Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Winter Holidays and Short Breaks in Cornwall Early in the New Year 2015

'Happy New Year 2015', or as we say in Cornish; 
'Bledhen Nowyth Da!'
luxury cottage breaks in cornwall
January is often when we make (and sometimes break) our New Years Resolutions. It is also a time when we start to plan our holidays for the year ahead, and whilst Cornwall has traditionally been thought of as a 'Summer destination', I would encourage you to also include it on your 'holiday wish list' for a Short Break (midweek or over a weekend) early in the New Year, (January or February) and come and stay in a cosy Cornish cottage - like Rooky's Nook, and discover Cornwall in the Winter.
Why Cornwall?  Why early in the New Year?  Why January or February?
Short Breaks in Cornwall
Simply because Winter in Cornwall is often warm, wet and wild, with miles of deserted beaches, beautiful skies and dramatic seas, stirred up by the Atlantic swell slamming into the beaches and granite cliffs on the North coast. It is a special time of year to visit Cornwall, when you can get back in touch with nature and reflect on what is important to you, leaving behind the hustle and bustle and distractions of everyday life. Also because Winter Breaks in Cornwall are a wonderful way to indulge in a natural 'detox' from all the festive excesses of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
winter breaks in cornwall

All you need are a couple of days to getaway, to clear your head, and recharge your body and soul for the New Year ahead. There simply is nothing better than a walk on a local Cornish beach, or along miles of the South West Coastpath, which may leave feeling battered by the elements, but also envigorated, and rejuvenated, having filled your lungs with chilly sea air, or had your face splashed with salty sea spray from waves whipped up by bracing winter winds. An experience guaranteed to make you feel alive, and ready to face almost anything the New Year 2015 has instore for you!

Winter 2015 Short Break Special Offers
Winter Short Breaks (over a weekend or midweek) at Rooky's Nook in January 2015 for 3 nights are from £270.00. Come and explore the great outdoors, and feel like you have Cornwall all to yourself, before returning to you own romantic cottage for two, to cuddle up infront of a roaring fire with your loved one, having enjoy some really special time together.

Wondering what there is to see and do on holiday in Cornwall in Winter?
Here are some suggestions for wonderful winter days out, making a special start to the New Year: Also great for banishing any 'winter blues'!

Cottage Short Breaks: Boscastle Harbour, North Cornwall
Boscastle: Come and enjoy a walk around the harbour, up the
Winter Short Breaks Boscastle Harbour, North Cornwall coastpath to the Willapark headland and onto 'The Forrabury Stiches' (medieval open field system), for magnificent views out to sea and along the North coast.  Alternatively walk inland up the Valency Valley to St Juliot's Church, where it is said Thomas Hardy met Emma Lavinia Gifford whom he later married in 1874. It was this romance that led to his novel "A Pair of Blue Eyes", and to some of Thomas Hardy's finest poetry. Then treat yourself to a delicious Cornish Cream Tea either in National Trust Cafe (in the harbour), or at the Boscastle Farm Shop, (on the Bude Road just out of Boscastle).

Cottage Holidays in Cornwall - Port Isaac
Port Isaac: For another great day out, wonder round this picturesque Cornish fishing village, nestling in a narrow sheltered valley, filled with 18th and 19th century whitewashed cottages, narrow streets and alleyways (including the affectionately named 'Squeezeebelly Alley'), plus working harbour ('the Platt') and Fish Cellars. Then take the coastpath for Port Quin and go past the house filmed as the Doctor's surgery (in the Doc Martin's TV series), and up onto the headland, from where you can enjoy amazing views along the North Cornwall coast. 'Port Isaac' is believed to have originally been 'Port Izzard' or 'Portissyk', pronounced 'Porthusek' in Cornish, and also more recently as 'Port Wenn' the fictitious village in the television series of Doc Martin.

holidays and short breaks in cornwall

So whilst planning your 2015 holidays, why not include a Winter Break in Cornwall, 
and come and stay in cosy cottage for two, 
near the coast in North Cornwall

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Festive Short Breaks For Two In Cornwall During November And December 2014

Here are a few suggestions for some festive fun, Cornish hospitality, and truly unique Cornish Christmas celebrations to enjoy whilst on a Festive Short Break for Two in Cornwall during November and December 2014:

The Famous Christmas Flower Garland Cotehele in Cornwall 7th - 21st November 2014: Watch the famous 60 foot long flower garland being made from 31,000 dried flowers collected from the Estate earlier this year.  22 November - 31 December (except 25 and 26 December) come and admire this beautiful garland, hung in the great hall, whilst warming yourself by the fire and listening some Christmas music. Alternatively if you fancy making your own Christmas decoration or gift, sign up for a one day Craft Workshop: (25 November - 5 December) for Willow Weaving, Topiary, Herb Garlands and Gifts. 
christmas in cornwall
Cotehele Christmas Food Fair Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November, 10am-4pm  Another great Cornish Christmas market for you to stock up on your favourite Christmas cheese, cake, ale and other local Cornish delicacies. 

christmas in cornwallTruro City of Lights: 25,000 people are expected to come to see this magical mid Winter Lantern Festival which parades through the streets of Truro on 19th November at 6.30pm, accompanied by music from local bands and dance from the Truro School of Samba. It also includes the official switch on of Truro’s Christmas lights. This year (2014) the theme is 'Heroes', and is a fantastic local community event for all ages.
christmas in cornwallTruro 'Made in Cornwall' Christmas Fair: 26th - 30th November 2014 Dedicated to promoting Cornwall’s finest artists, artisans, and food and drink producers, plus Father Christmas, a herd of Reindeer and Christmas parade to mark the start of late night shopping.
 Pencarrow House Bodmin Christmas Fair: 22nd -23rd November 2014 Two day Christmas event, in the stunning surroundings of Pencarrow House & Gardens, with a fantastic food hall and the best craft producers in Cornwall to inspire you in time for Christmas. 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Entrance £2.00. Free car parking. Dogs are most welcome in the gardens at Pencarrow 

Come And Enjoy Many Magical Festive Events Throughout Cornwall In November And December 2014 
Whilst Staying At Rooky's Nook Holiday Cottage in North Cornwall

Festive Short Breaks - 3 Nights £295.00

Cosy Cornish Christmas Cottage for Two

Thursday, 16 October 2014

What Makes A Perfect Holiday Cottage For Couples Staying In Cornwall?

If you're a couple looking to book a cottage in Cornwall for a special weekend away, romantic break or holiday, you want to feel confident it will meet all your expectations, cater for all your needs, and leave you time to enjoy many magical moments - free from any mishaps, misunderstandings or bad experiences - just many happy holiday memories.
Here are some suggestions to help you choose your 'Perfect For Two' cottage in Cornwall:
perfect holiday cottage for couples in cornwall
- so that you can relax, unwind, and enjoy some well earned peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,  - in your very own perfect romantic retreat or hideaway for two (away from family, friends, neighbours and children)!
1) Choose a cottage which is totally detached - ideally not adjoining any other cottage, independant - not part of any holiday complex, and totally private - and not with any shared facilities - or overlooked.
2) Look for a cosy cottage with lots character and original features - exposed beams and a log fire are fantastic- (as well as central heating) - providing a really romantic setting!
3) Check the cottage kitchen is well equipped, - to ensure any cooking you do is enjoyable, and doesn't leave you wishing you'd packed your own kitchen gadgets - and essentials.
holiday cottage for two in cornwall
4) Select a cottage with one good size bedroom and kingsize bed,  preferably ensuite,  - rather than a cottage with multiple bedrooms, where you may feel lost 'rattling around' in extra rooms you won't use.
5) Look for a cottage offering both a shower and separate bath - as it's lovely to have a shower, but truly indulgent to take time out for abit of pampering after a long soak in a deep, hot bath - with, or without your partner!
6) Check to see if the cottage offers unlimited hot water, also that you have full control of the central heating - as both are preferable - and can make a hugh difference to how much you enjoy your overall holiday cottage experience.
7) Without getting too basic, even though there's only two of you, choose a cottage with more than one toilet - 'his' and 'hers' loo!
cornwall holiday cottage for 2
8) Choose a cottage with some outdoor space to enjoy - such as a private, secluded garden and/or patio which is not overlooked by neighbours, and offers somewhere comfortable to relax outside (in either shade or sun). Somewhere you can read or listen to music with a favourite tipple (- after all you are on holiday!) - or just somewhere to enjoy a leisurely stroll, and stretch your legs, before retreating back inside.
 9) Check there's good mobile phone signal and WiFi connection - not that you want to be constantly checking your emails, but may wish to stay in touch, - managing who can contact you - and choosing who will simply have to wait until your holiday is over!
cornwall romantic cottage for couples10) Ideally select a cottage with its own washing machine and drier - so should you get wet in a local downpour - or out walking the coast path, - or accidently soaked by an unexpected wave whilst paddling on a nearby beach, you don't have to worry - not that whilst you're on holiday you want to be doing lots of washing! It's just.....
My Motto is always; 'Have it and not need it, rather than the other way round'.

And then there's the cottage location to consider! Is the cottage easy to get to? (travel times and accessibility both into Cornwall, and in and around Cornwall may affect what you do on holiday).
holiday cottage for couples in cornwall
More often than not, if you're looking for a romantic break or holiday, you may be better to choose a cottage that is in a quieter location - not remote, but well placed to be able to easily 'get out and about' discovering local pubs, beaches, walks, farmshops, museums, art galleries. Whilst this will mean you need a car, (check the cottage has parking), it will give you total flexibility and independance to truly make the most of all the wonderful things, places and people here in Cornwall - and a wonderful time!

 So If You Are A Couple Looking To Come To Cornwall 
And Fancy Staying In A Romantic Holiday Cottage For Two, 
Why Not BOOK Rookys Nook 
('Perfect Cottage For Two')

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Things To Do On Holiday In Cornwall - In October 2014 - During Half-term and Halloween

Planning to come to Cornwall in October 2014? Here are a few ideas on how to best celebrate Halloween - the 'Cornish way', and also make the best of the half-term holiday, whilst still having time to revisit your favourite beach, rediscover a local coastpath walk, and watch a horror movie (not scary if you're safely tucked up with your loved one infront of a roaring fire in a cosy holiday cottage like Rooky's Nook!)

Traditionally Halloween (Friday, 31st October 2014) is a time for 'trick or treating', playing pranks, visiting haunted houses, telling scary stories, watching horror films, and carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, (so called from the myth about a man who cheated the devil being forced to roam the earth throughout eternity, with only a glowing coal carried in a hollowed out turnip to light his way)! So here are a few ideas on how to best celebrate it (and the half-term holiday) here in Cornwall:

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The clues all in the name, where the Eden Project are offering a special range of 'spooky things' to see and do, celebrating Halloween, including making positive potions, protective charms and pumpkin carving - all great fun!

halloween holiday in cornwallBoscastle Museum of Witchcraft
Located in the harbour at Boscastle, this is a truly fascinating place to look around, with anything/everything you could possibly want to know about witchcraft through the ages. It's packed full of displays and information about witchery, along with some genuine witch-type things (for example bits of animals etc). Apparently you can even buy a genuine witches broom from the little shop to fly home on. (- if only!)

cornwall holiday in octoberBodmin Jail, Bodmin
Built in 1779, located near the start of the Camel Trail in Bodmin, this is a truly fascinating building, steeped in architectural and social history, and was the last county jail in Cornwall - closing in 1927. Today there is a civil and naval prison, museum, execution chamber, 'Warders Room' restaurant and 'Witness Box' wine bar. With 'Ghost Walks' and 'Tales from the Jail' - it claims to be one of the 'most haunted' places, full of 'spiritual energy' - making it a perfect to place to visit around Halloween!

holiday in cornwallJamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor,
Immortalised in Daphne du Maurier's novel of smugglers, rogues and pirates, this historic coaching house has welcomed travellers crossing Bodmin Moor for nearly 300 years. Full of legend, mystery, romance and even, according to folklore, the odd friendly spirit. It is said that on a moonlit night you can hear horses' hooves and metal wheel rims turning on the rough cobbles in the courtyard - but see nothing! Or hear uneasy footsteps pacing the corridors in the dead of night, and see a strange man in a tricorne hat and cloak who appears and then walks through solid doors? Well worth a visit in the safe daylight hours(!) to see their collection of smuggling artefacts, and also to learn more about the writer Daphne Du Maurier.

So don't miss a 'trick', give yourself a 'treat'
Pack your love potion, and work some magic,
Smuggle your loved one down to Cornwall for a late holiday, or short break
And let Cornwall (and Rooky's Nook) 'charm you' under it's spell!
And to avoid the 'witching hour', remember the clocks change on 26th October 2014, 
when by magic we loose an hour!
Rooky's Nook Luxury Holiday Cottage for Two, North Cornwall

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Planning A Romantic Holiday Or Romantic Break In Cornwall? Here are Some Romantic Things To Do - Specially Chosen For Couples Staying at Rooky's Nook Romantic Retreat in North Cornwall

romantic holiday in cornwall1. Go 'beach-combing' at Tregardock Beach - looking for a heart-shaped pebble to give your loved one as a special momento of your romantic holiday together - here in Cornwall.

2. Play scrabble infront of a roaring fire, (trying to include as many romantic words as possible!) whilst snuggled up in your very own cosy cottage for two.

3. Share a freshly baked Cornish Pasty from Pendenis Pasties in magical Tintagel, having just wondered round the ruins of Tintagel Castle, and hidden in Merlin's Cave (like pirates or smugglers)!

romantic holiday or romantic break in cornwall4. Listen to the Fisherman's Friends sing sea shanties on the Platt at Port Isaac - having wondered through this pictureque village and found the aptly named 'Squeezy Belly Alley' (Temple Bar) - which is only 18" wide at it's narrowist point!

5. Star-gaze on a clear night (great as there are no street lights in Trewalder making dark nights with clear skies bright with stars), - and maybe even make a 'wish on a shooting star'. Then lie in bed listening to the owls 'hoot'.

6. Take the pedestrian water ferry across the River Camel between Rock and Padstow, and enjoy a delicious fish and chips 'takeaway' from Rick Steins.

7.  Share a traditional Cream Tea at the Boscastle Farm Shop, overlooking the North Coast, close to the SouthWest CoastPath.
romantic holiday in cornwall
8. Cycle from Wadebridge to Padstow on the Camel Trail - along the original railway line, taking in beautiful views across the Camel Estuary.

9. Take your loved one breakfast in bed - made from local eggs, sausages, jams and marmalade from Newhall Green, next door to Trewalder.

10. See how many 'kissing gates' you can go through whilst walking the South West Coastal Footpaths  (Gates only allowing one person to pass at a time, so when the lady and gentleman are out walking in the country, the gentleman invites the lady to pass through the gate first, but then she has in effect to close the gate on him in order to pass herself, thereby affording a good opportunity to turn round and demand a kiss before letting her companion pass through!)

romantic holiday in cornwall
11. Watch the sunset across the water at Trebarwith Strand - the closest beach to Rooky's Nook - truly romantic!

So Why Not
Come and stay at 'Romantic Rooky's Nook' 
on a romantic cottage holiday for two, 
to rekindle your passion and affection not only for your loved one,
 but also for Cornwall.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Local Pub Recommendations For Your Holiday In Cornwall - Specially Selected For Luxury Self-Catering Cottage Holidays In North Cornwall

One of the questions my guests always ask me when they come on holiday to Cornwall and stay at Rooky's Nook is 'can you recommend some local pubs?' Here are a few local Cornish pubs: on the coast, up on the Moors, or in a local Cornish village:

luxury self-catering cottage holidays in cornwall
St Kew Inn, St Kew (not to be confused with St Kew Highway!). This 15th Century Inn has always been a significant local venue, hostings auctions, political meetings, weddings, wakes and Cornish wrestling - said to have been held in the meadow which is now the car park! It now offers great food (booking recommended), in 2 separate dining areas plus the main bar and garden (weather permitting). - Great for a lazy lunch, or special evening meal - in a lovely setting, all year round, and one of my favourite local places to eat out! It has also been voted one of the top 50 pubs in the U.K. and received Michelin Bib Gourmet recognition.
luxury self-catering cottage holidays in cornwall The Old Inn and Restaurant, St Breward The Old Inn dates back to the 11th Century when it provided shelter for the monks who built the church next door. It is also 'The Highest Inn in Cornwall' (around 720 feet above sea level), set on the edge of Bodmin Moor between Camelford and Bodmin. With an extensive 'Specials Board' (which covers one complete wall) including 25 different dishes, separate Bar menu - including the legendary Mini and Maxi Moorland Grills (available lunch and evenings), plus the all day Sunday Carvery (with a selection of 4 freshly cooked meats) it's a real 'culinary treat'. The dog friendly bars, huge roaring fires and sloping beam ceilings ensure you enjoy a 'proper Cornish welcome". (Booking is recommended.)
luxury self-catering cottage holidays in cornwall
luxury self-catering cottage holidays in cornwall The Port William, Trebarwith Strand set on the headland overlooking Trebarwith Strand, (nearest beach to Rooky's Nook). Whilst also serving food (see their 'Coastal Pub and Kitchen menu) my recommendation is to go here for a drink, and soak up the fantastic view over the cliffs, beach and sea. If you stay and watch the sunset over the water - it's simply fantastic, and very romantic! The Port William is also dog friendly, and a great place to 'paws for a pint', after walking the coastpath, or just admire the view!

luxury self-catering cottage holidays in cornwall
The White Hart St Teath  Located opposite the Clock Tower in the centre of St Teath, this is one of the closest local pubs to Rooky's Nook serving good 'pub grub', traditional ales (St Austell beers), with a friendly atmosphere. Great for a 'pie and a pint' when you can't be bothered to cook for yourself, or fancy a local pint. It is also dog friendly, and nearby (only a short drive away).

So if you are coming on holiday to Cornwall,
why not visit these local Cornish pubs whilst you're staying at
Rooky's Nook Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Cottage for 2,

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Remember To Enjoy A Traditional Cream Tea On Your Self-Catering Cottage Holiday In Cornwall!

An essential ingredient to any holiday in Cornwall (especially if staying in a self-catering cottage - like Rooky's Nook) is a traditional Cornish Cream Tea.
luxury self-catering cottage holidays in cornwall
Here is some of history, etiquette and tradition behind this iconic afternoon treat:
1. Clotted Cream was originally made by diary farmers to reduce the amount of waste from their milk.
2. It takes 6 pints of milk to make half a pound of Cornish Clotted Cream.
3. In 500BC it is thought that the recipe for Clotted Cream was passed to the Cornish by Phoenician traders who visited the area in search of Cornish tin.
The Perfect Equation for Cream Tea
4.  In 1998 the term Cornish Clotted Cream became a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) by European Union directive, as long as the milk is produced in Cornwall and the minimum fat content is 55%.
5. In Cornwall the Cream Tea was traditionally served with a "Cornish split", a type of slightly sweet whitebread roll rather than a scone which was first buttered, then spread with strawberry jam, and finally topped with a spoonful of Clotted Cream.
6. This is probably why in Cornwall the proper way to eat a Cream Tea is with the Clotted Cream on top of the jam, (whilst in Devon it's the reverse - with the Clotted Cream under the jam!)
7. Rhoddas in Redruth are currently the largest producers of Clotted Cream here in the UK, making upto 25 tons of Clotted Cream every day from milk supplied from 151 local Cornish farms!
8.  Clotted Cream is made in other cultures, for different culinary uses. In India, it is called Malai. In the Middle East and former Turkish Empire countries, it is called Kajmak. In Mongolia, it is called öröm, and is added to salted tea.
9. Afternoon Tea and Cream Tea are two very different things:
Afternoon Tea should consist of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and Cornish Clotted Cream, and three cakes/patisseries
-  Cream Tea should consist of two plain scones, Cornish Clotted Cream and strawberry jam.
Both are traditionally served with tea to drink (as the name suggests!)

Come visit these 2 local Cornish Cream Tea Specialists near Rooky's Nook

luxury self-catering cottage holidays in cornwall Miss V's Cornish Cream Teas and Vintage Tea Parties
Truly Cornish & Utterly Delightful Cornish Cream Tea based at the Beautiful, Historic St Benet's Abbey, Lanivet (Bodmin).
Angelique's Tea Room, Port Isaac (near the upper car park) Pretty, vintage tea room with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere ~ Cream teas, high teas and other refreshments ~ sit inside or outside and look across Tintagel Bay.

And just in case you need it, here are
 101 Uses and excuses to enjoy Cornish Clotted Cream - from Cornish Split and Saffron cakes to creamy fish pie,  - and I'm sure you'll find plenty more!

So if you enjoy local traditional Cornish food,
and are coming on Holiday to Cornwall, 
why not come and stay at Rooky's Nook Luxury Holiday Cottage for 2,
and enjoy a truly delicious Cornish Cream Tea.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

On Holiday In Cornwall In July - Here's Some Local Events To Enjoy

cottage holidays in cornwall
BODMINS HERITAGE DAY - Bodmin: 5th July 2014
Celebrating Bodmin town's historical, medieval past - including the 'Beast of Bodmin' rampaging around the town. And Did You Know: Since 1980s there have been over 60 sightings of the alleged 'Beast of Bodmin', where despite Government investigations, there is inconclusive evidence as to whether this giant black cat really exists out there on desolate Bodmin Moor!

POLO ON THE BEACH - Watergate Bay, Newquay: 5th - 6th July 2014
Now in its eighth year, Polo on the Beach is focused around the main Watergate Bay Trophy match on Saturday 5th July between Joules and First Great Western, teams made up of some of the country’s finest polo players.
There are three polo matches in all, starting with a ladies match on Saturday afternoon, a first for Polo on the Beach, followed by the Watergate Bay Trophy mens’ match. The third match is on Sunday afternoon and is the hotly contested Cornwall vs Rest of the World.
- See more at:
Now in it's 8th year with 3 polo matches on the beach, starting on Saturday with the ladies, followed by the Watergate Bay mens trophy match, and ending on Sunday with the hotly contested: Cornwall v The rest of the World match. - Makes a really exciting, action packed day out!
here are three polo matches in all, starting with a ladies match on Saturday afternoon, a first for Polo on the Beach, followed by the Watergate Bay Trophy mens’ match. The third match is - See more at:
here are three polo matches in all, starting with a ladies match on Saturday afternoon, a first for Polo on the Beach, followed by the Watergate Bay Trophy mens’ match. The third match is - See more at:

cottage holidays in cornwall
PADSTOW VINTAGE RALLY & COUNTRY FAIR 4th - 6th July 2014  Taking place on the outskirts of Padstow, with an amazing selection of exhibitors and live entertainment, from steam engines and tractors, to rare breeds of livestock, falconry and pets - not forgetting an amazing aerobic air display.

 ROCK OYSTER FESTIVAL - Near Wadebridge: 12th July 2014
Held at the 17th Century Dinham House overlooking the Camel Estuary near Wadebridge. A Midsummer celebration of local food and drink, - including delicious Cornish oysters, music and art. To Buy Tickets (Adults £21.00).

So if you wondering what to do this Summer,
and are coming on Holiday to Cornwall, 
why not come and stay at Rooky's Nook Luxury Holiday Cottage for 2,
and enjoy these Local Cornish Summer Events and Festivals.
here are three polo matches in all, starting with a ladies match on Saturday afternoon, a first for Polo on the Beach, followed by the Watergate Bay Trophy mens’ match. The third match is - See more at:

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Discover The 'Truly Cornish Cafe Trail' And 'Choose Cornish' While On A Cottage Holiday In Cornwall!

luxury self catering cottage holidays in cornwallLove Food, Drink and coming on Holiday to Cornwall? Then why not indulge in some truly 'Cornish Cafe Culture' exploring some wonderful independant Cornish Cafes and Farm Shops, all of who pride themselves in sourcing local ingredients, supporting local suppliers, serving great Cornish food.

Here is a selection from the 'Truly Cornish Cafe Trail' - to visit and enjoy whilst staying at Rooky's Nook - Luxury Holiday Cottage for 2, in North Cornwall.

luxury self catering cottage holidays in cornwall
BLUE TOMATO in Rock, offering great food and drink, with friendly helpful staff, a laid-back atmosphere and truly mesmerising view overlooking the Camel Estuary, near the pedestrian ferry which crosses the river to Padstow. Great for a coffee and chin wag, especially after a walk with the dog along Daymer Beach.

luxury self catering cottage holidays in cornwall
FRESH FROM THE SEA  an artisan fish cafe in Port Isaac, offering some of the freshest fish sandwiches and salads, made using local crab and lobster landed daily in their own boat 'Mary D'.
luxury self catering cottage holidays in cornwall
BOSCASTLE FARM SHOP AND CAFE North of Boscastle, set high on the clifftops, surrounded by National Trust farmland and less than 50 yards from the coastal path, offering great views whilst enjoying tasty home-made pies, pasties and cakes, - all made on site in their coastal kitchen.

luxury self catering cottage holidays in cornwall
TREVATHAN FARM SHOP AND CAFE in St Endellion, this family run cafe is renowned for it's delicious traditional roast Sunday lunch with home produced beef and lamb, and great selection of fresh seasonal vegetables (plus 'PYO'- pick your own delicious strawberries). The Farm Shop is one of the best: packed full of local goodies, pickles, jams, honey, cheeses, fudge, free range eggs, clotted cream from their local dairy, country wines, Cornish beer and good old Scrumpy.

Come and discover these Cornish cafe spots for yourself - and enjoy a perfect day out - and perfect Cornish holiday - (whilst also supporting local Cornish businesses and Cornwall's economy)!

The TRULY CORNISH CAFE TRAIL is part of the Choose Cornish campaign, brought to you by Cornwall Food and Drink Chamber of Commerce, and includes 45 cafe spots throughout Cornwall.

A collection of recipes, tales and morsels from the ocean, fields and clifftops of Cornwall - See more at:
So if you love local food and drink, 
and are coming on holiday to Cornwall,
come and stay at Rooky's Nook Luxury Holiday Cottage for 2,
and explore this Truly Cornish Cafe Collection! 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Holidays In Cornwall - Staying in Luxury Cottages Near Tintagel

Essential to anyone's holiday in Cornwall, especially whilst staying in a luxury cottage in North Cornwall, (like Rooky's Nook), and wondering what to do, or where to go, should be a visit to Tintagel. Tintagel will offer you a truly memorable, and magical day out: from ancient castles and caves (associated with Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table) to the Old Post Office, pottery and pasties.

holidays in cornwall luxury cottages near tintagel
(English Heritage) Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery, with a history stretching back to the Romans. Set on the rugged North Cornwall coast, these 13th Century remains include steep stone steps, stout walls, rugged windswept cliff edges, and dramatic views out to sea. And did you know 'Din Tagell' (Cornish for Tintagel)holidays in cornwall luxury cottages near tintagel means 'Fortress of the Narrow Entrance' - named after this medieval fortification built on the peninsula of Tintagel Island, only joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land?
 Merlin's Cave, located nearby, is where legend claims the magician Merlin, of the court of the mighty King Uther Pendragon, found the baby who was later to become King Arthur. At low tide you can walk through the cave - where smugglers used to hide!

holidays in cornwall luxury cottages near tintagelKing Arthur's Great Hall - is an historic building on Fore Street, built in 1930's by philantropist (custard millionaire) Frederick Thomas Glasscock using 52 types of stone plus 72 stained windows, with an impressive large hall, granite round table and thrones - all to tell the story of King Arthur, and show the Coats of Arms and weapons of the Knights.

holidays in cornwall luxury cottages near tintagel(National Trust) Old Post Office is an original 14th Century Yeoman's farmhouse, with a famously wavy slate roofline, supported by hugh buttress at rear of the building, plus a beautiful small cottage garden. It's life as a Post Office only began in the 19th Century, with the introduction of Penny Postage, and improved postal services in remote country places like Tintagel!

And to complete your day, why not finish off with a freshly baked Cornish Pasty or Cream Tea from Pengenna Pasties - simply delicious!

So if you're planning your Cornwall Holiday, 
and fancy finding out more about its Cornish Myths and Legends, 
come and stay at Rooky's Nook - luxury holiday cottage for 2, 
near Tintagel on the North Cornwall coast

Friday, 13 June 2014

Beach Holidays in Cornwall - Staying in Luxury Cottages near the Coast

Essential to all Holidays in Cornwall, when staying in luxury cottages near the coast, is the ability to enjoy visiting local Cornish beaches - whether to walk, swim, surf - or simply relax and unwind, taking in the sea air, sound of the waves - and awesome views!
Staying at Rooky's Nook - luxury holiday cottage for 2, located between Tintagel and Port Isaac near the coast in North Cornwall will allow you to do exactly this!

beach holidays in cornwall luxury cottages near the coast

AND to ensure you make the most of your coastal cottage holiday, here are some facts about Cornwall's coast, beaches, history and legends:- 
H. The coastline in Cornwall is about 300 miles.
O. Cornwall has between 200 - 400 beaches, all accessible by foot.
L. On the North Coast, between Padstow and Bude, there are 76 beaches.
I. The surf is always best on the North Coast - thanks to the Atlantic swell and strongs winds (all the way from America!)
D. Cornish beaches are tidal, where high tides often cover all the beach, - so always check tide times before setting out.
A. Bathing, swimming, surfing etc should only be undertaken with care, and where possible where there are lifeguards on duty, within designated areas.
Y.  Some Cornish beaches operate a 'dog ban' either all year, or between Easter and 1st October - so always check before setting out if you have your dog with you - to avoid any embarassment.
beach holidays in cornwall luxury cottages near the coast

C. You can find Merlin's cave (from the Arthurian legnds) at TINTAGEL HAVEN, a small sandy beach below the remains of Tintagel Castle.
O.You can listen to the 'Blow Hole' at BOSCASTLE - where a hole in the cliff traps air as the waves crash through them, making the sound of a whale's blow hole. It is also the name of the local village magazine!
R. The 'Doom Bar' sandbar in the River Camel Estuary, off DAYMER BAY is so named as it caused many mariners problems getting in and out of Padstow harbour, with Cornish folklore legend saying a mermaid created this bar as a dying curse on the harbour after she was shot by a local man. 'Doom Bar' is also the name given to the flagship Cornish Ale from Sharp's Brewery, brewed nearby in Rock, Cornwall.
N. PORT QUIN was known as 'the village that died', after the Great Storm of 1698 when the entire village's fishing fleet tragically perished at sea.
W. TREBARWITH STRAND (nearest beach to Rooky's Nook) was known locally as 'The Strand', with a small harbour originally used to export slate, from the Delabole Quarry nearby.
A. PORT ISAAC (of recent Doc Martin TV series fame!) is still an active, working fishing harbour - (with small sandy beach) with medieval origins, having originally imported timber and coal, and exported wheat and slate.
L. PORT GAVERNE is thought to mean ' Rocky Haven' with remains of the Cornish Pilchard industry in the old Pilchard cellars above the beach.
L. WIDEMOUTH is unlike many beaches on the North Cornwall coast, as it not backed by high cliffs, but open sand dunes - and is a great surfing beach.

So if you're coming to Cornwall on holiday, 
and love going to the beach, 
and fancy visiting a different Cornish beach each day of your holiday, 
come and stay at Rooky's Nook - luxury holiday cottage for 2, 
near the North Cornwall coast,
 - ideally located to explore all these Cornish beaches!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Dog Friendly Holidays

Going on holiday with your dog can be a very special experience, as any dog owner will know - especially if you're going to stay in a luxury dog friendly cottage in Cornwall! So to ensure both you, and your dog get the most enjoyment from your holiday, here are a few handy tips:

Check List for Dog Friendly Holiday: - for all sizes, breeds & ages of dog:-

dog friendly holiday cottages in cornwallRidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw print Dog Bed: Like us, dog's like their 'canine comforts', and to have something familiar (which often smells of them!) will help them to feel secure, and happy, enabling them to relax in otherwise often unfamiliar surroundings - so please don't forget to pack their bed, throws, blankets or whatever they usually sleep in at home. If you have a dog crate/cage, this can also help provide a safe, secure place for your dog - helping to discourage them from climbing onto furniture and beds in your holiday accommodation, seeking a warm, comfy place in which to cuddle, or snuggle up!
dog friendly holiday cottages in cornwallRidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw printHoliday Dog Collar and Leads: Salty sea water and sand can discolour and erode both leather and metal on dog leads and dog collars. So to avoid this why not have special 'holiday leads & collar' for your dog, made from durable synthetic material. After all, we all have our own 'holiday gear' - so why shouldn't your 'pampered pooch' have theirs?
RidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw printDog Food, Bowls and Water Bottle: Dogs, like their owners, are 'creatures of habit' and know what they like to eat and drink - including occasional 'treats' and rewards - especially if these are for good behaviour. So again, please don't forget to pack these (even if you can 'top up' at the local shops). Alternatively it may be easier for you to include your dog's petfood in your supermarket delivery on arrival.
dog friendly holiday cottages in cornwallRidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw printPoopa Scoopa Bags: All responsible dog owners know they should clear up after their dog, so please remember to pack lots of disposable poo bags for your holiday. And then also remember to use them!
RidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw print Wet Weather Gear:  Wellies (or a pair of waterproof walking shoes), waterproofs, plus dog towels are basic essentials. Here at Rooky's Nook there is an outside tap where both muddy boots and muddy / sandy dogs can be washed off before going inside the cottage.
RidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw printHot Weather Gear: Please remember to provide shade and water for your dog, and never leave your dog in your car in the heat, even with the windows open, as 'hot dogs can die in cars' - which would be tragic, and is totally avoidable.
dog friendly holiday cottages in cornwallRidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw printLocal Vet(s): Every dog owner's worst nightmare is to have their dog hurt or unwell whilst away on holiday, so please make sure you know where the local vet is - and how to contact them - should the need arise. (At Rooky's Nook, we have 2 local vets nearby in Camelford). Plus, if you have Dog Insurance, remember to have these details with you - should you need to make a claim whilst you're away on holiday.
RidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw printDog Friendly Beaches: Cornwall has an amazing selection of beaches - open all year, in all weathers, offering fantastic places to walk your dog. However some of these Cornish beaches operate a dog ban, either all year, or just 'out of season' (7am - 7pm daily, from Easter day until 1st October), so please remember to check before you wonder out - to save yourself and your dog any embarassment.
dog friendly holiday cottages in cornwallRidpgGpi9 (440x440) Paw printDog Friendly Walks: Here in Cornwall there are numerous fantastic dog friendly walks to explore, full of potential hazards so please take care, both of yourself and your dog. Whilst the views from clifftops are dramatic, (each year dogs die accidently running over cliffs), and the sea look very inviting (strong currents and swell can sweep you away from the beach out to sea), or mine shafts pose exciting places to explore (avoid falling in), so please watch out for both youself and your dog - and enjoy your holiday!


Now all you have to do is BOOK your Dog Friendly Holiday.  Come and stay at Rooky's Nook luxury dog friendly holiday cottage for 2, in Trewalder, near Port Isaac and Tintagel, North Cornwall, UK

Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages in Cornwall