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Country Cottages In Cornwall

My husband and I belong to a small group of ramblers in our hometown. We meet up every few weeks and walk for two or three hours and usually plan our routes to finish at a country Inn for Sunday lunch.

Last year at one of these convivial lunches the group thought that it would be nice to have a change of scene for our walks. After much discussion it was agreed that the coastal path that circles the Cornish coast would be an exciting prospect. We would rent some country cottages in Cornwall and would have a week combining walking with a survey of the numerous local ales and delicious food in the region.

We agreed upon the dates we would want to rent the country cottages in Cornwall and thought it would be best if one person were to co-ordinate the search and bookings for the country cottages in Cornwallto ensure that we were all in close proximity. Yes you’ve guessed it ! It would all be up to me. We reached home mid-afternoon and I couldn’t wait to start my search for country cottages in Cornwall.

Firstly I did some research on the coastal path. We obviously couldn’t walk the entire 258 miles in one week, so I chose the Newquay to Lands End section as a starting point for my search for country cottages in Cornwall.

Portreath and Hayle seemed to be approximately halfway along this section and if our country cottages in Cornwall were based in that area we could choose to walk in the Newquay direction one day and the Lands End direction another.

Never having visited either place, I decided to find out a little about them on the Internet before deciding on our country cottages in Cornwall.

Hayle is situated beside three miles of golden sands which sounds nice. I found an excellent website and on its homepage the legend ‘Hayle Welcomes Walkers’ which seemed to be a good start. It also offered a free ‘Hayle Walkers Guide’ and a map of Hayle both of which could be collected from the Tourist Information office in the town. They also had a local bus timetable which would be a real boon if we felt too tired to walk back to our country cottages in Cornwall.

Portreath is a small resort with a pretty sand beach which is cleaned daily during the season. There are several shops and cafes, but worryingly I could find no mention of a pub – absolutely essential for a stay in country cottages in Cornwall.

On balance I think we should concentrate the search for country cottages in Cornwall in the Hayle area.

By the time our group met again, I had compiled a shortlist of country cottages in Cornwall for them to look at. We finally decided on four holiday cottages sited on a farm slightly inland from Hayle. As an additional bonus the farm had a large dining room and would provide dinner if requested in advance.
I booked the cottages and ordered dinner for the night of our arrival – it seemed a good idea after the long journey.

We set off on a sunny morning in July and arrived at our country cottages in Cornwall in plenty of time for dinner –good homemade food.

After dinner we settled down in one of the country cottages in Cornwall to choose our route for the following day. We thought we would keep it fairly short for the first day and decided to do the Hayle to Lands End stretch of the coastal path.

In the morning we set off in high spirits and followed the path for two miles to Lelant Halt and then followed the railway tracks for a couple of miles, passing the 15th century church of St. Uny. Then the path crossed the cliffs above Carbis Bay before dropping down to St.Ives harbour.

St.Ives is a very pretty town and we stopped for lunch and a couple of pints of Cornish ale. We had actually stayed in country cottages near here the last time we came to Cornwall.

The next leg of our walk was a fairly strenuous six miles to Zennor where we took a quick look inside the Wayside Museum – very interesting. Then we stopped at the Tinner’s Arms for refreshments. Whilst at the Tinner’s Arms we admitted to each other that we had probably overestimated our stamina and decided to call it a day and return to our country cottages in Cornwall forthwith. A long soak in a warm bath would be most welcome!

We had a chat with the landlord and found out that during the first world war D.H. Lawrence had stayed at the Inn with his German wife. He also told us the legend about a mermaid who had lured the squire’s son to his death at sea many years ago and can still be heard singing in the bay.

Country Cottages In Cornwall – Don’t Forget To Sample The Local Ales!

The friendly landlord arranged taxis for us and we returned to our country cottages in Cornwall for a short nap before heading out for dinner. The following morning we left our country cottages in Cornwall and drove to Zennor where we left the cars and set off to walk to St.Just – a distance of approximately 10 miles.

After several hours we arrived at St. Just (the nearest town to Lands End) and headed straight to the New Inn – an old stone pub. Unfortunately, there was no food available but this was more than made up for by the huge collection of Cornish ales – including ‘Proper Job’, ‘Black Prince’ and ‘Trelawny’. After sampling a selection we strolled along the main street and found a café which strangely also sold secondhand books. We had a lovely lunch and bought a book about Cornish myths and legends – something to scare us to death when we returned to our country cottages in Cornwall!

Coastal Cottages In Cornwall

It’s fair to say that in the past many English holiday makers chose to fly to overseas coastal resorts as some of the coastlines in England did not provide an ideal holiday location and just simply were not up to scratch. This was never the case in Cornwall, which is why tourists return year after year to enjoy one of the most beautiful coastlines in England.

Coastal cottages in Cornwall take your holiday experience to yet another level by providing a vast range of high quality accommodation, so along with an idyllic coastal location, Cornwall has it all.

Holiday trends have, however, changed recently with the ever increasing popularity of stay-at home tourism, so as well as overseas visitors, Cornwall provides an ideal holiday location for British people too. Cornwall has won the British Travel Award for the Top UK Holiday Destination for three years in a row and once you have visited, you will definitely understand why. Cornwall has approximately 400 miles of continuous coastline, the longest stretch in Britain. Many coastal cottages in Cornwall are dotted all along this amazing coastline and you will not be disappointed with its unspoilt natural beauty.

Booking coastal cottages in Cornwall could not be easier. Simply type the words ‘coastal cottages Cornwall’ into your favourite search engine, e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. and you will find at your fingertips a huge variety of cottages available to rent. If you are looking for a fisherman’s cottage in a Cornish cove, or a cottage with an open fire which overlooks the beach, you will find it!

Coastal cottages in Cornwall provide an ideal base for the fantastic array of activities available. There is something for everybody of all age groups and capabilities, so when searching for coastal cottages in Cornwall, research some of the many outdoor pursuits on offer. If you are a surfer, or a beachcomber, you will not be disappointed with Cornwall’s spectacular coastline. The wide sandy beaches, fishing coves, harbours, soaring cliffs, amazing wildlife, and fantastic surf beaches provide a fantastic playground for holidaymakers.

Cornwall’s long stretch of continuous coastline has played a vital part in the county’s history. There are many tales of smuggling, shipwrecks, mining, fishing and lighthouses, which add to its colourful historic past. There are numerous places of interest to visit, so when searching for coastal cottages in Cornwall, take the time to find out about museums and other historical places that are well worth a visit.

Cornwall used to rely heavily on mining, which is an area of Cornwall’s past that I find particularly interesting. All the mines are now closed in Cornwall, the last being South Crofty which closed in 1998. When booking coastal cottages in Cornwall, search the Internet for mining sites which are incredibly interesting to visit, and discover the history of the hard and brutal lives of the Cornish miners. A man quite often started working in the mines at the age of 12, and as diseases were rife, rarely continued working in the mines beyond the age of 40. Chimney stacks and tumbled down engine houses now form part of the Cornish landscape, many of which are situated along the coastline. In its heyday, Cornwall, along with Devon, provided nearly all of the United Kingdom’s tin, copper and arsenic. It’s said that the Cornish pasty is linked with miners, as it was easy to carry and the pastry crust would protect the contents from getting contaminated by their toxic fingers. The contents of the pasties were traditionally meat and vegetables at one end and something sweet at the other; the pastry would be discarded.
The wildlife in Cornwall is spectacular and when booking coastal cottages in Cornwall, I would highly recommend that you search the Internet for information on wildlife reserves and guided tours that are available. The coastal areas host a huge variety of wildlife including dolphins, basking sharks, seals, peregrine falcons, choughs and masses of rare wild flowers. There are wildlife boat trips available, which is a great way to take in the spectacular sights of the Cornish coast, and when booking coastal cottages in Cornwall, search the Internet for details on these trips.

If being on the water is not for you, walking along the coast is another great way to take in the beautiful coastlines. There are easily accessible footpaths and maps are available to buy to help you along your way. Quite often you will find a delightful pub or restaurant during your walk, which enables you to relax a while and enjoy some fine Cornish cuisine. When staying at coastal cottages in Cornwall, upon arrival your hosts will be more than happy to recommend local places to visit and the best routes to walk. They might even lend you a flask!

Coastal Cottages In Cornwall: A Holidaymakers Dream!

For a special Christmas break, Cornwall is the ideal location. Picture a storm lashed beach, with the winter winds howling, and you are snuggled up in front of a roaring open fire in one of the many coastal cottages in Cornwall. There is so much to do in Cornwall during this festive season and you will really enjoy the true spirit of Christmas. The Eden project provides a wonderful Christmas experience with its ice skating rink and Cornish Christmas carols and the Padstow Christmas festival is truly magical. Fowey Christmas market is a great way to get into the festive spirit, with Santa arriving by boat, a fantastic market, carol singing, lots of entertainment and a delicious hog roast. Newquay has its traditional 12 days of Christmas festival with an abundance of craft making, entertainment and live music. Christmas and the New Year is a great time to explore Cornwall with its empty beaches, and welcoming inns with log fires.

Cornwall is truly a holidaymaker’s dream. With its fascinating history, culture, beautiful countryside and stunning coastlines, Cornwall provides the perfect holiday destination. Coastal cottages in Cornwallprovide fantastic self catering holidays to suit absolutely everyone, from basic cottages to luxury five star properties. If you plan to book a fantastic British coastal holiday, then Cornwall is definitely for you. Search for coastal cottages in Cornwall for a unique holiday you will never forget.

Cornwall Cottages In St Ives

A couple of years ago whilst walking a stretch of the Cornish coastal path we passed through the pretty village of St Ives. We were very impressed but did not have much time to look around so last year we decided to rent a couple of Cornwall cottages in St Ives for our summer holiday.

We arrived at our Cornwall cottages in St Ives in the late afternoon. The cottages were situated in one of the narrow cobbled streets above the harbour. Our Cornwall cottages in St.Ives were really pretty, festooned with hanging baskets in full bloom. We settled in and then strolled down to the harbour to watch the fishermen landing their catch on the ancient granite quays.

We indulged ourselves with a delicious cream tea in one of the harbour side cafes and then went to the Cornish Deli which has a mouth watering selection of pasties, pies and homemade cakes. We made our purchases and wandered back up the hill to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives.

That evening we dined on the terrace at the back of the cottages with stunning views of the sunset over the harbour. The pasties were magnificent – we shall definitely be sampling more of those!

The following morning we left our Cornwall cottages in St Ives and picked up some brochures from the St Ives Visitor and Information Centre. We went for coffee in a café overlooking the harbour to plan our day. Not feeling very energetic, we decide to visit the Trewyn Gardens right in the centre of St Ives.

The gardens were beautiful and provided a perfect backdrop to a memorial sculpture to Barbara Hepworth. Due to the proximity of the gulf stream and consequent mild climate the gardens had a sub-tropical feel. St Ives regularly enters the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition and has won awards on several occasions.

After a couple of hours we decided to go and look for some lunch. By lucky accident we stumbled upon the Sheaf of Wheat Inn – a pretty building with rows and rows of window boxes virtually covering it. We had lunch in the beer garden and sampled several pints of the local brew. The food was great – mussels in wine garlic and cream with hot granary bread. The inn uses local produce whenever possible and the waitress mentioned that there was a Farmers Market at the nearby ‘Backpackers’ every Thursday. Apparently, the market is organised by a local group called ‘GULP’ – Great taste Unbeatable Local Produce. We resolved to visit this market but for now our top priority was to return to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives to sleep off lunch.

The next day was a bit grey and cloudy and we decided that a bit of culture was in order so we took ourselves off to the Tate St Ives. The Tate is housed in a beautiful building overlooking the Porthmeor Beach. The building backs into the cliff and is fifty feet above the beach. Apparently, on a clear day, from the roof-top restaurant you can see over Clodgy Point all the way to the Godrevy lighthouse.

At lunchtime we agreed to return to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives for lunch and go out for dinner in the evening. We had contemplated lunching in the roof-top restaurant but, due to the weather, we thought the views – which were the main attraction – would be disappointing.

After a relaxing afternoon at our Cornwall cottages in St Ives we walked down to the harbour and wandered around looking at various menus outside the many restaurants. Unable to make up our minds, we headed back to the Sheaf of Wheat with its friendly atmosphere and wonderful food.

Next day we decided to take a trip to Lands End – I was really looking forward to it as I hadn’t been there since I was a child. All those years ago a seagull had dropped a little present onto the top of my head – apparently very lucky – I certainly didn’t think so at the time!

What a disappointment! Lands End is now a sort of theme park – a place that used to be wild, rugged scenery and a wonder at being at the very end of the country now had visitor attractions, shops, galleries, a pet farm and even film shows. The only thing I could see that was nearly the same was the ‘First and Last Inn’ in the nearby village of Sennen. This 17th century inn was home to smugglers and wreckers but now boasts a gourmet menu and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

Cornwall Cottages In St Ives: Lovely Homemade Food:

We returned to our Cornwall cottages in St. ves via the Cornish Deli (more pasties) and had a quiet night in front of the television. In the morning the men decided that they would like to visit the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. This held no interest for Sally and me, but we thought a look around the shops and beaches in Falmouth might be nice and agreed to go along.

We separated outside the museum and agreed to meet up for lunch in the Waterside Café at the museum. Spectacular views over the harbour and lovely homemade food. We were regaled with stories of lighthouse keepers lives and more. Apparently, the last manned lighthouse was automated in November 1998.

We returned to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives and planned the next day’s activities and decided to take a picnic along the coastal path to St .Agnes a few miles away–subject to weather. Next morning was bright and sunny. We prepared our picnic – complete with cans of local beer – and set off from our Cornwall cottages in St Ives.

We had a wonderful day – hot sunshine, good conversation – and returned to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives in the early evening. One last meal in the Sheaf of Wheat and it was time to start packing to leave our lovely Cornwall cottages in St Ives.