra income, or even if you just want to see the potential in your Cornish home as a holiday rental, George suggests testing the water with your friends. “Ask for honest feedback. Get them to tell what they love about the house; what they’d like more of. You’ll find ways to de-personalise the property for non-family members, either by storing personal items in a lockable cupboard or going more minimalist on the décor.”
One strategy is to live in the house and then let it out while you’re on holiday yourself. “This would take a bit of planning, but it’s perfectly doable. We have a few owners who regularly head off on holiday during the summer season.”
For more information call 01208 893980 or visit www.corncott.com
For you and your home
At the top of the High Street, Falmouth, you’ll find The Grey Lurcher, a new addition to the eclectic mix of shops that make up one of the most vibrant streets in Falmouth. The shop stocks a selection of beautiful handmade items, gifts, home and kitchenware. As well as known brands in the gift sector The Grey Lurcher stocks work from Cornish artists and makers. Indeed, showcasing their work adds another dimension to the gifts on offer.
You will find products from Parlane International, and the French brand Durance, whose organic candles and cosmetics are an affordable luxury. Bluebeards Revenge supply men’s toiletries for the beards in your life, and over the coming months a little touch of France will be arriving with glassware and interior from Grand Illusions.
Are you adder aware?
Yearning for the sun to warm them up after a long winter, adders start emerging from hibernation as early as March. Regent Court Veterinary Practice in Penzance sees many dogs every year that have been bitten by adders as they may stand on them or just disturb them whilst they are out basking in the sun. Being venomous, adder bites need to be seen as quickly as possible. A yelp or rapid swelling can mean a bite so you should phone a vet immediately to let them know you are on your way. Keep calm, if possible carry your pet and keep them as cool as possible. Vets will administer fluids, anti-venom and pain relief until your pet is comfortable and recovering. Moorland, coast paths and sand dunes are the most common places for adders; keep dogs on leads or walk early or late, being vigilant if allowing them off to run.
For advice in an emergency or to register for an adder pack, call 01736 368768
Enjoy an experience with a difference
With a fleet over 30 Segways operating in two locations in Cornwall, Cornwall Segway is one of the best experiences around of its kind. The main daily sessions take place on the iconic Goonhilly Satellite Station on the Lizard, along with excursions around the stunning Clowance Estate near Camborne one day a week.
Even if it’s your first time, worry not – the Segway is really easy to ride thanks to a very clever gyroscopic self-balancing computer that eliminates the need to balance. Oh and it’s great fun, too!
After some simple instruction in the designated training area, you can take your Segway for a spin around one of the site’s unique routes of private roads, obstacle courses, tracks and paths.
There’s also free parking, a picnic area, shop and facilities on site, and after your trip, you’ll be well placed to explore the beautiful Lizard peninsula.
For more information call 07977 000444 or visit www.cornwallsegway.co.uk
Create the kitchen of your dreams
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to make improvements to your home, and changing your kitchen was one of them, perhaps you should let Dream Doors Truro take the stress out of your hands. Choose from hundreds of styles and colours, along with a whole range of worktops, from laminate to Corian. If you are looking for a hassle-free approach to creating the kitchen of your dreams, Dream Doors Truro provides a bespoke, made-to-measure service, working with your existing carcasses to create the kitchen you’ve always wished for, whilst keeping costs down. Using the team of local craftsmen, the kitchen can be transformed in as little as a day. So if you would like to start the new year with a new kitchen why not pop into the Dream Doors Showroom in Truro and see what Matt and the team can do to help
For more information call 01872 240650 or visit www.dreamdoors.co.uk
Wadebridge’s treasure trove of curiosities
The Wadebridge Antiques Centre, open from 10am to 5pm daily, offers an eclectic and varied collection of pieces, such as this one-of-a-kind Gothic-inspired clock. Another fabulous curiosity is a wonderful Odhner Arithmometer, a beautifully crafted forerunner of the calculator, dating to around 1930. Alongside these, you’ll discover everything from furniture, gold and silver, to militaria, art, clocks and ceramics, as well as garden antiques. There is also a resident clock repairer and restorer. Why not treat the one you love to some gift vouchers, ensuring a present like no other?
If you love searching for unique items, a visit to the upcoming Antiques Fair at the Royal Cornwall Showground on Good Friday and Easter Saturday is a must.
What’s more, the Pensilva Antiques and Collectors Fair is held on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am to 4pm featuring up to 75 stalls.
For more details call 01208 368182 or visit www.antiquefairscornwall.co.uk
Make an entrance this spring with Longrock Windows
Father and son company Longrock Windows offers a huge range of doors and windows that’s tailored to suit Cornwall’s unique environment, manned by a team that understands your need for style and unrivalled functionality.
This spring will see the introduction of new colour palettes and styles for composite doors, as well as an extension of the contemporary styles currently available. These new additions offer a low maintenance colour finish, one that’s designed to stay looking good year in, year out. Beautifully authentic in appearance and absolutely superior when it comes to performance, if you want first impressions to wow guests as they cross your threshold this spring, be sure to pop into Longrock Windows.
For more information call 01736 313113 or visit www.longrockwindows.co.uk
Exciting times for Greens of Padstow
Greens of Padstow, with its scintillating views of the Camel estuary and sumptuous lunch and dinner menus, has fast become a hub of foodie activity in the fishing port of Padstow, but the team is only just getting started.
The site used to be home to a mini golf course, once a popular attraction to locals and visitors alike, and it’s bringing this to life that the team, headed up by Sharon Whittock, are calling ‘phase two’. The project will see the course completely refurbished, including new holes, four different landscaping themes representing Cornwall’s eclectic landscape, and a rolling scheme which will see the commissioned features bringing the different holes to life, some lasting a season, others a lifetime. The course will be playable by Easter, so if you’ve got space in your calendar, be sure to pencil in a visit!
For more information call 01841 532002 or visit www.greenspadstow.co.uk
Don’t compromise on style or vision this spring
Alexander Miller Opticians was set up to market well-designed spectacle frames and to use high quality prescription lenses, such as Nikon. Half-hour eye examination appointments ensure that clinical needs are met in a high-tech consulting room, with a fantastic view over Falmouth harbour as a bonus! Mark and Andrew also want their clients to enjoy spectacles, so they felt that time should also be given to the discussion of frame characteristics and the attributes of lenses. Engaging the client is the aim at Alexander Miller.
There are great frames out there that all too often are not seen, as Mark tells us. “We’ve got the ergonomics of ic!berlin from, yes, Berlin! We’ve got the colours of the WOOW range from Paris! Then there’s
prodesign’s slick Danish design, which have been part of the practice for ten years.” Why not pop in and see for yourself?
For more information visit www.alexandermilleropticians.co.uk
Take The Highway Rat activity trail at Cardinham Woods
The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life on the forest trail at Cardinham Woods. Follow the panels, complete activities and interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story.
Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland, popular with cyclists, dog walks, horse riders and indeed anybody who loves the great outdoors. Waymarked trails lead deep into the woods, with viewpoints and a fascinating history to be discovered.
This particular adventure is one that the whole family can enjoy, so be sure to pick up an activity pack for just £3 from Woods Café before embarking on your highway adventure!
For more information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/cardinham
Massive bedroom furniture sale now on at HomeShed
There’s nothing like finding the bed of your dreams to create a sanctuary for weekend lie-ins and wonderful summer mornings. Make your dream bedroom a reality and get a good night’s sleep for less than you think at HomeShed’s bedroom furniture sale!
The sale includes includes over 100 beds and beautiful bedroom furniture, including divans and mattresses to suit every budget from Silent Night, Rest Assured, Highgrove and award-winning Somnus, with luxury cashmere-filled mattresses.
Choose from a stunning selection of bedroom furniture including bedside tables, wardrobes, chests-of-drawers and dressing tables to create your own sleep sanctuary, and finish it all off with a range of coastal style bedding, cushions and throws.
HomeShed has a good selection of children’s beds too, including bunk beds and sleep stations.
For more information call 01326 377485 or visit www.home-shed.co.uk
Escape from normality this spring at Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa
This spring, experience stunning seascapes and delicious dining, and find spa heaven in the stylish Fistral Beach Hotel. Energise and relax with indulgent and rejuvenating ESPA treatments, refresh in the luxury indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi and enjoy moments of calm in the relax room.
Just a little time spent at Fistral Spa will leave you feeling brand new and afterwards, nothing beats taking a stroll along the beach and exploring the coast. In the evening, to satisfy that sea-air appetite, sit down to a fresh, seasonal menu in the hotel’s Dune Restaurant. If you have room, you’ll want to finish with one of Dune’s to-die-for desserts, and while you’re there, why not treat yourselves to a cocktail or two from the Bay Bar? Spa breaks start from £259 for a double including breakfast and dinner plus a one-hour ESPA treatment.
For more information call 01637 852221 or visit www.fistralbeachhotel.co.uk
Go beneath the surface at Poldark Mine
With the recent bout of adverse weather we’ve all been sheltering from, you’ll no doubt be looking for a day out where you can escape the ever-impending wind and rain. One of our favourites is Poldark Mine, situated in four acres of riverside woodland and gardens on the Rover Cober valley. Cornwall’s only complete underground tin mine, just outside of Helston, really is one of a kind – an exceptionally well-preserved piece of Cornish heritage that offers the chance to discover more about the Duchy’s history.
Explore the underground tunnels and caverns, learn about tin production, marvel at the mighty mid-century beam engine and explore the museum and open-air exhibits. The underground tours are considered “one of the two most atmospheric mine tours in Europe,” by the former chairman of English Heritage, perfect for getting those ‘wow’ reactions from the kids. A brass band plays most Sundays from 2pm to 4pm, ensuring your experience of Cornish heritage is accompanied by wonderful traditional music.
For more information visit www.poldarkmine.org.uk 01326 573173
Ann’s Pasties returns to its roots as new shop opens in Porthleven
There’s not many an occasion that isn’t made better with a hot pasty in hand and we’re delighted that Ann’s Pasties is opening a new shop right here in Porthleven, the home of Cornwall Living.
Ann’s Pasties is very much a family business and it was Ann and mother Hettie that started it all off, opening their first pasty shop in Porthleven back in 1985. As the business flourished, Ann’s son Fergus stepped in to help and he now gets the crimping seal of approval from Granny Hettie. Ann’s Pasties are all lovingly handmade, from locally sourced meat and vegetables and crimped to perfection. Organic flour and a generations’ old recipe makes for thin, crisp pastry on the outside and a succulent layered filling on the inside. Be sure to pick one up next time you’re in Porthleven or if you want to take home a taste of Cornwall, you can have Ann’s Pasties delivered across the UK.
For more information call 01326 572282 or visit www.annspasties.co.uk