Cornwall Living 2018

News & Views

Creating the perfect seaside interiors scheme with Kettle of Fowey

When creating a seaside interior scheme for holiday lets, it’s important for guests to feel relaxed and comfortable, with an emotional connection to the idea of ‘escaping to the beach’. Colour is key, borrowing from the palette of our coastline: neutral and versatile schemes, with ocean blues, greens and sunshine yellows. Coastal style is all about creating a relaxing, airy and sunny atmosphere. A coloured stripe pattern or a nautical print will pull together a colour scheme within a room and add character and individuality to each space.

If you want to create a beautiful interior but have too little time or simply don’t know where to start, talk to the team at Kettle of Fowey about their ‘turn key’ interior design and installation service. They know how to supply stylish, inspirational and practical interior solutions for the residential, commercial and holiday home markets, with experience in everything from design and concept to procurement, delivery and installation.

No matter how big or small your project is, the Kettle team can help you create an exceptional interior to fit you and your budget.

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The sky’s the limit with Indoor Active’s Clip ‘n Climb

Since opening 15 months ago, Indoor Active at Cornwall Services has enjoyed a fantastic start, with both the soft play and Clip ‘n Climb centre proving a huge success. Cornwall’s biggest Clip ‘n Climb centre offers a safe climbing experience for ages four and up, but it’s not just for the little ones. The team can organise team building sessions and staff parties with a difference. For the more adventurous, look out for the launch of the new monthly ‘Clip ‘n Glow’ sessions for over-18s, an after-dark climbing session with lights, smoke machines, music and glow sticks, with a meal and drink included.

Indoor Active will be running once-weekly after-dark soft play and Clip ‘n Climb sessions for children too, so check out the Facebook page for details. Indoor Active is open seven days a week in both its soft play and Clip ‘n climb centre, with booking essential for Clip ‘n Climb.

While the kids play, relax in the onsite café with its delicious barista Italian coffee, hot drinks, cold drinks, homemade cakes and snacks. The hot food is provided by onsite caterers Sausage and Roll and the Open Oven Pizza Company, both showcasing tasty local produce.

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Multi-award winners Cotton Mills Interiors moving in 2017

Cotton Mills, the second generation business that was founded as a fabric shop in 1975 by Nigel Parris has evolved under the directorship of  daughter Ali Cary over the past eight years to an interior specialist company. In addition to scooping awards, projects have featured in international magazines such as House & Garden and national newspapers including The Telegraph.

The team at Cotton Mills have welcomed the boost that their reputation and accreditations have afforded them, enabling them to expand their Cornish production team to include seven workrooms, two upholsterers and a full time fitter, as well as working with other specialists to bring their projects to completion.

The team have had to admit that they have outgrown their home of 30 years in People’s Palace off Pydar Street and are planning a move in 2017 to a purpose-built showroom opposite the Moorfield carpark on Charles Street, Truro.

Let’s wish them luck and look forward to the launch party!

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Discover why St Ives is perfect for a getaway all year round

Ranking among Europe’s top beach destinations, St Ives has it all. But what about low season? For starters, accommodation becomes more affordable, with irresistible offers on short breaks and a wonderful range of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation, from the luxury Tregenna Castle and Garrack Hotels to the super-funky Cohort Hostel. With less crowds and clearer roads, an out-of-season break offers all the best bits, without the school holiday rush.

As showcased at the recent St Ives September Festival, the town is a hive of creativity, with Barnoon Workshop offering a dedicated space for arts and crafts, while local artisan chocolatier I Should Coco promises workshops to indulge your sweet tooth.New business 54 Lemons offers clubs for all ages, including pottery, writing, sowing, craft and drawing! Enjoy a glass of mulled cider around the roaring fire in the Sloop Inn; treat yourself to a spa day at the St Ives Harbour Hotel or some shopping in the many small independent boutiques.

December promises a jam-packed month, kicking off with the arrival of Father Christmas aboard the RNLI lifeboat. Finally, the spectacular fireworks display promises a memorably happy new year. So, while summer in St Ives is magical, let’s not forget that all year round, this stunning seaside town has something for everyone.

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October sale at Cornwall Bathroom Centre

Truro’s Cornwall Bathroom Centre is the place to go for your bathroom or kitchen. With a massive range of options, including premium brands Laura Ashley, Dansani and Ted Baker, there’s something to suit everyone, whatever your personal tastes. And there’s never been a better reason to visit the centre, with a minimum of 20% off everything this October, with up to 60% off ex-display items. So you can get the dream bathroom or kitchen without the hefty price tag – perfect if your house needs a refresh, or perhaps if you have a rental property that needs updating ahead of next season. The October sale culminates at the end of the month with an open weekend, Friday to Sunday, with offers and a Neff cookery demonstration – the only time the centre has opened on a Sunday in ten years of business!

Cornwall Bathroom Centre is completely independent, offering the best prices for the best products and respected service, with incredible technical expertise. The company has enjoyed substantial growth over the last five years, with many premium brands wanting to be associated with the centre – a real testament to the quality of service provided.

But it’s not just bathrooms, with an extensive range of kitchens available too, and a quality design service. Remember: the kitchen and bathroom are typically the two rooms that add the most perceived value to a house, and often the things that people consider most when searching for their new home. So make sure the kitchen and bathroom don’t let your house down with a visit to Cornwall Bathroom Centre.

For more information call 01872 275830 or email or, even better, pop into the showroom


Singing the blues with Helston Hawks

We here at Cornwall Living are thrilled to sponsor the Helston Hawks, depicted here proudly donning their new kit. David Page, team coach of this up-and-coming, plucky youth squad says: “We are starting to see the signs of a really good team emerging which is helped by the fact they feel prepared in their kit.” Ecstatic to be playing in quality team colours, the Hawks are beginning to prove quite the formiddable force on the local football scene. Since starting the season on 10th September, the team are truly beginning to meld as an efficient goal scoring machine. Of course, we like to think the new kit has something to do with it! And, with the rest of the season ahead of them, there’s plenty to be  excited about. So come on, Hawks – do us proud!


Escape to Kestle Cottage at Frenchman’s Creek

Nestled on a historic farmstead just above Frenchman’s Creek, you’ll find the delightful Kestle Cottage. This beautiful cottage has been newly renovated, sensitively conserving its architectural heritage and combining it with thoroughly contemporary touches. The property sleeps four but is small enough to make a delightful bolthole for two – the perfect base for exploring the Helford river and the spectacular Lizard peninsula. The property has an easy-going feel with wooden floors and exposed beams. You’ll find lovely design touches and handcrafted features adding to the charm. Tiny Kestle Barton art gallery is also to be found here with fascinating exhibitions from acclaimed artists (the gallery is free but note that it’s seasonal), and gardens, wildflower meadows, orchards and ponds are there for all visitors and guests to enjoy. A gentle stroll takes you down to Helford village itself, which boasts a great pub and a foot ferry to the other side of the river.

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A bolthole in Helford

For architect and interior designer Michael Worthington, the village of Helford on the south side of the Helford river makes the perfect escape from a busy London life. He bought tiny Creek Cottage four years ago and completely re-designed it, creating a quirky open-plan space downstairs, with the kitchen worktop forming part of the stairs! With a wood burner for the winter and kayaks to get out on the water in the summer, it’s a great year-round destination.

A big part of the appeal of Helford, which is admittedly pretty remote, is that the pub and shop are within walking distance, and the whole village has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; the ideal place to relax with his young daughter, who finds friends in every house in the village during the summer season! Michael has invested in a fishing boat to make the most of the cottage’s proximity to the river, and is often seen smoking mackerel outside the cottage in the evening after a good day’s catch.

Michael uses the cottage a lot himself, but it’s also let through Helford River Cottages, which lets 17 other cottages too, all in Helford Village.

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What’s the chance of becoming unable to work through illness?

UK employees underestimate the likelihood of being unable to work due to serious illness or injury. The Association of British Insurers estimates around one million people are off work for over four weeks as a result each year (Welfare Reform for the 21st Century, September 2014). Many would struggle to make ends meet if unable to work for long periods due to illness. Mental health issues, cancer and arthritis are typical examples, but problems like back and neck injuries can also force people out of work for unexpectedly long periods.

Various forms of financial protection are available. Income protection insurance replaces part of your income, paying out until you can start working again (or until you retire or the policy term expires). However, over half of employees (around 19.3 million people) don’t have any form of income protection (Canada Life, August 2016). The ‘head in the sand’ approach is common, yet if protection isn’t provided by

your employer, you should arrange your own. It’s important to look at which illnesses and injuries are included when selecting a policy, so you know exactly what situations are likely to be covered. An adviser will be able to recommend policies to fit with your age, occupation and health.

To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax Planning, contact Thomas Sopp.
07900 826242

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