Cornwall LivingIssue #77

News and views October 2018

Keeping you in the loop.

Head rubs and hen dos

Treat yourself and your hens to the ultimate indulgence with the Moroccan Spa Experience at the Sands Resort Hotel & Spa in Newquay. Inspired by warm colours, aromatic scents and the tranquil atmosphere of a Moroccan indoor garden, it’s the perfect environment to relax and prepare for your big day. Chill out in the cedar hot tub, relax in the barrel heat room and then delve into a luxurious spread of cake, nibbles, fresh mint tea and a glass of bubbly in the beautiful Moroccan lounge. Treatments include either a harmonising Argan butter foot and leg ritual or an Argan oil face and head ritual, combining pressure points and therapeutic strokes to relieve stress and deliver deep feelings of calm and relaxation.

For more information call 01637 872864 or visit


Introducing the latest Scandinavian trends with The Cotton Mills

As the interiors industry steers away from the monochromatic Scandinavian style, colours are making a comeback. Rather than leaping from one trend to the next, the team at The Cotton Mills in Truro understand how to incorporate the cool Scandi tones we’ve become accustomed to, with the new bolder palette. Sanderson’s new ‘Port Isaac’ range of fabrics and wallpapers seem to embrace this transition; featuring a collection of driftwood and clay hues with pops of coral, lichen and marine. Its coastal colours act as a subtle uplift to the Scandinavian inspired look.

The Cotton Mills’ experienced team are here to give advice on finding the perfect style to match your individuality and that of your property, offering a complete measure and fit service. For a free consultation to explore new trends, why not pop into the store on Pydar street or visit them at this year’s Truro Interiors Market on the Piazza, Truro, on Friday 7th to Sunday 10th September.

For more information call 01872 278545 or visit


Maximise your cottage’s out-of-season potential

If you own a holiday cottage in the Duchy, My Favourite Cottages recommends accepting dogs, to attract those holidaying out of season with their pets.

To do this, consider how many dogs your cottage will welcome – assess the size of your property and how easy it will be to clean on changeover day. To aid in cleaning, providing extra towels and throws and pre-covering furniture will save on cleaning time when your guests leave. Another nice touch is to include doggie welcome packs, with poo bags and doggy treats.

Limit the space where dogs are allowed in the home (for instance on the ground floor only) and provide safe outdoor space for dogs to play. Providing a list of local places where pets are welcome, with suggestions of good walks from the front door, can also help make your guests’ stay memorable.

For more information call 01271 377 432 or visit


All you need to know about oyster shucking!

Whether you’re an old hand or new to oyster shucking, head down to Falmouth this October for the annual Oyster Festival where you can indulge in the fine art of oyster shucking and enjoy live music, cooking lessons and festivities, all washed down with a glass or two of champagne or some traditional Cornish cider.

Oysters are a well-known aphrodisiac, so why not make a romantic gesture and treat your loved one to a luxury stay at The Oceanic Suite Hotel – Cornwall’s luxury getaway for grown-ups. With just five designer suites offering a unique blend of five-star hotel facilities and stylish apartment living, The Oceanic is the
perfect accompaniment to a weekend of oyster indulgence.

To add a bit of extra fizz, opt for the romantic room makeover where your suite will be transformed with scattered rose petals on the bed, a bottle of award-winning Cornish bubbly, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a special Molton Brown gift set – all for just £75 extra.

Recently voted one of the UK’s most romantic hotels, The Oceanic enjoys stunning views over the harbour and is just a short stroll from Events Square and the various bars, restaurants and oyster related activities.

However, if you don’t like oysters, don’t despair – The Oceanic is open all year round and is the ideal choice for a mini break, a special birthday or an anniversary treat!

For more information call 01326 389330 or visit


Discover Imogen Bone’s stunning artwork at The Summerhouse Gallery

The Summerhouse Gallery is a beautiful, welcoming space showcasing the very best of Cornish art, located in the historic market town of Marazion. September sees a one-woman show, ‘Where The Path Leads’, which follows one of Cornwall’s most exciting contemporary impressionist artists, Imogen Bone, as she makes her way along the iconic coastal path around west Cornwall. The show will also feature ceramic work by supporting artist Jake Boex. The body of work comprises of Imogen’s visual diary, a narrative made up of lush, dark greenery giving way to vast expanses and ocean vistas as her journey progresses and it also acts as a contemplation and reflection of environment and energy. The show opens with a private viewing on Friday 7th September and will run for two weeks.

For more information call 01736 711400 or visit


Award winning eco-friendly heating from Cornish Masonry Stoves

This revolutionary new log burner is making its mark on the home-heating market. The beautifully handcrafted ‘Homeheater’, as seen on Grand Designs, is a modern masonry stove, which is significantly more efficient, economical and sustainable than other heating systems.

Running twice as efficiently as most log burners, it’s also cheaper to install in a house than underfloor or central heating, and it’s non-reliant on fossil fuels!

Bringing together cutting edge technology and the craftsmanship behind ancient Scandinavian stoves, this modern masonry stove can heat a small home for ten hours with just one small fire. The family run business uses locally-sourced porcelain clay to create a unique, beautiful heater designed to last for generations.

For more information call 07887 586461 or visit


Is it 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 plain, striped, or 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


Building in its purest form from Natural Build

Based in Helston and specialising in traditional building methods that are environmentally friendly, Natural Build recently completed this stunning cob oven in Porthkerris.

Built for Porthkerris Divers, this simple cob oven is made from materials only found on site, including lovely, clay-rich soil. Natural Build owner, Will tells us: “Cob ovens are a great way to experience the joys of natural building at home; cob is building in its purest form, taken from the ground and formed with the hands.”

Will continues: “There’s a great amount of pleasure to be found in treading cob. The oven can be small and simple like this, or made as large and elaborate as your imagination will allow! What’s more, if protected, a cob oven will last a lifetime. And, if you decide to move, you can knock it down and rebuild it elsewhere, or return it to the earth with no trace to be seen!”

For more information call 01326 574370 or visit


Wadebridge’s treasure trove of curiosities

The Wadebridge Antiques Centre, open from 10am to 5pm daily, offers an eclectic and varied collection of pieces, including 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, be sure to keep an eye out for the many events organised by Antique Fairs Cornwall, and don’t miss the Pensilva Antiques and Collectors Fair, held on the last Sunday of every month!

For more information call 01208 368182 or visit


Introducing Davidsons IFA: making your money work harder

Since opening in Devon in 2001, Davidsons IFA has striven to provide honest, straightforward, independent financial advice covering investments, pensions, life assurance and mortgages, but without the sales spin.

On what sets the company apart from other financial advisers, Associate Director, Richard Sykes explains: “The structure of the business has always been very different to other financial advisers. Where many other financial advisers work on a self-employed basis, here at Davidsons IFA we are employed with a basic salary and incentivised on regular reviews/meetings with clients, not just on new money being invested, which helps us build on our client relationships.”

In addition, Richard and the team have always been clear and transparent on their fee options from the outset. “How we invest money for our clients has always been forward thinking. We don’t always believe in following the market’s view on a standardised approach in investing for clients. Therefore, we’ve always built investment portfolios by picking a broad range of diversified investment funds for clients with successful results. Leading on from this we are now in the process of setting up our Discretionary Managed Service to offer greater efficiency and choice at some of the lowest fees in the industry.” Impressive!

Having recently opened a branch in Wadebridge, we ask Richard how Davidsons IFA can help clients make the most of their lifestyle in Cornwall. He tells us: “We don’t believe in product pushing and therefore we react to the clients’ needs and financial objectives when they arise. By providing good advice and strong returns for their portfolios, this feeds into the lifestyle Cornwall offers and, ultimately, means greater opportunities for the clients.”

For more information call 01208 223912 or visit


Realise your vision with Lilly Lewarne Architects

With 25 years’ experience in the south west, Lilly Lewarne Architects pride themselves not just on local knowledge and a strong reputation for excellent architecture, but also on their ability to provide an engaging and cost-effective design service.

This is why they’ve incorporated Autodesk Revit into their design suite, a high-definition design program geared towards speeding up the design process, allowing you to visualise your project in 3D. By using the latest software, alongside the conventional computer aided design programs, Lilly Lewarne Architects can offer realistic 3D visuals. By using first-person perspectives, virtual tours and birds-eye-views, visual representations can be created for each individual room and building element prior to making important final decisions.

Crucially, such design tools allow you to view your building within its context, identifying any visual and environmental constraints and opportunities, which can be invaluable throughout the planning process.”

For more information call 01872 261000 or visit


The perfect base for a walking break

If you’re looking for a great base for a walking break, then Budock Vean Hotel and Cottages is simply perfect. Located by the Helford river, and just a ten minute stroll from the coast path, there’s a wealth of inland and coastal walks that mean you can head out on anything from a two hour walk to a full day hike. Head across the water via the Helford passage ferry to explore the south side of the river, stop for lunch at a picturesque pub and then make your way back to the hotel for a spot of golf, a leisurely swim or even a rejuvenating spa treatment. The hotel and some of the cottages are also dog friendly so you can explore this beautiful part of Cornwall with your furry friend in tow.

For more information call 01326 250288 or visit


Waggly tails welcome at Greens of Padstow

While many of us will be sad to feel the temperatures drop and say goodbye to the glorious summer we’ve just had, autumn is undoubtedly a fantastic time
to enjoy coastal walks with your four-legged friends.

And, what better way to break up your day out with the hound than a pit stop at one of Cornwall’s fantastic dog-friendly cafes? Greens of Padstow, overlooking the beautiful Camel Estuary is one such establishment, welcoming dogs on the terrace where you can both take a seat and refresh yourselves, while enjoying the panoramic views of where you’ve been, or where you’re off to next!

The menus at Greens are hard to turn down. For lunch, you’re spoiled for choice and seafood lovers will find themselves in foodie heaven, with choices including grilled Cornish mackerel and locally caught Porthilly mussels, to name just two!

For more information call 01841 532002 or visit


Holiday Home Tips

In a continuation of last month’s holiday home tips, we hear more about tax obligations for furnished holiday lets from George at Cornish Traditional Cottages.

Irrespective of how many UK holiday homes you run for commercial gain, they are treated as one furnished holiday let (FHL) business for tax purposes. The benefits, according to George, “include the ability to average the let occupancy, where one property lets for fewer than 105 days and another lets for more, to ensure you’re still eligible for FHL tax considerations.”

In terms of future proofing your profits, George explains it’s widely accepted that making a profit in year one of holiday letting is hard work because of the upfront investment costs of property set up, preparation and more heavily weighted marketing.

However, “you can offset losses against FHL profits generated in later years – another good reason to stick at it.”

So what are the benefits? George tells us that Capital Gains Tax relief for traders, for instance Business Asset Rollover Relief, can be benefited from if you sell and then buy another holiday home within a given period. What’s more, you’ll get capital allowances for many elements of fitting and furnishing your property, plus, FHL profits count as earnings for pension purposes!

For more information call 01208 893980 or visit


Stocking up for autumn at Boscastle Farm Shop

As the cooler months begin making their approach, it’s time to start thinking about what we need to rustle up those favourite winter warmers. Fortunately, here in Cornwall we’re blessed at every turn with fantastic local produce, whether you’re cooking a fish pie, beef casserole or veg lasagne. At Boscastle Farm Shop, you’ll find food that’s made honestly with produce from the farm’s fields or sourced locally.

The menu, the team hopes, will inspire you to create something magical of your own, and with hundreds of products available in the shop, including award-winning meat, artisan breads and speciality foods from local producers, as well as tips from the team on new, exciting recipes, if you’re hoping to make the most of Cornwall’s delicious foodie fare this autumn and winter, a visit to Boscastle Farm Shop comes highly recommended!

For more information call 01840 250827 or visit


Victorian and Steam Punk weekend at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway

On 20th and 21st October, journey back to the Victorian era with Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Travel behind the Beattie and get the very rare chance to travel on board the railway’s royal saloon – the country’s oldest GWR luxury carriage, formerly used by Victorian theatre and opera star Adelina Patti.

Come in costume or dress up on the day! The railway has teamed up with Cornwall’s Regimental Museum to include a range of themed activities across both locations, giving families and individuals the chance to get hands on with Victorian history.

As part of the weekend’s events, the railway will play host to an alternative after-party with a Steam Punk Railway Takeover. Featuring live music from Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, The Wattingers and The Invisible Men, there will also be entertainment from members of The Slinky Minsky’s caburlesque act.

For more information visit or


Satisfy that sea air appetite at the Scarlet Restaurant

With the fine weather we’ve been steadily experiencing this summer, there hasn’t been a better time to enjoy a spot of al-fresco dining on the Scarlet Restaurant’s sea-view balcony.

The Scarlet Restaurant gazes out over Mawgan Porth beach to the sea beyond and the team’s philosophy is deeply rooted in serving fresh, locally sourced food. Indeed, they pride themselves on working with the most amazing suppliers that Cornwall has to offer, from local farmers and fishermen to sustainable, organic growers.

As a guest, you’re well cared for as an individual, so whatever your dietary requirements, just let the team know and they’ll do everything to ensure you have the most options to choose from. This philosophy also means that vegetarians are extremely well catered for!

So if you’re looking to enjoy foodie Cornwall beneath the late summer sun, why not pay a visit to the Scarlet Restaurant?

For more information call 01637 861800 or visit


Introducing live-in  companionship care to Cornwall

Have you ever wondered how you or a loved one can maintain independence at home as you require more support, or how to recover from an operation or illness in the comfort of your home without worrying family or friends? Live-in Companionship Care is a lifestyle choice for many who love their independence and active retirement, and who welcome friendly companionship at home to help with those little chores and give support and company for activities or excursions.

Bluebird Care is the only local care provider in Cornwall to offer fully trained and supervised live-in care professionals, who provide discrete companionship at home, supporting your independence and bringing peace of mind for your much-loved friends and family. Companions have their own bedroom accommodation in your home and allow you space to live separate lives, but are always close to hand to call upon when required.

For more information call 01872 276006 or email


See for yourself Kurt Jackson’s island inspiration

The award-winning Jackson Foundation Gallery enters its third year this September, celebrated via Kurt Jackon’s new exhibition ‘Scilly’.

For this exhibition, the Jackson Foundation has teamed up with Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and the RSPB and the work is as unique and windswept as the Isles of Scilly themselves.

Works ranging from postcard-sized paintings to huge canvasses will be on display, along with a new limited-edition print that’s been released specifically for this exhibition. The relaxed atmosphere of this friendly and unpretentious gallery allows you to get lost in Jackson’s fabulous artwork for a matter of minutes or a couple of hours.

The exhibition will be open until 27th October, Wednesday to Friday, 10am until 5pm, then on Saturdays 10am until 1pm.

For more information call 01736 787638 or visit


Lead the lifestyle you intended with help from White Woods

Professional administration management firm, White Woods provides the ultimate in administrative support. But what does this mean for you?

Say, for instance, you’ve recently purchased a holiday let, or for that matter, started any kind of business in Cornwall with the intention of allowing you to lead the highly-coveted Cornish lifestyle. You may have found that dealing with the mundane day-to-day activities that fall under the banner of ‘admin’ is proving much more time consuming than you first envisaged, leaving you feeling somewhat disillusioned. This is where White Woods comes in.

We’ve all survived the summer holidays and soon it’ll be back to ‘business as usual’, but after such a busy summer, you may well be wondering how you can ease the pressure next year. After all, the summer seasons are only set to get busier with the rise of staycations!

Providing support in everything from emails, travel and tackling social media, to book-keeping and payroll, White Woods covers all areas of administration, giving you help where it’s needed most and, most importantly, allowing you to enjoy more free time – the reason you started up shop in the first place! The ever-growing expert team at White Woods can even go so far as to finding you the best flights, allowing you to jet off and spend your extra time in style!

Brimming with talent and offering a tailored service to suit your individual needs, allow White Woods to free up your time so that you can get on with doing the things you set out to do when you first set up your business.

For more information call 01326 459059 or visit


Secure your home with a composite door from Longrock Windows

With a wide range of styles and finishes and ideal in both domestic and commercial applications, composite doors might just be the secure solution you’ve been looking for when it comes to replacing the doors on your home.

Bridging the gap between traditional wooden doors and modern uPVC doors, Longrock Windows’ range of composite front and back doors have the traditional, charming appearance on timber, but with the high security multi-point locking of a modern uPVC door. After all, your doors are all that stands between your family and the outside world!

All of Longrock Windows’ window, door and conservatory installation work is carried out to the highest standards by a trained team of experienced fitters, who work to ensure a high level of workmanship is achieved and that disruption at your property is kept to a minimum.

For more information call 01736 363113 or visit


From Cornwall to Copenhagen with The Victoria Inn, Threemilestone

Located in the heart of the village of Threemilestone, The Victoria Inn is renowned for delicious food and the award-winning St Austell Brewery beer it serves.

The team has recently teamed up with Carlsberg Export to offer you the chance to win a holiday to Copenhagen, which will include flights, a two-night stay at a four-star hotel, plus a Carlsberg tour and lunch! To enter, visit the Victoria Inn’s Facebook page (link below), and then like and share the competition post, commenting ‘win’ once you’ve done it!

For even more chance of winning, you might be interested to know that for every pint of Carlsberg Export purchased at the inn, you’ll get another entry, so why not pop in and quench your thirst?

To enter visit


Two successful summer exhibitions for Vincent Basham

Between these latest exhibitions, Vincent sold seven paintings and continues to receive email and telephone enquiries, through which he has sold another. Two of these paintings have gone to Guernsey and one all the way to Germany!

During the second, Vincent met A-level student, Sam, who was studying Vincent’s work for his studies. Sam got to view the work in person, helping him to replicate one of Vincent’s paintings for the completion of his studies. Sam’s family bought one of the paintings for a family member in Padstow, meaning this one will remain in the local area.

If you’re interested to see Vincent’s work be sure to head to his next solo exhibition, from 30th October until 4th November at Padstow Institute. 11 of his paintings are currently available to view at the Sundown by Roc restaurant in Polzeath, too!

For more information email or visit


Bring style and personality to your home with Adrian Core

Finding the right interior furnishings that bring style and personality to your home can be more difficult than you might think. Perhaps you can’t find the right size or colour to suit your room; you may have spotted something online or in a magazine but just can’t seem to find it on the high street.

At Adrian Core Bespoke Furniture, the team crafts every piece of furniture in their workshops in south east Cornwall, making anything you can imagine in almost any size, finish or material. They’re also one of very few licensed fabricators of Corian by Dupont in Cornwall, having completed a number of kitchens this year alone in this versatile and highly sought after solid surface.

Working closely with interior designers, as well as directly with homeowners, Adrian Core offers the professionalism and expertise required to help realise the furniture that best suits your unique taste!

For more information call 01579 324174 or visit


Get cosy this autumn with Kuggar Stoves

With the onset of autumn, those of you who have recently brought a new home may be wondering how you can achieve that cosy feel, especially if you don’t have a chimney. The team at Kuggar Stoves suggests that an electric stove or fire may well be a good option. Stove, fire and fireplace specialists, Gazco, have developed a range of beautifully made stoves, and their Skope electric fire can be installed with a range of fireplaces so suit the modern home.
The added benefit is that you can position your TV safely above, as well as having an array of light effects, with or without heat.

What’s more, if you do want to go with a proper wood-burning stove, the team can provide a whole insulated flue system, along with a full fitting service. They also offer a full range of stove-friendly fuels for collection and delivery!

For more information call 01326 573643 or visit


Summer at Zebrafinch salon

We hear how the summer has gone for professional hairdresser Zeb Gethen: “It’s been an amazing summer in the salon with lots of lovely clients, weddings and photo shoots around Cornwall. I’ve been working with some super talented local artists such as photographer Emma Griffin and some amazing makeup artists! It’s so great to find people that you can really get creative with; it keeps me inspired and gives me new ideas for my work in the salon. I also like checking in with what’s happening in the cities so enjoy my trips up country, although I always look forward to returning to Falmouth!” Zeb provides appointments seven days a week and is happy to work to your schedule (including evenings) so get in touch today and see the master at work.

For more information call 07548 539267 or email


Autumn stock now in at Porthleven fashion boutique

Essa Collection, a Cornish, family-run business that sources, designs and commissions unique beautiful clothing
and accessories from around the world, is pleased to announce that their autumn ranges are now in!

Inside, you’ll find brightly coloured knitwear with matching accessories, including scarves, jewellery and purses, along with ranges of handbags and socks that are completely new to Essa!

Owner and fashionista, Vanessa tells us that there’s generally only one of every item stocked, meaning no two pieces are the same! Not only that, Vanessa can help with tailoring items to your style, as well as helping you pick the colours that suit you.
So, if you’ve yet to arrange your autumn wardrobe, why not pay a visit to the beautiful fishing village of Porthleven and pop into Essa Collection?

For more information call 01326 572236 or visit


Protect your property this winter with Colourfence

While this summer has been one of the hottest in decades, the harsh winter gone is difficult to push to the back of our minds; a winter that proved too harsh for hundreds of fences across the Duchy that gave in to the gales that battered our beautiful county.

Our fences are crucial; they mark our boundaries, protect our privacy and provide security, and yet, with the gust of one gale, many in Cornwall would be, quite literally, gone with the wind, leaving us wishing we’d invested in a more sturdy solution. This is where Colourfence comes in.

Guaranteed for 25 years (in wind gusts up to 130 miles per hour!), Colourfence is made of an innovative steel product with outstanding anti-corrosive properties, making it a fence that’s built to last. It’s no wonder it’s enjoyed a huge surge in popularity across the UK!

For more information call 01840 537547 or visit


Summer success for new Falmouth gallery

Despite the waves on Cornwall’s coastline being few and far between, Mike Lacey’s new gallery in Falmouth has enjoyed a fantastic first summer! Since opening earlier this year, visitors to Falmouth have been flooding into the new gallery to appreciate the stunning wave photography that has made Mike’s other galleries in St Ives and Porthleven so popular.

He tells us: “It’s been an incredible first summer in Falmouth! Thank you to everyone who’s popped by to see us, and for the amazing response and support from everyone there – it really is appreciated! We’re now looking forward to prepping for the autumn/winter season, but saying that, we’re hoping the sunshine will stay with us for at least a little while longer – I still need some blue skies for my photos!”

For more information call 01326 368369 or visit


Tap into the luxury market with Retallack Kitchens

Retallack Kitchens are always looking forward to the next innovation in the kitchen industry. Company founders David and Jo Retallack tells us that, often, very basic things become overlooked. Indeed, in recent years, the biggest innovation has been the birth of the kettle tap, which Jo has in her own kitchen. She tells us: “I don’t know how I’d live without it!”

Having said that, Jo continues: “Many manufacturers have forgotten all about design, which Perrin & Rowe, one of our suppliers, has rectified, with taps that suit both modern and traditional style kitchens. Available finishes include the bang-up-to-trend copper, along with a very classy pewter which doesn’t show finger marks. They also produce matching handles, which helps draw the whole kitchen design together.”

Perrin & Rowe’s name has long been linked with quality, high-end taps with a price tag to match, but now, this much-coveted company produces a competitively priced tap with that same build quality. This, Jo believes, fills a gap in the market. “Yes, you can buy a tap for £50, but the constant dripping will drive you mad!”

Perrin & Rowe also produce fabulous ceramic sinks. Again, these are very much high-end, but their manufacturing process means that the quality is second to none, making the chance of chipping your stunning new sink extremely low.

These products are a prime example of the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’, but don’t just take our word for it; why not pop along to the Retallack Kitchens showroom in Lostwithiel and see for yourself?

For more information call 01208 873283 or visit


The personal touch

When choosing curtains for your home there is no substitute for seeing, touching and feeling, and that’s why you should visit the Merchants and Makers showroom on the outskirts of Launceston. Here lies your opportunity to get up close and personal with the fabrics; visualise the different finishes and design options and find out how they can work perfectly for you. Nothing beats the personal touch, and the team are experts in their field with a wealth of knowledge to share with you. So, take advantage of the vast range of fabrics and accessories available; talk to the people who will be making your curtains in the workshop and experience the personal service that can never be achieved through a computer screen.

For more information call 01566 785763 or visit


Is it time to have that conversation?

As tranquil as visiting Cornwall is at this time of year, it’s hard to feel at peace when we carry our worries with us, as Jane from Highgate found when she realised her husband’s drinking had got out of hand.

“It’s often clearer, sooner, to the people around us when alcohol or other substances have become a difficulty,” says Gerri Creedon of private rehabilitation centre Regain Recovery, Devon. “The best time to talk about it is today. It’s always difficult to broach the topic of recovery, but the sooner you get support the better.”

Jane agrees, “I decided on our yearly trip to Perranporth that it was now or never. The distance from work and daily life helped us open up about his drinking, so we chose a treatment centre in rural Devon. I’ll always associate the south west with our lives truly beginning.”

For more information call 01237 405200 or visit


Fresh autumn menus with the reopening of Spires and Senara

After a well-earned summer break, hospitality students at Truro and Penwith College will soon return to start the new year and get back to action with the reopening of Spires and Senara restaurants.

Both student-run restaurants will be reopening their doors to the public in mid-October, with fresh autumnal menus using locally sourced ingredients.

Senara at Penwith College offers fine dining lunch and evening menus, with fantastic views of St Michael’s Mount. The lunchtime menu is just £6 for two courses, £8 for three and £16 for three on Friday evenings!

Spires at Truro College offers fine dining at equally great prices, and is run entirely by students studying professional cookery, giving them valuable experience while working towards their qualifications. Lunchtime is just £7.50 for two courses or £9.50 for three. The Tuesday evening menu is priced at £10.95 for two courses, and only £11.95 for three!

For more information and to book, call Senara on 01736 335215 or Spires on 01872 267621


The Barn at the Rod and Line Tideford

The Rod and Line has been a public house since 1678, renowned for its quirky, timeless interior, the quality of its locally sourced food, the clarity of the beer and of course the character of the landlord. To the side of the pub is a barn that until recently sat almost derelict. However, in January 2018 work began to transform it and since, it has been lovingly and gently restored. Today, The Barn boasts three luxury rooms with en-suite bathrooms, including stand-alone bathtubs, a disabled friendly suite and family room, all with complimentary WiFi, Netflix and organic Cornish toiletries from Tevarno. Make sure to tie your stay in with a meal in the pub and enjoy the atmosphere, music and delicious food.

For more information call 01752 851912 or visit


Discovered in Italy, delivered to your door

What do you get when you mix Cornwall with Italian wine? According to Jackson & Seddon, you get the best of both worlds! This fantastic, Cornwall-based wine club sources the finest artisan, Italian organic wine that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK.

The seeds of Jackson & Seddon were sown when Rob Seddon, the creator and Director of the business, took a chance on a new life and moved to Italy, appearing on BBC2’s Second Chance Summer: Tuscany. While working in the vineyards and completing the harvest there, he formed close relationships with local producers and discovered wines that he describes as the best-kept secret in Italy.

To celebrate the start of the upcoming Italian harvest season, Rob and the team are giving away a bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil when you subscribe to the wine club, so what are you waiting for?

For more information visit


Relax in style this autumn and winter at St Enodoc Hotel

The Spa at St Enodoc Hotel is known for offering an enjoyable day spa experience, with a friendly, fully qualified team that always goes the extra mile to ensure you leave invigorated and pampered.

In time for the cooler months, the hotel is offering a Spa Escape Package for two: along with a delightful 60-minute spa treatment for both guests, this also includes a sumptuous double room and a three-course dinner in the hotel restaurant!

Overlooking the Camel Estuary, the restaurant is perfect for enjoying delicious food and second-to-none service in a relaxed environment. And, when the sun shines, diners are invited to enjoy their meal al fresco on the terrace! With an endless supply of quality produce in the local area, the Head Chef and his team focus on delivering fresh, healthy modern European recipes – just the ticket after an afternoon in the spa!

For more information call 01208 863394 or visit


Taste the tapas at Alverne Restaurant in Penzance

We’ve all experienced that moment when you’ve just finished a glass of wine at the end of a long day or you’re patiently waiting for your main to arrive but hunger strikes and all you need is a light bite of goodness to tide you over. Well, we’ve found just what you need at the Alverne Restaurant and Lounge in Penzance; enjoy the wide selection of tapas options, featuring delicious dishes such as crab wontons, tiger prawns, smoked salmon risotto, prawn cocktail and chorizo. Then there are the even lighter bites to nibble on during cocktail hour, some succulent Spanish Gordel olives perhaps or crunchy salted almonds; whatever it is, simply take the edge off with the Alverne’s wide selection of delectable light bites.

For more information call 01736 366007 or visit


Calling all cheese lovers!

Cheese on Coast was born through a love of all things cheese. Founders Nick and Claire are the first and (currently) only two cheesemongers in Cornwall with an Academy of Cheese recognised qualification, and are also proud members of the Guild of Fine Foods. Their aim is to promote delicious, artisan cheeses produced on farms using recipes that, in some cases, date back centuries. The shop offers an extensive range of 25 to 30 artisan cheeses, Claire tells us: “We have a variety of Cornish cheeses, excellent cheddars and a selection of continental cheeses. You’ll also find a changing menu of seasonal and guest cheeses.” Not to mention the wide range of crackers, chutney’s, relishes and cheese based sausage rolls!

For more information call 01736 793411 or visit


Escape the autumn chill at The Square at Porthleven

As summer inexorably fades to autumn and the days start to draw in, we still want to be close to the sea, but perhaps within reach of a menu full of hearty autumnal flavours and a wine list that promises to warm the cockles. Located right on the harbour front in the quintessentially Cornish fishing village of Porthleven, The Square specialises in matching wine to seasonal dishes in order to create the ultimate dining experience.

In fact, the team is pleased to announce the unveiling of a brand new wine list which, come winter time, will be the centre of their all-new wine evenings – perfect as we all begin looking for indoor pursuits during the darker, cooler evenings.

Open daily from 11am and serving food until 4pm in September, The Square strikes the perfect balance between sea views and cool-weather comfort, so be sure to pencil in a visit!

For more information call 01326 573911 or visit


New ownership for The Red Lion in Blackwater

Those who keep up with Cornwall Living may remember the Miners Arms in Mithian, a characterful, dog-friendly 16th century pub with a fresh delicious menu and well-stocked bar with Cornish tipples. Well, the owners of this fantastic establishment are excited to announce that they’ve just expanded, having purchased their first free house!

Offering the same standard of food and service that regulars at the Miners Arms have come to expect, guests at the Red Lion in Blackwater near Truro can enjoy vegan, gluten free and special-dietary requirement meals – just part of a delicious menu that utilises the local area’s fantastic produce.

There’s also a beautiful beer garden to the back of the pub, where you can enjoy your choice of local and guest ales on tap and, on Sundays, the kitchen team offers a sumptuous Sunday roast, for which booking is essential!

For more information call 01872 560289 or visit


Autumn walks and awesome food at the Lemon Arms, Mylor

As the leaves begin to fall and crunch beneath our boots, it’s a wonderful time to take a stroll by the coast and enjoy the fresh sea air. However, all that walking is sure to work up a hearty appetite.

The Lemon Arms, Mylor, is perfectly situated for you to spend such an afternoon, just a few moments’ walk from Mylor Creek and offering amazing local produce via a menu that’s been carefully put together by a team of talented chefs.

With an ever changing specials menu, featuring the finest meat and veg that the Duchy has to offer, as well as the catch of the day (depending on what the local fishermen have brought home) and a bar stocked full of local tipples, The Lemon Arms is the perfect place to retire after a day exploring the coast.

For more information call 01326 373666 or visit


Celebrate Organic September with Riverford Organic

This month is Organic September, which is a good chance to reflect on why the farmers at Riverford have always farmed organically. Riverford farmers, Steve and Lynne Allen tell us: “To us, organic is all about farming with nature in mind; looking after the soil, the environment and the welfare of animals is at the heart of what we do. Farming organically is not about doing things the easy way, but about doing things the right way and working towards a sustainable food system.”

Riverford grows organic vegetables for flavour rather than cosmetic perfection, and they are left to grow naturally, at their own pace, resulting in wonderful flavour and food you can feel good about eating. They finish: “As the Soil Association says, organic food is ‘food as it should be’!”

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Oktoberfest comes to St Ives

To celebrate the beginning of the world’s most famous beer festival, Beer and Bird (located in the heart of St Ives) is hosting its very own Oktoberfest party on Saturday 22nd September from 3pm. The original festival is celebrated every year in Munich, during which around seven million litres of beer is drunk! The Beer and Bird event will feature official Oktoberfest beers imported directly from Paulaner Brewery in Munich, which will be served in official two-pint German steins. Be prepared for an evening of music from professional Oompah band, Die Idlebergers, and traditional Bavarian food – including Bratwurst and sauerkraut alongside Beer and Bird’s speciality fried chicken. Not to mention that entry is completely free! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, so put on your lederhosen and head on down!

For more information call 01736 793776 or visit