Cornwall LivingIssue #121

Destination Falmouth

Step down a gear, escape the frenetic demands of everyday life and decamp to a Falmouth Holiday Homes cottage. 

If you’re thinking about a self-catering holiday, that deals away with all the hassle of travelling abroad this summer, then look no further than Falmouth Holiday Homes. They are the bonafide experts and have properties on their books that can fulfil the needs of full-on families or couples seeking a cosy romantic retreat.

As their name suggests, the sailing capital of Cornwall is the hub of their operation, but with tendrils spreading into other quintessential, sought-after locations such as Flushing, Devoran, Malpas, and Penryn. Although an all-year-round destination, Falmouth comes alive in the summer months and has a wealth of things to engage every visitor. This bustling port has a wide range of boutique shops, stunning restaurants and art galleries as well as the National Maritime Museum; not forgetting Pendennis Castle – built in the 16th century and now maintained by English Heritage. Of course, no holiday would be complete without a trip to the beach, of which Falmouth has four – Gyllyngvase, Castle, Swanpool and Maenporth.

Falmouth is a big draw with walkers and cyclists and is perfectly placed to explore further afield. In fact, the region’s subtropical climate led to the establishment of many lush and exotic gardens, packed with magnolias, tree ferns, rhododendrons, gunnera and palms. Three of the finest examples are Trelissick, Glendurgan and Trebah, all within easy reach.

Penryn, with its cobbled streets, is a stone’s throw away, along with Flushing which is just across the river. The laid-back vibe and community spirit that you’ll find here comes to a head in late July when it holds its Regatta Week, featuring water-based activities such as bath tub racing, rowing, swimming, a sandcastle competition, crab catching and street market, culminating in a carnival procession on the final Saturday night. If all this sounds too hectic then Falmouth Holiday Homes also have properties that have an even more rural location – ones that abut the water’s edge along the estuary that stretches from the outer edge of Falmouth Bay up to the old port of Gweek. In the opposite direction are the tree-lined creeks and tributaries of the Fal where you’ll find Devoran and Malpas. All of which have their unique charm with pubs and small local stores that will make your holiday complete.